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UNCW's First-Year Studies Conference 2021: Nurturing Resilience 

The purpose of the FYE Conference is to broaden the conversation on new student populations at UNCW.  This conference is designed to provide a forum for faculty, staff, administrators and graduate students to share their experiences, research, ideas, programs, strategies, and tools integral to supporting the learning, growth and successful transition of students new to UNCW during their first semester/year.

This year, the Virtual Conference will center around Nurturing Resilience and encouraging skills that contribute to student success. This year more than ever it is important to instill in students the importance of resilience, particularly when facing a global pandemic, including all the accompanying mental health issues and the continued fight for diversity and equity. It has long been agreed that non-cognitive or "soft" skills are crucial components of student success in college and beyond. Students' development of resilience is strengthened by their acquisition of skills such as critical thinking, stress management, communication and building cross-cultural relationships.

The conference will be held virtually on April 23, 2021 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. All university faculty, staff, administrators and graduate students are invited to attend.



Registration for the FYS Conference is now open!

Register Here!


Call for Proposal Submissions

We invite all UNCW faculty, staff, and graduate students to submit proposals addressing any topic pertinent to the first year of college, preferably inincorporating material that will enable UNI instructors to guide students toward adoption and maintenance of these and other healthy habits and competencies. Proposals will be reviewed by the First-Year Studies Team and will be selected based on relevance to first-year experience, appropriateness to session type, contribution to existing body of knowledge, creativity, and ability to engage attendees.

Proposal Deadline and Submissions

Proposals for the 2021 conference are now being accepted! 

Submit your proposal here

Session Types

There are two submission types: concurrent sessions and facilitated discussions.

Concurrent Session

Concurrent sessions are 50 minutes in length (40 minutes of formal presentation and 10 minutes of discussion). This session type is best for those presenting research, an institutional program/initiative, or emerging trends.

 Facilitated Discussions

Facilitated discussions are 50 minutes in length and should incorporate open discussion surrounding a central issue or theme. This type of session should encourage collaborative learning by providing an opportunity to share ideas.

Example Topics

  • Using your first year experience story to connect with students
  • Involving peer mentors in educational initiatives
  • Road maps to success: Is there one?
  • Exploring teaching tools and technology to enhance learning
  • Using reflection to deepen engagement and growth mindset in FYE
  • REST (Relationships, Exercise, Self-Compassion, Transformative Thinking): Breakthrough to Resilience
  • Student Veterans and their Transition
  • Bridging generational gaps in a Transfer Student Seminar