2022 NCFR Affiliate Councils Workshops

Student and State/Regional Affiliate Workshops Planned | Proposal Deadline March 1, 2022, 11:59 p.m. PDT

Janis L. Henderson, Affiliate Councils Conference Program Chair

The AC serves as a governing body for the NCFR state/regional and student affiliates. The AC and its governing body, the Affiliate Councils Board (ACB), provide support to affiliate organizations. Strong state/regional and student affiliates are vital to the long-term viability of NCFR, as they play an important role in connecting national, state/regional, and local perspectives. State/regional affiliate membership includes professionals engaged as Family Science researchers, scholars, and practitioners as well as undergraduate and graduate students. Student affiliate membership consist of students who anticipate careers engaged in aspects of Family Science as well as university staff/faculty that serve as advisors to university affiliates. Active engagement in an NCFR affiliate provides opportunities to interact within communities at the state, regional, or university level, spurs new initiatives within those communities, and allows for members to develop new and expanded perspectives on a variety of topics important to families.

The 2022 NCFR Conference theme, “Light and Shadow: Shifting Perspectives and Families,” suggests we seek new understandings and views of our communities and circumstances. AC conference sessions will build on the spirit of the theme, using the sessions as opportunities for affiliate leaders and members to explore organizational strategies that promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. As incoming Program Chair, I encourage the larger NCFR membership to engage more fully with an affiliate. Involvement at the regional or state level can provide a smaller network of colleagues that can be empowering of the individual as well as empower the work being done in the various states or regions. NCFR members might explore the ways in which they can connect with and support student affiliates – for example, offering to speak at meetings or provide guidance (easily done virtually). Members whose homes or work is near a student affiliate might seek opportunities to engage in person.  

The AC will again host two workshops. We invite AC and NCFR members or member groups to submit proposals that are both informational and interactive, that contribute to exploring innovative strategies, or are focused on building organizational strength and sustainability for possible presentation at one of the AC workshops. The proposed presentation should facilitate attendee learning. Ideally workshop content will be applicable to state/regional and student affiliates. Individuals or collaborative groups are invited to submit.

Examples of encouraged proposal topics include:

  • development and/or implementation of action (strategic) plans;
  • bylaw revisions;
  • leadership and/or team building;
  • recruitment and retention strategies;
  • social media and marketing strategies; and
  • conference and event planning strategies.



Three separate documents should be submitted. All documents must be in PDF format. Submitted documents should include the following information:

  1. The presenter(s) information, including name, credentials, name of the state/regional or student affiliate of which you are a member (if applicable), and email address. Presenter information should be provided for all presenters. Please also include:
    • the title and topic of workshop; and
    • 3 measurable objectives;
  2. A short abstract with title and topic of workshop at top of page (maximum 100 words, not including title and topic); and
  3. The full workshop proposal with title (maximum 1,000 words, not including title) for peer review. The proposal should provide:
    • A summary of the content that will be shared during the workshop and how the workshop fulfills identified measurable objective(s), and
    • A brief interactive activity designed to reinforce workshop content.

Proposal documents should be emailed by March 1, 2022, 11:59 p.m. PST. Email proposals to Maddie Hansen ([email protected]), NCFR Membership Manager



The ACB encourages applications/nominations for the three AC awards:

  • Affiliate Grant (grant money for the affiliate group);
  • Meritorious Service Award (outstanding service by state and regional affiliate members); and
  • President for-a-Day-Award (for a student or new professional member) which encourages award recipient’s development of NCFR leadership skills. Recipient will shadow the NCFR President throughout the 2022 Conference).

See https://www.ncfr.org/awards/affiliate-councils-awards.

Contact: Janis Henderson, ACB Program Chair, J. Henderson Education Services; email: [email protected]