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MULTI-KC Drive In Conference 2020

Regional Drive-in/Small Conference

The 2020 NASPA Region I Multi KC Drive-In hopes to establish a space for professionals in Higher Education/Student Affairs to gather in order to begin, continue and improve understanding the differences between significance over success for students and professionals of color.  The session formats and methods throughout the day of the conference will allow participants to consume the information in multiple ways. The objectives of the conference are:

  • Define terms associated with and/or including colonization, westernization, xenophobia and settler colonialism.

    • We hope to help participants understand the terminology associated with the overarching theme of decolonization, and how in understanding and recognizing this terminology, we can better serve our students, colleagues, peers and selves.

  • Deconstruct the westernized lens of success as it applies to self-care and self-efficacy

    • We hope to help participants acknowledge the ways in which success, self-care and self-efficacy have been westernized, and how in turn this affects the scope of the higher education field and its practitioners.

  • Redefine success through targeted programming and initiatives to better benefit campus culture and institutionally recognized cultural competency

    • We hope to help participants with tangible ideas and initiatives that can be implemented to better assist the students, professionals and communities affected by the aforementioned conference theme.

Presented By

Event Speaker

Keynote Speaker - Dr. Sylvia C. Spears is Vice President for Equity and Social Justice at Emerson College

Dr. Sylvia C. Spears is Vice President for Equity and Social Justice at Emerson College, where she works to advance anti-oppression and social justice efforts. She leads the Social Justice Center at Emerson. The Center's work focuses on three practice areas - advocacy and radical care, access and equity, and efforts to lift up community-based knowledge. She also teaches a course on Peace and Social Justice in the Institute for Liberal Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies at Emerson. 

Dr. Spears has been in higher education for over 25 years in a variety of roles, including both faculty and administrative. She has a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Rhode Island/Rhode Island College Joint Doctoral Program, as well as a Master of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies with a specialization in Student Affairs, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Communications. She is deeply committed to advancing social justice through reflective praxis, advocacy that centers individuals from racialized and marginalized communities, and community work that is grounded liberatory practices.

Event Schedule

    9:00a.m.-9:30a.m. Check-in & Light Breakfast

    9:30a.m.-10:00a.m. Welcome from Committee and Host Institution

    10:00a.m.-10:45a.m. Keynote Speaker

    10:45a.m.-11:00a.m. Break

    11:00a.m.-12:00p.m. Concurrent Sessions

    12:00p.m.-1:00pm Lunch

    1:00pm-2:00pm Concurrent Sessions

    2:00p.m.-2:15p.m. Break

    2:15p.m.-3:15p.m. Concurrent Sessions

    3:15p.m. Closing Announcements

    3:30p.m. Conference Social (Optional)