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August 25, 2023

Early Bird Registration Deadline

October 6, 2023

Regular Registration Deadline

November 1, 2023

Late Registration Deadline

2023 NASPA Western Regional Conference

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

Presented By

Region V
Region VI

Welcome to the 2023 WRC!


Dear NASPA Western Regional Conference Attendees,

We are thrilled to welcome you to this year's conference at the JW Marriott in Las Vegas, NV, on behalf of the NASPA Western Regional Conference Committee. As we gather this year to recalibrate our purposes and practices, we are filled with great pride and gratitude for the many colleagues who sustained and allowed our institutions to continue to educate our students during the pandemic. This year's conference theme is "Illuminating Purpose, Practice, and Pride."

Over the past few years, we have grappled with the impact of several pandemics, including COVID-19 and racism. We have faced the challenge of trying to be together in community when the pandemic necessitated us being apart. We have been disappointed by how the United States and our institutions have approached the societal impacts of racism on communities of color. We are at a crossroads, as many of our colleagues are either leaving the profession or moving to different institutions that align with their values. Therefore, it is time for us to get clear about our why.

Our work and professional practices must be grounded in evidence-based practices, peer-reviewed research and literature, and the lived experiences of our campus constituents. We cannot simply throw spaghetti at the wall and hope it will stick. We must be deliberate and intentional in our approaches and practices to effect change and deliver on the outcomes of our work.

We want to express our gratitude and appreciation for the positive contributions made by colleagues all over our regions, both large and small. While we recognize that this work is not about us or the need for a gold star, it is essential to know if our work is transformational and impactful to students who access our programs and services. We have so much to be proud of and to have pride in. We are excited to recognize our colleagues.

We are excited to be in community with you all, and we hope this conference provides the space to nourish your heart, mind, and soul.

We look forward to seeing you soon!


Karnell McConnell-Black, Ed.D.  aka - Dr. K   

NASPA WRC 2023 Conference Chair    

Vice President for Student Life   

Division of Student Life           

Reed College  

Sherwynn Umali

NASPA WRC 2023 Conference Co-Chair

Deputy Chief of Staff

Division of Student Affairs

University of California, Irvine



JW Marriott Las Vegas

Las Vegas, NV

Immerse yourself in comfort at JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa. Our upscale, Mediterranean-style hotel in Summerlin, NV is just minutes from the Las Vegas Strip and Red Rock Canyon. Find a peaceful retreat near all the action but worlds away from the hustle and bustle. Unwind in resort rooms and suites with pillowtop bedding, jetted tubs and high-speed Wi-Fi. Select rooms and suites offer balconies. Dine on American, Italian, Japanese and international cuisines in our resort restaurants. Indulge in spa services at Spa Aquae or make use of our salon and fitness center. Rub elbows with Lady Luck in our on-site Rampart Casino or host an event off the Strip in more than 100,000 square feet of meeting space. Our conference center includes multiple ballrooms and breakout rooms, plus garden and waterside venues. Relax in a cabana by our resort pool, featuring a waterfall and grotto. A luxury oasis awaits at our resort in Summerlin, Nevada.


Make Your Hotel Reservation Today!

Hotel Rate: $195

JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa
221 N Rampart Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89145
Phone: (702) 869-7777




Hotel Address

221 N Rampart Blvd

Las Vegas, NV 89145-5722

+1 (702) 869-7777


Harry Reid International Airport (LAS)

Airport Phone: +1 (702) 261-5211

Hotel direction: 16 miles

This hotel does not provide shuttle service.

  •       Alternate transportation: Personal Sedan Service (Phone: 702-248-7706) 69 USD, reservation required
  •       Estimated taxi fare: 60 USD (one way)

Visit LAS airport website

Driving directions from LAS to JW Marriott Las Vegas

 Driving directions from the airport: I-215 W (keep to right at fork), Merger Right On I-15 North, Continue 9 Miles. Merge Right To US95 North. Continue For 7 Miles. Exit Right On Summerlin Park (exit 81a) Exit Onto Rampart Blvd., Turn Left On Rampart, Turn Right Onto Canyon Run Drive, Turn Right Into Resort.


Ride Share

Ridesharing, commonly associated with Uber and Lyft, is a convenient option for visitors to get around the destination, no matter where you are in Las Vegas. It’s as simple as downloading the rideshare app of your choice, inputting some information, and waiting for your ride to show up.



Taxis are a reliable form of transportation used throughout Vegas for decades. With several companies to choose from, you never have to worry about there not being enough drivers at a late hour. Unlike other cities, you cannot hail a taxi on the street in Las Vegas. Taxis are required to pick up passengers at a physical address, such as a hotel taxi line. Hotels have specific areas for taxi pick-up, usually near the valet or main entrance.


Car Rentals

At this property:


221 North Rampart Boulevard

Las Vegas, Nevada 89145

(702) 869-7915



Complimentary on-site parking at the JW Marriott Las Vegas

Call for Programs

As we gather this year to recalibrate our purposes and practices, we are filled with great pride and gratitude for the many colleagues who sustained and allowed our institutions to continue to educate our students during the pandemic. This year's conference theme is "Illuminating Purpose, Practice, and Pride." We are seeking a variety of conference proposals with reference to this theme.

NEW! We’re rolling out several new session options for this year’s conference including: Roundtables Sessions; Tool and Skill-Building Workshops; and, Un-Conference Discussions.

The deadline for session submission has passed.  Thank you for your interest in submitting a conference proposal. 

For questions or updates, please contact Dr. Sarah Kutten or JD Dantzler at [email protected]

Register Online for 2023 NASPA Western Regional Conference

The theme of the 2023 NASPA Western Regional Conference is "Illuminating Purpose, Practice, & Pride".

Register Online

Registration Rates

Registration Type Early Bird Registration:
May 1 - August 25, 2023
Regular Registration:
August 26 - October 6, 2023
Late Registration:
October 7 - November 1, 2023
NASPA Member $375 $425 $475
Non-NASPA Member $575 $625 $675
NASPA Student $225 $275 $325
Non-NASPA Student $275 $325 $375
NASPA Member Retiree $300 $350 $400


Add-ons for Registration Early Bird Registration:
May 1 - August 25, 2023
Regular Registration:
August 26 - October 6, 2023
Late Registration:
October 7 - November 1, 2023
NUFP Institute $0 $0 $0
Graduate Student Institute $50 $75 $100
New Professional Institute $100 $125 $175
Community College Institute $125 $150 $200
Mid-Level Professional Institute $150 $175 $225
AVP/DoS Institute $150 $175 $225
SSAO Institute $175 $200 $250


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.

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 

Saturday, November 4, 2023
Sunday, November 5, 2023
Monday, November 6, 2023
Tuesday, November 7, 2023

Conference Check-in/Help Desk Open

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

NUFP Institute

1:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Graduate Student Institute

1:00 PM – 5:30 PM

New Professionals Institute

1:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Mid-Level Institute

1:00 PM – 5:30 PM

AVP/DOS Institute

1:00 PM - 5:30 PM

SSAO Institute

1:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Community College Professional Institute

1:00 PM – 5:30 PM

All-Institute Reception

5:30 PM – 6:30 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

Region V & VI KC Reps Meeting

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Newcomers Welcome

3:00 PM – 3:45 PM

Conference Opening

4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Opening Reception

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

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

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM

Conference Check-in/Help Desk Open

7:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Debrief Room, Wellness Room

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

NASPA Updates/Featured Speakers Session

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Exhibits Open

10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Concurrent Sessions #1

10:45 AM – 11:35 AM

Networking Luncheon

11:35 AM – 12:45 PM

Concurrent Sessions #2 & SA Speaks #1

1:00 PM – 1:50 PM

Concurrent Sessions #3 & SA Speaks #2

2:00 PM – 2:55 PM

Unconference Session #1

2:00 PM – 2:50 PM

Concurrent Sessions #4

3:00 PM – 3:50 PM

Unconference Session #2

3:00 PM – 3:50 PM

Region V & VI Business Meetings

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Knowledge Communities & Affinity Group Gatherings

5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Dinner on Your Own

5:30 PM

Campus & Exhibitor Receptions

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Region V & VI Receptions

8:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Conference Check-in/Help Desk Open

8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Debrief Room, Wellness Room

8:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Concurrent Sessions #5

9:00 AM – 9:50 AM

Concurrent Sessions #6

10:00 AM – 10:50 AM

Unconference Sessions #3

10:00 AM – 10:50 AM

Conference Closing Brunch & Closing Keynote

11:00 AM – 12:50 PM

NASPA WRC 2023 Committee Wrap-Up

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

NASPA WRC 2024 Committee Meeting

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

NASPA WRC 2023 & 2024 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.

Saturday 11/4 1:00 PM Welcome/Ice Breaker
Day 1 1pm-6pm 1:35 PM Institute & Conference Overview
  1:40pm-2:25pm Overview of the profession: What is Student Affairs?
  2:25pm-2:35pm Break
  2:40pm-3:00pm Meet NUFP regional Co-Chairs,
    Conference Co-Chairs, Regional Directors
  3:00pm-3:45pm Pathways into student affairs
  3:45pm-3:55pm Break
  4:00pm-4:45pm The importance & difference between networking, mentoring, and sponsorship
  4:45pm-4:55pm End of day 1 wrap up
  5:00 PM All Institutes Reception
Sunday 11/5 8:15 AM Breakfast
Day 2 8:15am-12:30pm 9am-9:45am Student Affairs Department Overviews & Case Studies
  9:55am-10:40am Navigating Financially on a student affairs salary
  10:40am-11am Break
  11am-11:45am Open Student Affairs Q&A Panel
  11:45am-12:15pm Institute Transition and final thoughts
  12:30 PM End of day two
  12:30pm-2:15pm Lunch
CONFERENCE 2:30pm-3:30pm KC Meet up/social
  4pm-6pm Conference opening session
  6pm-8pm Opening Reception
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

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.

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. These workshops will take a strengths-based, collaborative approach to address the following issues of the mid-level professional experience:
  • Managing our wellness (avoiding burnout in diverse environments)
  • Managing our people (influencing down and up)
  • Managing our programs (grappling with the difficulty of assessing student affairs work)
  • Managing our futures (workshopping the direction we need to head in and what’s needed to get there)

You’ll have the opportunity to learn from leaders in the field, including each other, as we grapple with the challenges of middle management in higher education. We hope you'll leave feeling refreshed, energized, and proud of your work!


Community College Institute

The CCI is a pre-conference workshop that allows staff and faculty to learn from and engage with one another on a variety of critical issues affecting student affairs professionals in the community college setting.


Saturday, November 4, 2023 1:00pm - 5:30pm


1:00 – 1:30 pm

Welcome and Introductions

1:30 pm-2:30 pm

Keynote Speaker

2:30 pm-2:40 pm


2:40 pm-4:00 pm

Welcome Back and Session 1: Panel Presentation

4:00 pm-4:10 pm


4:10 pm-5:00 pm

Session 2: Group Activity

Sunday, November 5, 2023 8:30am - 12:30pm


8:30 am – 9:00 am

Welcome and Introductions

9:00 am - 9:45 am

Keynote Speaker

9:45 am -9:55 am


9:55 am –11:15 am

Welcome Back and Concurrent Sessions

11:15 am- 11:25 am 


11:25 am-12:20 pm

Welcome Back and Group Activity

12:20 pm-12:30 pm

Assessment and Wrap-up

Associate Vice Presidents/Dean of Students Institute

Associate Vice Presidents and Deans of Students are key leaders at our respective institutions and in our field. Our roles are constantly evolving in response to changing student needs and evolving campus conditions. In this pre-conference Institute, we are providing a deeper learning experience on the emerging demands related to threat assessment and fear management and an opportunity for shared learning, consultation, crowdsourcing, and mutual support


Day One: Deep Learning on Threat Assessment. Guest presenter: Gillian Wickwire, SafeCampus, University of Washington

Day Two: Deep Engagement on emerging issues and topics

Senior Student Affairs Officers (SSAO) Institute

Calling all Senior Student Affairs Officers (SSAO) in Region V and VI!  The SSAO institute is an opportunity for Chief Student Affairs Officer/Vice Presidents of Student Affairs to discuss topics and issues relevant to the roles.


Day 1 - Saturday, November 4, 2023

1:00 – 5:00 pm

Welcome and Introductions

Featured Speaker:
Navigating Transitions in Executive Leadership – What is changing in university leadership?  How have VPSAs successfully managed up, across, and during transitions?  Approaches for greater dialogue, engagement, and understanding across the various generations in the workforce will be explored. 

Topical Speaker:
From Understanding to Deep Investment - VPSAs Leading Co-Curricular and Retention Strategies that Create Belonging 

5:30 pm

All Institute Reception
We look forward to your valuable engagement as a SSAO to meet, greet, and network with others in our field. 


Day 2 - Sunday, November 5, 2023 

8:30 am – 12:30 pm

Sharing a Practice with Pride
For decades, Region V has a held a long-standing, annual SSAO Retreat in the Pacific Northwest.  Leaders would gather and discuss emerging issues and pertinent topics most pressing to their roles in leading student affairs on their campuses.  In Vegas, join other VPSAs in facilitated topical, structured discussions for both Region V & VI participants. A questionnaire will be sent out in advance to generate key topics for discussion.  The institute will close on this day in shared inquiry, best practices, ideas, collaborations, and strategies for success.   



WRC 2023 Conference Committee

Sponsorships & Exhibitors

NASPA Western Regional Conference brings together the best of Las Vegas, NV with the best of NASPA Regions V and VI!

NASPA 2023 Western Regional Conference (WRC) in the city of lights Las Vegas, NV, November 4-7 (Preconferences: 11/4-11/5; Conference: 11/5-11/7).  The NASPA WRC will bring together at least 700 student affairs educators for in person shared learning experiences, networking, and future planning.


Here is where you come in!

As we look toward the 2023 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 2023 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!

2023 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) - $1,000
  • Non-NASPA Member Exhibitor Booth (includes one conference registration)- $1,500


Ready to commit?

Please use the following Sponsorship Registration From


We look forward to you joining us at the 2023 Western Regional Conference in Las Vegas, NV! Thank you for engaging with us.  If you have questions, please let any one of us know.

  • Chris Holland, Ph.D., Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, University of Hawai'i at Hilo, [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
  • Ellen Whitehead, Ed.D, Associate Dean of Students, University of California, Irvine, [email protected],  WRC Exhibits Chair