2020 USHE Conference for School Counselors and Administrators

The Utah System of Higher Education has decided to move the 2020 USHE Conference for School Counselors and Administrators to an online platform. It will be held virtually on September 16, 2020, over Zoom.

Please know that USHE is committed to providing school counselors and administrators the opportunity to further develop their skills and share best practices in ensuring postsecondary access and success for all students


Wednesday, September 16, 2020

**Conference to be held virtually over Zoom.

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

  • Welcome: Commissioner of Higher Education, Utah System of Higher Education
  • Keynote Speaker: Dr. Kyle Reyes, VP Student Affairs at Utah Valley University
  • Keys to Success Presentation
  • Reach Higher

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

  • USBE & USHE Increase Equity in Advanced Course Taking
  • Saving Students Money: UHEAA & my529
  • Statewide Scholarships


  • Will I still get certificate hours from the Utah State Board of Education?
    • Yes! The virtual counselor conference will provide attendees with 4 total possible certificate hours.
  • Do I still need to register?
    • Yes. The new virtual conference registration can be found here.
    • Registration is how we will communicate with you about updates to the conference, etc.
  • Now that the conference is online, is there a fee to register?
    • No, the online conference will be free to attend.
  • If I already paid for my conference registration, will I get a refund?
    • Yes, USHE is working on issuing refunds for conference registrations that were already paid. Please allow 7-10 business days for refunds to be processed. If you previously registered for the in-person conference, please note that you will need to register again for the online conference.
  • Will the conference and sessions be recorded?
    • Yes, the entire conference will be recorded and accessible after the conference concludes.
  • Will there still be a keynote presentation?
    • Yes! Kyle Reyes, VP Student Affairs at Utah Valley University will be providing a virtual live keynote on Wednesday, September 16.

Keynote — Dr. Kyle A Reyes

Dr. Kyle A. Reyes currently serves as Vice President of Student Affairs at Utah Valley University (UVU). From 2014-2017, Dr. Reyes served as UVU’s Senior Diversity Officer and led the development and implementation of UVU’s nationally-recognized Strategic Inclusion and Diversity Plan consisting of nearly 40 initiatives focused on making UVU a more inclusive and equitable campus. He has been at UVU for 17 years in various offices and programs: TRIO Upward Bound, GEAR UP, Multicultural Student Services, Student Success & Retention, the School of Education, and the Office of the President. Dr. Reyes is also a tenured Associate Professor of Education at UVU and taught courses in Multicultural Education, Family & Community Partnerships, and Arts-based Integration. His research focuses on arts-based student empowerment; leadership for equity and access; and institution-wide inclusion and diversity strategic planning.

Kyle has consulted with, and presented to, organizations in 27 states and Canada in various sectors including: K-12 education, higher education, business, community task forces, and faith groups. He has given more than 500 presentations over the past 15 years on issues of diversity, inclusion, art, cultural competence, voice, identity, multiculturalism, and leadership. Kyle is the Vice President of the national organization of Asian Pacific Americans in Higher Education and served on the Utah Governor’s Multicultural Commission for three years. He is the past president of the Utah chapter of the National Association for Multicultural Education. Dr. Reyes has also served as the co-chair of the College Access Network for the Utah System of Higher Education and a member of the board of directors for the United Way of Utah County and American Indian Services.

Kyle received his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy from the University of Utah and was the recipient of the Bennion Morgan Fellowship.

For more information about this year’s conference, please contact Laís Martinez at lmartinez@ushe.edu or Malissa Jones at majones@ushe.edu.