The first full day of programming of the 2017 NASPA Annual Conference was full of learning, connection, celebration, and envisioning our path forward— both hurdles and promise—as a profession. Across the gathering we can see embodiments of our featured speaker Chris Mosier’s words “I want to be the person I needed when I was younger.” #NASPA17 has been characterized by engagement in brave conversations and exploration of the future of student affairs and services.
Featured speaker Professor Adam Habib framed our role as student affairs professionals in being vigilant in reducing inequality throughout systems of higher education, remarking “we need to provide those from marginalized environments with access to the best universities to enable class mobility” and that “community colleges in the US are the single best way to address inequality in education anywhere in the world.”
In addition to our featured sessions, we spent a total of 2,782 collective hours in the mobile app yesterday finding our way to almost 500 programs and events, 250 of which were breakout sessions presented by 726 presenters. (We told you this was BIG.)
In the midst of all the opportunities for learning and connection, our attendees were able to take a self-care break by visiting the Exhibit Hall to enjoy some ice cream while petting a puppy, in addition to engaging with our many wonderful exhibitors.
As the sun set on San Antonio, attendees gathered to make connections and celebrate accomplishments at the Grad Prep and Knowledge Communities Fair, and the NUFP Friends and Family and Regional Receptions. We honored those who have served as the shoulders we build upon at the 2017 Pillars of the Profession Award ceremony. Congratulations, again, to our NASPA Foundation 2017 Pillars of the Profession award recipients.
Thank you to all who are with us in San Antonio shaping #NASPA17, and we look forward to the continuation of an inspiring and rejuvenating event. Please check back tomorrow for more highlights.