UMKC Student Union
5100 Cherry Street, Kansas City MO, 64110
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- If you register for the EOA conference, please plan to attend! You will receive reminder emails to make sure your RSVP is current.
- All day attendance is encouraged.
Code of Conduct
The EOA conference is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion (or lack thereof), or technology choices. We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. Conference participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference at the discretion of the conference organizers. Our anti-harassment policy can be found at: https://info.umkc.edu/eoa/coc
Conference Info for Students
Never been to a conference before? Here’s some quick information about how it works and what you should do!
Register first. Basically an RSVP. This conference is free, but many are not. You need to register in advance of the conference to let us know to include you in the headcount for capacity, food, and supplies.
What to do when you arrive. Visit the Registration Table first. This is where you’ll check in and get your nametag, conference swag, schedule, and any other important info about the day. The Registration Table often stays open past the conference start time as a central place to find a conference volunteer or ask questions.
What to wear. The EOA conference doesn’t have a dress code, although clothing choices shouldn’t violate our conference Code of Conduct. We suggest you wear what makes you most confident and comfortable for a collaborative gathering.
What to bring. Your phone/tablet/laptop if that’s how you prefer to take notes, contact cards (if you have them) to exchange info with people you meet, a water bottle for environmentally-friendly hydration.
What to expect. A one-day conference usually begins and/or ends with a plenary session (or keynote) for all conference attendees. The rest of the day is concurrent or breakout sessions with breaks in between for attendees to move from session to session and stop to have lunch.
- Keynote or plenary session. This is a session for all conference attendees. A keynote speaker is usually an expert on a topic or issue, brought in from an outside organization to speak to the conference. A plenary session may have a speaker, a panel, or be interactive but it means that everyone should attend.
- Breakout sessions. These are smaller sessions that attendees can choose from. Sessions are scheduled concurrently, with several options during each time slot. Sessions might be a speaker, a panel of multiple speakers, a workshop, or some kind of interactive learning activity.
- Other scheduled events or activities. Some conferences have other items on the schedule, like optional field trips or tours, or fairs with booths for sponsoring organizations. The EOA conference has a Civic Connections Fair, where students can meet with people who are there to talk about ways to get involved with local organizations.
Participating in a breakout session. Conferences are learning opportunities, so the presenters or facilitators of a session have prepared informative and thought-provoking content for the attendees. Individuals in a session may watch a presentation, or may be expected to participate in discussions or small-group activities. There will usually be a Question & Answer time at the end of the session, and you should definitely ask questions if you have them!
Asking questions. Speakers or session facilitators often give the audience an opportunity to pose questions as a conference is intended to be a dialogue among participants. Unless the presenter tells you that they welcome questions during the presentation, they are probably planning to give you a chance to ask questions at the end, so it’s polite to save them until then. Remember, the Q in Q&A stands for question, so please ask a clear question and refrain from being that person who takes up all the Q&A time by delivering a monologue beginning with “this is more of a comment than a question…”