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July 8, 2022

Call for Programs Deadline

September 16, 2022

Early-bird Registration Deadline

November 19, 2022

Regular Registration Deadline

2022 Leadership Educators Institute

Division/Group Events Student Success Student Leadership Programs

A partnership between NASPA, ACPA-College Student Educators International, and the National Clearinghouse for Leadership Programs (NCLP), LEI provides a unique opportunity for all professional levels within our field to engage in critical dialogue to promote positive sustainable change on their campuses.

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Leadership is an integral competency for our profession. The leadership development of students is an important and ongoing process that requires commitment from both students and staff. Student affairs professionals and other university administrators play an essential role in coordinating, shaping, and evaluating the leadership development of students by designing leadership courses and programs, creating co-curricular opportunities, and utilizing emerging technologies. The Leadership Educators Institute (LEI) has a rich history of convening professionals committed to leadership development for nearly 17 years.

A partnership between NASPAACPA-College Student Educators International, and the National Clearinghouse for Leadership Programs (NCLP), LEI provides a unique opportunity for all professional levels within our field to engage in critical dialogue to promote positive sustainable change on their campuses.

The Leadership Educators Institute creates a space for student affairs administrators, scholars, and practitioners to discuss and advance current leadership topics, such as:

  • Modern leadership theories and models including new research, applications, and critical perspectives
  • Innovative and inclusive curriculum, pedagogy, and strategies for leadership studies courses
  • Assessment and evaluation of leadership programs, student development, and learning outcomes
  • Future directions in leadership education and development based on widely-used studies and standards such as the Multi-Institutional Study of Leadership, CAS, and ILA Guiding Questions
  • Unique co-curricluar program models and high-impact practices including those with cohort and multi-year engagement, distance and online learning, service-learning, mentoring, and global experiences
  • Strategy and management of leadership program operations including staff training, funding, and partnerships
  • Intersectional and interdisciplinary approaches to leadership education

 Continuing Education

 National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)

NASPA has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5120. Programs that do not quality for NBCC credit are clearly identified. NASPA is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.


Click here for more information on Continuing Education and frequently asked questions.
If you have questions about Continuing Education, please contact Teri Gillmor at [email protected].

Call for Programs

The Call for Programs deadline was July 8, 2022. The Call for Programs is now closed.

Submission Criteria
Proposals will be evaluated by several program reviewers using the following four (4) focus areas.

  1. Research and Assessment in Leadership Programs
  2. Online and Hybrid Leadership Learning and Engagement
  3. Leadership in Context
  4. Equitable Leadership


  • All presenters whose proposals are accepted must register for the Institute. 
  • All presenters and co-presenters will be expected to cover registration and other related fees associated with attending the Institute. All presenters will be expected to provide an electronic copy of their presentation prior to the event which will be posted on the Institute website for participants to view afterwards.

#LEI22 Focus Areas

Research and Assessment in Leadership Programs

​Sessions in this theme will contain substantial content in one of the following areas:

  • Evidence-based practice including assessment findings and implications from leadership programs 

  • Connections between leadership education, student success, and persistence

  • New research and scholarship with implications on leadership education and practice

  • Applying the CAS Standards for Student Leadership Programs, International Leadership Association Guiding Questions, or other guiding documents in the field for program development and review


Online and Hybrid Leadership Learning and Engagement

Sessions in this theme will contain substantial content in one of the following areas:

  • Use of online platforms to facilitate leadership development (i.e. web-based portfolios, social media, digital communities, and communication)

  • Best practices and innovative strategies for cohesive hybrid and online teaching and programming 

  • Transitioning existing in-person curricula into effective online and/or hybrid formats

  • Research, scholarship, and ideas on the practice, process, and emergence of leadership in online environments


Leadership in Context

​Sessions in this theme will contain substantial content in one of the following areas:

  • Fostering and supporting student activism, civic engagement, and/or political engagement as methods of leadership

  • Role of leadership education in career readiness and development of professional competencies  

  • Intersections of leadership education and other functional areas such as service-learning, intercultural development, and international education

  • Interdisciplinary approaches to leadership education through various academic and curricular settings

  • Explorations of the purpose, aims, and intentions of leadership education 

  • Professional and identity development of leadership educators 


Equitable Leadership

​Sessions in this theme will contain substantial content in one of the following areas:

  • Integrations of identity development, cultural relevance, social justice, equity, and inclusion in leadership education 

  • Application of critical theory and equitable practices in the design of curricular and co-curricular leadership programs

  • Weaving anti-racist practices into leadership education programming, scholarship, and resources

  • Leadership development models, theories, research and strategies that engage scholars and practitioners in the disruption and decolonization of research and practice

  • Navigating your own social identities in facilitation and implementation of leadership education


Call for Reviewers

The Call for Program Proposal Reviewers is now closed.

Programs to review (including general interest sessions, guided discussions, and poster sessions) will be assigned by July 14, 2022. Each reviewer will be assigned between 5-10 programs to review. Reviewers will thoroughly read the proposal, and offer rankings and written (anonymous) feedback by July 25, 2022.


The schedule has been designed to provide participants with interactive and engaging programming, opportunities for deeper discussion, and networking. As details are finalized, this schedule will be updated. Session times are listed in Central Time. Please note: the schedule is subject to change based on presenter availability. 

December 14
December 15
December 16

All times shown are in Central Time

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Registration Open

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Pre-Institute Workshops


Advancing Justice at Risk-Averse Institutions Using a Tempered Radical Approach 

Student activists have long taken on the brunt of advocacy work on our campuses. From the Bad Butter Rebellion at Harvard to the Mizzou Concerned Student 1950 to present-day identity-based student activist movements, our campuses are more inclusive and thoughtful because of the unpaid (and often unacknowledged) labor of countless decades of student activism. Students need not be the only ones demanding change. 

Based on a combined 25 years of student affairs experience, primarily in identity-based centers, the presenters of this workshop share ideas and practices on how to find and navigate the line of upholding institutional power structures while advocating against them. Utilizing a tempered radical approach, recognizing that sustainable change may move slowly at risk-averse institutions, this workshop provides leadership educators with practical and strategic tools to help your campus move closer to justice while avoiding political pitfalls.  


Jason K. Wallace, PhD

Nina Bell Suggs Endowed Professor

Higher Education & Student Affairs Administration, The University of Southern Mississippi

Meg E. Evans, PhD

Director, Education and Research, Break Away (break-away.org)

Using CAS Standards to Drive Success

Developed in 1996, and revised in 2002, 2009, and 2019, the CAS Professional Standards for Leadership Education and Development (LED) provide much needed guidelines for establishing and maintaining high quality leadership programs. The CAS standards are composed of twelve parts, each designed to examine an essential aspect of leadership education programs and services (CAS, 2019). The CAS LED standards provide a useful frame for self-assessment processes and enhancing programs and services, with the overarching goal of promoting student leadership learning and development.

This session will use the revised 2019 standards to allow educators to more effectively assess program design and delivery, advocate for necessary resources, and make increasingly effective decisions. In addition, discussion of how campuses are using and applying the CAS LEDs will allow for more effective distribution and dissemination of high impact practices.


Gayle Spencer, Ph.D.

Director, Illinois Leadership Center, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Chair, 2019 Review of CAS Standards for Leadership Education and Development

Julie E. Owen, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Leadership Studies, School of Integrative Studies, George Mason University

Internal and External Reviewer, CAS Standards

William Smedick; EdD

Senior Lecturer and Director of the Leadership Studies Program, Johns Hopkins University

Internal and External Reviewer, CAS Standards

The Basics of Student Leadership in Higher Education

This 3-hour session will provide a nuts-and-bolts understanding of most widely-used theories and concepts in student leadership development. The presenters (scholar-practitioners and representatives from ACPA and NASPA) will introduce participants to college student leadership education and provide a foundational toolkit to successfully engage in leadership work. We recommend this session for professionals (at any level) that are recently entering the world of student leadership development.


Avani Rana

Director of Leadership, The College of New Jersey

Past Chair for NASPA’s Student Leadership Programs Knowledge Community

Ana Maia

Director of Leadership & Competency Development, University of Tampa

Adjunct Faculty, Sykes College of Business, Leadership Studies Minor

1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

Welcome and Opening Keynote

2:35 PM - 3:35 PM

Concurrent Sessions I

3:55 PM - 4:55 PM

Concurrent Sessions II

5:15 PM - 6:15 PM

Concurrent Sessions III

6:15 PM - 7:45 PM

Opening Reception (Light Fare Provided)

All times shown are in Central Time

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Registration Open

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Continental Breakfast Provided

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Concurrent Sessions IV

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Exhibitor and Sponsors Table Open

10:20 AM - 11:20 AM

Concurrent Sessions V

11:40 AM - 12:10 PM

Learning Labs

12:10 PM - 1:40 PM

Lunch on Your Own

1:40 PM - 3:10 PM


3:30 PM - 4:45 PM

Roundtable Discussions and Featured Sessions

5:05 PM - 6:05 PM

Concurrent Sessions VI

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Dinner & Dialogues (Optional)

All times shown are in Central Time

7:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Registration Open

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

Continental Breakfast Provided

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Closing Keynote

9:50 AM - 10:50 AM

Concurrent Sessions VII

11:05 AM - 12:05 PM

Concurrent Sessions VIII


We invite you to visit the website as we continue to make updates. Registration is open!
For NASPA Members

Registration is based on NASPA 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 $80 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 $250 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.
For ACPA Members

Registration is based on ACPA individual membership status. Please select Other National Organizational Representatives at the member type section and use the code provided to you by ACPA.

For NCLP Members

NCLP members who are not members of ACPA or NASPA will be provided a discount code to receive NASPA/ACPA member rate until November 14, 2022. Please select: Campus Representatives at the member type section and use the code provided to you by NCLP.

Registration Fees
Early Registration
before 9/16/2022

Regular Registration
9/17/2022 - 11/19/2022

Late Registration
after 11/19/2022
$450 $500 $575
$650 $700 $775
Student Member
$175 $225 $300
Pre-Institution Workshop
$75 $95




General Event/NASPA Questions:

Tiki Ayiku
Assistant Vice President for Professional Development - NASPA
[email protected]

ACPA Questions:

Tricia Fechter Gates
Deputy Executive Director- ACPA
[email protected]acpa.nche.edu

NCLP Questions:

Courtney Holder
Associate Director, Community-Engaged Leadership, Appalachian State University, and NCLP
[email protected]


Refunds will be given for cancellations, received in writing by September 16, 2022, less a $50.00 processing fee. In addition, a processing fee of $50.00 per registration will be charged for credit cards declined.

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



Sheraton New Orleans at Night
Sheraton New Orleans
New Orleans, Louisiana
All conference activities will take place at the Sheraton New Orleans
The 2022 Leadership Educators Institute has arranged special room rates for conference attendees at the Sheraton New Orleans starting at $145/night. The cut-off date to receive the conference room rate is Monday, November 21, 2022. Rooms in the conference block may sell out prior to the cut-off date, so please make your reservation as soon as possible.

Reserve Your Room Today

Featured Speakers

Closing Keynote Panel

LEI Closing Keynote Panelists Headshots

Activism and Advocacy as Leadership Learning in Higher Education

While activism and advocacy has played a significant role in colleges and universities for generations, a renewal of identity-based activism has swept through the country and on college campuses in recent years. Laura Osteen, Assistant Vice President for Campus Life at Tulane University, will weave stories and insights from three panelists who are engaging at the intersection of activism and leadership in their spheres of influence. You’ll hear from Jay Hartley- a student activist and national organizer, Rashida Govan- a non-profit and community leader in New Orleans, and Antron Mahoney- a higher education scholar, as they explore how these efforts can be a powerful vehicle for leadership learning.

Susan R. Komives Collaborative Leadership Award

The Susan R. Komives Collaborative Leadership Award is given every two years to a leadership educator who demonstrates excellence through collaborative leadership. Recipients will show evidence of collective work across campus, state, regional, or international contexts that advance leadership education. This award is coordinated by the National Clearinghouse for Leadership Programs and aims to recognize New, Mid, or Upper-Level Professionals who serve as connectors, conveners, and collaborators in the field. Applications will open Wednesday, June 1, 2022, and close Friday, July 22, 2022. The award will be presented at the Leadership Educators Institute.


The deadline to become a sponsor or exhibit at the Leadership Educators Institute was on November 1, 2022. For more information on exhibit and sponsorship opportunities, contact Fred Comparato by clicking below.

A Special Thank You to the Institute's Sponsors

Health, Safety, and Responsibility

On-site Participation Guidelines

Event Safety During Ongoing Public Health Emergencies

With ongoing public health emergencies, NASPA is prepared to manage our place-based events with the health, safety, and well-being of our attendees, staff, presenters, exhibitors, sponsors, and speakers in mind. All participants, including, but not limited to, attendees, speakers, sponsors, volunteers, NASPA staff, service providers, and others are expected to abide by our code of conduct and all polices in effect for any event sponsored by the Association.

We will continue to monitor and update safety precautions for all of our conferences regularly and coordinate with trusted national resources, state and local public health agencies, and the hotels/venues hosting our events.

In all cases, we will continue to assess the risks in the area local to the event and the current status in the United States. In keeping with the Association's duty of care and the responsibility as host, NASPA has implemented safety requirements for many of our place-based convenings.

We reserve the right to modify these policies and procedures at any time given the rapidly changing nature of any current and ongoing public health emergencies.