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November 12, 2021

Call for Programs Deadline

January 7, 2022

Early Bird Deadline

February 4, 2022

Regular Registration Deadline

NASPA Symposium on Military-Connected Students

Virtual Conferences and Institutes Student Success Veterans Mid-Level Senior Level

The 2022 Symposium on Military-connected Students is going virtual!


The event will take place February 20-22, 2022 entirely in a virtual space instead of onsite in Denver, Colorado. We invite you to connect with colleagues, participate in engaging sessions, and learn from dynamic plenary sessions. Register today! 


The NASPA Virtual 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.

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


Registration for the Virtual Symposium is 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!

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.



 Regular Registration
1/8/2022 to 2/04/2022
Late Registration
2/04/2022 to 2/24/2022
NASPA Member 
 $250  $295
Non Member
$450 $495
   NASPA Student Member
 $150  $195



This schedule is being updated to reflect our move into the virtual space. Please check back next week for the updated schedule. All times are listed in Central.

February 20
February 21
February 22

All times shown are in Central Time

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Pre-Symposium Workshops

1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

Welcome and Opening Keynote

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Concurrent Sessions I

3:45 PM - 4:45 PM

Concurrent Sessions II

4:50 PM - 6:15 PM

Opening Reception (Light Fare Provided)

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Continental Breakfast

9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Morning Keynote

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Concurrent Sessions III

11:45 AM - 1:15 PM

Lunch (On Your Own)

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Concurrent Sessions IV

2:45 PM - 3:30 PM

Guided Discussions

3:45 PM - 4:45 PM

Concurrent Sessions V

4:50 PM - 5:50 PM

Town Hall

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Continental Breakfast

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Closing Keynote

10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

Concurrent Sessions VI

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Concurrent Sessions VII

Register Online for NASPA Symposium on Military-Connected Students

The Symposium provides opportunities for professionals and others to share and learn ways to effectively support military-connected students.

Register Online

Call for Programs

The Call for Programs is now closed!

The 2022 NASPA Symposium on Military-Connected Students planning committee appreciates all those who submitted a program proposal for #SMCS22. You all are higher education professionals who are part of the essential systems addressing the ever changing needs of military-connected students and their families. Supporting military-connected students in all facets of university life is critical to create an environment conducive to learning and development, and the field of student affairs and higher education as a whole will benefit from the expertise of passionate and dedicated military-connected professionals. We invite you to join us in February to optimize your own programs and services, learn from like-minded professionals, and expand your own wealth of knowledge in support of military connected students. 

Please note: all presenters must register to attend the 2022 NASPA Symposium on Military-Connected Students


 Why did people submit to present at the 2022 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!


Symposium Themes

Advocating for Diverse Military-Connected Student Identities and Populations
  • How do you work to Identify and support the multiple subpopulations within the military-connected identities and their unique challenges, including: underserved racial/ethnic/religious groups, women-identifying veterans, and LGBTQIA+ experiences?

  • What are potential barriers to success that students with multiple identities face when attempting to receive services from campus resource centers? How are you working to identify and understand the significance of cross-campus collaboration and partnership?

  • What is your campus doing to meet the needs of military-connected students with mental health concerns, and engage in critical discourse about inclusive campus student-veteran support practices?


Expanding Cultural Competency and Critical Thinking Outside the Classroom
  • Explore promising practices and/or programs designed to provide Military Cultural Competency training for faculty, staff, and administrators.

  •  Examine interconnected methods to ensure the integration of military-connected students into the academic and social culture of colleges and universities 

  • What are best or promising practices to engage faculty and cross-campus partners in support of military-connected students.

  • How are you challenging students, staff, and faculty to examine personalities, biases, and perspectives as it relates to military-connected students?


Establishing Impactful and Inclusive Military-Connected Student Support on Campuses
  • Explore the possibility of treating military connected services much like cultural centers and receiving funding, resources, etc. like other centers on campus.

  • What are some advantages and disadvantages of establishing centralized or collaborative models for military connected services: which model works better for students?

  • Identify and examine the placement and/or reporting structure of Military-Connected centers and services on college campuses. (student affairs, vs. DEI, vs. Ad Hoc, etc.) Are there advantages and disadvantages?


Engaging Under-Served Military-Connected Populations
  • What are challenges and obstacles for marginalized military-connected students? What work is your campus doing to intentionally address and dismantle these barriers?

  • What policy, programming, and/or best practices has your campus developed and implemented to address the challenges of under-served military-connected students in the areas of:

    • Increased enrollment of underrepresented military-connected students

    • Increased retention, persistence and graduation rates of underrepresented military-connected students

  • What partnerships has your institution established to service and support historically underrepresented student populations

  • What are  promising practices to establish peer mentoring relationships between institutions, faculty, staff, and administration in order to better address the issues faced by marginalized students?


Additional Information

Successful Proposals:

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.


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 , you can do so by filling out the Application and returning it to Kristie [email protected]. Have questions? You can call Kristie Jacobsen Jerde at 218-280-7578.

Extended deadline is February 10, 2022.