Conferences & Events

NAFA 11th Biennial Conference | July 13-15 | Virtual

The NAFA Biennial Conference's theme is “Embracing Change.” You have many diverse roles in different contexts, yet one constant is that our field and our institutions—and indeed, our society—are always changing. This is especially true now, and the conference will be a space to reflect on the changes and upheavals experienced by our students and institutions today. We are thus building a different kind of conference, both in style and content. 

The conference will include: 

  — Live, synchronous content, including keynote presentations, panels, and interactive workshops
Working Towards Inclusive Excellence in Fellowships Advising, Selection, and Scholar Support)
  — Foundation-specific panels on alumni relations and fundraising
  — Several asynchronous sessions accessible before, during, and after the conference
  — Networking and informal social opportunities

Additionally, pre-conference workshops on Fulbright and being a new advisor will be offered. 


Registration is now available at Early bird registration ($250 for members and $550 for non-members) will be open until April 30, 2021. After this time, the cost for registration goes up by $50.  

Schedule (all times Eastern)

Pre-recorded sessions and foundation fireside chats will be available June 30.

Tuesday, July 13

11 a.m. - Welcome
11:15 a.m. - Networking
11:45 a.m. - Working Towards Inclusive Excellence in Fellowships Advising
4 p.m. - Networking

Wednesday, July 14

11 a.m. - Virtual Expo Hall (live Q&As with foundations and UK schools)
Noon - Concurrent Sessions (live Q&A for pre-recorded panels, posters, and individual sessions)
1 p.m. - Foundation-led Application Review Panels
2:15 p.m. - Concurrent Sessions (live workshops)
3 p.m. - Keynote: Dr. Jillian Kinzie
4 p.m. - Networking

Thursday, July 15

11 a.m. - Virtual Expo Hall (live Q&As with foundations and UK schools) 
Noon - Concurrent Sessions (Speed Share: Nerd Coach Craft and live workshops) 
1 p.m. - Concurrent Sessions (live Q&A for pre-recorded panels, posters, and individual sessions) 
2:15 p.m. - Concurrent Sessions (Llve Q&A for pre-recorded panels, posters, and individual sessions)  
3 p.m. - Keynote: Dr. Anthony Jack 

Keynote Speakers 

Dr. Anthony Jack
Dr. Anthony Jack, sociologist and assistant professor of Education at Harvard University, is transforming the way we address diversity and inclusion in education. Jack, once a low-income, first-generation college student, studies how students from low-income homes are often failed by the same top schools that admit them. He examines how the lack of cultural capital affects the ways in which disadvantaged students may “activate” their education and degree. To challenge these deeply ingrained social, cultural, and economic disparities on campus, Jack argues that we must first begin to question what we take for granted. Jack is a junior fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows. His research has been cited by The New York Times, the Boston Globe, The Atlantic, The Huffington Post, The National Review, The Washington Post, American RadioWorks, WBUR, and MPR. His book "The Privileged Poor," was named the 2018 recipient of the Thomas J. Wilson Memorial Prize by Harvard University Press.

Dr. Jilian Kinzie
Dr. Jillian Kinzie is associate director for the Center for Postsecondary Research and the National Survey of Student Engagement Institute at the Indiana University School of Education. She conducts research and leads project activities on effective use of student engagement data to improve educational quality and serves as senior scholar with the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment project. She is co-author of "Assessment in Student Affairs" (2016), "Using Evidence of Student Learning to Improve Higher Education" (2015), "Student Success in College" (2005/2010), and "One Size Does Not Fit All: Traditional and Innovative Models of Student Affairs Practice" (2008/2014). She is co-editor of "New Directions in Higher Education" and serves on the boards of the Washington Internship Institute and the Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education. She received the Robert J. Menges Honored Presentation by the Professional Organizational Development Network in 2005 and 2011.

Virtual Foundation Expo

All foundations that register for the conference will automatically receive their own “booth” at the Virtual Expo. The Virtual Expo takes the place of the Dessert Reception and rotational speed-dating “Meet and Greets” with foundations from the previous NAFA Conferences. During the Virtual Expo, foundation representatives will have the chance to engage in informal conversations with a diverse range of advisors, who will drop into the foundations’ respective “booths” to ask questions and learn more about the fellowship opportunities. Foundations will have the opportunity to upload multiple videos and documents (10MB maximum per document) for attendees to view and take with them. Foundation representatives can find a list of booth features here.