2017 NASPA Western Regional Conference:
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Candid Conversations provides an opportunity for professionals who identify as women to be partnered with more experienced women colleagues to have confidential discussions around issues important to them. Topics may include career advice, work/family dynamics, pursuits of advanced degrees, workplace dynamics, or anything else the participants want to discuss. Mentor/Mentee matches are created based on areas of mutual interest and the information provided by the participants when they complete a Profile Form. For more information about the initiative and how to participate, CLICK HERE.

Round Table: Real Talk - Student Activism and Leveraging the Moment - According to the long-running annual study by UCLA’s Higher Education Research Institute published in 2016, college students are more likely than ever to be politically active and civically engaged. The study found one in 10 students expected to be involved in some kind of protest during their college career - the highest the survey had recorded since it began in 1967. The question we need to ask is: How are we supporting students who see activism as central to the college experience? Join in conversation with emerging and seasoned student activists and listen to stories of challenges and success. By amplifying student voices, let’s examine the relationship between the student’s perceived campus environment and their own social and political activity. For more information, CLICK HERE.

Communication: Travel to Hawaiʻi


Our conference logo was designed by Mellissa Lochman, an alumna of the University of Hawaiʻi-West Oʻahu. Melissa is a first generation college attendee, is of Native Hawaiian ancestry, is a veteran of the US Air Force, and hails from the island of Molokaʻi. We are grateful for Mellissaʻs donation of her time, talent, and energy in gifting us with our amazing logo.

The photo on the homepage was taken by Thomas Tsutsumoto. Thomas is a faculty member at the Mānoa Career Center of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Thomas originally hails from Seattle, Washington. In addition to his commitment to serving students, his other passion is fine arts photography. We are filled with gratitude for Thomas’s generosity in permitting us to showcase his amazing work on our conference website.

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