2017-06-23

2018 NASPA General Assembly

November 01 – November 04, 2018
Embassy Suites by Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista South

Students and advisors from across the nation will gather in Orlando to be inspired, share ideas, and build exceptional peer education programs promoting strategies in health, safety, and student leadership.

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About

The General Assembly affords peer educators and advisors a tremendous selection of learning opportunities including more than 80 educational sessions, three keynote speakers, and networking opportunities. General Assembly also provides pre-conference learning sessions to enhance the conference experience, including NASPA's Advisor Academy.

There are many offerings for professionals and students throughout the conference, including a headshot lounge, school exhibits, an advisor luncheon and a national student leader election. Throughout the conference, presentations will highlight efforts regarding high-risk drinking prevention, sexual responsibility, mental health, violence prevention, tobacco prevention, and more.  Over 100 institutions of higher education will attend General Assembly, to learn from other institutions and to share successes. General Assembly is the culminating annual event of peer education efforts. It’s impossible to leave without new ideas, new ways of thinking, new information, and new friends. This conference is perfect to energize students, motivate advisors, and re-commit to making peer education and student health a campus priority.

Awards

General Assembly culminates in a banquet on Saturday evening. During the banquet, the BACCHUS Initiatives of NASPA are honored to present awards in four categories; Outstanding Peer EducatorOutstanding Peer Education AdvisorOutstanding Peer Education Program, and  Outstanding Peer Education Group. The deadline to submit an award nomination is September 21, 2018.

Scholarships

The BACCHUS Initiatives of NASPA offers several scholarships to mitigate the cost of attending General Assembly each year. The deadline to apply for a scholarship is September 21, 2018. Apply for a scholarship here.

Student Advisory Committee Director Elections

The Student Advisory Committee (SAC) is comprised of volunteer representative from each region whose primary role is to serve as the student voice of peer education within the BACCHUS Initiatives and the larger consitituencies of NASPA. Elections for the two 2018- 2019 SAC Directors, whose terms will be from November 2018-April 2020, will be held during General Assembly. Regional SAC are selected by a national committee in the Spring. The deadline to submit your SAC Director application materials is October 31, 2018. Please email your completed application materials here.

 

Presented By

BACCHUS Initiatives of NASPA
Health, Safety, and Well-being Initiatives

Audience

This event is most likely to influence these groups.

  • Undergraduate
  • Graduate
  • Mid-Level
  • New Professional
  • Peer Educators
  • Peer Education Advisors

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Call for Programs

For almost 50 years, peer educators have been saving lives and transforming campus environments. The BACCHUS Initiatives of NASPA General Assembly is your opportunity to shift from educating the students on our respective campuses to present on lessons learned with peer education groups from across the country. Session topics may include advising skills and issues, peer education group issues, student leadership and development, nutrition and fitness, promoting mental health and wellness, sexual health and relationships, alcohol, tobacco and other drug prevention, or sexual violence prevention and response.

General Interest Sessions are 60 minutes in duration.
Showcase Sessions are 30 minutes in duration, and allow presenters the opportunity to provide a high level overview of an initiative or effort.
Mini Institutes are 90 minutes in duration, and allow presenters to delve deeper into a topic or effort.

SIGN-UP TO REVIEW PROGRAM PROPOSALS

Our program proposal review process is critical to the success of the Conference. We encourage you to sign-up to be program reviewer via the button below, which will navigate you directly to the position posting.

Volunteer: Program Reviewer

The Call for Programs submission deadline is September 13, 2018.

Breakout session programs address the following themes:

Conference Themes & Suggested Topics

  • Individual skill building and leadership development

    Presentations submitted under this category should be designed to enhance individual peer educator or advisor skills or develop perspectives in leadership that will enhance an individual peer educator or advisor’s capacity.

    Learning outcomes for presentations submitted to this category might include:

    • After attending this session, peer educators will understand how to use active listening techniques during program presentation to address audience responses.

    • Participants attending this session will be able to identify three common leadership methodologies for managing peer education groups as a team leader.

    • Peer education advisors will review examples of group budgets and be able to adapt a budget model for use on their own campus.

    Try answering one or more of the following prompting questions in your submission:

    • What specific skills would a participant to this session hope to leave with?

    • How will the skills developed through attending this session benefit a peer educator or an advisor in the work done back on campus?

    • How can participants attending this session continue to develop and master this skill after the session is completed?

    • Which peer education role does the proposed skill this session will teach benefit the most?

     Is the skill developed by this session valuable for peer educators with a specific topical focus (e.g. sexual health, active lifestyles, alcohol prevention, etc.)?

  • Program description & adaptation

    Presentations submitted under this category should be

    designed to detail an implemented program, policy, or practice on campus, discuss the successes and challenges, and offer perspectives on peer educator and advisor replication or adaptation of the program on their own campuses.

    Learning outcomes for programs presentations to this category might include:

    • “Participants attending this session will discuss the design of Sample University’s “Be You” program and be able to identify the barriers to success a similar program might face at another institution of higher education.”

    • “After attending this session, participants will be able create a plan to implement a program addressing nutrition specifically to commuter students.”

    • “Participants attending this session will be able to replicate a passive table program with at least two of the six examples discussed in this session.”

    Try answering one or more of the following prompting questions in your submission:

    • What was the process of designing the program that will be discussed in the presentation?

    • What were the challenges faced in the design, implementation, or evaluation of the program?

    • What were the successes – both anticipated and unanticipated – of the program?

    • How could a very similar college or university peer education group successfully replicate this program?

    • How could a very different college of university peer education group adapt this program to be successfully implemented on their campus?

    Note: Program Description and Adaptation may include some modeling of what your presentation looked like when it was delivered on campus, but the purpose of presentations submitted under this category is not to simply do your program in its entirety for other peer educators.

  • Peer education group development

    Presentations submitted under this category should be

    designed to build skills and capacities of peer education groups or address peer education group issues. For example, programs might focus on the successful retention of peer educators, how to facilitate group meetings, or training peer education groups on specific core competencies or topical areas.

    Learning outcomes for presentations submitted to this category might include:

    • “Participants attending this session will be able to describe three methods of recruiting peer educators with diverse backgrounds and skillsets.”

    • “After attending this session, participants will be able to use a competency assessment to identify the strengths and gaps of their peer education group.”

    • “Participants attending this session will be able to use an appropriate intervention to address identified group burnout.”

    Try answering one or more of the following prompting questions in your submission:

    • What are the issues that peer education groups are facing?

    • What specific skills or capacities would a participant to this session be prepared to use to help their peer education group succeed?

    • Which strategies are best aligned to address which specific peer education group issues?

    • How can peer educators and peer education advisors identify peer education group issues?

    • What tools or strategies help bring peer education groups from good to great?

  • Cultural trends and campus issues

    Presentations submitted under this category should be

    designed to raise awareness and prepare peer educators and advisors for new and emerging trends and issues which may impact or change the delivery of peer education on campus.

    Learning outcomes for presentations submitted to this category might include:

    • “After attending this session, participants will be able to plan for changes in administrative funding while maintaining quality peer education efforts.”

    • “Participants attending this session will be able to define new state laws surrounding personal cannabis use for individuals over age 21.”

    • “Participants attending this session will discuss the role of personal identity in peer education work, and be able to deliver peer education curricula surrounding racial identity.”

    Try answering one or more of the following prompting questions in your submission:

    • What is a specific new or emerging trend or issue that peer educators and advisors need to have more knowledge or awareness of?

    • Will campuses be making changes because of the new trend or issue?

    • How will participants attending this session continue to develop understanding on the topic after this session is completed?

    • How will the new or emerging trend or issue impact the delivery of peer education?



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Submission Timeline
  • September 13, 2018
    Call for Programs Deadline
  • September 25, 2018
    Program Notifications Sent

Writing Tips

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

Questions?

Please contact NASPA if you have any further questions about submitting a program proposal for the 2018 NASPA General Assembly.

Jason Davis
Assistant Director, Peer Education Initiatives and Training Programs
Phone: 202-265-7500
Email: [email protected] Laurie Jevons
Assistant Director, Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention Initiatives
Phone: 202-903-0651
Email: [email protected]

Schedule

The 2018 BACCHUS Initiatives of NASPA General Assembly provides opportunities for formal and informal connections, as well as a variety of learning spaces.

Wed, Oct 31

6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Early Registration

Thu, Nov 01

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Registration
8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Advisors Academy
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Pre- Conference Session
2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Presenter Orientation
3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Conference Orientation
3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Breakout 1
4:55 p.m. – 5:55 p.m.
Breakout 2
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
BACCHUS Business Meeting
7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Opening Session
Tom Krieglstein
9:15 p.m. – 9:45 p.m.
SAC Candidate Session
10:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Open Recovery Space

Fri, Nov 02

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
Yoga
7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Registration
7:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
School Exhibit/ Agency Set Up
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Silent Auction Open
8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Opening Keynote
10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Mini Institutes
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p,m.
Lunch
1:05 p.m. – 2:05 p.m.
Breakout 3
2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Breakout 4
3:15 p.m. – 3:35 p.m.
Networking Break
3:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Region Meetings
5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
CPE Train the Trainer- Day 1
10:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Open Recovery Space

Sat, Nov 03

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Silent Auction/ Info Desk
8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
CPE Train the Trainer- Day 2
8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Opening Keynote
Stefan Bradley
10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Breakout 5
11:25 a.m. – 11:55 a.m.
Showcase Sessions
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Advisor Lunch/ Student Lunch
David Anderson
1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Breakout 6
2:55 p.m. – 3:55 p.m.
Breakout 7
4:00 p.m.
Silent Auction Closes
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Take Home Planning
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Awards Banquet
8:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Dance Party
10:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Open Recovery Space

Pre-Conference Programs & Events

Advisors Academy

Thursday, November 1st • 08.00 AM – 03.00 PM

The role of a collegiate peer health education advisor is complex, ever changing, and sometimes poorly defined. There is no handbook, guide, training, or manual when it comes to working with peer health education groups. This pre-conference session runs from 8:00am- 3:00pm on Thursday, including a working lunch.

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The role of a collegiate peer health education advisor is complex, ever changing, and sometimes poorly defined. Advisor Academy will provide participants with the training, skills and knowledge needed to be an effective collegiate peer health education advisor.

Advisor Academy is designed for individuals who are new to advising peer health education groups. This includes staff and graduate students who are new to the field, as well as seasoned professionals who have not previously advised peer health educators. Whether you come from a public health, student affairs, counseling, or other background, this training will provide the foundation every peer education advisor needs.

To provide advisors with the foundational knowledge needed to effectively advise a peer education group, formal training will occur during General Assembly on Thursday, November 1, 8:00am to 3:00pm. A working lunch will be included in the training.

Advisors Academy will include five modules, including:

  • Models of Peer Education
  • General concepts, definitions, and theories for peer education advising
  • Recruitment, Retention, and Training Models
  • Budgeting
  • Supervisory/Leadership Styles
  • How to hold student-leaders accountable
  • Obtaining and sustaining resources for your peer education group
  • Student development and learning outcomes
  • Assessment/Evaluation
  • Leadership development

CPE Train the Trainer

Friday, November 2nd • 05.00 PM – 07.30 PM

The CPE Train-the-Trainer Course will provide Peer Education group advisors the opportunity to become an official facilitator of the CPE Course for their campus and students. This two day training will begin Friday evening and conclude Saturday morning (8:00am- 10:00am).

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The CPE Train-the-Trainer Course will provide Peer Education group advisors the opportunity to become an official faciltiator of the CPE Course for their campus and students. While this course normally consists of an online, self-paced training format, we will be offering it in person and on-site at General Assembly.

The Train-the-Trainer course will be held over two days at General Assembly to allow participants to maximize their time at GA. The course will be held during the final breakout session block Friday afternoon and conclude Saturday morning.

Registration

Registration is based on NASPA institutional membership status. If your peer education group is part of a college or university that is an institutional member, you and your group can register as many advisors/students as you would like at the member rate. If your institution is not a NASPA member, visit the Membership section of the NASPA website to learn more about membership.

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Registration Fees

Early Registration
01/01/2018 to 08/01/2018
Regular Registration
08/02/2018 to 10/04/2018
Late Registration
10/04/2018 to 10/19/2018
NASPA Institutional Member
$325
$350
$400
Non Member
$400
$425
$475

Pre-Conference Registration

Early Registration
01/01/2018 to 08/01/2018
Regular Registration
08/02/2018 to 10/04/2018
Late Registration
10/04/2018 to 10/19/2018
NASPA Institutional Member
$75
$75
$75
Non Member
$125
$125
$125

Advisors Academy

Early Registration
01/01/2018 to 08/01/2018
Regular Registration
08/02/2018 to 10/04/2018
Late Registration
10/04/2018 to 10/19/2018
NASPA Institutional Member
$125
$125
$125
Non Member
$175
$175
$175

CPE Train the Trainer

Early Registration
01/01/2018 to 08/01/2018
Regular Registration
08/02/2018 to 10/04/2018
Late Registration
10/04/2018 to 10/19/2018
NASPA Institutional Member
$300
$300
$300
Non Member
$350
$350
$350

Questions?

Membership
NASPA Membership
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 202-265-7500

Policies

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Refunds will be given for cancellations, received in writing by October 26, 2018, less a $50.00 processing fee. In addition, a processing fee of $50.00 per registration will be charged for credit cards declined. We are unable to change payment methods after the initial payment is processed.

With prior approval, substitutions are allowed by individuals within the same institution/ company. Substitution information must come in writing from the registered participant to [email protected]

The conference may be cancelled or postponed due to unforeseen circumstances. In this case, registration fees will be refunded; however, NASPA will not be responsible for additional costs, charges, or expenses, including cancellation/change charges assessed by airlines, hotels, and/or travel agencies. NASPA is not responsible for weather-related travel delays or other issues in regard to personal travel and no refunds will be given due to these occurrences.

NOTE: All requests for cancellation and refunds must be in writing to [email protected] Due to our food and beverage requirements, no refunds will be granted after October 26, 2018. Registration Questions? Contact the NASPA office at 202-265-7500 or via e-mail at [email protected]

Speakers


Sponsors


If you would like to exhibit or sponsor at the 2018 BACCHUS Initiatives of NASPA General Assembly please fill out the exhibitor application form. Please e-fax to 202-204-8443 or scan and e-mail the application to [email protected] by October 4, 2018. Questions? Contact Kristie Jerde by phone at 218-280-7578 or via email at [email protected]

Venue

Embassy Suites by Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista South


Embassy Suites by Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista South
Kissimmee, FL

All conference activities will take place at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista South.

NASPA has arranged special room rates for conference attendees at the Embassy Suites starting at $159/night (not including 13.5% state and local taxes). The cut-off date to receive the conference room rate is Thursday, October 11, 2018. Rooms in the conference block may sell out prior to the cut-off date, so please make your reservation as soon as possible.

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Hotel Room Rate/Night
Embassy Suites by Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista South
4955 Kyngs Heath Road, Kissimmee, FL 34746
407-597-4000
$159 - Single/Double
$169 - Triple
$179 - Quad
  • Travel

    Orlando is serviced by Orlando International Airport (MCO). The hotel is approximately 20 miles from the airport.

  • Transportation

    Shuttles
    For more information regarding shuttle providers to and from MCO, please visit the Parking & Transportation section of the MCO website.

    Taxis
    For more information regarding taxi cab service, please visit the Parking & Transportation page of the MCO website.

    Rental Cars
    For more information on available rental car companies and contact information, please visit the Parking & Transportation page of the MCO website.

  • Weather

    Temperatures in Orlando in November are around 78 degrees F during the day and 57 degrees F in the evening. As the conference gets closer, please visit the Weather Channel for more information.

Additional Info

Attire

The suggested dress for the 2018 BACCHUS Initiatives of NASPA General Assembly is business casual. Business casual attire typically consists of khakis or slacks, button up shirts, polos, blazers, a dress or skirt. A headshot lounge will be available throughout the day on Friday if you would like a professional photo. On Thursday, we encourage you to show your school spirit and recommend that you bring an institution or peer education group branded t-shirt or sweatshirt.

Saturday evening there is an Awards Banquet that most participants choose to wear semi-formal dress. Semi-formal attire includes cocktail dresses, slacks/dress pants, ties, vests, blazers.

Disney

There is no formal activity scheduled on Friday evening. Discounted tickets for Disney Theme Parks are available here, including a special rate for a 1 Day Park Ticket after 5:00 p.m. If you are interested in a half day ticket, click on "Partial Day Product for Convention Delegates".

School Exhibits

Interested in showcasing your peer education group's programs through an exhibit? Each school will be provided with a six-foot table to showcase peer education efforts on their campus.  The winning school exhibit will be awarded a complimentary registration to the 2019 General Assembly in Baltimore, MD. Submit your application here.

Silent Auction

Each year the BACCHUS Initiatives of NASPA hosts a Silent Auction to fundraise for future General Assembly scholarships. In 2017, over 90 items were donated, resulting in funding for five scholarships for future events. We couldn't have done it without all the generous donations and the enthusiastic bids of our conference participants.

Items included everything from books, coffee mugs, water bottles, sunglasses, tote bags, t-shirts, sweatshirts, yoga mats, and so much more! Let's make 2018 even better! No item is ever too small. All donated items will be available to bid on throughout the conference. If you have any questions about the items you want to donate, please contact us.

Room Sharing

Please check this document if you are seeking a roommate at the conference hotel. The BACCHUS Initiatives of NASPA are providing this document as a convenience, and are not responsible for coordinating room shares or for any issues that may arise.

Continuing Education

National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. (NCHEC)

NASPA is a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES).

Click here for more information on Continuing Education and frequently asked questions. If you have questions about Continuing Education, please contact Teri Gillmor.

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