Early bird registration for the 2014 National Conference is now open! All chapter-based attendees (student members and advisors) will receive a rate of $50. All non-chapter attendees will receive a rate of $80. The early bird registration closes on October 14, 2014. After that time, registration will be available at the regular rates: $70 for Chapter attendees and $100 for non-chapter attendees.
And while you're waiting for details, check out an online version of the agenda from last year's conference!
The 2014 conference will be held at the College Park Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, located at 3501 University Blvd, East Hyattsville, MD 20783 – just off the western side of the University of Maryland at College Park campus. You can find maps and directions here.
The Active Minds guest block is reserved at the College Park Marriott and is available for the nights of November 13 (Thursday) through November 15 (Sunday). If you require rooms earlier or later than the dates included in our room block, please be aware that regular hotel rates will apply. There is a Maryland Terrapins home football game on Saturday night, so hotel rooms are limited - reserve your room before they are all booked! You can use the below link to access our room block reservation page via Marriott's website.
Do you still have questions about conference? We've put together an extensive list of Frequently Asked Questions to help you get answers!
Did you chapter have a year 2013-2014 school year? Host a creative program? Collaborate across campus? Have an amazing leader? Innovate a new fundraiser?
Nominate yourself, your chapter, your advisor, or an alumni for an award to recognize that great work! Award recipients will be announced at this year's conference. See the full list of awards.
Would you like to see your most popular program run on 10, 25, or 75 other campuses? Apply to present at the Active Minds Programming Expo! When you present your program at our conference, up to 100 other chapters leave with information on how to run your event on their campuses! It's like a research poster presentation only better. Proposals are due September 21, 2014 for this opportunity to contribute to the network and boost your résumé!
This year's topics include:
Chapter Maintenance and Leadership
Is your chapter growing like a weed? Have a set process in place to ensure your leadership transitions and hits the ground running each year? We are seeking student facilitators who have excelled in developing their chapter and maintaining that growth. You will be paired with 2-3 co-panelists from schools diverse in size and characteristics to best reach our full Chapter Network audience.
Programming for the Whole Campus, During the Whole Year (Roundtable Discussion)
Have you made your own programs or really gotten our National programs down-pat? Are your events the ones that students look forward to and you see new faces each time one is on the school calendar? Please consider helping your peers by leading a discussion intended to share strategies for making mental health programming more inclusive for all types of folks on campus, and throughout the year.
Collaboration on and off Campus (Roundtable Discussion)
Help your peers learn from your tried and true strategies to build relationships on campus with diverse student groups and resources. As our facilitators for this session, it'd also be helpful to walk through the host of potential partners standing at the ready to work with your chapter in your surrounding or state-level community.
Mapping a Movement: Leaving a Legacy
Propose Your Own Roundtable
We're also interested in what you want to discuss! If you have a discussion topic about which you'd like to facilitate one of our rountable discussion, pitch it to us!