2023 Event Details

Date: October 20-22, 2023
Location: WSU Pullman Campus, Washington

Understanding the Theme B.L.O.O.M.

This year, our conference theme is B.L.O.O.M., which stands for "Building Legacies to Overcome Obstacles and to Maximize Higher Education". Here at WSU, we aim to encourage our underrepresented community to pursue higher education as it can open doors and pathways that may have once seemed too far from reach.

Building Legacies: We believe that every student has the potential to create a legacy of success and achievement. By attending the S.H.A.P.I.N.G. Conference, students will learn how to build their own legacies and make a lasting impact on their communities and the world.

Overcoming Obstacles: We understand that the path to higher education can be filled with challenges. At the conference, we provide valuable insights and resources to help your students overcome these obstacles and achieve their educational goals.

Maximizing Higher Education: Higher education is a powerful tool for personal and professional growth. Students will discover how to make the most of their educational opportunities and unlock their full potential.

Opportunities at the Conference

ūüĆĪ Broaden your Horizons: Immerse yourselves in an environment where personal and academic growth are not just encouraged but celebrated. Discover how pursuing higher education can open a world of possibilities that you may not have imagined before.

ūüĆĪ Learn from Inspiring Leaders: Our team leaders and SHAPING cohort are excited to share their personal journeys and experiences as college students. Their stories will provide you with a unique insight into what it's really like to be a part of a college community.

ūüĆĪ Connect and Network: Interact with like-minded peers, mentors, and professionals who are equally passionate about education and personal development. This is a chance for you to expand your network and connect with individuals who share their aspirations.

ūüĆĪ Get your Questions Answered: Do you have questions about college life, higher education, or the journey ahead? We're here to help! You can feel free to reach out to us with any concerns or queries either through Instagram (@shapingconference) or email (shaping.conference@gmail.com).

Chaperones & Parents

Parents are welcome to attend as chaperones.  All chaperones must compete the chaperone application form, complete a background check form and pay the chaperone fee upon selection.  All chaperones will be notified if they are accepted, as we my be unable to accommodate all chaperone applicants.

Lodging & Roommates

All participants are allowed to select their preferred roommates on their application with the understanding that we will do our best to accommodate those needs, but that there is no guarantee. Private rooms are not available.


People with dietary needs should communicate those needs when registering. SHAPING will work with you to make necessary arrangements.

What to Bring

  • Personal Hygiene Products (deodorant, hair products, etc.)
  • Some basic items will be provided by the hotel.
  • Comfortable (Warm) Clothing and Shoes
  • ¬† Towel (if desired, standard towels will be provided by hotel)
  • ¬† Alarm Clock
  • ¬† Snacks for the Bus Ride & during the weekend (if needed)
  • ¬† Attire for the Saturday Evening Banquet (semi-formal)
  • Workout/Recreation Attire
  • ¬†Umbrella (in case of rain)
  • ¬†Sleeping Bag if desired (students will be sharing queen beds)

Do Not Bring

  • ¬†Electronics (Ipads/Tablets, Laptops) that might be stolen or lost
  • Drugs and Alcohol
  • ¬†Weapons
  • ¬†A bad attitude. Come with an open mind and be ready to learn

Attendee Expectations

  • Attend and participate in each session of the Conference, understanding that participation can mean listening, sharing viewpoints, fully participating in the experiential activities or supporting those who do.
  • Refrain from using alcohol or other drugs while at the conference.
  • Take responsibility for their own learning.
  • Agree to ask questions if they don't understand, participate even if they have done an activity before, and challenge themselves to step out of their "comfort zone."
  • Respect individual differences and the dignity of all people.
  • Keep an open mind and strive to learn a new perspective on the world.
  • Not leave the Conference property without permission from a University Official.
  • Respect the conference property and treat it accordingly.
  • Engage others in the lifelong learning process after the conclusion of the Conference.
  • Do a lot of walking around campus¬†