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.
Themes for 2023 Symposium on Military-Connected Students
Developing, implementing, and reenvisioning military-connected student services and resources.
Identify ways in which campus veteran services can fully operate in a constrained or under-resourced environment.
Determine the services that should be provided for a commuter and/or virtual constituency.
- Evaluate how to best serve students at multiple campus locations through communication, delivery of services, sharing of information, and building of community.
Instituting an inclusive culture for diverse military-connected student populations and identities.
Consider how diversity is defined for the military-connected student population.
Evaluate how to redefine diversity initiatives for an already “trained” veteran and military-connected population.
Identify how to create a sense of belonging for student veterans and military-connected students.
Implementing institutional policies which serve military-connected students.
Evaluate and describe how to advocate for the implementation of appropriate policies to serve military-connected students.
Develop an understanding of institutional policies and how to implement them to best support military-connected students.
Understand how the current landscape on policy, at the national, state, and local levels relate to military-connected students.
Assessing military-connected student programs in higher education.
Create metrics that capture student success for various military-connected populations and identities.
Determine how to gather and analyze relevant data and information on student veterans and the military-connected population.
Engaging, connecting, and mentoring higher education professionals serving military-connected students.
Develop and implement Human Resources policies for hiring and tracking military-connected faculty and staff.
Identify ways to engage with military-connected faculty and staff on a regular basis.
Registration for this year's Symposium is now open!
Registration as a member is based on individual membership status at the time of the event. If your current membership will expire prior to the event, you will have the option to renew at the time of registration to receive the member rate.
If you are not a current member and are employed by a college or university that is an institutional member, you can join as a professional affiliate member for $75. If your institution is NOT a member, you can join as an associate affiliate member for $242. Both membership types provide access to the individual member rate for the event. Please visit the membership section of the NASPA website to learn more about membership types and benefits. We hope you’ll consider joining today!
December 19, 2022
January 20, 2023
February 1, 2023
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If you are experiencing financial hardship, you may qualify for a NASPA Foundation Membership Scholarship or NASPA Foundation Professional Development Access Scholarship, which can be used for this event.
For a comprehensive listing of NASPA registration policies, please visit this page.
Schedule at a Glance
Day 1 (Sunday, February 19)
Symposium Kick-off & Opening Plenary
Day 2 (Monday, February 20)
Breakfast Awards Reception
Day 3 (Tuesday, February 21)
- Closing Plenary
- General Sessions
The 2023 Symposium on Military Connected Students will be located at the Hilton Denver City Center. Conveniently located in the heart of downtown Denver, a half-mile from the Colorado Convention Center and a block from 16th Street, a popular stretch for dining, nightlife and shopping.
NASPA has arranged special room rates for Symposium attendees at The Hilton Denver City Center starting at $169.00 (+Taxes & Fees). To book a room in the NASPA room block, click here.
Reserving a room within our block by using the hotel's dedicated meeting website or toll-free telephone number not only benefits you; it also helps to support the Symposium. When you book within our conference block, you help NASPA keep meeting costs as low as possible and enable us to provide some of the important features meeting attendees have come to enjoy, such as networking receptions, exhibit area coffee breaks, and off-site transportation.
Additional Travel Information
Hilton Denver City Center
Call for Programs
The Call for Programs is Open!
Please click here or the link below to be taken to our Program Submission Portal.
Why do people submit to present at the NASPA Symposium on Military-Connected Students?
- Have the opportunity to further develop your professional portfolio and skillset
- Network with other professional around specific topics, issues, and interests
- Intentionally collaborate with other campuses and/or campus departments on important intiatives
- And many more reasons!
Additional Call for Programs Information
Successful proposals should include:
- Lengthy description about session content that you will present.
- Relationship of the program to the conference themes outlined on the website.
- Identification of the program format (e.g., lecture, panel, debate) including methods for participant involvement (e.g., discussion, effective practice sharing, case study analysis).
- Evidence of the conceptual foundation for proposal content including ways the program content is grounded in research, relevant experience, a cogent model, or appropriate theory.
- Integration of equity, inclusion, and social justice for identified subpopulations (students of color, LGBTQIA+ students, international students, students with ability differences, undocumented students, etc.) or at a systems level (e.g. colonization, racial oppression and trauma, restrictive statewide policy for trans students' rights, etc.).
General Proposal Writing Tips:
Looking for tips on writing an effective general NASPA proposal? See sample submissions and formatting tips in our Program Submission Guidelines.
SMCS: Call for Reviewers
The 2023 NASPA Symposium on Military-Connected Students Planning Committee invites military-connected higher education professionals to help shape Symposium by serving as a program proposal reviewer. Apply today to contribute to this important process designed to ensure that the Symposium's content is of the highest quality possible. Reviewer applications are due by September 30, 2022. The program review period will begin on October 7 and conclude on October 21.
The NASPA Symposium on Military-Connected Students is your opportunity to take a cross-functional approach to student success when it has never been more important.
If you would like to exhibit or sponsor virtually at the NASPA Symposium on Military-Connected Students, please contact Fred Comparato at [email protected].
The NASPA Symposium on Military-Connected Students started as the Veterans Symposium for Higher Education in 2009 as a one-day program with five presentations and fifty participants. The symposium has grown to a two and half day program with multiple programs and individuals from all around the country.
The symposium was envisioned by Tom Jackson, the vice president for student affairs at the University of Louisville and a military veteran of the USCGR, ARNG, TXSG, and IGR and Frank Mianzo, chief of staff for the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs at the University of Louisville. It was their desire to host an annual program that focused on issues related to student veterans while bringing together colleagues committee to serving student veterans. With generous assistance of Kathy Snead from the Servicemember Opportunity Colleges and Shirley Hardy, Laura Mercer, and Glenn Gittings from the University of Louisville, the symposium flourished.
Tom Jackson and Frank Mianzo worked with NASPA to ensure the symposium would continue. The Veterans Symposium, now the NASPA Symposium for Military-Connected Students, continues to provide an opportunity who serve military-connected students to come together and talk about program ideas, trends, and current research. NASPA is pleased to continue the rich history started at the University of Louisville.