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November 18, 2020

Booker, Rauh elected to Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska Chapter of Educational Opportunity Association Office

Submitted by Stephanie J. Bannister

Monshonda Booker, director for TRIO Upward Bound, was elected as 2021 president-elect of the Missouri, Kansas and Nebraska, or MO-KAN-NE, Chapter of the Educational Opportunity Association, or EOA. Cheryl Rauh, program manager for the TRIO McNair Scholars Program, was elected as 2021 Kansas State Representative for the chapter. Booker and Rauh were sworn in on Nov. 9 at the 46th annual EOA Conference.

As president-elect, Booker's responsibilities include serving on the association's board of directors, the chapter's board of directors, the Membership and Certification Committee, the Professional Development Committee, the Public Relations and Communication Committee, and the Professional Development-Best Practices Summit: Executive Support Committee. Charges for these committees include promoting membership, increasing membership, serving as the chapter's delegate for the association's professional development, serving on EOA committees, maintaining professional preparation and standards in keeping with the chapter's goals and objectives and for the provision of professional development, and planning, implementing and evaluating the annual chapter conference.

At K-State, Booker has served as director of Upward Bound at Kansas State Polytechnic for seven years.

The role continues Booker's prior engagement with MO-KAN-NE. In 2020, she served as co-chair of the 42nd annual MO-KAN-NE Conference; in 2019, she served as the Kansas member-at-large and chair of TRIO Achievers. In addition, Booker served as Kansas state representative from 2016-2018, chair of Enhancement Educational Opportunity Funding in 2017-2018, and chair of Special Concerns and Affiliation in 2014-2017. She will be co-chairing the 43rd annual MO-KAN-NE Annual Conference in 2021.

As Kansas state representative, Rauh's responsibilities include serving on the chapter's board of directors, the Membership and Certification Committee, the Fair Share Committee and the State Representatives Committee. Charges for these committees include promoting membership, soliciting contributions from individual and institutional members for the Council for Opportunity in Education, and coordinating outreach to Kansas representatives during the annual Policy Seminar in Washington, D.C. Rauh is also responsible for communicating the needs, concerns and interests of chapter members to the board of directors, coordinating statewide TRIO Day events, and communicating board and Fair Share information back to state members. This is Rauh's second term serving in this role, and it continues her prior engagement serving on the Research and Evaluation Committee for MO-KAN-NE in 2017 and on the MO-KAN-NE McNair Heartland Research Conference Committee from 2018-present for which her greatest responsibility is coordinating technology.

Rauh has worked in TRIO since 2016, serving as program manager for the TRIO McNair Scholars Program since 2018, and before that as academic/student services coordinator for the TRIO McNair and Educational Supportive Services programs.

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