The 2020 Institute will be the twelfth in its twenty-two-year history and will be held on Emerson College's urban campus in Boston. The Institute brings together vice presidents for student affairs and other senior-level leaders at small colleges and universities with enrollments of fewer than 5000 students for three days of learning and networking. An intentional component of this signature NASPA program is living and learning together on the host campus.
Topics featured during the 2020 Institute include:
- Innovative strategies to address student mental health and wellness challenges
- Promoting constructive dialogue in today's hyper-polarized campus environments
- Presidential perspectives about challenges and opportunities for SCUs in today's turbulent contexts
- Leading diverse, intergenerational staffs to excellence
- New Title IX rules
- Hot topics for small colleges and universities
We hope you'll choose to join us in June!
About M. Ben Hogan
In March 2016, the NASPA Small Colleges and Universities Division proposed that the NASPA Small Colleges and Universities Institute be renamed in honor of Michael “Ben” Hogan. The NASPA Board of Directors enthusiastically supported the proposal, and the Institute was renamed the NASPA M. Ben Hogan Small Colleges and Universities Institute. The 2018 institute, hosted by the University of Puget Sound, was the first that bore Ben's name.
Ben Hogan had a long and distinguished career in student affairs. Having spent time at Lycoming College in Pennsylvania and Springfield College in Massachusetts, among other places, Ben was a long-time student affairs administrator at small colleges. As the chairperson of the NASPA Small Colleges and Universities Network (predecessor to the current division), he worked tirelessly to advance the mission and purpose of the small college movement. He was instrumental in laying the groundwork for increased recognition, which resulted in small colleges and universities gaining a seat on the NASPA Board of Directors. Through this work, Ben championed the concept of a professional development experience specifically for small college professionals, and he served as the chairperson of the first NASPA Small Colleges and Universities Institute in 1998.
All institute activities will take place at Emerson College in historic Boston, Massachusetts. An intentional component of this signature NASPA program is that participants live and learn together on the host campus. Attendees will be housed in an on-campus, apartment-style suite with a private bedroom and a shared bathroom. Given this unique aspect of the program, we are not able to accommodate family members or other traveling companions in the institute-provided housing.
Institute Planning Committee
2020 NASPA M. Ben Hogan Small Colleges and Universities Institute Planning Team:
- Kimberly Blea, Dean of Students, New Mexico Highlands University, Institute Co-chair
- Daniel Hirsch, Dean of Campus Life, Pitzer College, Institute Co-chair
- Fran'Cee Brown-McClure, Vice-President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, Union College
- Julie DeGraw, Vice President for Student Affairs, Valparaiso University
- Sharon Duffy, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs, Emerson College
- Maria Flores-Mills, Vice President of Student Engagement and Dean of Students at Queens University of Charlotte
- Mary Geller, Vice President of Student Development, College of Saint Benedict
- Chris Gill, Dean of Students, Culver-Stockton College
- Jim Hoppe, Vice President and Dean for Campus Life, Emerson College
- Carolyn Livingston, Vice President for Student Life & Dean of Students, Carleton College
- Deborah Martin, Dean of Student Life, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
- Domanic Thomas, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Enrollment, Washington State University Vancouver
- James Stascavage, Senior Director for Leadership and Senior Student Affairs Officers Initiatives, NASPA
- Kayla Thompson, Program Execution Coordinator, NASPA