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ABOUT

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.

 

CALL FOR PROGRAMS

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.

 

TOPICS

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.

 

DRAFT AGENDA

*The agenda is based on CET

THU

17 NOV

Registrations

Welcome session 

Keynote 

Coffee break

Concurrent sessions

Concurrent sessions 

Lunch

Panel Discussion

Guided Tours & Cultural Life

Registrations

Keynote

Concurrent sessions

Coffee break

UFV Workshops

Lunch 

Concurrent sessions

Coffee break

Panel discussion

Networking dinner

FRI

18 nov

SAT

19 nov

Concurrent sessions

Keynote

Coffee break

Family picture

Closing remarks 

16:00 - 18:00 

09:30 - 10:30

10:30 - 11:30

11:30 - 12:00 

12:00 

12:15 - 13:15 

 Cultural Programs: Guided tour to Prado Museum (optional)

*Separate payment required. More information coming soon

09:00 - 09:30

09:30 - 10:30

10:30 - 11:30 

11:30 - 12:00

12:00 - 13:30 

13:30 - 15:00 

15:00 - 16:00 

16:00 - 16:30 

16:30 - 17:30 

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 

 
 

KEYNOTES

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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.

More keynotes will be confirmed soon!

REGISTRATIONS

 

EARLY BIRD (until 30 September)

EucA/NASPA Members

450 EURO

or SCAN the QR CODE TO PAY

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550 EURO

Non - Members

or SCAN the QR CODE TO PAY

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REGULAR REGISTRATIONS (from 1 October)*

EucA/NASPA Members

500 EURO

Non - Members

600 EURO

PROMO CODE: GROUP10

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. 

SPEAKERS

Others keynotes and speakers will be confirmed shortly

Cancellation Policy

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

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 (m.mazalu@euca,eu) as soon as possible.

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Kevin Kruger

NASPA President

VENUE & LOGISTICS

CONFERENCE VENUE: 

Francisco de Vitoria University

Madrid, Spain

ACCOMMODATION:

 More details will be published soon

TRANSPORTS: 
More details will be published soon

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CONTACT

 

Mirela Mazalu

m.mazalu@euca.eu