The 2021 NASPA Virtual First-generation Student Success Conference, as part of the NASPA Virtual Conferences on Student Success in Higher Education, will convene scholars and practitioners from June 26-30, 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.
The NASPA Virtual 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. You will engage with content from the Assessment Persistence, and Data Analytics Conference, the inaugural Dismantling Systemic Barriers to Student Success Conference, and the First-generation Student Success Conference in a virtual event platform.
About the First-generation Student Success Conference
The NASPA Virtual 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, the inaugural Dismantling Systemic Barriers to Student Success Conference, and the First-generation Student Success 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 Virtual 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.
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 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 Conference Advisory Committee
The Conference Advisory Committee (CAC), in partnership with the NASPA conference planning staff, provides overall support of the Conferences on Student Success in Higher Education (SSHE). The CAC serves as an advocate for the SSHE experience, ensures that conference programming and activities are linked to the learning outcomes of the conferences, and assists with the development of the overall attendee experience. Thank you for the First-generation Student Success Conference Advisory Committee!
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|Lamesha Brown, Ph.D.
St. Cloud Technical & Community College
|Whitley Johnson, M.A.Ed
University of Miami
|Alicia Sanchez, MBA
Wichita State University
|Jennifer Schoen, M.Ed
|Gourjoine Wade, Ed.D.
Grambling State University
Pre-conference workshops are available to conference registrants at an additional cost. A full view of the pre-conference workshops can be viewed here. Please note: You cannot register or attend a pre-conference workshop without registering for one of the conferences.
View the workshop descriptions below to learn more! Any questions regarding the workshops, please email us at [email protected].
Re-engaging First-gen Graduate Students: Developing a Post-pandemic Campus Plan
Saturday, June 26, 2021 from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. EST
This interactive workshop will guide audience members through several large and small group discussions and activities in order to explore potential opportunities for re-engaging their first-generation student population as part of post-pandemic campus planning. Facilitators will guide attendees through a critical reflection of their institutional systems for supporting first-generation graduate students. Attendees will also complete a SWOT analysis to identify opportunities and needs to advocate for change on their campus.
Presenters: Alece Alderson, Assistant Vice Chancellor of Student Life, University of California, San Francisco; Matt Newlin, Higher Education Consultant
*Additional registration is required.
Partnering with Parents and Families of First-generation College Students
Sunday, June 26, 2022 from 9:00am - 12:00pm ET (Half-Day)
Applying Dr. T.J. Yosso's Community Cultural Wealth Model and Drs. Lent, Brown, and Hackett's Social Cognitive Career Theory, authors of the book First-Generation Professionals in Higher Education: Strategies for the World of Work, explore the navigational capital of first-generation professionals. Utilizing the interactive content from the book, the presenter will discuss strategies to promote first-generation professional success, and share lessons learned about publishing including idea generation, creating the writing imperative, and mapping a road to publication.
Mary Blanchard Wallace, Ph.D., assistant vice president student affairs, University of Alabama Birmingham
A Dedicated First Scholars and First-gen Forward Pre-Conference Workshop (Invite-Only)
Sunday, June 27, 2021 from 12:00 - 3:00 p.m. EST
This workshop will feature perspectives from senior leaders, insight from institutions leading evidence-based, outcomes-driven initiatives, opportunities for topic-based dialogue, and community building with colleagues equally committed to first-generation efforts. At the heart of both First Scholars and First-gen Forward is the opportunity to share and learn across our talented network, and we are excited to provide this joint gathering for dedicated conversation. For those registering for the conference, First Scholars and First-gen Forward institutions will also have access to networking opportunities.
Additional registration is required but there is no fee for invited institutions.
Approaches to Assessing First-Generation College Student Success
Sunday, June 27, 2021 from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. EST
Assessment is one of the most critical features of developing and sustaining successful first-generation programs and initiatives. Identifying first-generation college students and their needs as well as documenting and highlighting effective practice is the key to continued institutional support and program sustainability. This session will explore the role of assessment in evaluating first-generation student needs, interaction with programs and services, and learning outcomes. It will also outline a model to organize these assessment activities and discuss strategies for conducting meaningful assessment of both student development and programmatic effectiveness. Session participants will have the opportunity to reflect on the assessment climate on their own campuses and share successful techniques and methods from their own experience.
Presenters: Jennifer R. Keup, Director, National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition, University of South Carolina; Sarah E. Whitley, Assistant Vice President, Center for First-generation Student Success, NASPA
*Additional registration is required.
One registration grants access to conference speakers, sessions, and special features from all three conferences!
When registering, please select the conference that best aligns with your interests.
Conference Registration Fees
January 20 - April 30, 2021
May 1 - May 28, 2021
May 29 - June 25, 2021
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Registration is based on individual membership status. If you are employed by a college or university that is an institutional member, you can join NASPA as an individual member at a reduced rate of $75. By becoming a NASPA member and securing the member registration rate, you save $35 compared to registering at the non-Member registration rate.
If your institution is NOT a member, you will need to join at the associate affiliate rate of $242 and then register at the individual member rate for conference registration. Visit the membership section of the NASPA website to learn about membership types.
Be sure to carefully review the registration policy information below.
Refunds will be given for cancellations less a $50.00 processing fee. In addition, a processing fee of $50.00 per registration will be charged for credit cards declined. Please allow 30 business days for processing. To inquire about the status of a refund after 10 business days, please send an email to [email protected].
Substitutions are allowed by individuals within the same institution/company. Substitutions should have the same member classification so that the payment is an even exchange transfer of payment. Additional charges may apply if the membership status is not the same. Please email your request for the substitute attendee to [email protected].
Please note, individual NASPA memberships are non-refundable and non-transferable.
Additional registration questions? Please contact the NASPA office at 202-265-7500 or via e-mail to [email protected]. For a comprehensive listing of NASPA registration policies, please visit this page.
Special Registration Types
The 2023 Conferences on Student Success in Higher Education offers special registration types to individuals and institutions as part of their participation in certain NASPA programs.
Individuals, institutions, and organizations that are eligible for any of the registration types below will receive separate communication regarding conference registration. Please do not send an email requesting a passcode.
FS/FgF Cohort Institution
First-gen Center Partner
The one-day registration type is ideal for presenters and attendees that are local to the Kansas City venue. Registrants will be asked to identify which conference date (June 25 - June 27, 2023) they plan to attend.
Registration Cancellation Policy: Cancellation/refund deadline less a $50.00 administrative fee is May 7, 2022. This program may be canceled or postponed due to unforeseen circumstances. In this case, fees will be refunded; however, NASPA will not be responsible for additional costs, charges, or expenses, including cancellation/change charges assessed by airlines, hotels, and/or travel agencies. NASPA is not responsible for weather or travel-related problems and will not reimburse registration fees for these issues. Please click here to submit a refund request. Refunds will not be processed after May 7, 2022 for any reason.
Individual NASPA memberships are non-refundable and non-transferable.
Please allow 30 business days for processing. To inquire about the status of a refund after 10 business days, please send an email to [email protected].
Click here to view NASPA’s complete Payment Policies and Procedures.
Additional Membership Questions? Please contact the NASPA office at 202-265-7500 or via e-mail to [email protected].
NASPA Foundation Professional Development Access Scholarships
The NASPA Foundation, in partnership with NASPA, is excited to share a new scholarship opportunities designed to keep NASPA members connected to the field and the Association during the unprecedented impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Donor gifts have allowed for scholarships to directly support NASPA membership as well as conference registrations for select NASPA workshops.
These access scholarships will fund a conference registration up to the regular member registration rate for the events listed below. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis in the order in which they are received. Applicants will be contacted within two weeks of their submission and scholarship will remain available until funding is expended.
- Scholarships are open for any NASPA member in need with preference given to individuals recently furloughed, partially furloughed, laid-off, and/or recently graduated without employment.
- Registration will cover up to the regular registration rate for members.
The 2021 First-generation Student Success Conference will be a virtual conference. More information will soon be shared about the virtual conference platform. View the future conference venues below:
2024 First-generation Student Success Conference
2025 First-generation Student Success Conference