The New Professionals Institute promotes quality professional development for those who serve students by affording participants the space and time to reflect upon their professional experiences, to assess the realities of professional practices, and to further develop their authentic identity within the student affairs profession.
As a new professional, you are uniquely positioned to bridge the emerging needs of students while supporting the evolution toward addressing these challenges. This pre-conference institute will inspire you to explore your potential and ultimately, your role as a leader in the profession.
The Institute is offered in conjunction with the NASPA Western Regional Conference which allows you to build your professional network within regions V and VI.
The New Professionals Institute is designed for student affairs professionals who have five or fewer years of full-time professional experience in various functional areas.
Join us at the 2019 New Professionals Institute!
Institute Goals and Learning Objectives
In this institute, we will feature discussions, panels, and small group activities dedicated to skill and knowledge enhancement. The institute will include both faculty-generated curriculum and curriculum ideas gathered through a participant pre-assessment.
Through the New Professionals Institute, participants will be able to:
Reflect upon finding their place within an organization with regard to values and identities, trends in student affairs administration, campus culture, and positioning for purposeful growth;
Identify professional enrichment and development opportunities at the new professional level;
Connect with, gain insights from, and discuss career planning strategies with seasoned student affairs professionals; and,
Improve strategies for effective networking within the field.
The New Professionals Institute is all about your needs and aspirations. As such, the curriculum will address the most common areas for skill and knowledge enhancement for new professionals. In addition, you will see that there is time dedicated to participant-generated topics. As the conference gets closer, all NPI registrants will receive a pre-assessment to gather ideas about how you would like to spend that time.
1:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Introductions and Institute Overview
1:30 PM - 2:15 PM
Role Identity: Purpose and Meaning
2:15 PM - 3:15 PM
Mid-level Student Affairs Panel
3:15 PM - 3:30 PM
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Roundtable Discussions: Trends in SAA; Understanding campus cultures; Pathways for professional development
4:40 PM - 5:00 PM
Strategies for Effective Networking
All Institutes Reception
8:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Day 1 Recap and Reflection
9:00 AM - 9:45 AM
Student Affairs Career Planning and Positioning for Purposeful Growth
9:45 AM - 10:00 AM
10:00 AM - 12:15 PM
TBA [Content based on participant pre-assessment]
12:15 PM - 12:30 PM
Closing & Institute Wrap Up
Hilton Portland Downtown
The Hilton Portland Downtown has been newly redesigned with an inviting, vibrant lobby and rooms that incorporate a timeless and contemporary feel. Conveniently located in the heart of the city, one block from the MAX Light Rail system, the Hilton Portland Downtown offers easy access to the city’s top restaurants and attractions including the Portland Saturday Market, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, Portland Art Museum and Powell’s Bookstore.
AIRLINE DISCOUNT: We are excited to announce a discount on Alaska Airlines web fares for your travel to Portland. The discount code will be made available to conference attendees after they register for the 2019 NASPA Western Regional Conference!
ROOM RESERVATIONS: A block of rooms has been set aside at a rate of $195 per night plus taxes/fees. These rates are exclusively for conference attendees and subject to availability. Click on the link below to book your hotel room online, or call the toll-free reservation line at 1-800-HILTONS, be sure to mention NASPA or the group code NPA when making your reservation. The group rate will be available through October 14, 2019.
PARKING: Due to the hotel’s location in Downtown Portland, please note that parking is extremely limited. There is no self-parking at the conference hotel (valet parking is $52/night). You may wish to consider off-site parking options.
Hilton Portland Downtown
921 SW Sixth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204
|$195 per night (plus taxes/fees)|
The Portland International Airport (7000 NE Airport Way Portland, OR 97218) is located approximately 12 miles from the Hilton Portland Downtown.
The conference hotel is accessible from the airport via TriMet’s light rail MAX Red Line. The “Mall / SW 5th Ave” MAX Station is one block from the Hilton Portland Downtown (approximately a 45 minute ride).
Shuttles, Taxis, and Rental Cars
For more information regarding shuttles, taxi cab services, or rental car companies, please visit the Ground Transportation page of the Portland International Airport website
November tends to mark the start of the cool season in Portland, with temperatures ranging from 44°F to 58°F. As the conference gets closer, please visit the Weather Channel for more information.