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.
This 2.5 day symposium features keynote sessions; research, policy, and best practices presentations; and workshop style sessions to help professionals develop or enhance their programming and services for military-connected students.
Call for Programs
NASPA invites you to submit proposals for the 2021 NASPA Virtual Symposium on Military-connected Students. This virtual symposium will provide participants with proven tools and strategies to accelerate the development of military-connect students in a campus climate, and develop a culture that supports the personal and academic success of the full range of miltary-connected students on campus. Program proposals submissions must align with one of the learning themes and outcomes listed below.
Program Submission Deadline: November 6, 2020
Presenters and co-presenters whose proposals are accepted must be registered for the Institute. Presenters will be notified of their program status by November 24, 2020
Learning Themes and Outcomes
Developing Online Student Support Services
- Identify tools or systems which provide access to students in greatest need of educational opportunities and accessibility
- Evaluate current practices on moving support services online
- Create ways to engage military-connected students in unconventional, but accessible ways
- Determine the workload necessary to meet ADA standards for online services
Establishing, Utilizing, and Improving Campus Resources
- Identify ways campus partners can support military-connected students
- Evaluate methods, current research, and best practices institutions can employ to improve military-connected student persistence, retention, key performance indicators (KPIs), success, and/or program completion
- Analyze potential costs, benefits, and/or barriers for building and maintaining dedicated resources, personnel, and/or spaces for military-connected students
Advocating for Diverse Military-Connected Student Identities and Populations
- Identify and recognized the multiple subpopulations within the military-connected identity and their unique challenges
- Understand the intersectionality of identity, as well as underserved racial/ethnic/religious groups, women-identifying veterans, and LGBTQIA+ experiences
- Identify potential problems or barriers campus resource centers may present to students with multiple identities
- Identify and understand the significance of cross-campus collaboration and partnership
- Describe the needs of military-connected students with mental health concerns, and engage in critical discourse about inclusive campus student-veteran support practices
Developing the Future of Higher Education for Military-Connected Students
- Analyze current national enrollment trends and share strategies on how institutions can improve their approaches to military-connected student support
- Evaluate and describe current research findings, identify gaps in research and/or interpret findings as they relate to supporting military-connected students
- Understand how the current landscape on policy, at the national, state, and local levels relate to military-connected students
Registration as a member is based on individual membership status. If you are employed by a college or university that is an institutional member, you can join as an individual member at the $75 rate. This gives you the conference registration and a year of membership for less than the non-member registration fee. If your institution is NOT a member, then you will need to join at the associate affiliate rate of $242 and then you can pay the individual member rate for conference registration. Visit the Membership section of the NASPA website to learn about membership types.
12/5/2020 - 1/29/2021
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Refunds will be given for cancellations, received in writing by January 29, 2020, less a $25.00 processing fee. In addition, a processing fee of $50.00 per registration will be charged for credit cards declined.
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