Meet new colleagues, and socialize with long-time friends

Stay tuned…

Details about networking opportunities will be posted here as they become available.

Conference Welcome Reception & Social

Tuesday, February 21 | 6:30pm–9:30pm

Join your NIRSA friends for the Welcome Reception & Social right after the Opening General Session Tuesday evening. The reception will be located in the Cherry Blossom and Woodrow Wilson Ballrooms. More information TBA.

Small College & Community College Social

Tuesday, February 21 | 6:30pm–8:00pm

All individuals from small schools and community colleges are encouraged to attend this social. Connect with you colleagues from other small and community colleges who face similar challenges and opportunities on their own campuses. This is a great opportunity to network with you peers and establish connections for the rest of the conference. Join us for snacks and great conversations!

Lee Wasson People of Color Social

Wednesday, February 22 | 7:00pm–9:00pm

Take this opportunity to celebrate the powerful accomplishments of NIRSA members with respect to ERSL, HBCU Summit, Founders Scholarship, and the Juliette Moore Distinguished Leadership Award. Refreshments and light hors d’oeuvres will be served, and all NIRSA members and guests are welcome to attend. Bring your dancing shoes!

Canadian Celebration Social

Thursday, February 23 | 6:30pm–8:00pm

Join the celebration and connect with you colleagues from Canadian institutions. Along with special guests and honourary Canucks, all are welcomed to celebrate the accomplishments of the Canadian Leadership Team’s Canada in Motion project and the next exciting steps of Canada and NIRSA!

LGBTQ & Friends Social

Thursday, February 23 | 7:30pm–9:30pm

An annual favorite, the LGBTQ & Friends Social fosters and encourages the involvement of LGBTQ individuals and allies in the Association. We’ll also recognize the 2017 recipient(s) of the Fredrick R. Braden Scholarship for Social Justice. Join us as we support inclusion and diversity within NIRSA.

Independent Socials

Independent socials are an important part of the NIRSA Annual Conference & Recreational Sports Expo experience.

These exciting socials provide attendees with great opportunities to network in smaller groups.NIRSA regions, states, vendors, and individual institutions have all hosted exciting independent socials at past NIRSA Annual Conferences. And so we invite you to consider hosting an independent social at NIRSA 2017 where the National Harbor area provides abundant options!

The evening of Thursday, February 23 is an ideal time to host or attend an independent social.If you’re interested in planning an independent social, or would like assistance with recommended venues, please contact NIRSA Director of Meetings & Events Sierra Smith.