Like your institutions and organizations, the Competency Symposium Planning Team has been monitoring the rapidly evolving Coronavirus (COVID-19) and recommendations from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Additionally, we have been following the developments in the city of Austin with its seven-day state of emergency causing the cancellation by the SXSW conference. Recently, the city is also prohibiting any gatherings with 2,500+ individuals until May 1st. Our team along with NASPA wanted to wait until the Travis County Commissioners Meeting met Tuesday, March 10 to vote on whether or not to extend the local state of emergency for an additional time period.
Even though the Planning Team and the University of Texas at Austin was looking forward to meaningful conversations to support students and since the state of emergency will occur indefinitely, we feel it is important to proactively CANCEL the 2020 Competency Symposium occurring May 20 and 21, 2020. With higher education administrators and faculty needing to be focused on supporting students and partnering with local communities to mitigate the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), we hope this notification alleviates concerns and allows you to make decisions around financial resources related to travel.
The Planning Team will automatically generate a 100% refund of registration fees to the 2020 Competency Symposium, so you can begin to review billing statements in the coming weeks. If you have not received a refund by April 1st, contact Tim Harding, firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you made your hotel reservations, please cancel your reservations directly through the hotel.
The Planning Team is finalizing dates for the 2021 Competency Symposium that we will hold in Austin, TX and will share these dates to all registrants in the coming days and will post on the Symposium webpage. We recognize NACE will be holding its annual conference expo from June 6-9, 2021 in Austin, TX, but selecting dates in May allows for faculty and campus partners to attend. Having them part of the conversation is important to the purpose of the Symposium.
To support institutions with their work related to creating an institution-wide competency initiative, the Planning Team offers suggests gathering with your institution partners to work on your competency initiative on May 20 and/or 21 this year since the dates are already saved on your calendars.
To further support your work, the Planning Team will host two FREE webinars to provide an overview of the Four Pillar Framework for creating an institution-wide competency initiative and offer ways to get your conversations going to enhance your institution’s work. Each webinar will cover the same content, the Planning Team encourages teams to watch the webinar together to prompt discussion and action planning. Webinars are open to those who did and didn’t register for the Symposium at no cost, so feel free to share with colleagues at other institutions.
We know different institutions and organizations are implementing different responses related to travel, operations, etc.to help minimize risk. While saddened by the cancellation, we appreciate your understanding. We hope not worrying about whether or not the event will occur or if your travel will or won’t be impacted, will allow you to take care of yourself, family, colleagues, and fulfill your institution’s/organization’s role in supporting the safety and wellness of others as much as possible.
Your 2020 Competency Symposium Planning Team