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October 11, 2021

Early-bird registration deadline

November 10, 2021

Regular registration deadline

NASPA Multicultural Institute: Advancing Equity and Inclusive Practice

National Institute/Small Conference 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 equity, access, and social justice in higher education.

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The Professional Competency Areas for Student Affairs Practitioners approved by NASPA specify that knowledge and skills related to equity, diversity, and inclusion are an expectation of all practitioners regardless of their area of specialization or positional role within the field. The NASPA Multicultural Institute is intentionally designed for student affairs practitioners and administrators to further expand their own awareness, further develop skills as a multicultural educators, and exchange best practices for supporting traditionally underrepresented and historically disenfranchised college student populations. Institute participants will engage in a multitude of topics related to multiculturalism, intercultural competency, cross-culturalism and social justice by focusing on race and ethnicity; sexual orientation; sex; gender; and gender identity; ability, nationality; religion and spirituality; and socioecomic class.


Establishing and Strengthening Pathways for Success for Minoritized Groups

How are campuses surfacing and removing structural barriers to success and building open pathways that enhance access, persistence, and graduation of minoritized groups?

Programs submitted under this theme should help participants:

  • Learn about collaborative strategies and mechanisms that facilitate awareness and agency of cross-campus partners to identify and remove structural barriers to success
  • Develop training and development programs to enhance the intercultural understanding and capacity of students, staff, and faculty
  • Learn about innovative identity-conscious programs that meet particular challenges and needs associated with students’ diverse and intersecting backgrounds and experiences, including but not limited to those of students of color, students with disabilities, students who identify in the LGBTQ+ community, and international students
  • Build awareness of and capacity to use asset- and strength-based approaches in creating programs and services
Preventing and Responding to Violence, Trauma, and Social Unrest

What proven practices and mechanisms enable campus communities to prepare for and respond effectively to violence and social unrest through meaningful and consistent engagement with issues of equity, inclusion, and social justice?

Programs submitted under this theme should help participants:

  • Understand the human and emotional dimensions of preparation for and response to traumatic events
  • Navigate potential conflicts between personal and institutional politics, decision-making, and accountability
  • Gain awareness and skills to prepare and support campus communities to respond and heal in the wake of unrest, trauma, and violence
  • Explore and learn to work with differing perspectives on equity, oppression, inclusion, and social justice on campus and in society
  • Learn about comprehensive violence and trauma prevention strategies, including primary, secondary, and tertiary mechanisms, for discriminatory violence directed at or disproportionately affecting minoritized groups
  • Build skills to critically consume, evaluate, and leverage media that informs prevention and response to violence, trauma, and social unrest
Enhancing Innovative Praxis of Research, Theory, and Practice

In what ways can we foster, propagate, and apply research that spans boundaries, developmental models that speak to intersectional lives, and innovative practices that advance inclusion and equity?

Programs submitted under this theme should help participants:

  • Learn foundational and emerging theoretical perspectives that support work with students with diverse experiences
  • Develop strategies to integrate theory and practice in tangible ways to influence campus policy and practice
  • Learn and apply innovative, research-informed strategies that enhance inclusion and justice
  • Discern or further develop a scholar-practitioner identity
Balancing and Enacting Healthy, Brave Spaces and Open Expression

How do campuses unpack the false dichotomy between open expression and so-called “safe spaces” and reframe the needs for healthy, brave curricular and co-curricular spaces that cultivate students’ critical thinking and capacity to be change agents?

Programs submitted under this theme should help participants:

  • Recast safe spaces as sites of liberation,authentic expression, and learning
  • Develop frameworks for brave spaces that open up opportunities for cross-campus collaboration and that help institutions understand their importance to learning and inclusion
  • Learn strategies to create brave spaces that facilitate negotiation of meaning and representation, conflict navigation, knowledge production, and intersectional identity exploration and expression
Fostering Development of Effective Civic and Democratic Engagement for Justice

In what ways are campuses preparing students with the skills and capacities for collective work with and in diverse communities to enact sustainable change for the common good?

Programs submitted under this theme should help participants:

  • Envision the key features of a thriving democracy that centers issues of equity and justice
  • Learn how campus and community partnerships positively influence sense of belonging and wellbeing for diverse populations
  • Understand the knowledge, skills, and perspectives needed in order to create and contribute to a thriving democracy
  • Learn innovative approaches to integrate civic and democratic engagement in the work of inclusion and diversity on campuses
  • Explore ways to build institutional cultures, infrastructure, and relationships that facilitate civic and democratic engagement


Pre-Conference Programs & Events



If you would like to exhibit at or sponsor the 2021 NASPA Multicultural Institute, contact Kristie Jacobsen Jerde by phone at 218.280.7578 or via email kjerde@naspa.org

Thank you to our Conference Sponsors


Hyatt Regency New Orleans
New Orleans, Louisiana 

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

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. 


Room Rate/night
Hyatt Regency New Orleans
601 Loyola Avenue
New Orleans, Louisiana
United States, 70113

Single - $199
Double - $199 
Triple - $209
Quadruple - $219