Rural Student Success Unconference



Join colleagues for a national conversation on March 3-5, 2022 hosted by the University of Georgia: Redefining Rural Students Success and Wellbeing: An unConference on Practice, Research, and Innovation. Bookmark this page as we will update it with more information throughout the year.



Frequently Asked Questions

For this gathering, we borrow the concept of the unConference from the technology and business worlds and will focus not on formal research presentations but on conversations with researchers, practitioners, policy makers, students, and the community. This will be the University’s inaugural national convening on the status of rural access into and through higher education and support for students once they arrive on campus—one we believe will inspire new considerations on policies and practices for the future of rural student success.

Attendees can expect a welcoming and engaging environment where you will hear from keynote speakers with aligned, facilitated breakout discussion sessions centered on various subtopics on rural student success. Attendees will be able to select the breakout sessions that are of most interest to them.

The inagural unConference was held on March 19-20, 2021. Next year's unConference will be held on March 3-5, 2022.

Anyone who is interested in rural student success is welcome to attend the unConference including faculty, staff, and students, researchers, policy makers, parents, supporters, and others!

 2022 conference rates will be posted at a later date.

We are only accepting online credit card payments (this includes all UGA participants). We cannot accept interdepartmental transfers at this time.

Attendees can register online. The links for the 2022 unConference will be posted at a later date.

 For 2021, the unConference was held virtually via Zoom. The 2022 unConference will be held in Athens, GA.
All other unConference questions can be emailed to



Past unConference Schedules

Friday, March 19th, 2021

10:00 AM - Welcome

10:15 - 11:30 AM - Keynote: Rural Student Success & Wellbeing: Where have we been? 

Featured speaker: Dr. Nicholas Hillman - University of Wisconsin, Madison

1:00 - 2:30 PM - Pick-Your-Discussion Room on Pathways To & Through Higher Education

2:45 - 3:30 PM - Student Voices & Rural Stories panel


Saturday, March 20th, 2021

9:00 AM - Reconvene

9:10 - 10:25 AM - Keynote: Rural Student Success & Wellbeing: Where are we now? 

Featured speaker: Dr. Darris Means - University of Pittsburgh

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM - Pick-Your-Discussion Room on Pathways To & Through Higher Education

1:00 PM - Reconvene

1:10 - 2:25 PM - Keynote: Rural Student Success & Wellbeing: Where do we go next? 

Featured speaker: Dr. Maria Luna-Torres - AgriLife Extension, Texas - A&M

2:30 - 3:45 PM - Pick-Your-Discussion Room on Pathways To & Through Higher Education

3:45 - 4:30 PM - Rural Futures: An ideas exchange panel moderated by Beckie Supiano of The Chronicle of Higher Education