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May 19, 2023

Pre-Conference Workshops Call for Programs Submission Deadline

June 26, 2023

Call for Reviewers Deadline

June 26, 2023

Call for Programs Submission Deadline

October 6, 2023

Early Registration Rate Deadline

November 6, 2023

Regular Registration Rate Deadline

November 14, 2023

Hotel Room Block Cutoff

2023 NASPA Racial Equity and Social Change Conference

In-Person Conferences Equity, Inclusion and Social Justice Equity, Inclusion, and Social Justice Division

The NASPA Racial Equity and Social Change Conference, formerly the NASPA Multicultural Institute, provides space for thought leaders and practitioners to share ideas, strategies, and evidence-based research about advancing our collective work to create more equitable and just campuses and communities. 



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Event Health & Safety

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.

Please see the NASPA Global Health, Safety, and Responsibility webpage for complete information about NASPA's policy.

Conference Focus Areas

The 2023 conference will focus on the following themes:


Establishing and Strengthening Pathways for Success for Minoritized Groups
  • How are campuses surfacing and removing structural barriers to success and building pathways that enhance access and persistence of minoritized students? 

  • What assessment mechanisms are campuses implementing to understand the impact of integrating racial equity as a key priority? 

  • How are campuses funding and staffing programs and initiatives for minoritized groups to ensure equity across their offerings? 

  • In what ways are campuses preparing students with the skills and capacities to enact equitable and sustainable change?


Advocating for Racial Justice in a Climate of Attacks on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • With legislation increasingly targeting diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives in higher education, what measures are in place to educate and support staff and faculty about impacts to their work and practice?  

  • What implications will legislation have for future research and practice that center social and racial justice?

  • How are staff, faculty, and students, as well as institutions, taking an active role in the legislative process to counter anti-DEI legislation? 


Building Systems for Sustainable, Healing-Centered Leadership
  • In what ways are institutions and the field recognizing and supporting the needs of staff who are navigating uncertainty, exhaustion, and challenging political and organizational climates? 

  • How do we center healing in leadership and supervision? 

  • How can we cultivate capacity for visionary work while also acknowledging the state of current institutional and societal realities? 


Advancing Student Affairs and Higher Education through Equity-Focused Research and Practice
  • In what ways can we foster, propagate, and apply research that spans boundaries, developmental models that speak to intersectional lives, and innovative practices that advance racial equity?

  • How do we build and open pathways into research for those whose perspectives and methods have been historically excluded? 


Call for Programs

The 2023 Conference will focus on racial equity, equity leadership, institutionalizing equity and justice through organizational change, and strengthening and fostering a climate of care for staff and students.

Submission Criteria:

Proposals will be evaluated by several program reviewers using the following five (5) standards:

  1. Significant and creative contributions to current research, practices, and institute program themes.
  2. Alignment with institute focus on racial justice.
  3. Engaging program format that involves the audience and stimulates discussion.
  4. Conceptually strong foundation, well-written, with clearly stated outcomes and appropriately documented research and/or experience.
  5. Presenters with expertise in the subject matter.

We also encourage you to review NASPA’s guidance for program submissions prior to submitting your completed program.

Sessions will take the following formats:

  1. Pre-conference Session (180 minutes): These workshops are intended to be an immersive learning experience to give participants actionable ideas and tools to take back to their campus. Note the pre-conference workshop submission deadline of May 19, 2023.
  2. General Interest Session (60 minutes): A presentation which might include research, campus and/or community programs, partnerships, and background information. This session is intended for individuals or concise group presentations on trending topics.
  3. Extended Learning Session (120 minutes): A workshop designed to provide participants with the opportunity to critically engage with colleagues and presenters on a particular topic. These sessions should go beyond information sharing and offer the opportunity for attendees to hone a specific skillset or develop a project plan.

Presenters and co-presenters whose proposals are accepted must register for the Conference. Presenters will be notified of their program status by July 31, 2023 and presentation details will be shared no later than November 3, 2023.

Register Online for 2023 NASPA Racial Equity and Social Change Conference

We are thrilled to announce the reframed and renamed NASPA Racial Equity and Social Change Conference.

Register Online

Become a Program Reviewer

Volunteer reviewers help to weave the very fabric of the conference. The 2023 NASPA Racial Equity and Social Change Conference will include content-rich sessions presented by talented colleagues in our field - but in order to make this happen, we need YOU! Each program proposal will be reviewed multiple times by professionals in the field prior to the conference committee in July. This rigorous process is part of our promise to provide exceptional professional development that is reflective of the needs and knowledge of the field. 

Assignments will be ready for review no later than July 10. You will receive an email with instructions for accessing the reviewer portal, where you will find the programs that have been assigned to you. Reviews will be due on July 21

Each reviewer will be assigned 5-10 proposals to review. We recommend blocking time on your calendar between July 10 - 21 to focus on your program reviews, and allow enough time to read each proposal in full and provide thoughtful feedback to the submitter. Reviewer comments will be shared anonymously with submitters for their consideration.



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 $80. If your institution is NOT a member, you can join as an associate affiliate member for $250. 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!

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



Early Registration
04/01/2023 to 10/31/2023
 Regular Registration
11/01/2023 to 12/05/2023
Late Registration
12/06/2023 to 01/18/2024
NASPA Member 
 $525  $575  $650
Non Member
 $725 $775 $850
   NASPA Student Member
 $225  $275





Early Registration
04/01/2023 to 10/31/2023

 Regular Registration
11/01/2023 to 12/05/2023
Late Registration
12/06/2023 to 01/18/2024
NASPA Member 
 $75  $90  $125
Non Member
 $175  $190  $225


More information on how to make a reservation in the hotel room block is coming soon! 

Join us at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

Rooms start at $195/night, and rates are subject to applicable tax, which is currently 14.95% per room, per night, and is subject
to change without notice.

The hotel room block cutoff date is November 14, 2023, or until the block is filled. 


RESC: Sponsorship

If you would like to sponsor the 2023 NASPA Racial Equity and Social Change Conference, please contact Senior Director of Corporate Development Fred Comparato at 614-204-5994 or at [email protected]