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October 9, 2020

Call for Programs Deadline

October 30, 2020

Early-bird Registration Deadline

November 27, 2020

Regular Registration Deadline

Leadership Educators Institute

Division/Group Events Student Success Student Leadership Programs

A partnership between NASPA, ACPA-College Student Educators International, and the National Clearinghouse for Leadership Programs (NCLP), LEI provides a unique opportunity for all professional levels within our field to engage in critical dialogue to promote positive sustainable change on their campuses.

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Registration is Open!


Leadership is an integral competency for our profession. The leadership development of students is an important and ongoing process that requires commitment from both students and staff. Student affairs professionals and other university administrators play an essential role in coordinating, shaping, and evaluating the leadership development of students by designing leadership courses and programs, creating co-curricular opportunities, and utilizing emerging technologies. The Leadership Educators Institute (LEI) has a rich history of convening professionals committed to leadership development for nearly 10 years.

A partnership between NASPAACPA-College Student Educators International, and the National Clearinghouse for Leadership Programs (NCLP), LEI provides a unique opportunity for all professional levels within our field to engage in critical dialogue to promote positive sustainable change on their campuses.

The Leadership Educators Institute creates a space for student affairs administrators, scholars, and practitioners to discuss and advance current leadership topics, such as:

  • Modern leadership theories and models including new research, applications, and critical perspectives
  • Innovative and inclusive curriculum, pedagogy, and strategies for leadership studies courses
  • Assessment and evaluation of leadership programs, student development, and learning outcomes
  • Future directions in leadership education and development based on widely-used studies and standards such as the Multi-Institutional Study of Leadership, CAS, and ILA Guiding Questions
  • Unique co-curricluar program models and high-impact practices including those with cohort and multi-year engagement, distance and online learning, service-learning, mentoring, and global experiences
  • Strategy and management of leadership program operations including staff training, funding, and partnerships
  • Intersectional and interdisciplinary approaches to leadership education

 Continuing Education

 National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)

NASPA has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5120. Programs that do not quality for NBCC credit are clearly identified. NASPA is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.


Click here for more information on Continuing Education and frequently asked questions.
If you have questions about Continuing Education, please contact Teri Gillmor at [email protected].


A more detailed schedule will be available in the virtual platform. All times are listed in Eastern.

December 14
December 15
December 16

All times shown are in Eastern Standard Time

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Pre- Institute Workshop - The Basics of Student Leadership in Higher Education


This session will provide a nuts-and-bolts understanding of most widely-used theories and concepts in student leadership development. The presenters (scholar-practitioners and representatives from ACPA and NASPA) will introduce participants to college student leadership education and provide a foundational toolkit to successfully engage in leadership work. We recommend this session for professionals (at any level) that are recently entering the world of student leadership development.

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Pre-Institute Workshop - The Multi-Institutional Study of Leadership: Deepening Knowledge and Sparking Evidence-based Change in Leadership Development


Over the past 15 years, the Multi-Institutional Study of Leadership (MSL) has bolstered the college student leadership development knowledgebase, providing researchers and practitioners alike with invaluable information. As MSL research continues to deepen our understanding of leadership development in the collegiate context, leadership educators need to adeptly apply this knowledge to effectively develop citizens who can catalyze change our society needs. Join us as we provide an overview of the study, discuss high-impact practices that have emerged from the research, and explore ways to incorporate these practices into a range of leadership education interventions.

3:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Pre-Institute Workshop - Exploring Leadership Education Tools with the Center for Creative Leadership


Seasoned leadership educators will demonstrate multiple applications of technology-enhanced experiential learning tools from the Center for Creative Leadership including digital versions of the Visual Explorer and Transformations tools, in large and small group formats, with a focus on facilitation skills and debriefing. Demonstrations will showcase an array of tools and skills for facilitating discussions that make abstract conversations about leadership theories, models, and constructs (e.g., Transformational; Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership; Relational Leadership Model; Social Change Model) more concrete, with a focus on designing leadership programs for intentional alignment between and among facilitation tools and leadership learning outcomes. Come join us for a fun, interactive session and leave with tangible tools and resources to enhance your leadership programs!

All times shown are in Eastern Standard Time

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Exhibitor and Sponsors Table Open

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Opening Keynote - Dr. Stephen Quaye


Leading in an Age of Uncertainty: Culturally Relevant and Socially Just Leadership Education

2020 has been a challenging year for many people, particularly students and educators with minoritized racial identities who are navigating dual pandemics: Coronavirus and systemic racism due to police brutality. As students and educators confront these dual pandemics, they are likely experiencing racial battle fatigue—the sheer exhaustion from continued exposure to racism. However, People of Color are not simply tired; racial battle fatigue has negative consequences on their physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing. The purpose of this keynote is to address the insidious nature of racial battle fatigue and strategies educators might use to heal from racial battle fatigue. White leadership educators, in particular, will understand how their Colleagues of Color are impacted by racial battle fatigue so that white leadership educators might show up better for them and take on the onus for addressing racism so their Colleagues of Color can rest, recuperate, and heal.

1:15 PM - 2:15 PM

Concurrent Sessions I


Examining Dominant Culture Narratives in College Student Leadership Programs

Abstract: In your leadership series, are issues of diversity and social justice only discussed during that one special diversity session? What can be done to develop seamless leadership programs that embrace citizenship, inclusion and service? What prevents us from unpacking current dominant narratives in our leadership programs that may be further marginalizing students? Let's evaluate the cultural readiness of our leadership programs. A questionnaire will be shared as well as strategies, activities and concepts.

Shifting the Mindset: Socially Just Leadership Education

Abstract: Social justice and leadership education are inextricably linked. In order to continue working towards a more socially just world, we need to develop leaders with knowledge, skills, and values to engage effectively in the leadership process. As we continue to change the narrative about socially just leadership education, we need to continue the conversation with focusing on shifting the mindset of how we create and provide leadership learning opportunities.

Feminism as a Student Leadership Education Strategy

Abstract: In this session, participants will consider how they might apply the tenets of feminism to student leadership education and why the consideration of such an approach can contribute to the development of transformational, social change leaders. This will be accomplished by exploring what feminism means, working through an exercise to apply the tenets of feminism, and individual reflection on how feminism might be applied in the participants' own contexts.

Creating a Common Language for Leadership Development on Campus

Abstract: Many campuses proclaim leadership development to be central to the mission or outcomes of their university. Unfortunately, few colleges have created common language and competencies to help unify the work being done across campus. This session will explore Seattle University's efforts to create a common framework and language for leadership development, resulting in new partnerships between academics, student affairs, and career engagement. Participants will learn more about the major decision points in our process and reflect on how they might implement each step on their campus.

No White Saviors: Dismantling White Saviorism in Service Programs Through Intentional Leadership Training

Abstract: Service programs on university campuses have a long-standing history of upholding and perpetuating the white savior complex. The locations and partners we choose, the preparation we do or do not give students participating, the photos we take, and how we tout these experiences as a university reinforce white supremacy. In this session, we will discuss building intentional leadership training for students to unlearn white saviorism and the need for us as professionals to decolonize service experiences across higher education.

Cultivating Productive Conflict and Critical Thinking: Fostering Leadership Through Cohort-Based Communities

Abstract: Conflict and critical thinking are core components to successful leadership in a dynamic, uncertain, and challenging global environment. Through building a cohort model leadership curriculum, trust is established between students and instructor. Trust helps students challenge one another purposefully and engage in critical leadership conversations, shifting their mindset from being fearful of conflict to seeing it as a necessary and productive component to their leadership practice. This session will review leadership curriculum and establishing cohort units within the classroom.

Leveraging a Peer Leadership Course for Student Success

Abstract: Student peer leadership can be a powerful mechanism for achieving key performance indicators such as retention and persistence, especially in relation to underrepresented student populations. It can also be a cost-effective alternative to professional staff, graduate students, or faculty. During this session, presenters will review Kent State University's Peer Leadership Training Course (PLTC) and discuss the structure and administration of the program. Finally, participants will be asked to reevaluate the ways they leverage student leadership to enhance the undergraduate experience.

Transforming Your Co-Curricular Plan and Partnerships

Abstract: For seven years, the Explore Leadership Series has been implemented at West Chester University; however, what is now a curricular leadership series recognized by our Division of Student Affairs' Co-Curricular Transcript has not always been as impactful as we intended. In this session, we will discuss the transformation of our leadership series' curriculum, strategies to improve campus partnerships, methods for improving alignment of learning outcomes and assessment materials, and promising practices for the training of student facilitators.

Fostering Social Justice Awareness via Experiential Learning in Leadership Education Curriculum

Abstract: Experiential learning has a central role in socially just leadership education. However, challenges exist in designing effective experiential activities for a diverse student body with varying needs and in developing all students' leadership efficacy and capacity to take action as change agents. This session addresses the effects of various types of experiential learning in evolving students' awareness of social justice and human rights and in cultivating skills and tools to interrupt those inequalities and oppressive systems toward positive change.

Coaching Leaders Virtually vs. Advising in Person

Abstract: Are you kidding me? Now I'm developing leaders virtually or not? Exactly. The medium of communication and approach may just require a professional skill set that goes beyond "advising" to "coaching" and from "in person" to "virtual." Using a combination of training techniques, the presenter will lay the foundation for developing the leadership capacity and competency proficiency of students through virtual coaching. Effective coaching principals, considerations, sequenced questions and original assessments are shared along with the Denney W Coaching Model.

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Concurrent Sessions II


We’re the Leaders We’ve Been Waiting For: Reimagining Women and Leadership

Abstract: This session invites participants to interrogate the hidden assumptions and suppositions behind both gender and leadership. By engaging in a liberating structures dialogue, participants will examine the socially-constructed nature of gender and leadership and explore how systemic power, privilege, and oppression shape gendered approaches to leadership. Topics explored include how intersectionality influences leadership efficacy, capacity, and motivation; how binary approaches to gender and leadership exclude gender queer and gender fluid individuals; and how to prepare educators for these critical conversations.

Diversifying Selective Leadership: Expanded Access and Honored Experience

Abstract: There is a need for more diversity in leadership programs, but what if the existing systems make it impossible? The 2018 President's Leadership Council at Oklahoma State University was selected utilizing the standard selection process, and it was 98.2% White. After evaluation, the staff concluded that the desire for diversity was not supported through equitable and inclusive selection processes. By changing the structure, in two years, the program is leading the way for university efforts of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Improve with Improv

Abstract: Have you been looking for ways to help your student leaders develop skills and self-awareness in an engaging and challenging way? In this session you will be able to see firsthand how improvisation can be used as a training tool to help student leaders build applicable skills. Improv can engage student leaders in a beneficial level of vulnerability with others, character trope exploration, content generation, and authenticity. The presenter will share research, anecdotal evidence, and an experiential opportunity to explore the strengths of improv training.

Connection and Consistency: A Collaborative Approach to Student Peer Leader Cohorts

Abstract: The Ohio State University's Office of Student Activities' programs cover many functional areas. Five of these programs have cohorts of volunteer student leaders who help Student Activities accomplish their work. To ensure a consistent leadership experience for these students, the advisors for these groups have crafted ways to keep the cohorts connected. In this session, two of these advisors will outline the design of these Cohort Connections (including the theoretical bases used), successes and areas for improvement, and future plans.

You’ve Got This: A Leader’s Guide to Building an Overcomer’s Mindset and Surmounting Self-Doubt

Abstract: Most leaders, if not all, feel like impostors at one time or another. The imposter experience involves a persistent fear of being exposed as a fraud. This reaction can potentially lead to low leadership efficacy and thwart one's ability lead effectively. During this session, attendees will gain an advanced understanding of the impostor phenomenon and learn strategies to address this reaction that affects many highly-capable student leaders.

Implementing a Student Leadership Philosophy Through Inter and Intra-Office Efforts

Abstract: During this presentation, three leadership educators will share their process for successfully implementing a new student leadership philosophy at their institution. They will highlight intra and inter-departmental efforts that aided in its success. After an in-depth overview of the implementation process, suggestions, and challenges, presenters will invite participants to engage in action planning for how to apply implementation strategies on their respective campuses. Participants from all institution types and at all stages of the leadership philosophy development process are welcome.


Making the Connection: Identity and Leadership Development

Abstract:Meeting students where they are and guiding them is a common maxim in Student Affairs, yet institutions and administr ators often neglect to recognize that staff are frequently navigating their respective identities and leadership development while engaging and leading the students they serve. Utilizing Gloria Anzaldua's Borderlands Theory as a theoretical underpinning, this program highlights the relationship between personal identity development and its relationship to leadership development for practitioners, and provides strategies to become an effective leader while acknowledging and celebrating one's multiple identities.

Developing Student Leaders Through Short-Term Study Abroad

Abstract: Short-term study abroad programs with a leadership development curriculum are an emerging leadership model in the field. The University of Minnesota's Leadership Minor offers a number of these programs across Europe, South America, Asia, and Africa. These programs explore themes of leadership and globalization in a different cultural context. This session will share Minnesota's model and curriculum for these courses in addition to providing an opportunity for participants to connect with other educators engaging in similar work.

The Space for Leadership Education in Institutional Priorities: Analyzing Institutional Mission Statements

Abstract: This session will focus on a content analysis study done using Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) data from 2018. Analyzing over 6,500 postsecondary institutions, this session will cover an array of findings about how institutional mission statements from this data include "leadership" or "leader" in their self-reported institutional mission statements and begin conceptualizing what this data means for our current institutional practices supporting leadership education, development, and engagement.

Supporting Ethical Decision-Making Across Culture: Leadership Education On-Campus and Abroad

Abstract: Committing to social justice and inclusion means fostering individuals' decision-making about right and wrong across personal and cultural differences. What does this mean for students? Given this question, our session shares findings from a recent case study exploring undergraduates' experiences with ethical leadership education - on-campus and abroad – and their journeys from ethnocentric to culturally-responsive decision-making. Session participants will discuss intersections between ethical development and student learning as well as consider strategies for effective curricular/co-curricular pedagogy.

3:45 PM - 4:45 PM

Concurrent Sessions III


Having it All Together: The Role of Effortless Perfection in College Women’s Leadership Experiences

Abstract: In 2003, Duke University coined the term effortless perfection to describe pressure that college women, specifically, felt to achieve in all aspects of their lives (e.g., academic, personal, social, career, health, and beauty) without displaying any visible effort. We conducted a study with 15 college women to understand if and how effortless perfection influenced their leadership experiences. This session will focus on how effortless perfection manifests, common themes that emerged, and ways that educators can support college women in their leadership experiences.

Leading While Shy

Abstract: Shyness doesn't fit in with our assumptions around leadership. But with a high percentage of high school and college students identifying as shy, it's vital that we understand how to develop this invisible population as leaders equipped to leverage their learning to make positive change. In this presentation we'll discuss what shyness is (and isn't), how to develop shy students as leaders, and how to work through our own feelings of social inadequacy.

Cultivating belonging: How NYU and The Piece Project are Catalyzing a Culture of Connection

Abstract: We know that a sense of belonging matters for student success and wellbeing - but how do you actually build it in your programs? How do you combat student loneliness and disconnection from their arrival on campus? How do you activate this awareness and ability in your student leaders? To answer these questions, NYU collaborated with the award-winning facilitators of The Piece Project to create experiential orientation and student leadership training that are shifting the campus climate. Join the founders of The Piece Project and the Office of Student Activities & Resource Center at NYU to learn about their pilot program and leave with tangible tools to inspire (and sustain!) a culture of connection, belonging, vulnerability, and contribution.

Collegiate Leadership Summit: A Localized Student-Centric Approach to Leadership Development

Abstract: Two years ago, at LEI 2018, four professionals came together from three institutions and conceptualized a program to provide students with the opportunity to teach and learn leadership from each other, practice networking skills, and highlight impressive student achievements all while saving money. Last year, the inaugural program hosted nearly 150 students from 5 institutions to do just that. Learn about their struggles, successes, and recommendations for replication for a student-centric leadership summit centering opportunity, connection, and partnership.

T.H.E.E. Online Institute: Converting Established Cohort Experiences to Virtual Platforms

Abstract: T.H.E.E. (Traditional, Humanistic, Educational, & Experiential) Online Institute is an interactive session where attendees will participate in a mock miniature cohort program reflective of the high-impact cohort programs at the presenters' institutions. The presenters will guide an exploration of how to adapt in-person cohort programs that emphasize relationships and leadership into meaningful virtual experiences, using theory and data for comparison. This session will be of interest to entry-level and mid-management professionals working with leadership programs, and those interested in offering meaningful virtual cohort programs.

Collective Leadership Curriculum Development in a Virtual Age

Abstract: In an effort to reflect today's rapidly changing world, a team of educators have intentionally developed a course to be delivered in both in-person and virtual formats. This course is based on analyzing leadership in the context of contemporary issues. To help advance capacity and efficacy in leadership curriculum development, presenters will discuss techniques and approaches to curriculum development and provide participants opportunities to reflect in how they can do this type of work virtually on their own campus.

Understanding the Leader Identity Development of Black Women in College

Abstract: This program will introduce participants to a new leader identity development model specifically for use with Black women. This session will include an overview of the model, including the research and voices behind its development. Participants will then be provided with recommended practices for the leadership development of Black/African-American identifying women in college and have the opportunity to discuss practices that may work on their campuses given the insights provided by the model and its foundational research.

Escape Games as an Innovative Teaching Strategy

Abstract: In this interactive session participants will examine primary research on the efficacy of escape games in leadership education, participate in a mini-escape experience, and explore employing this teaching strategy in their own context. Our study provides some empirical evidence for the use of escape games as a teaching strategy for student leadership competencies connected to communication. Using the LEADescape framework and other practical insights, we will help attendees begin the journey of developing their own escape game.

Critical Perspectives of Women Leadership Development in College: Tools for Facilitating Student Learning Development

Abstract: Adopting a critical lens when planning and facilitating leadership programs/courses is an essential skill today. Leadership educators must develop expertise in inclusive, socially just leadership while recognizing intersectional identities. This interactive workshop provides concrete tools related to collegiate women and leadership education. The session addresses content such as identity and intersectionality, gender socialization, precarious pedestals, the effects of bias, and critical hope. The source material is from the recently-published Women and Leadership Development in College: A Facilitation Resource (Pigza, Owen & Associates, 2020).

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Social Hour

All times shown are in Eastern Standard Time

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Keynote Conversation with Cynthia Cherrey and Susan Komives


NCLP founder Susan Komives interviews long time president of the International Leadership Association (ILA) and former senior student affairs officer at both Tulane and Princeton, Dr. Cynthia Cherrey. Dr. Cherrey discusses the early roots of her interest in leadership and her experiences in crises leadership at Tulane during Katrina and a health crisis at Princeton. She will discuss her ground-breaking book Systemic Leadership along with stories behind the founding of ILA to lessons learned through her extensive engagement in global leadership. Bring your questions to engage in this conversation!

1:15 PM - 1:45 PM

Learning Labs


Expanding Access in Leadership Programs: Developing Synergy through Curricular and Co-Curricular Programs

Abstract: The Center for Ethical Leadership at Oklahoma State University strives to provide dynamic, inclusive leadership opportunities that engage all students interested in leadership development. To increase equitable access to leadership programming, it is integral to develop both curricular and co-curricular programs. This approach provides the opportunity for students to engage in meaningful leadership training, self-discovery, and community involvement. This presentation will share one approach to creating meaningful partnerships that develop dynamic curricular and co-curricular leadership programs.

Shifting to the Screen: Leadership Training and Development Online

Abstract: Enhancing students' leadership training and development is critical for student success! Why can't that happen through a computer screen? The Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) Modules, created by the University of Cincinnati, provide that opportunity. The LEAD Modules are a series of online training modules, covering ten different topics, intended to assist student leaders in all areas of their leadership capacity. Learn how the LEAD Modules were created and are utilized as we dive into the importance of online learning in today's virtual climate!

How "No Title Needed" and "Depth Over Breadth" Changed the Campus Leadership Conversation

Abstract: Often as leadership educators, the learning and development we facilitate occurs within intact groups and limited populations. But what if you wanted to influence the conversation around leadership throughout the entire campus community? That's what William & Mary did when we created and implemented our leadership initiatives as campus-wide campaigns. Presenters will share the leadership outcomes we are trying to promote, the campaigns we chose, and how campaigns are implemented at W&M.

Facilitating Experiential Learning: A Hands-On Preparatory Session For Leadership Educators

Abstract: The leadership training industry is worth over $24 billion dollars. The problem, though, is that most leadership "trainers" lack knowledge of leadership theory, have limited proficiency in effective leadership practices, or are poorly skilled in facilitation. This workshop is designed to prepare those who are charged with and expected to train others in leadership. In this workshop, we will explore experiential learning and reflective dialogue through a hands-on activities that you can directly apply to your leadership training endeavors.

Emphasizing Excellence and Provoking Potential Through Recognition Efforts

Abstract: In the busiest of times, it can be easy to push aside recognition and encouragement efforts for your student leaders. In this session, the presenters will draw on their collective experience to offer a number of formal, informal, and group recognition methods that can easily be adapted to other institutions and student groups. This session will be interactive, practical, and motivational- encouraging you to bring appreciation and empowerment into your daily practice.

Social Media and Leadership: Cultivating Student Leaders to Curate a Digital Identity

Abstract: Social media can be a digital space to establish one's identity, amplify one's voice, and engage with the online community. With COVID-19, the ability to use online tools to communication is more important than ever. By being conscious of one's social media engagement, you can engage in intentional practices to cultivate an authentic digital identity while demonstrating digital savviness, which is an emerging soft skill in today's job market.

Methods for Data Informed Student Leadership Advising

Abstract: In this session, attendees will be exposed to the many roles advisors play in student groups and how data collection is one of them. Attendees will be given an overview of data along with methods and tools to collect it. Attendees will then be given two examples from WashU on how data was used in student advising by a Programming Board and Residence Hall Association. Lastly, attendees will create a data collection plan to address a problem or issue their student group may be facing on their own campus.

Elevate the Impact: Creating and Implementing a 360 Leadership Assessment

Abstract: As we look for ways to leverage technology in our work with students, the 360-degree assessment proves to be an interactive and personalized experience for students who are developing their leadership potential, This session will explain how UNC Greensboro's Office of Leadership and Civic Engagement created an in-house 360 assessment platform to engage students, enhance their leadership development, and provide starting points for how they might actively apply the skills they are learning in their daily lives.

Rethinking Current Practices of Student Leadership Education: Findings from a Single-Case Study

Abstract: Does it feel increasingly difficult to recruit students for leadership and involvement roles on campus? Research suggests that a greater intervention is needed to shift student perceptions regarding college leadership experiences and to expose students to leadership education. This session presents findings of a single-case study exploring the current practice of undergraduate student leadership education at a rural, midsize, public institution, within both curricular and co-curricular contexts. Implications for practice and implementation strategies will be shared.

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Roundtables and Sponsored Sessions


Integrating Leadership into Career Readiness

Abstract: This powerful program on leadership development and career readiness offers the opportunity for student affair professionals to directly interface with five prominent executives from five diverse companies such as Disney, Nestle, Twitter, Tesla, ESPN, AEG, and NBC Universal that are focused on recruiting, retaining, and employing student leaders planning to graduate in the upcoming year. A panel discussion format will offer participants the chance to discuss and discover key desirable leadership competencies held by these executives and learn why they are so relevant in the workplace. The bringing together of career and leadership development has the potential to empower student affair professionals with some great insight and knowledge that can be used to evaluate their growth in this area around student success, career readiness, and leadership development.

Co-inquiry in Leadership Education: A Strategy for Community, Meaning-making, and Courageous Action in Difficult Times

Abstract: The year of 2020 has challenged us to do things differently. For leadership educators, this has meant shifts in how we teach, connect with students, and understand our role in making change in our institutions and communities. How can we navigate change personally and as a community? This session introduces co-inquiry as an emerging method for professional community building and meaning making. Presenters will share how they came together as a co-inquiry team, describe the process, and reflect on their learning. Participants will experience co-inquiry during the session, and will leave with new connections, insights for action, and ideas for applying co-inquiry in their own leadership education research or practice.

Transcript for Life: Developing a Life-long Learning Record

Abstract: A co-curricular transcript is a valuable, life-long learning record with exponential benefits. In this session you will see examples of a co-curricular transcript and learn about its benefits. Designed for the higher ed professional who is looking for ways to introduce the co-curricular transcript on campus or for professionals looking for ways to make it more meaningful for students. You will leave this session with steps for implementation and with ways to help your students see why this is just as important as their academic record.

High-Touch and High-Tech: Fostering Student Mattering and Success in Online Learning Communities


Abstract: Fostering student mattering and success rests at the heart of our work. Yet, the use of virtual learning, while necessary, can diminish the relational elements of leadership education, curtail students' sense of belonging, and temper opportunities for connection. This session centers holistic student development in creating online leadership learning communities and explores how linkages between student development and savvy technology can disrupt the potential digital divide in online leadership education. Participants will engage in strategic discussions toward personal action plans.

3:15 PM - 3:45 PM

Networking and Conference Break

3:45 PM - 4:45 PM

Concurrent Sessions IV


Leadership for Liberation: Reimagining College Student Leadership Development

Abstract: The rising number of wicked problems students are facing and oftentimes, challenged to help solve, reveals that the way we traditionally teach and facilitate leadership development is no longer sufficient. In response, students must grapple with race, power, oppression, and its effects on leadership, and the societal issues we are attempting to prepare students to tackle. In this session, participants will learn of ways to infuse liberatory values and practices into their leadership models and curriculum.

A Feminist Examination of the Culturally Relevant Leadership Learning Model

Abstract: Rather than merely reiterate women's lack of representation in leadership, this presentation instead takes an interrogatory approach to offer critical questions that challenge how existing systems and structures constrain women's experiences of leadership. Both critical feminist theory and the Culturally Relevant Leadership Learning (CRLL) model are explored as frameworks. The presentation concludes with ideas for action and application for leadership educators.

Where Have They All Gone: Addressing the Undergraduate Male Leadership Gap

Abstract: Does your university have problems getting enough male-identifying students to apply for your campus leadership positions? If so, please join this presentation as it will focus on the topic of undergraduate male student leadership engagement. This presentation will share the results of a research study that answers the questions: How do male students view leadership? How do they decide to pursue university-funded leadership positions? Come hear the results of this research study and their importance for male leadership engagement.

College Students’ Leadership Development: Spotlighting Parental Influence and Pre-College Engagement

Abstract: College students are not blank slates regarding leadership beliefs/experiences and, in fact, may be influenced by pre-college factors such as identity, family, and community engagement. As such, this session will unpack a recent study exploring 420 undergraduate students' perceptions of pre-college parenting and pre-college leadership activities' influence on their leader emergence (i.e., college-based leadership involvements) and leader self-efficacy in college. Session participants will discuss these specific influences and consider strategies for enhancing both college-based leadership development and K-12 partnerships.

Creating and Assessing an Asynchronous Leadership Development Program

Abstract: The American Public University System (APUS) is a fully online university offering over 70 virtual student organizations. In 2016 the Office of Student Affairs launched an asynchronous online leadership development program for campus leaders, including pre- and post-leadership assessments, self-paced leadership development modules, and ongoing opportunities for engagement. In this session you'll learn about the challenges and success of launching an online leadership program, how learning outcomes are assessed, and ongoing efforts to develop leaders in support of the university mission.

Engineering Peer Leadership Programs for Equity and Inclusive Excellence

Abstract: Peer leadership programs can be structured as retention programs to provide timely access to academic resources, outside classroom validation, and cultivate a sense of belonging for first-generation, underrepresented minority, or other underserved students. They simultaneously create meaningful student leadership development opportunities. The presenter will demonstrate how to develop, implement, and assess such peer leadership programs by introducing literature, logic model, structural components, and evaluation methods that were utilized for [email protected] (a peer leadership program tailored towards first-generation, Latinx students).

Deconstructing and Reconstructing Leadership Learning: Incorporating Critical Perspectives into a Graduate Level HESA Leadership Class

Abstract: Understanding the impact of power, privilege, and oppression in leadership contexts is an essential learning outcome of graduate preparation programs in HESA. Learning to critique dominant ideologies of leadership prepares graduate students to recognize implicit bias and discrimination in workplaces and prepares practitioners to support students from a lens of inclusion and justice. This interactive session highlights results from an evaluative, qualitative study of a graduate leadership course in HESA and how students applied critical perspectives in practice.

“You Are Supposed to Be Challenging Systems”: Advocacy Archetypes for Making Differences

Abstract: Leadership that emphasizes advocacy is essential for challenging systems and promoting social justice in higher education. Identifying advocate archetypes can expose behaviors that might have been unrecognized. Based on empirical research, this session will prompt participants to contemplate and assess their advocate archetypes through self-assessment. This presentation also focuses on creating advocacy measures to prompt a wider range of advocacy skills.

Thinking to Transform: Reflection in Leadership Learning

Abstract: Reflection is essential for leadership development. At a time when we are constantly connected, reflection can seem like a luxury or even a waste of time. However, reflection is essential to making meaning of experiences, questioning assumptions, and generating innovative solutions to complex challenges. In this session, the presenters will share a framework for reflection in leadership learning, create space for reflection, and engage participants in discussion about utilizing reflection in curricular and co-curricular settings to enhance learning and development.

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Closing Keynote: V. Chunoo and Kathy Gutherie


Leading in an Age of Uncertainty: Culturally Relevant and Socially Just Leadership Education

Abstract: Drs. Kathy Guthrie and V. Chunoo engage a discussion in three parts: first, highlighting issues of identity and intersectionality; addressing their implications for the models we use with and for students in leadership education. Next, they will focus on systemic and organizational reluctance to change and how to work with and against institutionalized resistance. Finally, they will involve the audience in a conversation about practical socially just leadership education processes and outcomes.


For NASPA Members

Registration is based on NASPA individual membership status. 

  • If you are employed by a college or university that is an institutional member, you can join as an individual member at the $75 rate. This gives you the conference registration and a year of membership for less than the non-member registration fee.
  • If your institution is NOT a member, then you will need to join at the associate affiliate rate of $242 and then you can pay the individual member rate for conference registration. Visit the Membership section of the NASPA website to learn about membership types.
For ACPA Members

Registration is based on ACPA individual membership status. 

For NCLP Members

NCLP members who are not members of ACPA or NASPA will be provided a discount code to receive $50 off the non-member rate until November 27, 2020. To receive this discount code, please contact NCLP at [email protected].

Registration Fees
Early Registration
before 10/30/2020

Regular Registration
10/31/2020 - 11/27/2020

Late Registration
after 11/27/2020
$115 $135 $150
$215 $235 $250
ACPA/NASPA Student Member
$60 $75 $90
Pre-conference Workshop
$15 $20




General Event/NASPA Questions:

Tiki Ayiku
Assistant Vice President for Professional Development - NASPA
[email protected]

ACPA Questions:

Angela Hoffman
Director of Professional Development - ACPA
[email protected]

NCLP Questions:

Courtney Holder
National Clearinghouse for Leadership Programs
[email protected]


Refunds will be given for cancellations, received in writing by September 18, 2020, less a $50.00 processing fee. In addition, a processing fee of $50.00 per registration will be charged for credit cards declined.

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


Pre-Institute Workshops

The Basics of Student Leadership in Higher Education

This 3-hour session will provide a nuts-and-bolts understanding of most widely-used theories and concepts in student leadership development. The presenters (scholar-practitioners and representatives from ACPA and NASPA) will introduce participants to college student leadership education and provide a foundational toolkit to successfully engage in leadership work. We recommend this session for professionals (at any level) that are recently entering the world of student leadership development.


Claire Austin, Residence Hall Director, New York University
Leadership Education Chair for ACPA’s Commission for Student Involvement

Avani Rana, Director of Leadership, The College of New Jersey
Past Chair for NASPA’s Student Leadership Programs Knowledge Community

Dawn Morgan, Director of Talent Development, Diversity & Inclusion, Articulate
NCLP Representative, LEI Planning Team



The Multi-Institutional Study of Leadership: Deepening Knowledge and Sparking Evidence-based Change in Leadership Development

Over the past 15 years, the Multi-Institutional Study of Leadership (MSL) has bolstered the college student leadership development knowledgebase, providing researchers and practitioners alike with invaluable information. As MSL research continues to deepen our understanding of leadership development in the collegiate context, leadership educators need to adeptly apply this knowledge to effectively develop citizens who can catalyze change our society needs. Join us as we provide an overview of the study, discuss high-impact practices that have emerged from the research, and explore ways to incorporate these practices into a range of leadership education interventions.


John P. Dugan
Executive Director of Youth Leadership Programs, The Aspen Institute

Benjamin P. Correia-Harker
Assistant Director of Engineering and Innovation Leadership Development, Marquette University



Exploring Leadership Education Tools with the Center for Creative Leadership

Seasoned leadership educators will demonstrate multiple applications of experiential learning tools from the Center for Creative Leadership including the Visual Explorer, Leadership Metaphor Explorer, and Transformations tools, in large and small group formats, with a focus on facilitation skills and debriefing.  Demonstrations will showcase an array of tools and skills for facilitating discussions that make abstract conversations about leadership theories, models, and constructs (e.g., Transformational; Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership; Relational Leadership Model; Social Change Model) more concrete, with a focus on designing leadership programs for intentional alignment between and among facilitation tools and leadership learning outcomes. Come join us for a fun, interactive session and leave with tangible tools and resources to enhance your leadership programs!


Dan Jenkins, Ph.D.
Chair and Associate Professor of Leadership & Organizational Studies, University of Southern Maine
Associate Editor of the Journal of Leadership Studies

Todd Deal, Ph.D. 
Faculty, Center for Creative Leadership

Preston Yarborough, Ph.D. 
Faculty, Center for Creative Leadership




LEI: Sponsors and Exhibits

Interested in sponsoring or exhibiting at LEI? Here is the 2020 LEI application. Have questions, contact Fred Comparato at [email protected].