Conference on Higher Education Values, Belonging, Identity, and Purpose

We’re sharing this conference news from Dr. J. Cody Nielsen & Dr. Tiffani Riggers-Piehl:

The First Annual Conference on Higher Education Values, Belonging, Identity, and Purpose (virtual) will be held on February 8-10th, 2023 for Higher Education and Student Affairs professionals, faculty, and graduate students.

The conference is a continuation of long-standing efforts of leaders who have inspired and transformed higher education to care deeply about the human elements of higher education and focuses on undercurrents of belonging, value, identity, and purpose within higher education. We hope this conference will become a staple of higher education leadership within the field for generations to come.
Hosted by the School of Education, Social Work, and Psychological Sciences at the University of Missouri – Kansas City (UMKC) the conference seeks a committee of interested persons to help shape the conference through review of proposals and overall experience. We are also seeking individuals interested in serving as a steering committee to provide insights on the overall branding of the conference, and who may have responsibilities of support during the conference itself.

The 2023 conference will be held entirely online and will feature opportunities to present original research through workshops, paper sessions, and posters presentations that highlight scholarship and practices that are applicable to fostering community, belonging, values and purpose at all levels of higher education. The theme for the first annual conference will be “Remaking Higher Education to a Place of Belonging for All.” This theme is designed to inspire scholars and practitioners in light of challenges to human rights in the U.S. and around the world. A call for proposals will be available in late fall; all graduate students, staff, and faculty of higher education institutions and members and staff of higher education adjacent organizations are invited to submit proposals.

The conference organizers are currently seeking applications for members of the steering and program committee. Click here to apply by July 22, 2022:

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