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August 27, 2021

Early Bird Registration Deadline

October 15, 2021

Registration Deadline

November 1, 2021

Late Registration Deadline

2021 NASPA Western Regional Conference

Regional Annual Conferences Student Success Region V Region VI Mid-Level

Presented By

Region V
Region VI

COVID Guidelines

Keeping Our Attendees Safe: COVID Guidelines

We are so excited to see you all in person for this yearʻs 2021 WRC! To provide the safest environment for our attendees, we are committed to following all local and NASPA-advised public health precautions. We will be requiring of attendees:

• In person attendees must be fully vaccinated prior to attending the event. If you are unable to be vaccinated due to a medical and/or religious exemption, you will still be able to attend the event, but will be required to provide documentation of a negative PCR COVID-19 test completed no more than 72-hours prior to arriving onsite.

• As a matter of respect to our colleagues, we strongly encourage all participants to be fully vaccinated at least two weeks prior to the conference. Attendees and presenters should plan to receive their first (if receiving Johnson and Johnson) or second (if receiving Pfizer or Moderna) by October 26, 2021.

• Masks will be required for all attendees, sponsors, exhibitors, faculty, and NASPA staff, regardless of vaccination status.

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
Mon., Nov. 8 - Tues., Nov. 9, 2021
9:00am - 5:00pm PDT
Wed., Nov. 10, 2021
10:00am - 5:00pm PDT
Thurs., Nov. 11, 2021
8:00am - 8:00pm PDT
Fri., Nov. 12, 2021
6:30am - 5:30pm PDT
Sat., Nov. 13, 2021
8:00am - 1:00pm PDT


Pre-Conference Institutes (various times; check Pre-Conference Schedule below)

11:00am - 12:00pm - Knowledge Communities Roundtables (Mon., Nov. 8th)

4:00pm - 5:00pm - Knowledge Communities Roundtables (Tues., Nov. 9th)


10:00am - 5:00pm - Committee Meeting Day (conference committee only)

4:00pm - 5:00pm - Newcomers Welcome (virtual)

5:00pm - 6:00pm - Awards Ceremony (virtual)


8:00am - 4:00pm - Registration

12:30pm - 2:00pm - KC Leadership Meetings

1:00pm - 5:00pm - Sponsor/Exhibitor Open

1:00pm - 3:00pm - Regional Meetings

1:30pm - 2:30pm - SSAO Institute Meet-Up

2:30pm - 3:30pm - Institutes Reception

4:00pm - 6:00pm - OPENING KICKOFF

6:00pm - 8:00pm - Opening Reception

7:30am - 8:30am - SSAO & Faculty Breakfast

7:30am - 8:30am - General Conference Breakfast

7:30am - 1:00pm - Registration Open

9:30am - 5:00pm - Sponsors & Exhibitors Open

8:30am - 10:15am - NASPA Updates/Feature Speaker 

10:30am - 11:20am - Concurrent Session #1

Lunch Break

1:10pm - 2:00pm - Concurrent Session #2

2:10pm - 3:00pm - Concurrent Session #3

3:10pm - 4:00pm - Concurrent Session #4

4:15pm - 5:15pm - Regional Business Meetings

6:00pm - Dinner on your own

8:00am - 8:50am - Concurrent Session #5

9:00am - 9:50am - Concurrent Session #6

10:00am - 10:50am - Concurrent Session #7

11:00am - 1:00pm - Conference Closing Luncheon/Closing Speaker

1:00pm - 2:00pm - WRC 2021 Committee Meeting

1:00pm - 2:00pm - WRC 2022 Committee Meeting

2:00pm - 3:00pm - WRC 2021 + 2022 Transition Meeting


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.

Pre-Conference Details

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

Lexer Chou
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 (jmdantzler@cpp.edu)
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 Institute

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

Welcome to the 2021 WRC SSAO Institute!  I’m honored be your host and organizer at this time when we need each other‘s inspiration and encouragement as we move through the many challenges on our campuses and in our world.  This year our institute is designed to support our resilience as leaders through a combination of time for connection and time for reflection.  Spread over two, two-hour virtual sessions on Monday and Tuesday (11/8 & 11/9, 10:00 a.m to 12:00 p.m) before we arrive in San Francisco, we’ll have time to connect as colleagues and time to reflect on some perennial and timely issues. 

Day one (Monday, Nov. 8) will begin with small group discussions so we can meet and share experiences from the past year. Then we’ll turn to an interactive panel discussion on the current state and future possibilities for collaboration between student affairs and law enforcement/public safety as we seek to advance social and racial justice on our campuses. Bring your ideas and questions for what I know will be a very rich discussion!      

Day two (Tuesday, Nov. 9) will provide an opportunity for us to telescope out and think about the development of our students and their transition into the complicated status of “adulthood” in today’s world of uncertainty, anxiety and stress.  Our guest will be NY Times bestselling author Julie Lythcott-Haims, whose recent book Your Turn: How to Be an Adult asks “What does it mean to be an adult?” through the lens not of a checklist of conventional markers but a process of “becoming more comfortable with uncertainty and gaining the knowhow to keep going.”  For, sure an important perspective for our work with students in their development and life transitions!  We’ll have plenty of time for questions and discussion with Julie and in small groups.


Panelists and Facilitator:

Claude Steel
Lucie Stern Professor Emeritus of Psychology | Stanford University 

Denzil Suite
Vice President for Student Life | University of Washington

August Washington
Senior Associate Vice Chancellor and Chief of Police for Public Safety and Special Initiatives | Vanderbilt University

Susie Brubaker-Cole
Vice Provos for Student Affairs | Stanford University

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
NASPA's Westen Regional Community Colleges Institute (CCI) is a pre-conference for those currently working at community colleges and for individuals interested in community colleges. This institute will provide networking opportunities, the chance to share among colleagues the similar and varying challenges our campuses have faced over the past year and a half, identify new or rediscovered strengths, and imagine tangible and transformative ways to move forward toward the future in higher education that has been forever changed. How have community colleges been leading the way?  Be part of CCI 2021 to learn how and contribute to the conversation. The institute is offered in conjunction with the 2021 NASPA Western Regional Conference, which allows you to build your professional network with others at community colleges in Regions V and VI.

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

Betzabel Martinez
Program/Project Specialist, Student Equity (Equity Center) | Mt. San Antonio College

Richard Diaz
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

Register Online


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.

Questions about: 
Registration: registration@naspa.org
Programs/General Information: naspawrc@naspa.org
*include subject line “NASPAWRC 2021 General” for the purpose of sorting incoming email


Early Bird
6/22 - 8/27
8/28 - 10/15
10/16 - 11/1
NASPA Member 
 $295  $345  $395
NASPA Student Member
 $175  $225  $275
Student Non-Member
$200 $250 $300
$450 $500 $550
NASPA Emeritus/Retiree
$250 $300 $350


Early/Regular Registration
Through 10/15
Late Registration
10/15 - 11/1
Virtual Attendees Only
 $175  $200


Institute Registration Fee
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
*Please note, all pre-conference institutes require registration to the Western Regional Conference

Keynote Speakers


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.

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Room rate/night
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).


Conference Committee


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 (wlbanks@uci.edu) and Lincoln Johnson (llj@uw.edu).


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 (ljmitch@hawaii.edu) 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