Professional Development

At the core of NASPA and the MENASA Area’s mission is to provide professional development for student affairs/student services professionals. The MENASA Area strives to provide such support through an annual area conference, online webinars, and other online and in person learning opportunities. Professional Development opportunities exist through a variety of mediums in the MENASA Area which are outlined on this page and related links. For all NASPA Events & Professional Development opportunities, in addition to the MENASA Area ones listed below, please see the NASPA Events & Professional Development page.

Please note that some opportunities may have a cost or have restricted access to NASPA MENASA Members only (*be marked accordingly).

1. MULTAQA NASPA (monthly webinars)                                      

    These are presented within three specialty categories and run approximately October thru May.

A. Professional Competencies: ACPA/NASPA professional competency webinars presented by experienced and qualified professionals on each of the various competencies and addressing applications within the MENASA region.  Professional Competencies 

B.  Special Topics/Presentations:  Topic or theme driven webinars presented by experienced and qualified professionals on a range of topics relevant to the profession and within the MENASA area.

C. Topical Information (Topical Tuesdays):  Field or topic specific discussion forums (sports, counselling, health services, advising, activities, etc.) designed to connect professionals to identify issues being encountered and explore within the MENASA area (each to be guided by a forum facilitator).

Interested in facilitating a Multaqa Webinar? If so please download, complete and submit the following form found here.  

Recordings and presentations of past Multaqa Webinars are available on the Resources page. 

2. MENASA Mentorship Program

A need was identified for an e-based mentoring program in the area to support professional growth and in particular that of new professionals and those without any prior graduate education or related experience. The program was founded in September 2017 and is structured so participants can engage (Oct. to April) in a single year experience. 

For details see the MENASA Mentorship Program page.

3. Annual MENASA Regional Conference

The annual regional conference has taken place since 2007 and typically is a two day conference, in addition to a one day pre-conference event, and usually takes place in the spring between February-April. 

The conference has grown over the years and annually brings together over one-hundred professionals from across the MENASA region and further afield to engage in professional exchanges. The conference structure includes a keynote speaker, concurrent sessions covering a wide spectrum of topics, selected panels, and multiple opportunities for networking and engagement.

               1. Current Conference:

               2. Past Conferences:

For information on Recent Conferences click on the corresponding below:

  • April 2018 – hosted by Yale-NUS College (Singapore)
  • April 2017– hosted New York University Abu Dhabi, (UAE)

4. Resources

Recordings and presentations of past Multaqa Webinars, which started in 2016, are available on the Resources page. Additional resources may be added to this page to support professionals in our area when available.

Some content may have restricted access to NASPA MENASA Members only. As possible content is provided in English and Arabic.

5. Other Opportunities

These may include but are not limited to special events for Careers in Student Affairs Month (October), case study competitions, one-day Drive-In Events, and others.

For more information on professional development opportunities please contact the current MENASA NASPA Professional Development Coordinator.  Contact details can be found on the Advisory Board page.