2020 NASPA Symposium on Military-Connected Students

February 02 – February 04, 2020
Seattle, WA

The NASPA Symposium on Military-Connected Students is the association’s premiere event designed for student affairs practitioners supporting military-connected students. The symposium is your exclusive opportunity to share evidence-based practices from your campus or organization. Learn from leading researchers in the field and engage with other professionals committed to supporting military-connected students.

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Military-connected students comprise a growing population in higher education, and are those who enroll in postsecondary education with current or prior service with the military and their dependents. These students are also diverse in terms of demographic characteristics and service backgrounds, placing an important role on student affairs professionals and leaders to develop comprehensive, targeted, and meaningful support services to encompass the needs of these unique students. The Symposium provides opportunities for professionals and other stakeholders to share and learn ways to effectively support military-connected students.

This 2.5 day symposium features keynote sessions; research, policy, and best practices presentations; and workshop style sessions to help professionals develop or enhance their programming and services for military-connected students.


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This event is most likely to influence these groups.

  • Mid-Level
  • New Professional
  • Senior Level


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Call for Programs

The Symposium Planning Committee seeks proposals that effectively advance the understanding of closing the achievement gap for underrepresented and historically disenfranchised students. Presenters will be asked to identify the content level of their session; foundational, intermediate, or advanced. Additionally, the content advisory committee will select programs based upon their relationship to the Symposium's themes and learning outcomes.

Conference Themes & Suggested Topics

  • Advocating for Diverse Military-Connected Student Identities/Populations

    Learning Outcomes:

    Programs associated with this track should allow attendees to:

    • Identify multiple sub-populations within the military-connected identity and their unique challenges

    • Understand the importance of multicultural competence when serving military-connected students

    • Understand the intersectionality of identity and why it matters to military-connected students

    • Understand underserved racial/ethnic/religious groups, women veterans, LGBTQIA+ experiences 

    • Identify challenges of supporting military-connected students with families

    • Identify and understand the needs of military-connected students with mental health concerns

  • Assessment, Research, and Policy

    Programs associated with this track should allow attendees to:

    • Recognize the effect of state and federal education benefits on the successful enrollment and persistence of military-connected students

    • Understand practices to assess needs and/or outcomes of campus-based services to support military-connected students

    • Describe research findings, identify gaps in research and/or interpret findings as they relate to supporting military-connected students

    • Understand how the current landscape on policy, at the national, state, and local level relate to military-connected students.

    • Have a comprehensive understanding of the key-stakeholders involved in policy making at the federal, state, and campus level on issues related to military-connected students

    • Assess student overall experience to create and enhance a well-rounded veteran community

  • Promoting Military-Connected Student Success

    Programs associated with this track should allow attendees to:

    • Identify unique characteristics of military-connected students in higher education

    • Identify processes to prepare military-connected students for the workforce

    • Understand possible barriers to programmatic success and develop strategies to offset these challenges

    • Recognize barriers to military-connected student success and well-being

    • Articulate the ways in which veteran students’ experiences translate to a civilian career path

    • Identify unique characteristics of military-connected students in higher education

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Submission Timeline
  • September 13, 2019
    Program Proposal Deadline
  • September 16-27, 2019
    Program Reviews
  • October 18, 2019
    Program Acceptance Notifications
  • November 8, 2019
    Presentation Details Communicated
  • November 15, 2019
    Symposium Scheduled Posted Online

Writing Tips

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


Please contact NASPA if you have any further questions about submitting a program proposal for the 2020 NASPA Symposium on Military-Connected Students.

Jake Frasier
Assistant Director of Professional Development
Phone: 202-719-1180
Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Registration as a member is based on individual membership status.

  • If you are employed by a college or university that is an institutional member, you can join as an individual member at the $75 rate. This gives you the conference registration and a year of membership for less than the non-member registration fee.
  • If your institution is NOT a member, then you will need to join at the associate affiliate rate of $242 and then you can pay the individual member rate for conference registration. Visit the Membership section of the NASPA website to learn about membership types.

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Registration Fees

Early-bird Registration
03/29/2019 to 11/29/2019
Regular Registration
11/30/2019 to 01/04/2020
Late Registration
after 01/05/2020
NASPA Member
NASPA Student Member
Pre-Symposium Workshop


Jake Frasier
Assistant Director of Professional Development
Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Phone: 202-719-1180

Tonya Murphy
Assistant Director of Constituent Experience and Services
Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Phone: 202-265-7500 ext. 1183


View Registration Policies

Refunds will be given for cancellations, received in writing by November 29, 2019, less a $50.00 processing fee. In addition, a processing fee of $50.00 per registration will be charged for credit cards declined.

Registration Cancellation Policy: Cancellation/refund deadline less a $50.00 administrative fee is November 29, 2019. 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 January 4, 2020 for any reason.

Substitutions: 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].

Purchase Orders: NASPA does NOT accept purchase orders as a form of payment. For registrants requiring an invoice to have a check payment processed, please use the Bill Me payment method to complete your registration. The resulting invoice can be found and downloaded under the My NASPA section of the website (must be logged-in), by selecting theView Invoices link from the dropdown menu. Alternatively, email a request to Membership to have a PDF of your invoice sent to you. Bill Me registrations are considered complete and will hold your place in an event, however the balance due must be settled prior to attending.

Click here to view NASPA’s complete Payment Policies and Procedures.

Additional Questions? Please contact the NASPA office at 202-265-7500 or via e-mail to [email protected].


Hyatt Regency Lake Washington
Renton, Washington

All conference activities will take place at the Hyatt Regency Lake Washington.

NASPA has arranged special room rates for conference attendees at the Hyatt Regency Lake Washington starting at $189/night (not including 12.40% applicable tax ). The cut-off date to receive the conference room rate is Monday, January 13, 2020. Rooms in the conference block may sell out prior to the cut-off date, so please make your reservation as soon as possible.

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