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January 19, 2021

Participant Application Opens

April 12, 2021

Participant Application Due

April 23, 2021

Participants Notified of Acceptance by April 23

May 14, 2021

Payment for Conference Due

2021 NASPA Region III/SACSA New Professionals Institute

Regional Drive-in/Small Conference Supporting the Profession Regions Region III New Professional
About the Institute:

NPI - New Professionals Institute is the preeminent professional development opportunity for new student affairs professionals in the south (we consider ‘new professionals’ anyone with five years or fewer of full-time experience in Student Affairs). Co-sponsored by NASPA Region III and SACSA, NPI is an intensive, interactive week of learning, sharing, networking and professional and personal development. This unique opportunity allows new professionals to draw on their first years of experience to improve their effectiveness and to learn from others. It is a time of professional and personal renewal and assists new professionals in the development of their careers. NPI requires a commitment by the new professional to work intensively over five days with other new professionals and a team of more-seasoned faculty members.

To assure that new professionals' participation in the Institute is fully endorsed by the current senior student affairs officer at his/her institution, registrants must have a letter of support submitted by the senior student affairs officer at the institution. Generally, there is a limit of two participants per institution. Many institutions have used this Institute not only as a training ground for rising stars in the profession, but as a form of recognition for outstanding new professionals on their campus. Participants come from all areas of student affairs: student activities, orientation, career services, residential life, recreation, student conduct, accessibility services admissions, fraternity and sorority life, counseling, international services, and more!

Potential NPI Topics:

Career and Life Planning | Leadership | Diversity and Inclusion | Budgeting | Professional Standards | Navigating the Politics of Higher Education | Professional Associations and Engagement | Critical and Current Issues in the Profession | Leadership Panels | Emerging Research and Theories | Effective Goal Setting | Collaborative Environments | Transitioning to Supervisory/Administrative Roles

Other Components of the NPI Experience:

Regular meetings with small mentoring groups facilitated by your faculty mentor
Individual consultations with seasoned professionals networking and social opportunities


There will be an optional 3-hour pre-conference session on the first day of NPI before we officially kick off the week. Participants interested in attending the pre-institute workshop will incur an additional cost of $50. Housing accommodations for Friday, June 4 are included in the cost of the pre-conference. Participants must arrive on campus by 10:00 am on Saturday, June 5 to participate in pre-conference activities.

Housing Accommodations:

Participants will stay in a residence hall at the University of Southern Mississippi. All participants will have their own private bedroom and restroom. Accommodations for the evening of Friday, June 4 are available for an additional cost of $30. 

Travel Accomodations:

Participants should fly into Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport. Shuttle service to and from the airport will be provided. 

The Application Process:

1.     Each applicant must fill out an online application and include a high-resolution head-shot. 

2.     Each applicant must have an online letter of support completed by their senior student affairs officer. This step is to assure that the new professional's participation in the Institute is fully endorsed by their current administration.

3.     Submit payment by designated date.

Note: All participants are expected to stay through the remainder of the Institute.

Registration fee and additional costs:

The cost of NPI registration is $650 for SACSA/NASPA members and $750 for non-members. The fee includes Institute materials, 5 nights in housing with linens and most meals. Participants are encouraged to bring their own funds to cover any costs when exploring Hattiesburg.

Contact Information:

Dr. Terry Mena | NPI Director | t-mena2@neiu.edu
Dr. Christi Grudier | NPI Program Coordinator | cgrudier@lit.edu

Presented By

Region 3