Student Programming

Wednesday, May 27th

Guest Speaker Noni Session, East Bay Permanent Real Estate Cooperative | 2:00 PM CT 
(Student and Staff session)

Noni Session was inducted in the NASCO Hall of Fame this past fall for her work with EB PREC (East Bay Permanent Real Estate Cooperative). She is the Executive Director and founding member of the EB PREC. She will speak to the challenges faced by the organization in the tight housing market of the Bay Area and the solutions they have built with the support of their community. 

Thursday, May 28th

Networking Hour | 12:00 noon CT
Hasten Slowly and You Will Soon Arrive Book Release | 4:00 PM
(Student and Staff session)

The cooperative housing model has grown from renting rooming houses to ownership of property worth millions of dollars, but it has only scratched the surface of what can be achieved. The group equity movement has slowly made its way toward a distant destination, guided by its ever-changing members, and it seems certain to continue for years to come. "Hasten Slowly and You Will Soon Arrive" is the story of that journey, written by Jim Jones.

This free event, open to the public, will include a book reading by author Jim Jones followed by an interview with Jim by NASCO Board Director Caroline Elbert and a Q&A from the audience. Pre-order a copy of “Hasten Slowly” here (bulk pricing available) or get a discounted copy with your conference registration.


Friday, May 29th

Preparing for Resilience Roundtable | 2:30 PM CT

This space will be used for co-op staff to talk about the possibilities for going forward this fall with potential school closures and further COVID 19 restrictions. Facilitated with a few guiding questions, this is a space to talk about what cooperatives are planning and how we can be best prepared together.  This session is geared towards those charged with managing the cooperatives' finances. 


Welcome - Conference Kickoff (Student) | 5:30 PM CT

Saturday, May 30th 

Roundtable Discussion on Working in the Cooperative Sector | 12:00 PM CT
(Student and Staff session)

This roundtable gives staff members a chance to talk to current cooperators about how they got involved in the cooperative sector, what skills they have/needed to succeed, and what their co-op looks for in hiring.

Student Peer Consultation | 1:30 PM CT

The peer consultation process is an opportunity to practice the analytical and strategic thinking skills necessary for exercising leadership.  Co-op staff have unique jobs and regularly face unique problems. With so few colleagues and peers, it can be difficult to gain insights into the issues that you encounter. In an effort to create a positive space for the solicitation of meaningful feedback, moving us from a gathering of peers to a community of practice, NASCO staff will facilitate Peer Consultation sessions to allow participants to collaboratively provide guidance to one another.
If you plan to present and receive feedback on a challenge you’re facing, please prepare to discuss an actual challenge from your co-op with the following qualities:

  • It matters to you

  • You care enough about the issue that you are willing to change your behavior to make progress

  • It’s something you are working on currently or have worked on before

  • You need others for progress

  • It’s narrow enough that it is manageable to address (instead of dismantling the patriarchy, focus on equity in your co-op)

Meeting Facilitation Beyond the Basics | 3:00 PM CT

This workshop takes us beyond in-person meetings into the world of virtual meeting facilitation. In this workshop, we will provide best practices for virtual facilitation and tools to build consensus within the group. Attendees will be asked to try out facilitation tools during group discussions. 


Sunday, May 31st

Staff Evaluations | 12:00 PM CT

Co-op members have a duty to provide oversight for their staff.  This session provides an overview of the various reasons to perform staff evaluations, best practices for creating a just and effective evaluation process, and tips to create a positive culture around evaluations.  Participants can bring job descriptions for current staff and their questions. A sample staff evaluation will be shared as a reference.


Advanced Board Roles and Responsibilities | 2:00 PM CT

As a board, you are aware of the duties of loyalty, care, and obedience. This workshop will build on those duties and explore how you as a board can create systems that will perpetuate stability. We will also discuss how to balance turnover with training to keep your co-op board healthy.


Closing Session | 3:30 PM CT