2018-08-29

2019 NASPA Western Regional Conference

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November 02 - November 05, 2019
Portland, Oregon

About

Building bridges and creating connections are the foundation of higher education and the theme of the 2019 NASPA Western Regional Conference (WRC). Whether we bridge gaps in knowledge and understanding or connect students to community and opportunity, we in student affairs know the power of supporting others and ourselves to successfully cross divides. Within NASPA, the Western Regional conference bridges two regions and creates connections for professional success.

On behalf of the 2019 NASPA WRC committee, I am honored to invite you to Portland, Oregon, to learn, engage, and stretch yourself professionally and personally. The conference schedule and programs will expand your understanding of current best practices, allow you to meaningfully engage with colleagues and friends, and provide space for you to recharge so that you return to your campus with renewed energy. I hope you not only register for the conference, but also consider additional engagement, whether through attending a pre-conference institute, presenting during a session, volunteering at or before the conference, sharing your perspective during SA Speaks, or serving as a mentor to others’ in the field.

As our work turns increasingly towards removing barriers to increase equity, we must acknowledge our history that has created systems of oppression, so that we can collectively and intentionally build a bridge to a more inclusive future. Portland is now known for its infamous adages “Keep Portland Weird” and ”You Can, In Portland.” As these two slogans suggest, the city invites people to bring their whole and authentic selves to its community. It embraces more than just the quirky, however, and finds ways to shine a spotlight on businesses owned by people with historically marginalized identities, to ensure that members of the LGBTQ community thrive, and implement new ways to address issues of social inequity rooted in current and past events. In 1830, the federal government removed Native Americans from their ancestral lands in Portland to increase settlement for White Americans. In 1844, the Oregon territory ordered all Black residents to evacuate or face physical violence. In 1942, Portland required Japanese American community members to report to an assembly center in the north part of the city for three years of internment. Until 1972, Oregon considered same sex relationships criminal activity, and marriage equality did not occur until 2014. Until 2017, an Oregon state law required people who identify as transgender to publish their names in newspapers before they could legally change their sex on government-recognized documents. Like the rest of the world, this brief history is not comprehensive of the exclusion and pain of many populations of people who represent ourselves and our students. Portland is more than just innovative, hip, and urban. It is a physical representation of ongoing transformation that leads to greater inclusion and justice and a reminder of the importance of continually moving forward. The bridges that will be built and the connections that will be created at the 2019 WRC in Portland are to better practices and deeper collegial relationships, and also to the opportunity of a future with increased representation, justice, and awareness to amplify the success of our students and ourselves.

I look forward to our time together and to the bridges we will honor.

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Kathryn Kay Coquemont, Ph.D.
NASPA WRC 2019 Conference Chair


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Region V
Region VI

Audience

This event is most likely to influence these groups.

  • Undergraduate
  • Graduate
  • New Professional
  • Mid-Level
  • Senior Level
  • Student Affairs Professionals


Important Dates
  • May 01, 2019: Early-Bird Conference Registration Opens
  • September 15, 2019: Regular Conference Registration Begins
  • October 15, 2018: Late Conference Registration Begins

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Pre-Conference Programs & Events

All pre-conference institutes run from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm on Saturday, November 2, and 8:00 am to 12:00 pm on Sunday, November 3. All participants must register for the 2019 NASPA Western Regional Conference to attend a pre-conference institute. Please visit the pre-conference webpages for more information.

NUFP (NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program) Institute

NUFP (NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program) Institute

Saturday, November 2nd • 01.00 PM – 05.00 PM

Sunday, November 3rd • 8.00 AM – 12.00 PM

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If you are a NASPA Undergraduate Fellow, start your conference experience here!  The NUFP Institute takes place over two days, beginning Saturday, November 2, at 1 pm and ending Sunday, November 3, at noon. To honor our conference theme, our cohort will build bridges to professional practices and skills, create connections to each other and participants in the other institutes, and support you in identifying next steps to your academic and professional goals. The institute will also introduce you to current and diverse Student Affairs practitioners, many of whom are NUFP alumni and friends, who will share their wisdom and coach you through your institute experience. Register early to secure your spot!

NOTE: Your status as a NUFP Fellow does not guarantee you a spot in this pre-conference institute. You must register to participate and be a current NASPA Undergraduate Fellow.

INSTITUTE CHAIR:

  • Deepika Shah KC — University of Utah

  • Nick Negrete — Otis College of Art and Design

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Graduate Students Institute

Graduate Students Institute

Saturday, November 2nd • 01.00 PM – 05.00 PM

Sunday, November 3rd • 8.00 AM – 12.00 PM

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Masters and Doctoral students represent the future of Student Affairs, and this pre-conference is developed just for you.  From thinking about how to publish the research you’re doing in graduate school to thinking about your professional next steps, this pre-conference is designed to support your journey while recognizing how you balance academics, career, service to the community, and your life outside of student affairs.  We’ll also provide time for essential networking with NASPA friends and colleagues.  Join us for this informative, personalized pre-conference and kick off NASPA WRC 2019 in the best way possible!

INSTITUTE CHAIRS:

  • Amy Aldous Bergerson — University of Utah

  • Karnell McConnell-Black — Westminster College

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New Professionals Institute

New Professionals Institute

Saturday, November 2nd • 01.00 PM – 05.00 PM

Sunday, November 3rd • 8.00 AM – 12.00 PM

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The New Professionals Institute provides a forum for NASPA members with less than three years of experience to address the knowledge and skills they desire as they engage in the duties of student affairs administration. As a new professional, you are uniquely positioned to bridge the emerging needs of students and supporting the administrative evolution toward addressing these challenges. The Institute is offered in conjunction with the NASPA Western Regional Conference which allows you to build your professional network within regions V and VI. In addition, the Institute will feature the following topics:

  • Finding your place within your organization

  • Student affairs career planning and positioning for purposeful growth

  • Strategies for effective networking

  • Pathways for professional development

  • Trends in student affairs administration

  • Understanding campus cultures — external and internal influences

INSTITUTE CHAIRS:

  • Kelly Dries — University of the Redlands

  • Sarah Kutten — University of Oregon, Portland

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Mid-Level Professionals Institute

Mid-Level Professionals Institute

Saturday, November 2nd • 01.00 PM – 05.00 PM

Sunday, November 3rd • 8.00 AM – 12.00 PM

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Mid-level professionals are some of the most influential forces on campus. In pivotal positions, they serve students directly while promoting the growth and development of their staff. As managers, they provide critical insight and perspective to senior administrators and bridge the gap between Academic and Student Affairs. With this understanding, the 2019 Mid-Level Institute will be a space for critical reflection, where participants explore best practices and emerging trends, discuss job satisfaction and their own professional development, and discover ways to operate at their fullest potential to stay engaged and passionate about their work. The institute will also allow participants to imagine and identify potential future opportunities and professional roles.

INSTITUTE CHAIRS:

  • Christine Quemuel — University of Hawai'i at Mānoa

  • Marcus Rodriguez — California State, Los Angeles

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Assistant/Associate Vice President and Dean of Students (AVP/DOS) Institute

Assistant/Associate Vice President and Dean of Students (AVP/DOS) Institute

Saturday, November 2nd • 01.00 PM – 05.00 PM

Sunday, November 3rd • 8.00 AM – 12.00 PM

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The Assistant Vice President/Dean of Students (AVP/DOS) Institute guides individuals who currently serve in a supporting role, or “number two,” to the institution’s highest-ranking student affairs officer.  The institute engages participants in career networking, discussions about current national topics and how it impacts our work, best practices in supporting a senior student affairs officer, and visioning and reflecting around excelling in this role.

INSTITUTE CHAIRS:

  • Kris Winter — University of Oregon

  • Curtis Larsen — Salt Lake Community College

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Senior Student Affairs Officers (SSAO) Institute

Senior Student Affairs Officers (SSAO) Institute

Saturday, November 2nd • 01.00 PM – 05.00 PM

Sunday, November 3rd • 8.00 AM – 12.00 PM

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Your institute chairs are hard at work in creating a meaningful and responsive institute experience. Look for a detailed description in December.

INSTITUTE CHAIRS:

  • Paul Bennion — College of Idaho

  • Henry Gee — Rio Hondo College

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Sponsors

For sponsorship and exhibit booth questions, contact:

Ed Whipple
[email protected]
Phone: 503-370-6447

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Venue

Hilton Portland Downtown | Portland, Oregon


Hilton Portland Downtown
Portland, Oregon

The Hilton Portland Downtown has been newly redesigned with an inviting, vibrant lobby and rooms that incorporate a timeless and contemporary feel. Conveniently located in the heart of the city, one block from the MAX Light Rail system, the Hilton Portland Downtown offers easy access to the city’s top restaurants and attractions including the Portland Saturday Market, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, Portland Art Museum and Powell’s Bookstore.

AIRLINE DISCOUNT: We are excited to announce a discount on Alaska Airlines web fares for your travel to Portland. The discount code will be made available to conference attendees once flights for the conference are available!

ROOM RESERVATIONS: A block of rooms has been set aside at a rate of $195 per night plus taxes/fees. These rates are exclusively for conference attendees and subject to availability. The reservation link will be provided to you later in the year and the group rate will be available through October 14, 2019

PARKING: Due to the hotel’s location in Downtown Portland, please note that parking is extremely limited. There is no self-parking at the conference hotel (valet parking is $50/night). You may wish to consider off-site parking options.

Hotel Room Rate/Night
Hilton Portland Downtown
921 SW Sixth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204
(553) 226-1611
$195 per night (plus taxes/fees)
  • Travel

    The Portland International Airport (7000 NE Airport Way Portland, OR 97218) is located approximately 12 miles from the Hilton Portland Downtown.

  • Transportation

    The conference hotel is accessible from the airport via TriMet’s light rail MAX Red Line. The “Mall / SW 5th Ave” MAX Station is one block from the Hilton Portland Downtown (approximately a 45 minute ride).

  • Weather

    Novembers tend to mark the start of the cool season in Portland, with temperatures ranging from 44°F to 58°F.

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