2015 NASPA Western Regional Conference

November 08 - November 10, 2015
Oakland, CA

About

In November 2015, we came together in Oakland to explore some of the powerful forces of change that have shaped the past, present, and future of the student affairs profession, including social activism, social justice, and social networking/technology.


Thanks so much for being a part of WRC history! At this year's record-breaking event we honored the rich history of Oakland and the Bay Area by listening to the stories of our elders and engaging in conversations that bridged our past, present, and future. As we endeavor to look ahead, let's continue to explore the forces of change that will impact our work and to discover and envision new possibilities. We look forward to seeing you again at next year's conference and offer the slideshow below as another lasting reminder of our time spent together.


Humbly yours,

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Each year, we recognize the outstanding contributions of members who are transforming higher education through exceptional programs, innovative services, and effective administration. The 2015 NASPA Western Regional Conference Awards cover categories crucial to the success of students and the continued growth of the student affairs profession. For more about this year's award recipients, CLICK HERE.

In addition to our featured speakers, WRC 2015 is proud to premiere the first ever Regional SA Speaks!This series incorporates a unique session format that provides speakers 10-15 minutes to present a topic or idea that is important to them. Similar to "TED Talks," SA Speaks allows presenters to express themselves and not just speak to attendees, but instead engage with them and encourage participants to leave the session with a new perspective or idea. For more about the WRC SA Speaks sessions, CLICK HERE.

Come join the 2015 Western Regional Conference as we organize a children's book drive! 

East bay Children's Book Project is an organization to help build literacy by putting books into the hands of children who have little or no access to them. The organization works with many wonderful Oakland and other Bay Area Organizations to promote literacy and learning. Books needed include early reading books, multilingual books, easy reading books. There will be donation bins throughout the conference to collect book donations. Conference attendees can also donate by visiting the website for more information.

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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
  • May 01, 2015: Registration opens
  • September 25, 2015: Early Registration ends
  • October 23, 2015: Regular Registration ends
  • October 24, 2015: Late Registration begins

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Speakers


  • Corrina Gould

    Corrina Gould

    Co-Founder
    Lead Organizer

    Indian People Organizing for Change

    Speaker Bio

  • Ariel Luckey

    Ariel Luckey

    Nationally acclaimed poet, actor and playwright

    Speaker Bio

  • Jeff Chang

    Jeff Chang

    Co-Founder
    Executive Director

    CultureStr/e and ColorLines

    Institute for Diversity in the Arts at Stanford University

    Speaker Bio

  • Aimee Allison

    Aimee Allison

    Senior Vice President
    PowerPAC+

    Speaker Bio

Schedule

Enhance your experience with a personalized schedule, exhibitor material, maps and realtime updates. The WRC GUIDEBOOK APP is compatible with Apple and Android devices. Tap "Download Guides" then "Redeem Code". Enter the code "lzoytmiv".  Window and Blackberry users can also access Guidebook and save the schedule on their hardware HERE.

Full Schedule

Sat, Nov 07

10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Conference Registration Open
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Dean of Students / AVP Institute
12:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Graduate Student Institute
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Mid-Level Institute
1:00 pm – 5:30 pm
NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program (NUFP) Institute
1:00 pm – 8:30 pm
New Professionals Institute
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Research Institute
12:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Senior Student Affairs Officer (SSAO) Institute
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
All-Institute Reception

Sun, Nov 08

8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Conference Registration Open
8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Dean of Students/AVP Institute
8:15 am – 12:30 pm
Graduate Student Institute
8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Mid-Level Institute
8:30 am – 1:00 pm
NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program (NUFP) Institute
8:30 am – 12:30 pm
New Professionals Institute
8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Research Institute
8:00 am – 12:30 pm
Senior Student Affairs Officer (SSAO) Institute
11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Region V Knowledge Communities Meeting
11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Region VI Knowledge Communities Meeting
1:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Exhibits Open
Details
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
NASPA V Regional Advisory Board Meeting
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
NASPA VI Regional Advisory Board Meeting
3:15 pm – 3:45 pm
Newcomers Welcome
4:00 pm. – 6:00 pm
Conference Opening featuring:
Corinna Gould and Ariel Luckey
Details
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Opening Reception: Oakland Museum of California
Details

Mon, Nov 09

6:30 am – 8:00 am
Yoga
7:30 am – 8:30 am
Faculty Breakfast
7:45 am – 8:45 am
All-Conference Continental Breakfast
7:45 am – 8:45 am
Senior Student Affairs Officers (SSAO) Breakfast
8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Conference Registration Open
8:00 am – 9:00 am
General Conference Continental Breakfast
8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Family Lounge Open
8:30 am – 8:50 am
NASPA Updates Session with NASPA President, Kevin Kruger
9:00 am – 10:00 am
Featured Speaker:
Jeff Chang
Details
9:30am – 5:00 pm
Exhibits Open
Details
10:30 am – 11:20 am
Concurrent Sessions #1
11:30 am – 1:15 pm
Awards Lunch
Details
1:30 pm – 2:20 pm
Concurrent Sessions #2
2:30 pm – 3:20 pm
Concurrent Sessions #3
3:30 pm – 4:20 pm
Knowledge Community Fair & Poster Sessions
4:30 pm – 5:20 pm
Concurrent Sessions #4
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program (NUFP) Reception
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Community College Meet-Up
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Queer Trans* People of Color Networking Reception
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Dinner on Your Own
9:00 pm – 11:59 pm
Region V & Region VI Joint Reception

Tue, Nov 10

8:00 am – 9:00 am
General Conference Continental Breakfast
8:00 am – 1:00 pm
Family Lounge Open
8:00 am – 8:50 am
Concurrent Sessions #5
9:00 am – 9:50 am
Concurrent Sessions #6
10:00 am – 10:50 am
Concurrent Sessions #7
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Conference Closing featuring:
Aimee Allison
Details
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
NASPA WRC 2015 Committee Wrap-Up
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
NASPA WRC 2016 Committee Meeting
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
NASPA WRC 2015 & 2016 Transition Meeting

Pre-Conference Programs & Events

Most pre-conferences will run from 1:00 pm - 5:30 pm on Saturday, November 7 and 8:30 am - 12:30 am on Sunday, November 8. Please visit the pre-conference webpages for more information.

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

Saturday, November 7th • 01.00 PM – 05.00 PM

Sunday, November 8th • 8.30 AM – 12.30 PM

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The Associate Vice President/Vice Chancellor/Dean of Students Institute will explore those contemporary issues in Student Affairs & Higher Education Administration which most impact the success of AVPs and deans; rewards, challenges, and strategies associated with managing work obligations between the Senior Student Affairs Officer and direct reports; navigating campus politics; leveraging the leadership opportunities the AVP/dean role can afford; and maintaining a healthy work-life balance.

Institute Chairs:

Jim Drnek
Associate Vice President of Student Affairs
CSU Bakersfield

Jonathan Eldridge
Vice President of Student Services and Student Learning
College of Marin

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Dorothy J. Keller Graduate Student Institute (GSI)

Saturday, November 7th • 12.30 PM – 05.00 PM

Sunday, November 8th • 8.15 AM – 12.30 PM

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What forces of change do you bring to the profession? The GSI will help bridge your past, present and future through a look at professional branding, navigating the job hunt, maintaining balance as a graduate student, plus how to build effective networks and effectively use them! We know you have a million things to do (and that is just your reading assignment), so we want to make your time worthwhile by putting you in contact with key players in student affairs, helping you connect with others, and creating a professional identity that will serve you far into your future career. We promise you this is a pre-conference institute session you will not want to miss!

Institute Chair:

Teri Thomas
Director of Student Leadership and Activities
Menlo College

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Mid-Level Institute (ML)

Saturday, November 7th • 01.00 PM – 05.00 PM

Sunday, November 8th • 8.30 AM – 12.30 PM

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Mid-level professionals can be some of the most influential forces of change in a college community. In pivotal positions sustaining and serving students directly while simultaneously a critical source of "boots on the ground" information for senior administration. The Mid-Level Institute provides a focused curriculum with notable facilitators and panelists including John Hoffman, CSU-Fullerton; Larry Roper, OSU; Toni Castro, Highline College; Paul Bennion, College of Idaho; and Tonantzin Oseguera, CSU-Fullerton side as well as a valuable networking opportunity. This curriculum is for those with at least five years of experience as a full-time professional and who are currently responsible for the direction and oversight of one or more functions and supervise one or more professional staff. Registration will cap at 40 participants.

Conveners:

Mike Segawa
Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students
University of Puget Sound

Wendy Endress
Vice President for Student Affairs
The Evergreen State College

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NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program (NUFP) Institute

Saturday, November 7th • 01.00 PM – 05.30 PM

Sunday, November 8th • 8.00 AM – 1.00 PM

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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 Chairs:

Akirah Bradley
Assistant Dean of Students
UC Berkeley

Danielle Quiñones-Ortega
Assistant Director, Leadership Development & First-Year Initiatives
UC Santa Barbara

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Dorothy J. Keller New Professional Institute (NPI)

Saturday, November 7th • 12.00 PM – 05.30 PM

Sunday, November 8th • 7.30 AM – 12.30 PM

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The external pressures facing higher education include greater accountability, tuition sensitivity, unfunded mandates, and changing student demographics, and most institutions have fewer discretionary resources to meet these shifting and expanding needs. Student Affairs divisions have a valuable role in shaping the future of their institutions. As new professionals, you have the closest understanding of the challenges facing students, and you are uniquely positioned to help your organizations innovate and evolve. In this institute, you will be invited to learn about innovation in Student Affairs and to apply an innovation lens to understanding and influencing institutional culture, supervision, orientation to work, ethics and professionalism, and effective relationship building.

Institute Chairs:

Monica Nixon, Ed.D.
Assistant Vice President for Student Development
Seattle University

Karina M. Viaud, Ed.D.
Director, Parent and Family Programs
UC San Diego

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Research Institute (RI)

Saturday, November 7th • 01.00 PM – 05.00 PM

Sunday, November 8th • 8.30 AM – 12.30 PM

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What does it mean to be a student affairs scholar-practitioner? How do we engage the "scholar" part of our identities with our already full schedules? Student affairs scholar-practitioners play a vital role in the development of higher education theory and practice. "Praxis Makes Perfect: Strategies for Incorporating Research into Student Affairs Practice" is designed to activate the research agendas of student affairs scholar-practitioners. You'll have the opportunity to share your research interests with fellow scholar-practitioners, set your research goals, discover strategies to integrate research into your work, and learn about innovative ways to create and circulate your research. The institute will also feature keynote scholar-practitioners who will share their insights into successfully engaging in research. In addition, accountability plans will be set in motion during the Institute, so you will meet your own research productivity goals over the coming years!

Institute Chairs:

Dr. Erin Kahunawai Wright
Assistant Professor, Educational Administration
University of Hawaii at Manoa

Dr. Sumun Pendakur
Associate Dean for Institutional Diversity
Harvey Mudd College

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Senior Student Affairs Officer (SSAO) Institute

Saturday, November 7th • 12.30 PM – 05.30 PM

Sunday, November 8th • 8.00 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 tumultuous times in higher education. Along with our committee members, we designed a program that features a panel of stakeholders who will serve as both mirror to who we are and what we do as well as offer their expert advice on how to be best at our roles at our various campuses. As leaders responsible for a transformational experience for all students and at the same time providing expertise on emerging trends and issues related to governmental mandates, this institute provides us the space to share our most current challenges and success. We want the SSAOs to see this as a special opportunity for real talk about real issues.

Institute Chairs:

Luoluo Hong, Ph.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs
San Francisco State University

Julie Wong, Ph.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs
Cal State East Bay

Tony Ross, Ph.D.
Director, Strategic Initiatives
California State University Relations and Advancement

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Sponsors

Gold Level
  • University of California Vice Chancellors for Student Affairs and Office of the President
  • Chartwells
  • UC Davis
  • UC Berkeley
  • UC Riverside
  • UC Irvine
  • UC Santa Cruz
  • UCLA
  • UC San Diego
  • UC Santa Barbara
  • UC San Francisco
  • UC Merced
Silver Level
  • Sodexo
Bronze Level
  • University of Redlands
  • Aramark

For sponsorship and exhibit booth questions, contact:

Harry LeGrande - WRC Sponsorships
[email protected]
Larry Martin - WRC Exhibitors
[email protected]

Sponsorship Info

Venue

Oakland Convention Center Hotels


Oakland Convention Center Hotels
Oakland, CA

The Oakland Marriott City Center is now fully booked. Still, the Oakland Convention Center is surrounded by a variety of hotels conveniently located near by. From luxury, resort and boutique hotels to midsize and economy properties, NASPA WRC attendees have a wide array of accommodations to choose from. Click here for hotels listed in order of distance from the Oakland Convention Center. Browse through and book your room today!

  • Travel

    Oakland International Airport (OAK) 1 Airport Dr, Oakland, CA 94621 - Oakland International Airport is five miles south of downtown Oakland, in Alameda County, California. It is owned by the Port of Oakland. It is one of three international airports in the San Francisco Bay Area.

  • Transportation

    For driving directions from Oakland International Airport (OAK) to the Executive Inn & Suites, click here.

  • Weather

    For current information about Oakland's weather including hourly, daily, and weekend forcasts, click here.

Oakland Convention Center


Oakland Convention Center
Oakland, CA

Located in the heart of downtown Oakland, the Oakland Convention Center is just minutes from San Francisco. Featuring 64,000 square feet of convention, exhibit, social gathering and meeting room space, our convention center has professional staff who offers unparalleled service and will put the finest touch on your event.

Oakland Convention Center is a world-class exhibition hall within walking distance of Jack London Square, Chinatown, Oakland Museum of California, Preservation Park and Oakland City Center. We are also surrounded by beautifully restored Victorian buildings and the finest shops, restaurants, art galleries and museums that our exciting city has to offer.

Oakland Museum of California


Oakland Museum of California
Oakland, CA

Opening Reception: Oakland Museum of California

The WRC opening reception will be held at the Oakland Museum of California. At the Oakland Museum of California, the identity and mission of connecting communities to the cultural and environmental heritage of California, extends far beyond the Museum walls. At the heart of thier mission is OMCA's long-standing commitment to engagement and partnerships within the community. Please join us as we celebrate the Oakland Museum as a true Force of Change.

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