Call for Programs

This year, we are excited to explore The Magic of Family Engagement - As family engagement professionals, we know it is important to capture and share the experiences we facilitate that bring value to our institutional communities. Now is your opportunity to share this knowledge with your colleagues across the country!

Important Dates

March 1 Educational programs proposal submission process begins 

March 1 Educational programs peer reviewer application process begins

April 5 Deadline for peer reviewer applications 

May 1 Deadline for educational program proposals at 11:59 p.m. ET (8:59 p.m. PT)

Early June Notification of Selected Educational Programs



What to include in your proposal:

Educational program proposals should include specific participant learning outcomes and be grounded in both research and theoretical frameworks, if applicable. Additionally, proposals must address how the information presented can be adapted to different types and sizes of institutions.

Need help getting started? Read How to Develop a Successful Educational Program Proposal for the AHEPPP National Conference

Topics should reflect the mission of AHEPPP, which works to support professionals in higher education who promote student success through informed parent and family engagement. You may view past programs on the AHEPPP website - 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, and 2014.

Priority Topics

The 2019 AHEPPP Annual Conference Survey and the 2019 National Survey of Parent/Family Programs revealed that AHEPPP members are most interested in learning about these trends. 

  • Addressing Student Mental Health & Wellness With Families 

  • Serving Diverse Family Populations

  • Creating Inclusive Environments for Families

  • How Generational Trends/Research Impacts Parent/Family Work

  • Communication Best Practices 

  • Fundraising/Sponsorship Strategies

  • Promising Practices for Parent Giving/Philanthropy

  • Professional Development & Self-Care

Special consideration will be given to proposals that:

Feature collaborations with other university departments outside of parent and family programs (i.e. Dean of Students, fundraising, counseling services, orientation, etc).

Additional sample topics:

  • Skill-building and professional development

  • The importance of campus partners

  • Influence of parent and family programming on student success and retention

  • Impact of stories on parent giving 

  • Using assessment to convey the value of our work

  • Incorporating diversity, equity, and inclusion into work with families

  • Navigating campus politics and leadership transitions

  • Creating sustainable or remote programming

  • Incorporating accessible communication methods

If you have questions, please contact the Conference Programs Co-Chairs:
Mark Pontious, Miami University
Kim Sterritt, The University of Alabama