Conference History

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The HECMA Conference was born as the HECMA Roundtable, bringing together professionals for shared resource support.

What is a Roundtable?

The HECMA Roundtable was designed to bring together individuals from across the United States and North America to engage in dialogue and sharing of ideas about what is needed to improve our work with students in distress in the context of our higher education institutions. The first Roundtable was held in 2008. The annual HECMA Roundtable grew into the HECMA Conference in 2019.

When is it?

The HECMA Conference is traditionally held in the summer months. The 2019 HECMA Conference is June 12-15, 2019.




In 2018 we were thrilled to work with both our conference hotel host, Colonial Williamsburg Resorts, & local campus partner, The College of William and Mary, for the 10th Annual HECMA Roundtable.

Notable Roundtable Milestones:
250 attendees from across the US and Canada
Offered 4 Pre-Conference Sessions on a wide array of topics
Our membership was 780 strong just before the RT
We hosted 2 Keynote Speakers: Opening & Closing


Nicola Mannetter
Gonzaga University
2018 Leadership Award Recipient




HECMA 2017 Roundtable

We were thrilled to partner with the University of Colorado, Denver, Metropolitan State University of Denver, and The Community College of Denver for the 9th Annual HECMA Roundtable on the Auraria Campus in Denver, Colorado.

Notable Roundtable Milestones:
225 attendees from across the US and Canada
Offered 5 Pre-Conference Sessions on a wide array of topics
Membership Numbers crossed the 500 mark!

Mona Dugo
Northwestern University
2017 Leadership Award Recipient





HECMA 2016 Roundtable

The Roundtable is a 2.5 day gathering of higher education case management professionals who come together to learn, grow, network, and be inspired! It is the premier event for case managers, offering professional development and knowledge from your peers in the field, doing the work.

We are grateful to everyone who had a hand in planning or attending the 2016 Roundtable. This event would not be what it is without your dedication, creativity, and willingness to share expertise. Thank you!

Please see the information below for a wrap up of the 2016 event, including some fast facts, information about our Leadership Award winner, and a summary of the philanthropy efforts this year.

Fast Facts:
Location: University of Central Florida, Rosen College of Hospitality Management in Orlando, Florida
Attendees: 180
Break out sessions: 28
Featured panels: 2
Keynote address: Dr. Tom Miller, University of South Florida
Continuing education units through National Association of Social Workers (NASW): 12.5
Pre-conference training sessions: 2
Corporate sponsor attendance: 2
Social media contest winner: 1 – Tiara Parsons!
Our attendees represented:
32 states
108 institutions of higher education


2016 HECMA Leadership Award Recipient: Paul Tongsri

His nominator wrote, “Paul guides case managers across the country in ways to examine their practice, ensure it is student centered, and create an environment where students can succeed. He has done this through his personal willingness to work with individual faculty members, academic departments, families, athletics staff, and others, to identify struggling students and connect them to the wide array of services available here and in the greater community.”