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December 11, 2021

On-Site Registration

NASPA Multicultural Institute: Advancing Equity and Inclusive Practice

In-Person Conferences Equity, Inclusion and Social Justice Equity, Inclusion, and Social Justice Division

The NASPA Multicultural Institute: Advancing Equity and Inclusive Practice is the premier event for student affairs and academic affairs professionals who are seeking an interactive forum that combines thought-provoking keynote speakers, challenging educational sessions, and opportunities for resource and idea sharing. The Institute exists to connect those with responsibilities for and those who are passionate about justice, equity, access, and inclusion in higher education.

The 2021 institute will focus on racial equity, shared equity leadership, institutionalizing equity and justice through organizational change, and strengthening and fostering a climate of care for staff and students.


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Registration as a member is based on individual membership status at the time of the event. If your current membership will expire prior to the event, you will have the option to renew at the time of registration to receive the member rate.

If you are not a current member and are employed by a college or university that is an institutional member, you can join as a professional affiliate member for $75. If your institution is NOT a member, you can join as an associate affiliate member for $242. Both membership types provide access to the individual member rate for the event. Please visit the membership section of the NASPA website to learn more about membership types and benefits. We hope you’ll consider joining today!

If you are experiencing financial hardship, you may qualify for a NASPA Foundation Membership Scholarship or NASPA Foundation Professional Development Access Scholarship, which can be used for this event. Note that the Professional Development Access Scholarship deadline for NMI is November 5, 2021. 

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

In keeping with the Association's duty to care and responsibility as host, NASPA leadership has decided that all participants at in-person conferences, whether a presenter, attendee, exhibitor, staff, guest, or vendor will be required to be fully vaccinated. "Full vaccination" means that either 14 days have passed since receiving the second dose of FDA or WHO authorized (or emergency use authorized) double-dozed vaccines or single-dose vaccine. Proof of vaccination will be required to attend any events where there is a vaccination requirement. (At this time, all NASPA events, other than those taking place in Region III,  are requiring vaccinations.)

Attendees will be required to attest to their vaccination during the registration process and provide CDC-or WHO-approved proof of vaccination status prior to attending any NASPA event. You will be required to either show vaccination documentation at onsite registration or prior to the event via a HIPPA-compliant online format. For those individuals who are not vaccinated, you will be offered the option to register but you will be required to provide documentation of a negative PCR test no more than 72 hours prior to arrival to any event.


Early Registration
before 10/18/2021
 Regular Registration
10/19/2021 to 11/9/2021
Late Registration
after 11/9/2021
NASPA Member 
 $450  $500  $575
Non Member
 $650 $700 $775
   NASPA Student Member
 $175  $225  $300



Early Registration
before 10/18/2021
Regular Registration
10/19/2021 - 11/9/2021
Late Registration
after 11/9/2021
NASPA Member 
Non Member

NASPA Multicultural Institute: COVID Information

COVID Protocols Summary

All participants at NASPA in-person conferences, whether a presenter, attendee, exhibitor, staff, guest, or vendor, will be required to be fully vaccinated. Individuals who require a vaccination exemption must provide documentation of a negative PCR test no more than 72 hours prior to arrival to any event. All participants at NASPA events will be required to wear masks. Please see the NASPA COVID Event Safety and Responsibility webpage for complete information about NASPA's policy. 

New Orleans Area COVID Information 



Schedule at a Glance

Thursday, December 9, 2021
9:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. CST
Friday, December 10, 2021
7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. CST
Saturday, December 11, 2021
7:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. CST

9:00 a.m. - 12 p.m. Pre-Institute Workshops

12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. Lunch On Your Own

1:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. Institute Opening Keynote and Reception: Juju Chang

4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Concurrent Session Block 1

5:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. Concurrent Session Block 2

6:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. Reflection Groups

All times are in central standard time. Schedule is subject to change. 

7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. Wellness Activity

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Breakfast

9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Plenary Speaker: Dr. Elizabeth Holcombe and Darsella Vigil

10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Concurrent Session Block 3

11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Lunch on Your Own

1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. Concurrent Session Block 4

2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Concurrent Session Block 5

3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. Keynote Speaker: Tara Yosso

4:45 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Sponsor Networking Hour

6:00 p.m. Optional Dinner Dialogues (cost on your own)

All times are in central standard time. Schedule is subject to change. 


7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. Wellness Activity

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Breakfast

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Concurrent Session Block 6

10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. Concurrent Session Block 7

11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Reflection Groups

All times are in central standard time. Schedule is subject to change. 

Pre-Institute Programs & Events

Thursday, December 9, 2021

Beyond Buzzwords and Bans: Operationalizing Critical Race Theory to Challenge Institutional Narratives and Create Change

Critical Race Theory was thrust into the national dialogue following efforts to ban its use by state policymakers resulting in a chilling effect for many higher education leaders. This pre-institute workshop will operationalize CRT to demonstrate how to challenge organizational narratives that perpetuate inequities. In partnership with the NASPA Community College Division, the presenters will provide an overview of CRT, provide a case study of its usage to develop institutional counternarratives, and facilitate activities designed to help attendees begin to deconstruct narratives to create organizational change. 

Continuing Education

NASPA has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5120. A list of programs for which NBCC-approved clock hours will be awarded is linked below. NASPA is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

Participants can receive a maximum of 8.75 clock hours for this event. To receive credit, please complete the Clock Hour Monitoring Form below. In addition, you must complete an online evaluation of individual sessions, which will be emailed to you shortly after the conference. A certificate of completion will be sent via email after the form has been processed and approved. 

A general certificate of attendance is available for sessions that are not eligible for NBCC, or to document hours for other licenses or credentials. The form to request this certificate is available below.

The deadline to request clock hours for this event is January 14, 2022. For questions regarding continuing education, please contact Teri Gillmor at [email protected].



Interested in sponsorship or exhibiting, fill out the application here. If you have questions, please contact Kristie Jerde 218-280-7875 or at [email protected] For all the ways you can get involved with NASPA, please visit the Corporate Involvement Page.

Thank you to our Gold Conference Sponsors

Thank you to our Silver Conference Sponsor


Hyatt Regency New Orleans
Hyatt Regency New Orleans
601 Loyola Avenue
New Orleans, Louisiana
United States, 70113

All conference activities will take place at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans.

Reserve Your Room Today!

About New Orleans, Louisiana

Discover the culture of the Crescent City at Hyatt Regency New Orleans. The property is centered downtown near Champions Square, Smoothie King Center, and minutes from the historic French Quarter, Arts District, and Mississippi Riverfront. There’s no better place from which to explore the eclectic vibrancy of New Orleans. Visit this website for more information on all that New Orleans has to offer during your visit!


The Hyatt Regency New Orleans is serviced by the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY). The hotel is approximately 15 miles from the airport. Visit MSY airport website for more information. 

Shuttle Service:

The Hyatt partners with Airport Shuttle at a special discounted rate. Reservations must be made via their website at least 24 hours prior to your flight arrival time. 

  • Discounted round-trip rate: $40 per person
  • Discounted one-way rate: $20 per person

Driving directions

Take I-95 South to second exit. The sign will say I-295 & Blount Island (Exit 362A). Follow I-295 to Butler Boulevard, SR 202, and go East on Butler Boulevard East until it ends at A1A. Veer right onto A1A (South) and follow 3.5 miles to the Sawgrass Marriott Resort & Spa. Turn right on PGA Tour Blvd. The hotel is on the left.

Self Parking and Valet Parking is availble at the hotel. Please click here to view the rates. There are several nearby parking lots, including the 1301 Girod Parking Garage that connects directly to the hotel. To confirm rates, contact Merit Parking at (504) 561-0575.

Additional Transportation Options:

  • The Loyola-UPT Streetcar Line passes the hotel every 20 minutes. The fee is $1.25 to be paid upon boarding
  • Amtrak: Union Passenger Terminal – 0.3 miles

The average temperatures in New Orleans in December are around 65 degrees F during the day and 46 degrees F in the evening. As the conference gets closer, please check the local weather or visit the Weather Channel a few days before your trip as well.

Please note, the hotel and meeting areas may be colder temperatures. A sweater or jacket is recommended.