Join us in Dallas, Texas for what promises to be our biggest and brightest conference yet! Our annual event provides opportunities to explore best practices, discuss current challenges, and share our successes. Come be rejuvenated and inspired with your colleagues from around the country. 








Conference Schedule and Sessions

The conference begins the evening of Monday, November 13 and concludes the at 8pm on the evening of Wednesday, November 15. Please click here for a detailed schedule*

*Subject to change. 

Program Submission - now closed

The program committee invites faculty, professional staff, and graduate students from all academic disciplines and departments to consider presenting a program at AHEPPP’s 2017 National Conference.

The submission process for the 2017 conference will begin April 18. Please click here for detailed program proposal information.

  • Proposals are due no later than Friday, June 16, 2017 at 8pm EST.  All are encouraged to submit proposals before the deadline.
  • All presenters will be notified about the status of their proposal in July 2017.
  • Proposals must be submitted electronically using this submission form.
  • Questions? Contact Alexandra Brown, [email protected] (310) 562-8047 or Lynanne Yndestad, [email protected] (804) 828-3700.

Accepted Program Abstracts are available by clicking here

AHEPPP Institute: Pre-Conference Workshop

The AHEPPP Institute will take place on Monday, November 13 from 9am-2pm, prior to the AHEPPP National Conference, and will provide opportunities for professionals in parent/family programs to engage and interact with colleagues, learn high impact practices for you to be successful in your role and enjoy a mentoring lunch with seasoned professionals. The AHEPPP Institute registration fee includes a continental breakfast and lunch.

  • Participants will be able to identify the mission, vision, and structure of AHEPPP.
  • Participants will begin to establish a network of mutually supportive parent and family programming professionals.
  • Participants will be able to identify elements of successful parent and family programs and ideas for implementation by networking and learning from seasoned professionals in the field.
AHEPPP Institute Schedule:
  • 9:00am - Welcome
  • 9:15 - 10:15am - Keynote Breakfast: Chelsea Petree and Marjorie Savage
  • 10:15am - Break
  • 10:30am - 12:00pm - Presentations by Subject Matter Experts
    • 10:30 - 11:15pm - Family & Parent Associations and Boards 
    • 11:15 - 12:00pm - Building Programs from Scratch 
  • 12:15 - 1:00pm - Lunch Speaker - Internal and External Communications 
  • 1:00 - 2:00pm - Roundtable/networking
    • Pick two:
    • Roundtable #1 - 1:00 - 1:30pm
    • Roundtable #2 - 1:30 - 2:00pm
    • Facilitators - one per table
      • Programs/Events 
      • Parents & Families Weekend
      • Under-represented Families (international, first-generation, minority)
      • Campus Collaboration/Partnerships
  • 2:00pm - Wrap-Up 

Registration Fees


Early Bird
(By August 1 
5pm EST)

(By October 20
5pm EST)










AHEPPP Institute add-on
(Pre-Conference Workshop)



We are pleased to include several meals within the registration cost. An opening reception, one breakfast, and one dinner will be provided. 

The last day to register for the conference is Friday, October 20 at 5:00pm EST. Late registrations are subject to a $150 late fee and will be accommodated only as space permits. 

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations for must be received in writing on or before before October 20, 2017, 5pm EST. A refund will be issued, subject to a $150 cancellation fee. We are unable to issue refunds after October 20, 2017, 5pm EST.

Pre-conference fees are nonrefundable.

altRegistration is now closed.

California Travel Restriction to Texas

Texas has recently been added to California’s state-sponsored-travel ban list. AHEPPP does and will continue to support our California members as more details about how this ban might affect travel arrangements become known. In addition, your AHEPPP Board of Directors remains steadfast in supporting ALL members as we support ALL of our students and families in the midst of politics. Let us be reminded of our AHEPPP values and ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Conference Keynote

altJoin Dr. Gregory Eells for our  2017 Keynote address: Self-Care and Resiliency for Success. Dr. Eells is a licensed psychologist in the State of New York and has worked in higher education mental health for 22 years. He currently serves as the Director of Counseling and Psychological Services at Cornell University and has served as a director of a university counseling service for the past 19 years. He regularly publishes articles in scholarly journals and presents frequently on such topics as leadership, mental health delivery systems, resilience, self-injury and suicide.  He is a member of various professional organizations, is a past-Chair of the Mental Health Section of the American College Health Association (ACHA) and a past president of the Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors (AUCCCD). He received a Presidential Award and a Lifetime Achievement Award from AUCCCD and has been a strong advocate for college mental health issues. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his wife and three children.

Hotel and Conference Location


We've reserved a limited block of rooms and we encourage you to make your hotel reservation as soon as possible to ensure the group rate of $219 per night. Once our block of rooms is full, we cannot guarantee this rate.  

Please utilize this link to make hotel reservations.  

Additional information about The Adolphus historic hotel can be found on their website.

Interested in Sharing a Room?

The Conference Hospitality Team has created a roommate matching program for those attendees looking to share the cost of a room at the conference hotel with another guest.  If you are looking for roommates for AHEPPP Dallas please complete this form. This form is open to anyone with the link—utilize the contact information on the document to contact potential roommates. If you are no longer seeking a roommate, please remove your information from the spreadsheet. 

The Adolphus Spa

As a participant at AHEPPP Dallas, The Adolphus invites you to enjoy a unique experience with a 10% participant discount.  

Travel and Ground Transportation

Air Travel 

The Adolphus Hotel is located in the heart of downtown Dallas, approximately 20 minutes from DAL and 35 minutes from DFW. Please utilize the airport that best suits your travel needs. 

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART)

DART runs routes from both DAL and DFW airports. Fare runs at $2.50 one-way. Plan on an hour to arrive to the hotel due to set bus stops.


Ride about town on the McKinney Avenue Trolley. The Adolphus is located .5 miles from a trolley stop, and is free to ride. View the trolley route-map here.

Ride Sharing Services

Uber and Lyft both serve the Dallas, TX area and offer service to and from DAL and DFW as well as around Dallas.  Attendees can estimate a one-way cost of roughly $11-18 from DAL and $25-33 from DWF. Costs vary based upon demand and other factors. 

Super Shuttle

AHEPPP Dallas attendees can make reservations with SuperShuttle to and from DAL or DFW. Shared rides run at a rate of $12 from DAL and $16 from DFW.  A 10% discount is available using the AHEPPP reservation site

Local Attractions

While you are with us, we hope you are able to take time to explore the sights and sounds of Dallas.


Original Nieman Marcus

West End Historic District

North Park

Highland Park Village

Outdoor Activities

Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden

Fountain Place

Katy Trail

Klyde Warren Park

Trinity Trails 


6th Floor Museum

Bishop Arts District

Dallas World Aquarium

Dallas Zoo

Deep Ellum

Dallas Arts District

George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum

Nasher Sculpture Center

Perot Museum of Nature and Science

Reunion Tower

Top Golf Dallas

Trinity Groves


The Alcove, Wine, Beer, and Expresso Bar

Community Beer Company

Cork Wine Bar

Dallas Brew Bus

Deep Ellum Brewing Company

Four Corners Brewing Company

Grapevine Craft Brewery

Lakewood Brewery

Nora Restaurant and Bar

Peticolas Brewing

The Truck Yard

Uptown Terrace at Omni Dallas

Special thanks to AHEPPP Associate Member: CampusESP for serving as premier sponsor!


Questions? Contact Lindsay McKinney at [email protected] or 920-333-2437