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2021 NASPA Virtual Conference

2021 Undergraduate Student Conference

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The NASPA Undergraduate Student Conference provides a first-hand learning opportunity for undergraduate students to gain knowledge and understanding of student affairs work, awareness of professional associations, engages participants in networking opportunities, and provides resources to assist in defining their career trajectory in student affairs.

About

Beginning as the NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program Pre-Conference, the NASPA Undergraduate Student Conference has served undergraduate students with an interest in joining the student affairs field and bolstered the work these students are currently doing on their campuses.

Through educational sessions, small group discussions, and other development opportunities, undergraduate students will come away with a wealth of knowledge intended to better their own experiences and the experiences of their peers.

Registration

Registration for the 2021 NASPA Undergraduate Student Conference will open later this year.  

Registration for the 2021 NASPA Undergraduate Student Conference is required in order to attend the pre-conference institute. There are two options for registering: Undergraduate Student Conference with Annual Conference Registration or registration for the Undergraduate Student Conference alone. 

When you navigate to the registration page, scroll until you see a section for Special and Extended Pre-Conference Sessions wherein you will find the Undergraduate Student Conference.

Planning committee applications

The Undergraduate Student Conference (USC) is a two-day conference preceding the NASPA Annual Conference each year. The conference focuses on two main areas: exploring student affairs and higher education for students interested in the profession and tangible skill building for students that are committed to entering the profession.

If you have a passion for working with undergraduate students who are interested in student affairs and higher education, we welcome your application to serve on the conference planning committee! Working alongside the conference chair and the NASPA staff, the committee will be responsible for:

  • Developing conference schedule and content
  • Managing logistics of two day conference onsite
  • Serving as a positive, professional role model for students in attendance at the conference
  • Promoting and expanding the reach of USC through social media channels and personal networks

Committee members will be assigned to subcommittees based on their experiences and interests. Subcommittees include:

  • Marketing, Recruitment, and Registration
  • Educational Sessions
  • Small Group Facilitation
  • Assessment

Committee members may also have the opportunity to serve as small group facilitators for attendees and present educational sessions.

Applications for the Undergraduate Student Conference planning committee are now open. Applications close July 27, 2020  extended deadline August 21, 2020.

Apply for the Undergraduate Student Conference Planning Committee

Chair-elect nominations

The 2021 NASPA Undergraduate Student Conference Leadership are seeking self-nominations or suggestions for the 2021 NASPA Undergraduate Student Conference Planning Committee Chair-Elect. The individual in the role will play a vital role in the planning and execution of the 2021 Undergraduate Student Conference Committee and then serve as the chair for the 2022 Undergraduate Student Conference Planning Committee. The commitment to this position runs for three years. From July 2020 to March 2021 as Chair-Elect, from March 2021 to March 2022 as Chair, and from March 2022 to March 2023 as Past Chair. 

This individual must be a current NASPA member, and it is recommended that this individual has had considerable leadership roles within the association. For more information about the position, please contact the 2021 Undergraduate Student Conference Chairs, Andrew Erdmann and Jason Fitzer or the NASPA staff liaison, Colleen Dougherty, at cdougherty@naspa.org. 

All self-nominations or suggestions need to be provided by July 31, 2020 extended deadline August 21, 2020

Applications for the Undergraduate Student Conference chair-elect are now open. 

Apply for the Undergraduate Student Conference Chair-Elect

Conference Themes & Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending the Undergraduate Student Conference, participants will be able to: 

  • Develop meaningful relationships with undergraduate peers, student affairs professionals, and faculty to build their network of connections.
  • Learn a variety of pathways to begin and progress through a career in higher education and student affairs.
  • Enhance understanding of the context of higher education in the United States- what has led to the contemporary issues and concerns of our field?
  • Reflect on one’s identity and develop a preliminary understanding of the role that the higher education community plays in building equitable and socially just spaces.

Schedule

All Day

  • 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

    Day One

All Day

  • 9:00 am to 2:30 pm

    Day Two

Planning Committee Roster

Andrew Erdmann

2021 Undergraduate Student Conference Co-Chair

Andrew Erdmann serves as an Assistant Dean of Students at Saint Louis University (SLU). Prior to his role at SLU, Andrew worked at Georgetown University, where he served as an Associate Director of Residential Education in the Office of Residential Living, overseeing two upper-class communities, as well as residential conduct and engaged learning work. Andrew is a proud Wisconsin Badger, where he earned both his undergraduate and graduate degrees.


Jason Fitzer

2021 Undergraduate Student Conference Co-Chair

Dr. Jason Fitzer currently serves as Associate Director of Student Involvement at University of the Pacific, overseeing Fraternity & Sorority Life, Student Organizations, and Student Government. Dr. Fitzer graduated from California State University, Chico with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration and earned a Master’s degree student affairs and a Ph.D. in Counseling and Student Personnel Services, both from the University of Georgia. In addition to involvement with NASPA, Dr. Fitzer is also involved with AFA - Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors.


Viraj Patel

2021 Undergraduate Student Conference Past Chair

Viraj Patel is a social justice advocate, educator, and dialogue facilitator as well as an active blogger, consultant, and engaged community member. Born and raised in Downers Grove, IL, Viraj completed her Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in English with a minor in Asian American Studies and then went on to earn her Master of Education at the University of Vermont. Her paid labor is serving as the Dean of Harnwell College House at the University of Pennyslvania. She is also a doctoral student and is studying motivational factors for AAPI student activists. In her free time, Viraj is probably watching the latest Bollywood movie, cooking a fun new recipe, dancing, running, checking out an exhibit at a museum, or reading at a coffee shop. She is extremely excited to serve as the NASPA Undergraduate Student Conference, having attended herself as a senior in college 10 years ago!


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