2018 NASPA Escaleras Institute

October 14 – October 16, 2018
San Diego State University - San Diego, California

The 2018 NASPA Escaleras Institute – Latinx/a/o Student Affairs Professionals Scaling New Heights in Leadership is designed for Latinx/a/o student affairs professionals who aspire to senior student affairs officer roles, including the cabinet-level vice president for student affairs position at colleges and universities.  The Institute is appropriate for emerging Latinx/a/o leaders in assistant/associate director, director, assistant/associate dean, dean, and AVP roles.  This three-day, cohort-based institute offers an intensive, challenging, and collegial learning environment for Latinx/a/o student affairs professionals as they develop culturally relevant leadership skills that leverage their unique ethnic heritages and histories.


Institute Applications will be open until June 1, 2018

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With the burgeoning population of Latinx/a/o students entering colleges and universities, the lack of higher education professionals serving as senior student affairs officers or vice presidents for student affairs who serve as role models and mentors has profoundly affected and will continue to impact the long-term prospects for Latino student success.

Escaleras participants will learn core competencies, knowledge, skills, experiences, and abilities that are germane to assuming higher education leadership positions from current Latinx/a/o higher education and student affairs leaders. Participants will build essential senior student affairs officers and vice president for student affairs competencies with a cohort of Latinx/a/o higher education professionals who are dedicated to leading in a vibrant, diverse, global, and socially-just higher education environment.

About the Institute Model

In this cohort-based institute model, Escaleras participants will focus on the current research on Latinx/a/os in higher education leadership and, the pipeline and pathway to educational administration, as well as challenges and opportunities in leading as a Latinx/a/o at institutions of higher learning. To facilitate learning and appropriate enrichment, participants will be grouped in one of two tracks depending on their current functional level, vice presidents, and mid level managers. Institute participants are expected to engage fully in all aspects of the Institute, including meals and Institute activities.

This professional development opportunity is designed for self-identified Latinx/a/o student affairs professionals with three or more years of experience in higher education. The application process includes completing an online application and submitting a current CV/resume.

Want to learn more about the 2018 Escaleras Institute? Click here to watch a recording of the 2018 NASPA Escaleras Institute: Webinar Information Session.


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This event is most likely to influence these groups.

  • Mid-Level
  • AVP or “Number Two”


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This selective professional development program is an institute.  Unlike conferences where participants choose to participate (or not) in concurrent sessions, during this institute all attendees will participate in the same cohort experience and are expected to engage fully in all aspects of the program including meals.  It is a very intensive experience, and the program will run into the evening on Sunday and Monday.  Please plan your travel so that you are able to participate in the entire institute.

The Institute will begin on Sunday, October 14 at 1:00pm and will conclude on Tuesday, October 16 at 12:30 p.m.  More information about the Institute schedule will be posted here as it becomes available.

Sun, Oct 14

8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Explore San Diego (Optional; requires advance registration)
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Institute Check-in
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Shuttle Transportation from Hotel to San Diego State University
1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Institute Welcome and Introductions
1:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Institute Session
2:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Institute Session
3:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Institute Session
5:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Reflection Groups
6:30 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.
6:45 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.
Recepcion/Reception y Cena/Dinner
8:45 p.m.
Shuttle Transportation to Hotel

Mon, Oct 15

7:30 a.m.
Shuttle Transportation from Hotel to San Diego State University
8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Institute Session
9:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Institute Sessoin
11:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Reflection Groups
12:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Almuerzo/Lunch with Keynopte Address
2:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
2:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Institute Sessions
3:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Reflection Groups
4:45 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Institute Session
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Cena/Dinner with Keynote Address
7:30 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.
Reflection Groups
8:15 p.m.
Shuttle Transportation to Hotel

Tue, Oct 16

7:30 a.m.
Shuttle Transportation from Hotel to San Diego State University
8:15 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Institute Session
9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
9:45 a.m – 10:30 a.m.
Institute Session
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Reflections Groups
11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Institute Closing
12:30 p.m.
Shuttle Transportation to Hotel
2:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Explore San Diego (optional; requires advance registration)


In an effort to create a meaningful and personal experience for you, enrollment for this institute is limited.  Applications are requested and admission decisions are made on a rolling basis. As we expect the Institute to reach capacity quickly, applicants are encouraged to submit their applications as soon as possible.  All applications must be submitted by June 1, 2018 for consideration.  Participants will be notified of application decisions not later than June 29, 2018.

Participants should plan to arrive by Sunday, October 14 at 11:00am and depart after the institute concludes on Tuesday, October 16 at 12:30 p.m.

Registration information will be provided with acceptance notifications.

Registration as a member is based on individual membership status. If you are employed by a college or university that is an institutional member, you can join as an individual member at the $75 rate. If your institution is NOT a member, then you will need to join at the associate affiliate rate of $242 and then you can pay the individual member rate for institute registration. This gives you the institute registration and a year of membership for less than the non-member registration fee. Visit the Membership section of the NASPA website to learn about membership types.

Scholarships Available

NASPA is able to offer a limited number of scholarships to applicants who would otherwise be unable to attend the Institute.  Each scholarship of $375.00 will be applied to the accepted applicant's registration fee.  This amount covers the entire registration fee for NASPA members who register by the early bird registration deadline of August 24, 2018. Scholarship applications will be sent to accepted applicants for the institute.

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Registration Fees

Early Bird
before 08/24/2018
after 08/25/2018


Tonya Murphy
Assistant Director of Constituent Experience and Services
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 202-265-7500 ext. 1183


View Registration Policies


Tonya Murphy
Assistant Director of Constituent Experience and Services
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 202-265-7500 ext. 1183


Cancellation:  The cancellation deadline to receive a refund is September 21, 2018, less a $50.00 administrative fee.  No refunds will be given after the deadline for any reason.  All requests for cancellation and refunds must be in writing and sent to [email protected].

Purchase Orders: NASPA does NOT accept purchase orders as a form of payment. For registrants requiring an invoice to have a check payment processed, please use the Bill Mepayment method to complete your registration. The resulting invoice can be found and downloaded under the My NASPA section of the website (must be logged-in), by selecting theView Invoices link from the dropdown menu. Alternatively, email a request to Membership to have a PDF of your invoice sent to you. Bill Me registrations are considered complete and will hold your place in an event, however the balance due must be settled prior to attending.

Click here to view NASPA’s complete Payment Policies and Procedures.

Additional Questions? Please contact the NASPA office at 202-265-7500 or via e-mail to [email protected].


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    Angela Batista

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  • Tonantzin	Oseguera

    Tonantzin Oseguera

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    California State University, Fullerton

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    Joel Perez

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  • Sofia Pertuz

    Sofia Pertuz

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  • Eddie Martinez

    Eddie Martinez

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  • Lorena Checa

    Lorena Checa

    Vice President of Student Affairs
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Doubletree by Hilton San Diego - Mission Valley

Doubletree by Hilton San Diego - Mission Valley
San Diego , CA

All conference activities will take place at the Doubletree by Hilton San Diego – Mission Valley.

NASPA has arranged special room rates for conference attendees at the Doubletree by Hilton San Diego – Mission Valley starting at $139/night (not including 12.8% state and local taxes). The cut-off date to receive the conference room rate is Friday, September 21, 2018. Rooms in the conference block may sell out prior to the cut-off date, so please make your reservation as soon as possible.

Hotel Room Rate/Night
Doubletree by Hilton San Diego - Mission Valley
7450 Hazard Center Drive, San Diego, CA 92108
$139 - Single/Double
$149 - Triple
$159 - Quad
  • Travel

    San Diego is serviced by San Diego International Airport (SAN). The hotel is approximately 8 miles from the airport.

  • Transportation

    For more information regarding shuttle options to and from SAN, please visit the Parking & Transportation section of the SAN website.

    For more information regarding taxi cab service, please visit the Parking & Transportation page of the SAN website. Taxi fare from SAN to the Doubletree is approximately $20 one-way.

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

  • Weather

    Temperatures in San Diego in October are around 74 degrees F during the day and 61 degrees F in the evening. As the conference gets closer, please visit the Weather Channel for more information.

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