We hope that you will explore San Diego if you arrive in the city before the program begins. There are plenty of things to do and see if you are a first-time visitor, or even if you have been to San Diego many times. The official tourism website for San Diego is one of many online resources available to visitors.
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Past Institute Participant Testimonials
“I attended the NASPA AVP Institute during my first year in the role and found it to be invaluable. It allowed me to think about the unique role as a leader and as a supporter, and the opportunity to connect with colleagues from across the country was incredibly helpful. I also attended the institute in my second year and found it to be equally valuable as the institute faculty kept the content fresh and relevant.”
- Terry Martinez, Associate Vice Provost/Dean of Students, Johns Hopkins University
“The Institute provided an intimate setting to engage with colleagues from throughout the country and with the Institute’s excellent faculty. The sessions were exceptionally well done and provided both real-world context and theoretical frameworks for serving in the AVP role.”
- Salvador B. Mena, Associate Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, Rutgers University
“During my time at the AVP Institute, I learned a great deal about the complexity in navigating the political landscape of an institution, the importance of building relationships across campus, and the strategies need to effectively budget and strategically plan in an ever-changing environment. I also appreciated the opportunity to network with and learn from peers across the country who hold similar roles in Student Affairs.”
- Elizabeth Bapasola, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs, The College of New Jersey
“In my first year as AVP/Dean of Students, the NASPA AVP Institute was invaluable in getting me set up for success. It challenged me to think strategically about how I was going to begin this new endeavor, and the connections I made at the Institute will continue to be beneficial throughout my career.”
- Art Munin, Assistant Vice President and Dean of Students, Illinois State University
“The NASPA AVP Institute is an exemplary professional development experience. The highly curated, well thought-out experience included meaningful opportunities for networking with peers, conversations on critical issues impacting institutions of higher education in general and AVPs in particular, and highly personalized, individual conversations with SSAOs. I will certainly be participating in this institute with as much frequency as my schedule permits!”
- David Clark, Assistant Vice President for Campus Life and Assistant Dean in the College, The University of Chicago
“The NASPA AVP Institute was a transformation event for me. Not only were the faculty insightful, I connected with people in the same role as me and I am still utilizing those relationships to help troubleshoot challenges in my own day-to-day job. It was also fun to spend time with a group of fellow professionals who understand and appreciate my role.”
- Eric E. Arneson, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs, Florida International University
"The NASPA AVP Institute provided a great framework for understanding the unique challenges and opportunities for AVPs. As a new AVP it was great to develop a network of peers in similar positions that understand the role of the AVP."
- Dannie Moore, Assistant Vice President for Student Inclusiveness, Northern Kentucky University
"The AVP Institute curriculum was truly foundational for me as a new AVP. Timely topics such as resource management, assessment, and inclusion were presented through an AVP lens and formed how I address these areas in my daily role. Spending this time with other professionals in similar roles created a community for me in the field that I know I can continue to rely upon for feedback and ideas moving forward."
- Angela Lauer Chong, Assistant Vice President and Dean of Students, Health & Wellness, Division of Student Affairs, The College of New Jersey
"The AVP Institute was an excellent opportunity to build professional connections with colleagues doing similar work around the world. I appreciated the focus on current hot topics in higher education and the small group discussions about our role in addressing them."
- Erica O'Neal Howard, Senior Associate Dean of Students, Occidental College
“The NASPA AVP Institute provided the appropriate combination of “looking up” as well as being razor sharp on emerging issues within the profession. I was able to bring home practical solutions for day-to-day challenges. I was also challenged to look at myself holistically. The time was both refreshing and inspiring.”
- Laurie Betting, Associate Vice President for Health and Wellness, University of North Dakota
“I attended the 2015 NASPA AVP Institute feeling isolated in my new role. When I left, I had discovered a network of colleagues who were experiencing or had solved every one of the challenges that I was facing on a daily basis, and the information that was shared has become the cornerstone of my professional practice and challenges me to be better each day. Now when challenges occur, I have the people and information behind me to be more confident in my decisions and actions. The NASPA AVP Institute was a career enhancing experience like few others I have encountered.”
- Kyle Baillie, Director, Student Life & Development, University of the Fraser Valley
"The NASPA AVP Institute provided reflection time that all leaders need, the information to think differently and creatively about old problems, and the connections with other AVPs that have proven useful ever since New Orleans. I would recommend without hesitation attending this Institute if you can."
- Paul J. McLoughlin II, Dean of Students, Lafayette College
"The institute not only gave me personal information to help me grow in this position (as I was less than a year in at the time) but gave me the ability to look from 30,000 feet to see what the needs might be within my area of responsibility."
- Kim Turner, Assistant Vice President for Student Support & Business Operations, Northern Kentucky University
"Participating in the AVP Institute provided an infusion of renewed enthusiasm and passion for my role as a campus leader. Actively participating in the smaller institute setting allowed for group dialogue and the rare opportunity to share strengths and challenges of managing up and down in the unique role one plays as an AVP."
- Renie Moss, Assistant Dean for Campus Life, Samford University
"If you have a desire to learn how to become the most effective “number two” or the next “number one,” then this institute is the place to be. Since leaving the institute my motivation to learn more has elevated, and my commitment to be more effective has been sustained."
- Mark Gumble, Assistant Vice President, Student Development & Enrollment Services, University of Central Florida
"The AVP Institute provided me with a network of peers I can call upon as I respond to multitude of issues that come my way. This network, when combined with the opportunity to hear from other AVPs and how they manage their role on campus, was important for me in my own skill development as well as my confidence in knowing I can be successful in this role."
- Bruce Skinner, Assistant Vice President for Student Success, Southeast Missouri State University
"One thing I really enjoyed about the Institute was how it was as relevant to new “number twos” as it was to older, more experienced ones. The ability to develop a network of colleagues from across the country was invaluable and useful to me and I am sure to others."
- Michael Ginsburg, Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, University of Illinois at Chicago