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National Conference for Hidden Student Populations

The National Conference for Hidden Populations (NCHP) held its inaugural conference in February 2020 in Washington D.C. with a specific focus on college students with experience in foster care. Today, the conference maintains its focus on National Conference for Hidden Student Populations logostudents with foster care experience and has expanded to include college-going students who are members of one or more identified hidden populations. Annually, the conference brings together researchers and practitioners from multidisciplinary fields, and with diverse training, to collaborate on the important issues and problems facing higher education in its quest to support students of diverse backgrounds.

Our Mission

NCHP creates a translational research space to identify and address critical issues impacting students with foster care experiences and other social journeys that often lead to being hidden in the system of higher education. 


The NCHP creates a networking space, provides opportunities for presentations about emerging research and practices, and seats research teams to conduct research for 18-24 months following each conference. 


In our Conference space, we value:

  • Diversity of perspectives represented by different voices, approaches, disciplines and experiences​.
  • Multidisciplinary collaboration that creates new knowledge, relationships and teamwork.
  • Innovative approaches in the translation of research to practice​.
  • Experiential knowledge through honoring those with lived experience.
  • Commitment to just policies and practices for college students.

Ways to engage with the NCHP


Current hidden college populations on which we focus:

  • Have histories in foster or other out-of-home care at age 13 or older
  • Are survivors of sexual violence and/or sex trafficking, or have sexual violence as part of their origin story
  • Are/have been sex workers
  • Are/have been involved with the justice system (self or caregivers)
  • Are recovering from substance addiction
  • Do not have the resources to meet basic need of shelter
  • Sought/seeking abortion care in a state where deemed illegal
  • Have undergone or are in the process of gender reassignment


2025 Conference

The National Conference for Hidden Student Populations (NCHP) will be held at Arizona State University, from February 19 to 21, 2025.

Conference Agenda (Subject to change)

February 19, 2025
In Person
    • 9:00 am MST - 4:30 pm MST- Registration, teamwork, collaborative writing
    • 6:00 pm MST - 9:00 pm MST- Informal gathering (optional)
February 20, 2025
In Person
    • 9:00 am MST - 11:30 am MST- Teamwork, collaborative writing 
    • 1:00 pm MST - 4:30 pm MST- Concurrent Sessions
February 21, 2025 
    • 9:00 am MST - 12:00 pm MST- PDQ - Concurrent collective thinking sessions
In Person      
    • 12:00 pm MST - 2:00 pm MST- Lunch & Informal networking
Call for Proposals NOW OPEN!
  • Submit a proposal for empirical research or practice presentation. 
    Deadline January 10, 2025, by 5 pm CST. Notifications made by January 21, 2025.
  • Become a new multidisciplinary team member. Researchers and practitioners are welcome to join a team.
    Deadline October 31, 2024, by 5 pm CST. Notifications made by December 1, 2024.
  • Become a team leader of a multidisciplinary research team. 
    Deadline October 1, 2024, by 5 pm CST. Notifications made by November 1, 2024.
  • Submit a proposal to lead a think tank discussion.
    Deadline January 10, 2025, by 5 pm CST. Notifications made by January 21, 2025.


Learn more about Past Conferences


Teams' Foci

The NCHP creates spaces for researchers and practitioners to collaboratively work on different research projects related to the higher education system and hidden college student populations.


Team 1 - The incidence of ACEs, trauma and hidden population.

Team 2 - Systematic review of foster youth college attainment literature 

Team 3 - Racial, ethnic, and cultural identity development of former foster youth in post-secondary education

Team 4- Georgia ETV data, Georgia ILP-eligible baseline data, state-wide public campus resource inventory, and summer pre-collegiate programs

Team 5 - Engagement with a campus-based support program for former foster care students.


NCHP Fellows

United through their emerging expertise, commitment to better understanding the diverse lived experiences of students on college campuses, dedication to inclusivity, and commitment to establishing multidisciplinary collaborative space, the NCHP Fellows work toward informing and equipping the higher education system to support college-going students with foster care experience and other intersecting lived journeys. Members of the NCHP Fellows group, who serve by invitation, champion and guide the work of NCHP and are committed to providing a foundation of support for its future.


Learn more about NCHP Fellows and teams



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