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November 20, 2024

ECSAS Late Registration Ends

November 20, 2024

2024 European Conference Begins

5th European Conference for Student Affairs and Services

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The European Conference for Student Affairs and Services provides a platform for student services professionals, academics, researchers, and policymakers to discuss innovative programs, practices, models and trends in student affairs.

 The Future is Now: The Role of Student Affairs Professionals in Skills Development

CALL FOR PROPOSALS Now Closed

 

Presented By

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About the Conference

NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education and EucA – European university college Association invite you to the sixth annual European Conference for Student Affairs and Services (ECSAS) to be held in St. Julian, Malta on Wednesday 20 November - Friday 22 November 2024.

The European Conference for Student Affairs and Services’ goal is to provide education, training, resources, and support to professionals working in student affairs roles. SAS plays a vital role in shaping the experiences and outcomes of students' holistic well-being, personal growth, and thriving in various aspects of life. Fostering student flourishing involves creating environments and offering support systems that enable students to reach their fullest potential, both academically and personally. 

2024 European Conference Venue and Hotel

The ECSAS Conference Committee has selected the Malta Marriott Resort and Spa as our conference hotel and conference location for our event this year. It is HIGHLY encouraged that you register for the conference and reserve your hotel accommodations as soon as possible to take full advantage of the lower registration rate and discounted hotel accommodations. Space is limited and we are not providing a conference shuttle for the event so we HIGHLY recommend you book your hotel accommodations onsite at the Malta Marriott Resort and Spa. 

Hotel and Venue 

Room Rate / Night

Malta Marriott Resort & Spa

39 Main Street, Balluta Bay St. Julian's, Malta STJ 1017

Single -  170EUR / Night

Double - 195EUR / Night

Housing Pirates

Beware of housing pirates! Every year, NASPA receives reports of emails sent to participants, exhibitors, and NASPA members offering lower hotel rates. The Malta Marriott Resort & Spa is the ONLY conference venue for the European Conference for Student Affairs and Services (ECSAS), and attendees should only book their reservation through the conference link. 

Book Your Room Today!

Additional Information

Weather

The average temperatures in St. Julian's are around 69 degrees F during the day and 52 degrees F in the evening. As the conference gets closer, please visit the Weather Channel for more information.

Please note, the hotel and meeting areas may be cooler temperatures. A sweater or jacket is recommended.

Travel
The Malta Marriott Resort & Spa is approximiatley 12.0 KM from Malta International Airport (MLA).
Visit Airport Website for more information about travel options to and from MLA.
 
 

Visit Malta 

The Visit Malta wesbite includes special features such as a downloadable walking map of the area, ideas for things to do in Malta, come early/stay late Trip Ideas & Itineraries, coupons and other information.

Call for Proposals

The 2024 European Conference for Student Affairs and Services planning committee invites program proposals from higher education professionals who are part of the essential systems addressing college student experiences. The conference planning committees encourage program proposals regarding proven practices with content that will engage participants in fruitful discussions and provide meaningful content to bring back to their campuses. Interested individuals should submit a proposal form electronically. The proposal should be a detailed outline of their proposed session and a set of learning outcomes for attendees that connect to the conference tracks.

All presenters must register to attend the 2024 European Conference for Student Affairs and Services in-person. 

There will not be any virtual presentation opportunities.

 

Submission Criteria

Proposals will be evaluated by several program reviewers using the following five standards:

  1. Significant and creative contributions to the student affairs profession.
  2. Engaging program format that involves the audience and stimulates discussion.
  3. Conceptually strong foundation, well-written, with clearly stated outcomes and appropriately documented research and/or experience.
  4. Qualified presenters with expertise in the subject matter.
  5. Thematically relevant program content incorporating the conference focus area(s) into the program.

Conference Tracks

Assessment and Credentials
  •       Diversity in assessment and certification practices and the impact for Student Affairs and Services Professionals
  •       Using assessment to demonstrate organizational effectiveness
  •       Examples of metrics and methods for measuring student learning
  •       Promising practices to report and implement assessment findings effectively
  •       Case studies or concrete examples to illustrate various assessment approaches, or the use of quant and qual techniques 

 

 

Curricular Innovation
  • Innovation for change

  • Fostering active citizenship on campus

  • Service learning and peer-assisted learning

  • Learning in a virtual world

  • Digital skills, including the use of AI

  • Sustainability (e.g. UN Sustainable Development Goals; Inner Development Goals, etc.)

  • Learning locally, living globally: Preparing students for life in a global, connected world

Mental Health and Well-Being
  • Crisis management approaches

  • Innovation, creativity and partnership to support student mental health

  • Upstream approaches to well-being (e.g. community engagement; positive mental health initiatives, etc.)

  • Mental Health and Resilience

  • Supporting the supporters - well-being strategies for Student Affairs and Services Professionals

Student Engagement and International Experiences
  • Working with Gen Z students

  • The first-year experience

  • Working with students from diverse backgrounds

  • Supporting international students (e.g. orientation, teambuilding, support, peer mentoring, etc.) 

  • Inclusive practices for the student experience 

  • Study abroad or international programs and education

  • Cultural skills and intercultural communication

  • Student engagement in educational programs on campus and/or residential halls

Additional Information

Successful Proposals

Program reviewers rely on a well-written description to enhance their understanding of the content and goals of the presentation. The conference planning committees encourage program proposals with proven practices and content that will engage participants in fruitful discussions and provide meaningful content to bring back to their campuses.

Successful proposals should include: 

  • Lengthy description about session content that you will present.
  • Relationship of the program to the conference themes outlined below in 'Conference Themes & Learning Outcomes'
  • Identification of the program format (e.g., lecture, panel, roundtable) including methods for participant involvement (e.g., discussion, effective practice sharing, case study analysis).
  • Discussions of replicability: to what extent can the information presented in this program be replicated at other institutions?
  • 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.
    • Program proposals should establish a clear connection to the research, framework, model, or theory included in their discussions.
    • A list of references to relevant research, models, or theory must be listed in the "References" section. 

Tips:

  • Draft and save your work in a word processing program to ensure you keep a copy for your records. When you are ready, copy and paste the your description and outline into the text box below. 
  • There are no word limits on this section. Please provide enough details so that program reviewers can understand the breadth, depth, and scope of your program. This description will not be printed in the program book, website, or otherwise.
  • Ensure correct spelling and grammar.
General Proposal Writing Tips

For additional tips, please visit NASPA’s Program Submission Guidelines: https://www.naspa.org/events/program-submission-guidelines.  

Schedule at a Glance

Draft - Coming Soon 

The schedule will be designed to provide attendees with interactive and engaging programming, and opportunities for deeper discussion, and networking. As details are finalized, this schedule will be updated.

 

2024 ECSAS Schedule
Wednesday
20 November
Thursday
21 November
Friday
22 November
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Conference Registration

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

ECSAS Welcome Session

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

ECSAS Keynote Address

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Coffee/Tea Break

11:30 AM - 12:20 PM

Concurrent Session I

12:30 PM - 1:20 PM

Concurrent Session II

1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Lunch

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

ECSAS Leadership Panel

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Optional: Cultural Experience

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Conference Registration

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Networking Activity

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

ECSAS Keynote Address

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Coffee/Tea Break

11:30 AM - 12:20 PM

Concurrent Sessions III

12:30 PM - 1:20 PM

Concurrent Sessions IV

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Lunch/Conference Group Photo

3:00 PM - 3:50 AM

Concurrent Sessions V

Details

Creating a Positive and Healthy Work Environment

Tourgeé Simpson, York Tech

Forming the Pack: Creating belonging for First-Generation College Students

Terence Hill, University of Washington Bothell

Katie DeWilde Horowitz, University of Washington Bothell

Unlock the Strategic Power of Linkedin

Maria Giulia Palocci, EucA - European university college Association

InclusiveU: Applying an Anti-Bias Framework to Advance Equity in Higher Education

Sinai Cota, University of California San Diego

Francheska Morataya, University of California San Diego

Creative Professional Development in Student Affairs

Gloria Laureano, Kennesaw State University

Health and Well-being Behaviours of University Students - A Portuguese Perspective

Paulo Ferraz, Instituto Politécnico do Porto

 

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

ECSAS Student Panel

8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Networking Dinner

8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Conference Closing Remarks

12:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Optional: Cultural Activity

Traveling to St. Julian, Malta

European Conference Hotel Accommodations - Coming Soon

Speakers

Sponsors

Interested in exhibit and sponsorship opportunities at the 5th Annual European Conference for Student Affairs and Services? Click here to review the available opportunites!

To apply, please click below to send an email to Fred Comparato, Senior Director of Corporate Development.

NASPA Global Health, Safety, and Responsibility

In keeping with the Association's duty to care and responsibility as host, NASPA leadership strongly encourages all participants at NASPA events whether a presenter, attendee, exhibitor, staff, guest, or vendor to be fully vaccinatedPlease see the NASPA Global Health, Safety, and Responsibility webpage for complete information about NASPA's policy.

NASPA Guiding Principles and Code of Ethics

To read more about NASPA's Guiding Principles and Code of Ethics, please visit here