2023-2024 Intro Program Information

Travel Stipend

National leadership conferences offer an excellent opportunity to meet other academic leaders and hear how campuses nationwide are tackling challenges in the always-shifting landscape of higher-ed leadership and administration. In order to encourage program attendees to attend conferences like this, every participant in this program receives a $2500 travel stipend for leadership-related travel. The travel stipend supports attendance at a professional conference, leadership training, or a comparable event related to the goals of the grant. These funds are intended to encourage new experiences and may not be used to support research-related travel. Below, we have listed some sample non-disciplinary conferences that would satisfy the stipulations. These are all great opportunities, but they are not the only options to use these funds. For example, in certain instances, discipline-specific conferences have panels or aspects on administration that might support leadership growth.

Once you make a plan to use your Travel Stipend, feel free to check with Assistant Director Diana Marginean (dmarginean@fivecolleges.edu) to confirm that it qualifies if it is not among the conferences listed below. And, because we like to learn from and keep track of participant experiences, we will ask everyone to write up a short paragraph describing your planned or completed travel for our records at the end of the program. 

2023/2024 Conferences and Annual Meetings:

Council of Colleges of Arts & Sciences (CCAS) November 1-4, 2023 in San Diego, CA

Association of Public & Land Grant Universities (APLU) November 10-14, 2023 in Seattle, WA

New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) December 6-8, 2023 in Boston, MA

American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) January 17-19, 2024 in Washington, DC

Second Nature 2024 Higher Education Climate Leadership - February 11-13, 2024 in Long Beach, CA

American Conference of Academic Deans (ACAD) February 21-23, 2024 in Tampa, FL

SXSW EDU 2024 Conference and Festival (SXSW EDU) March 4-7 in Austin, TX

Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA) March 9-13, 2024 in Seattle, WA

National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE) March 13-16, 2024 in Seattle, WA

AAC&U Conference on Diversity, Equity, and Student Success (AAC&U) March 21-23, 2024 in Philadelphia, PA

Simmons University Institute for Inclusive Leadership 2024 Conference April 3, 2024 in Boston, MA

Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) International Conference June 3-5, 2024 in Salamanca, Spain

AAC&U Conference on General Education, Pedagogy, and Assessment (AAC&U) April 9-17, 2024 in Providence, RI

Association of Arts Administration Educators (AAAE) May 23-26, 2024 in San Juan, Puerto Rico

National Conference on Race & Ethnicity in Higher Education (NCORE) May 28 - June 1, 2024 in Honolulu, Hawai'i

Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes (CHCI) May 28-June 1, 2024 at UC Berkeley

The Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) July 21-23, 2024 in Philadelphia, PA

International Council of Fine Arts Deans (ICFAD) October 10-11, 2024* in Montreal, Quebec

Sustainability Leaders (SL) October 2024 in The Garden of Amsterdam

New England Humanities Consortium (NEHC) 2024 Annual Meeting to be announced.

Leadership Development Program for Higher Education (LEAP) 2024 Advance Program dates to be announced. 

Arts Administrators in Higher Education (AAHE) 2024 Annual Meeting to be announced.

Council of Writing Program Administrators (CWPA) 2024 Annual Conference to be announced. 


Please note, grant project staff often attend several of these each year. If you intend on attending any of these conferences and meetings, please let us know. We will connect participants and staff who plan to attend the same conference.

*The travel stipend is to be used by June 30, 2024 but FCI could make an exception to the policy if no other event is suitable. 

Attendance Policy

Our attendance policy is designed to ensure that all participants are fully engaged in our professional development program. We also realize that 'life happens' and unforeseen events arise that must be attended to. For the Introductory program, missing one session counts as one absence. Participants are expected to make up the first and second missed sessions. The make-up format is flexible. The program will provide a learning opportunity, or participants may suggest a two-hour professional development opportunity for approval from the program. Because the stipend for this program is meant as compensation for your engagement with this program, any absences beyond that will reduce the amount of your stipend, regardless of the reason.