2019-05-16

2019 European Conference for Student Affairs and Services

October 28 – October 30, 2019
Lugano, Switzerland

NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education and EucA – European university college Association, invite you to submit programs for the European Conference on Student Affairs and Services, to be held at Franklin University Switzerland, 28-30 October, 2019. This conference provides a platform for student services professionals, academics, researchers, and policy makers to discuss innovative programs, practices, models and trends in student affairs.

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This three-day conference will bring student affairs and services practitioners together to network, share promising practices, and develop tools to ensure student success and employability. The Program Selection Committee welcomes programs that delve into best practices around student global mobility and internationalization initiatives, mental health and well-being for all students, employability and career services, and residential life and student engagement.

The regular program submission deadline has been extended to 4 September, 2019 

 

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2019 European Conference for Student Affairs and Services
2019 European Conference for Student Affairs and Services

Audience

This event is most likely to influence these groups.

  • AVP or “Number Two”
  • Graduate
  • New Professional
  • Senior Level
  • Mid-Level

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Call for Programs

NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education and EucA – European university college Association, invite you to submit programs for the European Conference on Student Affairs and Services, to be held at Franklin University Switzerland, 28-30 October, 2019. This conference provides a platform for student services professionals, academics, researchers, and policy makers to discuss innovative programs, practices, models and trends in student affairs.

The priority deadline for proposals is Tuesday, 23 July, 2019.

Notification: Presenters whose proposals are accepted must register for the conference. Acceptance will be confirmed by the Organizing Committee by no later than Wednesday, 14 August, 2019.

Regular program proposal deadline is 4 September, 2019.


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 copy of their presentation which will be posted on the conference website for participants to view at the conclusion of the conference.

Conference Themes & Suggested Topics

  • Global Mobility

    Since the late 80s, when student exchange programs started to scale, internationalization shifted from niche initiatives to comprehensive strategies. In the European Higher Education Area, for example, the target is to have 20% of graduates have a mobility experience by the end of their studies by the year 2020. Globally, with its flow of knowledge, people, technology and more, globalization highlights how institutions need to rethink their internationalization initiatives and strategies to ensure access is more inclusive, quality and support are preserved, and innovation is encouraged at all levels. How can student affairs professionals navigate the internationalization wave?

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

    • Define evidence-based practices regarding “internationalization-at-home” initiatives that prepare all students to live and work across differences and in an interconnected world.

    • Identify best practices for supporting international and inbound students to successfully navigate the local community.

    • Establish a network of colleagues with whom to create short-term mobility opportunities or exchanges for students.

    • Explore the advantages of intercultural experiences for students, institutions, and beyond.

  • Mental Health and Well-being

    Institutions of higher education around the world are experiencing a wave of incoming students who present with diagnosed health and well-being concerns. trend. With culture and language differences, studying in a different country can present unique challenges for these students.

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

    • Define holistic student well-being and its relationship with student success in higher education.

    • Define current mental health conditions (e.g. 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 within communities.

    • Enhance mezzo- and macro-level strategies to enhance student resilience.

    • Discuss replicated return on investment from resources dedicated to mental health services, programs, policies, and environmental designs.

    • Discuss cultural design of health promotion within all job functions and roles at an institution of higher education.

  • Employability and Career Services

    Employability studies around the world demonstrate that graduates are not leaving the university environment with the many of the skills valued by employers. Teamwork, leadership skills, resilience, and dealing with conflict are some of the most sought after skills by most employers. Student affairs educators must work collaboratively across the institution to improve outcomes resulting from both inside and outside of the classroom learning.

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

    • Articulate and utilize the concepts of career readiness to improve student employability following graduation.

    • Learn evidence-based, career services practices to assist students to leverage international experiences for finding internships and professional positions.

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

    • Identify successful career search approaches for international and limited job markets and navigating the bureaucracy involved with an international career search.

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

  • Residential Life and Student Engagement

    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:

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

    • Understand that documenting learning in residential settings or informal learning programs improves overall student success

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

    • Explore strategies to build intentional learning environments and/or living-learning communities



Submission Criteria

Proposals will be evaluated by several program reviewers using the following five (5) standards:

  1. Significant and creative contributions to the student affairs profession.
  2. Engaging program format that involves the audience and stimulates discussion.
  3. Conceptually strong foundation, well-written, with clearly stated outcomes and appropriately documented research and/or experience.
  4. Qualified presenters with expertise in the subject matter.
  5. Thematically relevant program content incorporating the conference focus area(s) into the program.

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Submission Timeline
  • July 23, 2019
    Priority Call for Programs Deadline.
  • August 14, 2019
    Notification of Program Proposal Status
  • September 4, 2019
    Regular Programs Submission Deadline
  • September 12, 2019
    Notification of Program Proposal Status

Writing Tips

Looking for tips on writing an effective NASPA proposal? See sample submissions and formatting tips in our Program Submission Guidelines.

Questions?

Please contact NASPA if you have any further questions about submitting a program proposal for the 2019 European Conference for Student Affairs and Services.

Tiki Ayiku
Assistant Vice President for Professional Development
Phone: +1-202-265-7500, ext 1184
Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Schedule

The schedule is subject to change.

Mon, Oct 28

09:00 – 12:00
Registration
13:30 – 14:30
Opening Session
14:50 – 15:40
Concurrent Session
15:50 – 16:40
Concurrent Session
16:40 – 17:00
Break
17:00 – 17:50
Concurrent Sessions/Plenary
18:00
Opening Reception and Dinner

Tue, Oct 29

09:00 – 10:15
Morning Plenary Session
10:30 – 11:20
Concurrent Sessions
11:30 – 12:20
Concurrent Sessions
12:20 – 14:00
Lunch
14:00 – 15:15
Afternoon Plenary
15:15 – 15:40
Break
15:45 – 16:35
Concurrent Sessions
16:45 – 17:35
Concurrent Sessions

Wed, Oct 30

09:00 – 9:50
Roundtable Sessions
10:00 – 10:50
Concurrent Sessions
11:00 – 11:50
Concurrent Sessions
12:00 – 13:30
Closing Lunch

Pre-Conference Programs & Events

Cross-Cultural Simulation Workshop

Monday, October 28th • 09.00 AM – 12.00 PM

During the pre-conference workshop participants will experience the intercultural simulation BAFA BAFA. The workshop includes an experiential learning opportunity as well as a de-briefing session that will incorporate relevant and practical suggestions on how to use this tool with student leaders and others who are involved with study abroad groups; multicultural and diverse residential communities; mentoring, coaching, inclusion, orientation programs as well as FYE classes.

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This is a three hour pre-conference workshop featuring the simulation BAFA BAFA and will focus on intercultural competency skills for student leaders. The conference attendee will participate in the actual simulation that will take approximately 2 hours as well as the one hour debriefing session that follows the activity. Attendees who have experienced BAFA BAFA previously are allowed to partake in the workshop however, they will be given the role of observers. The workshop will start with dividing the group into two cultures. Each group will be briefed as to the norms and values of their culture. Participants will then begin to travel to each other's cultures and report back to their groups on their observations while interacting with the 'other'.  After everyone has had a chance to experience the other culture, the group will come together for the debriefing session. This will be the time participants will hear how this simulation can be used for a variety of student leadership training programs. The workshop facilitator has used this tool for many years during training programs for Residential Advisors, Orientation Mentors and Academic Coaches. The discussion period will focus on how this activity could be useful for any multicultural audience in higher education. The workshop needs a minimum of 18 participants and a maximum of 35.

Presenter Background/Bio

Ms. Leslie Guggiari was the Dean of Student Life and Engagement at Franklin University Switzerland (FUS) from 2003 to 2015. She holds a MA in Intercultural Communications and Administration from the School for International Training (SIT) Brattleboro, Vermont. She is a former adjunct faculty member at Franklin in Intercultural Communications, as well as an Academic Travel leader for classes in Thailand and India focusing on intercultural immersion, community development, and humanitarian aid. She has lived in Ticino, Switzerland since 1983 when she first started to work at Franklin.

Registration

We invite you to register for the 2019 European Conference by clicking the link below. Please note that you will be redirected to the EucA site. Please note that prices are listed in Euros (€)

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Registration Fees

Early-Bird
before 09/13/2019
Regular
09/14/2019 to 10/09/2019
Late
after 10/10/2019
Euca/NASPA Member
$400€
$450€
$500€
Non-Member
$500€
$550€
$600€
Pre-Conference
$75€
$85€
$95€

Questions?

Tiki Ayiku
Assistant Vice President for Professional Development
Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Phone: +1-202-719-1184

Mirela Mazalu
Secretary General - EucA
Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Phone: +32 22806340

Venue

Franklin University Switzerland - Lugano, Switzerland


Franklin University Switzerland
Lugano, Switzerland

Franklin University Switzerland, located in beautiful Lugano, Switzerland has graciously agreed to serve as our host.

There are many beautiful hotels near the FUS. Please visit the university website -  https://www.fus.edu/about/our-campus/accommodations -to find the best accomodations for you.

Malpensa Airport, located in Ferno, VA, Italy is the closest airport to FUS. Please download this transportation guide for more information.

  • Travel

    The closest airport is Malpensa Airport (MXP) located 74km from FUS.

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