2019-01-29

2019 NASPA Multicultural Institute: Advancing Equity and Inclusive Practice

December 08 – December 10, 2019
Hyatt Regency New Orleans | New Orleans, LA

The 2019 NASPA Multicultural Institute: Advancing Equity and Inclusive Practice is the premier event for student affairs and academic affairs professionals who are seeking an interactive forum that combines thought-provoking keynote speakers, challenging educational sessions, and opportunities for resource and idea sharing. The Institute exists to connect those with responsibilities for and those who are passionate about multicultural education at institutions across the country.

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About

The Professional Competency Areas for Student Affairs Practitioners approved by NASPA specify that knowledge and skills related to equity, diversity, and inclusion are an expectation of all practitioners regardless of their area of specialization or posititonal role within the field. The NASPA Multicultural Institute is intentionally designed for student affairs practitioners and administrators to further expand their own awareness, further develop skills as a multicultural educators, and exchange best practices for supporting traditionally underrepresented and historically disenfranchised college student populations. Institute participants will engage in a multitude of topics related to multiculturalism, intercultural competency, cross-culturalism and social justice by focusing on race and ethnicity; seuxal orientation; sex; gender; and gender identity; ability, nationality; religion and spirituality; and socioecomic class.

The 2019 NMI will focus on the following themes:

  • Establishing and Strengthening Pathways for Success for Minoritized Groups

    How are campuses surfacing and removing structural barriers to success and building open pathways that enhance access, persistence, and graduation of minoritized groups?


    Programs submitted under this theme should help participants:

    • Learn about collaborative strategies and mechanisms that facilitate awareness and agency of cross-campus partners to identify and remove structural barriers to success
    • Develop training and development programs to enhance the intercultural understanding and capacity of students, staff, and faculty
    • Learn about innovative identity-conscious programs that meet particular challenges and needs associated with students’ diverse and intersecting backgrounds and experiences, including but not limited to those of students of color, students with disabilities, students who identify in the LGBTQ+ community, and international students
    • Build awareness of and capacity to use asset- and strength-based approaches in creating programs and services
  • Preventing and Responding to Violence, Trauma, and Social Unrest

    What proven practices and mechanisms enable campus communities to prepare for and respond effectively to violence and social unrest through meaningful and consistent engagement with issues of equity, inclusion, and social justice?


    Programs submitted under this theme should help participants:

    • Understand the human and emotional dimensions of preparation for and response to traumatic events
    • Navigate potential conflicts between personal and institutional politics, decision-making, and accountability
    • Gain awareness and skills to prepare and support campus communities to respond and heal in the wake of unrest, trauma, and violence
    • Explore and learn to work with differing perspectives on equity, oppression, inclusion, and social justice on campus and in society
    • Learn about comprehensive violence and trauma prevention strategies, including primary, secondary, and tertiary mechanisms, for discriminatory violence directed at or disproportionately affecting minoritized groups
    • Build skills to critically consume, evaluate, and leverage media that informs prevention and response to violence, trauma, and social unrest
  • Enhancing Innovative Praxis of Research, Theory, and Practice

    In what ways can we foster, propagate, and apply research that spans boundaries, developmental models that speak to intersectional lives, and innovative practices that advance inclusion and equity?


    Programs submitted under this theme should help participants:

    • Learn foundational and emerging theoretical perspectives that support work with students with diverse experiences
    • Develop strategies to integrate theory and practice in tangible ways to influence campus policy and practice
    • Learn and apply innovative, research-informed strategies that enhance inclusion and justice
    • Discern or further develop a scholar-practitioner identity
  • Balancing and Enacting Healthy, Brave Spaces and Open Expression

    How do campuses unpack the false dichotomy between open expression and so-called “safe spaces” and reframe the needs for healthy, brave curricular and co-curricular spaces that cultivate students’ critical thinking and capacity to be change agents?


    Programs submitted under this theme should help participants:

    • Recast safe spaces as sites of liberation,authentic expression, and learning
    • Develop frameworks for brave spaces that open up opportunities for cross-campus collaboration and that help institutions understand their importance to learning and inclusion
    • Learn strategies to create brave spaces that facilitate negotiation of meaning and representation, conflict navigation, knowledge production, and intersectional identity exploration and expression
  • Fostering Development of Effective Civic and Democratic Engagement for Justice

    In what ways are campuses preparing students with the skills and capacities for collective work with and in diverse communities to enact sustainable change for the common good?


    Programs submitted under this theme should help participants:

    • Envision the key features of a thriving democracy that centers issues of equity and justice
    • Learn how campus and community partnerships positively influence sense of belonging and wellbeing for diverse populations
    • Understand the knowledge, skills, and perspectives needed in order to create and contribute to a thriving democracy
    • Learn innovative approaches to integrate civic and democratic engagement in the work of inclusion and diversity on campuses
    • Explore ways to build institutional cultures, infrastructure, and relationships that facilitate civic and democratic engagement

 

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Call for Programs

The Call for Programs is now open! We look forward to reviewing your submissions to the 2019 NASPA Multicultural Institute: Advancing Equity and Inclusive Practice.

The institute planning committee seeks proposals that effectively expand awareness of equity issues, develop skills for multicultural educators, and facilitate the exchange of best practices for supporting traditionally underrepresented and historically disenfranchised college student populations. Presenters will be asked to identify the content level of their session: foundational, intermediate, or advanced. The committee will also select programs based on their congruence with the NMI conference themes.

Looking for tips on writing an effective NASPA proposal? See same submissions and formatting tips in our program submission guidelines.



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  • July 26, 2019
    Call for Programs Deadline

Writing Tips

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

Registration

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. This gives you the conference registration and a year of membership for less than the non-member registration fee.
• If your institution is NOT a member, then you will need to join at the associate affiliate rate of $242, and then then pay the individual member rate for conference registration. Visit the membership section of the NASPA website to learn more about membership types.

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Registration Fees

Early-Bird Registration
before 10/11/2019
Regular Registration
10/12/2019 to 11/12/2019
Late Registration
after 11/13/2019
NASPA Member
$475
$525
$600
Non-Member
$675
$725
$800
Student Member
$175
$225
$300
Pre-Conference Half-Day Institute
$125
$145
$150

Questions?

Tonya Murphy
Assistant Director of Constituent Experience and Services
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Phone: 202-265-7500 ext: 1183

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

Jasmine Scott
Assistant Director of Equity, Inclusion, and Social Justice Initiatives
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Phone: 202-265-7500 ext: 1198

Policies

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Refunds will be given for cancellations, received in writing by Friday, October 11, 2019, less a $50.00 processing fee. In addition, a processing fee of $50.00 per registration will be charges for credit cards declined.

Registration Cancellation Policy: Cancellation/refund deadline less a $50.00 administrative fee is October 11, 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.

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 processes, 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 the View Invoices link from the drop down menu. Alternatively, email a request to [email protected] to have a PDF of your invoice sent to you. Bill Me registrations are considered complete and will hold your place in the 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 email at [email protected].

Sponsors


Interested in exhibiting or sponsoring the 2019 NASPA Multiculutral Institute? Please contact Kristie Jerde, assistant director of advertising and exhibits, by phone at 218-280-7578 or via email at [email protected] 

Venue


Hyatt Regency New Orleans
New Orleans, Louisiana

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

Discover the culture of the Crescent City at Hyatt Regency New Orleans. The property is centered downtown near Champions Square, Smoothie King Center, and minutes from the historic French Quarter, Arts District, and Mississippi Riverfront. There’s no better place from which to explore the eclectic vibrancy of New Orleans. 

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Hotel Room Rate/Night
Hyatt Regency New Orleans
601 Loyola Avenue, New Orleans, Louisiana, United States, 70113
1-504-561-1234
$189 - Single $189 - Double $199 - Triple $209 - Quadruple
  • Travel

    New Orleans, LA is serviced by Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) . The hotel is approximately 14.5 miles from MSY.

  • Weather

    Temperatures in New Orleans, LA in December average in the mid 60s during the day. Please visit the Weather Channel before you travel for the most up to date information regarding weather.

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