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September 15, 2022

Early Bird Registration Deadline

October 17, 2022

Registration Deadline

November 8, 2022

Late Registration Deadline

2022 NASPA Western Regional Conference

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

Presented By

Region V
Region VI

Welcome to the 2022 WRC!

Welcome NASPA Western Regional Conference Attendees,

On behalf of the NASPA Western Regional Conference Committee we would like to welcome you to this year’s conference in Anaheim, CA! We gather this year knowing that the past few years have been a time of tremendous shifts and changes across our society and our profession - with that in mind, our conference theme is The Challenge of Change. 


Change is hard. Change is complicated, messy and painful. Yet, in order for us to intentionally grow, we must address the challenges of change. These past academic years have given us challenges we never could have imagined. From changing how we educate and do our work to the challenges of addressing inequitable practices, we are working to envision a new way forward.


As a profession and subsequently as a society, we must reimagine a new way of thinking and doing. Change is a sign of intentional growth. It provides us a renewed sense of hope.  Evolving through change and embracing its impact as we learn to move forward.   


We hope this conference will provide you with opportunities to reflect upon the challenges of the past few years - the pain, the heartache, and the hope - to chart a new course of possibilities and create change through the challenges we faced. 


Please look over the "Know Before you Go" document to get ready for the conference! See you all soon. 


Dr. Marco Antonio Valenzuela      

NASPA WRC 2022 Conference Co-Chair    

Vice President for Student Affairs & Dean of Students   

Division of Student Affairs           

Harvey Mudd College  

Wiliama Sanchez, M.S. Ed.

NASPA WRC 2022 Conference Co-Chair

Student Success Operations Manager

Division of Student Success

University of Hawai’i at Mānoa



Anaheim Marriott 
Anaheim, CA

The Anaheim Marriott rests in the heart of Anaheim’s resort district near DISNEYLAND® Resort, walking distance to Anaheim Convention Center, and the Anaheim Garden Walk. The hotel has been newly renovated with enough event space to accommodate our dynamic NASPA Western Regional Conference guests.


After October 21, guests can contact the hotel directly or book through the normal online reservation system; the special conference rate will not be available after this date. 

Anaheim Marriott
700 W Convention Way, Anaheim, CA 92802
Phone: (714) 750-8000


Hotel Address

700 West Convention Way

Anaheim CA 92802

(714) 750-8000


John Wayne Airport-Orange County (SNA)

Airport Phone: +1 949-252-5200

Hotel direction: 14.1 miles NW

This hotel does not provide shuttle service.

  •       Alternate transportation: Super Shuttle; fee: 11 USD (one way); reservation required
  •       Estimated taxi fare: 45 USD (one way)

Visit SNA airport website

Driving directions from SNA to hotel

Travel northeast on North Airport Way. Continue onto JWA Roadway then make a slight right back onto North Airport Way. Turn left onto MacArthur Boulevard. Turn right to merge onto Interstate 405 North toward Long Beach. Take exit 9A to merge onto CA-55 North. Travel 4.3 miles to exit 10B for Interstate 5 North toward Santa Ana. Travel 5.9 miles to exit 109 for Katella Avenue/Disney Way/Civic Center/Disneyland. Merge onto South Anaheim Way. Proceed to East Katella Avenue and turn left. Turn left again onto South Harbor Boulevard. take the first right onto West Convention Way. Make a U-turn and the hotel will be on the right.


Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

Airport Phone: +1 310-646-5252

Hotel direction: 35 miles SE

This hotel does not provide shuttle service.

  •       Alternate transportation: Super Shuttle; fee: 17 USD (one way) ;reservation required
  •       Estimated taxi fare: 120 USD (one way)

Visit LAX airport website

Driving directions from LAX to hotel

Travel east on World Way. Keep right and merge onto South Sepulveda Boulevard. Make a slight right onto the Interstate 105 East ramp. Keep left and merge onto Interstate 105 East. Travel 17 miles to exit 18 for Interstate 605. Keep right and follow signs for Interstate 605 South. Merge onto Interstate 605 South and travel 2.5 miles to exit 7A for CA-91 East. Travel 7.6 miles on CA-91 East to exit 24 and merge onto Interstate 5 South toward Santa Ana. Travel 5 miles to exit 110A for Harbor Boulevard and the convention center. Keep right and follow signs for Harbor Boulevard South. Merge onto South Harbor Boulevard and continue to West Convention Way. Make a U-turn and the hotel will be on the right.


Long Beach Airport (LGB)

Airport Phone: +1 562-570-2600

Hotel direction: 18.2 miles E

This hotel does not provide shuttle service.

  •       Alternate transportation: Super Shuttle; fee: 35 USD (one way) ;reservation required

  •       Estimated taxi fare: 70 USD (one way)

Visit LGB airport website

Driving directions from LGB to hotel

Travel south on Donald Douglas Drive toward Barbara London Drive. Make a slight right to stay on Donald Douglas Drive. Turn right onto North Lakewood Boulevard. From the boulevard take the Interstate 405 South ramp. Keep left and merge onto Interstate 405 South. Travel 6.2 miles to CA-22 East/Garden Grove Freeway (signs for Garden Grove). Travel 7.3 miles on CA-22 East to exit 12A for Harbor Boulevard South. Merge onto Trask Avenue and continue to Harbor Boulevard. Turn left and follow the boulevard for 2.4 miles to West Convention Way. Turn left. Make a U-turn and the hotel will be on the right.


Train Station:

 Anaheim Amtrak Station

2.5 miles E from hotel


Bus Station:

Anaheim Greyhound Station

2.2 miles N from hotel


Resort Transportation:

Anaheim Resort Transportation

0.1 miles N from hotel


Car Rentals:

At this property:


700 West Convention Way

Anaheim, CA 92802

Phone: +1 714-750-4080



Electric car charging stations: 4, Complimentary

On-site parking, fee: $26 daily

Valet parking, fee: $31 daily

Schedule at a Glance

The schedule is designed to provide attendees interactive and engaging opportunities for deeper discussion and networking

Schedule at a Glance
All times are Pacific Standard Time and are subject to change 

Sunday, November 13, 2022
Monday, November 14, 2022
Tuesday, November 15, 2022
Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Conference Check-in/Help Desk Open

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

NUFP Institute

1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Graduate Student Institute

1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

New Professionals Institute

1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Mid-Level Institute

1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

SSAO Institute

1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Community College Professional Institute

1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

All-Institute Reception

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Virtual Awards Ceremony Online (not live)

5:00 PM

Conference Check-in/Help Desk Open

8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

NUFP Institute

8:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Graduate Student Institute

8:30 AM – 12:30 PM

New Professionals Institute

8:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Mid-Level Institute

8:30 AM – 12:30 PM

SSAO Institute

8:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Community College Professional Institute

8:30 AM – 12:30 PM

AVP/DOS Institute

8:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Exhibits Open

11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

NASPA V Regional Advisory Board Meeting

12:30 PM – 2:30 PM

NASPA VI Regional Advisory Board Meeting

12:30 PM – 2:30 PM

KC Meetup

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Newcomers Welcome

3:15 PM – 3:45 PM

Conference Opening

4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Opening Reception

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Morning Walk, Service Project, Faculty Breakfast, Senior Student Affairs Officers (SSAO) Breakfast

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM

Conference Check-in/Help Desk Open

7:30 AM – 5:00 PM

NASPA Updates/Featured Speakers Session

8:30 AM – 10:15 AM

Exhibits Open

10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Concurrent Sessions #1

10:30 AM – 11:20 AM

SA Speaks #1

11:30 PM – 12:30 PM

Networking Luncheon

11:30 AM – 12:45 PM

Concurrent Sessions #2

1:00 PM – 1:50 PM

SA Speaks #2

1:00 PM – 1:50 PM

Concurrent Sessions #3

2:05 PM – 2:55 PM

Concurrent Sessions #4

3:10 PM – 4:00 PM

Conference Check-in/Help Desk Open

8:00 AM - 10:50 AM

Concurrent Sessions #5

8:00 AM – 8:50 AM

Concurrent Sessions #6

9:00 AM – 9:50 AM

Concurrent Sessions #7

10:00 AM – 10:50 AM

Conference Closing Brunch & Closing Keynote

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

NASPA WRC 2022 Committee Wrap-Up

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

NASPA WRC 2023 Committee Meeting

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

NASPA WRC 2022 & 2023 Transition Meeting

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM


The planning committee has select pre-conference sessions that will enrich and enhance your attendee experience and require participants to pre-register for a fee. 

Pre-Conference Details

NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program (NUFP)

The NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program (NUFP) Institute fosters a community for undergraduate fellows interested in working in the field of student affairs/higher education by providing them with mentorship, personal and professional development, navigational skills, knowledge, and tools from professionals in the field.

Graduate Student Institute

The Graduate Student Institute fosters a community of learning and development for graduate students in the field of student affairs/higher education. Participants will get to meet and learn from various professionals in the field. From leading authentically to how to navigate the journey of higher education, the Graduate Student Institute is designed to support and prepare you for your trajectory in student affairs and higher education.

New Professionals Institute

About the Institute:

The New Professional experience is an important and influential time in our Student Affairs journey; however, transforming lessons and experiences from graduate programs and/or prior roles into leadership foundations for higher education requires intentionality. From thinking about challenges facing leaders in Student Affairs to planning your professional pathways, the New Professionals Institute (NPI) is designed to support your journey through the profession.


NPI Learning Outcomes:

  • Explore challenges and possibilities facing Student Affairs over the next few years
  • Explore your sense of purpose and meaning as a leader within Student Affairs and higher education
  • Identify areas to build knowledge, skills, competencies and create conference goals and post-conference action plans to develop them
  • Cultivate professional relationships, further your professional development, and facilitate networking opportunities
Mid-Level Institute

Mid-Level professionals are some of the most influential people in Student Affairs. Across numerous institutions of higher education and in various positions, these professionals help to bring the mission and vision of their institutions to life.  The Mid-Level Professional Institute is a moment that you don’t want to miss! It will be a time of learning, sharing, and growing together with the assistance of experienced Student Affairs leaders.  Some of our focus will be on mentoring, college student mental health, performance appraisals, and the core competencies for successful leadership.  Bring your expertise and your questions to this interactive institute. 


Institute Faculty Coordinator:

Rae Chresfield, Assistant Vice President Student Life and Wellness, the University of Delaware, formerly Associate Dean of Health & Wellness at Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA


Curriculum Philosophy & Approach

The Mid-Level Institute (MLI) provides a focused curriculum; participants can use their lived experiences to contribute to the session and return to in-person networking opportunities.  The curriculum was designed to address the needs of professionals with managerial duties that include the supervision of staff and facilitating the advancement of divisional goals.  The Mid-Level Institute offers space to learn from one another, sharing knowledge and strategy from a cross-section of Student Affairs professionals. 


Institute Goals & Learning Objectives

Mid-Level professionals often manage the day-to-day operations of departments, and the staff tasked with bringing about a mission and vision.  Pursuing a career as a Mid-Level professional requires an understanding of the necessary skills for succeeding in the role while facilitating the growth and stability of your team.  The Mid-Level Institute aims to enrich and advance the knowledge and expertise of those who provide leadership from the middle. 

Through the Mid-Level Professionals Institute, participants will be able to:

  •       Identify professional competency areas for both mid-level and senior Student Affairs officers.
  •       Identify and comprehend the skills related to leadership and strategic planning.
  •       Reflect on career objectives.
  •       Learn to apply new strategies related to staff management and professional goals.
  •       Knowledge of mentoring and its benefits for the Mid-Level professional.


Institute Faculty:

Anna Gonzalez

Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Washington University in St, Louis


Michelle Harrison

Associate Dean for Wellness and Residence Life, Harvey Mudd College


Tamara Herdener

Associate Vice President for Student Development, University of Portland


Romando Nash

Associate Vice President for Student Life Services, University of Nevada, Reno


Danielle Ortega

Director Student Engagement & Leadership, University of California, Santa Barbara

Community College Institute

We saw it coming. It was inevitable. As we move toward climbing out of a pandemic, our institutions are faced with unprecedented challenges in organizational recovery. Within this time, we learned that systems needed to change to meet the needs of our future students and, for the most part, we have adapted well as organizations. However, we cannot deny our own experiences and the experiences of our campus constituents during this pandemic and time of social unrest. As a collective, we have been challenged. On different levels, we have all experienced trauma. We invite you and your colleagues to join us at the NASPA Western Regional Conference (WRC) Community College Institute (CCI) on November 13 & 14, 2022 in Anaheim, CA. We will have keynote speakers and a community college expert panel to unpack issues of collective trauma and how our community college organizations can move into a more transformative state of operation. As a participant of the CCI, you are invited to attend the NASPA All Institute Reception

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. Expected outcomes for and experiences of the 2022 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 professional path making and possible guide posts.

Senior Student Affairs Officers (SSAO) Institute

SSAO Institute

The Senior Student Affairs Officers (SSAO) institute is an opportunity for Chief Student Affairs Officer/Vice Presidents of Student Affairs to discuss topics and issues relevant to the roles. The institute includes a half day on Sunday from 1:00-5:00pm with a reception on Sunday evening from 5:00-6:00pm and a half day on Monday from 8:30am – 12:30pm.


Creating Sustainable Careers in Student Affairs

As SSAO’s return to a rapidly changing workforce with staff leaving student affairs at high rates and younger generations questioning the notion of student affairs work and outdated models that do not align with the experience a new generation of professionals are looking for. How do we think about a sustainable model, we now have the options of telecommuting, hybrid work schedules, etc. How do we meet the needs of students while rethinking the model of working non-stop/around the clock?

Join us for the SSAO institute where we will be discussing the book “Creating Sustainable Careers in Student Affairs.”  We will also take the time to discuss the current trends, emerging trends and how colleagues are working through the challenges.

  • “This book could not have come at a better time. For years, we have behaved as if you cannot have a successful student affairs operation if your team is not 24/7, never-say never, go-down-with-the-ship, . . . and we have watched as promising professionals sadly, and sometimes defiantly, walk away. 2020 has showed us there are, and must be, other paths forward, and Creating Sustainable Careers in Student Affairs will help illuminate the way.” -  Melissa S. Shivers, Vice President for Student Life - The Ohio State University

WRC 2022 Conference Committee

Participate in the WRC Silent Auction!

Get ready to bid! Visit out the Silent Auction site and start planning your bidding strategies!  Bidding opens on Sunday, November 13 at 12pm and closes on Tuesday, November 15 at 7pm.


Silent Auction is hosted online via 32auction platform. A few items will be available to be picked on Wednesday, November 16.   


Visit this link - https://www.32auctions.com/WRC2022  and create an account to get started! You can view items now and more items might be added! 


Let's raise funds for the NASPA Foundation! 


Ellen Whitehead

NASPA 2022 WRC Silent Auction and Exhibits Chair

[email protected]


NASPA Western Regional Conference brings together the best of Anaheim with the best of NASPA Regions V and VI!

NASPA 2022 Western Regional Conference (WRC) in sunny Anaheim, CA, November 13-16 (Preconferences: 11/13-11/14; Conference: 11/14-11/16).  The NASPA WRC will bring together at least 700 Student Life educators for in person shared learning experiences, networking, and future planning.


Here is where you come in!

As we look toward the 2022 WRC, we invite YOU to be a key part of the conference by sharing your organization’s story, expanding your network/contacts, and engaging and building relationships with a broad range of decision makers and influencers on campuses throughout NASPA Region V (Alaska, Alberta, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Washington) and NASPA Region VI (Aotearoa/New Zealand, Arizona, Australia, California, China, Guahan/Guam, Hawai'i, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore).


Make an impact on the future with NASPA Regions V and VI!

NASPA remains the leading association for the advocacy of student success, inclusion, social justice, research, scholarship, professional development, and sustainability of the student affairs profession. And, this conference brings together our extensive and diverse membership from across 17 states, territories and countries. 


Sponsorship opportunities give you high visibility, many opportunities for relationship building, and the chance for positive ROI overall!

Sponsors are key partners in ensuring that Student Affairs educators and students are positioned for success! Your involvement and participation is critical to ensuring that the conference experience is transformational, celebratory, and that conference outcomes ultimately make a difference for college students.  Sponsorship benefits for the November 2022 conference (dependent on specific sponsorship levels) include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Opportunity to address conference attendees at a signature event (e.g., Opening session, Senior Student Affairs Officer/SSAO Institute, AVP/Dean of Students Institute, awards ceremony, and more!)

  2. Public recognition during the WRC opening session.

  3. Public recognition during a WRC keynote or closing session. 

  4. Public recognition and speaking opportunity during a reception or constituent gathering.

  5. Company and Sponsorship signage in prominent and highly visible locations during the conference.

  6. Access to the conference attendee mailing list.

  7. Being linked to the event in conference publications and promotions using multiple modalities, including social media, webpages, conference programs, and more!

  8. Brand recognition via your organizational logo on WRC mobile app and WRC websites.

  9. Invitation to attend the Sponsorship/Exhibitor and Senior Student Affairs Officer (SSAO) Reception.

  10. Included conference registrations (the number is dependent on sponsorship level), allowing you to participate in learning alongside Student Affairs educators.

  11. Option to exhibit during the entire conference (one 6-foot table).

  12. Accessibility to the key decision-makers and influencers at colleges and universities

  13. Increased visibility and exposure of your products and services.


What does it take?

Choose a sponsorship level and get ready to engage some amazing Student Affairs educators!

2022 Sponsorship levels are:

  • Platinum: $30,000 - includes all listed sponsorship benefits and possibility of a program session.
  • Gold: $20,000 - includes sponsorship benefits #3-#13.
  • Silver: $10,000 - includes sponsorship benefits #5-#13.
  • Bronze: $5000 - includes sponsorship benefits #7-#13.


Ready to set up on site?

Beyond the sponsorship opportunities, your company may consider being an exhibitor at the conference.  Exhibitors will be placed near heavily trafficked areas of the conference to help maximize visibility and contact.  These areas are utilized mostly pre- and post-keynotes and educational sessions.

Exhibitor Opportunities - includes benefits #10-#13.

  • NASPA Member Exhibitor Booth (includes one conference registration) - $1,500
  • Non-NASPA Member Exhibitor Booth (includes one conference registration)- $2,000


Ready to commit?

Please use the following Sponsorship Registration From


We look forward to you joining us at the 2022 Western Regional Conference in Anaheim, CA! Thank you for engaging with us.  If you have questions, please let any one of us know.

  • Eboni Ford Turnbow, Ph.D., Vice President of Student Affairs, CSU Channel Islands, [email protected], WRC Sponsorships Co-Chair
  • Joanna Royce-Davis,Ph.D.,Vice President for Student Life, Pacific Lutheran University, [email protected], WRC Sponsorships Co-Chair and NASPA Region V Director
  • Ellen Whitehead, Ed.D, Associate Dean of Students, University of California, Irvine, [email protected],  WRC Exhibits Chair

Congratulations to this year’s Region V and VI award winners - 

thank you for all you do for our profession!


Region V Award Winners


 Region V Community College Professional Award

Jody Katz 

Salt Lake City Community College


Region V Distinguished Service to the Profession Award (2 awards)

Ed Whipple

Boise State 


Shane Simpson

Simon Frasier University


Region V Fred Turner Award for Outstanding Service to NASPA

Jessika Chi

Reed College


Region V Graduate Student Rising Star Award

Sarah Blanchard

University of Oregon


Region V Innovative Program Award

The People’s Gathering

Pacific Lutheran University


Region V Knowledge Community Award for Collaboration & Visibility 

Wellness and Health Promotion KC


Region V NUFP Champion Award

Janna Bernstein

College of Southern Nevada

Region V Outstanding Mid-Level Professional Award (2 awards)

Karen Metzner

Washington State University


Wiliama Sanchez

Oregon State University


Region V Outstanding New Professional Award

Sylvia Rangel-van Breda Vriesman

WSU Tri-Cities


Region V Scott Goodnight Award for Outstanding Performance as a Dean (2 awards)

Sarah Kutten

University of Oregon


Ellen Taylor

Washington State University


Region V Support Staff Award

Stephanie Cooper

University of Nevada Las Vegas


Region V Undergraduate Rising Star Award

Quentin Comus

Oregon State University-Cascades



Region VI Award Winners

Community College Professional Award

Derek Vergara 

Dean of Students 

Orange Coast College


Dorothy Keller New Professional Award

Miguel Jimenez

Founding Male Success Initiative Program Coordinator

Cal State University, Stannislaus


Graduate Rising Star

Adeline Diaz

Graduate Coordinator for Student Development and Advising in the Cultural Centers

University of San Francisco


Innovative Program

Christine Quemuel - Manoa Access Initiative (MAI) Program*

University of Hawai’i at Manoa


Mid-Level Student Affairs

Mike Ho

Manager, Student Life

Paradise Valley Community College


NUFP Champion

Sara Blair-Medeiros 

Associate Director, Women’s Resources and Research Center

University of California, Davis


President’s Award

Howard Gillman 


University of California Irvine


Sandra Kuchler Excellence in Mentoring Award

Susana Hernández

Associate Professor

Cal State Fresno


Support Staff Award

Courtney Kiyan

Administrative Support Coordinator

Cal State Fullerton


Undergraduate Rising Star Award

Robert Robles

NUFP Fellow and Student

Cal State Long Beach