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October 13, 2022

Call for Programs Submission Deadline

October 19, 2022

Meeting Request Deadline

December 19, 2022

Early Bird Registration Deadline

January 20, 2023

Regular Registration Deadline

January 30, 2023

Hotel Block Deadline

2023 NASPA Symposium on Military-Connected Students

In-Person Conferences Student Success Veterans Mid-Level Senior Level

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!

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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.

Conference Themes

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!

Registration Fees


Early Registration

December 19, 2022

Regular Registration

January 20, 2023

Late Registration 

February 1,  2023

Member Rate $475 $525 $600
Non-Member Rate $675 $725 $800
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

Pre-Symposium Workshops

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)
  • 8:30 am - 5:00 pm: Registration Open

  • 9:00 am - 12:00 pm: Pre-Symposium Workshops (*Additional Registration Required)

  • 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm: Breakout Sessions I

  • 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm: Symposium Kick-off and Opening Keynote Plenary

  • 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm: Breakout Sessions I

  • 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm: Breakout Sessions II

  • 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm: Breakout Sessions III

  • 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm: Opening Reception 

Day 2 (Monday, February 20)
  • 8:30 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 IV

  • 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm: Symposium Break 

  • 1:20 pm - 2:30 pm: Breakout Sessions V

  • 2:45 pm - 3:15 pm: Learning Labs

  • 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm:  Extended Learning Sessions

  • 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm: Networking/Social Opportunities

Day 3 (Tuesday, February 21)
  • 8:30 am - 11:00 am: Registration Open 

  • 8:30 am - 9:45 am: Closing Plenary 

  • 10:00 am - 11:00 am: Breakout Sessions VI

  • 11:15 pm – 12:15 pm: Breakout Sessions VII



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.

NASPA has arranged special room rates for Symposium attendees at The Hilton Denver City Center starting at $169.00 (+Taxes & Fees).  To book a room in the NASPA room block, click here. 

Reserving a room within our block by using the hotel's dedicated meeting website or toll-free telephone number not only benefits you; it also helps to support the Symposium. When you book within our conference block, you help NASPA keep meeting costs as low as possible and enable us to provide some of the important features meeting attendees have come to enjoy, such as networking receptions, exhibit area coffee breaks, and off-site transportation. 

Reserve a Room!

Venue Information

Additional Travel Information

Hilton Denver City Center

1701 California Street, Denver, CO 80202, United States
+1 303 297 1300
Airport Shuttle: Not available
Denver International Airport: 24.00 miles
Centennial Airport: 16.00 miles
Self parking: $34.00 (Located at 1820 California St Denver, CO)
Valet parking: $54.00

Call for Programs

The Call for Programs is now closed!

All program submissions were due November 15, 2022.

 The 2023 symposium focuses on best practices, innovative strategies, and current challenges in supporting the success of student veterans and other military-connected students.

Submission Criteria Proposals will be evaluated by several program reviewers using the Conference Themes:

  • Developing, implementing, and reenvisioning military-connected student services and resources
  • Instituting an inclusive culture for diverse military-connected student populations and identities
  • Implementing institutional policies which serve military-connected students
  • Assessing military-connected student programs in higher education
  • Engaging, connecting, and mentoring higher education professionals serving military-connected students.

Presenters were notified of their program status by December 2, 2022. All presenters and co-presenters will be expected to cover registration and other related fees associated with attending the symposium. All presenters will be expected to provide an electronic copy of their presentation prior to the event which will be shared with participants to view afterwards.

Additional Call for Programs Information

Successful Proposals:

Successful proposals should include:

  • Lengthy description about session content that you will present.
  • Relationship of the program to the conference themes outlined on the website.
  • Identification of the program format (e.g., lecture, panel, debate) including methods for participant involvement (e.g., discussion, effective practice sharing, case study analysis).
  • Evidence of the conceptual foundation for proposal content including ways the program content is grounded in research, relevant experience, a cogent model, or appropriate theory.
  • Integration of equity, inclusion, and social justice for identified subpopulations (students of color, LGBTQIA+ students, international students, students with ability differences, undocumented students, etc.) or at a systems level (e.g. colonization, racial oppression and trauma, restrictive statewide policy for trans students' rights, etc.).
General Proposal Writing Tips:

Looking for tips on writing an effective general NASPA proposal? See sample submissions and formatting tips in our Program Submission Guidelines.

Keynote Speakers


The NASPA Symposium on Military-Connected Students is your opportunity to take a cross-functional approach to student success when it has never been more important.

If you would like to exhibit or sponsor virtually at the NASPA Symposium on Military-Connected Students, please contact Fred Comparato at [email protected]. The deadline to become a sponsor is December 16, 2022.

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.