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The BELIEF Conference

Because Every Life is Empowering the Future

BELIEF brings high school students from local neighborhoods once a year to Whitworth for a college-preparation program. Throughout the event, students experience a holistic view of what higher education entails. They are paired with a current college-student mentor who accompanies them to all activities, answers questions and acts as a support and friend.

During the conference, students take part in a series of workshops focused on leadership, goal-setting and financial aid. They participate in focus groups to better understand what they are learning, take part in recreational and team-building activities, and spend time experiencing campus life from the student perspective.

At the end of the conference, legal guardians are invited to join their student for a closing ceremony and hear a brief review of the conference. 

Learn more about the history of the BELIEF Conference 

The 2019 BELIEF Conference is Feb. 22-23

Apply to Attend the Conference

Apply to Mentor  at the Conference

2019 Conference Schedule

Friday, Feb. 22
9 a.m. Students load busses  
9:30 a.m. Students arrive Graves
9:45 a.m. Welcoming Ceremonies Graves
10:30-10:40 a.m. Transition  
10:40 a.m. Mock Lecture  Erik Johnston 233
11:40-11:45 a.m. Transition to Lunch  
11:45- 12:45 p.m. Lunch Dining Hall
12:45-12:50 p.m. Transition   
12:50 p.m. Resumè Development Library all Comp Labs & Classroom
2:10-2:15 p.m. Transition   
2:15 p.m. Group 1: Genuine Student Panel  G1: Rob 210
  Group 2: Lecture activity G2: Rob 310
  Group 3: Motivational Interviewing G3: Rob 141
3-3:05 p.m. Transition  
3:05 p.m. Group 1: Motivational Interviewing G1: Rob 141
  Group 2: Student Panel G2: Rob 210
  Group 3: Lecture activity G3:  Rob 310
3:50-3:55 p.m. Transition  
3:55 p.m. Group 1: Lecture activity G1: Rob 310
  Group 2: Motivational Interviewing G2: Rob 141
  Group 3: Student Panel G3: Rob 210
4:40-4:45 p.m. Transition  
4:45 p.m. Large Group Activity Graves 
5:30 p.m. Dinner Dining Hall
6:45 p.m. Large Group Activity  RTT
8 p.m. Released for Evening  
Saturday, Feb. 23
8 a.m. Breakfast with Mentor Dining Hall
9-9:45 a.m. Group 1: Act 6 Panel  G1: Rob 141
  Group 2: Mentor/Mentee Hangout G2: Rob 310
  Group 3: Identity G3: Rob 210
9:45-9:50 a.m. Transition  
9:50-10:35 a.m. Group 1: Identity G1: Rob 210
  Group 2: Act 6 Panel G2: Rob 141
  Group 3: Mentor/Mentee Hangout G3: Rob 310 
10:35-10:40 a.m. Transition  
10:40-11:25 a.m. Group 1: Mentor/Mentee Hangout  G1: Rob 310
  Group 2: Identity G2: Rob 210
  Group 3: Act 6 Panel G3: Rob 141
11:25-11:30 a.m. Transition  
11:30-12:15 p.m. Lunch Dining Hall
12:15-12:45 p.m. Large-Group Games Graves 
12:45-1 p.m. Pack Up Stuff and Ready for Photo  
1 p.m. Group Photo Library Steps or RTT
1:15 p.m. I Believe Statements & Closing Surveys RTT
1:30-2:30 p.m. T-2-4 Fair MPR
2:15 p.m. Parents arrive at HUB MPR
2:30 p.m. Closing Ceremonies  HUB MPR
3 p.m. Depart  


Because every life is empowering the future, BELIEF will guide students to develop in themselves the motivation, skills and connections to attain an education beyond high school.

Core Values

  • We commit to cultivating excitement and enthusiasm about higher education.
  • We commit to believing in students by encouraging and expecting them to succeed.
  • We commit to instilling in students the belief that they can attain more than they ever thought possible.


  • Students will develop a holistic view of what higher education entails and why it is important.
  • Students will develop an understanding of how to be successful in higher education.
  • Students will develop meaningful relationships with college students and staff.
  • Students and legal guardians will better understand the financial investment of education beyond high school.
  • Students and legal guardians will receive resources around accessing and applying for various forms of financial aid.
  • Students will develop a personal education plan, connecting interests with tangible higher-education options.
  • Students will develop a college-ready portfolio.
  • Students will develop leadership skills through individual activities and team exercises.
  • Students will learn how to build systems of support in reaching their educational goals.

To learn more about BELIEF and how you or your student can attend the conference, contact

Faith Lopez-Flores
BELIEF Conference Manager