YES. For educational content proposals* to be considered, lead presenters and co-presenters must hold current NIRSA membership (professional, life professional, emeritus, student, or associate) at the time the program proposal is submitted through the end of the event.
An exception to the membership requirement may be requested by a NIRSA member who is serving as the lead presenter if they are collaborating with a co-presenter who is a non-member. That request may be made by the lead presenter on the proposal submission form at the time a presentation proposal is submitted.
For requests to be granted, non-members must meet at least one of the following three categories.
- Is not a collegiate recreation professional.
- Is not employed within a collegiate recreation setting (even if employed by a college, university, etc. that has a collegiate recreation program).
- Is not a full-time or part-time student enrolled in a leisure studies, recreation, collegiate recreation, or related academic program.
Complimentary conference registration will be provided to allow exempt presenters to attend ‘same day’ educational sessions. Exempt presenters who are interested in attending additional days will be required to register at the conference rate.
Submitting a presenter exemption request by the presentation proposal deadline is required for full consideration. Requests will be evaluated by NIRSA’s Executive Director or a designee and granted based on budget and membership considerations.
*NOTE: Exemptions are considered for presenters of pre-conference workshops, and other education programs which are at least 60 minutes in length.
Fitness forum presenters and micro-session presenters (ie-short session such as Lightning Talks, Showcase sessions, etc) are not eligible to be considered for an exemption.