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NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, UFV - Universidad Francisco de Vitoria and EucA – European university college Association, invite you to the fourth annual European Conference for Student Affairs and Services, held in Madrid, Spain, on 17-19 November 2022. 


The ECSAS conference provides a platform for student affairs professionals, academics, researchers, and practitioners to discuss innovative programs, practices, models and trends in student affairs to advance their mission in supporting student success.

The theme of this year will be The Role of Student Affairs in a Hyper-Connected World. 

In the work of supporting students, student affairs professionals have access to technology tools that advance student learning and increase digital connectivity regardless of location and distance. Our conference theme year unpacks the impact of online and virtual resources, behaviors and how both students and practitioners navigate the online world.



We are accepting proposal abstracts from Higher Education practitioners who wish to share their knowledge and experience by presenting a peer-delivered educational session during the conference.

Interested individuals will complete and submit a proposal form electronically that will require them to craft a detailed outline of their session, and a set of learning outcomes for participants that connect to the topics proposed (see below).

Presenters will be expected to pay registration and other related fees associated with attending the conference.

All presenters will be expected to provide an electronic PowerPoint of their presentation which will be posted on the conference website for participants to view at the conclusion of the conference.

Program submissions will be reviewed on a rolling basis. We will notify the results 2-3 days after submission.

Deadlines for submissions: 

Priority Deadline:  15 September

Regular Deadline: 7 October

Please note that all accepted programs will allow presenters to register with early bird conference fee.



Please find below the four topics that will guide the conversations during the event.

Theme: The Role of Student Affairs in a Hyper-Connected World

In a world, where technology grows exponentially and where new realities as the metaverse appear,  education needs to think about its role in what it is starting to be called the onlife world (Floridi, 2014). In this regard, Students Affairs can provide students with a set of invaluable experiences to get to know themselves, grow and mature.

01/Student Advising and Support 

In Higher Education, the role of mentors has seen significant interest as it relates to supporting students and their maturity. In a post COVID-19 scenario, there are many student needs that can be addressed through different initiatives regarding advising and mentoring.


Through thoughtful mentorship and engagement, students grow in skills such as conflict management, group dynamics, and peer learning. Students learn how to support each other.  In this track, we want to delve into experiences that can enlighten ways in which Students Affairs professionals can help students thrive in their university experience.

The conference planning committee invites you to submit conference program proposals that will allow attendees to: 

  • Address the knowledge, skills, and dispositions related to providing advising and support to individuals and groups through direction, feedback, critique, referral, and guidance. 

  • Facilitate reflection to make meaning from experiences with students, groups, colleagues, and others. 

  • Facilitate problem-solving and individual decision-making and goal-setting.

  • Provide resources and tools to appropriately challenge and support students and colleagues. 

  • Identify support initiatives that integrate peer support from tutors, resident assistants or other senior students.

02/Students Well-Being 

Institutions of Higher Education around the world are experiencing a wave of incoming students who have experienced trauma and loss due to pandemic, economic, societal, and political events. As professionals in Higher Education, how do we equip ourselves to support these students? 

The conference planning committee invites you to submit conference program proposals that will allow attendees to: 

  • Unpack holistic student well-being and its relationship with student success in Higher Education.

  • Create opportunities to define current health triggers (pandemic, economic loss) and its impact on the community. 

  • Define current mental health conditions (e.g. addiction, depression, substance abuse, etc.) which represent challenges to student success and well-being.

  • Identify collaborative models between service practitioners (qualified mental health professionals) on campus and outside support.

  • Identify successful practices and programs that support student resilience, work/study-life balance, healthy habits, community engagement, responsible use of social media and online presence or activity.

03\ Next Education Challenges 

As Higher Education institutions reinvent themselves for defining the next milestones and educating young people, how can student affairs professionals contribute to support forward looking educational missions to achieve more peaceful, equitable and sustainable societies? How can we redefine our practices and what tools are useful for a new blended learning experience and ensure thus student success? How can we empower students to be positive change makers in their communities or globally?

The conference planning committee invites you to submit conference program proposals that will allow attendees to: 

  • Identify initiatives for new curriculum development that support students to act as change agents for a positive impact in our world or empower them as active citizens in their communities?

  • Explore virtual or hybrid programming ideas, lessons learned or promising practices experimented during and after the pandemic.

  • Identify initiatives or tools that develop students’ digital skills and online reputation management.

  • Explore green education initiatives, including United Nations’ SDGs, that advance and scale sustainability practices at both personal and institutional levels.

04\ Student Success & Residential Life 

How can student affairs work with intentionality to expand the out-of-classroom experience for all students? What are some promising practices in building a residential curriculum to ensure meaningful learning that goes beyond attendance? How to build a culture of assessment in residential life? These questions are meant to guide the discussions of news trends and challenges in student learning and engagement in residential settings.

The conference planning committee invites you to submit conference program proposals that will allow attendees to: 

  • Identify initiatives that increase and deepen students’ participation and engagement in educational programs on campus or residential halls.

  • Identify successful practices which document learning in residential settings or informal learning programs that improve overall student success.

  • Describe how involving student leaders on campus or residential halls expands student learning (e.g., tutors, orientation mentor, resident assistant, academic mentor etc.)

  • Explore strategies to build intentional, inclusive and supportive learning environments and/or living-learning communities post COVID-19.

  • Understand the various ways institutions document learning, both inside and outside of the classroom.

  • Demonstrate how effective programs can tighten the graduate skills gap in order to improve international mobility and employability.



*The agenda is based on CET


17 NOV


Welcome session


Coffee break 

Concurrent sessions

Concurrent sessions 


Panel Discussion "Expanded reason, Humanities and Personal accompaniment as answers to the challenges of current higher education"

Guided Tours & Cultural Life (optional):

  • Madrid de las Letras. Máx. 25 PAX (English) (Separate 12€ payment required)

  • Madrid de los Austrias. Máx. 25 PAX (Spanish) (Separate 12€ payment required) 

  • Teatro Flamenco Madrid. Máx. 30 PAX (Separate 25€ payment required) 



Concurrent sessions

Coffee break

Workshop "Tools for Students’ Advising and Support". With:

  • Natalia Sarrión - Coordinator of the Integral Leadership Program of
    the School of Government and Leadership at Francisco de Vitoria University​

  • Pilar Rodríguez - Innovation professional of the Instituto de Acompañamiento of Francisco de Vitoria University

  • María José Ibáñez Ayuso - Deputy Director of the Colegio Mayor Francisco de Vitoria

  • José Carlos Villamuelas - Director of the Colegio Mayor Francisco de Vitoria

  • Agustina Jutard - Head of New Projects of the Institute of Accompaniment at Francisco de Vitoria University

  • Patricia Castaño - Professor and Coordinator of the subject of Skills and
    Competences of the Person at Francisco de Vitoria University

Francisco de Vitoria University Campus Tour



Concurrent sessions

Coffee break




Panel Discussion "Social responsibility, active citizenship and and ethics at higher education"

Networking dinner


18 nov


19 nov



Panel discussion with students / General Assembly EucA / Workshop NASPA


Coffee break

Concurrent sessions 

Closing remarks 

16:00 - 18:00 

09:00 - 09:30


09:30 - 10:30

10:30 - 11:30

11:30 - 12:00 

12:00 -13.00

13:00 - 14:00 

Cultural Programs: Guided tour to Reina Sofía Museum (optional) Max. 75 PAX (Separate 25€ payment required)

09:00 - 09:30

09:30 - 10:30

10:30 - 11:30 

11:30 - 12:00

12:00 - 13:30 














13:30 - 14:00 

14:00 - 15:00

15:00 - 16:00 

16:00 - 16:30 

16:30 - 17:15



17:15 - 18:00 

20:30 - 22:30


08:30 - 9:30

09:30 - 10:00

10:00 - 11:00 

11:00 - 11:30 

11:30 - 12:30 

12:30 - 13:30 

13:30 - 15:00 

15:00 - 16:30 




Kevin Kruger

NASPA President



Dr. Kevin Kruger draws on more than 40 years of experience in Higher Education. Since 2012, he has served as president and CEO for NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. Dr. Kruger has published and presented nationally and globally on trends in Higher Education, student success, degree-completion strategies for low-income/first-generation students, and change management and leadership in Higher Education.

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Angela E. Batista

Founder & CEO, Batista Consulting Services, LLC


Dr. Angela E. Batista is a passionate certified executive Coach, author, speaker, DEI strategist, facilitator and diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging (DEIB) consultant. She is the Founder and CEO of Batista Consulting Services, LLC and the 2020-21 NASPA (Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education) Board Chair. 

Dr. Batista is the former Vice President of Student Affairs and Institutional Diversity and Inclusion at Champlain College. She has worked in K-12 and higher education institutions across the United States and also held senior level positions at Oregon State University, the University of Southern Indiana and Mills College. She also worked at the University of Vermont and Lynn University. 

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Juan Pérez Miranda

Vice Rector of International Relations, Francisco de Vitoria University 


Doctor of Medicine and Surgery. MBA from IESE Business School. 

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Isidro Catela Marcos

Francisco de Vitoria University Professor & Director of the Information Office at the Spanish Episcopal Conference 


With a PhD. in Information Sciences from the Pontifical University of Salamanca, Dr. Isidro Catela Marcos has been awarded more than twenty national and international prizes for poetry and short stories. He directs the program Testimonio of TVE (Spanish National Television) and collaborates regularly with various media. He is the author of numerous publications, being especially noteworthy his work Me desconecto, luego existo (I disconnect, therefore I exist) in which he addresses from a positive point of view how to learn to relate to technology in a healthy way.

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María Lacalle Noriega 

Professor of Philosophy of Law, Director of the Center for Family Studies &
Vice Rector of Teaching Staff and Academic Planning at Francisco de Vitoria University


Ms. María La Calle Noriega is a corresponding member of the Royal Academy of Jurisprudence and Legislation.

Her publications are mainly focused on issues related to the family and the teaching of law. Among her latest titles we can highlight: La ideología de género. Reflexiones Críticas (Gender Ideology: Critical Reflections); Familia: recursos y conflictos en la sociedad contemporánea (Family: resources and conflicts in contemporary society); En defensa de la vida y de la mujer (In Defense of Life and Women); La persona como sujeto del Derecho (The Person as Subject of Law).

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Agustina Jutard

Head of New Projects of the Institute of Accompaniment at Francisco de Vitoria University


Ms. Agustina Jutard has a degree in Political Science and a Master in Humanities and is currently a professor of the subject of Skills and Competencies of the Person at university. She has worked for several years as director of the Colegio Mayor Francisco de Vitoria, and is the author of several scientific publications, being personal accompaniment her main research field.

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Verónica Fernández Espinosa

Faculty of Education and Psychology Professor at Francisco de Vitoria University


With a PhD. in Leadership and Management of Higher Education Institutions, Dr. Verónica Fernández Espinoza is in charge of the international area of schools of Regnum Christi. Her
line of research has focused on the education of virtues, being the author of several
publications in this field among which stands out her recently published work Pedagogía y virtudes. La excelencia en el camino del amor (Pedagogy 
and virtues. Excellence in the way of love).

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Tasio Pérez

Francisco de Vitoria University Professor & Family and Couple Therapy Specialist 


With a degree in Psychology from the Complutense University of Madrid and a masters in Bioethics from the Catholic University of Murcia, Mr. Tasio Pérez currently combines his work as a professor at the Universidad Francisco de Vitoria with his work as a psychologist specialising in couple and family therapy in private practice. He is a research member of the Institute of Economic and Social Activities of the UFV, as well as a speaker and lecturer on family and life issues.



EARLY BIRD (until 30 September)

EucA/NASPA Members

450 EURO


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550 EURO

Non - Members


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EucA/NASPA Members

500 EURO

Non - Members

600 EURO


A 10% discount is applicable if 4 or more participants register from the same Institution.

The ECSAS 2022 fee provides full participation in the conference including registration and conference material, 20 hours of international training, 2 lunches, 1 networking dinner and the conference certificate.

To register, please follow these steps:

1. Fill in
this form with your contact information.

2. Choose your preferred method of payment, via bank transfer or credit card.

- If you choose the bank transfer (no transaction fees for EU countries), we will send you an invoice and you can proceed with the payment.

- If you choose the credit card option, you can pay directly above on the "Pay here" button. 


Others keynotes and speakers will be confirmed shortly

Cancellation Policy

We will fully refund your conference registration fee ONLY if the organizers cancel the conference or the public authorities impose travel restrictions (deny entry into Spain or quarantine measures before arrival).

Please check the On-site Participation Guidelines to know more:

VISA Requests

We are able to provide you a letter to request a visa to travel to Spain and attend the Conference. All requests must be addressed to Mirela Mazalu ( as soon as possible.

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Francisco de Vitoria University

Madrid, Spain


We are pleased to provide you a list of hotels with rooms for ECSAS attendees subject to availability.

When booking the hotels listed here, attendees have to indicate they are attending the European Conference For Students Affairs to access to the discounted prices shown. The prices will only be available for the days of the conference - 17, 18 & 19 November -. 

Discount code: ECSAS22

Hotel Barceló Torre Madrid★★★★

  • Deluxe Twin room: 273€/night 

Hotel Mayorazgo ★★★★

  • Single room: 160€/night

  • Double room: 175€/night

Aparthotel Viena Plaza de España ★★★

  • 10% of discount on the web prices 


Hotel Sterling ★★

  • Double room with single use: 100€/night

  • Double: 125€/night

  • Triple: 160€/night

Should you book a different hotel, we recommend you choose a hotel near Plaza de España. We will provide a free daily shuttle from Plaza de España to the conference venue, Universidad Francisco de Vitoria.

Outdoor Lunch


Kevin Kruger

NASPA President


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