Graduate School Conference

AAC 2021 GRad School Conference starts in


Conference Purpose 

The purpose of the AAC Graduate School Conference is to create an accessible space where students from first-generation, limited income, disabled, and students of color backgrounds can engage with Graduate School information. The focus of the conference will include exploration, preparation, application, and success as it relates to graduate school. This allows students in any year classification feel welcome to engage with the conference materials. Presenters include various Colorado State University Staff & Alumni who are committed to helping our student participants learn more about the graduate school process.  


The AAC Graduate School Conference began in 2013 with our former McNair program. The AAC Student Support Services program has continued the legacy of the McNair program and the conference has now expanded to a larger CSU and TRIO student community. 


Overall structure will include a STEMM and General Track with the following in mind: 

  • Explore: This area will focus on getting students informed about various graduate school topics. 
  • Prepare: This area will focus on preparing students to make decisions and further develop understanding. 
  • Apply: This area will focus providing hands on opportunities where students can further develop their application materials.
    • Succeed: This area will focus on providing students with resources and tips to help them transition and succeed in their perspective graduate program. 

Intended Audience   

The intended audience for the AAC Graduate School Conference includes students from all school year classifications in the following CSU programs:  

  • ASPIRE TRIO programs such as Student Support Services, McNair, and STEM. 
  • Students who are a part of CSU’s Community for Excellence.
  • Student Diversity Program and Services communities. 
  • Asian Pacific American Cultural Center
  • Black/African American Cultural Center
  • El Centro
  • Pride Resource Center
  • Native American Cultural Center
  • Student Disability Center
  • Women & Gender Advocacy Center

Conference Goal 

Partner with students to create accessible learning experiences as students explore, prepare, apply, and succeed in graduate school.