Inversant welcomed over 75 local business and education leaders and administrators, government officials and families to Inversant’s annual meeting.
Held on October 26 at The University of Massachusetts Club, Inversant’s annual meeting celebrated the accomplishments of the Inversant program and impact across the Commonwealth. Special guests included Dr. Carlos Santiago, Commissioner of Higher Education for Massachusetts who spoke about the state of the higher education field, stating that “first generation and low-income students need more support and resources to make better higher education decisions.”
Inversant founder and chair of board, Bob Hildreth shared that, “families want to learn and they want to save for their kid’s education. We’ve seen that if parents are given the right education and resources they can and will succeed.”
During the gathering, Hildreth presented State Representative Tom Sannicandro who has also showed his support to the Inversant program by advocating for children savings accounts programs in Massachusetts.
A panel discussion about the power of parental engagement was facilitated by Inversant board member John Connolly, allowing special guests, Chelsea Public Schools Superintendent, Dr. Mary Bourque; Inversant parents; Leah Arteaga and Donna Daniels; and Inversant alumna Diana Vasquez to talk about their own perspectives on this topic.
Dr. Mary Bourque started the conversation by stating that, “since Inversant’s partnership with Chelsea Public Schools the culture at these schools has changed. We have seen an increase in parent participation and attendance.”
Leah shared that “as a single mother of four boys I was not prepared to take on this whole college process but Inversant guided me. At Learning Circles I saw that other families where learning and saving so why not me.” Donna stated, “it was nice having someone to turn to with questions about the college process and procedures I had to follow. Having a group of other families in the same boat and being able to share our stories was really helpful. My daughter and I worked as a team.”