2018 NASPA Region IV-West Conference

October 23 - October 25, 2018
Wichita Marriott - Wichita, KS

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Reflection Inspires Our Future. The 2018 Region IV-West Conference will allow us time to come together to reflect on the last 100 years of NASPA and look forward to the future of our profession.

Reflection Inspires our Future is not only the theme for the Region IV-W conference, but a reflection of the region and NASPA as a whole as we work to expand our profession. This year’s conference will focus on how reflection can help and inspire us to meet the future head on. You will find Wichita full of local treasures, great restaurants, and a great place to explore! 

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  • Tim Alvarez Ph.D.

    Tim Alvarez Ph.D.

    President of Otero Junior College

    Speaker Bio

  • Kathy Obear, Ed.D.

    Kathy Obear, Ed.D.

    Author and Social Justice Expert

    Speaker Bio

  • Mamta Accapadi, Ph.D.

    Mamta Accapadi, Ph.D.

    Vice President of Student Affairs at Rollins College

    Speaker Bio


Full Schedule

Mon, Oct 22

11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Mid-Level Institute
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
New Board Member Orientation
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Region IV-W Advisory Board Meeting
5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Mid-Level Institute
1:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Conference Registration Opens
9:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Tue, Oct 23

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
Group Workout
8:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Mid-Level Institute
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Conference Registration & Silent Auction Open
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Region IV-W Advisory Board Meeting
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Pre-Conference Workshops
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
NUFP Institute
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Newcomer's Welcome
11:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Volunteer Orientation
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Food Truck Rally
11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Exhibits Open
1:00 PM – 2:15 PM
Conference Welcome & Opening Keynote
2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
Learning Session I
3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
Learning Session II: KC Mini Sessions
4:20 PM – 4:45 PM
4:45 PM – 6:00 PM
6:00 PM
Travel to Reception Site
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Dessert Reception & Awards
9:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Club NASPA Karaoke

Wed, Oct 24

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
Annual Fun Run/Walk
8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Case Study Competition
9:00 AM – 11:30 AM
SSAO Institute
9:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Exhibits Open
9:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Learning Session III
10:00 AM – 10:50 AM
Learning Session IV
11:00 AM – 11:50 AM
Learning Session V: SA Talks
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Luncheon, Keynote Address & Awards Presentation
2:00 PM – 2:50 PM
Learning Session VI
3:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Vendor Coffee Break & Silent Auction Last Call
3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
Learning Session VII
4:30 PM – 5:45 PM
NASPA IV-W Business Meeting
6:00 PM
Dinner on Your Own
7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Women's Words of Wisdom Reception
9:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Knowledge Community Trivia Night
9:00 PM – 11:00 PM
SSAO & Faculty Corporate Sponsor Reception

Thu, Oct 25

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
Group Workout
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
2018 & 2019 Conference Planning Transition Meeting
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Learning Session VII: Deep Dives/Critical Conversations
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Closing Brunch & Keynote

Pre-Conference Programs & Events

But I'm NOT Racist: Tools for Well-Meaning Whites

Tuesday, October 23rd • 09.00 AM – 12.00 PM

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But I’m NOT Racist: Tools for Well-Meaning Whites

Kathy Obear, Ed.D.

President of the Center for Transformation and Change and Co-Founder of the Social Justice Training Institute, Dr. Kathy Obear is a recognized and motivated leader who is passionately committed to helping organizations create equitable, inclusive environments where everyone feels valued and respected. Boosted by Kathy’s skillful training, employees are challenged continuously to deepen their capacity to meet the needs of the increasingly diverse populations that they serve.

Given this recent national and international context, it is becoming more critical that white faculty, staff, and administrators consistently demonstrate the capacity to engage other whites, identify racist practices and services, and effectively partner with/follow the leadership of colleagues of color.  This creates inclusive campus environments that advance the personal and academic success of students of color and students who identify as biracial and multiracial.

“So often, equity work falls on those who are most targeted by oppression, and those from the dominant identities may not recognize or acknowledge their roles in perpetuating the problem. We must challenge ourselves and other whites to develop the capacity and courage to create greater racial justice; yet, many of us haven’t done our self-work to effectively lead change efforts. In this highly interactive, reflective session, participants will identify behaviors and attitudes of whites that maintain the racist status quo on campuses, explore strategies to dismantle internalized dominance, and identify ways to effectively partner with people of color to dismantle racism on campus. They will receive access to Kathy’s recent book, But I’m NOT Racist: Tools for Well-Meaning Whites as well as additional resources to facilitate change on their campuses.

Becoming a Pathways College: Are you Student Ready?

Tuesday, October 23rd • 09.00 AM – 12.00 PM

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Becoming a Pathways College:  Are you Student Ready?

Jana Schwartz, Dean of Pathways/Students Success, Director of Title III
Aaron Prestwich, Dean of Student Affairs, Westminster Campus
Carla Stein, Dean of Student Affairs, Boulder County Campus
Front Range Community College

Community Colleges across the nation support over 10 million undergraduate students every year. Initially designed to serve the purpose of providing access to an expanding population of students, community colleges have developed into complex organizations that often provide an overwhelming number of choices and offerings for students.  Too often, students find themselves lost in the complexity of the organization and receiving too little guidance and support to navigate the college successfully.  Community colleges across the region are engaged in a process of restructuring their environments with a focus to rethinking the ways in which they reorganize student academic programs of study, support structures, and student affairs.

Facing student success measures that remained largely stagnant and underwhelming, Front Range Community College (FRCC) has been engaged in a 4-year process to engage around student success. In the process, we have committed to the national Guided Pathways work as described in Redesigning America’s Community Colleges (Bailey, Jaggars, & Jenkins, 2015. The definition we used to define Guided Pathways is the following “an integrated, institution-wide approach to student success based on intentionally designed, clear, coherent and structured educational experiences, informed by available evidence, that guide each student effectively and efficiently from her/his point of entry through to attainment of high-quality postsecondary credentials and careers with value in the labor market.”

In this preconference session, we will use FRCC as a case study for exploring the national Guided Pathways movement.  We will discuss both the process and strategies we used to build the case for change and sustain that change through the challenges we experienced.  As defined by the American Association of Community Colleges, Guided Pathways work begins with thorough planning, continues through consistent implementation, and depends on ongoing evaluation. The goals are to improve rates of Pathways college completion, transfer, and attainment of jobs with value in the labor market — and to achieve equity in those outcomes.

We will discuss our experiences rolling out particular aspects of the Guided Pathways work—a redesigned Advising model and a required New Student Orientation.  Participants will also have a chance to explore what questions they have for their own institutions and how they might consider changes that could have a profound impact on their students’ experiences.


For sponsorship and exhibit booth questions, contact:

Teresa Clounch
[email protected]
Phone: 785-628-5824

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Wichita Marriott
Wichita , Kansas

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Delight in luxury at Wichita Marriott. Our Kansas hotel provides for your effortless stay with a complimentary shuttle to and from Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport. Following your arrival, explore vibrant shopping and dining less than 5 miles away at Bradley Fair and the Waterfront nearby. We are also moments from Wichita State University, Intrust Bank Arena and Wichita Sports Forum. When you're ready to unwind, our spacious rooms provide relaxation with plush bedding, LCD TVs and complimentary Wi-Fi. Satisfy your hunger with our room service or dine in person at The GREATROOM or Fireside Grille, both restaurants serving delicious American cuisine. Our active travelers can maintain a healthy lifestyle at our 24-hour fitness center and indoor/outdoor connecting pool. Whatever fills your days and nights with us, Wichita Marriott provides an elevated way to travel.

Hotel Room Rate/Night
Wichita Marriott
9100 E Corporate Hills Dr,
(316) 651-0333
$139.00 Per Night
  • Travel

    Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport. The Wichita Marriott is 12.6 miles from the Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport. The Marriott provides a complimentary shuttle service, on request, Mon-Sun: 06:30 AM - 10:30 PM Shuttle Phone: +1.316.651.0333 Estimated Taxi fare is $30 (one way)

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