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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

Workshop 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 tgillmor@naspa.org.



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 nclp@umd.edu.

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

ACPA Questions:

Angela Hoffman
Director of Professional Development - ACPA

NCLP Questions:

Courtney Holder
National Clearinghouse for Leadership Programs


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



Register Online for Leadership Educators Institute

The Leadership Educators Institute engages leadership practitioners and scholars in active learning, dialogue, and development to enhance student lead

Register Online


December 14
December 15
December 16

All times shown are in Eastern Standard Time

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Pre-Institute Workshops (additional registration required)

3:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Pre-Institute Workshops (additional registration required)

All times shown are in Eastern Standard Time

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Institute Keynote

1:15 PM - 2:15 PM

Breakout Sessions I

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Breakout Sessions II

3:45 PM - 4:45 PM

Breakout Sessions III

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Social Hour

All times shown are in Eastern Standard Time

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Keynote Conversation

1:15 PM - 2:15 PM

Breakout Sessions IV

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Breakout Session V

3:45 PM - 4:45 PM

Breakout Session VI

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Closing Session and Keynote

LEI: Sponsors and Exhibits

Interested in sponsoring or exhibiting at LEI? Contact Fred Comparato at fcomparato@naspa.org.