Student Veterans of America (SVA) is the country’s premier organization for student veterans. SVA supports all veterans through their transition from the military, educational advancement, and career growth. SVA represents a network of over 1,400 chapters on campuses in all 50 states and four countries. 

SVA will hold its 10th Annual National Conference January 4 – 6, 2018 in San Antonio, TX at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa. The Conference will bring together student veterans, alumni, higher education personnel, researchers, stakeholders and policymakers from around the country to share information and network. 

The program committee invites proposals centered around the conference theme: Defining Our Future.  The overall program will result in attendees increasing their leadership skills and professional competence, help attendees proactively address barriers on their campus and with their chapters, and provide attendees with an opportunity for diverse discussions and networking.
The committee invites individuals or groups to share their expertise, share research, or lead a discussion in the following tracks: 
  1. Career Readiness: Fostering student veteran success beyond college, such as topics related to employment, career building, networking, and professional development.
  2. Chapter Management: Best practices for running a student veteran club/chapter on your campus.
  3. Higher Education: Information to help higher education community members (administrators, staff, faculty, and chapter advisors) provide better supports for student veterans on their campuses.
  4. Research: Empirical data presented and/or discussed related to student veterans and their families.
  5. Student Success: A holistic approach towards helping student veterans achieve success inside and outside the classroom.
The following session formats will be accepted for this year’s conference:
  • Panels:  Speakers will present different aspects, perspectives or thoughts on a particular topic, problem, or question.  Each speaker will have an opportunity to present their information and when all the speakers are finished, there is typically time for audience participation, questions, and comments.
  • Presentation:  An educational, lecture-style presentation where new information or best practices is shared with the audience and time is reserved at the end for audience participation, questions, and comments.
  • Workshops:  Sessions involving the audience in some type of participatory activity, which results in audience members developing or learning new skills or procedures.  Well suited for hands-on demonstrations, role-play, or professional development (e.g. resume development, interview skills, scholarship applications, etc.).
  • Papers:  Individual presentation lasting 15-20 minutes that focuses on a specific topic or subject which can be grouped together with other papers to create a session around an overall theme or unifying topic.
Submission Requirements
  • Proposal Title ( < 15 words)
  • Presenter(s) Names and Affiliations
  • Presenter(s) Bio ( < 150 words per presenter)
  • Proposal Submission (1,000 – 1,500 words)
  • Proposal Description for Program ( < 150 words)
  • Setup requirements (if applicable)
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS:  Friday, June 23,  2017 @ 11:59 pm (ET)
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