2016 Leadership Educators Institute

December 11 – December 13, 2016
Long Beach, California (Renaissance Long Beach Hotel)

The Leadership Educators Institute will engage early and mid-level student affairs educators in active learning and dialogue to assist with program and leadership course development.

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Leadership education of college and university students is an important and ongoing process within higher education institutions. Student affairs professionals play an essential role in coordinating, shaping, and evaluating this area by developing leadership courses and programs, creating co-curricular opportunities, and using new technologies. The Leadership Educators Institute (LEI) is an innovative forum geared specifically towards new to mid-level student affairs professionals and leadership educators with these responsibilities. The Institute is coordinated by NASPA, ACPA, and the National Clearinghouse for Leadership Programs (NCLP).

The Leadership Educators Institute aims to create a space where student affairs administrators, educators, and practitioners will discuss current leadership topics:

  • Modern leadership theories about process-based relational leadership, theories of leadership and positive social change, societal good; and models and theories on how students develop leadership capacity and human development;
  • Leadership courses  (credit and non-credit) including innovative syllabi, effective textbooks, incentives for students, experiential learning, service-oriented learning, and virtual learning;
  • Assessment and evaluation of leadership programs and participants including learning outcomes, using CAS Standards, National Leadership Research agenda, ILA program guidelines, Multi-Institutional Study of Leadership Implications for Practice, and the Socially Responsible Leadership Scale as well as contemporary leadership assessments like StrengthsQuest, MBTI, Emotional Intelligence, and Global Mindset;
  • Innovative and intentional practices and programs including: cohort leadership programs, emerging leaders, multi-year programs, distance learning and immersive experiences;
  • Strategy and management of leadership programs including: staff education, fundraising, space design, financial modeling, academic and student development partnerships; and
  • Intersectional role of leadership education in identity development, service-learning, social justice education, globalization, and other functional areas.

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This event is most likely to influence these groups.

  • Mid-Level
  • New Professional
  • Graduate


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    Call for Programs

    The conference planning committee seeks a diverse range of proposals that effectively link student affairs practice to the values of leadership education.  Presenters will be asked to identify the intended audience for their session; beginner, intermediate, and/or advanced. Additionally, the conference planning committee selected programs based upon the programs' relationship to the conference themes and learning outcomes.  This year's call for programs is now close. Thank you all for your submissions!

    Conference Themes & Suggested Topics

    • Leadership Development Theory and Models & Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Social Change Model

      ​Sessions in this theme will contain substantial content in one of the following areas:

      • Effective strategies for translating theory into practice for today's diverse student generation
      • How institutions use leadership development theories and models to successfully engage students
      • Best practices for the application of leadership models to student leadership practice in groups and communities
      • Cutting edge translation and application of leadership theories to leadership skills  
      • Consideration of developmental readiness when planning and implementing programs
      • Impact and evolution of the Social Change Model over the 20 years since its creation

    • Leadership Curriculum and Programs

      ​Sessions in this theme will contain substantial content in one of the following areas:

      • Innovative practices for credit and non-credit courses with unique syllabi, curriculum, pedagogy, and student incentives
      • Successful cohort-based leadership programs (i.e emerging leaders, multi-year programs,
      • identity groups, leadership studies programs)
      • Strategies for overcoming development issues and lack of funding for leadership programs
      • Models and strategies that engage diverse and non-traditional students as leaders

    • Technology, Research, and Assessment in Leadership Programs

      ​Sessions in this theme will contain substantial content in one of the following areas:

      Intersections of research and practice

      • Evidence-based practices
      • Connections between leadership education, student success, and persistence
      • Learning outcomes that guide successful leadership programs and steps for their development
      • Using technology to facilitate leadership development (i.e. virtual portfolios, social media, digital communities and communication)
      • Reviewing new research and scholarship to guide our understanding of leadership education and practice
      • Applying CAS Standards for Leadership Programs and the International Leadership Association guidelines
      • Core Competencies of the Field, emerging the leadership educator identity
      • Intersections of career readiness and leadership education over the life span

    • Leadership in Context

      ​Sessions in this theme will contain substantial content in one of the following areas:

      • Connections and influence of leadership education and student activism, citizenship, ethics, social entrepreneurship and/or political engagement
      • The role of leadership education in career readiness and development of professional competencies  
      • Intersections of leadership education in identity development, critical perspective taking, service-learning, experiential learning, social justice education, globalization, and other functional areas
      • Interdisciplinary approaches to leadership education in various academic and curricular settings
      • Explorations of the purpose, aims, and intentions of leadership education  

    Submission Timeline
    • July 29, 2016
      Call for Programs Deadline
    • September 9, 2016
      Program Status Notification
    • September 16, 2016
      Presenter Confirmation Deadline

    Writing Tips

    Looking for tips on writing an effective NASPA proposal? See sample submissions and formatting tips in our Program Submission Guidelines.


    The Institute planning committee is working diligently to build a balanced, impactful schedule. This schedule is tentative and subject to change.

    Sun, Dec 11

    8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    Registration Open
    9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    Pre-Institute Workshops
    1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
    Welcome and Opening Keynote - Dr. Julie Owen
    2:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
    Concurrent Sessions I
    Challenge Accepted: Cultivating a Culture of Assessment
    Decolonizing Context: Making the Case for Student Leadership Programs in Collectivist Cultures
    HELPSS (Higher Education Leadership Personal Skill Set): Your Student Leadership Program and Student Affairs Professional Development Tool
    Human-Centered Design as an Interdisciplinary Leadership Principle
    Leadership by Design: Elements for Consideration
    Mount Leads: A University-Wide Leadership Initiative
    Moving Beyond Membership: College Student Development of Citizenship and Agency
    Through a Looking Glass Mirror: Leadership Programs and Assessment
    Town and Gown Pedagogy: Democratizing the Classroom University-Community Dynamics and Civic Leadership
    4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
    Concurrent Sessions II
    Enhance Your Leadership Development Program through Best Practices and Research from a Longstanding Leadership Initiative
    Exploring Social Identity in Leadership: An Interactive Workshop
    In Search of the Black Gentlemen: Overview of the Distinguished Gentlemen’s Club Leadership Program and Course
    Intentionality Individualization and Integration: The LID Model as a Powerful Educational Tool
    Laying the Groundwork for Sustaining Leadership Programs on Campus
    Making the Leap: BAS as a Bridge from Technical Professional to Leader
    Preparing Student Leaders as Agents of Positive Social Change: Developing Conflict Management in Student Leadership Programs
    Social Justice Leadership in the Context of Tragedy: Political Ideological and Ethical Challenges
    Strengthening Leadership Skills through Social Justice Programming
    What They Talk About When the Talk About Leadership
    5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
    Opening Reception (Light Fare Provided)

    Mon, Dec 12

    8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    Registration Open
    8:00 am. – 9:00 a.m.
    Continental Breakfast
    9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
    Concurrent Sessions III
    Are Your Students Prepared for Career Leadership Success?: Integrating Leadership into Career Readiness
    Building Partnerships to Create a Campus-Wide Leadership Experience
    Developing Digital Student Leaders
    Engaging Faculty Staff and Students to Create a Leadership Model and Philosophy
    Lead NOW: How to Engage Women in Leadership and Identity Development in Cohort-Based Learning
    Leading Imperfectly: Are you a Hero or a Role Model?
    Living Leadership: Designing Flexible Leadership Development Experiences for Community College Students
    Social Change Through Civility: UChicago’s Modus Vivendi Society
    The Six Things to Consider When Working with Women Leaders on Campus
    Why are we here?: Finding your Program’s Inner Theory
    10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
    Concurrent Sessions IV
    Creating a Pipeline: Pre-College Students and the Social Change Model
    Critical Perspectives on Gender and Student Leadership
    Developing Socially Responsible Leaders Using Principles from Social Innovation/Entrepreneurship Practices
    Drawing Inspiration from Social Change Movements: Leveraging Collective Impact for Division-Wide Leadership Development
    Emerging Leadership of First-Generation Students
    Experiential Leadership Education Online: Yes it’s Possible!
    LEAPing into Assessment: Developing an Assessment Model to Capture Student Leadership Development
    The ABC's of Developing a Leadership Program
    The Inter-Association Leadership Education Collaborative
    Understanding Women's Experiences with Women-Only Leadership Development Programs: A Transformative mixed methods approach
    12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
    Lunch (On Your Own)
    1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    Keynote - Dr. Susan Komives and Dr. Alexander Astin
    3:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    Roundtable Discussions
    4:45 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
    Concurrent Sessions V
    Adding Competency-Based Substance to Spirit: How NYU Reimagined its Student Leadership Conference
    Building Leadership Competencies through Gamification and Incentive Based Programming
    Collegetown LeaderShape: Inspiring College Students to Make a Better Baltimore.
    Developing Student Leaders: Successes of the UCLA GRIT Peer Coaching Program
    Elevating Student Employment into a High-Impact Practice
    Following in Our Footsteps: Cultivating Student Affairs Leaders of Tomorrow
    Leadership and Strategic Career Development: A Sophomore Leadership Course
    The Sierra Program: Living and Learning through a Living-Learning Community in a Diverse Society
    We Live in a Material World: Leadership Education in Fashion Business
    Who Teaches Leadership? Using Research to Shape Leadership Educator Professional Development

    Tue, Dec 13

    7:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
    Registration Open
    7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
    Continental Breakfast
    8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
    Closing Keynote - Rev. Dr. Jamie Washington
    9:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
    Concurrent Sessions VI
    Bridges to Our Common Ground: A Collaborative Model for Student Leadership Training
    Cohort-based Leadership Programs for College Women
    Convening Catalysts: Can Digital Badges Capture Leadership Orientation?
    Leadership Under Fire: Career Readiness Leadership Development and the FDNY
    Learn, Lead, Serve: An Integrative, Multi-Stage Approach to Leadership Learning
    Starting from Scratch: The Intentional Design of a Leadership Ecosystem
    The Rise of Student Activism: The Positive Intersection Between Campus Activism and Leadership Education
    11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
    Concurrent Sessions VII
    Connected Learning for Student Leadership Development
    Fun, Fantastic, and Engaging Learning Methods
    Integrity, Stewardship, Community: Student Leadership in Fee-Funded Organizations
    Leaders of Change: Creating Change Agents through a Multi-Year Development Program
    Mentoring Men Matters: Developing Strategies and Keys for Success
    Two Integrative Approaches to Creating Social Change in Our Communities
    12:45 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
    Institute Closing

    Pre-Conference Programs & Events

    LEI 101:Student Leadership in Higher Education: Lost in the Leadership Forest?

    Sunday, December 11th • 09.00 AM – 12.00 PM

    The LEI is excited to offer pre-institute workshops. Pre-Institute workshops are available for an additional fee.

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    Based on feedback from past evaluations, this session was created to provide a nuts-and-bolts understanding of the many theories, concepts, and language of leadership. The presenters (esteemed scholars and representatives from ACPA, NASPA, and NCLP) will provide this foundation to help introduce participants to college student leadership education and to help successfully navigate a first LEI experience.


    Dave Borgealt, Assistant Director, Student Involvement - DePaul University

    Courntey Holder, Coordinator of Maryland LEAD Program and Alternative Breaks - University of Maryland, College Park

    Ana Maia, Assistant Director, Student Union - University of Central Florida

    Integrating Critical Perspectives into Leadership Development: Moving Content and Pedagogy from Diversity Through Inclusion Toward Justice

    Sunday, December 11th • 09.00 AM – 12.00 PM

    The LEI is excited to offer pre-institute workshops. Pre-Institute workshops are available for an additional fee.

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    Leadership development provides the foundation for how leadership is enacted in our communities and organizations. However, all too often leadership theory becomes a site of marginalization based on its content and history. This interactive workshop advances an innovative approach drawing on pedagogies that more fully realize goals of equity and justice. Participants will actively engage in the process of theoretical deconstruction and reconstruction modeling the infusion of critical perspectives into leadership education. 


    John Dugan, Associate Professor & Program Chair, Higher Education - Loyola University Chicago

    Natasha Turman, Doctoral Candidate and Research Assistant - Loyola University Chicago

    Amy Barnes, Senior Lecturer - The Ohio State University


    We invite you to register for the 2016 Leadership Educators Institute.ACPA and NCLP members should enter the code "2016LEI-2016LEI" prior to checkout to receive the member rate. Student members of ACPA and NCLP should enter the code "2016-LEI-STU" to receive the student member rate. Please note that there is not a student rate for non-members.

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    Registration Fees

    before 10/10/2016
    10/11/2016 to 11/11/2016
    after 11/12/2016
    NASPA, ACPA, NCLP Member
    NASPA, ACPA, NCLP Student Member
    Pre-Institute Workshops


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    Member Services Coordinator
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    Phone: 202-265-7500, ext. 1183

    Tiki Ayiku
    Senior Director of Educational Programs
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    Phone: 202-265-7500, ext. 1184


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    Cancellation:  The cancellation deadline to receive a refund is September 30, 2016, less a $50.00 administrative fee.  No refunds will be given after the deadline for any reason.  All requests for cancellation and refunds must be in writing and sent to [email protected]. This program may be cancelled or postponed due to unforeseen circumstances. In this case, fees will be refunded; however, the Institute's planning entities will not be responsible for additional costs, charges, or expenses, including cancellation/change charges assessed by airlines, hotels, and/or travel agencies. NASPA, ACPA, and NCLP are not responsible for weather or travel related problems and will not reimburse registration fees for these issues.

    Purchase Orders: Purchase orders will not be accepted as a form of payment. For registrants requiring an invoice to have a check payment processed, please use the Bill Me payment method to complete your registration. The resulting invoice can be found and downloaded under the My NASPA section of the website (must be logged-in), by selecting the View Invoices link from the dropdown menu. Alternatively, email a request to Membership to have a PDF of your invoice sent to you. Bill Me registrations are considered complete and will hold your place in an event, however the balance due must be settled prior to attending.

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    • Dr. Julie Owen

      Dr. Julie Owen

      Associate Professor of Leadership Studies
      School of Integrative Studies at George Mason University

      Speaker Bio

    • Rev. Dr. Jamie Washington

      Rev. Dr. Jamie Washington

      President and Founder
      Washington Consulting Group (WCG)

      Speaker Bio

    • Dr. Alexander Astin

      Dr. Alexander Astin

      Allan M. Cartter Professor Emeritus & Higher Education Research Institute Founding Director
      University of California, Los Angeles

      Speaker Bio

    • Dr. Susan Komives

      Dr. Susan Komives

      Professor Emerita
      University of Maryland

      Speaker Bio


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