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2023 NASPA Region I Conference

Regional Annual Conferences Regions Region I

Presented By

Region 1

Conference Chair Welcome

Dear Region I Colleagues, 

On behalf of the Regional Advisory Board and Conference Committee, I am excited to announce that our 2024 NASPA Regional Conference will be held in Burlington, Vermont from November 17-19, 2024 at the 

The last time we were in Burlington was 2016! We are looking forward to returning to Vermont and continuing to provide all of you the opportunity to experience a conference rooted in history and tradition. The Conference Committee will work on advancing their work of offering a connection-focused, inclusive, and impactful experience for attendees. We welcome your feedback as we begin planning your conference. Please share your insights by April 30, 2024.

We are also excited to announce that the Call for Programs, Registration, and Regional Awards processes will go live on Friday, June 28th, 2024. Make sure to add this date to your calendars. You will continue to receive communication from myself and the conference committee throughout the year leading to our time together in Burlington.

As we finalize logistics and solidify plans for the conference, we will be updating this conference website. Make sure to check the website often for the latest updates.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me directly.

I look forward to seeing you all in Burlington, one of my favorite places in New England! 


Warm regards,

Alyssa Cashman

2024 Conference Chair

Associate Director of Student Engagement, Endicott College




Region I has arranged special room rates for institute attendees at the DoubleTree by Hilton Burlington Vermont. Rooms in the block may sell out prior to the cut-off date ( October 25, 2024), so please make your reservation as soon as possible.

Reserving a room within the Region I  block by using the hotel's dedicated meeting website or toll-free telephone number not only benefits you, it also helps to support the Institute. When you book within our block, you help NASPA Region I keep meeting costs as low as possible and enable us to provide some of the important features meeting attendees have come to enjoy, such as networking receptions, coffee breaks, and off-site transportation.

Double Tree by Hilton

870 Williston Rd, South Burlington, VT 05403


Book Your Room Today!

Featured Speakers

Featured Speakers

Conference Schedule

Saturday, November 11, 2023
Sunday, November 12, 2023
Monday, November 13, 2023
Tuesday, November 14, 2023
SALT Conference 2:00pm - 7:00pm
SALT Conference 9:00am - 12:00pm
Conference Registration 10:00am - 5:00pm
SSAO Institute 11:30am - 8:00pm
Educational Sessions 1:00pm - 3:30pm
First Time Attendee Orientation 3:00pm - 3:30pm
 Opening & Keynote Speaker 4:00pm - 5:30pm
 Opening Reception 5:30pm - 6:30pm
 Dinner on your own 6:30pm
Entertainment 8:00pm
Breakfast 8:00am - 9:00am
Conference Registration 8:30am - 1:00pm
RI Talks Program Session 9:00am - 10:00am
Corporate Sponsorship Expo 10:00am - 5:30pm
Doctoral Showcase Expo 10:00am - 2:00pm
Silent Auction 9:00am - 5:00pm
RI Talks Breakout Sessions 10:15am - 11:15am
Faculty Panel Program & Lunch 11:30am - 1:00pm
Live Podcast with Dr. Laura De Veau 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Educational Sessions 1:15 pm - 4:45pm
Engagement Receptions 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Dinner on your own 6:30pm
Entertainment 8:00pm
Breakfast 8:00am - 9:00pm
Educational sessions 9:00am - 10:50am
Corporate Sponsor Expo 9:00am - 5:30pm
DEIB Showcase 12:30pm - 5:30pm
State Meetings & Awards 11:00am - 12:00pm
Lunch on your own 12:00pm
Educational Sessions 1:30pm  - 5:00pm
Networking Reception 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Conference Closing & Awards Banquet 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Silent Auction Pick-up 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Entertainment 9:00pm

Keynote and Opening Speaker

Jeff Harry

Jeff Harry

International Positive Psychology Play Speaker

Jeff Harry combines positive psychology and play to heal workplaces, help teams build psychological safety and assist individuals in addressing their biggest challenges through embracing a play-oriented approach to work. Jeff was selected by BambooHR & Engagedly as one of the Top 100 HR
Influencers and has been featured in the NY Times, Mashable, Upworthy, Shondaland, & Wired. Jeff has worked with Google, Microsoft, Southwest Airlines, Adobe, the NFL, Amazon, and Facebook, helping their staff to infuse more play into the day-to-day. While we spend most of our time pretending to be important, serious grownups, it's when we let go of that facade and just play, that the real magic happens. Fully embracing your own nerdy genius — whatever that is — gives you the power to make a difference and change lives.

 Learn more about Jeff at https://www.rediscoveryourplay.com/



Registration is now live, with discounted early bird registration taking place today through 9/22! Registration costs include attendance at educational sessions, the opening and keynote, the awards banquet and closing, entertainment, and several meals throughout the conference. This year’s conference registration has a capacity and registration will close once the maximum attendee number is reached – please don’t delay in registering!


Membership Type

Early Bird Rate

6/30 - 9/22

Regular Rate

9/23 - 11/1

Late/On-Site Rate

11/2 - 11/12

General Registration - NASPA Member




General Registration - Non-Member




Student - NASPA Member




Student - NASPA Non-Member




Emeritus Affiliate - NASPA Member





Register for the conference here


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.

If you have any questions about the registration process, please contact Registration Coordinator, Kris Tangen, at [email protected].

Hotel Information

The Holiday Inn is offering a reduced room rate in the room block of $159.00 (plus taxes and charges) per night. Follow the room reservation link to make a reservation, select the appropriate dates, and the reduced room rate will populate. 

Room Reservation Site

Attendees can also call the Holiday Inn at (207) 775-2311 and use the code NAS to utlize the reduced room block rate.

RI Talks

RI Talks: From Pause to Play:  Perspectives on Moving Forward
You've watched TedTalks in the hopes of not only learning something new in a short amount of time, but being entertained in the process, right?  NASPA Region 1 is excited to bring its own version of fast paced and relevant topics to the stage, called "R1Talks."  Through examples, stories and personal experience, each speaker will introduce their recommendation for what they feel needs to be considered or revisited in student affairs in order to keep serving students and moving forward.  In educational sessions following this program, the speakers will elaborate upon their perspectives and provide helpful strategies for consideration and implementation.
Speakers for this exciting event include:
  • Dr. Charles Lloyd,  Vice Chancellor for the Community College System of New Hampshire (CCSNH)
  • Dr. Cassie Kao, Associate Dean of Students, Salem State
  • Dr. Kenn Elmore, President, Dean College
  • Dr. Jill Bassett-Cameron, Senior Equity and Inclusion Director, CCSU
  • Connie Aramento, Director of Learning and Development, Babson College
The program is offered at the Region I conference on Monday, November 13, 2023.

SSAO Institute

This year's SSAO Institute will take place on Sunday, November 12, 2023. Please visit the registration site to register for the Institute. 

For any questions about this year's SSAO Institue, please contact, SSAO Institute Coordinator, Dr. Rich DeCapua at [email protected].


SSAO Institute Schedule

Saturday, November 11, 2023

7:30pm - 8:30pm Early Bird Social

Lincoln’s Bar & Grill // 0.5mi - 10 min walk Sponsored by Tufts University


Sunday, November 12, 2023

9:00am SSAO Institute Registration Open

Holiday Inn By the Bay 


11:00am - 12:30pm Brewery Tour

Shipyard Brewing Company // 0.8mi - 16 min walk 


1:00pm - 1:50pm SSAO Institute 

Holiday Inn By the Bay



Rich DeCapua, EdD

SSAO Institute Coordinator, Tufts University

Kevin Kruger, PhD

NASPA President


The Evolution of Student Affairs Post Covid

Jacqueline Edmondson, PhD

President, University of Southern Maine 


2:00pm - 2:55pm SSAO Institute

Holiday Inn By the Bay 


How AI Will Change Higher Education

Mona Sloane, PhD

Research Assistant Professor, Technology, Culture and Society, Senior Research Scientist, NYU Center for Responsible AI, New York University (NYU)


3:00pm SSAO Institute - Breakout Sessions

“How Long Can We Do This?” // Chief SA Officers Examining the sustainability of the chief student affairs officer role as we know it in an ever changing educational landscape.

Eric Estes, PhD

Vice President for Campus Life, Brown University

Jacinda Felix Haro (you need to write your dissertation) :-) 

Chief Student Affairs Officer, MCPHSU


“With Great Power…” // AVPs & #2s

The complex needs and nature of higher education has forced a greater emphasis on the “#2s” leading the day-to-day of student affairs, while also deciding what the next role is in their career.

Nancy Crimmin, EdD, Senior Consultant and Senior Executive Coach, Academic Search & Senior Fellow, NASPA


“Still in the Game - the OGs” // Senior Level

Higher ed is full of credentialed and experienced staff who are neither the CSAO or #2, but their work and sheer presence is a force on many campuses. We will reflect on maximizing the inherent strengths and power of these roles. 

Laura DeVeau, EdD, Founder & Principal
Fortify Associates, LLC


4:00pm - 5:30pm Regional Conference Opening & Keynote

5:30pm - 6:30pmSSAO Institute Cocktail Reception

6:30pm - 8:00pmDinner on Your Own



SALT Conference

The Student Affairs Leaders of Tomorrow (SALT) Conference is designed to introduce undergraduate students to the field of student affairs. Participants will have the opportunity to meet other student leaders who share their same interests, discover the career path that is right for them, meet professionals in the field who will provide guidance, mentorship and direction, and have a chance to learn about and meet representatives from the various graduate programs in Student Affairs in our region.
Below you will find more information about our program.
Tentative Schedule
November 11, 2023
2:00 - 3:00pm - Registration (followed by a conference welcome)
3:30 - 6:30pm - Conference Sessions (Topics TBD)
November 12, 202
9:00am - 12:00pm - Conference Sessions (topics TBD, but will include a Graduate Program Fair)
4:00pm - 5:30pm - Region I Conference Opening Session and Keynote Speaker (open, but not required)
Registration and Hotel Accommodations
There's a $100 fee to participate in SALT. Payment is the responsibility of the student participating in the program OR the staff member who's sponsoring the student to attend SALT. Please note that NASPA Region I will cover the cost of one night hotel. Information about roommates will be sent to those who are accepted. 
Important Notes
1. Due to space, we are only accepting 40 students.
2. Undergraduate students in their junior and senior years will be given priority, but all students are welcome to apply. 
3. Once accepting, NASPA will work with you (and your college sponsor) to finalize payment. 
If you have any questions about the SALT conference, please contact Blake Sherman, Undergraduate & Graduate Student Liaision at [email protected].

Corporate Sponsorship and Institutional Initiatives

Thank you to our generous partners for sponsoring the 2023 Region I NASPA Conference.

Sponsor Sponsorship Level
Forbes Marketing Group Gold
Ready Education Silver
Balanced Card Sorts Bronze
Campus Kaizen, LLC Bronze
Maxient LLC Bronze
College Promo Bronze
SUNY Student Conduct Institute Bronze


DEIB Showcase, Institutional Initiatives Showcase, & Doctoral Showcase Participants

Initiative or Institution Showcase
Raul Speaks DEIB Showcase
Doing the Good Work DEIB Showcase
One Better World, LLC DEIB Showcase
University of Massachusetts Amherst Institutional Showcase
Old Dominion University Doctoral Showcase
University of Rhode Island, College of Education Doctoral Showcase
Fielding Graduate University Doctoral Showcase
Sacred Heart University Doctoral Showcase
University of Massachusetts Amherst Doctoral Showcase
Springfield College Doctoral Showcase
University of Connecticut Doctoral Showcase
Northeastern University Doctoral Showcase
University of South Maine Doctoral Showcase

 Please contact Corporate Sponsorship Coordinator, Katilin Bevins, at [email protected] and Institutional Initiatives Coordiantor,  Dr. Jonathan Kroll, [email protected] for more information. 

Silent Auction

Our Silent Auction Co-Chairs, Dr. Jennifer Forry (Emmanuel) and Jasmine Mahoney (RISD) are currently looking for items/services for this year’s Silent Auction during our Regional Conference in Portland, ME (Nov. 12th-14th). All proceeds collected from the Silent Auction will be going towards the The Engagement Assistance Program, created in 2022. As a reminder the Engagement Assistance program will allow individuals to request funding to assist in costs associated with regional and national NASPA events/initiatives including membership support (folks who want to become NASPA members).

Please consider donating to our auction and encourage colleagues and friends to do the same. The auction is only as successful as the quantity and quality of the items donated, so please help us increase professional opportunities in our region. Examples of previous donations include artwork, show tickets, vacation rentals, jewelry, home décor, novelty gifts, dog gifts, consulting services, etc.

If you are interested in contributing something to the Silent Auction, please fill out the following form: https://forms.gle/g2UJkJwHDGBsFbGS8

Conference Committee


Name Role Institution
Matt Heiser Conference Chair Endicott College
Kyle Arthenayake  DEI & Access Coordinator Colby College
Johnny Beksha Marketing Coordinator Southern New Hampshire University
Kaitlin Bevins Corporate Sponsors Chair Providence College
Caitlin Codding Program Chair Boston College
Rich DeCapua SSAO Institute Coordinator Tufts University
Ryan DePesa Volunteer Coordinator Wentworth Institute of Technology
Kaylee Drew Graduate Intern Boston College
Jenn Forry Silent Auction Co-Coordinator Emmanuel College
Kat Howell Entertainment & Community Co-Coordinator Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Nancy Hunter Denney Preconference Program Coordinator Zing! Leadership Develompent
Rachell Krell Graduate Intern Salem State University
Jonathan Kroll Institutional Initiatives Coordinator Leadership Trainer
Alyssa Lanphear Operations Coordinator UMass Amherst
Alyssa Laurenza Operations Chair and Treasurer Endicott College
Jasmine Mahoney Silent Auction Co-Coordinator Rhode Island School of Design
Michael Pulju Events Chair Bowdoin College
Jess Raffaele Graduate Student Coordinator Bryant University
Zachery Raso Registration Coordinator Rhode Island School of Design
Teniesea Russell Graduate Intern Boston College
Blake Sherman Undergraduate & Graduate Coordinator UMass Darthmouth
Loretta Stephens-Smith Entertainment & Community Co-Coordinator Wentworth Institute of Technology
Kris Tangen Program Coordinator Brown University
Sean Thompson Past Chair Brown University
Caroline Tyler Awards Coordinator Berklee College of Music

Call for Programs

The call for program proposals has concluded. 

 If you have any questions about our Call for Programs process, please reach out to Programs Chair, Dr. Caitlin Codding, at [email protected].

Award Nominations

The award nomination process has concluded.

If you have any questions about our awards process, please reach out to Awards Coordinator,  Caroline Tyler, at [email protected]. We look forward to recognizing the many accomplishments in our region at the conference!