The 2021 NASPA First-generation Student Success Conference will convene scholars and practitioners in the mile high city; Denver, Colorado from June 26-28, 2021, to discuss how higher education professionals across the academy can develop effective approaches to support and improve the outcomes of first-generation college students.

We hope you will join us in 2021!

About the First-generation Student Success Conference

The NASPA Conferences on Student Success in Higher Education convenes the student success-focused community to engage in important professional development, exchange innovative ideas, and network with peers. Through an exciting new virtual platform, you will engage with content from the Assessment, Persistence, and Data Analytics Conference, Closing the Achievement Gap Conference, First-generation Student Success Conference, and Student Financial Wellness Conference without the need to travel.

In addition to a robust selection of educational programming, the virtual conference will offer multiple dynamic keynotes, thought-provoking pre-conference workshops, virtual exhibit hall offerings, and real-time active engagement.

The NASPA Conferences on Student Success in Higher Education is your opportunity to take a cross-functional approach to student success when it has never been more important.

  • 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 asset-based strategies.

  • 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.

2021 Event

Join us in the Mile High City in 2021!

2021 SSHE Venue


We look forward to joining you in person for the 2021 NASPA Conferences on Student Success in Higher Education in beautiful Denver, Colorado!

Mark your calendar for June 25 - 28, 2021, and check back regularly for more information!

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