A Virtual Conference
for Staff and Faculty at Virginia's Community Colleges


Community partners and college experts will lead sessions on our theme:

“P3: Pedagogy, Practice, and Partnership”

Mark your calendars for September 6, 2024 as Brightpoint Community College

hosts this virtual conference for faculty and staff.

Study Abroad
Internship and Apprenticeship
Service Learning
Skilled Trades
Creative Arts

Our Keynote: Senator Ghazala Hashmi, Ph.D.

Senator Ghazala Hashmi, PhD, serves in the Virginia General Assembly and represents the 15th Senatorial District which includes parts of Richmond City and Chesterfield County. After nearly 30 years in higher education, she first ran for office in 2019 and won her second term to the Virginia Senate in November 2023. Senator Hashmi serves as Chair of the Senate Education and Health Committee. She also sits on the following Senate Committees: Finance and Appropriations; Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources; Transportation; and Rules. Senator Hashmi has also been appointed, for the past four years, to numerous boards and commissions; additionally, she was elected in 2023 to serve as Vice Chair for the Education Committee of the Council of State Governments – Southern Region. She is currently serving her second term as Vice Chair of the Virginia Asian American Pacific Islander Caucus (VAAPIC). Prior to her first election in November 2019, Senator Hashmi taught literature at the University of Richmond and then at Reynolds Community College. She was also the founding Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Reynolds. She has authored book chapters, articles, and presented at numerous conferences. Senator Hashmi is the first Muslim American and the first South Asian / Indian American to serve in the Virginia Senate.

Learn More About Senator Hashmi’s Work in the General Assembly

What is Experiential Learning?

“Experiential education is a teaching philosophy that informs many methodologies in which educators purposefully engage with learners in direct experience and focused reflection to increase knowledge, develop skills, clarify values, and develop people’s capacity to contribute to their communities.”

-The Association for Experiential Education (2022)


Thank you to our sponsor!

The Online Virginia Network is working to simplify the process and help more people finish their degree online in Virginia. This partnership includes George Mason University, Old Dominion University, James Madison University and Virginia’s Community Colleges,

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