2019 NASPA Strategies Conference

January 17 – January 19, 2019
Washington, DC

The 2019 NASPA Strategies Conference will provide student affairs practitioners with the knowledge and skills to effectively address collegiate alcohol and drug abuse prevention, mental health, sexual violence prevention and response, and well-being through a variety of comprehensive and integrative approaches.

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The convergence of the NASPA Alcohol, Other Drug, and Violence Prevention, Mental Health, Sexual Violence Prevention and Response, and the Well-Being and Health Promotion Leadership conferences allows campus practitioners a unique opportunity to learn, network and engage.


Presented By

Health, Safety, and Well-being Initiatives


This event is most likely to influence these groups.

  • Graduate
  • Mid-Level
  • New Professional
  • Senior Level
  • AVP or “Number Two”
  • Vice President for Student Affairs


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Call for Programs

The conference planning committee encourages program proposals regarding proven practices with content that will engage participants in fruitful discussions and provide meaningful content to bring back to their campuses. The Call for Programs will be open soon.

Conference Themes & Suggested Topics

  • Alcohol and Other Drug and Violence Prevention

    Conference Themes:

    • Current Trends and Emerging Issues
    • Evidence-Based and Evidence Informed Practices
    • The Strategic Prevention Framework
    • Campus or Community Coalitions and Partnerships

    Learning Outcomes:

    • Evaluate the scope of alcohol and other drug misuse prevention
    • Identify best practices for campus policies surrounding alcohol and other drugs
    • Explore replicable and adaptable evidence-based policies, programs, and practices
    • Identify sources and repositories for identifying evidence-based programs and strategies
    • Evaluate the capacity to implement prevention strategies on campus
    • Identify and evaluate health promotion efforts across a continuum of care, including recovery communities
    • Examine and evaluate how evidence-based prevention efforts can be modified to fit varying school demographics and resources
    • Understand cultural competency and its importance in evidence-based prevention efforts
    • Apply sustainability into all efforts in the spectrum of prevention and health promotion

  • Mental Health

    Conference Themes:

    • Current Trends and Issues
    • Access to Services
    • Successful and Innovative Solutions
    • Cultural and Identity Considerations
    • Cross-Campus Collaboration and Coordination 

    Learning Outcomes:

    • Evaluate the scope of student mental health problems on campus and better understand current trends and issues within student mental health
    • Discover and compare ideas to promote increased access and awareness of mental health services for students
    • Engage in conversations about innovative and effective programming to support student mental health
    • Understand the keys to successful cross-campus collaboration in mental health services
    • Discuss mental health needs of students within a context of power and privilege 
    • Explore ways in which mental health intersects with both violence prevention and response and substance abuse on campus to develop and enhance prevention, intervention and response

  • Sexual Violence Prevention and Response

    Conference Themes:

    • Compliance and Policy Strategies
    • Campus and Community Partnerships
    • Systemic and Social Justice Approaches to Prevention
    • Evidence-Based Practices

    Learning Outcomes:

    • Evaluate the scope of sexual violence on campus, incorporating an understanding of how issues of identity contribute to the incidence of sexual violence, as well as how a survivor experiences and responds to it
    • Identify strategies for developing or revising comprehensive campus sexual misconduct policies, including how they are impacted by the latest federal and state legislative policy updates 
    • Examine institutional systems and structures that contribute to the prevalence of violence,  and explore social justice practices that foster more welcoming and inclusive 
    • Explore ways in which violence prevention intersects with both mental health and substance abuse on campus to develop and enhance prevention, intervention, and response
    • Develop and strengthen relationships between campuses and community service providers, in an effort to increase communication around and collaboration in prevention and response
    • Review best practices in: implementing sustainable, evidence-based prevention programs; improving campus response to violence and victims; and evaluating the impact of these efforts

  • Well-being and Health Promotion Leadership

    Conference Themes:

    • Navigating Systems and Infrastructure
    • Foundations and Essential References
    • Current Research, Innovations and Emerging Trends
    • Using Data to Inform Change

    Learning Outcomes:

    • ​Sessions that explore effective strategies for building relationships, collaborations, and working within and across disciplines, departments, organizations and communities
    • Sessions that discuss ways to expand and synergize environmental factors using a settings approach
    • Sessions that build capacity for leadership to inspire and create systemic change
    • Sessions that introduce foundational public health principles, concepts, rubrics, strategies, standards, guideline, theories, processes and/or skills for effective health promotion practice in higher education
    • Sessions that share the evolution of health promotion practice in higher education leading to a clear understanding of current industry standards
    • Sessions that discuss core knowledge and examine relevant case studies of quality health promotion practice for the field
    • Sessions that integrate new guidance in the field and implications for practice (e.g., Health Promoting Universities from Okanagan Charter, Cross-functional CAS standards of practice, Gallup-Healthways Well-being Data)
    • Sessions exploring the role of Senior Leadership (AVPs/VPs) in integrating health promotion to build an infrastructure that supports well-being
    • Sessions that explore the use of language to explain and delineate the work of health promotion - differentiating between 'buzz' words and the language of the field
    • Sessions that identify roadmaps for successful processes and collaborative practices for data collection and dissemination between and among stakeholders (e.g., housing and residential like, campus planners, enrollment management, equity and inclusion)
    • Sessions that explore ways to use various sources of data to inform, inspire, and shape a more complete narrative of health and well-being
    • Sessions that demonstrate strategic use of assessment and data to influence policies, systems, infrastructure, and other higher order change to reorient higher education to health and well-being 

Submission Timeline
  • September 28, 2018
    Call for Programs Deadline
  • October 24, 2018
    Presenter Notifications
  • November 2, 2018
    Presenter Confirmation Deadline

Writing Tips

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


Please contact NASPA if you have any further questions about submitting a program proposal for the 2019 NASPA Strategies Conference.

David Arnold
Assistant Vice President for Health, Safety, and Well-being Initiatives
Phone: (202) 265-7500 ext. 1250
Email: [email protected]

Allison Tombros Korman

Senior Director, Culture of Respect
Phone: (202) 903-0653
Email: [email protected]


The schedule was designed to provide participants with interactive and engaging programming, opportunities for deeper discussion, and networking. As details are finalized, this schedule will be updated.

Wed, Jan 16

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Pre-Conference Institute (Full Day)
2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Pre-Conference Session (Half Day)

Thu, Jan 17

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Mini-Institute Sessions
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Conference Break
1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Opening Session
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Breakout Sessions
4:45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.
Breakout Sessions
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Opening Reception and Poster Sessions

Fri, Jan 18

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Breakfast with Exhibitors
8:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Extended Sessions
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Breakout Sessions
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Conference Break
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Breakout Sessions
2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Breakout Sessions
3:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Afternoon Networking Break
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Breakout Sessions
5:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
Breakout Sessions

Sat, Jan 19

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Breakfast with Exhibitors
8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Closing Speaker
10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Breakout Sessions
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Breakout Sessions


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 you can pay the individual member rate for conference registration. Visit the Membership section of the NASPA website to learn about membership types.

The Strategies Conference converges four events into one. Please select the conference which is most applicable to you, though you are welcome to attend sessions and presentations from any conference on site.

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Registration Fees

Early Registration
04/27/2018 to 11/07/2018
Regular Registration
11/08/2018 to 12/12/2018
Late Registration
12/13/2018 to 01/01/2019
NASPA Member
Non Member


NASPA Events
Event Registration Support
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (202) 265-7500

Laurie Jevons
Assistant Director of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Prevention Initiatives
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (202) 265-7500

Mallory Jordan
Assistant Director of Health and Well-being Initiatives
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (202) 265-7500


View Registration Policies

Refunds will be given for cancellations, received in writing by November 7, 2018, less a $50.00 processing fee. In addition, a processing fee of $50.00 per registration will be charged for credit cards declined.

Cancellation:  The cancellation deadline to receive a refund is November 7, 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]. This program may be cancelled 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 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.

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].


Grand Hyatt Washington

Grand Hyatt Washington
Washington, DC

All conference activities will take place at the Grand Hyatt Washington.

NASPA has arranged special room rates for conference attendees at the Grand Hyatt Washington starting at $205/night (not including 14.8% occupancy fee). The cut-off date to receive the conference room rate is Tuesday, December 18, 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
Grand Hyatt Washington
1000 H Street NW, Washington, D.C., 20001
Starting at:
$205 - Single
$205 - Double
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