October 13, 2022
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October 19, 2022
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December 19, 2022
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January 20, 2023
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January 30, 2023
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2023 NASPA Symposium on Military-Connected Students
In-Person Conferences Student Success Veterans Mid-Level Senior Level
February 19 - February 21, 2023 Denver, CO
The 2023 NASPA Symposium on Military-Connected Students is the association’s premiere event designed for student affairs practitioners supporting military-connected students. The symposium is your exclusive opportunity to share evidence-based practices from your campus or organization. Learn from leading researchers in the field and engage with other professionals committed to supporting military-connected students.
This 3 day symposium features keynote sessions; research, policy, and best practices presentations; and workshop style sessions to help campus professionals develop or enhance their programming and services for military-connected students.
We invite you to connect with colleagues, participate in engaging sessions, and learn from dynamic plenary sessions. Registration is open!
Military-connected students comprise a growing population in higher education, and are those who enroll in postsecondary education with current or prior service with the military and their dependents. These students are also diverse in terms of demographic characteristics and service backgrounds, placing an important role on student affairs professionals and leaders to develop comprehensive, targeted, and meaningful support services to encompass the needs of these unique students. The Symposium provides opportunities for professionals and other stakeholders to share and learn ways to effectively support military-connected students.
Themes for 2023 Symposium on Military-Connected Students
Developing, implementing, and reenvisioning military-connected student services and resources.
Identify ways in which campus veteran services can fully operate in a constrained or under-resourced environment.
Determine the services that should be provided for a commuter and/or virtual constituency.
- Evaluate how to best serve students at multiple campus locations through communication, delivery of services, sharing of information, and building of community.
Instituting an inclusive culture for diverse military-connected student populations and identities.
Consider how diversity is defined for the military-connected student population.
Evaluate how to redefine diversity initiatives for an already “trained” veteran and military-connected population.
Identify how to create a sense of belonging for student veterans and military-connected students.
Implementing institutional policies which serve military-connected students.
Evaluate and describe how to advocate for the implementation of appropriate policies to serve military-connected students.
Develop an understanding of institutional policies and how to implement them to best support military-connected students.
Understand how the current landscape on policy, at the national, state, and local levels relate to military-connected students.
Assessing military-connected student programs in higher education.
Create metrics that capture student success for various military-connected populations and identities.
Determine how to gather and analyze relevant data and information on student veterans and the military-connected population.
Engaging, connecting, and mentoring higher education professionals serving military-connected students.
Develop and implement Human Resources policies for hiring and tracking military-connected faculty and staff.
Identify ways to engage with military-connected faculty and staff on a regular basis.
Registration for this year's Symposium is now open!
Registration as a member is based on individual membership status at the time of the event. If your current membership will expire prior to the event, you will have the option to renew at the time of registration to receive the member rate.
If you are not a current member and are employed by a college or university that is an institutional member, you can join as a professional affiliate member for $80. If your institution is NOT a member, you can join as an associate affiliate member for $250. Both membership types provide access to the individual member rate for the event. Please visit the membership section of the NASPA website to learn more about membership types and benefits. We hope you’ll consider joining today!
Deadline: December 19, 2022
Deadline: January 20, 2023
|NASPA Student Member||$200||$250||$325|
If you are experiencing financial hardship, you may qualify for a NASPA Foundation Membership Scholarship or NASPA Foundation Professional Development Access Scholarship, which can be used for this event.
For a comprehensive listing of NASPA registration policies, please visit this page.
Schedule at a Glance
Sunday, February, 19, 2023
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
*Additional Registration Required
Veterans Services 101: Pitfalls and Possibilities
In this Veterans Services 101 session, explore a mixture of theory and practice to open up your capacity for experimentation and exploration as a leader in veterans services at your campus. From a theoretical perspective, we will begin with what it means to serve veterans from a student services perspective, touching on Veteran Critical Theory, Strayhorns’ approach to belonging, and Wert’s integration of these into a comprehensive service model. Starting with a bedrock approach to efficient and empathetic servicing regarding military educational benefits, we will touch on fundraising, student organizations, academic and social programming, as well as student employees and peer advising. Finally, we will explore the lessons learned from actual practitioners during the early phases of their work, including mistakes they made and how they turned them into opportunities.
Veterans Services 201: Sustaining & Expanding Programs Through Development and Assessment
Now that you’ve successfully built and carefully assessed your campus student veteran programs…what’s next? Are your programs funded indefinitely? For your most impactful programs, do you have the resources to expand them? This session explores methods to sustain and even grow programming through development and assessment. Learn to identify your fundraising “inherent advantages” to find new donors and increase donations. Share ideas on aligning donor passion with student need. Learn how to fundamentally change fundraising conversations to enhance success. Join the discussion on “12 Tips for Fundraising/Resourcing Success”…no fundraising experience required.
Day 1 (Sunday, February 19)
8:00 am - 5:00 pm: Registration Open
9:00 am - 12:00 pm: Pre-Symposium Workshops (*Additional Registration Required)
- 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm: Symposium Kick-off and Opening Keynote Plenary
2:45 pm - 3:45 pm: Breakout Sessions I
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm: Breakout Sessions II
5:15 pm - 6:00 pm: Conference Connections Meet-Up
6:15 pm - 7:30 pm: Opening Reception
Day 2 (Monday, February 20)
8:00 am - 5:00 pm: Registration Open
8:30 am - 9:30 am: Breakfast and VKC Awards Ceremony
9:45 am - 11:00 am: Day 2 Keynote Plenary
11:15 am - 12:15 pm: Breakout Sessions III
12:15 pm - 1:30 pm: Symposium Break
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm: Breakout Sessions IV
2:45 pm - 3:30 pm: Guided Discussions
3:45 pm - 5:15 pm: Networking Break
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm: Veterans Knowledge Community Open Meeting
Day 3 (Tuesday, February 21)
8:00 am - 11:00 am: Registration Open
8:30 am - 9:45 am: Closing Plenary
10:00 am - 11:00 am: Breakout Sessions V
The 2023 Symposium on Military Connected Students will be located at the Hilton Denver City Center. Conveniently located in the heart of downtown Denver, a half-mile from the Colorado Convention Center and a block from 16th Street, a popular stretch for dining, nightlife and shopping.
Additional Travel Information
Hilton Denver City Center
NASPA has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5120. A list of programs for which NBCC-approved clock hours will be awarded availible here. NASPA is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
Participants can receive a maximum of 5 clock hours for this event. Up to 3 additional clock hours are available for attending pre-symposium workshops. To receive credit, please complete a reporting form available here. In addition, you must complete an online evaluation of individual sessions, which will be emailed to you shortly after the conference. A certificate of completion will be sent via email after the form has been processed and approved.
A general certificate of attendance is available for sessions that are not eligible for NBCC, or to document hours for other licenses or credentials. Forms to request this certificate are available here.
The deadline to request clock hours for this event is March 14, 2023. For questions regarding continuing education, please contact Teri Gillmor at [email protected]
Health, Safety, and Responsibility
On-site Participation Guidelines
Event Safety During Ongoing Public Health Emergencies
With ongoing public health emergencies, NASPA is prepared to manage our place-based events with the health, safety, and well-being of our attendees, staff, presenters, exhibitors, sponsors, and speakers in mind. All participants, including, but not limited to, attendees, speakers, sponsors, volunteers, NASPA staff, service providers, and others are expected to abide by our code of conduct and all polices in effect for any event sponsored by the Association.
We will continue to monitor and update safety precautions for all of our conferences regularly and coordinate with trusted national resources, state and local public health agencies, and the hotels/venues hosting our events.
In all cases, we will continue to assess the risks in the area local to the event and the current status in the United States. In keeping with the Association's duty of care and the responsibility as host, NASPA has implemented safety requirements for many of our place-based convenings.
We reserve the right to modify these policies and procedures at any time given the rapidly changing nature of any current and ongoing public health emergencies.
The NASPA Symposium on Military-Connected Students started as the Veterans Symposium for Higher Education in 2009 as a one-day program with five presentations and fifty participants. The symposium has grown to a two and half day program with multiple programs and individuals from all around the country.
The symposium was envisioned by Tom Jackson, the vice president for student affairs at the University of Louisville and a military veteran of the USCGR, ARNG, TXSG, and IGR and Frank Mianzo, chief of staff for the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs at the University of Louisville. It was their desire to host an annual program that focused on issues related to student veterans while bringing together colleagues committee to serving student veterans. With generous assistance of Kathy Snead from the Servicemember Opportunity Colleges and Shirley Hardy, Laura Mercer, and Glenn Gittings from the University of Louisville, the symposium flourished.
Tom Jackson and Frank Mianzo worked with NASPA to ensure the symposium would continue. The Veterans Symposium, now the NASPA Symposium for Military-Connected Students, continues to provide an opportunity who serve military-connected students to come together and talk about program ideas, trends, and current research. NASPA is pleased to continue the rich history started at the University of Louisville.