Where college leaders convene to transform communities.

DREAM, Achieving the Dream (ATD)'s signature event, is where student-centered peers explore college transformation as a catalyst for equity and economic vitality. During this 19th annual convening in Chicago, thousands of practitioners from over 300 colleges will exchange evidence-based strategies that drive access, momentum, mobility, and community impact.

When colleges meet students' needs and engage their passions, students bring new learning and mobility to their families and neighborhoods. Join us as we learn to better steward student success, so our students become the greatest drivers of community transformation.

Welcome to DREAM 2023

JOIN THOUSANDS OF INFLUENTIAL LEADERS, SCHOLARS, AND PRACTITIONERS from more than 300 colleges and organizations at Achieving the Dream (ATD)’s 20th annual signature event, DREAM 2023. ATD’s immersive in-person experience provides interactive learning and key insights about evidence-based reform strategies that are transforming higher education.

DREAM 2023 will center on four key themes that represent opportunities to effect meaningful change in our communities.


  • Access: to eliminate barriers and connect more community members to high-value educational opportunities at community colleges
  • Momentum: to address inequities that prevent timely progress through college and connection to workforce and transfer opportunities
  • Mobility: to provide economicsecurity for students and their families, particularly BIPOC, poverty impacted, and other marginalized communities
  • Community Impact: to catalyze more equitable and economically vibrant communities and drive shared prosperity

We look forward to seeing you virtually at DREAM 2023!


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