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  1. I had several great experiences at ASHE this year and attended amazing keynotes! One in particular was the Pre-conference CEP keynote by Professor Graham Hingangaroa Smith Vice Chancellor/CEO of Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi: indigenous-university Whakatane, New Zealand. Since I am using postcolonial theory in my dissertation research within the U.S. context on diaspora Latina/o and African-American populations, his change model of indigenous learning in New Zealand really spoke to the possibilities of what change looked like and how it could happen in America. My two favorite quotes from this keynote are on twitter #LasVegASHE. Check them out, tell me what you think?

  2. Brian A. Burt said:

    My most memorable ASHE experience was in 2005, my first ASHE conference. My peers and I packed our bags, loaded my car, and drove from College Park, MD to Philadelphia, PA. In the car we shared stories about what brought us to Maryland for graduate school and how we landed in the field of higher education. Once we got to the conference hotel, I remember my professors stopping me and introducing me to their friends, other senior scholars in the field…you know, the people whose work we read in class. I was awe struck! I guess I never knew what to expect at the conference. But it was at that point engaging in conversation – albeit briefly – with these scholars that I was reminded how fortunate I was to be in graduate school and meeting people with similar passions. In addition to meeting faculty members, it was at this conference where I started meeting new mentors and close friends. Now, when I go to ASHE conferences, they feel more like Family Reunions where I reconnect with old friends, and meet new colleagues.

  3. Liza Talusan said:

    I am a 2nd year doctoral student at UMASS Boston and a 2nd year ASHE attendee. ASHE has been one of the most rewarding professional experiences I have had in my career because of the many intersections in scholarship, practice, relationships, and mentoring. It’s amazing to attend a session presentation by a distinguished scholar, only to have that same scholar in the next session sitting next to me as a participant. I’m inspired by other graduate students who are exploring meaningful topics and who are experiencing both the joy and struggles of writing, reading, studying, and teaching. But, most of all, I enjoy meeting the people whose names appear on countless journal articles I have been citing, who inspire me in this field, and who invite me to connect with them after ASHE has ended.

  4. Not only did ASHE contribute to my scholarly interests, but I also met some wonderful people with whom I shared many memorable experiences. From gleaning words of wisdom from seasoned scholars to grappling with difficult issues with fellow graduate students, it was a great feeling to connect with others who are so enthusiastic and open about sharing our work together. In addition to all of the wonderful intellectual stimulation, I had a blast participating in the ASHE dash 5K. Also, the Graduate Student Policy Seminar was amazing as I engaged with other graduate students who share similar research interests and heard from leading scholars in this area. We had the opportunity to push our thinking on important topics while sharing ideas and energy as we met new colleagues and friends. Overall, I left feeling a renewed sense of passion for the work we do…and I am looking forward to ASHE 2013!

  5. Asabe Poloma said:

    My first ASHE conference was a memorable and rewarding experience, and not because it was also my first time to Las Vegas. The connections I made with other graduate students and scholars, as well as the sessions I attended were enriching. One of my favorite experiences was attending two pre-conference sessions of the Council on Ethnic Participation (CEP) and the Council on International Higher Education (CIHE). My second favorite experience was participating in the Graduate Student Policy Seminar on “Student Immigrants, Immigrant Students” where I networked with several graduate students similarly interested in the educational experiences of international students and the experiences of U.S. students at overseas branch campuses. I left the conference intellectually reinvogorated and energized and I look forward to getting more involved with ASHE.

  6. I’m a third year PhD student who hates conferences. There I said it. However, after attending my first ASHE conference in Indianapolis a few years ago, I decided that the ASHE association and annual meeting was the place for me. ASHE made scholarship much more accessible to me because it is smaller than AERA, or any of the Student Affairs conferences I usually attended. That smaller size created intimacy, so connecting with a distinguished scholar was not only easy but also encouraged. ASHE is also the only association I am a member of that sent me a birthday card with a handwritten note inside. Attending a research session where an early stage doctoral student follows an accomplished scholar stands out in my mind, and that both individuals had equal time to speak.

  7. This was my first ASHE conference and I found the organizers and participants warm and exceptionally helpful. I am motivated to be a part of an organization that clearly cares about the future of its participants and seeks out diversity conversations in a meaningful way. NASPA and AERA could take a page out of the ASHE book when it comes to organizing events for grad students that are rewarding and respectful of our station in the academy.