CCD Signature Initiatives

NASPA Community Colleges Symposium Series

The NASPA Community Colleges Symposium Series provides opportunities for new- and mid-level community college student affairs professionals to engage with one another close to home. The symposium series is a low-cost, high-quality professional development event focused on content covering the role of the community college in society, student development theory, adult learning theory, and inclusive service delivery designed to meet the needs of the diverse community college student population. To learn more about the 2015-16 event series, visit: www.naspa.org/events/1516ccss


Submit an application to host in future years.

Want to get involved?

Apply to be a member of the CCSS curriculum development committee, write a blog post about your experience at the event, or sign up for a CCD committee. Opportunities are posted and updated regularly in Volunteer Central. 

The Task Force to Advance Latino/a Student Affairs Professionals At Community Colleges

The Latino/a Task Force (NASPA CCD LTF) to advance Latino student affairs professionals at community colleges, headed by Dr. Maggie de la Teja and Dr. Edward Martinez, seeks to advance current and aspiring student affairs professionals of Latino descent who wish to work in community colleges. The Latino/a Task Force recognizes the growing need for Latino student affairs professionals, especially at community colleges where the majority of Latino students start in higher education. Increasing the presence of Latino student affairs professionals at community colleges will not only allow Latino students to see themselves reflected in the educational environment, but also allow them to recognize the field of student affairs as a viable career choice.

In October of 2015, the NASPA CCD LTF was selected as one of the nearly 150 public and private sector organizations who answered the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics’ 25th anniversary call to action. 

Community Colleges Institute

The NASPA Community Colleges Institute is a day-long, annual pre-conference workshop that takes place prior to the NASPA Annual Conference. Bringing together speakers and attendees from colleges across the country, the Community Colleges Institute allows staff and faculty to learn from and engage with one another on a variety of critical issues affecting student affairs professionals in the community college setting. These topics vary from year to year, but have included expanding multicultural competencies and issues related to assessment, among others.

Registration to the annual conference is not required to attend the Community Colleges Institute; however, registration to the program itself is required if you would like to attend. 

NASPA Community Colleges Online (NCC Online)

NASPA Community Colleges Online (NCC Online) hosts four free online learning opportunities per year. In 2015 we will host two online learning opportunities in the spring, one in the summer, and one in the fall. NCC Online is designed to provide timely, relevant, and cutting-edge professional development for student affairs practitioners at community colleges in an accessible, engaging format. Presenters are encouraged to interact with their virtual audience through polls and live question and answer sessions. 

Past presentation topics include supporting undocumented students, care and conduct in the community college, new and innovative technology, academic pathways, HBCUs and community colleges, and careers in student affairs at the community college. In case you missed our last NCC Online sessions, the #SAPaths series can be found here. Other NCC Online Sessions can be found in NASPA's Online Learning Community.

The next NCC Online will take place in June. Check back for more information soon.

Interested in presenting?

Submit a program proposal here.