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Gear Up West Conference

GEAR UP West is an annual collaborative regional conference for college access and success practitioners primarily from the Western part of the United States. Participating states have included Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. GEAR UP programs in these states together serve more than 200,000 low-income and historically underrepresented students and their families.

Attendees include GEAR UP and other college access program staff, evaluators, higher education professionals, and middle and high school teachers, counselors, and administrators. All those working to help low-income and underrepresented students prepare for and succeed in college are welcome to attend.

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Conference Details

The 2022 GEAR UP West Conference will be held at the Hilton Salt Lake City Center Hotel, 255 West South Temple, SLC, Utah

The State of Utah has a rich history of supporting education through its many nonprofit organizations and unique learning programs, and we're excited to be hosting the 2022 GEAR UP West Conference!

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Conference Schedule


Conference Schedule

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Sunday, 10/23

Monday, 10/24

Tuesday, 10/25

12:00 pm- Registration Opens 7:00 am- Registration Desk Opens 7:00 am- Registration Desk Opens
1:00-4:30 pm- Pre-conference 7:30-8:45 am- Keynote Breakfast 7:30-8:45 am- Keynote Breakfast
5:00-6:30 pm- Welcome Dinner 9:00-10:15 am- Breakout Sessions 9:00-10:15 am- Breakout Sessions
  10:30-11:45 am- Breakout Sessions 10:30-11:45 am- Breakout Sessions
  12:00-1:30 pm- Keynote Luncheon 12:00-1:30 pm- Networking Luncheon
  1:45-3:00 pm- Breakout Sessions  
  3:15-4:30 pm- Breakout Sessions  
  4:30-6:00 pm- Networking Reception  
  Actual time TBD am- Campus Visit(s) University of Utah  

Meals Provided

Provided Meals 

  • Sunday, Oct 23 – Dinner
  • Monday, Oct 24 – Breakfast and lunch
  • Tuesday, Oct 25 – Breakfast and lunch
  • Note: dietary restrictions will be accepted at the time of registration - gluten free and vegetarian are the options*

Payment and Registration Information

Registration Fees


  • April 15 – October 8, 2022
    • $325
  • Late fee October 9- October 23, 2022
    • $375 


  • April 15 – October 8, 2022
    • $100
  • Late fee October 9 – 23, 2022
    • $150

*Registration fees for the event will be paid online. All payments must be received by the first day of the event, October 23, 2022, to gain access to the conference. Registration during October 9th - October 23, 2022 will be accessed a $50 late registration fee.

Refund/Cancellation Policy

Refund/Cancellation Policy

Cancelled registration for the in-person conference will incur a $50 processing fee.

Note: If any portion of the conference cannot be held in-person or is postponed due to reasons beyond the control of GEAR UP and its affiliated partners, the conference will be held virtually. Access links to the virtual conference will be shared directly with registrants via the email address used to register for the event. No conference registration fees will be refunded if the format is changed to virtual*

Sponsors and Exhibitors

Sponsors & Exhibitors

If your company is interested in exhibiting at the 2022 conference please contact Jacque Deahl, for details.


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  • The Hilton Hotel Salt Lake City Center
  • 255 South West Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah 84101


*Additional overflow accommodations will be provided to conference attendees if needed. More information regarding these accommodations will be updated closer to the conference date.

Conference Keynote Speakers



Official Portrait for Kyle Reyes at UVU
Dr. Kyle A Reyes, Vice President of Student Affairs, UVU - "Lenses of Humanity"
October 23, 2022, 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. MDT
Dr. Kyle A. Reyes currently serves as Vice President of Student Affairs at Utah Valley University (UVU) - the largest university in the state of Utah with over 41,000 students. He has been at UVU for 19 years in various offices and programs: TRIO Upward Bound, GEAR UP, Multicultural Student Services, Student Success & Retention, the School of Education, and the Office of the President.

Learn More About Kyle.



Official Portrait for Logan Taylor

Logan Taylor, Motivational Speaker - "Y.B. Normal?"
October 24, 2022, 7:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. MDT

Taylor is a motivational speaker and founder of Y.B.Normal?, a non-profit organization that helps struggling youth in schools and implements curriculum and journal writing that focuses on social-emotional development. He also leads community outreach events. Taylor is certified in Social Emotional Learning from the University of Colorado and is currently working to obtain his master's degree as a therapist while completing his ACEs certification.

Learn More About Logan.



Dr. Astrid S. Tuminez, President of Utah Valley University
October 24, 2022, 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. MDT

Following a rich and storied career in business, philanthropy, and academia, Dr. Astrid S. Tuminez became the seventh president of Utah Valley University in 2018. She is the first woman to serve full-time as UVU president. Raised in the sums of the Philippines, Tuminez rose to become a world leader in the fields of technology and political science, most recently serving as an executive at Microsoft. She is also the former vice dean of research and assistant dean of executive education at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore.

Learn More About President Tuminez.



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Braxten Nielsen, Professional Rodeo Athlete - "Born to Succeed"
October 25, 2022, 7:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. MDT

Braxten is from Roosevelt, Utah, and currently lives in Spring City, Utah with his wife and daughter. In college, Braxten joined the college rodeo team and has always had a love for all things outdoors. In August of 2017, an accident with a bronc in the chutes of the Magic Valley Stampede in Twin Falls, Idaho, broke Braxten's back and paralyzed him from the waist down. He spent 48 days in the University of Utah Hospital. After months of surgery and intense rehabilitation efforts, Braxten was able to walk and compete again. Braxten hopes to share with the world his message of "We Were Born to Succeed" and emphasizes hard work, resilience, and postivity to overcome setbacks and challenges.

Learn More About Braxten.

Contact Us

For all questions and concerns about the conference, please email Helen Patterson, GEAR UP Utah Statewide Assistant Director or call 801-863-6000. To become a sponsor or vendor, please contact Jacque Deahl at for details.


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