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April 12, 2020

First-Time Attendee Scholarship Applications Close

March 15, 2020

Program Submissions Due

April 12, 2020

Early Registration Deadline Closes

May 11, 2020

The Hotel Block Closes

May 29, 2020

Regular Rate Registration Deadline Closes

June 1, 2020

Late Registration Opens

June 10, 2020

Late Registration Closes

NASPA Region III Summer Symposium

Regional Conference Region III

Following increased and overwhelming concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic and its associated effects across our country, and driven by our responsibility to ensure the best interests of our NASPA community, we are unable to move forward with the 202 NASPA Region III Summer Symposium, scheduled June 10, 2020 – June 14, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, FL. The health, well-being, and safety of our members, our communities, and our staff are of utmost importance.  This was not an easy decision, but we felt this was the best way to proceed during such an unprecedented global situation. 

We will refund registrations in full and without fees to those who are registered for the Summer Symposium. All registration refunds will be completed within 30 days of the event cancelation. Credit card payments made within 90 days will be processed directly back to the card used to register. Credit card payments made over 90 days ago and all check payments will be refunded via ACH. A NASPA staff member will be in touch with an ACH form to receive your payment electronically. Please direct any questions regarding refunds to refund@naspa.org.  

Hotel reservations made through NASPA’s room block have automatically been canceled by the hotel. You will not be charged any fees associated with the hotel reservation. Attendees who made a hotel reservation outside of the block must cancel directly per the cancellation terms of that property. 

As noted in our conference registration policies, NASPA cannot refund flight cancellation/change fees for participants.

Please save the date for our in-person 2021 NASPA Region III Summer Symposium which has been rescheduled for June 9-13, 2021 in Lake Buena Vista, FL. Until then, take care of yourselves and each other.

Presented By

Region 3

Program Proposals

The NASPA Region III Conference Committee is seeking program proposals for Summer Symposium in Orlando, FL, June 10-14, 2020

As professionals in higher education, we strive to advance leadership, scholarship, and professional development.  Additionally, we seek to value strategic preparation for the upcoming year by allowing space for learning and application.  We are seeking program proposals from presenters that draw upon research and experience to create dynamic opportunities for attendees. Please steer away from campus-specific presentations that do not offer means of adaptation to a new campus.


Specifically, we are seeking program proposals that align within one of the following learning themes:

  • Preparing for upcoming Elections & Student Activism. Program proposals that address preparing for the 2020 election, activism, campus space/speech policies, dialogue, crisis preparedness, event planning, and other topics that will allow practitioners to better manage campus issues leading up to and in the wake of the election period.
  • Managing Health & Wellbeing.  Program proposals that address mental health, changing needs of Gen Z, accommodations, autism and neurodiverse students, alcohol & drug education, step-care models of health/counseling services, food access, and other topics that will allow practitioners to better support the evolving landscape of student care.
  • Career & Workforce Development. Program proposals that address career competencies, internships, undergraduate research, trade & skilled professional programs, major maps and other topics that will allow practitioners to better prepare students for first launch.
  • Access and Completion Initiatives. Program proposals that address diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts that will allow practitioners and faculty to better retain and graduate students of underrepresented or marginalized identities.
  • Fostering Student Belonging, Meaning, and Purpose. Program proposals that address orientation, residential living and learning, student activities, student engagement, male engagement, and other topics that will allow practitioners to translate student engagement outside the classroom into educational experiences.


Learn more about the program proposal submission process here: https://apps.naspa.org/cfp/evt_frm_user.cfm?event_id=2407.

The program proposal deadline is Sunday, March 15, 2020 at 11:59 PM EST. If you have any questions regarding submitting your program proposal, please contact Programs Chair, Neil Jamerson  at neil.jamerson@furman.edu. We look forward to reviewing your programs.



First-time Attendee? Apply for a scholarship by April 12. 

Review the venue details below and reserve your room at the discounted rate and/or consider submitting a program proposal by March 15. 

Welcome to the NASPA Region III Summer Symposium homepage! The Summer Symposium is NASPA Region III's annual regional conference and offers a rich opportunity for professional development for all members of NASPA Region III.
NASPA Region III Summer Symposium provides an atmosphere for growth, learning, and development of higher education professionals. This year's theme is Purpose, Preparedness, and Personal Growth. 


Through this experience, you will gain personal and professional development, including:

  • Intentional opportunities for networking and discussion
  • Acclaimed keynote speakers, roundtable discussions, and engaged conversations
  • Broader perspectives on a variety of trending topics related to the field and tangible ideas that can be applied to your campus
  • A relaxed environment that will leave you feeling revitalized


We hope you will join your colleagues for an engaging, purposeful, and exciting opportunity that will leave a lasting impact!

For non-NASPA members, please click here for additional information about setting up a profile in order to register. We are excited to offer NASPA member rates to SACSA and NASAP members in 2020.  Please make sure to select the correct professional level that mirrors your SACSA/NASAP membership so you can access the correct registration rate.

SACSA members should choose the non-member rate and enter the discount code at checkout. 

Pre-Conference Workshops will be offered…details coming soon.  There are no additional costs for Pre-Conference Workshops



Registration Fees

Attendee Type

Early-Bird Registration

1/3/20 to 4/12/20

Regular Registration

4/12/20 to 5/29/20

Late Registration

6/1/20 to 6/10/20

Professional/NASPA Member $260 $335 $395
Student/NASPA Member $105 $135 $155
Professional/Non-Member $460 $535 $595
Student/Non-Member $135 $165 $195

First-time Attendee Scholarship

Region III is looking to support 1st time attendees at the 2020 Summer Symposium in Lake Buena Vista, FL (Swan & Dolphin) by funding the cost of the conference early bird registration ($260). If selected, you will be required to fund your travel, meals and lodging. The scholarship only covers the early bird registration fee of $260. Apply here by April 12

All applicants must be 1st time attendees, members of NASPA, and currently employed within Region III.  Preference will be given to applicants who are not being funded by a college or university to attend the Summer Symposium.  The selected candidate will be asked to sign off on this criterion at a later date.

If selected, you would be required to:

  • Attend a First Timers Introductory gathering at 5 pm, on June 11th. The Symposium Opening Session will follow later that evening.
  • Volunteer at least three hours during the Symposium.
  • Attend at least two conference educational sessions, as well as the featured speaker and welcome reception.

After Conference: Write an essay, create a video, or provide some other method of reflecting on your conference experience, including a description of how well conference attendance goals were achieved, what was learned from volunteer experience, how commitment to the field was bolstered, connections you made with colleagues, and how conference educational sessions addressed the achievement of learning outcomes. NASPA Region III may utilize this in future years to promote our scholarship program. 


All symposium activities will take place at the Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resort. The Walt Disney World Dolphin has arranged special room rates for symposium attendees starting at $235/night. This includes unlimited domestic long distance and local calls, complimentary bottled water replenished daily, high speed internet access, and unlimited admission to fitness centers featuring the WestinWORKOUT® in addition to other amenities. Self-Parking is available for registered guests (those who have a room reservation and spend one or more nights at the hotel) for $20.00 + tax per day. Valet parking for registered guests is $30.00 + tax per day. For non-registered guests (those visiting the hotel to use the facilities and services, but is not staying overnight), self-parking is $20.00 for each exit and valet is $30.00 for each exit.

Reservations must be made by May 11th, 2020.  


Additional Perks: 

Venue Information

Venue Nearest Airport

The closest airport to the symposium location is the Orlando International Airport (MCO). The Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort is approximately 22 miles from the airport.

Venue Transportation & Distance

For more information about transportation, please visit the Parking & Transportation page of the MCO website. A $4.00 discount is available to attendees for round trip shuttle rates through Mears Transportation. Regular Round Trip rates are $32/adult and $25/child (4-11 yrs). 

Venue Weather

Temperatures in Lake Buena Vista in June are in the mid-90s F during the day and mid-70s F in the evening. As the symposium gets closer, please visit the Weather Channel for more information. 

Schedule Overview

Thur. June 11 8am-10am Symposium Committee Meeting
  10am-6pm Registration Open
  2pm-5pm Pre-Conference Sessions and Roundtables
  7pm-9pm Opening Session and Keynote
  9pm-11pm Welcome Reception 
Fri. June 12 8am-4pm Registration Open
  7am-8:30am Continental Breakfast
  9am-12pm Program Block
  12:15pm-1:30pm Luncheon and Keynote
  2pm-3pm, 3pm-5pm Session Blocks

Sat. June 13


 8am-4pm  Registration Open
  7am-8:30am Continental Breakfast
  9am-12pm Session Blocks
  12:15pm-1:30pm Luncheon and Awards Reception
  2pm-3pm, 3pm-4:30pm Session Blocks
  5:30pm-7:30pm Closing Banquet, Final Keynote
Sun. June 14 8:30am-12:30pm Region III Board Meeting (for incoming 2020-2022 members), includes breakfast