2017 NASPA Region V Power of One Conference: Coalition through Community

April 20 – April 22, 2017
Bellevue College, Bellevue, WA

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The Power of One LGBT Student Leadership Conference is an established and sustainable conference. Housed administratively in NASPA's Region V, the conference is designed to develop the leadership skills of our LGBT students and provide additional professional development for administrators, faculty/ staff and/ or advisors to our LGBTQ students.

Bellevue College is proud & excited to host the 2017 conference. As part of our duties as host, we will provide an atmosphere that is respectful, open, and widely accessible. Participants should also adhere to those same standards. We all should be challenged to apply the things we learn into our lives both during and after we leave the conference. We should also be challenged to integrate this content intellectually as well as emotionally. Sometimes, that can be difficult in-the-moment. In those tough moments, we hope to foster an understanding of difference that emphasizes civil discussion and social interaction when we disagree. It’s also important to note that every participant is at a different spot in his/ her/ their/ zir journey. The fact that he/ she/ they/ ze are at the conference is a great step forward. Be mindful when engaging in civil discourse that levels of knowledge and experience can vary, and that those differences enhance our communities (hence, our theme of “Coalition through Community”) rather than diminish them.  For more on Bellevue College’s statement of inclusion, please visit http://www.bellevuecollege.edu/inclusion/. For more on our Equity & Pluralism office, please visit http://www.bellevuecollege.edu/pluralism/.


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Region V
2017 NASPA Region V Power of One Conference: Coalition through Community


This event is most likely to influence these groups.

  • AVP or “Number Two”
  • Faculty
  • Graduate
  • Mid-Level
  • New Professional
  • Senior Level
  • Undergraduate
  • Vice President for Student Affairs


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Call for Programs

As student affairs professionals, NASPA members, and community advocates, we strive to offer leadership, scholarship, and professional development to our students and community. All students, advisors and administrators are encouraged to submit proposals. We strongly model leadership development through the Program Proposal Process as well, so we want to hear all of your ideas for sessions.

This year's theme is COALITION THROUGH COMMUNITY. In light of the current socio-political landscape, how can we build student leaders who can reach out across affinity barriers to make a stronger, safer community? How can we work together instead of against each other? Proposals and programs should address this theme in some substantive way.

Presenters should focus on the six tracks of NASPA’s Power of One Conference: Ally Development, Gender, Health & Wellness, Social Justice, Leadership and Creative Arts. Issues such as Health & Wellness, Gender, and Creative Arts need not be specific to the conference theme as long as the content is strong/ topical.

Proposals will be evaluated based on:

  • content (can we see what you plan? Are resources provided in the proposal?)
  • relevance to the conference theme and the Programming tracks for Power of One (Coalition through Community)
  • evidence of clearly stated outcomes and objectives
  • contribution to the knowledge and practice of student affairs - adherence to program submission guidelines Please also review the Power of One Proposal Submission Suggestions.

We are always interested in session proposals that include a look at Intersectionality, or how our various parts of our identities relate to one another (race, class, gender, etc) internally and within the larger social system.

You might also approach the question, what does “LGBTQ community” even mean? Is it possible for affinity groups to work together for the larger good, or do old standards/ stereotypes of gay, white men taking up a lot of space/ goods/ attention still persist?

Below, please find some suggestions on suggested topics. However, these are not exhaustive and should not stop you from a session proposal if your idea is not included.

If you would like to submit a proposal for the Professional Track, please consider the following:

We are simultaneously members of the community and allies/advocate for queer young adults. In an ever-changing political environment, we must continue to educate ourselves to provide the best services possible. This track will highlight topics relevant to individuals currently working within higher education, social justice work, student affairs, etc.

Sessions exploring this area might address some of the following questions:

  • How do you walk the line between advocate and administrator?
  • What are we doing that recruits or repels queer new professionals from doing ally advocacy work? 
  • What challenges are we facing on our campuses and how are we confronting them? 
  • How do you teach a rebel to be a leader? 
  • How do we handle it when we feel victimized by the institutions we represent? 
  • How do we best bridge generational gaps between our students, ourselves, and other administrators? 
  • How do we develop student leaders to build upon the legacy of their individual and collective strengths? 
  • What is the student role (or how do we help them find their role) in leading movements or managing conflict, particularly in times of crises, economic challenges, and rapid change in the political environment? 
  • How can we help students who feel forced to choose one part of their identity over another?
  • How do we create environments where all backgrounds are truly embraced?

Conference Themes & Suggested Topics

  • Gender

    Defining Gender Identity, Legal Ramifications for Gender/Non-Discrimination Protections, How Gender Identity Develops, Navigating Gender, Binders 101, Gender Fluidity, How to “Come Out” to Professors/ Staff (and “Should I have to come out to Professors/ Staff?”), Gender Inclusive Housing

  • Social Justice

    Accessibility (Queer Disability & Advocacy, Neuro-Sensitivity & LGBTQ, Deaf LGBTQ), LGBTQ Youth Homeless Crisis, Prison Industry, Police & LGBTQ Relations, Dealing with Bullying, Gender Inclusive Housing

  • Leadership

    Best Practices from your campus/ hometown, Finding Leaders/Finding Your Inner Leader, Working with Administrators, Conflict Negotiation/Mediation, How-Tos for Finding Leaders and/ or for Leaders-in-Training, Gender Inclusive Housing on Campus

  • Ally Development

    Conflict Negotiation, Pronouns, Working with Administrators, Bystander Intervention, Dealing with Bullying, LGBTQ Microaggressions, Gender Inclusive Housing on Campus

Submit Your
Proposal Online

Submit Proposal
Submission Timeline
  • September 26, 2016
    Call for Programs Opens
  • January 15, 2017
    Call for Programs Deadline
  • February 15, 2017
    Notification of Program Status

Writing Tips

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


Thu, Apr 20

3:00 PM – 6:00 PM
6:00 PM
Hors D'oeuvres Mixer
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
LGBTQ Resource Center Open House
8:00 PM

Fri, Apr 21

8:00 AM
8:30 AM
Brady Pinero Walkinshaw
10:00 AM
Session 1
10:00 AM
Professional Track: Challenges to LGBTQ Inclusion
11:15 AM
Session 2
11:15 PM
Professional Track: Coming Out, Being Out At Work
12:30 PM
Lunch (Requires Ticket)
2:00 PM
Session 3
2:00 PM
Professional Track: Disability/ Queer Intersections
3:15 PM
Session 4
3:15 PM
Professional Track: Kevin Nadal
4:30 PM
Affinity Groups
7:00 PM
Dinner (Requires Badge)
Dr. Kevin Nadal
8:30 PM
Julie Goldman

Sat, Apr 22

8:00 AM
10:00 AM
Session 5
10:00 AM
Professional Track: Title IX
11:15 AM
Session 6
11:15 AM
Professional Track: Student Development
12:30 PM
Lunch (requires ticket)
2:00 PM
Session 7
2:00 PM
Professional Track: Campus Turnaround
3:15 PM
Session 8
3:15 PM
Professional Track: Debrief/ Hosting Power of One
4:30 PM
Affinity Groups
6:00 PM
Conference Talkback/Surveys
7:00 PM
Dinner (requires badge) and Keynote
8:30 PM


Registration information can be found below:

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Registration Fee

Early Bird
08/31/2016 to 01/31/2017
02/01/2017 to 04/01/2017
04/02/2017 to 04/20/2017
NASPA Member
Student Member
Student Non-Member


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Email: [email protected]


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The Stanton-Webb Founder’s Scholarships

Named after two key campus activists within NASPA Region V, Dr. Heidi Stanton Schnebly and Dr. Leslie Webb, the scholarships seek to encourage attendance from states that have typically not attended as well as those campuses that are not central to the conference location. Our goal is to have attendees from all of the provinces and states within NASPA Region V. Stanton and Webb are integral in the Power of One Conference’s history and it is wonderful to increase student access in their names.

Scholarships will typically cover the registration costs and recipients will be determined by the hosting committee.

Letters requesting a scholarship for the 2016 conference should be submitted to[email protected] by January 8, 2016. Priority consideration will be given to those applications received before November 27, 2015, but additional decisions will be made on a rolling basis until funds are exhausted.

Criteria for the Scholarship 

  • The applicant must be traveling from at least 200 miles outside the conference location 
  • The applicant should demonstrate that they would otherwise be unable to attend due to financial barriers
  • The applicant must be currently enrolled at an institution of higher education. Applications are highly encouraged from those enrolled at campuses that have not previously attended the Power of One Conference Letters of application should address the following:
  • How can we contact you? This needs to included your email address, phone number, and current mailing address
  • Why are you interested in attending the Power of One Conference?
  • In what ways do you hope to utilize the information gained at your home campus?
  • What kinds of additional financial support have you explored at your home campus and in your community?
  • Are there additional barriers to your attendance that you would like the host committee to take into consideration?



Bellevue College
Bellevue, WA

Located within the city limits of Bellevue, Washington, along the Interstate 90 corridor, the main campus is situated on 100 wooded acres within sight of the Cascade Range and the Puget Sound, approximately five miles from downtown Bellevue and 10 miles from downtown Seattle. As the third largest institution of higher learning in Washington, we open the door of higher education to more than 32,000 students each year.

Bellevue College provides plenty of breakout spaces, all gender restrooms, and has one of the few two-year college LGBTQ Resource Centers in the state. Other facilities include a planetarium, ropes course, an art gallery with plenty of public art across campus, and several coffee shops open during regular business hours.

Not far from the campus is shopping (three malls), a movie theatre (within walking distance of the host hotels), and a transit station for ease of access to the campus.

Book Your Hotel Now

For hotel questions, please contact:
Craig Hurd-McKenney
[email protected]

Hotel Room Rate/Night
Hyatt House, Bellevue (Breakfast Provided)
3244 139th Avenue SE Bellevue, WA, 98005
$157 for single and $167 for double per night. Use the group name "Power of One" and group code "G-NASP"
Silver Cloud Hotel and Inns
14632 SE Eastgate Way Bellevue, WA 98007
$129 per night . Use the group name "Power of One" and group code "NASPA"
Embassy Suites Bellevue (Breakfast Provided)
3225 158th Avenue SE, Bellevue, WA 98008
$161 for a single suite and $191 for a double suite. Call and mention that you are with the NASPA Conference and use the code D04 (D, zero, four).
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