2024 Graduate Student Policy Seminar

Thursday, March 21, 2024
10:00am - 4:00pm Central/Minneapolis Time
Event will be held virtually

The Graduate Student Policy Seminar, presented by the ASHE Council for Public Policy in Higher Education (CPPHE), provides graduate students with opportunities to interact with researchers and policymakers who are knowledgeable about critical public policy issues related to higher education. The seminar also offers participants an opportunity to engage other advanced graduate students with similar interests and ambitions from universities across the nation.

Who should attend:

  • Doctoral and Graduate Students who are interested in or whose research focuses on the intersections of public policy and higher education

Registration Bonus Offering: Graduate Student Policy Brief Writing Workshop

All attendees of the Seminar are also invited to attend a special follow up workshop offered by ASHE educational partner, the Scholars Strategy Network, at no additional cost on Wednesday, April 3, 2024 from 11am-12:30pm Central/Minneapolis Time.

This workshop is for scholars who want to learn how to write compelling and jargon-free policy briefs. Participants move through each step of the policy brief drafting process and actively shape their idea into a first draft. The workshop includes practical information on how to distribute your policy brief for maximum impact.

During this workshop, you will:

  • Learn how policy briefs are used in the policymaking process
  • Understand the components of a policy brief
  • Begin writing the outline of your brief through a guided exercise with feedback
  • Read and evaluate a sample policy brief
  • Have best practices for sharing your brief with a policymaker

Once you're registered for the Graduate Student Policy Seminar, you will receive additional information for how to attend this event.

Learning/Program Outcomes

The Graduate Student Policy Seminar will:

  1. Engage students in critical analysis of substantive state and federal policy issues that influence American higher education (such as free college/finance, financial aid, accountability, equity and social justice, HEA reauthorization, degree attainment, governance and leadership, the CARES Act to name a few) and institutional responses to and agency in shaping those policies.
  2. Expose students to career networks crucial for transition to scholarship or policy work.


Welcome, Land Acknowledgement, & Introductions

Eric Felix, Event Chair
San Diego State University

In Search of New Visions: Defining the Scope and Purpose of Higher Education Policy Research

Heather N. McCambly
University of Pittsburgh

Karina Salazar Garcia
University of Arizona

Policy Research Session

Elena Quiroz-Livanis
Massachusetts Department of Higher Education

Lauren Mena Shook
University of Texas at Austin

Mentoring Roundtables

Rebecca Natow
Hofstra University

Chris Marsicano
Davidson College

Policy Roundtables

Jonathan Turk
Saint Louis University

Ángel de Jesus González
Fresno State University

Recent Graduates and Seminar Alumni Connections

Rogelio Salazar
University of California - Los Angeles

Samuel Snideman
United Way of Central Indiana

CPPHE Engagement and Closing Remarks

Eric Felix, Event Chair
San Diego State University

Meredith Billings
University of Texas at Arlington

Kevin McClure
University of North Carolina Wilmington

Event Chair

Eric R. Felix
Associate Professor, San Diego State University

Please feel free to reach out to the event chair with questions about the content of the Graduate Student Policy Seminar. Questions about registration or event logistics can be directed to the ASHE Staff at (202) 660-4106 or office@ashe.ws.


  • $35 for ASHE members, $65 for non-members
  • If the cost of attendance is a barrier to participation, please reach out to event chair, Eric Felix at efelix@sdsu.edu
  • Registration Close and Payment Deadline: Wednesday, March 20 Noon Central/Minneapolis Time. Note: A late registration fee of $10 will be added beginning on Thursday, March 14 at noon Central.
  • We strongly encourage students' academic programs to cover the registration fee for this event as has been tradition for students attending the Graduate Student Policy Seminar. If additional documentation is needed, please contact ASHE Assistant Director for Conference and Events Alicia Castillo Shrestha at alicia@ashe.ws.
  • All ASHE Professional Development events encourage participants to engage throughout the event in various ways. To provide an environment that is conducive to learning and engagement and to provide a safe space (to the extent possible), Professional Development events are not recorded.
  • Learn more about accessibility for this event at ashe.ws/accessibility_prodevevents.
  • During registration, participants will agree to the ASHE Virtual Events Code of Conduct, provide information about accommodation requests, and answer a couple event-related questions:
    1. We are interested in creating a mentoring breakout session for like-topics, can you share what policy-related topics you are currently or planning to study?
    2. What are you interested in learning more about at the Graduate Student Policy Seminar?