2016 NASPA Western Regional Conference

November 08 - November 12, 2016
Seattle, WA

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About

For four days in November, we are gathering in Seattle at the Westin Seattle to strengthen our skills, share ideas and innovative practices, and revolutionize our thinking. And we want you there with us.

We intend to create an inspiring, compelling, and exhilarating environment in which to consider the imperative questions of our field and engage in powerful thinking that will bring continued relevance to the work of the student affairs profession.

While past Western Regional Conferences have included conference-specific themes, the 2016 WRC will include a program that embraces the Professional Competency Areas for Student Affairs Practitioners. We have put out the call to our best thinkers, practitioners, and researchers to guide us through educational programs that will renew our tools and inspire us to action.

For questions regarding the Western Regional Conference, current news and announcements as well as additional information, please select the "Learn More" button.

PLEASE NOTE:  CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS NOW OPEN!  Help make the 2016 NASPA WRC a great experience for all attendees.  Visit Volunteer Sign Up to find out what is available.

GUIDEBOOK AVAILABLE!!!  Visit NASPA WRC Guidebook to download. 

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Presented By

Region V
Region VI

Audience

This event is most likely to influence these groups.

  • Student Affairs Professionals


Important Dates
  • June 01, 2016:
    Registration opens
  • September 16, 2016:
    Early Registration ends
  • October 17, 2016:
    Regular Registration ends
  • October 18, 2016:
    Late Registration begins

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Speakers


  • Nikkita Oliver

    Nikkita Oliver

    Seattle-based creative, anti-racist organizer, and attorney

    Speaker Bio

  • Dr. Lori White

    Dr. Lori White

    Vice Chancellor for Students
    Washington University

    Speaker Bio

  • Dr. Ajay Nair

    Dr. Ajay Nair

    Senior Vice President and Dean of Campus Life
    Emory University

    Speaker Bio

Schedule

For a current schedule (.pdf) of the conference, please be sure to download and print.

GUIDEBOOK NOW AVAILABLE!!!  Visit NASPA WRC Guidebook to download.

Wed, Nov 09

10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Conference Registration Open
1:00 pm – 5:30 pm
NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program (NUFP) Institute
1:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Graduate Student Institute (GSI)
1:00 pm – 5:30 pm
New Professionals Institute
1:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Mid-Level Professionals Institute
1:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Research Institute
1:00 pm – 5:30 pm
DOS/AVP Institute
1:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Senior Student Affairs Officer (SSAO) Institute
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Joint Institute Reception

Thu, Nov 10

7:30 am – 8:30 am
Institute Breakfast
8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Conference Registration Open
8:30 am – 12:30 pm
NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program (NUFP) Institute
8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Graduate Student Institute (GSI)
8:30 am – 12:30 pm
New Professionals Institute
8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Mid-Level Professionals Institute
8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Research Institute
8:30 am – 12:30 pm
DOS/AVP Institute
8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Senior Student Affairs Officer (SSAO) Institute
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Exhibits Open
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
NASPA Region V Advisory Board Meeting
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
NASPA Region VI Advisory Board Meeting
3:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Newcomers Welcome
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Conference Opening & Featured Speaker: Nikkita Oliver
Details
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Opening Reception

Fri, Nov 11

7:30 am – 8:30 am
Senior Student Affairs Officer (SSAO) Breakfast
7:30 am – 8:30 am
Faculty Breakfast
7:30 am – 8:30 am
General Conference Continental Breakfast
8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Conference Registration Open
8:30 am – 8:50 am
NASPA Updates
9:00 am – 10:00 am
Featured Speaker
Dr. Lori White
Details
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Exhibits Open
10:30 am – 11:20 am
Concurrent Sessions #1
11:30 am – 1:15 pm
Awards Luncheon
1:30 pm – 2:20 pm
Concurrent Sessions #2
2:30 pm – 3:20 pm
Concurrent Sessions #3
3:30 pm – 4:20 pm
Concurrent Sessions #4
4:30 pm – 5:20 pm
Knowledge Community Reception & Poster Session
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program (NUFP) Reception
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Dinner on Your Own
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Knowledge Community Meet Ups
9:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Joint Region V & Region VI Reception

Sat, Nov 12

7:30 am – 8:30 am
General Conference Continental Breakfast
8:00 am – 10:00 am
Exhibits Open
8:30 am – 9:20 am
Concurrent Sessions #5
9:30 am – 10:20 am
Concurrent Sessions #6
10:30 am – 11:20 am
Concurrent Sessions #7
11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Lunch & Closing Featured Speaker:
Dr. Ajay Nair
Details
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
NASPA WRC 2016 Committee Wrap-Up
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
NASPA WRC 2017 Committee Meeting
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
NASPA WRC 2016 & 2017 Transition Meeting

Pre-Conference Programs & Events

Pre-conferences will run from Wednesday, November 9, 2016 in the afternoon through Thursday, November 10, 2016 in the morning.

NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program (NUFP) Institute

Wednesday, November 9th • 01.00 PM – 05.30 PM

Thursday, November 10th • 8.30 AM – 12.30 PM

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Are you a NASPA Undergraduate Fellow? Would like to meet other NUFP Fellows from across the Western regions? Does participating in a two-day institute aimed at developing your professional skills, widening your network, and preparing you for a career in student affairs sound enticing? If so, the WRC NUFP Institute provides the unique opportunity to learn from and network with peers, current graduate students, and student affairs administrators.

Institute Chair:

Kim McAloney
Oregon State University

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Graduate Student Institute (GSI)

Wednesday, November 9th • 01.00 PM – 05.30 PM

Thursday, November 10th • 8.30 AM – 12.30 PM

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Calling all graduate students! Join us in Seattle for the Graduate Student Institute (GSI)! GSI will provide you with the opportunity to connect with other graduate students throughout Region V and Region VI.

Institute Chairs:

Jazmin Dantzler
California State University, Northridge

Valissa Thomas
University of San Francisco

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New Professionals Institute

Wednesday, November 9th • 01.00 PM – 05.30 PM

Thursday, November 10th • 8.30 AM – 12.30 PM

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The 2016 New Professionals Institute provides dedicated and purposeful time to consider how the significant world and national events of the recent past shape opportunities and challenges for higher education and the role of a new Student Affairs professional into the near future.

Institute Chairs:

Becca Knopf
University of California, Berkeley

Joanna Royce-Davis
Pacific Lutheran University

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Mid-Level Professionals Institute

Wednesday, November 9th • 01.00 PM – 05.30 PM

Thursday, November 10th • 8.30 AM – 12.30 PM

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The Mid-Level institute is designed for those who have five or more years of experience and are thinking of critical moves related to their role and responsibilities as student affairs professionals. The institute is designed to bring together mid-level professionals to engage with their peers and senior student affairs administrators.

Institute Chairs:

Anna Gonzalez
Dean of Students
Lewis and Clark College

Joel Perez
Vice President and Dean of Students
Whittier College

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Research Institute

Wednesday, November 9th • 01.00 PM – 05.30 PM

Thursday, November 10th • 8.30 AM – 12.30 PM

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The Research Institute is designed for NASPA members who are administrators, students, and faculty. The Institute’s theme centers on the role of data in creating social change.

Institute Chair:

Amy Bergerson
University of Utah

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Dean of Student (DOS) and Associate Vice President (AVP) Institute

Wednesday, November 9th • 01.00 PM – 05.30 PM

Thursday, November 10th • 8.30 AM – 12.30 PM

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The Dean of Students/Associate Vice President/Associate Vice Chancellor Institute will explore contemporary issues in Student Affairs & Higher Education Administration which impact the success of AVPs, AVCs, and Deans.

Institute Chair:

Romando Nash
San José State University

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Senior Student Affairs Officer (SSAO) Institute

Wednesday, November 9th • 01.00 PM – 05.30 PM

Thursday, November 10th • 8.30 AM – 12.30 PM

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The SSAO Institute is a two-day opportunity for the highest-ranking student affairs officer to be inspired during one of the most transformational times in higher education.

Institute Chairs:

Cedric Howard
University of Washington - Tacoma

Nancy Youlden
Washington State University - Vancouver

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Sponsors

Gold Level
  • Chartwells
Silver Level
  • Sodexo
Bronze Level
  • Aramark
  • Bon Appétit
Special Thanks To…
  • USA Today

Venue

The Westin Seattle


The Westin Seattle
Seattle, WA

The 2016 NASPA Western Regional Conference will be held at the iconic Westin Seattle hotel, located in the Emerald City's Cultural Core. Centrally located within walking distance of Pike Place Market, the Monorail, and the Space Needle, the hotel is ideally located for the NASPA WRC and will allow attendees an opportunity to discover and experience all that Seattle has to offer. Hotel reservations are now open.

Book your room today!

Update: Hotel Reservations are now closed.  You may be able to reserve a room at non-conference rates at westin.com.

Hotel Room Rate/Night
The Westin Seattle
1900 5th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 728-1000
Traditional
$179 - Single/Double
$209 - Triple/Quad
Deluxe
$249 - Single/Double
$279 - Triple/Quad

EMP Museum


EMP Museum
Seattle, WA

The WRC opening reception will be held at the EMP. EMP is a leading-edge nonprofit museum, dedicated to the ideas and risk-taking that fuel contemporary popular culture. With its roots in rock 'n' roll, EMP serves as a gateway museum, reaching multigenerational audiences through our collections, exhibitions, and educational programs, using interactive technologies to engage and empower our visitors. At EMP, artists, audiences and ideas converge, bringing understanding, interpretation, and scholarship to the popular culture of our time. Please join us as at the EMP as a backdrop to strengthen our skills, share ideas and innovative practices, and revolutionize our thinking.

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