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IASAS Global Summit on Student Affairs & Services


The 5th Global Summit on Student Affairs and Services
“The Contribution of Student Affairs to the Study Success”
Toronto, Canada

Update: March 15, 2020

The IASAS Board in conversations with CACUSS and our partners at the University of Toronto have made the decision to postpone the Global Summit. As things are changing on a daily basis with regards to travel restricitions and local/national responses to COVID-19, we will do our best to update delegates and interested individuals regarding a new date as soon as possible. 

The International Association of Student Affairs and Services (IASAS) and Canadian Association for College and University Student Affairs and Services (CACUSS) are collaborating to host the 5th Global Summit on Student Affairs and Services at the University of Toronto, Canada on 27-29 May 2020.


The Global Summit brings together leaders in Student Affairs from across the globe to engage in a strategic dialogue on key issues in Student Affairs and Higher Education. It is a platform for critical discussion and can deepening a community of practice that spans the globe, within an international framework of services for students.

In 2020, the summit will precede the UNESCO World Conference on Higher Education, and should be an excellent opportunity for networking and building common strategies for advocacy on behalf of student affairs and services interests.

Looking at the role and responsibilities of student affairs and services for students’ well-being and success, the themes on the agenda include an analysis of similar challenges for student affairs and services on a global scale as well as a discussion of common objectives and strategies for collaboration to face these challenges and to find innovative solutions.

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.

The summit will look at:

  • Research and analysis of common challenges and needed competencies in higher education and student affairs across different countries or continents, especially with regard to the contribution of student affairs to the study success.
  • Topics will include financial challenges (public disinvestment, student debt, etc.), social challenges (student income and socio-economic background, indigenous populations, diversity, etc.), educational challenges (personal development, contribution to students’ academic success, etc.) and management challenges (human resources, funding, strategic planning and development, strategic advocacy and collaboration with allies, etc.).
  • Conclusion and action plan - work together through networking and building common strategies for advocacy that will result in a document to precede the UNESCO World Conference on Higher Education planned for 2021

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 held at Hart House, University of Toronto.  7 Hart House Circle, Toronto, ON M5S3H3.

The summit hotel is the Courtyard by Marriott. 475 Yonge St., Toronto, ON M4Y1X7. Hotel rates are $165 CAD plus taxes/fees per night. Registrations can be made by calling 1 (800) 847-5075  or using this link.

Delegates are recommended to fly to Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) as many international carriers will have direct or connecting flights. You may also wish to consider Billy Bishop Airport (YTZ) which may have limited flights within Canada and North America.

Draft Program

Wednesday, , 2020

PM                  Welcome and Opening Reception

Thursday, , 2020

9:00-5:00         Summit program/discussions

7:00pm            Evening program

Friday, , 2020 

9:00-5:00         Summit program/discussions

7 pm                Optional dinner (not included in the registration cost)

Saturday, , 2020

Optional Tours (TBA)

Sunday, May 31, 2020

CACUSS Conference Pre-conference workshops and conference opening.


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 $175 (CAD) which includes lunch and coffee breaks, Wednesday evening reception and Thursday dinner. Participants to the summit must cover their own travel and accommodation.


The Global Summit takes place immediately before the CACUSS annual conference. You are encouraged to register for both events at the same time, to deepen your experience of student services.


The International Association of Student Affairs and Services is a worldwide association of professionals working in the area of ​​student services within or outside higher education. IASAS membership expands over 90 countries on five continents. IASAS was born from the need to consolidate the knowledge and professionalism of the student affairs staff who work to provide students with residential services, financial support, support in health and wellness, sport and cultural activities as well as welcoming international students. The aim of the association is to share knowledge and experiences with a view to create the optimal conditions for student life and to help to develop the full potential of each student. Since 2013, IASAS is registered as an international non-profit association under Belgian law and is based in Brussels.



CACUSS is a professional association representing and serving those individuals who work in Canadian post-secondary institutions in student affairs and services. CACUSS provides professional development services and programs for members in all the Canadian provinces. Cross-divisional interest groups called communities of practice and networks focus on areas such as student health and wellness, first-year students, new professionals, and leadership education. CACUSS sponsors an annual conference immediately following the Summit to which all participants are invited (separate registration necessary). 


Cancellation Policy: Event cancellations must be received in writing (via email to contact@cacuss.ca) no later than Monday, May 11, 2020. No refunds will be issued if the request is received after Monday, May 11, 2020. Cancellations received prior to Monday, May 11, 2020 will receive a refund minus a $25 administration fee. Your event registration can be transferred to another delegate. Transfer requests must be received in writing (via e-mail to contact@cacuss.ca).

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