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April 21, 2021

Early Registration Deadline

May 19, 2021

Regular Registration Deadline

May 26, 2021

Hotel Cut Off

NASPA Peer Education Advisors Institute

Workshop Health, Safety, and Well-being Alcohol and Other Drug Health, Safety, and Well-being Initiatives Sexual and Relationship Violence Prevention, Education, and Response Wellness and Health Promotion Mid-Level New Professional

The role of a collegiate peer health education advisor is complex, ever changing, and sometimes poorly defined. In the past there has not been a handbook, training, or manual when it comes to working with peer health education groups. There is also not one prescribed way to implement peer education on campus since each campus is unique.

Presented By

 Health, Safety, and Well-being Initiatives

2020 Peer Education Advisors Institute Rescheduled

The 2020 NASPA Peer Education Advisors Institute, originally scheduled for June 18-19, 2020, has been rescheduled. The next Peer Education Advisors Institute will take place June 17-18, 2021 in Minneapolis, MN. Information currently on this page applies to the 2021 Institute. Scroll down to the FAQ section on this page for more information on the decision to cancel the 2020 Institute.


The Peer Education Advisors Institute is intended for both newer professionals, as well as those that have years of advising experience. While some of the workshops will be focused on pre-planned topics such as ethics and boundaries, marketing, and building collaboration across campus, much of the content will focus on the needs of the attendees through facilitated discussions. Additionally, attendees will be given access to a handbook with reflection activities to assist in their learning. Whether attendees come from a public health, student affairs, counseling, or other background, this institute will provide the foundation and go deeper into what every peer education advisor needs to be successful.

Prior to attending Advisor Institute, all attendees will be required to complete Advisor Academy so that each attendee will have common language and collective knowledge. The content from the Advisor Academy will give attendees baseline knowledge and prepare them for participation in the institute. Participants will also be given an Advisor Academy specific workbook that follows along with the modules. Content covered in the Advisor Academy includes:

  • Models of peer education
  • General concepts, definitions, and theories for peer education advising
  • Recruitment, retention, and training models
  • Budgeting
  • Supervisory and leadership styles
  • How to hold student-leaders accountable
  • Obtaining and sustaining resources for your peer education group
  • Student development and learning outcomes
  • Assessment and evaluation


Check back regularly for more information on the event schedule and specific session topics! 

Jun 17
Jun 18
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM


10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Advisors Institute Sessions

Check back soon for more info on specific content! 

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Advisors Reception

Join us for a reception with heavy appetizers to network with your Faculty and colleagues. 

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Advisors Institute Sessions

Check back soon for more info on specific content! 


Registration rates for the 2021 NASPA Peer Education Advisors Institute are based on NASPA individual membership status. Check out our Membership page to learn more about the benefits of membership, and how to sign up!



Registration Fees

Early Registration

before 4/21/21

Regular Registration

before 5/19/21

Late Registration

before 6/17/21

NASPA Member
$575 $625 $725
$775 $825 $925


See below for a full list of NASPA's Peer Education and Advising Faculty. While not all individuals will be facilitating this year's Institute, each of them contributed to the development and success of this event. 


InterContinental Minneapolis - St. Paul Airport

InterContinental Minneapolis - St. Paul Airport

5005 Glumack Dr.

Minnepolis, MN 55450

(612) 725-0500 If booking via phone, make sure to mention you are with NASPA!


This year's Advisors Institute will be held at the InterContinental Minneapolis - St. Paul Airport. See below for room rates. The hotel cut-off is May 26, 2021 - make sure to book your room before this deadline! 


Single/Double - $189
Triple - $209
Quad - $229



The venue is private drive accessible and skywalk connected to Minneapolis – St. Paul International Airport at Terminal 1. Located at MSP International Airport and 5 minutes away from The Mall of America, the InterContinental Minneapolis – St. Paul Airport features an immediate accessible carry-on luggage TSA Checkpoint and indoor Skywalk bridge linking the hotel to Terminal 1.The hotel is also conveniently located 20 minutes away from the cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. 

Dining and Hotel Amenities

La Voya Brasserie located on the lobby level is a French brasserie featuring French classics made modern with Minnesota influences. La Voya will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. 

Bradstreet Craftshouse will also feature foosball, shuffle board and assorted table games. The private dining room features a pool table which can double as a boardroom table for 10 people; the space can accommodate up to 18. Bradstreet Craftshouse will be open for happy hour and dinner.

The Coffee Shop, located on the 1st floor will serve Italian coffee and French pastries. The coffee shop will be open 7 days a week.

Our onsite Spa features a thermal pool, steam room, couples’ treatment room, outdoor fire pit and full fitness center.

Book Your Room Online


1. What is the status of the 2020 NASPA Peer Education Advisors Institute?

We are rescheduling the 2020 NASPA Peer Education Advisors Institute in Minneapolis, MN on June 18-19. NASPA has been closely monitoring CDC, federal and state guidelines regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19). We want to assure our conference participants and attendees that your health and safety are of utmost concern and our top priority.

2. Why was a decision made to terminate the meeting?

The decision was based on several factors, including, but not limited to:

  • The World Health Organization declared COVID-19 to be a pandemic on March 11, 2020.
  • Input from our members who were increasingly concerned with travel and the large gathering in Minneapolis.
  • Travel bans/restrictions imposed upon our attendees, exhibitors, and sponsors.
  • The expanding trajectory of the virus, based on tools such as the Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering COVID-19 tracking device that monitors the escalation of COVID-19 domestically and globally.
3. Will the conference be rescheduled for later this year?

No. Unfortunately, the availability of the hotel or alternative suitably-sized venues does not make it possible to reschedule within 2020. NASPA sources and contracts events over a year in advance, so we will hold the 2021 NASPA Peer Education Advisors Institute in person on June 17-18, 2021 in Minneapolis, MN.

4. Will my fees (registration, pre-conferences, etc.) be refunded?

All registrations will be automatically canceled and refunded without an administrative fee. There is no need to contact NASPA in order to cancel your registration.

5. What should I do if I reserved my hotel room at the conference hotel?

If you reserved a hotel room at the Intercontinental Minneapolis – St. Paul Airport within the NASPA housing block, your room reservation will be automatically canceled by the hotel. If you made a hotel reservation outside of the block or at another venue, you will need to cancel directly. Most hotels require cancellation at least 72 hours in advance of the check-in date.

6. Will NASPA help with fees associated with the cancellation of my travel reservations?

NASPA is not able to assist with travel arrangements you made on your own.  However, most airlines have made special provisions to address COVID-19 related issues. Please contact your travel agent or the airline directly to learn about the options that exist.

7. Who can I contact if I have additional questions?

Please contact Jason Davis at jdavis@naspa.org if you have further questions.