2014-09-24

2015 NASPA Region V Power of One Conference

April 23 – April 25, 2015
University of Montana - Missoula, MT

The Power of One: Equity. Empowerment. Envision.

About

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.

SCHOLARSHIPS

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.

 

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Region V

Audience

This event is most likely to influence these groups.

  • Undergraduate

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Call for Programs

Power of One Leadership Development Currciulum

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

Conference Themes & Suggested Topics

  • Ally Development

    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

    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?

  • Health & Wellness

    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?

  • Social Justice

    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?

  • Leadership

    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?

  • Creative Arts

    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?

  • Advisors, Administrators, and Professionals

    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?



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

Schedule

Schedule information can be found below:

Thu, Apr 23

3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Check-In
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Dinner and Keynote Speaker
J Maes III
8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Drag Show / Social Evening

Fri, Apr 24

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Continental Breakfast
9:00 a.m. – 9:50 a.m.
Educational Session 1
10:00 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.
Educational Session 2
11:00 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.
Educational Session 3
12:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Lunch - on own with U-Money
1:45 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.
Keynote
Robyn Ochs
3:00 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.
Educational Session 4
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Break before Dinner
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Dinner/Storytelling/PFNAC Events

Sat, Apr 25

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Continental Breakfast
10:00 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.
Educational Session 5
11:00 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.
Educational Session 6
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Lunch
1:10 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Educational Session 7
2:10 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Educational Session 8
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Break before Dinner
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Dinner and Keynote
Wade Davis

Registration

Registration Information can be found below

Registration Fees

Early-Bird
12/13/2014 to 04/15/2015
Regular
04/16/2015 to 04/27/2015

Professional
$110
$150
Student
$90
$130

Speakers

Speaker information can be found below:


Sponsors


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

Venue

University of Montana


University of Montana
Missoula, MT

  • Transportation

    Driving from I-90 heading West
    Exit I-90 at Van Buren exit 105. At the first intersection, turn left on Broadway for Comfort Inn and turn right for the Doubletree. Comfort Inn is right off of Broadway on the right. For the Doubletree, turn left onto Madison and the hotel is 1 block on your left. There is signage for both hotels.

    Driving from I-90 Heading East

    Exit I-90 at Van Buren exit 105. At the first intersection, turn left on Broadway for Comfort Inn and turn right for the Doubletree. Comfort Inn is right off of Broadway on the right. For the Doubletree, turn left onto Madison and the hotel is 1 block on your left. There is signage for both hotels.

    Driving from the South off Highway 12

    Follow Hwy 12 (Brooks Street) to Higgins St (Hwy 12 ends at Higgins St.). Turn left at the light onto Higgins. Follow to Broadway. Turn right onto Broadway. Continue on Broadway to the Comfort Inn on your right. For the Doubletree, turn right onto Madison

Doubletree Hotel Edgewater


Doubletree Hotel Edgewater
Missoula, MT

Hotel Reservations - http://doubletree.hilton.com/en/dt/groups/personalized/R/RLMV-DT-PWO-20150423/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG

The hotel has free courtesy airport shuttles and is 8.0 miles away.

The hotel is a very short walk to the University of Montana campus. Should you drive to campus, there is hourly parking available or daily parking for $3.50. no parking passes or hourly pay is required after 5:00 p.m. or on weekends. We will have parking passes available for purchase during the conference.

Hotel Room Rate/Night
Doubletree Hotel Edgewater
100 Madison St, Missoula, MT 59802
406-728-3100
$99 - Single $109 - Double (up to 4 people)

Comfort Inn


Comfort Inn
Missoula, MT

Hotel Reservations - http://www.comfortinn.com/hotel-missoula-montana-MT082

The hotel has free courtesy airport shuttles and is 8.0 miles away.

The hotel is a very short walk to the University of Montana campus. Should you drive to campus, there is hourly parking available or daily parking for $3.50. no parking passes or hourly pay is required after 5:00 p.m. or on weekends. We will have parking passes available for purchase during the conference.

Hotel Room Rate/Night
Comfort Inn
1021 East Broadway, Missoula, MT 59802
406-549-7600
$99 - 2 Queen Bed $109 - Single King Bed
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