Quarterly Connector
May 2022

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President's Perspective

The end of the academic year is upon us! When I was reflecting upon my year the other day, I was feeling like I didn’t accomplish very much. I was being hard on myself, thinking that I didn’t have many excuses this year being that we were a couple of years out of the heart of the pandemic. Then it hit me…move-in 2021 was THIS ACADEMIC YEAR. This IS the year that we said would be harder than the last because of more unknowns. How is it that August 2021 feels like last month, but also like it was ten years ago?

I had to remind myself that this year, survival was the accomplishment and now we have a fresh start ahead of us! The way I see it, we in higher ed get two chances each year for a fresh start 1) January, when the world is celebrating new beginnings with the new year; 2) June-August, when we wrap up the old academic year and prepare for the next. If January is the time for personal renewal, summer is the time for professional renewal and reflection.   
I don’t know about all of you, but I’m excited to be back in a space where there is more known than unknown (knock on wood) and I can begin planning again. I can reimagine events and actually bring families back to campus. I get to see all of you in Orlando in November. While I want to remember the lessons learned these past two years, I’m ready to move ahead and start anew.

In my annual reports and reviews this year, I’m going to try to remember where we were in fall 2021 when this year started and be easier on myself than usual, and I hope you all give yourselves that same grace. I encourage you to think not just about what you accomplished, but how you survived the year. Did canceling an event give you the energy to manage incoming parent calls? Did you build new relationships on campus that made your job easier? Did you drop something so you could help another department? Those are all successes that you should be proud of!

I also encourage you to think ahead to fresh beginnings: what campus events can return, or return in a more “normal” manner? Dig back to 2019—what was something you were planning to try in 2020 that was canceled? What needs refreshing? This is the year to reimagine things anew, not just the way they’ve always been.

Happy summer, my friends! I’m looking forward to seeing you all in upcoming Discussion Zone calls and on the Online Community!

Chelsea Petree
AHEPPP President
Director, Parent & Family Programs | RIT

Discussion Zones are Back!

Kick your weekends off with conversation and community building! Friday Discussion Zones allow you to network, share ideas, and gain knowledge from other members from across the country. Bring your questions and ideas to our summer round-table events. Please register using the links below:

End of Year Celebration -- 2021-22 Successes
Friday June 3 | 2pm ET/1pm CT/12pm MT/11am PT

Family Weekend/Fall Events
Friday July 8 | 2 pm ET/1 pm CT/12 pm MT/11 am PT

Promoting Positions, Creative Staffing Solutions and Supporting Your Team
Friday August 5 | 2 pm ET/1 pm CT/12 pm MT/11 am PT

2022 Family Engagement in Higher Education National Conference 

Registration is open for the 2022 Family Engagement in Higher Education National Conference. Join us for our first in-person event since 2019! We are pleased to offer you an affordable in-person experience with even deeper discounts for earlybirds and members. Join us in Orlando, Florida November 2-4 as we connect, celebrate, and support our colleagues in family relations.

Register | Hotel | Schedule-at-a-glance | Exhibit or Sponsor


by August 1

by September 16

 Last Call 
by October 14









(Full-time student verification required)




AHEPPP Institute - In-person
Assessing and Advancing Our Practice: Strategic Planning for the Future of Family Engagement
(pre-conference workshop add-on)




AHEPPP Institute - Virtual
Building or Sustaining a Successful Parent/Family Program
(pre-conference workshop add-on)

Space is limited!




The conference begins the evening of Wednesday, November 2 with a Welcome Dinner and concludes Friday afternoon November 4 with an optional Epcot excursion to follow. Programming details and information on family events will be forthcoming.

Membership Matters

There is no other organization solely dedicated to supporting your work with families and providing you a community of colleagues who understand what you do. We are grateful for your support and partnership and look forward to a wonderful year. Thank you for renewing your membership and a sincere welcome to those who have just recently joined!

This quarter we welcome 8 institutions to our professional family:

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Chapman University
Duke Kunshan University
Pratt Institute
Radford University
Rollins College
Salisbury University
University of Akron
University of Iowa

Don't forget to maximize your membership by including four individuals on your account! Email [email protected] to add your colleagues.

College Ready 2022Listos Para La Universidad

AHEPPP members have contributed to an updated version of a book for parents, College Ready 2022: Expert Advice for Parents to Simplify the College Transition, which is available for sale now on Amazon here. The 2022 edition includes new chapters and additional talking points! We are also pleased to offer this edition in Spanish!

The publisher, Wise Action, is making electronic versions available to AHEPPP members for distribution to their parents at over a 70% discount from the Amazon list price. The bulk sale rate for AHEPPP members is $2.25 per copy with a minimum order of 100 copies. And the fulfillment will be super easy. You will be provided with a customized website and a code for your parents to download. Bulk paper copies are also available at an over 50% discount from the retail price, if you'd like to hand out in-person or mail. If you are interested in learning more or receiving a price quote, please visit the book's website at or email Dan Solomon at [email protected]

Board of Directors Report

In late-April, your AHEPPP Board of Directors met for our Spring Board Meeting in Los Angeles, CA. As promised in December, we are excited to share a summary of our meeting.

Please click here to read the recap of our time together.




Job Postings

Looking for a new opportunity? The AHEPPP Job Board provides a comprehensive list of job openings in the field of parent/family engagement as well as other partner areas within higher education such as Orientation, Enrollment Management, Advancement/Development, Alumni Relations, and Senior Level Student Affairs roles. 

Click here to check it out!

Questions? Please contact

 Stay In Touch

Online Community ScreenshotWe know how much you value networking with your AHEPPP friends and colleagues through conferences, regional events, workshops, and other programs. This is how we learn best – through one anothers' experiences and expertise. Our new Online Community builds on these connections by creating an environment for all members to connect and engage by sharing best practices and advice, exchanging resources, and building relationships. Our association is proud to offer you our newest members-only resource - the AHEPPP Online Community.

Not sure how to get started? - click here to watch a quick tutorial.


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