2017 NASPA Region I Annual Conference

November 12 - November 15, 2017
Springfield, MA

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The NASPA Region I Conference is the premier student affairs professional development and networking opportunity in the region.

The mission of the NASPA Region I Conference is to provide opportunities for networking and creating professional connections, sharing ideas and innovative practices, and exploring new topics and issues in student affairs

The Region I Conference Committee strives to create an inclusive environment for all attendees, such that everyone has equal access to participate in programs and all perspectives are valued and appreciated.

The Region I Conference aspires to be an outstanding professional development opportunity for all student affairs professionals in regards to strengthening skills, acquiring knowledge related to student development and student affairs, and developing meaningful connections with peers and colleagues.

Participants will leave the Region I Conference with renewed energy and passion for their work and for improving the lives of their students.

If anyone has any questions about the Region I Annual Conference, please contact Dave Golden, Region I Conference Chair, at [email protected]

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This event is most likely to influence these groups.

  • New Professional
  • Mid-Level
  • Senior Level
  • Faculty

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Call for Programs is closed.

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Important Dates
  • May 01, 2017: Call for Programs/Call for Reviewers Opens
  • June 19, 2017: Call for Reviewers due
  • June 30, 2017: Call for Programs Submissions due
  • August 07, 2017: Program Decisions sent
  • August 14, 2017: Early Registration Opens
  • September 15, 2017: Early Registration Closes
  • October 22, 2017: Regular Registration Closes
  • October 27, 2017: Late Registration Closes


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Pre-Conference Programs & Events

The Ubuntu Institute for Student Affair Professionals of Color

The Ubuntu Institute for Student Affair Professionals of Color

Sunday, November 12th • 09.00 AM – 05.00 PM

The NASPA Region I Ubuntu Institute is a leadership development opportunity designed for student affairs professionals of color. The Institute will inspire emerging professionals, ranging from graduate students through mid level professionals, to reach their full potential and serve as a pathway to leadership within institutions and associations through a cohort based model. The goals of the institute are to aid participants in navigating the complexity of higher education as professionals of color through the lenses of strength, empowerment, resiliency & authenticity.

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For more information on how to sign up please go: https://www.naspa.org/events/17-R1-Ubuntu-Institute

Student Affairs Leaders of Tomorrow (SALT): Investing in the Future of the Profession

Monday, November 13th • 0 – 0

"Oh the Places You Will Go": Coaching for individual and team success

Monday, November 13th • 11.00 AM – 01.00 PM

The formal process of coaching is a tool that many leaders and teams are employing to enhance their effectiveness and that of their team or organization. To be considered an effective coach, it is necessary for professionals in student affairs to receive training and guidance in the use of coaching methods and practice the skills gained around coaching for individual and organizational effectiveness. This workshop is designed to provide an overview of the philosophy and practice of coaching in student affairs, with direct experiential activities to foster an understanding of, and practice of, coaching competencies.

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Presented by: Peggy Jablonski, Interim Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment, Bridgewater State University; John King, Vice President for Student Affairs, Roger Williams University; Robert Ross, Vice President for Student Affairs, Retired, Cape Cod Community College and Patricia Pinto daSilva, Social Scientist, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Target Audience: Mid-Level Managers and Senior Student Affairs Officers

Taking the next step: A mindful approach to career planning and development

Monday, November 13th • 11.00 AM – 01.00 PM

Despite the amount of time we dedicate to our jobs, many people do not actively focus on long-term career goals. Join us for this session and give yourself an opportunity to identify your long-term career goals, engage in activities designed to identify your strengths and challenges related to those goals, and to create a professional development plan. Attendees will leave the workshop with a plan and articulated next steps in the pursuit of their professional goals.

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Presented by: Melinda Stoops, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs, Boston College and Rachel Lucking, Assistant Dean for Student Engagement, Framingham State University

Target Audience: Mid-Level Managers, Senior Student Affairs Officers 

Grappling with Oppression: Perspectives on engaging in discussion with Student Affairs Professionals

Monday, November 13th • 11.00 AM – 01.00 PM

This workshop is an opportunity to learn how structured discussions and guided reflections can enable student affairs staff to better understand how systemic oppression and their positional power affect the student experience.

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Presented by:  Delia Cheung Hom, Director, Asian American Center, Northeastern University; Shaya Poku, Program Director, Social Justice Resource Center, Northeastern University; Jamie Bergeron, Manager of Institutional Diversity & Inclusion, Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion, Northeastern University; Jonathan Osborne, Ph.D. Candidate, English, Northeastern University; Mario Lewis, Program Coordinator, Institutional Diversity & Inclusion, Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion, Northeastern University; Jasmine Ramon, Graduate Assistant, Social Justice Resource Center, Northeastern University.

Target Audience: New/Entry-Level Professionals and Mid-Level Managers 

Mid-Senior Level Hot Topics: Let's Discuss!

Monday, November 13th • 11.00 AM – 01.00 PM

Please join the NASPA Region I Mid-Senior Level (MSL) Steering Committee for facilitated small and large group discussions covering a variety of topics. You will be able to choose three of the following: career advancement/resume review with a very seasoned MSL professional, “side hustle” for the MSL professional, family/work/life balance, terminal degree (not just if you should get one, but which degree), organizational charts/job titles, and current hot topics.

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Presented by: Alison Black, Class Dean, Wellesley College; Linda Brown, Associate Dean of Students, MCPHS University; Kristin Ridge, Director of Residence Life, Bryant University and Tony Montalbano, Associate Director of Housing and Residential/Commuter Life, University of New England, Lucas Malo, Director of Community Service at Brandeis University

Target Audience: Mid-Level Managers


Platinum Level

For sponsorship and exhibit booth questions, contact:

Scott Connolly
[email protected]
Phone: 401-744-6819

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Springfield, MA

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  • Travel

    Bradley International Airport (BDL), Logan International Airport (BOS), Albany International Airport (ALB)

  • Transportation

    Bradley International Airport (BDL) Travel Distance: Approximately 28.97 km/18.0 miles, Logan International Airport (BOS) Travel Distance: Approximately 160.93 km/100.0 miles, Albany International Airport (ALB) Travel Distance: Approximately 177.03 km/110.01 miles

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