IMPORTANT UPDATE: Event registration is at capacity. We are unable to accommodate additional registrations at this time. If you are a presenter, or otherwise need to be registered, please email jfrasier@naspa.org. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns.


If you would like to learn what to expect while attending #FGSS19, click here to read a recent Center blog.


 

The 2019 NASPA First-generation Student Success Conference will convene scholars and practitioners in beautiful Orlando, Florida from June 16-18, 2019, to discuss how higher education professionals across the academy can develop effective approaches to support and improve the outcomes of first-generation college students.

This conference will be co-located with three other events, the Assessment, Persistence, and Data Analytics Conference, the Closing the Achievement Gap Conference, and the Student Financial Wellness Conference to comprise the inaugural 2019 NASPA Conferences on Student Success in Higher Education. This gathering will provide those committed to student success from across the institution with dynamic keynotes, thought-provoking workshops, and engaging networking opportunities using a cross-functional approach to student success. The convergence of four unique conferences will create a space for attendees to share ideas, strategies, and evidence-based research on strategies to dismantle barriers related to student success.

 

About the First-generation Student Success Conference

The 2019 NASPA First-generation Student Success Conference will examine a breadth of topics critical to advancing the holistic outcomes of first-generation students. The conference program will consider the vast intersectionality of first-generation students, the systemic and institutional barriers to success, evidence-based practices and approaches to student support and services, the role of assessment and evaluation, opportunities to build celebratory campus environments, and strategies for building networked campus approaches to scaling support. Participants will have an opportunity to learn more about the Center for First-generation Student Success while engaging with, scholars, and advocates in multiple presentation formats, research discussions, and networking events.

As a registered First-generation Student Success Conference attendee, you have access to attend offerings for any of the four conferences through one registration fee. With a diverse offering of dynamic keynotes, thought-provoking workshops, and engaging networking opportunities, the 2019 NASPA Conferences on Student Success in Higher Education is your opportunity to take a cross-functional approach to student success. For more information, click here.


ATTEND THE FIRST-GENERATION STUDENT SUCCESS CONFERENCE TO:
  • Understand the lived experiences and vast intersectionality of first-generation college students across academic years, institutional types, and sectors.

  • Discuss systemic and institutional barriers first-generation students face in higher education and identify strategies for advancing change.

  • Identify and utilize strategies for supporting first-generation students and bridging gaps in cultural capital through asset-based programmatic approaches, services, and skill building.

  • Discuss and implement approaches for creating an engaged campus community that identifies, supports, and celebrates first-generation college students.

  • Recognize and engage with scholarly literature and current research critical to understanding and advancing first-generation student outcomes.

  • Consider evaluation, assessment, and data strategies for understanding and improving institutional and programmatic first-generation initiatives.

Keynote Speaker

The First-generation Student Success Conference Committee is excited to announce that Dr. Rebecca Covarrubias, Assistant Professor of Psychology and Faculty Director of the Student Success Equity Research Center at UC Santa Cruz, will serve as the conference keynote speaker.


 

Rebecca Covarrubias Headshot
Dr. Covarrubias is a social and cultural psychologist, she examines the importance of reflecting the cultural strengths and practices of students from diverse backgrounds in educational settings as a way to foster inclusion and equity. A first-generation faculty member, she co-launched UC Santa Cruz’s First Generation Initiative to foster a sense of community among first-generation students, staff, and faculty. For her research, teaching and community-engagement, Dr. Covarrubias was awarded a 2018 UC Santa Cruz Chancellor’s Achievement Award for Diversity, the 2018 Society for Research in Child Development Latino Caucus Early Career Award, and the 2017 Society of Psychological Study of Social Issues Michele Alexander Early Career Award.

With her team of student researchers in the Culture and Achievement Collaborative, she works to translate these findings into actionable practices that can shift the culture of institutions and can help students thrive.


We are pleased to welcome an incredible slate of keynote speakers that will help us stitch together the complete picture of student success across higher education. Click here to learn more about all of the keynote speakers for the 2019 Conferences on Student Success in Higher Education.
SSHE 19 Keynote 

From left to right:
Tim Bono, Ph.D., Assistant Dean for Assessment and Analytics in the Division of Student Affairs, Washington University 
Bridget Burns, Executive Director, University Innovation Alliance 
Rebecca Covarrubias, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Psychology and Faculty Director of the Student Success Equity Research Center, University of California, Santa Cruz 
Martha J. Kanter, Ed.D., Executive Director, College Promise Campaign
Yolanda Watson Spiva, Ph.D., President, Complete College America

Call for Programs

The 2019 NASPA First-generation Student Success Conference committee seeks proposals that effectively advance the understanding of holistic success and improved outcomes specific to first-generation college students across all institutional types and sectors. Presenters will be asked to identify the content level of their session; foundational, intermediate, or advanced. Additionally, the content advisory committee will select programs based upon their relationship to the Conference's learning outcomes.

Calls for Programs is Closed
SIGN-UP TO VOLUNTEER ON-SITE

The program proposal review process is underway. We welcome you to consider serving as an on-site volunteer during the 2019 NASPA First-generation Student Success Conference. 

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Schedule

The schedule was designed to provide participants with interactive and engaging programming, opportunities for deeper discussion, and networking. For a printable schedule at a glance, click the button below.

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The schedule is subject to minor changes.

Pre-Conference Programs & Events

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Co-sponsored by the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition

 

Increasing the Institutional Sustainability of Your First-generation Student Program

Sunday, June 16th from 09:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Presenters:
Amy Baldwin, Ed.D., Director, Department of Student Transitions - University of Central Arkansas
La’Tonya (LT) Rease-Miles, Ph.D., Director, First Year Experience and Strategic Initiatives - University of California, Los Angeles
James K. Winfield, Assistant Director for Faculty Development, University 101 Programs - University of South Carolina

 

Abstract

Advocates of first-generation college students are often the most enthusiastic higher education professionals on their campuses, and with that excitement, it is easy to be affected by the challenges that come with building sustainable student support programs. This session will focus on identifying common obstacles to program growth and sustainability as well as creating viable pathways around those obstacles. Specifically, the workshop participants will learn how to increase both grassroots and top-down buy-in, deal strategically with resistance, and develop a plan for weathering inevitable institutional culture change.

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MORE PRE-CONFERENCE PROGRAMS 

The planning committees for the 2019 NASPA Conferences on Student Success in Higher Education worked to select pre-conference workshops that will enrich and enhance your attendee experience. Pre-conference workshops are typically three (3) hours, pre-conference Institutes are typically eight (8) hours, and both will require participants to pre-register for a fee.

Conducting Program Review Using the CAS Standards
Saturday, June 15th • 09:00 AM – 05:00 PM


Assessment 101: Introduction to Student Affairs Assessment
Sunday, June 16th • 09:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Data Analytics for Student Affairs: Developing a Foundation for Organizational Effectiveness
Sunday, June 16th • 09:00 AM – 12:00 PM

The Current & Future of College Completion: Critical Student Affairs Practices
Sunday, June 16th • 09:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Click Here to Learn More about Pre-Con Workshops

Registration

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Event registration is at capacity. We are unable to accommodate additional registrations at this time. If you are a presenter, or otherwise need to be registered, please email jfrasier@naspa.org. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns.


 

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.

The 2019 NASPA Conferences on Student Success in Higher Education converges four events into one. Please select the conference which is most applicable to you, though you are welcome to attend sessions and presentations from any conference on site.

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Registration Fees
Early Registration
before 04/13/2019
Regular Registration
04/13/2019 to 05/18/2019
Late Registration
after to 05/18/2019
NASPA Member
$450 $500 $575
Non-NASPA Member
$650 $700 $775
NASPA Student Member
$155 $185 $230
Half-Day Pre-Conference Fees
Early Registration
before 04/13/2019
Regular Registration
04/13/2019 to 05/18/2019
Late Registration
after to 05/18/2019
Member and Non-Member Price
$75 $95 $115
Full-Day Pre-Conference Fees
Early Registration
before 04/13/2019
Regular Registration
04/13/2019 to 05/18/2019
Late Registration
after to 05/18/2019
Member and Non-Member Price
$110 $130 $150

Venue

All conference activities will take place at the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld.

 

Please Note: The event housing block for the 2019 Conferences on Student Success in Higher Education is currently sold out.

If you are in need of a new reservation, we encourage you to make your reservation(s) through our approved third party provider – aRes – where you will have access to citywide hotel availability at current market rates.

aRes is an approved third-party business partner that provides alternate housing options. This service is not owned or managed by either NASPA or Experient. You will receive a confirmation for your hotel reservation directly from aRes. If you would like to speak with an aRes customer service agent, please call 1-877-300-6147 or International callers 1-619-546-7263.

Use the button below to find accommodations. The link will show hotel rates as well as distance to the event hotel, the Renaissance Orlando.

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Travel: Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld is located 13 miles from both Orlando International Airport (MCO) and Kissimmee Gateway Airport (ISM), 18 miles from Orlando Executive Airport (ORL), and 42 miles from Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB).

Transportation: For more information regarding shuttle providers to and from local airports, please visit the Transportation section of the hotel website.

Weather: Temperatures in Orlando in June are around 90 degrees F during the day and 70 degrees F in the evening. As the conference gets closer, please visit the Weather Channel for more information.

Unlikely Screening

 

As an added benefit, FGSS Conference participants will be able to view the Unlikely fillm screening. Once the conference schedule is finalized, the date and time of the screening will be shared.

#UnlikelyFilm tells the story of 5 individuals fighting for a second chance at opportunity in the world of higher education. Learn more by visiting www.unlikelyfilm.com. If you would like to request a screening, visit bit.ly/requestunlikely.