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 officers roles, including the cabinet-level vice president for student affairs position, at colleges and universities.  The Institute is appropriate for emerging Latinx/a/oleaders 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.


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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)


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