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November 1, 2021

Call for Programs Deadline

September 13, 2021

Registration Opens!

January 7, 2022

Early Bird Deadline

January 28, 2022

Hotel Reservation Deadline

February 4, 2022

Regular Registration Deadline

NASPA Symposium on Military-Connected Students

In-Person Conferences Student Success Veterans

The Call for Programs is Open!

The NASPA Virtual 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 2.5 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

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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.

Call for Programs

The 2022 NASPA Symposium on Military-Connected Students planning committee invites you to submit program proposals from higher education professionals who are part of the essential systems addressing the ever changing needs of military-connected students and their families. Supporting military-connected students in all facets of university life is critical to create an environment conducive to learning and development, and the field of student affairs and higher education as a whole will benefit from the expertise of passionate and dedicated military-connected professionals. We welcome you to submit a program and join us in February to optimize your own programs and services, learn from like-minded professionals, and expand your own wealth of knowledge in support of military connected students. 

The planning committee strongly encourages program proposals content with emerging and proven practices and that will engage participants in fruitful discussions and provide meaningful content to bring back to their campuses.

Please note: all presenters must register to attend the 2022 NASPA Symposium on Military-Connected Students

The Call for Programs is now open! Program Proposals are due Monday, November 1, 2021


Submit Your Proposal Today!

Why present at the 2022 NASPA Symposium on Military-Connected Students? 

  • Have the opportunity to further develop your professional portfolio and skillset
  • Network with other professional around specific topics, issues, and interests
  • Intentionally collaborate with other campuses and/or campus departments on important intiatives
  • And many more reasons!
Apply To Review Proposals!

Why assist in reviewing proposals?

  • Provide critical feedback for more impactful and successful sessions
  • Contribute to the planning of the Symposium
  • Learn to compose stronger proposals
  • Professional development opportunty for individuals at all professional levels


Symposium Themes

Advocating for Diverse Military-Connected Student Identities and Populations
  • How do you work to Identify and support the multiple subpopulations within the military-connected identities and their unique challenges, including: underserved racial/ethnic/religious groups, women-identifying veterans, and LGBTQIA+ experiences?

  • What are potential barriers to success that students with multiple identities face when attempting to receive services from campus resource centers? How are you working to identify and understand the significance of cross-campus collaboration and partnership?

  • What is your campus doing to meet the needs of military-connected students with mental health concerns, and engage in critical discourse about inclusive campus student-veteran support practices?


Expanding Cultural Competency and Critical Thinking Outside the Classroom
  • Explore promising practices and/or programs designed to provide Military Cultural Competency training for faculty, staff, and administrators.

  •  Examine interconnected methods to ensure the integration of military-connected students into the academic and social culture of colleges and universities 

  • What are best or promising practices to engage faculty and cross-campus partners in support of military-connected students.

  • How are you challenging students, staff, and faculty to examine personalities, biases, and perspectives as it relates to military-connected students?


Establishing Impactful and Inclusive Military-Connected Student Support on Campuses
  • Explore the possibility of treating military connected services much like cultural centers and receiving funding, resources, etc. like other centers on campus.

  • What are some advantages and disadvantages of establishing centralized or collaborative models for military connected services: which model works better for students?

  • Identify and examine the placement and/or reporting structure of Military-Connected centers and services on college campuses. (student affairs, vs. DEI, vs. Ad Hoc, etc.) Are there advantages and disadvantages?


Engaging Under-Served Military-Connected Populations
  • What are challenges and obstacles for marginalized military-connected students? What work is your campus doing to intentionally address and dismantle these barriers?

  • What policy, programming, and/or best practices has your campus developed and implemented to address the challenges of under-served military-connected students in the areas of:

    • Increased enrollment of underrepresented military-connected students

    • Increased retention, persistence and graduation rates of underrepresented military-connected students

  • What partnerships has your institution established to service and support historically underrepresented student populations

  • What are  promising practices to establish peer mentoring relationships between institutions, faculty, staff, and administration in order to better address the issues faced by marginalized students?


Additional 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.


Hilton Denver City Center
Hilton Denver City Center
Denver, Colorado

All conference activities will take place at the Hilton Denver City Center. 

NASPA has arranged special room rates for conference attendees at the Hilton Denver City Center at $169/night (not including 15.75% state and local taxes). The cut-off date to receive the conference room rate is Friday, January 28, 2022. Rooms in the conference block may sell out prior to the cut-off date, so please make your reservation as soon as possible.

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 conference. 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 Your Room Today!

Hotel booking information:

Hotel Room Rate / Night
Hilton Denver Center City 
1701 California Street
Denver, CO 80202
* reservation number will be available soon
$169 - Single/ Double
$189 - Triple


Reserve Your Room Today!

Hotel Cancellation Policy

Reservations can be canceled up to 72 hours prior to arrival without any charge. Any reservations canceled inside that 72 hour window, will incur a 1 night room and tax charge.

About Denver, CO

We are so excited to bring this event to the great city of Denver, Colorado! We hope you will take some time to experience the many things the city has to offer.  Visit this website for more information on all that Denver has to offer during your stay. 

Shopping and Local Attractions

Denver, Colorado has all kinds of great shopping and local attractions to enjoy! Located in the heart of downtown, Hilton Denver City Center is within walkng distance to the 16th St. Mall and over 300 restuarants.  Visit here for more information on the places closest to the Hilton Denver City Center. 


The Hilton Denver City Center is 24.0 miles from Denver International Airport and 16 miles from Centennial Airport.  Please visit here for more information on Denver International Airport and visit here for more information on Centennial Airport.  

The hotel does not provide shuttle service.

Alternate transportation

  • Estimated taxi fare: 40-60 USD (one way)
  • Bus service, fee: 3-14 USD (one way)
  • Train service, fee: 6-11 USD (one way)

Driving directions

From Denver International Airport: Take 8599- New Castle Street -8101 to Peña Blvd, Keep left to continue to New Castle St., continue onto 8599- New Castle Street -8101, follow Peña Blvd to E 56th Ave, take exit 2 from Peña Blvd, get on I-70 W to Park Ave W. Take exit 274 from I-70 W. Take 22nd St to California St.  Arrive at Hilton Denver City Center.

From Centennial Airport: Get on E-470 S in Meridian from S Peoria St, take I-25 N to S Lincoln St in Denver, Take exit 207A from I-25 N, follow S Lincoln St. to 18th St., arrive at Hilton Denver City Center.  


Off-site parking with in/out privileges, fee: 34 USD daily

On-site valet parking, fee: 54 USD daily


The average February temperatures in Denver, Colorado are around 53 degrees F during the day and 43 degrees F in the evening. As the conference gets closer, please visit the The Weather Channel for more information.

Please note, the hotel and meeting areas may be colder temperatures. A sweater or jacket is recommended.