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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 2020 BELIEF Conference is Feb. 21-22.

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2020 Conference Schedule

Friday, Feb. 21, 2020
Time Event Location
9 a.m. Students load busses  
9:30 a.m. Student Arrival (Mentor Tunnel!) Graves
9:45 a.m. Welcoming Ceremonies (Introductions) Graves
10:30-10:40 a.m. Transition to EJ  
10:40 a.m. Mock Lecture / Pre-survey (Kevin Benson) Eric 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 to LIB  
12:50 p.m. Résumé with strengths assesment Library labs/classroom
2:10-2:15 p.m. Transition to ROB  
2:15 p.m. Group 1: Genuine Student Panel (no adults) G1: Robinson #210
  Group 2: Lecture activity G2: Robinson #310
  Group 3: YWCA Relationship Building G3: Robinson #141
3-3:05 p.m. Transition  
3:05 p.m. Group 1: YWCA Relationship Building G1: Robinson #141
  Group 2: Student Panel G2: Robinson #210
  Group 3: Lecture activity G3: Robinson #310
3:50-3:55 p.m. Transition  
3:55 p.m. Group 1: Lecture activity G1: Robinson #310
  Group 2: YWCA Relationship Building G2: Robinson #141
  Group 3: Student Panel G3: Robinson #210
4:40-4:45 p.m. Transition to Graves  
4:45 p.m. Large Group Activities/Gonzaga dance team/Tours/Chill time Graves
5:30 p.m. Dinner Dining Hall
6:45 p.m. Cool Whip/EOD Reflection Weyerhaeuser RTT
8 p.m. Released for Evening  
Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020
Time Event Location
8 a.m. Breakfast/Hopes for the day with Mentor Dining Hall
9-9:45 a.m. Group 1: Act 6 Panel G1: Robinson #141
  Group 2: Personal Statement/Photobooth G2: Robinson #310
  Group 3: Identity G3: Robinson #210
9:45-9:50 a.m. Transition  
9:50-10:35 a.m. Group 3: Identity G1: Robinson #210
  Group 1: Act 6 Panel G2: Robinson #141
  Group 2: Personal Statement/Photobooth G3: Robinson #310
10:35-10:40 a.m. Transition  
  Group 2: Personal Statement/Photobooth G1: Robinson #310
  Group 3: Identity G2: Robinson #210
  Group 1: Act 6 Panel G3: Robinson #141
11:25-11:30 a.m. Transition to lunch  
11:30-12:15 p.m. Lunch Dining Hall
12:15-12:45 p.m. Large Group Games/Chill time  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 Weyerhaeuser RTT
1:30-2:30 p.m. T-2-4 Fair HUB MPR
2:15 p.m. Parents Arrive at Main HUB; snacks HUB MPR
2:30 p.m. Closing Ceremonies HUB MPR
3:15 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

Dylan Crump
BELIEF Conference Manager