AEFP 47th Annual Conference

Assessing the Responses of Education Finance and Policy to the Dual Pandemic of COVID-19 and Racial Injustice

Hilton Denver City Center - Denver, Colorado
March 17-19, 2022

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The AEFP 2022 app has the full conference program, schedule, event details, hotel map, and many more details. For full conference details, you will need to access the app or the website. You can still access the full program online.
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Prefer a paper program? You can download a PDF file and print your own before the conference:

Conference Portal Access

Access to the full conference program through Oxford Abstracts is required to:

  1. View conference papers
  2. View and comment on conference posters
  3. Access live-stream Zoom links

Virtual attendees: please make sure you can access this system BEFORE the event, so you will easily be able to access all our virtual content during the conference. If you have any difficulties accessing this information, please email us at
To access the program:

  1. Go to:
  2. Enter the password: (check your email for password)

Please DO NOT share this password.

CLEAR Vaccine Verification

All people registered for the in-person conference event should have received a separate email with details on how to complete the vaccine verification process with CLEAR. As a reminder, view our COVID policies and procedures here. Review our CLEAR Guide here.
If you are attending in-person and DID NOT receive a code, please reach out to us at

Update on Receptions

AEFP will be hosting two receptions this year on Thursday and Friday nights. Due to COVID and precautionary measures, we will only have drinks available at the receptions. We will not have any food. This is to minimize mask-less time in conference spaces. Each attendee will receive two drink tickets when they check-in at the registration.

Conference Fun and Challenges

We hope you will join us for AEFP conference challenges and/or trivia! RSVP for trivia here (not required, but it helps us plan!):
Conference challenges include: #petsofAEFP, #AEFPeats, #AEFPoems, #socksofAEFP, and #AEFPbingo. Stay tuned for more details on this!

Mother’s Room at the Conference

We will have a mother’s room at the conference. For access to this room, please email us beforehand, so we can share more details with you.

Reminder on Media Policy and AEFP Code of Conduct

In all sessions, each presenter is responsible for indicating whether their work may be cited, tweeted, photographed, recorded, or otherwise disseminated. Similarly, questions from the floor or other session dialog may not be disseminated without explicit permission. All presentations are assumed to be off the record unless the presenter otherwise specifies.
Audience members are expected to respect each author’s policy and act accordingly, as work may be embargoed. Audience members should be mindful of each author’s policy, and act accordingly. The Annual Conference, networking and professional development events, and other AEFP-sponsored events are for AEFP members, and as such defer to each member’s needs regarding outreach and embargoes of research.
All attendees agree to adhere to the AEFP Code of Conduct.

Candidates for Board of Directors

We have an amazing slate of candidates for the board of directors. Voting will occur on Friday, March 18, 2022, via electronic ballot. Meet our candidates here.

We are pleased to announce our keynote speaker for the 47th Annual AEFP Conference! The keynote address will be featured during our general session on Thursday, March 17 from 4:45 – 6:15 pm MST. The general session will be live-streamed. Stay tuned for details closer to the date.

Denise Forte is the interim CEO at The Education Trust. With more than two decades of experience in the federal legislative and executive branches advancing progressive education and family policy, Denise brings strategic leadership to the organization’s efforts to engage policymakers and diverse coalitions of advocates in demanding and securing equity-advancing policy change at the national and state levels.

Prior to Ed Trust, Denise was a senior fellow and director of public affairs for The Century Foundation, a progressive think tank. She also spent 20 years in progressively senior congressional staff roles, most recently as the staff director for the House Committee on Education and the Workforce (Minority), providing strategic advice and counsel to the Ranking Member, Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA), managing and directing the legislative and policy agenda for Committee Democrats and as Education Policy Director for Chairman George Miller. Denise also served in the Obama administration at the U.S. Department of Education, where she held the positions of Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary and Acting Assistant Secretary in the Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development, providing direction and management of the office that oversees policy and budget development for the agency. Forte also has worked in the nonprofit leadership development space as the vice president for policy leadership at Leadership for Educational Equity (LEE), an organization supporting current and former teachers in public leadership.

In each of these roles, Denise has worked to promote and advance policies that prioritize educational equity for those children who are historically underserved. Denise enjoys her role as a policy leader and welcomes the opportunity to mentor young and diverse professionals who wish to enter into public service.

Denise has a B.S. in Computer Science from Duke University, and a M.A. in Women’s Studies from the George Washington University. She resides in Washington, D.C. with her family.

Dear AEFP Community,
We hope this note finds you well. After careful consideration, the AEFP Board of Directors has decided that we will host our 2022 conference as a place-based, in-person meeting in Denver, CO, March 17 – 19, 2022. With lower case numbers and greater vaccine availability, particularly for school-aged children, we are excited about getting back together as a community, and the number of conference proposals suggests you all are excited about this as well. Submission numbers were nearly back to where they were pre-pandemic, and a big majority of submitters expressed a preference for an in-person presentation or poster.
We will be taking precautions to keep conference attendees safe and comfortable with an in-person conference. Vaccines and masks will be required for all in-person conference attendees. We will also adhere to all local and federal guidelines regarding in-person gatherings. We will send more details on these procedures a little closer to the event.
Although we were excited to see so many people indicate their preference for a place-based, in-person event, we recognize that some members are not yet ready to attend an in-person meeting. We are offering two alternatives. First, we will be able to live-stream a few panel presentations in each time slot plus the general sessions for remote participants in the in-person meeting in March. Second, we will hold a virtual convening April 11 – 12, 2022 in which submitters who expressed a preference for a virtual presentation will present their work in a panel format, get feedback on their work, and connect with colleagues. The broader AEFP community will be invited to these presentations as well. Registration for either the March (in-person) or April (virtual) event will include access to the other event.
As with many decisions over the past year and a half, this one was difficult, and we appreciated input from the membership in making it. We believe the in-person conference paired with a follow-up virtual convening will best serve our members and offer multiple opportunities for engagement with colleagues – which is what we most value at AEFP!
People who submitted proposals by the November 8th deadline will be receiving specific communications regarding the conference shortly, so look for more details via email.
Please be assured that our members’ safety and health continue to drive our decisions, and we will do our best to center our members’ needs as we make plans. We are so grateful for our AEFP community, and we look forward to seeing you all soon. Please reach out with any questions or concerns.
Katharine Strunk & Jason Grissom
Katharine Strunk, AEFP President
Jason Grissom, AEFP President-elect

Thank you for attending #AEFP2021

It was great ‘seeing’ all of you last week! Thank you for making AEFP your academic home and for making #AEFP2021 such a great conference. We appreciate your support and membership.

Congratulations and welcome to our new AEFP Board of Directors Members

  • Jason Grissom, President-elect
  • Anjali Adukia, Board member, at-large representative
  • Li Feng, Board member, at-large representative
  • Constance Lindsay, Board member, at-large representative
  • Jane Friesen, Board member, international representative
  • Shanna Ricketts, Board member, government representative

Congratulations to our 2021 Award Winners

  • New Scholars – Danielle Edwards & Lena Shi
  • Jean Flanigan Dissertation Award Winner – Christine Mulhern
  • Jean Flanigan Dissertation Honorable Mentions – Riley Acton & Camila Morales
  • Early Career – Dominique Baker
  • AEFP-Center for University Excellence Applied Higher Education Finance & Policy Award Excellence – Sue Dynarski
  • Outstanding Service – Larry Picus