Tri-State VISTA Conference







Get ready to:

  • build skills and be inspired
  • gain practical tools and concepts to bring back to your site/project
  • foster connections with other VISTAs

Themes include:

  • Equity, diversity and inclusion
  • Organizational and community change
  • Nonprofit management
  • Life after VISTA

Agenda & Presenters:

Schedule at-a-glance:

Thursday, February 2
8:00am - 9:00am        Registration & breakfast
9:00am - 9:30am        Welcome and announcements
9:30am - 11:45am      Opening plenary program: Pangea World Theater
11:45am - 12:45pm     Lunch
1:00pm - 2:30pm        Breakout sessions A
2:30pm - 3:00pm        Break
3:00pm - 4:30pm        Breakout sessions B
Alternate track:
1:00pm-4:30pm         Off-site sessions
Special event:
5:00pm-7:00pm         Social/networking event: VISTA Alumni Panel and Trivia Night (Bush Student Center HUB, lower level)

Friday, February 3
8:00am-8:30am         Breakfast
8:30am-10:00am       Breakout sessions C
10:00am-10:30am     Break
10:30am-12:00pm     Breakout sessions D
12:15pm-2:00pm       Lunch and closing plenary program: Julia Dinsmore: "My Name Is Not Those People; No One's Is"
Alternate track:
8:30am-12:00pm       Off-site sessions

CHOOSE THE WORKSHOPS THAT ARE RIGHT FOR YOU! Your time at the conference is valuable, so we recommend planning in advance which workshops you want to attend.

Social Media:

To facilitate virtual conversations and share experiences from the VISTA Conference, we encourage participants to use #MNVISTA17 on Twitter, Instagram and other social media platforms.


VISTA registration is now closed. 

Event location:

Hamline University
1536 Hewitt Ave, St Paul, MN 55104
View a Campus Map

All events take place in the Bush Student Center Ballroom unless otherwise indicated. Concurrent breakout sessions take place in the Bush Student Center, Giddens Learning Center and Klas Center. A few breakout sessions will take place off-site. 

Bush Student Center Ballroom directions: The Ballroom is on the second floor. Enter the Bush Center from the main door, right across from Sundin Music Hall. Once inside you will see the main desk for Safety and Security on your right, and a lobby/lounge area right in front of you. Walk straight ahead past the lobby/lounge area and the staircase will be on your left. To access the elevator you will enter and turn left, going past the Safety and Security desk. About half way down the hall, turn left into a small hallway where you can find the elevator.

Parking: Free parking available in outdoor lots, or paid parking in underground ramp at Anderson Center (see Campus Map). 

Lodging & Travel:

Travel to and from the conference will be covered (please see your VISTA sponsor or host site). For VISTAs coming from outside the Twin Cities, hotel lodging will be provided (shared rooms) and arranged for you by the literacy council. Hotel requests should be made at the time of registration. Hotel rooms must be requested by no later than January 15. 


Holiday Inn Express-Roseville
2715 Long Lake Rd, Roseville, MN 55113


If you have an accommodation request or special need (e.g., dietary restrictions, service animal relief area, interpreter, Braille, etc.) for the conference, please indicate so when you register in the space provided. We will make every reasonable effort to provide effective accommodations for conference participants. Accommodation requests should be made at the time of registration.

Event contact:

This event is planned collaboratively by program staff and VISTA Leaders from several Minnesota VISTA sponsors and is funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service. Questions? Contact Meghan Paul-Cook at, 651-251-9069, or Ellen Bergstrom at, 651-251-9151.