2018 NASPA Religious, Secular, and Spiritual Identities Conference

December 09 – December 11, 2018
New Orleans, La.

The 2018 NASPA Religious, Secular, and Spiritual Identities Conference is designed to focus on the themes of Identity, Community, Leadership, and Research amalgamating for conversation and collective action in regards to Religious, Secular, and Spiritual initiatives in higher education. This conference will address the intersectionality of identity, religion, and spirituality with students, community members, and professionals and how those entities converge through one's work and collegiate experience. Furthermore, the content presented through the 2018 RSSI Conference will be reflective of research and policy and is intended to spark thoughtful conversation, strategic action, and enhancement of professional practice towards creating more socially just and inclusive campus environments that support religious, secular, and spiritual exploration and practice in our communities. 

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The 2018 NASPA Religious, Secular, and Spiritual Identities Conference is designed for higher education faculty, administrators, students, campus ministers, chaplains, religious professionals, interfaith educators, as well as university affiliates and partners that work in and want to work in religious, secular, and spiritual endeavors.  This professional development opportunity is intended for:

  • Student Affairs Professionals
  • University Chaplains, Campus Minsters, & Religious Professionals
  • Faculty Members and Researchers
  • Graduate Students

This innovative three-day/two-night professional development opportunity will help attendees to:

  • Advance skills, gain knowledge and build a depth of understanding in religious, spiritual, and secular identities within higher education.
  • Develop a toolkit of programs and strategies to enhance campuses ability to engage in religious, spiritual, and secular work.
  • Recognize the complex ways that privilege, oppression, and intersectionality connect to religious and philosophical identity in higher education.
  • Discuss opportunities in which religion and spirituality are components of creating more socially just and civically engaged campus communities.
  • Create intentional and collaborative partnerships between student affairs professionals, chaplains, and religious professionals.
  • ​​Build a culture of religious, spiritual, and philosophical appreciation and engagement on college campus


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Call for Programs

The conference planning committee is seeking proposals that enhance and progress the conversation of religious, secular, and spiritual identity on college campuses. Presenters will be asked to identify the intended audience for their session, as well as, ACPA/NASPA Professional Competencies that the session will address.  Additionally, the conference planning committee will select programs based upon the program's' relationship to the conference topics and learning outcomes. 

Proposals will be evaluated based on:

  • content (is your proposal clearly articulated?); 
  • relevance to a intended audience;
  • evidence of clearly stated outcomes and objectives;
  • contribution to the knowledge and practice of student affairs educators and religious, secular, and spiritual professionals within our communities. 

For the 2018 NASPA Religious, Secular, and Spiritual Identities conference meeting, the planning committee is looking for these types of programs and/or papers to provide a holistic conference experience:

General Interest Session - A 60-minute presentation session that is ideal for a panel or multiple presenters submitting together. This is an option in which a presentation might include programs or papers on scholarship, research, campus and/or community programs, partnerships, and background information. This session provides an opportunity to gather input from other meeting participants in an intimate setting. This session is intended for individuals or concise group presentations on trending topics.

Mini-Institute - A 120-minute highly interactive session that teaches promising practices to enhance religious, secular, and spiritual identity development in the classroom, on campus and/or in the community.

Exploration Session - A 60 minute presenter-facilitated exploration of religious, secular, and spiritual identities. This might include facilitating a prayer, ritual, tradition, meditation, or embodied experience session. This session is intended for participants to experience different practices of faiths, beliefs, and identities.

Roundtable Reflection - A 60-minute presenter-facilitated discussion that allows participants to more deeply engage with an idea, program, research, or to reflect on their conference experience unencumbered by technology. Roundtable Reflection sessions will occur simultaneously in the plenary space. 

Research- or Program-Based Poster Session - A session that allows presenter(s) to share an idea, a program or a specific topic. One-on-one interactions facilitated by a poster session help the presenter(s) gather feedback from conference attendees on their ideas, data, analysis, and/or results. 


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

Conference Themes & Suggested Topics

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

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Submission Timeline
  • June 18, 2018
    Call for Program Proposals & Reviewers Opens
  • September 1, 2018
    Call for Program Proposals & Reviewers Closes
  • September 30, 2018
    Coordinating Presenters Notified of Program Proposal Status

Writing Tips

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


Please contact NASPA if you have any further questions about submitting a program proposal for the 2018 NASPA Religious, Secular, and Spiritual Identities Conference.

Stephanie King
Assistant Director for Civic Engagement, Knowledge Community, and Social Justice Initaitives
Phone: 202.719.1193
Email: [email protected]


The 2018 NASPA Religous, Secular, and Spiritual Identities Conference provides opportunities for formal and informal connections, as well as a variety of learning spaces.

Sun, Dec 09

8:30 a.m. – Noon
Pre-conference Workshops
1:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Conference Welcome
1:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Opening Plenary
2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions
5:15 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Opening Reception with Poster Sessions

Mon, Dec 10

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Roundtable Discussions
9:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Mini-Institute Sessions
Noon – 1:00 p.m.
Lunch on Your Own
1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Plenary Session
2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions
3:30 p.m. – 4:30p.m.
Exploration Sessions
4:45 p.m. – 5:45p.m.
Concurrent Sessions

Tue, Dec 11

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Roundtable Discussions
9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Closing Plenary
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Exploration Sessions
11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions

Pre-Conference Programs & Events

The NASPA Religious, Secular, and Spiritual Identities Conference planning team is currently accepting proposals for pre-conference sessions. The deadline to submit for a pre-conference session is July 15, 2018. Submit proposals here.

Pre-conference Workshops

Sunday, December 9th • 08.30 AM – 12.00 PM

Content for pre-conference workshops will be announced August 1, 2018.


Registration is based on NASPA institutional or individual membership status. If you or your institution are not members, visit the Membership section of the NASPA website to learn about membership types.

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Registration Fees

06/01/2018 to 11/04/2018
11/04/2018 to 12/02/2018
12/03/2018 to 12/11/2018
NASPA Member
Non-NASPA Member
NASPA Student Member
Pre-conference Workshop NASPA Member
Pre-conference Workshop Non-NASPA member


Stephanie King
Assistant Director for Civic Engagement, Knowledge Community, and Social Justice Initaitives
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 202.719.1193

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


View Registration Policies

Refunds will be given for cancellations, received in writing by November 4, 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 institutional membership status of the substitute must be the same as the registrant in order to have the same registration fee applied. Additional charges may apply if the membership status is not the same.

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 November 4, 2018. Registration Questions? Contact the NASPA office at 202-265-7500 or via e-mail at [email protected]


If you would like to exhibit or sponsor at the NASPA Religious, Secular, and Spiritual Identities Conference 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 November 4, 2018. Questions? Contact Kristie Jerde by phone at 218-280-7578 or via email at [email protected]


Hyatt Regency New Orleans

Hyatt Regency New Orleans
New Orleans, LA

All conference activities will take place at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans.

NASPA has arranged special room rates for conference attendees at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans starting at $149/night (The rates are subject to applicable tax, which is currently 14% and 1.75% Tourism Assessment plus $3.00 occupancy fee per room, per night. ). The cut-off date to receive the conference room rate is Wednesday, November 28, 2018. Rooms in the conference block may sell out prior to the cut-off date, so please make your reservation as soon as possible.  Attendees can make their reservations by calling the Hyatt Regency New Orleans at 504.561.1234 and referencing the "NASPA" room block. 

Hotel Room Rate/Night
Hyatt Regency New Orleans
601 Loyola Ave, New Orleans, LA 70113
(504) 561-1234
$149 - Single/Double $174 - Triple $199 - Quad
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