REGISTRATION IS OPEN!
2021 WRC registration is officially open. Both In-person and Virtual conference options are being offered, so register online today!
Message from the Chair
On behalf of the 2021 Planning committee, I am very honored to announce that the 2021 Western Regional Conference will be in San Francisco, CA, on Ohlone, Ramaytush, and Muwekma Ohlone land.
In November of 2021, We will be exploring the theme “Courageous and Resilient Leadership: Together We Rise”. We are experiencing a time like no other in our communities and on our campuses - where student affairs professionals at every level have been confronted with enormous challenges never imagined before, and we have responded with courage and resilience, oftentimes abruptly and with urgency. Our professional, social, political and personal worlds have collided and Higher Education as we know it has been changed forever. We have so many critical conversations to share.
My hope is that we are re-inspired and hopeful for a better future again in our space together in San Francisco. And finally after a year of countless event cancellations, we are optimistic that we will have the opportunity to gather together in person, to learn from each other, to celebrate the work we have done, and to be in community again. We will need to heal and reaffirm one another. Right now our work is greater and even more important! Let us come together to forge a better future for our profession, our students, and our campuses. WRC 2021 will provide us opportunities to reflect, recenter, and rediscover our purpose - Together We Rise.
NASPA family, Iʻll see you in San Francisco in 2021!
Schedule at a Glance
Schedule is subject to change
9:00am - 5:00pm PDT
10:00am - 5:00pm PDT
8:00am - 8:00pm PDT
6:30am - 5:30pm PDT
8:00am - 1:00pm PDT
Pre-Conference Institutes (various times; check Pre-Conference Schedule below)
10:00am - Committee Meeting Day (conference committee only)
4:00pm - Newcomers Welcome (virtual)
5:00pm - Awards Ceremony (virtual)
8:00am - 4:00pm - Registration
1:00pm - 5:00pm - Sponsor/Exhibitor Set-Up
1:00pm - 3:00pm - Regional Meetings
12:30pm - 2:00pm - KC Meetings
2:30pm - 3:30pm - Institutes Reception
4:00pm - 6:00pm - OPENING KICKOFF
6:00pm - 8:00pm - Opening Reception
6:30am - 7:30am - Morning Workout
7:30am - 8:30am - Breakfast
8:30am - 10:15am - NASPA Updates/Feature Speaker
10:15am - 11:20am - Concurrent Sessions
1:30pm - 5:20pm - Concurrent Sessions
5:30pm - Receptions Begin
8:00am - 10:50am - Concurrent Sessions
11:00am - 1:00pm - Conference Closing Luncheon/Closing Speaker
The planning committee has select pre-conference sessions that will enrich and enhance your attendee experience.
Pre-conference sessions will be offered virtually and take two formats (two-day institutes and one-day institutes) and require participants to pre-register for a fee. Pre-conference sessions are designed as highly specialized opportunities to discuss a specific topic or program.
NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program (NUFP) Institute
Conferences can be an overwhelming process especially if you are an undergraduate student who is attending the conference as a first-timer. The NUFP institute allows a group of students with similar interests and passion in higher education to share their knowledge, experiences and create life-long relationships with their peers and student affairs professionals. The NUFP institute fosters a community for undergraduate fellows who are interested in student affairs by providing them with mentorship, navigational skills, as well as knowledge and tools from the professionals in the field.
If you are a NASPA Undergraduate Fellow, you won’t want to miss this virtual institute! The day-long institute will involve activities, panels, and opportunities to network with others in the student affairs community. Together we will explore what it means to be courageous and resilient leaders in an ever-changing world.
Institute Goals and Learning Outcomes:
- Increase their understanding about and activation of courage and resilient leadership skills
- Gain insights about the field of student affairs while exploring personal, academic, and career goals
- Rise together as a community while developing and practicing professional networking skills
Sarah Kutten, Ed.D.
Director of Student Services | University of Oregon, Portland
Student Life and Services Coordinator | Leeward Community College
Graduate Student Institute
NASPA's Western Regional Graduate Student Institute (GSI) is a pre-conference for those currently in graduate school. This institute will provide personal and professional development opportunities along with networking opportunities with members of the NASPA Region V and VI community. We will build a community that supports and challenges one another to be courageous, resilient, and grounded.
Anticipated Institutional Goals + Learning Outcomes:
As a result of participating in this experience, participants will be able to…
- Understand the complexities of maintaining authenticity within their role in Student Affairs
- Develop their own interviewing skills through the power of storytelling
- Identify and apply productive and meaningful networking tactics
- Appraise the value of self-care
- Evaluate personal areas for improvement or change
- Define the difference between sponsorship and mentorship and understand the importance of each in one's professional trajectory
- Recognize and understand untold realities that can exist within the Higher Education environment.
JD Dantzler (email@example.com)
Area Coordinator | California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
New Professional Institute
NASPA’s Western Regional New Professionals Institute is a professional development opportunity for those who are early in their Student Affairs journey. During this pre-conference event, participants will be able to reflect upon the impact of their strengths and identities within an organization, discuss trends in student affairs administration and positioning for purposeful growth, and learn about maintaining wellness as a new professional.
The New Professionals Institute is designed for student affairs professionals who have five or fewer years of full-time professional experience in various functional areas.
Rick Trevino, Ed.D.
Associate Director of First Year Advising | University of Southern California
Mid-Level professionals are some of the most influential forces on college and university campuses. In pivotal positions, they serve students directly while promoting the learning, growth, and development of their staff. As managers, they provide critical insight and perspective to senior administrators and bridge the gap between Academic and Student Affairs. The 2021 MLI will be designed as a space for critical reflection, where participants consider, explore, and review mid-level skills and competencies, emerging trends, and best practices while discussing job satisfaction and professional development.
The Mid-level Institute is intended for professionals with a minimum of five years full-time experience and supervisory, budget, and/or programming responsibilities for a department.
Anticipated topics include:*
- Creating authentic relationships across departments and divisions
- Leadership as practice
- Professional competencies at the Mid-Level
- Getting Involved local, regionally, and nationally
*Topics may also include participant identified needs and interests learned through pre-institute communications.
Romando A. Nash
Associate Vice President Student Life Services | University of Nevada, Reno
Senior Student Affairs Officers (SSAO) Institute
More information coming soon!
Associate Vice Presidents/Dean of Students Institute
The AVP/DOS Institute is designed as a purposeful gathering space for AVPs/DOS to engage in shared learning, consultation, crowdsourcing, and mutual support. The 2021 WRC Institute will be offered via Zoom over two days (November 8-9) prior to the in-person elements of the conference in San Francisco on November 11-14, 2021. Institute participants also planning to travel to San Francisco are invited to connect with AVP/DOS colleagues during scheduled meet up times offered during the conference.
Expected outcomes for and experiences of the 2021 AVP/DOS Institute include:
- (Re) connecting with Region V/VI AVP/DOS friends and colleagues;
- Identifying well-being resources for immediate and long term nourishment;
- Making sense of and responding to the evolution of the AVP/DOS role in current context;
- Expanding shared navigational capital needed to lead, supervise, and problem solve;
- Considering future purpose-engaged path making and possible guide posts.
Our institute faculty include:
Dr. Kyle Boone
Director for Housing & Residential Life | Grand Valley State University
Dr. Lisa Cooper
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs | San Francisco City College
Dr. Jill Creighton
Dean of Students & AVP for Campus Life | Washington State University
Dr. Angie Hambrick
AVP for Diversity, Justice, & Sustainability | Pacific Lutheran University
Dr. Steve Jacobson
Dean of Student Affairs | Touro University
Dr. Elisa Orosco-Anders
Chief of Staff to the Provost | University of the Pacific
Dr. Joanna Royce-Davis
Vice President for Student Life | Pacific Lutheran University
Community College Professional Institute
Institute Goals and Learning Outcomes:
- Contextualize the community college experience in the context of a global pandemic, racialized experiences, and student inequities.
- Gain innovative strategies on the use of technology to enhance the community college experience for both students and practitioners.
- Understand the interconnection between self, leadership, and advocacy as it relates to social justice and inclusion work in Student Affairs.
- Utilize the NASPA Community Colleges Division to serve as a resource to support student affairs work and/or development at community colleges.
Aida Cuenza-Uvas, Ed.D.
Director, Arise Program (AANAPISI Grant) | Mt. San Antonio College
Program/Project Specialist, Student Equity (Equity Center) | Mt. San Antonio College
Director, Orientation and Student Success | Salt Lake City Community College
Register Online for 2021 NASPA Western Regional Conference
The theme of the 2021 NASPA Western Regional Conference is Courageous and Resilient Leadership: Together We Rise
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.
IN-PERSON CONFERENCE REGISTRATION FEES
6/22 - 8/27
8/28 - 10/15
10/16 - 11/1
NASPA Student Member
VIRTUAL CONFERENCE REGISTRATION FEES
10/15 - 11/1
Virtual Attendees Only
PRE-CONFERENCE VIRTUAL INSTITUTE FEES
|NUFP Institute (Cap: 50)||No Fee: Limited to NUFP Fellows|
|Grad Student Institute (Cap: 50)||$20|
|New Professionals Institute (Cap: 40)||$25|
|Mid-Level Institute (Cap: 30)||$25|
|DOS/AVP Institute (Cap: 40)||$30|
|SSAO Institute (Cap: NONE)||$30|
|Community College Institute (Cap: 50)||$25|
San Francisco Marriott Marquis
San Francisco, CA
Instantly recognizable for its distinctive, postmodern high-rise appearance, our hotel in downtown San Francisco channels the vibrant cultures of the SoMA neighborhood and reflects the creative energies of the City by the Bay.
*Deadline to reserve online is Monday, October 25, 2021 or until room block is filled.
|San Francisco Marriott Marquis
780 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
|Single/Double - $205.00/night
*Not included in the guest room rate is local room tax at 14%, plus a 2.25% SF Convention Tourism Tax, and a $0.73 CA Tourism fee, per room night (subject to change).
- SF.GOV website on Coronavirus: https://sf.gov/topics/coronavirus-covid-19
- Video from Mayor London N. Breed: https://www.sftravel.com/article/how-experience-san-francisco-whats-open-everything
- News Releases from the Office of the Mayor: https://sfmayor.org/news-and-updates
- Visitor’s guide: https://www.sftravel.com/article/visitors-guide
- The Arts are open in San Francisco: https://www.sftravel.com/article/arts-are-open-san-francisco
- Transportation Basics: https://www.sftravel.com/article/how-get-around-san-francisco-transportation-basics
- Here is a little clipper card video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NmsSAYYtX2A
- Here is a “how to” clipper card BART video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TaU_Wysdgdo
- How to travel on BART video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ckgM-bM5oME
- Parking in the city resource: https://spothero.com/san-francisco-parking
- Garage and Lot locator: https://www.sfmta.com/garages-lots
- Information about the F Line streetcar: https://www.sftravel.com/article/everything-you-need-know-about-san-franciscos-historic-f-line-streetcar
- SF Mariott Marquis Valet Parking: http://www.sfmarquis.com/guestdirectory
- Outdoor dining in San Francisco: https://www.sftravel.com/article/where-enjoy-outdoor-dining-san-francisco-right-now
- Restaurants within 5 minute walk from conference hotel: https://static1.squarespace.com/static/547391afe4b057a8bdb675c8/t/5f60b5f3e0df8b75f2fa412e/1600173561992/Map+South+of+Market.pdf
- Michelin-starred restaurants: https://www.sftravel.com/article/guide-san-francisco%E2%80%99s-michelin-starred-restaurants
- Free Walking Tours ($15 tip is suggested): https://sfcityguides.org/find-your-tour/?view=week
- Attractions: https://tickets.sftravel.com/attraction/list/797/m255
- Alcatraz: Tours book out quickly so reserve a spot as soon as you can. They book 90 days in advance: https://www.cityexperiences.com/san-francisco/city-cruises/alcatraz/tour-options/
- Fun/Cheap events in San Francisco: https://sf.funcheap.com/
Sponsor investments at the NASPA WRC (Nov. 10-13) offer unmatched access and visibility with higher education professionals, official acknowledgements, and recognition opportunities. Questions? Contact Willie Banks (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Lincoln Johnson (email@example.com).
Exhibitors are organization partners interested in displaying their programs to conference participants on November 11 and 12, 2021 at the WRC 2021. Email Leslie Mitchell (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information on this opportunity.
Meeting/Reception Space Request
If you or your Knowledge Community, institution, or cohort is considering hosting a reception (virtually or in-person) on the evening of Thursday, November 11 or at another time during the conference, please complete the form linked below.
Notification of assigned space - early October 2021