AAFCS Annual Conference and Expo Program at a Glance

Please note: this program at a glance is subject to change and will be updated with additional detailed information to help you build your schedule. More sessions and events will be added soon.

  • Learn more about educational sessions here
  • Learn more about meal functions here
  • Learn more about Pre-Conference Workshops here.


Sustainability matters to AAFCS and is the right and responsible thing to do!

In 2020, we will be making the conference program available digitally and continue to post important conference details on our app. No worries, all of the information you need will be available electronically.

If you still prefer to have a printed program onsite,  please select the registration package that includes a paper program for an addition cost of $7.50.

Please refer to the key below, indicating which educational strand each session belongs to. 

Strand key: Orange: Advocacy and Collaboration; Pink: Leadership and Association Engagement; Dark Green: Educational Tools and Resources; Dark Blue: Research and Scholarship; Light Green: Trends and Innovations; Light Blue: Learning Labs; Purple: National Partnership - FCS Education

Wednesday, June 24th


New AAFCS Board Member Orientation (by invitation only)

Thursday, June 25th


AAFCS Board of Directors Meeting (by invitation only)


AAFCS Board of Directors Luncheon (by invitation only)


Conference Registration Open


AAFCS Board of Directors Dinner
(by invitation only)

Friday, June 26th


International Federation for Home Economics-US (IFHE-US) Board of Directors Meeting


Conference Registration and MD/MN Booths Open (MN opens at 3:00pm)


Leadership Council Registration


Leadership Council Orientation


Pre-Conference Workshop: Preparing an Accreditation Self-Study Report (Complimentary; must sign up with registration)


Professional Certification Exams


Leadership Council, Parts 1 and 2


Kappa Omicron Nu Board Meeting


IFHE World Congress 2020 Committee Meeting, Part 1


International Home Economics Services Board of Trustees Annual Meeting


Pre-Conference Workshop: Make and Take Workshop: Design and Technology with Die-Cutting (Complimentary; must sign up with registration. Limited to 40 participants.)


Community of Non-Traditional Careers Business Meeting


Community of Elementary, Secondary, and Adult Education Business Meeting


FCSEA Board of Directors Meeting


National Coalition for Black Development in Family & Consumer Sciences Board of Directors Meeting


Family Relations and Human Development Community Gathering


Community of Global Perspectives Business Meeting


Community of Family Economics and Resource Management Meeting


National Coalition for Family & Consumer Sciences Education Business Meeting

1890 Council of Administrators in Family and Consumer Sciences Meeting


Diversity and Inclusion Task Force Meeting


First-Time Attendee Orientation


Blast of Blue Welcome Reception and Expo (1 ticket included with all Full and Student registrations; wear your FCS Blues!)

  • Undergraduate Research Poster Sessions
  • Community of Colleges, Universities, and Research Poster Sessions
  • Collegiate Assembly Faculty/Student Posters


     Learning Labs


Council for Certification Meeting


International Federation for Home Economics-US Cultural Evening

Saturday, June 27th 


Conference Registration and MD/MN Booths Open


Community of Extension Business Meeting and Breakfast (RSVP to Margaret Viebrock at


Community of Lifelong Professionals Business & Networking Meeting (Formerly known as the Community of Partners in Home and Community)


National Coalition for Black Development in Family & Consumer Sciences Business Meeting


IFHE World Congress 2020 Committee Meeting, Part 2

Community of Public Policy Meeting


Community of Business & Entrepreneurship Business Meeting


Sip and See in the EXPO 2020 Marketplace


Saturday General Session


Find Your People Networking Event


EXPO 2020 Marketplace

  • Undergraduate Research Posters
  • Community of Colleges, Universities, and Research Posters
  • Collegiate Assembly Faculty/Student Posters


     Learning Labs


Northeast Connect - Driving Awareness with High Quality FCS Programming (by invitation only)


Recipe Workshop:  Build Safety Instructions Into Favorite Recipes, Sponsored by the Partnership for Food Safety Education


Lunch in the EXPO 2020 Marketplace (included with all Full, Student, Saturday-Only, and Family/Guest Registrations)


     Using Active Learning to Escape Student Boredom


     Smart Strategies for Financially Savvy Youth

     Taking Action to RECRUIT FCS Educators


     Empowering Youth to Make Effective Change


     Igniting Interest in Tomorrow's Innovators: Bringing Technology and Electronics into the Textiles Classroom


     Enhancing the Discipline-Based Reading Outcomes for Family and Consumer Sciences Undergraduates


     Measuring the Success of Work-Based Learning Experiences in Family and Consumer Sciences


     Converging Academic & Social Communities: Applying a Human Sciences Lens to Peer Mentoring for Student Success


     AAFCS Certification: A Powerful Tool

     FCS Engagement=Excitement, Energy & Empowerment


     Baking Ingredient Myths and Sciences


     Helping Low and Moderate Income Families with Their Finances: A Toolkit for FCS Educators

     Taking Action to PREPARE FCS Educators


     Charting a Course to Navigate a Brand New World—Working with Generation Z!


     Addressing the Housing Shortage: Do Innovative Approaches Address Individual and Family Needs?


     Family and Consumer Sciences Research Journal Best Papers in 2019


     Beyond Talk: Active Classroom Strategies to Address Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Global Issues


     Support and Highlight Your Program: Apply for Teacher of the Year


     Building Upon Leadership Outcomes & Successes of the AAFCS Leadership Academies 2013-2019


Reception: Milestones in Membership: Celebrating 50 Years of Membership (ticketed event)


     Building the Foundation for Early Childhood Education


     The Value of MoneySKILL® in Your Classroom


     Advocacy Tools, Tips and Techniques to Gain Support for FCS Education Programs


     Let's Build Wealth One House at a Time


     Food Science Trends and Innovations: From Farm to Fork


     Helping Professors Grow as they Teach and Advise Graduate Students


     More Than Just an Elective…Developing Curriculum that Meets Student, Community, and Societal Needs


     Student Unit 101: An Overview of the Student Unit and Opportunities


     Integrating Leadership Soft Skills Into Your FCS Program


International Federation for Home Economics (IFHE)-US Business Meeting


Family and Consumer Sciences Research Journal Editorial/Advisory Board Meeting


Student Unit Business Meeting


Student Unit Social Night


National Coalition for Black Development in Family and Consumer Sciences Banquet (ticketed event)

Sunday, June 28th 


Conference Registration and MD/MN Booths Open


     Engaging Students Visually With Unforgettable Demonstrations


     When Helpful Becomes Harmful: The Implications for FCS of Opioids, Vaping and Other "New" Addictions, Part 1

     Taking Action to SUPPORT FCS Educators


     Advocacy: Change the World by  Leading the Way


     Work and Work-Based Learning Programs are a Gift—Remove the Gift Wrap


     Twenty Financial Planning Tips for Lifelong Professionals


     Why and How New Generations Bake and Apply Baking Food Safety in Homes, Communities, and Careers

     We Did It! Our Legislation Supporting FCS was Passed in New Mexico!


     Diversity Matters     


     Collegiate Assembly Business Meeting and Program: Bringing All the Assessment Data Together 


     That's a Good Question


     When Helpful Becomes Harmful: The Implications for FCS of Opioids, Vaping and Other "New" Addictions, Part 1


     Struggling Student Teachers: Interventions for Support & Success

     For the Greater Good: A Collaborative Effort to Improve Community Health


     Breaking Out of Financial Ruin!


     Oh the Places We Will Go! What's Trending in Culinary Tourism?


     Meeting the Challenges: Addiction Recovery Through Financial Empowerment Coaching


     Affiliate Bylaws: How Your Vision Can Lead to Success!


     Assembly of Higher Education and Community of Colleges, Universities, and Research Business Meeting and Program: Successful Career in Higher Education: Productivity Metrics


FCS Matters! New Public Awareness Campaign


     Practicing FCS Teachers' Advice for New FCS Teachers

     Fraud and the Elderly: So You Won the Publisher's Clearing House Sweepstakes!!


     Early Independence and the Transition to College Among Homeless and Foster Youth


     Nourish to Flourish: Stress and Our Mental and Physical Health


     Community of Colleges, Universities, and Research Oral Research Presentations


Kappa Omicron Nu and Phi Upsilon Omicron Luncheon (ticketed event)


Community of Elementary, Secondary, and Adult Education Teacher of the Year Luncheon, Sponsored by Goodheart-Willcox (ticketed event)


Community of Global Perspectives Luncheon: "My Journey to America" (ticketed event)


Communities of Business & Entrepreneurship, Non-Traditional Careers, and Lifelong Professionals Joint Luncheon: "Taking the Road Less Traveled: Life as a Non-Traditional Family and Consumer Sciences Professional" (ticketed event)


Alliance for Family & Consumer Sciences Meeting, Part 1 (by invitation only)


     Assessment 203: Now What??? Closing the Loop!


Apparel, Textiles, and Design Juried Showcase


Community of Elementary, Secondary, and Adult Education Curriculum Showcase and Silent Auction

Twice is Nice Accessories Swap


                              Ignite 2020! Round Table Presentations


Sunday General Session: FCS Expert Panel


FCS Awards Blue Carpet Dinner (ticketed event)

Monday, June 29th 


Alliance for Family & Consumer Sciences Meeting, Part 2


Schedule as of February 18, 2020—subject to change.