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August 16, 2021

Deadline for Programs and Reviewers

September 10, 2021

Early-bird registration ends

September 11, 2021

Regular registration begins

October 9, 2021

Late registration begins

2021 NASPA Region IV-East Conference

Division/Group Events Student Success Region IV-E

"Rise Up: Tapping into our Reservoir of Courage," our theme for the 2021 IV-E Conference, accurately reflects where we are as a region--both as colleagues in higher education coming out of a pandemic and as citizens advocating for social justice in the world around us. 

The conference will be held Sunday, November 7, 2021 to Tuesday, November 9, 2021 at the Marriott Minneapolis City Center in Minneapolis, MN.


Registration for the 2021 Conference is now LIVE
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Region IV-E


The NASPA Region IV-East Conference Committee invites you to join us in Minneapolis, Minnesota! The 2021 NASPA Region IV-E Conference is a three-day in-person, with some virtual elements, gathering of higher education professionals who come together to reflect, learn, network, and be inspired.

This year’s conference theme is "Rise Up: Tapping into our Reservoir of Courage." The 2021 NASPA Region IV-E Conference accurately reflects where we are as a region--both as colleagues in higher education coming out of a pandemic and as citizens advocating for social justice in the world around us. It is a call to think differently about a change in the higher education landscape. 

Through inspiring keynote presentations, thought-provoking educational sessions and institutes, and numerous opportunities to re-connect with colleagues and make new friends, the 2021 NASPA Region IV-E Conference will be a premier, future-focused professional development experience. 

About the Logo
Rise Up: Tapping Into Our Reservoir of Courage is a call to action to tap into our inner wells of courage in the same ways that the greater Minneapolis community has done in their fight for justice and liberation.
The logo design pays reverence to the Indigenous and ancestral lands of Minneapolis, specifically the original homelands of the Dakhóta (Dakota) and Anishinaabeg (Ojibwe) tribal nations. It is important to acknowledge the genocide and systems of oppression that have dispossessed Indigenous people of their lands and to honor and respect the diverse and beautiful people still connected to this land. The purple element of the logo is a tribute to the musical genius and Minneapolis native, Prince, by honoring his life, legacy, and his groundbreaking cultural impact. It is our hope that our conference theme inspires you to take up the mantle in transforming our landscape in socially just, cultural, and innovative ways.
We would like to acknowledge and thank Kirby R. Gibson, Assistant Director for Residence Education at Michigan State University, for designing the conference logo.
Land Acknowledgement

 "Do you know where you are?" is a question that further grounds the theme of the Annual Conference. In relation to land acknowledgements, "Do you know where you are?" asks us to consider the ways in which Native Nations maintain linguistic, cultural, and political continuity with locales and how, from time immemorial, their economies and educational systems have depended on access to lands and waters. The relevance of this understanding to the profession is that these economies and educational systems have been colonized by the same non-Native colleges and universities that Native students seek an education. This is to say, we live, learn, and work in locations that serve as the original contexts of learning for Native peoples.

With all this in mind, the 2021 IV-E conference committee would like to acknowledge that the conference is taking place on Objibwe and Dakota land ceded in Treaties of 1837 and 1851. In addition to the seven Anishinaabeg (Chippewa, Ojibwe) reservations and four Dakhóta (Sioux) federally-recognized communities in Minnesota, we would like to specifically acknowledge the Sioux and Wahpekute Nations who possess pre-colonial ties to the now-city of Minneapolis.

Message from the Co-Chairs

On behalf of the entire conference committee, we are excited to welcome you to Minneapolis, MN. Our 2021 Conference theme of “Rise Up: Tapping into our Reservoir of Courage” is directly connected to our location in Minneapolis and the confluence of social justice movements in the world around us. This past year has been full of turmoil and challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, yet the most profound impact has been felt with the murder of George Floyd and the subsequent social justice movements that have followed. As a regional association, we are committed to continuing these conversations, ongoing learning, and actively pursuing change. 

We are greatly missing our physical ties to one another, so we are excited to offer this conference as an opportunity to reconnect with each other as we tap into our reservoirs of courage. Our work, our lives, and our institutions will not be the same moving forward and we need to reconnect as we move into a new era of pushing for sustained change within our profession and institutions. 

We look forward to welcoming you to our regional conference and hope to see you in November!



Registration as a member is based on individual membership status at the time of the event. If your current membership will expire prior to the event, you will have the option to renew at the time of registration to receive the member rate.

If you are not a current member and are employed by a college or university that is an institutional member, you can join as a professional affiliate member for $75. If your institution is NOT a member, you can join as an associate affiliate member for $242. Both membership types provide access to the individual member rate for the event. Please visit the membership section of the NASPA website to learn more about membership types and benefits. We hope you’ll consider joining today!

If you are experiencing financial hardship, you may qualify for a NASPA Foundation Membership Scholarship or NASPA Foundation Professional Development Access Scholarship, which can be used for this event.

For a comprehensive listing of NASPA registration policies, please visit this page.



Early Registration
before 9/10/2021
 Regular Registration
9/11/2021 to 10/8/2021
Late Registration
after 10/8/2021
NASPA Member 
$100 $100 $200
Non Member
$200  $200 $300
   NASPA Student Member 
 $100  $100




NASPA Member
Non Member


Call for Programs & Reviewers

Call for Programs

With the evolution of public health measures in the past couple of months, we are excited to place the focus back on an in-person conference experience. However, we will highlight a few of our sessions as virtual opportunities that we can then make available to our Region IV-E members. This year, we are seeking to have a mix of Program Sessions, Deep Dives, and Pre-Conference Sessions.

Submit a Program Proposal by August 16th @ 5PM CST

Call for Reviewers

We are also seeking program proposal reviewers, and each reviewer will be assigned between 6-8 programs to review. Reviewers are expected to thoroughly read the proposals and offer rankings and written feedback. 

Apply to be a Reviewer by August 16th @ 5PM CST

Schedule at a Glance

Schedule is subject to change
Sunday, November 7th, 2021
9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. CST
Monday, November 8th, 2021
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. CST
Tuesday, November 9th, 2021
8:00 a.m - 1:00 p.m. CST

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Registration 

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Case Study Competition (Sessions offered in-person & virtually) 

9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Pre-Conference Workshops (Sessions offered in-person & virtually)

2:00 p.m - 2:30 p.m. First-Time Attendee Welcome 

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m Educational Session #1 (In-Person Only)

4:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m Educational Session #2 (In-Person Only)

7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Opening Reception (In-Person Only)




9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Registration 

9:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Conference Welcome & Keynote Speaker

11:00 a.m - 12:00 p.m. Awards Session 

12:00 p.m - 1:15 p.m. Lunch (provided by the conference, in-person only)

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Educational Session #3 (In-Person + 1 entirely virtual session)

2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. Educational Session #4 (In-Person + 1 entirely virtual session)

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Educational Session #5 (In-Person + 1 entirely virtual session)

5:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. Educational Session #6 (In-Person Only)

5:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. KC Roundtables (In-Person Only)

8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Conference Social (In-Person Only)

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Business Meeting (Modality TBD)

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Educational Session #7 (In-Person Only)

10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. Educational Session #8 (In-Person Only)

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Conference Closing with Closing Keynote & Luncheon

Keynote Speaker

We are excited to announce our 2021 NASPA 4E Conference opening keynote speaker, Bree Newsome, Community Organizer and Activist Who Removed the Confederate Battle Flag from the South Carolina State House

Bree Newsome rallies your spirit with her impassioned message about racial equality and illustrates how, with courage, zeal and the support of others, ordinary people can make an extraordinary difference. 

This contemporary civil rights icon first garnered national attention for her daring act of peaceful disobedience in June 2015. Following the brutal murder of nine black parishioners at Mother Emmanuel Church in Charleston, S.C., Bree climbed the flagpole at the South Carolina statehouse and pulled down the Confederate Battle flag as a protest against racist symbolism. Her arrest galvanized public opinion and led to the permanent removal of the flag.

As a recognized and celebrated voice on the topics of injustice and racial discrimination, Bree brings to light the importance of leadership development in building and sustaining social movements. 

Also an accomplished filmmaker and musician, Bree skillfully outlines the relationship between activism and art, and captivates audiences as she describes in cinematic detail the heroic gestures of ordinary people on the front lines of activism.


Minneapolis Marriott City Center evokes a brilliant hotel stay, with more than 45,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space. Situated in the heart of downtown, our hotel welcomes business and leisure travelers to Minnesota with a superb location near top attractions, including Target Center, Target Field and US Bank Stadium. Move about the city year-round using the climate-controlled skyways directly connected to our downtown hotel and return for exceptional cuisine at our signature restaurant. Choose from our selection of ultra-modern guest rooms, featuring a sleek new design and high-speed Wi-Fi. An elevated experience awaits at Minneapolis Marriott City Center.

**Deadline to reserve your room is Tuesday, October 19, 2021**

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30 South Seventh Street

Minneapolis, MN 55402

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