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May 24, 2021 to May 27, 2021

12:00 am - 11:50 pm

5th Global Summit on Student Affairs and Services


This 5th IASAS Global Summit will bring together leaders in Student Affairs and Services from across the globe to engage in dialogue on key issues for our work in Higher Education. The summit will serve as a platform for critical discussion and deepening our community of practice that spans the globe, within an international framework and local relevance. There will be opportunities for focused work sessions in regions and times for us to meet virtually. The planned schedule can be found at the registration page, the call for programs will follow in the next few weeks.                                                  

This summit’s overarching theme is Alignment of Student Affairs and Services with Higher Education’s Goals of Social Justice. The topics will focus on four UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Quality Education, Gender Equality, Reduced Inequalities and Climate Action, and the 5th focus is SAS in Covid-19 times: keeping the focus on Social Justice.

As with previous IASAS Global Summits, we will produce a position paper, based on the inputs of all participants, that will be submitted for publication in regional publications, the University World News ,and the UNESCO’s World Conference on Higher Education in October 2021.

The summit topics are the following: 

  • Advance, build and support partnerships, networks and common strategies around the advancement of UN SDGs Quality Education, Gender Equality, Reduced Inequalities and Climate Action across countries and regions;
  • Covid-19: What are the common challenges and opportunities experienced by higher education, SAS practitioners and students across different countries and regions. This includes:  financial challenges (public disinvestment, student debt, etc.), social challenges (social justice, socio-cultural contexts, etc.), sustainability, indigenous populations, refugees, diversity, and management challenges (upskilling, possible restructures, morale and technology fatigue, collaboration with allies, etc.), GBV and gender asymmetries;
  • Covid-19: What kinds of competencies are required to meet the post-Covid-19 context, for SAS and higher education leadership and for practitioners;
  • Draft, issue and publish a position paper and action plan, based on the Global Summit, that will advance our shared agenda around the achievement of social justice goals.

One of the goals of the IASAS Global Summit is to have many diverse voices from around the world and have wide geographic representation, hence we set a limit to the number of participants per country and region.


Participants and target audience

The Global Summit is a key strategic event for the leadership of international, national and regional organisations in student affairs and services. Participation is on invitation only. Inquiries can be directed to enquiries@iasas.global

Location Details

The summit meetings will be organized virtually/online with the technological assistance of Hart House, University of Toronto. 

Draft Program (please continue to check back as the program evolves)

All times listed EDT (New York/Toronto) Please check your time zone using www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html

For an up to date schedule go here




The previous Global Summits were held in Washington (2012), Rome (2014), Cape Town (2016) and Santiago de Chile (2018).


Registration fee for the Global Summit is $75 (CAD). If this registration fee is not feasible, please contact enquiries@iasas.global for support.


Please register by April 1, 2021.  Registration will remain open until spaces are full.

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