DREAM 2013 Media Advisory

More than 1,500 Community College Leaders and Reformers Convene in Anaheim This Week to Increase Student Success and Completion

Silver Spring, MD (January 31, 2013) – The nation’s most comprehensive reform network for community college success and completion is convening this week in Anaheim for DREAM 2013 - Achieving the Dream’s Annual Meeting on Student Success. More than 1,500 influential practitioners, policy-makers, and thought-leaders from across the nation are attending this convening to share results, strengthen partnerships, and direct the course of the reform movement for the upcoming year.

Also attending DREAM 2013 will be several community college students from across the nation, who will have their voices heard by actively participating in the program through social media and by presenting in both workshop and plenary sessions. You can follow the conversation on Twitter with #ATD_DREAM. *Detailed agenda can be viewed here.


  • Rip Rapson, President and CEO, Kresge Foundation
  • Robert G. Templin, President, Northern Virginia Community College and Chairman of the Achieving the Dream Board of Directors
  • William E. Trueheart, President & CEO, Achieving the Dream
  • Yasmin Delahoussaye, Vice Chancellor of Educational Programs and Institutional Effectiveness, Los Angeles Community College District
  • Daniel Greenstein, Director of Postsecondary Success Program, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Dr. Rod Risley, Executive Director, Phi Theta Kappa
  • Joye Hardiman, Emeritus Faculty/ Arts and Humanities, The Evergreen College
  • Vincent Tinto, Distinguished University Professor, Syracuse University
  • Raul Magdaleno, Chief Education Consultant and Hispanic Empowerment Speaker
  • Parminder Jassal, Executive Director, ACT Foundation
  • Paul Fain, Senior Reporter, Inside Higher Ed
  • Nearly 100 community college presidents from across the nation, including the following Los Angeles- area presidents:
    • Nabil Abu-Ghazaleh, President, West Los Angeles College 
    • Jill Board, President, Cerro Coso Community College
    • Kathleen Burke-Kelly, President, Los Angeles Pierce College
    • Susan Carleo, President, Los Angeles Valley College
    • Sonya Christian, President, Bakersfield College
    • Jack E. Daniels, III, President, Los Angeles Southwest College
    • Marvin Martinez, President, Los Angeles Harbor College
    • Roland Chapdelaine, President, Los Angeles Trade-Technical College
  • Over 20 higher education representatives from South Africa and the Pacific Islands

What: DREAM 2013 - Achieving the Dream’s Annual Meeting on Student Success

When: Tuesday, February 5 – Friday, February 8, 2013

Where: Hilton Anaheim, 777 West Convention Way, Anaheim, CA 92802


  • February 5, 2013: National Leah Meyer Austin Award Winner Announced
  • February 6, 2013: Plenary: Student Success Does Not Arise by Chance
  • February 7, 2013: Plenary: Students as Barometers of Community College Success
  • February 8, 2013: Raul Magdaleno- Student Empowerment/Motivational Speaker


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Achieving the Dream, Inc. is a national nonprofit that is dedicated to helping more community college students, particularly low-income students and students of color, stay in school and earn a college certificate or degree. Evidence-based, student-centered, and built on the values of equity and excellence, Achieving the Dream is closing achievement gaps and accelerating student success nationwide by: 1) guiding evidence-based institutional improvement, 2) leading policy change, 3) generating knowledge, and 4) engaging the public. Conceived as an initiative in 2004 by Lumina Foundation and seven founding partner organizations, today, Achieving the Dream is leading the most comprehensive non-governmental reform network for student success in higher education history. With over 200 institutions, more than 100 coaches and advisors, and 15 state policy teams - working throughout 35 states and the District of Columbia – the Achieving the Dream National Reform Network helps more than 4 million community college students have a better chance of realizing greater economic opportunity and achieving their dreams.

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