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NASPA Western Regional Conference

Regional Conference Student Success Region V Region VI Mid-Level



Presented By

Region V
Region VI

Message from the Chair

On behalf of the 2020 NASPA WRC committee, I am honored to invite you to Anaheim, California where we will join together to celebrate our profession and amazing colleagues. We have a dynamic and diverse committee that will be working to bring you an exciting conference experience, one that showcases best practices while networking and building relationships. 

Our conference theme, Together Towards Tomorrow, inspires us to interrogate the issues of our past and present as we imagine the possibilities of shaping a wonderful future. The conference committee understands the importance of moving forward collectively in this journey. During this election season, our work is more profound than ever and as student affairs educators we must build on best practices to ensure inclusive spaces on our campuses for all students to thrive. 

Anaheim is a vibrant destination that represents an evolving community moving forward into the future. Please join us with your colleagues, students and family as we move Together Towards Tomorrow at the 2020 WRC in Anaheim.


Rameen Talesh Ed.D.

NASPA WRC 2020 Conference Chair 



2020 NASPA WRC Conference Committee

Click here to meet the NASPA Western Regional Conference Committee for 2020!

Pre-Conference Program and Events

All participants must register for the 2020 NASPA Western Regional Conference to attend a pre-conference institute.


NUFP (NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program) Institute

If you are a NASPA Undergraduate Fellow, start your conference experience here! The NUFP Institute takes place over two days starting on Nov 10. To honor our conference theme, our cohort will build bridges to professional practices and skills, create connections to each other and participants in the other institutes, and support you in identifying next steps to your academic and professional goals. The institute will also introduce you to current and diverse Student Affairs practitioners, many of whom are NUFP alumni and friends, who will share their wisdom and coach you through your institute experience. Register early to secure your spot!

NOTE: Your status as a NUFP Fellow does not guarantee you a spot in this pre-conference institute. You must register to participate and be a current NASPA Undergraduate Fellow.



Felipe Martinez  — University of Washington, Seattle
Danielle Quinones-Ortega — UC Santa Barbara

Graduate Students Institute

Graduate student experiences offer invaluable lessons for navigating your Student Affairs journey; however, transforming those lessons into leadership foundations for higher education requires intentionality. From thinking about challenges facing Student Affairs leaders to planning your professional pathways, this pre-conference is designed to support your journey while addressing how to balance academics, career interests, and life beyond the profession



Chris Hutchison - Chapman University 

New Professionals Institute

The New Professionals Institute provides a forum for NASPA members with less than three years of experience to address the knowledge and skills they desire as they engage in the duties of student affairs administration. As a new professional, you are uniquely positioned to bridge the emerging needs of students and supporting the administrative evolution toward addressing these challenges. The Institute is offered in conjunction with the NASPA Western Regional Conference which allows you to build your professional network within regions V and VI. In addition, the Institute will feature the following topics:

  • Finding your place within your organization

  • Student affairs career planning and positioning for purposeful growth

  • Strategies for effective networking

  • Pathways for professional development

  • Trends in student affairs administration

  • Understanding campus cultures — external and internal influences



Leslie Opulauoho - University of Hawai'i, West O'ahu 

Mid-Level Professionals Institute

Mid-level professionals are some of the most influential forces on campus. In pivotal positions, they serve students directly while promoting the learning, growth, and development of their staff. As managers, they provide critical insight and perspective to senior administrators and bridge the gap between Academic and Student Affairs. In appreciation of the varied roles mid-level professionals play, the MLI provides focused learning and a valuable networking opportunity. Developed for those in a managerial position with professional staff supervision and development responsibilities, the MLI curriculum offers a space to learn from senior student affairs officers and the opportunity to share cross-sector collaboration techniques and approaches. Join us for critical reflection as we consider best practices and emerging trends while discussing job satisfaction and professional development.



Marcus A. Rodriguez — Occidental College


Community College Professionals Institute

The Community College Institute provides a forum designed for and by NASPA community college members.  The institute is designed to build networking opportunities, actively engage in understanding in the context and role of community college in America, and discuss the ways in which our work contributes to student success in higher education.  The institute is offered in conjunction with the 2020 NASPA Western Regional Conference, which allows you to build your professional network with others at community colleges in regions V and VI.



Isaac A. Rodriguez Lupercio - Santa Moinca College

Assistant/Associate Vice President and Dean of Students (AVP/DOS) Institute

The Assistant Vice President/Dean of Students (AVP/DOS) Institute guides individuals who currently serve in a supporting role, or “number two,” to the institution’s highest-ranking student affairs officer. The institute engages participants in career networking, discussions about current national topics and how it impacts our work, best practices in supporting a senior student affairs officer, and visioning and reflecting around excelling in this role.



Clint-Michael Reneau - CSU Fullerton

Senior Student Affairs Officers (SSAO) Institute

Senior Student Affairs Officers Institute:  Last Lectures From Our Best and Brightest

The 2020 Senior Student Affairs Officers (SSAO) Institute will feature Last Lectures delivered by some of the most respected colleagues in our regions.  These well-regarded practitioners will share reflections for what would theoretically be the very last presentation in their illustrious careers. The Institute is structured to provide meaningful opportunities for dialog among the attendees about the issues raised by each of the lecturers.  These discussions will provide an opportunity to further engage the presenters while also benefiting from the wisdom of fellow SSAO participants. We will have rich conversations about our shared challenges, unique perspectives, and possible responses relative to the topics and themes highlighted by our invited speakers. 

Note:  The Institute is designed for the most senior student affairs officer on campus.



Mike Segawa - Pitzer College


The Anaheim Marriott rests in the heart of Anaheim’s resort district near DISNEYLAND® Resort, walking distance to Anaheim Convention Center, and the Anaheim Garden Walk. The hotel has been newly renovated with enough event space to accommodate our dynamic NASPA Western Regional Conference guests. 

Rates & Reservation

More information about reserving guest rooms and a reservation link to the NASPA room block to come!


700 West Convention Way, Anaheim CA 92802



John Wayne Airport-Orange County (SNA) 

Airport Phone: +1 949-252-5200

Hotel direction: 14.1 miles NW

This hotel does not provide shuttle service. 

  • Alternate transportation: Super Shuttle; fee: 11 USD (one way) ;reservation required 

  • Estimated taxi fare: 45 USD (one way) 

Visit SNA airport website 


Driving directions from SNA to hotel

Travel northeast on North Airport Way. Continue onto JWA Roadway then make a slight right back onto North Airport Way. Turn left onto MacArthur Boulevard. Turn right to merge onto Interstate 405 North toward Long Beach. Take exit 9A to merge onto CA-55 North. Travel 4.3 miles to exit 10B for Interstate 5 North toward Santa Ana. Travel 5.9 miles to exit 109 for Katella Avenue/Disney Way/Civic Center/Disneyland. Merge onto South Anaheim Way. Proceed to East Katella Avenue and turn left. Turn left again onto South Harbor Boulevard. take the first right onto West Convention Way. Make a U-turn and the hotel will be on the right.


Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) 

Airport Phone: +1 310-646-5252

Hotel direction: 35 miles SE

This hotel does not provide shuttle service. 

  • Alternate transportation: Super Shuttle; fee: 17 USD (one way) ;reservation required 

  • Estimated taxi fare: 120 USD (one way) 

Visit LAX airport website 


Driving directions from LAX to hotel

Travel east on World Way. Keep right and merge onto South Sepulveda Boulevard. Make a slight right onto the Interstate 105 East ramp. Keep left and merge onto Interstate 105 East. Travel 17 miles to exit 18 for Interstate 605. Keep right and follow signs for Interstate 605 South. Merge onto Interstate 605 South and travel 2.5 miles to exit 7A for CA-91 East. Travel 7.6 miles on CA-91 East to exit 24 and merge onto Interstate 5 South toward Santa Ana. Travel 5 miles to exit 110A for Harbor Boulevard and the convention center. Keep right and follow signs for Harbor Boulevard South. Merge onto South Harbor Boulevard and continue to West Convention Way. Make a U-turn and the hotel will be on the right.


Long Beach Airport (LGB) 

Airport Phone: +1 562-570-2600

Hotel direction: 18.2 miles E

This hotel does not provide shuttle service. 

  • Alternate transportation: Super Shuttle; fee: 35 USD (one way) ;reservation required 

  • Estimated taxi fare: 70 USD (one way) 

Visit LGB airport website 


Driving directions from LGB to hotel

Travel south on Donald Douglas Drive toward Barbara London Drive. Make a slight right to stay on Donald Douglas Drive. Turn right onto North Lakewood Boulevard. From the boulevard take the Interstate 405 South ramp. Keep left and merge onto Interstate 405 South. Travel 6.2 miles to CA-22 East/Garden Grove Freeway (signs for Garden Grove). Travel 7.3 miles on CA-22 East to exit 12A for Harbor Boulevard South. Merge onto Trask Avenue and continue to Harbor Boulevard. Turn left and follow the boulevard for 2.4 miles to West Convention Way. Turn left. Make a U-turn and the hotel will be on the right.



Ground Transportation

Train Station:

Anaheim Amtrak Station

2.5 miles E from hotel


Bus Station:

Anaheim Greyhound Station

2.2 miles N from hote

Anaheim Resort Transportation

0.1 miles N from hotel


Car Rentals:

At this property:


700 West Convention Way

Anaheim, CA 92802

Phone: +1 714-750-4080



Electric car charging stations: 4, Complimentary

On-site parking, fee: $26 daily

Valet parking, fee: $31 daily



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