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August 2022

Dear National Society for Experiential Education Annual Conference Attendees:

NSEE is excited for our 51st annual conference in beautiful Salt Lake City, Utah! Our conference theme this year is Embracing Equity in a New Era of Experiential Education. Following last year’s theme of the ever-changing world of experiential education, we wanted to turn our focus to how we can keep evolving with equitable access to experiential education opportunities. Our presenters are prepared to discuss their creative ideas on how to affectively assist students in accessing the many experiential education opportunities at their schools.

This year we added optional offsite excursions as part of the conference registration. Sunday we are offering two optional offsite excursions: a downtown walking tour taking participants to historical sites such as City Creek and Temple Square and a hike in Bells Canyon Hike to see the beautiful reservoir. On Monday afternoon there are two more offsite excursions, including a tour of the Utah State Capitol and a geocaching expedition downtown. The last excursion will be Wednesday afternoon, a ride on the Snowbird Tram to Hidden Peak. All excursions will include a guide, and the opportunity to reflect on the experience with other participants.

Monday evening, Dr. Deneece Huftalin, the President of Salt Lake Community College, will welcome us to the city, and tell us about the amazing strides her school is taking in equitable solutions in education. Then the new NSEE President, Beth Odahlen, will greet the attendees on behalf of the board. Afterwards, we will begin the Experiential Kickoff event in an outdoor space at the hotel, where attendees will gather for an engaged, experiential start to the conference, including informational tables, networking, refreshments, and more. The Kickoff will be followed by our traditional “dine-around” dinner outings, allowing attendees to meet and connect with one another.

Tuesday morning, we will welcome our keynote speaker, Stella Yuen, the University Programs Lead at the Clorox Company. Her session, “Creating Equitable Solutions in Times of Uncertainty”, will discuss the innovative changes her company had to make to adapt to the changing world of experiential education with their internship program.

The presentations, speakers, sponsors, and activities all work together to help attendees network, learn creative ideas, and get more involved with NSEE. Throughout the conference, NSEE Board members and Conference Planning Committee members will be available to answer questions, and ensure you feel welcome and included, starting at the conference registration table. I hope that you leave this conference excited to return next year and continue to be a part of this amazing community!

I look forward to seeing you soon!


Gabby Coggin
2022 NSEE Annual Conference Chair
South Carolina Honors College, University of South Carolina