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15th Annual MENASA NASPA Conference (Virtual)

Virtual Conferences and Institutes Career and Workforce Development Supporting the Profession Global Division International Education

In light of the many tumultuous events during 2020, higher education has had to pivot to continue to serve our students through adaptation and innovation. This three-day conference by NASPA and the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia (MENASA) Area, is a unique opportunity to connect with colleagues regionally and abroad.  The conference provides space for discussing innovative ideas, adaptive approaches, use of technology, best practices and the future of Student Affairs.



Presented By

About the MENASA Conference

                       Reshaping Student Affairs & Services: An Era of Adaptation, Social Responsibility, and Evolving Support

 Our annual conference offers a forum for professionals from all over the world to continue conversations about the role of Student Affairs & the adaptability in methods of providing continuous support. Sessions will focus on methods of transforming support systems, issues of social responsibility, cultivating adaptability & harnessing digital resources to impactfully connect in a unique & innovative way. 

In an Era of seismic shifts, the mix of skills required to successfully support students continues to expand. This conference seeks to address innovation in social inclusion, identification in emerging research, and best practices for restructuring the role of student affairs around current societal changes. 

Join us as we aim to navigate towards a sustainable and creative new philosophy of experiential learning in student development.


                                            MENASA NASPA Conference HelpDesk       Daily: 8:00am AST - 1:00pm AST



Recognition of Excellence

The NASPA Middle-East, North Africa, South Asia (MENASA) Area was formed to engage and connect student affairs professionals in advancing service to students, campuses, and the student affairs/services field by supporting professionals through a variety of resources and activities.

The purpose of our Recognition of Excellence is to spotlight best practices and initiatives across the MENASA area that align with MENASA-NASPA values. The MENASA NASPA Conference strives to recognize significant contributions by institutions and individuals and thus support sharing of knowledge and good practices and to generate conversations among student affairs professionals about innovative and effective practices. The Recognition of Excellence further inspire awareness, highlight excellent work being conducted by MENASA Area professionals, promote collaboration and idea sharing, and serve as a platform to connect professionals in the region.



For Academic Year 2020-2021

Adherence to Recognition Criteria: The nominated party and activity aligns with the specific category description and criteria. 

Support or Evidence: Nominations can be supported by assessment/evaluation feedback, recommendations, or some form of evidence of effectiveness/excellence.  Demonstrates a model that can be successfully replicated by others.

Promotes engagement: Demonstrates support or ability to engage with others in their institution, community and/or field.

Relevance to professional best practices: Demonstrates use of strong professional activities that align with MENASA-NASPA Competencies

Relevance to Student Affairs/Services: Demonstrates relevance and significance to the field of Student Affairs/Services.

MENASA-NASPA Area Organization/Professional: The nominated party and or activity operate in a MENASA Area country and support the field of Student Affairs/Services.

*Note: NASPA Affiliation is a requirement. Each nomination must include an organization or individual who is a current NASPA member - However, for the 2020-2021 MENASA-NASPA Area Conference - Recognition of Excellence, NASPA membership of an associated professional or institution is preferred but not required. 

                                                                     RECOGNITION CATEGORIES

Excellence in Collaborative Partnerships 

Demonstrates significant interdepartmental collaboration that positively impacts the overall quality of campus life. This recognition is intended for an organization, unit, or program. 

Specific Criteria for this recognition category:

  1. Partners with one or more groups, organizations, campuses, etc. outside of their specific area for the purpose of addressing a challenge.

  2. Provides evidence of progress or progress towards positive impact(s) on institutional/student/campus life


Excellence in Innovative Practices

An innovative practice that develops student engagement and overall student success through campus-based initiatives. This recognition is intended for an organization, unit or program. 

Specific Criteria for this recognition category:

  1. Clearly identifies an innovative practice and how it promoted student success.

  2. Demonstrates creativity in delivery. 

  3. Positively impacts the student experience with specific achievements and is supported by outcomes.


Dedicated Professional (Commitment to the MENASA-NASPA Area)

Recognizes a MENASA area professional who embodies our values by significantly contributing to supporting professionals, and developing the MENASA region identity and community. This recognition is intended for an individual professional. 

Specific Criteria for this recognition category:

  1. Exemplifies the mission of MENASA through service to the profession and/or professional development to area professionals.

  2. Contributes to MENASA-NASPA activities, or similar within one's local context.

Works to advance student affairs practices or research in the MENASA area, preferably supporting professional competencies and regional knowledge.


Excellence in Student Success

Recognizes practices that have demonstrated, through evidence, a sustained commitment to and a proactive advancement of student success across campus. This recognition is intended for an organization, unit or program. 

Specific Criteria for this recognition category:

  1. Development and/or implementation of a program or resource that significantly contributes to the personal, professional, or academic development of students at the campus.

  2. Provides strong evidence to support the impact on student outcomes for the intended student population.



  1. Complete submission form by February 14th, 2021. *For the 2020-2021 MENASA-NASPA Conference Recognition of Excellence, NASPA membership of an associated professional or institution is preferred but not required.

  2. Recipients will hear back from the conference recognition committee around February 24th, 2021. 

  3. Recognition will be announced at the MENASA Virtual Conference on March 3rd, 2021. Attendance to the MENASA Virtual Conference is not required, but highly encouraged

CLICK HERE to submit an application/nomination.


Learning Outcomes

15th Annual MENASA Conference learning outcomes:

  • Engage in critical dialogue around the innovation and adaptation of student affairs. 

  • Exchange insights on best practices and initiatives relative to the development and growing importance of student affairs with scholar-practitioners in the MENASA region and globally.

  • Understand how to evolve current student affairs practices and strategies to better support student development and social responsibility in an uncertain time.

  • Connect with an expansive network of international leaders, researchers, and current student affairs professionals.

  • Identify emerging research and practices in student affairs around current societal changes that have caused the restructuring of higher education and student affairs.

Registration for the MENASA Conference

Registration as a member is based on individual membership status. You can join as an individual member at the $75 USD rate. This gives you the conference registration and a year of membership for less than the non-member registration fee. Visit the Membership section of the NASPA website to learn about membership types. NASPA Membership.



Early Registration 
Ends February 7, 2021
 Regular Registration
Ends February 21, 2021
Late Registration
After February 22, 2021
NASPA Member 
 $49 USD  $69 USD  $79 USD
Registration & Membership 
 $124 USD  $144 USD  $154 USD
Registration Only 
 $169 USD  $189 USD  $199 USD

Seeking professional development funding? Review the NASPA Foundation Professional Development Scholarship!





Registration Policies

Refunds will be given for cancellations, received in writing by February 1, 2020, less a $25.00 processing fee. In addition, a processing fee of $50.00 per registration will be charged for credit cards declined.

For a comprehensive listing of NASPA registration policies, please visit this page.


NASPA Events
Event Registration Support
Email: events@naspa.org
Phone: (202) 265-7500

Janelle Nicole Rahyns
Associate Director, Global Initiatives
Email: jrahyns@naspa.org
Phone: (202) 265-7500


Tiki Ayiku
Assistant Vice President, Professional Dev.
Email: tyiku@naspa.org
Phone: (202) 265-7500



Schedule for the MENASA Conference

The schedule will be designed to provide participants with interactive and engaging programming, opportunities for deeper discussion, and networking. As details are finalized, this schedule will be updated.

2021 MENASA NASPA Conferences Schedule
All times are Arabia Standard Time and are subject to change

March 1
March 2
March 3
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

MENASA Conference: Welcome, Opening & Keynote

Kevin Kruger, President of NASPA

Mirela Mazalu, Global Division Director-Elect

10:30 AM - 10:40 AM

Interactive Coffee Break

10:40 AM - 11:00 AM

Know Your Neighbor - Networking Activity

11:00 AM - 11:50 AM

Concurrent Sessions I

Title Presenters
نظریة سانفورد للتحدي والدعم: تقدیم الإرشاد الأكادیمي لطلاب جامعة قطر خلال كوفید

Abeer Musa - Senior Academic Advisor

Rand Essam Fayez Elshorafa - Academic Advisor

An innovative work readiness program: A three- credit course at the Lebanese universities Lubna Souheil - Higher Education Specialist
COVID Conversations: Tune in to this round table to dial a friend and rewind

Kevin Stensberg - Manager of Graduate Services

Elizabeth Coder - Doctoral Student


11:50 AM - 12:00 PM

Interactive Coffee Break

12:00 PM - 12:50 PM

Concurrent Sessions II

Title Presenter
        مواقع التواصل الاجتماعي: أھمیتھا وفعالیتھا في الترویج لبرامج النجاح والتطویر الطلابي Maryam AL-Mohannadi - Career Counselor
Psychological Flexibility In the Face of Health Crisis: Working With Grief and Loss

Tayseer El-Gaili - Senior Student Counselor

Sara Burshan - Psychologist & AMP; Learning Support Specialist

Ivana Morgan - Cognitive Behavioral (EABCT) and ACT Therapist/Psychologist

Barriers for Students with Hidden Disabilities

Alexandra Gazis - Associate Director of Student Disability Services Center for Student Wellbeing

Nadia Al Mosallam - Disability and Accommodations Student Disability Services Officer

Communicating With Students: Building More than Rapport

Courtney Stryker - Advisor to Vice President for Student Affairs

Tadd Kruse - Area Director

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Discipline-Specific Dialogues (Part I)

9:30 AM - 9:40 AM

Interactive Coffee Break

9:40 AM - 10:00 AM

Networking Social/Hot Topics- Networking Activity

10:00 AM - 10:50 AM

Concurrent Sessions III

Title Presenters
                                             العمل مع المجموعات الطلابیة بطرق أكثر احترافیة Yasser Alqawasmi - Section Head of Student Clubs and Organizations
It was just the right time. Development of an Online Orientation Program Wadad Housseini - Advisor
Lessons Learned: Adapting Diversity and Inclusion to University Student Affairs

Lisa Mayorga - Professional and Graduate School Advisor

Reem Buhazza - Employee Relations Manager

Student Success and Development Scene in Pakistan

Hiba Zakaii - Co-curricular Activities and Campus Climate Head

Muhammad Zadiq - Program Manager

10:50 AM - 11:00 AM

Interactive Coffee Break

11:00 AM - 11:50 AM

Concurrent Sessions IV

Title Presenters
                                                           الاندماج الطلابي - أھمیتھ وتأثیراتھ

Neda Elemadi - Acting Director of Student Activities & Section Head of Global Education and Student Exchange

International Opportunities; The Positive Impact on University Students Dina Mahmoud - Student Program Advisor
Inclusion is not enough Students of Determination want to Belong Gladys Taris Mwedzi - Dean's Fellow
Pandemic Response and Future Practice Implications: A Cross Border Panel Discussion

Matthew Nelson - Head of Residence Life

Lisa Bardill Moscaritolo - Vice Provost for Student Life

Tehreem Asghar - Residential College Director

Kevin Stensberg - Manager of Graduate Services

11:50 AM - 12:00 PM

Interactive Coffee Break

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Group Discussion Forum

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Discipline-Specific Dialogues (Part II)

9:30 AM - 9:45 AM

Interactive Coffee Break

9:45 AM - 9:35 AM

Concurrent Sessions V

Title Presenter
Are Your Graduates Employable? Innovative Partnerships to Bridge the Soft Skills Gap Hadeil Ali - Program Manager
Best practices in increasing students’ engagement through online support services Noor Al-Nakhala - Senior Math Specialist
                                                              فن القیادة وبناء الشخصیة القیادیة Aysha Selaibeekh - Student Life Supervisor
Changing Paradigms: Reflecting and Assessing Emirati Students’ Initial Remote Learning Experiences  Shytance Wren - Instructor and Advisor
10:35 AM - 10:45 AM

Interactive Coffee Break

10:45 AM - 11:35 AM

Concurrent Sessions VI

Title Presenters
E-governance Lean and Efficiency. Case study: Student Affairs at Qatar University

Kholoud Al-Otaibi - Director of Student Services

Basel Mismar - Section Head of Student Financial Services

Maimonah Alsadi - Manager of the One-Stop Center 

#Is_ Academic_Advising_Instagramable? Student Affairs’ Presence within the Social Media Constellation Omneya Badr - Senior Academic Advisor
Sanford’s theory of Challenge &Support: Advising Qatar University students During Covid-19

Abeer Musa - Senior Academic Advisor

Rand ElShorafa - Academic Advisor 

11:35 AM - 12:15 AM

Sponsors Fair/Member Engagement Space

12:15 PM - 1:00 PM

MENASA Open Board Meeting & Conference Closing Ceremony

Call for Programs: Closed

2021 MENASA NASPA Call for Programs - Closed

The 2021 Planning Committee seeks engaging and innovative proposals that examine and question Student Affairs practices and their integration into Campus, especially during this pivotal time. In an age of changing ways to deliver services, communicate, and apply technology this conference invites dialogues and presentations around topics related to:

  • virtual learning and student engagement
  • leadership
  • mental health, well-being and resilience
  • support services and collaborations
  • innovation, technology and best practice
  • support services and collaborations
  • innovation, technology and best practices
  • student affairs competencies
  • preparing for the future
  • other related topics on Higher Education and Student Affairs. 

Call for Programs Application






Please contact NASPA if you have any further questions about submitting a program proposal for the 15h Annual MENASA NASPA Conference.  For other questions feel free to contact the Area Director.

Tadd Kruse 

MENASA Area Director

Email: taddkruse@gmail.com