2014 NASPA Region V Power of One Conference

April 03 – April 05, 2014
Salt Lake Community College

A Family of Many: The Power of One

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This NASPA LGBTQA leadership conference invites students to educate and learn about intersecting identities while promoting social justice.  We aim to create a respectful, open, and widely accessible environment in which participants will be challenged to apply the things they learn into their lives after they leave the conference. We hope to foster an understanding of difference that emphasizes discussion and social interaction, remembering that we are all at varying levels of knowledge and experience, and that those differences enhance our communities.  

The conference committee is seeking proposals that will help attendees think about the importance of identity and the role identity plays in understanding effective and inclusive leadership. Being a leader in today's climate requires that we be culturally aware and culturally competent.  A strong and inclusive leader will understand how an individual’s race, gender, sexual orientation and other aspects of identity impact effective leadership.


The Stanton-Webb Founders' Scholarships are named after two key activists in Region V, Heidi Adielia Stanton and Leslie Webb; these are designed to encourage attendance from institutions not historically represented at the conference or from campuses not central to the conference location. Please see the PDF for details and instructions on how to apply.

Call for Programs

Power of One Leadership Development Curriculum

Sessions selected for the Annual Conference program will address the following broad categories:


    Allies have long been a critical part of the movement and are a part of a successful future of equality. This track will explore the roles allies can play in changing campus climates as well as the roles that queer folks can fill as allies to other oppressed and marginalized groups.

    Sessions exploring this area might address some of the following questions:

    • What kinds of support and education do or can we offer our allies?
    • How does our movement include or exclude those in positions of privilege?
    • What information do our allies need to best advocate for change from their dominant social positions?
    • What does being an ally look like in a global sense? What road blocks do we encounter or create to celebrating their role in the community?
    • How can we help others become allies?
    • What can allies do to be even better allies?
    • As members of the queer community, how do we act as allies for other groups? How do we address instances of racism, ageism, sexism, sizeism, ableism, classism, religious/faith-based discrimination within our community or work to include everyone in our own community?

    Gender is fundamentally about social interaction and relationships and is expressed in many different ways by many different identities and ways of knowing. Programs in this track will investigate new understandings of gender beyond the traditional binary system.

    Sessions exploring this area might address some of the following questions:

    • How do individuals explore gender in their lives?
    • How does deviating from the binary impact our lived experiences?
    • What educational outreaches have been successful on our campuses to create a climate that goes beyond that system? What are our next steps?
    • How as the understanding of gender evolved through history?
    • How is gender understood in cultures and communities around the world?
    • In what ways are we seeing media embracing or not embracing a broader spectrum?
    • In what ways are our campuses still reinforcing a binary system?
    • What can we do to help others understand the intricacies of gender identity and expression?
    • How does gender intersect with other aspects of identity?

    In order to be successful in college and beyond, we must take care of our physical and emotional wellbeing. We face additional pressures when we become leaders and advocates and increase workloads in already busy lives. Programs in this track examine the ways in which we stay physically and emotionally healthy.

    Sessions exploring this area might address some of the following questions:

    • What are the ways in which we can navigate healthy bodies and healthy lives?
    • How do we manage stress? What are stressors that are unique to our community members?
    • What programs have been successful on our campuses to help students explore sexuality and gender in safe ways?
    • How do we ask for and receive the types of inclusive healthcare we deserve? Are our campuses providing this?
    • How are we reaching out to help others who don’t have adequate healthcare?

    Living proud as members of the queer community sets the stage for change, but we find that there are times when we must take more intentional action. Programs in this track will investigate strategies for actively changing the world in which we live.

    Sessions exploring this area might address some of the following questions:

    • What are strategies for creating change on our campuses and in our communities and how do we promote greater understanding?
    • How do we successfully use the tools that we have to create change and communicate with administrators and politicians effectively?
    • What goes into successful rallies, petitions, speakers’ bureaus, or stand-ins?
    • What is the history behind the movement and how does that impact our present? How do I get involved in social justice work beyond college?
    • What positions of privilege do I have?
    • How do we communicate across difference to reach positive outcomes?
    • How do I participate in other systems of oppression?
    • How do I talk to others about systematic or internalized oppression?
    • In what ways can I help other movements? How does heterosexism intersect with racism, ageism, sexism, sizeism, ableism, classism, religious/faith-based discrimination, or others?

    As individuals we all play a role in social change and it is our responsibility to harness our strengths to be the best contributors we can be. These programs will expand upon self exploration and group dynamics in ways that help us work together towards social change.

    Sessions exploring this area might address some of the following questions:

    • What opportunities do we have for leadership roles beyond the campus environment?
    • How do we build upon the legacy of their individual and collective strengths?
    • How do we lead such diverse groups when we are gathered around such a broad idea?
    • How do we manage conflicts amongst students, student groups, or with administration?
    • How do I confront others when I see an –ism in action in a way that leads to greater understanding?
    • What is your communication style and how does that impact your leadership?
    • What is your role as a student in leading movements or managing conflict, particularly in times of crises, economic challenges, and rapid change in the political environment?

    Art concurrently examines and represents a culture and society. Programs in this track will examine how queer voices are representing themselves and exploring relevant topics. Presentations, panel discussions, exhibitions, and performances will all be considered; the program committee will negotiate with artists regarding space and logistical support for performances and exhibitions on a case-by-case basis.

    Sessions exploring this area might address some of the following questions:

    • How do we express ourselves as a community and as individuals?
    • How do we see who is present in our conference community and who is absent?
    • What matters to us that isn’t communicable through other methods?
    • Globally, what is the queer community?
    • How can we support the arts or how can the arts help our movement change society?

    We are simultaneously members of the community and allies/advocate for queer young adults. In an ever changing political environment, we must continue to educate ourselves to provide the best services possible. This track will highlight topics relevant to individuals currently working within higher education, social justice work, student affairs, etc.

    Sessions exploring this area might address some of the following questions:

    • How do you walk the line between advocate and administrator?
    • What are we doing that recruits or repels queer new professionals from doing ally advocacy work?
    • What challenges are we facing on our campuses and how are we confronting them?
    • How do you teach a rebel to be a leader?
    • How do we handle it when we feel victimized by the institutions we represent?
    • How do we best bridge generational gaps between our students, ourselves, and other administrators?
    • How do we develop student leaders to build upon the legacy of their individual and collective strengths?
    • What is the student role (or how do we help them find their role) in leading movements or managing conflict, particularly in times of crises, economic challenges, and rapid change in the political environment?
    • How can we help students who feel forced to choose one part of their identity over another? How do we create environments where all backgrounds are truly embraced?

Conference Themes & Suggested Topics

Submission Timeline
  • Program presenters have been notified
    If you have questions regarding your proposal, please call Kai or Bri at (801) 587-7973.

Writing Tips

Looking for tips on writing an effective NASPA proposal? See sample submissions and formatting tips in our Program Submission Guidelines.


Day 1 Thu, Apr 03
4:00pm - 5:00pm
4:45pm -
Meet the Family
5:30pm -
Opening Plenary, Keynote
6:30pm -
7:30pm -
Monty Python's "Not the Messiah"
9:30pm - 10:10pm
Shuttle from campus to hotels
Day 2 Fri, Apr 04
7:00am - 8:00am
Shuttle from hotels to campus
8:00am -
Continental breakfast
9:00am -
Welcome and Keynote
9:30am -
Session I
10:30am -
Family Cluster
12:00pm -
Lunch and Soul Force
1:30pm -
Session II
2:30pm -
Session III
3:30pm -
Family Cluster
4:30pm -
Networking time: the Balloon Room
5:15pm -
Load buses for University of Utah
6:00pm -
Dinner - Rice Eccles Stadium, 6th floor; Spoken Word/Talent Show/Open Mic
9:30pm -
Shuttle from campus to hotels
Day 3 Sat, Apr 05
8:00am -
9:00am -
Family Cluster closing
10:00am -
Conference close
10:30am -
Service project/boxed lunch
10:30am -
Shuttle from campus to hotels
12:30pm -
Shuttle from campus to hotels


Early Bird Registration    Registration                 Onsite Registration

Deadline: March 14      Deadline: March 28    (after March 28, must register in person)

Student: $70                       $100                               $135

Staff: $80                             $110                               $145

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Conference Committee
General Questions
Email: powerofone2014@gmail.com

Curtis Larsen
Po1 Committee Chair
Email: curtis.larsen@slcc.edu
Phone: 801.957.4186

Tonya Murphy, NASPA Office
Registration Questions
Email: events@naspa.org
Phone: 202.265.7500 ext 1183


J Mase III

J Mase III

The Rowdiest Transqueer Poet You Know,

J Mase III is a black/trans/queer poet currently based in Brooklyn. The creator of the traveling performance event Patriarchal Rites: A Multigendered Approach to Masculinity, J Mase has shared his special brand of poetry on stages around the U.S. and UK. An organ donor, he is the author of If I Should Die Under the Knife, Tell My Kidney I Was the Fiercest Poet Around. In J Mase’s other life as an educator and activist, he has worked with thousands of community members and service providers across the country on the needs of LGBTQ youth and adults in spaces such as faith communities, elementary schools, domestic violence shelters, medical agencies, juvenile justice organizations, and foster care programs, among others. An advocate of really fierce scars and queering scripture, he currently spends his offstage time teaching poetry to youth in restricted care facilities. To find out more about J Mase III, feel free to stalk (follow) him on Twitter @jmaseiii, Facebook, or track him on his website at jmaseiii.com.




I joined with Soulforce in 2005 during the Equality Ride pilot.  Being from Texas, I believe it took me less than a breath to resonate with the idea that religion can be warped into a tool to perpetuate injustice.  What appeals to me about the work of Soulforce is our fearlessness in addressing problems for which there is no template solution.  I studied art at university, and that training in innovation and recognizing possibility has served me well, as I find that inner resources and soulful activism can win out over power and material wealth any day. I am passionate about extending the understanding how systems of oppression intersect to a global movement, precisely because we have so much cleaning up to do in our own backyard.

Enzi Tanner

Enzi Tanner


Enzi Tanner is a Black American transgender Jew. Enzi is the shelter case manager at Booth Brown house shelter in St. Paul. He has also worked with homeless youth services for the past six years. Enzi is currently in his last year at United Theological Seminary and is working on a Masters of Arts in religion and theology. Enzi is a member of Shir Tikvah, a reform synagogue in Minneapolis. When Enzi is not working or studying he spends his time cooking or hanging out with friends and their children. Enzi believes life is a journey that is best lived through exploration, curiosity and wonder.


Our sponsors help us bring quality speakers and presenters to the Power of One Conference. In addition, this year we are proud to announce that through generous donations, community members are able to sponsor a student who would otherwise not be able to attend the conference.

Bronze Level ($250.00) sponsors will receive (sponsors 2 students):

  • Sponsorship table
  • Logo on conference t-shirt
  • 1/8 page ad in conference program

Silver Level ($500.00) sponsors will receive (sponsors 3 students):

  • Sponsorship table
  • Logo on conference t-shirt
  • 1/4 page ad in conference program
  • Insert of your choice in conference bag

Gold Level ($1000.00) sponsors will receive (sponsors 6 students):

  • Sponsorship table
  • Logo on conference t-shirt
  • 1/2 page ad in conference program
  • Company logo in conference program
  • Insert of your choice in conference bag
  • Logo/website link on conference website

Diamond Level ($2000.00) sponsors will receive (sponsors 12 students):

  • Sponsorship table
  • Merchandise table
  • Logo on conference t-shirt
  • Full page ad in conference program
  • Company logo in conferencepProgram
  • Insert of your choice in conference bag
  • Logo/website link on conference website

Interested in becoming a sponsor or exhibitor?

For sponsorship and exhibit booth questions, contact:

Curtis Larsen
Heidi Stanton-Schnebly
DJ Zissen


Salt Lake Community College is Utah’s largest college with the most diverse student body. The main Taylorsville Redwood campus is located just southwest of downtown Salt Lake.

Salt Lake Community College, South City Campus
1575 S State Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84115

There are two lodging options within a short drive or bus ride to the Salt Lake Community College campus:

Holiday Inn Express
3036 S. Decker Lake Drive
West Valley City, UT 84119

Country Inn and Suites
3422 S. Decker Lake Drive
West Valley City, UT 84119

Getting to the SLCC South City Campus:

We will be offering free shuttles 20-60 minutes before the conference begins each day, and service back to the hotels for 40 minutes after the last session daily. Meet outside the main entrance to the hotel, or outside the South entrance to the South City Campus to catch the shuttle buses.

You may also take the Green TRAX line from Decker Lake to Centeral Point (2100 S.). The cost is $2.50/person. Wait for the #17 bus (which is timed to depart right after the TRAX train arrives), and take it to the corner of 1700 S. State Street which delivers you to the corner of campus.

  • Travel

    SLCC is located approximately 11.5 miles from the Salt Lake Airport (SLC).

  • Transportation

    Getting from Salt Lake International Airport to either conference hotel is easy:

    1.) Both hotels offer free shuttles running to and from the airport (~20 minutes driving).

    2.) Take the Green Line TRAX from Terminal 1 all the way into West Valley City. Exit at the 2nd to last stop (Decker Lake). The Holiday Inn Express is directly west of the TRAX stop and the Country Inn & Suites is 2.5 blocks directly south along Decker Lake Rd., past the Maverik Center sporting arena.

  • Weather

    The month of April in SLC is characterized by rising temperatures, with daily highs increasing from 56°F to 65°F. Remember to check the The Weather Channel forecast before you travel.

Additional Info

Want to Host the Power of One Conference?

Please see the PDF file for the bid sheet and application to host a future Power of One Conference.

Mission & History

“The Power of One is a Northwest student leadership conference designed to encourage and empower lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning college students, their allies, and the faculty and staff who support them. The conference content seeks to enrich students’ lives and promote healthy and safe communities on our campuses and in our societies.

Specifically, programs, initiatives, and speakers at the annual conference focus on our programming tracks of Ally Development, Gender, Health and Wellness, Social Justice, Leadership, Creative Arts, and Advisors, Administrators, and Professionals.

Sustainably supported by Region V of the National Association of Student Affairs Professionals, we welcome participants from all campuses, but focus our efforts on campuses located in Alaska, Alberta, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Nevada,Oregon,Utah, and Washington.”

There are many identity development models that explain adolescent behaviors, emotional development, and cognitive skills. Most of these models, however, pathologize Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) youth identity development and explain their non-heterosexuality as a break from the norm or a failure to develop full maturity. Pair that with the struggle in many high schools to have recognized Gay/Straight Alliances and an all too common lack of family support for the LGBT youth and you have a recipe for high levels of adolescent angst. Historically, LGBT youth are always fighting something. They fight to survive bullying in the hallways, they fight to be accepted in their families and they fight to express themselves and find peer support in their high schools. So, it is not surprising that LGBT youth often have a heightened sense of “Them vs. Us” as a leadership style. As Higher Education Administrators we often serve as mentors to the students we serve and we try to help them navigate their way from First year experience to graduate student but how do you reach a student who automatically perceives you as the enemy? How do you teach a rebel to be a leader?

This was a problem that colleagues Heidi Adielia Stanton (Washington State University) and Leslie Webb (Central Washington University) were facing as advisors to LGBT students on their respective campuses. Their solution came after two years and much discussion regarding the creation of an annual LGBT leadership conference in the Northwest region. In 2004, Washington State University hosted the Out in the Wheatfields conference and in 2005 Central Washington University hosted the Power of One: LGBT Leadership Conference. Participation indicated that these types of events are needed and desired as both were well attended by students from all over the region. In 2009, the duo advocated to the Region V leadership of NASPA (the association for Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education) for ongoing support – securing the conferences future alongside other regional queer student leadership conferences.

2004, October - Washington State University hosts “Out in the Middle of Wheatfields” Conference, Chair: Heidi Stanton

2005, April - Central Washington University hosts “The Power of One” Conference, Chair: Leslie Webb

2005, September: Leslie Webb and Heidi Stanton, chairs from the previous conference, convene to create a Board of Directors for an ongoing Power of One initiative

2006 - University of Washington, Tacoma, Chair: Bob Hardie

2007 - South Puget Sound Community College, Chair: Gwen Noble

2008- Portland State University, Chair: Casey Payseno

2009 - University of Puget Sound, Chair: Yoshiko Matsui

2009, September: NASPA Region V agrees to support a sustainable northwest LGBTQA student conference, including support for student registrations scholarships

2010 - Washington State University and University of Idaho, Co-Chairs: Heidi Stanton and Rebecca Rod

2011 – Reed College, Chair: Kyle Webster

2012 – Oregon State University, Co-Chairs: DJ Zissen and Kim McAloney

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