Quarterly Connector
May 2023

In this Issue

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President's Perspective

Greetings AHEPPP Colleagues,

Well, I blinked again and here we are barreling toward the end of another academic year. To those of you in the home stretch, I’m cheering you on through this last mile! And for those already celebrating your graduates, I hope there is the opportunity to rest and reset before jumping into orientation and other summer activities.

We continue to collect member feedback to help shape the future of AHEPPP. When you have a brief beat, and if you haven’t already done so, I encourage you to take a few moments and provide your perspectives on the AHEPPP Membership: Climate Survey or by participating in a Mission Statement focus group. The survey remains open through the end of next week, while the focus groups are happening over this week and next. Every voice matters! All data gathered will be shared at the conference in the fall, alongside all the ways AHEPPP leadership will be making use of it to improve organizational operations and services.

With the 2023 National Conference registration now open, I’m officially counting the days until I get to see many of you in person. Congratulations to all who’ve submitted program proposals. Many thanks to the peer reviewers who will be reading through the 46 submissions in the coming weeks, and I can’t wait to see the lineup of fabulous topics and presenters. An additional and significant “Thank You” goes to the 2023 Conference Committee who are working diligently to make this an amazing conference. Please keep an eye out for an upcoming email that will launch the new & improved 2023 AHEPPP Awards nomination process!

Thank you, each and every one of you, for the various ways you contribute to this community and make us all stronger professionals. In gratitude for you and this community,

Alexandra Brown
President, AHEPPP: Family Engagement in Higher Education
Sr. Director, Student Alumni Programs, Family Engagement and Board Management | UCLA


2023 National Conference Updates

The countdown is ON for the 2023 National Conference in Baltimore, MD on November 6 - 8. Many thanks to those members who submitted program proposals and to our volunteer peer reviewers! Here are 3 ways to take action now to ensure you're part of the fun this fall:

1. Register now! (Don't miss out on the discounted early bird rate.)
3. Check out the Schedule at a glance to arrange your travel.
We hope to learn and connect with you in Baltimore!

Join Us for Spring Discussion Zones!

Our monthly Friday Discussion Zones allow you to network, share ideas, and gain knowledge from other members from across the country. Make plans to join the conversation!

Fall Family Weekend/Fall Events & Making Best Use of End of Year Funds/Budgeting                    
May 5th 2:00pm ET          Register Here for May 5

Summer Discussion Zones will not have predetermined topics but will allow you to BYOT (Bring Your Own Topics)!

June 2nd 2:00 pm ET       Register Here for June 2

July 14th 2:00 pm ET       Register Here for July 14

2023 AHEPPP Institute: Building or Sustaining a Successful Family Program

Are you new to family engagement? Are you working to build a new family engagement program? If so, join us for the virtual AHEPPP Institute: Building or Sustaining a Successful Family Program, on Friday, August 4 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. PT / Noon to 5 p.m. ET. This is a cohort-based institute that is designed for those new to parent and family engagement or building a new parent and family program. Attendees will engage and interact with colleagues in the field to begin building their professional network and learn promising practices from field experts which can be utilized on their campuses. Additionally, there will be an optional opportunity to connect in person for those attending the national conference in Baltimore. Learn more here.

Registration is now open!

AHEPPP Requests Your Feedback

As AHEPPP President, Alex Brown announced in her April President's Perspective email, we are currently assessing where we are and who we are currently as an association. There are two initiatives underway and one more to come in June.

1. AHEPPP Membership: Climate Survey - Many thanks to those of you who have already completed this survey. If you have not yet had the opportunity to do so, there is still time! This survey will close on Friday, May 12 and will take less than 15 minutes of your time.

2. AHEPPP Mission Statement Focus Groups - The purpose of these focus groups is to seek membership perspectives and opinions about the current mission statement, solicit ideas, thoughts, and opinions about how you would like to see the organization transformed, and gather insight into current or prospective needs that exist. Each focus group will be one-hour in length. Please click on your preferred focus group date to register. Focus groups will be held on the following dates:

Wednesday, May 3 at 2 pm ET
Monday, May 8 at 3:30 pm ET
Friday, May 12 at 3 pm ET
Thursday, May 18 at 2:00 pm ET

3. AHEPPP Membership: Satisfaction Survey - COMING IN JUNE

Your time and feedback is greatly appreciated and will help improve and inform the Association.

Updates from CAS

The Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS) is pleased to announce the release of the 2023 CAS Professional Standards for Higher Education (11th version). AHEPPP takes great pride as a member of CAS in contributing to the development of standards for 50 different functional areas.

There are many new attributes of CAS Standards in this 11th version. The CAS Book includes many revisions to content and design. Notably, this volume is the first delivered exclusively in eBook format and has fillable PDF Self-Assessment Guides. As a reminder, AHEPPP members can access the Parent and Family Programs and Orientation Standards within the Member Resources drop-down tab on our website.

Additionally, our endless gratitude goes to Dr. Christine Self (Texas Tech) for representing AHEPPP and families so well during the revision process through her service as chair for the Undergraduate Admissions Programs & Services standards revision committee. As Dr. Self continues her service as AHEPPP's representative on the CAS Council, we congratulate her for being recently elected as Member-at-Large User Experience to the CAS Governing Board, a three-year term.

Please direct all questions and inquiries about the revised standards to the CAS Executive Director ([email protected]).

Welcome New AHEPPP Members!

There is no other organization solely dedicated to supporting your work with families and providing you a community of colleagues who understand what you do. We are grateful for your support and partnership and look forward to a wonderful year. Thank you for renewing your membership and a sincere welcome to those who have just recently joined! Since April 1, we have welcomed 7 new members into our association:
Boise State University 
Brigham Young University - Idaho
Landmark College
Pacific University
University of Virginia
Utah State University
William Paterson University
Don't forget to maximize your membership by including four individuals on your account! Email [email protected] to add your colleagues.

Job Postings

Are you hiring? The AHEPPP Job Board provides a comprehensive list of job openings in the field of parent/family engagement as well as other partner areas within higher education such as orientation, enrollment management, advancement/development, alumni relations, and senior level student affairs roles. It's free for members to post!
Questions? Please contact

Connect on Social!

Are we friends yet? Be sure to follow @aheppp on your social channels to stay on top of dates, reminders, and fun #familyengagement related posts.
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