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National Conference for Hidden Student Populations

The National Conference for Hidden Student Populations (NCHP) is an initiative of the R is for Thursday Collective. NCHP is a collaborative effort led by Fellows of five National Conference for Hidden Student Populations logoinstitutions in the U.S. to uncover the individual strengths and institutional barriers for hidden college student populations. This national conference was the first research conference dedicated to this multidisciplinary area of study. The NCHP holds an in-person conference in February of even years and other online events.


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
  • Are Third Culture Individuals who are US born citizens and spent a significant portion of their adolescent years in another country
  • Sought/seeking abortion care in a state where deemed illegal


2024 Hybrid Conference

The National Conference for Hidden Student Populations (NCHP) will be held from February 28 - March 1, 2024 at The University of Texas—San Antonio.


In-person conference from Feb 28 - March 1, 2023; it will include

    • Research teams work
    • Virtual presentations
    • Networking event

Virtual presentations on the afternoon of Feb 29 and the morning of March 1


Register Here


Call for Proposals

  • Team Members

    Become a new multidisciplinary research team member. 

      • December 1, 2023, Deadline (notifications by December 15)
      • Submit here your proposal to become a team member.
      • Note: If you completed an RFP for Research Team Lead, you do not need to also complete the Research Team Member information.
  • Presenters: Traditional Research

    Present an original empirical work.

      • January 12, 2024, Deadline (notifications by January 31)
      • Submit here your proposal for a traditional research presentation.


Learn more about past conferences.

Past Conferences


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. 

Research Teams' Foci

2022-2024 Research Teams

Team 1
Experiences of campus-based professionals with students who have foster care lived experiences. 

Team 4
Campus support programs for students with foster care experience. 

Team 2
The incidence of ACEs, trauma and hidden population.


Team 3

Team 6
Experiences of racially minoritized foster students in postsecondary education. 

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


NCHP Fellows

A small group of colleagues served as the guiding committee for the 2020 inaugural conference. United through their emerging expertise and commitment to better understanding the diverse lived experiences of students on college campuses, dedication to inclusivity, and commitment to establishing multidisciplinary collaborative space, these individuals were honored with the distinction and title of NCHP Fellow. The Fellows group were contributors to the Conference’s initial success, are current champions of its work, and are committed to providing a foundation of support for its future.


Learn more about NCHP Fellows and research teams



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