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NASPA Region IV-West & East Joint Conference

Regional Conference Region IV-E Region IV-W AVP or "Number Two" Faculty Graduate Mid-Level New Professional Senior Level Undergraduate VP for Student Affairs

Get ready for a great time in the Windy City! Region IV-West and Region IV-East will come together as one in the beautiful Intercontinental Chicago Magnificent Mile in downtown Chicago, Illinois from November 1-3rd, 2019. Over the course of three days, we will learn and engage around the conference theme (WEnvision the Future) with hundreds of student affairs professionals from across the Midwest.

Presented By

Region IV-E
Region IV-W


Chicago, Illinois welcomes NASPA Region IV-West & East for their Joint Conference, Nov. 1-3, 2020. 

Our theme, WEnvision Our Future, captures the essence of the West/East (WE) partnership and the power we have as two large regions to shape the future of our profession. It is a call to think differently about a changing higher education landscape, and to take ownership of our role in shaping our future together. Through inspiring keynote presentations, thought-provoking educational sessions and institutes, and numerous opportunities to reconnect with colleagues and make new friends, the NASPA IV-W/E 2020 joint conference will be a premier, future-focused professional development experience.

Land Acknowledgement

Before planning for the 2020 NASPA Region IV-W and IV-E Joint Conference commences, we want to begin this process by recognizing the Council of the Three Fires - Ojibwe, Odawa, and Potawatomi, as well as the Menominee, Miami, and Ho-Chunk Nations, as the first peoples of the location known today as Chicago, Illinois. As our understanding of the historical and contemporary relationships Indigenous peoples have with the lands and waters of this locale grows, we have tasked ourselves with critically integrating this knowledge into the building of this conference context. Through these conscious efforts, we seek to humbly decolonize our sensibilities about place and the ways we engage who we are in relation to it.

Sources: Northwestern University, Native American and Indigenous Initiatives; University of Illinois at Chicago, Native American Support Program; NASPA Indigenous Peoples Knowledge Community

Welcome from Conference Co-chairs

Hello and welcome to the 2020 Joint IV-West/IV-East Regional Conference! We are Dr. Michael Anthony and Dr. Thomas Lane, and wecould not be happier to serve as Co-Chairs for this incredible professional opportunity. 

Dr. Anthony serves as the Vice President of Student Affairs and Institutional Effectiveness at Prairie State College, and Dr. Lane serves as the Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students at Kansas State University. We have both been involved in NASPA for some time, having served in various roles within our respective regions. We have both personally benefited greatly from our involvement, and believe you will benefit greatly from this conference. We are committed to working with our incredible team of volunteers to bring you an experience that is accessible, innovative, and fun, and that equips you with the tools you need to Envision Our Future both on campus and in your professional life. 

If you have questions or need information, please scan the site and/or feel free to reach out to us or one of our talented members of the Conference Committee! See you in Chicago in November 2020!


All conference activities will take place at the InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile.


Hotel booking information:

Hotel Room Rate / Night
InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile
505 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 944-4100


For more information about sponsoring and/or exhibiting at the conference, please contact: Corporate Liasons: Sidney Childs ([email protected]) and Delton Gordon (d[email protected])