2019 Ujima Institute

November 07 – November 09, 2019
Florida Atlantic University

The inaugural 2019 Ujima Institute is designed for African American and Black higher education professionals who aspire to senior student affairs officer roles and faculty positions, including the cabinet-level vice president for student affairs positions at colleges and universities. The Institute is appropriate for emerging leaders in 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 student affairs professionals as they develop culturally relevant leadership skills that leverage their unique ethnic heritages and histories and prepare to lead increasingly diverse institutions.

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About Ujima

Ujima is the third principle of Kwanzaa and embodies an active commitment to the collective and to shared liberation. Inherent to the principle of Ujima is sharing in one another's achievements and hardships. Ujima, as a practice, assumes that the reconstruction of the history and humanity of the African diaspora is a fundamental part of the struggle for human liberation. 

The principle of Ujima serves as the foundation for this institute, which has been envisioned and developed by senior level leaders committed to investing in building successive generations of student affairs leaders with the knowledge, skills, and competencies to build vibrant, diverse, global, and socially just higher education environments. 

about the institute model

In this cohort-based institute, participants will learn from senior student affairs leaders, who will share their journeys, lessons, and advice. To facilitate learning and enrichment, participants will be grouped for some parts of the institute into functional level tracks and for other parts of the institute into small group cohorts. 

This professional development pathways program is designed for self-identified Black and African American student affairs professionals with three or more years of higher education administrative experience. The application process will include an online form and submission of a current CV/resume. 


  • Chart a plan for professional growth that address key competencies, career discernment, and personal values

  • Experience safe space to share and strategize about navigating institutional challenges and politics with integrity and cultural alignment

  • Develop mentoring relationships with senior student affairs leaders invested in your success


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This event is most likely to influence these groups.

  • AVP or “Number Two”
  • Mid-Level


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Registration Fees

05/13/2019 to 08/01/2019
08/01/2019 to 11/09/2019


Monica Nixon
Assistant Vice President of Equity, Inclusion, and Social Justice
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Phone: 202-719-1195

Tonya Murphy

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Refunds will be given for cancellations, received in writing by July 31, 2019, less a $50.00 processing fee. In addition, a processing fee of $50.00 per registration will be charged for credit cards declined.

Registration Cancellation Policy: Cancellation/refund deadline less a $50.00 administrative fee is July 31, 2019. This program may be canceled or postponed due to unforeseen circumstances. In this case, 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 or travel related problems and will not reimburse registration fees for these issues. Please click here to submit a refund request. Refunds will not be after July 31, 2019 for any reason.

Substitutions: Substitutions are allowed by individuals within the same institution/company. Substitutions should have the same member classification so that the payment is an even exchange transfer of payment. Additional charges may apply if the membership status is not the same. Please email your request for the substitute attendee 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 Me payment 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.

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


  • Nina Caldwell, Ed.D.

    Nina Caldwell, Ed.D.

    Vice President for Student Life
    Maryville University

    Faculty Bio

  • Phillip “Flapp” Cockrell, Ph.D.

    Phillip “Flapp” Cockrell, Ph.D.

    Vice President for Student Affairs
    University of Toledo

    Faculty Bio

  • Tammara Durham, Ed.D.

    Tammara Durham, Ed.D.

    Vice Provost for Student Affairs
    University of Kansas

    Faculty Bio

  • David E. Jones, Ed.D., Institute Co-Director

    David E. Jones, Ed.D., Institute Co-Director

    Director of the Paul Robeson Cultural Center
    Rutgers University-New Brunswick

    Faculty Bio

  • Felicia McGinty, Ed.D.

    Felicia McGinty, Ed.D.

    Executive Vice Chancellor for Administration and Planning
    Rutgers University–New Brunswick

    Faculty Bio

  • Brian McGowan, Ph.D.

    Brian McGowan, Ph.D.

    Associate Professor of Education and Associate Director of the Center for Teaching, Research, and Learning
    American University

    Faculty Bio

  • Robert N. Page, Jr.

    Robert N. Page, Jr.

    NASPA Fellow

    Faculty Bio

  • Crasha Townsend, Ph.D., Institute Co-Director

    Crasha Townsend, Ph.D., Institute Co-Director


    Faculty Bio


Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton Campus

FAU Boca Raton
Boca Raton, FL

Conference activities will take place on campus at Florida Atlantic University's Boca Raton campus. Transportation will be provided from the conference hotel to the university each day. Institute participants will receive information about hotel rooms and room rates when accepted to the program.

Hotel Room Rate/Night
Wyndham Boca Raton
1950 Glades Rd, Boca Raton, FL 33431
$119 - Double $119 - King
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