conference program: conversation sessions

Conversation sessions at the NIRSA Annual Conference feature multiple perspectives on particular topics through dialogue and discussion among presenters and attendees.

There is still time to get involved in these sessions! See below for opportunities.

NEW! Community Connections

Designed around a specific topic area or constituent group for a small sized audience (20-50) of conference attendees, these sessions are offered to provide opportunities for attendees to converse on community issues in a less formal, lightly structured environment.

Possible topic areas include:

  • Faculty Members
  • Financial Management
  • Governmental Affairs
  • HBCUs
  • Member Services
  • Youth Programs

Ready to suggest a topic?

Complete our Community Connection Topic Form to suggest a topic or constituent group for a session. Feedback will be accepted through January 15, 2020. The Program Committee will make the final selection of Community Connection topics in early spring in the weeks leading up to the conference.

suggest a community connection session

REIMAGINED! Roundtables

Designed around a general topic area for a medium sized audience (50-200) of conference attendees, these sessions are structured to provide opportunities for audience members to pose questions to the group and receive varied answers from fellow session attendees.

The Program Committee has preselected the following 10 topic areas as Roundtables for NIRSA 2020.

  • Aquatics
  • Facility Management
  • Fitness
  • Health & Wellbeing
  • Intramural Sports
  • Marketing
  • Outdoor Recreation
  • Risk Management
  • Small Programs
  • Sport Clubs

Two additional topics will be selected during the fall term based on emerging issues in collegiate recreation.

If you are interested in applying to facilitate a roundtable session, please review the information below.

Roundtable Organizers & Leaders

The Program Committee is recruiting NIRSA members to organize and lead the selected roundtables at conference.  Each roundtable will have members filling the following positions:

An organizer who works in the weeks prior to the Annual Conference to solicit feedback from the membership on key issues for discussion and constructs an overall outline of topics for the session.

A moderator who actively leads the roundtable session at the conference, potentially with the assistance of other members facilitating discussion in smaller groups within the session.

A recorder who takes notes of key discussion points during the roundtable to distribute to members after the conference via the NIRSA web site and related Community of Practice online resource pages.

Complete the Roundtable Staff Interest Form to indicate your interest and to be alerted when the formal application for roundtable positions becomes available this fall.

Don’t see your favorite topic? Scroll down to learn more about our NEW Community Connection sessions.

volunteer to facilitate a roundtable

Panel Discussions

Designed around a central topic for a specific audience of conference attendees, these sessions are organized and moderated by NIRSA members and feature a discussion amongst a small group of panelists with a balance of predetermined discussion topics and audience questions.

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Student Lounge

Designed by students for students, the Student Lounge features opportunities for students to engage with fellow student and professional members on a wide variety of topics in a less formal, lightly structured environment.

The Student Leadership Team of the NIRSA Member Network coordinates the Student Lounge. More information about the Student Lounge will be posted at a later date.

Town Hall Meetings

Designed for a wide audience of conference attendees, these moderated sessions feature lively conversations among NIRSA and external leaders on key topics affecting our profession.

Topic areas are identified by the NIRSA Board of Directors and the Program Committee. More information about Town Hall Meetings will be posted at a later date.

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