Policies & Processes
NASPA is committed to:
As student affairs educators, we know the value of truly inclusive, equitable, and just learning environments, and we understand our essential role in creating healthy, brave curricular and co-curricular spaces that cultivate critical thinking, identity exploration and expression, and capacity for change.
NASPA affirms the importance and centrality of the values of equity, inclusion, and social justice to student affairs professionals, both in their daily lives and in their work on behalf of and with students and other constituents. NASPA believes that equity, inclusion, and social justice require continual pursuits to ensure that members from all identities, backgrounds, abilities, and belief systems have access, voice, acknowledgement, and opportunities to participate at all levels within the Association and the profession. Additionally, NASPA strives to ensure that our membership, leadership, scholarship, and programming are reflective of these values, and through our standards of professional practice we hold our members and the Association accountable to these principles in our work on behalf of the profession.
Approved by NASPA Board of Directors March 2016
Equity, justice, and civic engagement are prominent elements of the 2019-2024 NASPA Strategic Plan, which aims to fulfill the promise of higher education through advocacy for student success, equity, inclusion, and social justice, research and scholarship, and professional development and engagement.
NASPA is dedicated to providing a welcoming environment and strives to address the interests of its members and the student affairs profession on issues related to social justice, equity, and inclusion. We seek to foster a positive environment built upon a foundation of trust, respect, open communications, and ethical behavior.
It is the policy of NASPA not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, gender identity, gender expression, affectional or sexual orientation, veteran status, or disability in any of its policies, programs, publications, and services. NASPA prohibits discrimination and harassment at any time, including during its events or within publications and online learning communities.
NASPA participants are expected to conduct themselves in all NASPA capacities, events, and settings with:
Consideration and respect in their speech and actions and in their personal, professional and business conduct toward participants, NASPA and venue employees, exhibitors, and sponsors;
Honesty in their professional relationships, including refraining from taking credit for the work of others without specific acknowledgement and authorization;
Courtesy and respect for individuals’ personal boundaries; and
Behavior that is free from:
Demeaning, discriminatory, insulting, or harassing language or actions, or language and actions that enforce dominance, in person or online;
Harassment of any kind, including but not limited to unwelcome sexual advances, sexual imagery and language, requests for sexual favors, deliberate intimidation, stalking, and other verbal or physical harassment;
Content recording without the permission of the participants; and
Sustained disruption of sessions or events.
If you experience or witness discrimination or harassment at a NASPA program/event or occurring while you or others have acted in a NASPA-related capacity, we encourage you to report the incident to a member of the NASPA staff. Reports can be made online, through the event mobile app or a form available at the registration desk for in-person events (if applicable), or by email to Amy Shopkorn, Vice President for Operations, at [email protected]. You can report anonymously or share your name and contact information for follow-up by NASPA staff.