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December 18, 2020

Early Bird Deadline

February 12, 2021

Regular Deadline

November 13, 2020

Call For Programs Deadline

NASPA Virtual Symposium on Military-Connected Students

Division/Group Events Student Success Veterans

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.

Following increased and overwhelming concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic and its associated effects across our country, and driven by our responsibility to ensure the best interests of our NASPA community, we are moving forward with a virtual format for this event. 



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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.



Learning Themes and Outcomes

Developing Online Student Support Services
  • Identify tools or systems which provide access to students in greatest need of educational opportunities and accessibility
  • Evaluate current practices on moving support services online
  • Create ways to engage military-connected students in unconventional, but accessible ways
  • Determine the workload necessary to meet ADA standards for online services
Establishing, Utilizing, and Improving Campus Resources
  • Identify ways campus partners can support military-connected students
  • Evaluate methods, current research, and best practices institutions can employ to improve military-connected student persistence, retention, key performance indicators (KPIs),  success, and/or program completion
  • Analyze potential costs, benefits, and/or barriers for building and maintaining dedicated resources, personnel, and/or spaces for military-connected students
Advocating for Diverse Military-Connected Student Identities and Populations
  • Identify and recognized the multiple subpopulations within the military-connected identity and their unique challenges
  • Understand the intersectionality of identity, as well as underserved racial/ethnic/religious groups, women-identifying veterans, and LGBTQIA+ experiences
  • Identify potential problems or barriers campus resource centers may present to students with multiple identities
  • Identify and understand the significance of cross-campus collaboration and partnership
  • Describe the needs of military-connected students with mental health concerns, and engage in critical discourse about inclusive campus student-veteran support practices
Developing the Future of Higher Education for Military-Connected Students
  • Analyze current national enrollment trends and share strategies on how institutions can improve their approaches to military-connected student support
  • Evaluate and describe current 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 levels relate to military-connected students


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.



Early Registration
before 12/18/2020
Regular Registration
12/19/2020 - 2/12/2021
Late Registration
after 2/12/2021
NASPA Member
$115 $155 $195
Non Member 
$215 $255 $295
NASPA Student Member 
$75 $115


Pre-Symposium Workshop
$25 $35 $45
Registration Policies

Refunds will be given for cancellations, received in writing by January 29, 2020, less a $25.00 processing fee. In addition, a processing fee of $50.00 per registration will be charged for credit cards declined.

For a comprehensive listing of NASPA registration policies, please visit this page.

NASPA Events
Event Registration Support
Email: events@naspa.org
Phone: (202) 265-7500

SMCS: Sponsor and Exhibit

Interested in exhibiting and sponsorship? Complete the sponsor and exhibit application and submit it to Kristie Jacobsen Jerde at kjerde@naspa.org. Priority deadline is January 29, 2021. Have questions? Email Kristie or call her at 218-280-7578.