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FPF Student Privacy Train-the-Trainer Program for Higher Education

Whether you are new to the student privacy world or an experienced practitioner, the eight-month FPF Student Privacy Train-the-Trainer Program will provide the knowledge, skills, and resources to establish you as a student privacy professional, all while connecting you with both high-profile and up-and-coming higher education privacy leaders from across the country.

The 2021 FPF Student Privacy Train-the-Trainer Program for Higher Education is now open for applications.

About the Program

Since 2013, 40 new higher education student privacy laws have passed in 20 states. Colleges and universities are struggling to understand if and how general privacy laws, including the GDPR and California’s CPRA (previously CCPA), may impact their institutions. This isn’t only a legal problem. The transition to large-scale hybrid and distance learning as a result of COVID-19 has created new privacy questions and concerns. This massive shift in the privacy landscape makes it hard for colleges and universities to keep up and provide the most accurate advice to their institutions.

Few universities have dedicated chief privacy officers to help ensure privacy and to facilitate privacy literacy to faculty, staff, administration, and students. Without protections or protectors in place, postsecondary students can be at higher risk of suffering privacy violations. Moreover, students from marginalized or historically underrepresented backgrounds are more likely to be harmed through those violations. To foster postsecondary student privacy protections requires resources and training for faculty, staff, and administrators as they adapt to increasingly digital and distance learning.

Recognizing the demand for practical, informed privacy guidance, the Future of Privacy Forum, a nonprofit focused on consumer privacy, is launching a Train-the-Trainer program for higher education to multiply the people on the ground with the capacity to provide basic student privacy support.


  • Knowledge: Expand and deepen your student privacy and security knowledge.
  • Networking: Establish ongoing relationships with a close cohort of student privacy professionals.
  • Training: Acquire the resources and relationships needed to train and influence others.

Topics Covered

  • Defining and Protecting Student Privacy
  • Defining and Using Data
  • Equitable Data Use
  • Sharing Data
  • Developing and Working with EdTech
  • Safeguarding Student Data
  • Strengthening Data Governance
  • Practicing Transparency & Trust


  • Administrators
  • Student Affairs/Services Professionals
  • Advising Professionals
  • Faculty
  • Librarians
  • Instructional Designers
  • Institutional Researchers

Participant Requirements

Participants should have a strong interest in student privacy, the willingness to conduct student privacy training at their institutions or relevant conferences, and the ability to dedicate approximately eight hours per month for virtual webinars (2 hours) and asynchronous activities (6 hours). The online kickoff workshop will be held April 1st and 2nd, 2021, with online sessions on the 4th Friday of the month, from 1-3PM EST April-October.  The November 11th closing workshop is currently slated as an in-person event but may shift to virtual depending upon COVID-19 safety conditions. Should travel be required, participants will be notified by September 1st. Travel scholarships will be available for a limited number of participants. 

Participant Benefits

Throughout the program, participants will also develop resources necessary to empower others to protect student privacy, including a personalized student privacy training toolkit and foster a network of peers.

Email [email protected] if you have any questions.

How to Apply or Nominate

Simply complete the application below. If you would like to nominate someone for the program, please provide their information in the nomination form below.

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