2017 NASPA International Symposium

March 11 – March 12, 2017
San Antonio, TX

Join us in San Antonio, Texas (USA) for the 22nd NASPA International Symposium and NASPA Annual Conference. The International Symposium is a day and a half pre-conference event (11-12 March  2016) that will explore global issues in student affairs and services and higher education. The event format will include keynote presentations, concurrent sessions, interactive discussions and social opportunities.

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As the field of student affairs continues to develop globally, focused opportunities for an intentional, international exchange of ideas are becoming more critical. The NASPA International Symposium facilitates the advancement of a global discussion and worldwide understanding of student affairs as a field, and, in many countries, a profession. The International Symposium expands on the conference theme by including global perspectives. A key Symposium goal is to invite and explore new perspectives, and to create new connections in order to bridge global boundaries.

As a result of attending the International Symposium, we hope that participants will be able to:

  • Express increased awareness and knowledge of regional trends and international perspectives on student affairs and services;
  • Network with new contacts and colleagues from multiple regions of the world;
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills that can be used to promote internationally-oriented practice, professional dialogue, and research


Presented By


This event is most likely to influence these groups.

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


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Call for Programs

Every year, the Symposium organizers send out a Call for Programs to select the speakers and develop program content that is relevant to the Symposium attendees from different parts of the world. A planning committee reviews the proposals and invites the panelists and facilitators. The peer review process ensures rigor and relevance of the selected programs.

Conference Themes & Suggested Topics

  • Integrity

    Promising practices related to working with students, faculty, and staff around issues of transparency, student activism, leadership, and civic and social responsibility.

  • Innovation

    New and innovative programs, services, and/or initiatives in student affairs and services that respond to country, regional, and/or global trends

  • Inclusion

    Strategies for working toward the creation of supportive and inclusive environments for diverse communities of students, faculty, and staff

  • Inquiry

    New research or promising practices on topics relevant to international communities of student affairs practitioners and researchers.

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Proposal Online

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Submission Timeline
  • December 6, 2016
    Call for Programs Deadline

Writing Tips

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


Sat, Mar 11

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Symposium Check-In
3:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
First Time Attendee Meeting
4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Welcoming and Opening Session
6:00 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.
Opening Reception
7:15 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Optional Dinner and Dialogue

Sun, Mar 12

7:45 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Continental Breakfast
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Symposium Check-In
8:30 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
Morning Plenary Session
9:20 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions l
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions ll
11:40 a.m. – 12:40 p.m.
Internationalization Book Panel
12:45 p.m. – 1:35 p.m.
Celebration Luncheon
1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions III
2:50 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions IV
4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Closing Session
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
NASPA Annual Conference Opening Session
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