Welcome

Welcome to the 2021 ASCA Annual Conference!

Who would have thought when we closed the 2020 ASCA Annual Conference last year that a month later we would be facing a global pandemic which would ultimately change the way we work, socialize, and learn? As we looked forward and started to plan for this year’s conference, we knew the conference would not look anything like last year and began making the transition to a virtual platform.

With that said, we also want to acknowledge and honor all the lives that have been lost to Covid-19. We recognize the significant grief and uncertainty this pandemic continues to cause. Nevertheless, we hope that our virtual time together this week will give each of you some comfort, strength, and hope for a brighter future.

Whether you are new to the ASCA Annual Conference or a returning ASCA Annual Conference attendee, it is our hope you walk away from this experience feeling educated, connected, and refreshed. If you know of a colleague who is unable to be with us or want to brag on your experience during the conference, please use the hashtag #ASCA21isvirtual on any social media outlet.

This year, we have over 70 educational programs covering a broad cross section of topics pertaining to the Student Conduct profession; including COVID-19 related programs. We know you will not be able to attend every session during the actual conference, however, please take time when you are able to watch recorded sessions and continue to learn beyond the week.

As you are planning your conference schedule, we want to draw your attention to other sessions and activities which might spark your interest:

Since we are not all going to be in one central location, we are asking each presenter to start their presentation by acknowledging the land we all occupy. Additionally, we will seek to open the conference with a land acknowledgement. If you are interested in learning more, please utilize the following resources:

If you have never attended an ASCA conference, please plan on attending the First-Timers event taking place on Tuesday, February 9th, 2021 at noon EST. This event will give you the opportunity to learn more about the association, how to get involved, and how to navigate our virtual conference experience.

Not only opening the conference, but also speaking each day and closing the conference, Dr. Alexandra Hughes will ask you to Pause and Reflect: A review of 2020 and our journey toward self-reflection and critical self-critique as we lean into discomfort. Currently, Dr. Hughes serves as our ASCA Viewpoints Podcast Host and will challenge you to reimagine new ways to engage in courageous conversations

We recognize finding connections with other professionals is going to be different this year and it is important to note, we are still providing some options for connections

    • For all of you “foodies," take a minute and submit one of your beloved recipes when the conference is over, you will receive an online recipe book. You can submit your recipes here: ASCA Recipe Drop Box
    • Finish creating your Tovuti profile and connect with other professionals online through affinity groups
    • Imagine you are in DC and spend a little time taking in a local attraction
    • Participate in the Instagram Challenge by posting a picture of the daily prompt
  • Two hallmark events of our Annual Conference will be highlighted again this year.
    • We will receive an update on case law which has impacted our work over the course of the past year, including updates involving COVID-19 from our colleagues at the National Association for College and University Attorneys (NACUA)
    • Our legislative update will focus on a recent letter to President-Elect (at the time) Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect (at the time) Kamala Harris from the American Council on Education (ACE) outlining several areas concerning students, educators, and institutions for the U.S. Department of Education to focus on during their terms

In addition to the educational programming and opportunities to connect, if you are a graduate student, mid-level professional, or director, we hope you will take the time to attend a coffee break or roundtable before or after our programming. For graduate students and mid-level professionals, we are also excited to offer the case study competition again this year. Come join the competition, you could win registration for next year’s conference.

We cannot gather in person this year, we hope you enjoy your conference experience. The conference committee along with the ASCA Central Office staff have worked hard to offer a rich, educational, and engaging conference experience from the comforts of your computer.

Sincerely,

Andrea M. Weber, Ed.D                                                            Kateeka Harris, M.A.

2021 Annual Conference Chair                                              2021-2022 ASCA President