2013 NASPA Multicultural Institute

December 05 – December 07, 2013
JW Marriott - Las Vegas, Nevada

The NASPA Multicultural Institute will provide an interactive forum combining thought-provoking keynote speakers, challenging educational sessions, and opportunities for resource and idea sharing between multicultural educators across the academy including academic affairs.


The Professional Competency Areas for Student Affairs Practitioners approved by NASPA specify that knowledge and skills related to equity, diversity, and inclusion are an expectation of all practitioners regardless of their area of specialization or positional role within the field. The NASPA Multicultural Institute is intentionally designed for student affairs practitioners and administrators to further expand their own awareness, further develop skills as a multicultural educators, and exchange best practices for supporting historically underrepresented and marginalized college student populations. Institute participants will engage in a multitude of topics related to multiculturalism, intercultural competency, cross-culturalism and social justice by focusing on race and ethnicity; sexual orientation; sex, gender, and gender identity; ability, nationality; religion and spirituality; and socioeconomic class.

The 2013 NMI will focus on the following themes:

  • Fostering multiculturalism on campus through collaborations: How can different stakeholders on campus and in the community partner together and share information to supplement multicultural efforts to improve the overall campus climate? 
  •  Immigration, undocumented students, and identity: What are the implications of immigration in higher education across various factors of identity?
  • Incorporating theory with research and practice in multicultural efforts on campus: How can we incorporate theory, narratives, research, in multicultural education, across disciplines, as it relates to underrepresented groups and identity development of students?
  • Technology as a tool for inclusion: How can media and technology be utilized to facilitate integration and understanding to create a more inclusive community? 
  • Funding and resource allocation for multicultural programming: What are some innovative ways and structures that generate  sustainable funding  for multicultural initiatives on our campuses?


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This event is most likely to influence these groups.

  • Mid-Level
  • Graduate
  • Undergraduate
  • New Professional


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2013 NASPA Multicultural Institute Schedule

Thu, Dec 05

8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Pre-Institute Workshops
2:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Institute Welcome and Overview
2:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Opening Keynote
3:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions
LGBTQ Professionals and the Job Search
Diversity Offices in Student Activities: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly
Combined Destinies: Whites Sharing Grief about Racism - Book Reading and Discussion
Dem Boyz Are So Cool: Understanding cool for Black male college students
Stories of Status: Understanding Class and SES from the Student & Practitioner Perspective
Intergroup Dialogue: A Tool for Cultivating Mindfulness & Authentic Leadership Development
Common Reader Programs with Multicultural Themes: Benefits for Students Campuses and Communities
10 Myths of Social Justice
4:45 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions
Microagressions: Managing Campus Civility
Excelling Leaders Institute: A Strengths-Based Approach to Student Success
LEADS by Example: A collaborative approach to mentoring multicultural and first-generation students.
Developing Women of Color as Leaders in Higher Education
Building Mentoring Programs for Social Justice Leaders
Undocumented Asian American Students and the Model Minority Myth
IT AIN’T ABOUT “THEM”: Exploring the Experiences of Racial and Ethnic Minorities at Predominately White Institutions
I Am Not My Hair...Or Am I: Exploring Professionalism of Black Men
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Opening Reception
7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Movie Screening - If These Halls Could Talk

Fri, Dec 06

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Continental Breakfast
9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Morning Keynote
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Bias Response Team: An Instrument for Institutional Change
The World Is all around Us: Creating Multicultural Community
Theory Practice and Research in a Peer Dialogue Program
Preparing Educators to Develop A Social Justice Immersion on Their Campuses
Socially Just Supervision: Identity Matters
The Future of Social Justice Work in Higher Education & Student Affairs: Where are we headed?
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions
Beyond Surviving: LGBTQ Students Navigating Race Sexual and Religious Identities
Best Practice in Leadership and Identity Development for Underrepresented Students of Color
The Perfect Pair: Connecting Cross-cultural Engagement and Student Leadership Development
Bridging Diversity Leadership & Engagement in Student Life
Preparing our Professionals: An Overview of the Professional Staff Social Justice Course
Muslim Student Identity Development Theory: Understanding Muslim Students in Higher Education
How to create a Multicultural Alumni Advisory Board on your campus
At the Crossroads of Race and Sexuality: An Identity Development Framework
3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Panel Session
4:30 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions
Planning for Success: Effectively Serving Students with Multiple Identities
TRANSitioning: Policies and Practices
Unmasking Whiteness Connecting our Minds and our Heart through Inclusive Leadership
The Power of Attraction: Success in Minority Recruitment & Retention
One Does Not Simply Walk into Mordor and Do Social Justice Training
EMPOWER: A model for building a community of students of color
Supporting Identity Development among Multiracial Students to Increase Institutional Connectedness
Eliciting Dialogue: A Strategy for addressing oppressive comments

Sat, Dec 07

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
Morning Keynote
9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions
An Artistic Approach to Development: Allyship through Spoken Word
Who’s in your Circle: Creating and Implementing Community for African American Women.
Engaging Asian American Students: a focus on activism
Model to Engage the Masses: A Division Level Social Justice Training
Including Disability in the Diversity Discourse: Moving Beyond Compliance
Unmasking Inequality: Learn ways to embrace differences
The Mentoring Helix: Two Way Connections Mirroring Latino Culture

11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions
Social Justice Elitism: Is the Magic Island of Diversity Really Deserted
DACA and in-state tuition: A case study on creating change in higher education
Unearthing Our Internalized Racism and White Dominance to Nurture Working Relationships
Living the Dream: Women of Color and Reality TV
Measuring Multicultural Competence: A Behavioral Change Model for Intentional Diversity Engagement
Is it [En]NUFP? Diversifying the Student Affairs Pipeline

Pre-Conference Programs & Events

All Pre-Institute workshops will occur on Thursday, December 5, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and are an additional fee.

Pre-Institute Workshop #1 Let’s Get Real About Racism: Facilitating Conversations between Whites and People of Color

Thursday, December 5th • 09.00 AM – 12.00 PM

Presented by Lee Mun Wah, Director of the Color of Fear

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Though we may all desire an open conversation on diversity issues, often there is a permeating fear that it will become too emotional or disruptive, so we create ways in which to diminish the intensity and the directness. What we lose is the passion and the honesty, the trust and intimacy that only the truth and an open dialogue can offer.

In this revolutionary workshop, Let’s Get Real about Racism, we offer the kind of conversations seldom approached in most diversity experiences. We examine some of the fears and stereotypes that prevent us from having a truly open and authentic conversation with each other. We also explore what people of color can’t say and whites are afraid to ask and the reasons why.  And, in the process, we practice how to effectively and compassionately hear the answers to these questions and ways to expand the conversation through curiosity, reflection and action.

This workshop provides a forum for participants to discover conscious and unconscious ways in which racism has affected their lives. It is experientially based and designed to foster a deeper understanding and appreciation of our differences. It is about confronting some of the issues that keep us all from talking to one another about race/racism, discovering new ways to begin that conversation, creating a bridge to talk about our differences, and learning 101 ways to become culturally competent in our relationships and workplaces.

Pre-Institute Workshop #2: Shattering Mental Health-isms

Thursday, December 5th • 09.00 AM – 12.00 PM

Sponsored by the NCBI:

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Presenters: Idella Glenn, Director Multicultural Affairs and Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion at Furman University/NCBI Team Leader

Jodi Nelson, Executive Assistant to the Vice Provost for Student Affairs at Oregon State University/NCBI Team Leader

Michele D. Ribeiro,Co-Chair, Counseling & Psychological Services - Diversity Committee at Oregon State University/NCBI Team Leader

This session will focus on the exploration and impact of mental illness as an issue of multiculturalism and the way in which it interfaces with the cycle of oppression. 

Current issues about mental health on college campuses will be highlighted. Group work will then provide the platform and encouragement for individuals to reach for and share their voices around mental health. Finally, participants will identify potential collaborative partners to create similar Shattering Mental Health-ism forums on their campuses!

Learning Outcomes:  

  • Participants will learn more about mental health oppression as an issue of multiculturalism.
  • Participants will explore personal reactions to the impact of mental health experiences on selves and others.
  • Participants will explore ways to normalize mental health conversations and identify partners to create mental health awareness forums.

Pre-Institute Workshop #3: “I Don’t Know What to Say”: Engaging the Intersections of Race, Sexualities, and Christianity

Thursday, December 5th • 09.00 AM – 12.00 PM

Sponsored by the SJTI

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Presenters: Rev. Dr. Jamie Washington, President, The Washington Consulting Group and Founding Faculty, Social Justice Training Institute

Dr. becky martinez, Independent Consultant

Rev. Sam Offer, Vice President of the Washington Consulting Group

Vernon Wall, Director of Business development at Leadershape

“Why do we always have to just talk about race, what about sexual orientation?” “Sexual Preference is a personal issue and should not be included in the diversity discussion because it’s a choice!” “Where am I supposed to go and be fully accepted, the Queer students don’t want me to be religious and the religious groups don’t want me to be Queer…” If you heard or felt these sentiments and are looking way to effectively engage the intersections of race, religion and sexual orientation, this session is for you. Those who serve as the champions and leaders for engaging issues of race, religion and sexualities on campuses must increase our awareness, knowledge and skills for navigating the intersections and simultaneity.  

Learning Outcomes:

  • Participants will explore to the cycle of oppression and its impact on the conversation.
  • Participants will examine the similarities and difference between racism and heterosexism.
  • Participants will be invited to explore how religion and spiritual beliefs impact their ability to navigate this conversation.
  • Participants will leave with tips for more effective engagement and community building.


Please Note: Online registration will close on Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Registration as a member is based on individual membership status. If you are employed by a college or university that is an institutional member, you can join as an individual member at the $75 rate. If your institution is NOT a member, then you will need to join at the associate affiliate rate of $242 and then you can pay the individual member rate for conference registration. 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.

Registration Fees

before 10/18/2013
after 10/18/2013
NASPA Member
NASPA Student Member
Pre-Institute Workshops


Tiki Ayiku
Director of Educational Programs
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 202-265-7500 ext.1184


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Group Registration:
NASPA offers discounts for attendees registering in groups of two or more individuals. To apply for this discount please contact NASPA at [email protected]. Please include in the email your name, the conference you're registering for, your institution name, and how many individuals you're registering. Our membership department will contact you once they've received this information.

Purchase Orders:
Purchase orders will NOT be accepted for registration. There is now a Bill Me option online if you need to submit paperwork to your accounting office to have a check cut for your registration payment. Please use that option when registering online. 

Cancellation Policy:
Refunds will be given for cancellations, received in writing by October 18, 2013, less a $50.00 processing fee. In addition, a processing fee of $50.00 per registration will be charged for credit cards declined or to change payment methods after the initial payment is processed. With prior approval, anyone registered but who cannot attend may send a substitute. Substitution information must come in writing from the registered participant. The membership status of the substitute must be the same as the registrant in order to have the same registration fee applied. Additional charges may apply if the membership status is not the same. The conference may be canceled or postponed due to unforeseen circumstances. In this case, fees will be refunded; however, NASPA will not be responsible for additional costs, charges, or expenses, including cancellation/change charges assessed by airlines, hotels, and/or travel agencies. NASPA is not responsible for weather-related travel delays or other issues in regard to personal travel and no refunds will be given due to these occurrences.

NOTE: Early-bird registration deadline is October 18, 2013. All requests for cancellation and refunds must be in writing to [email protected]. Due to our food and beverage requirements, no refunds will be granted after October 18, 2013. Questions? Contact the NASPA office at 202-265-7500 or via e-mail at [email protected].


We are excited to introduce you to our featured speakers for the 2013 NASPA Multicultural Institute

  • Marielena Hincapie

    Marielena Hincapie

    Executive Director
    National Immigration Law Center (NILC)

    Speaker Bio

  • Dr. Gwen Dungy

    Dr. Gwen Dungy

    Executive Director, Emeritus

    Speaker Bio

  • Lee Mun Wah

    Lee Mun Wah

    Director of the Color of Fear and Executive Director
    Stirfry Seminars & Consulting

    Speaker Bio

  • Tommy Carroll

    Tommy Carroll

    Student, Artist, Speaker
    Northwestern University

    Speaker Bio


NASPA is grateful to our cooperating sponsors who help us make the Multicultural Institute a success.

Gold Level
  • National Coalition Building Institute-International
  • Social Justice Training Institute
  • http://www.naspa.org/kc/default.cfm
  • Defamation


  • Travel

    Las Vegas is serviced by McCarran International Airport (LAS). The JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa is located approximately 15 miles from the airport.

  • Transportation

    Bell Transportation offers a convenient airport shuttle (share-a-ride) to and from the resorts/hotels on or near the Las Vegas Strip and Downtown areas.

    Information on taxi cabs can be found on the ground transportation page of the LAS website.

    On-site parking and valet parking are both complimentary at the JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa.

  • Weather

    Temperatures in Las Vegas in December are around 55 degrees F during the day and in the high 30s at night. As the Institute gets closer, please visit The Weather Channel for the most up-to-date weather information.

Additional Info

We hope that you will explore Las Vegas, when not busy with the institute or if you arrive in the city before the program begins. There are plenty of things to do and see if you are a first-time visitor or even if you have been to Las Vegas many times. The official tourism website for Las Vegas is one of many online resources available to visitors.

The dress for NASPA events is business casual.

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