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NASPA Peer Education Conference

In-Person Conferences Health, Safety, and Well-being Alcohol and Other Drug Campus Safety and Violence Prevention Health, Safety, and Well-being Initiatives Student Leadership Programs Wellness and Health Promotion Graduate Undergraduate

Join us at the 2024 Peer Education Conference (formerly General Assembly), now part of the NASPA Strategies Conferences in San Francisco, CA. Students and advisors from across the nation will gather in-person to be inspired, share ideas, and build exceptional peer education programs promoting strategies in health, safety, and student leadership.

 

Presented By

 Health, Safety, and Well-being Initiatives

About

NASPA's Peer Education Conference: a NASPA Strategies Conference affords peer educators and advisors a tremendous selection of learning opportunities to contribute to the development of individual peer educators, groups, advisors, and the field of peer education. The Peer Education Conference also provides pre-conference learning opportunities to enhance the conference experience, including our Certified Peer Educator (CPE) training.

Throughout the conference, presentations will highlight efforts regarding high-risk drinking prevention, sexual responsibility, mental health, violence prevention, tobacco prevention, and more. The Peer Education Conference is the culminating annual event of peer education efforts. It’s impossible to leave without new ideas, new ways of thinking, new information, and new friends. This conference is perfect to energize students, motivate advisors, and re-commit to making peer education and student health a campus priority.

To learn more about Confernce Registration, Full Schedule, Featured Speakers, Contiunuing Educaiton, Venue, or Sponsors, clicke HERE to be redirected to the NASPA Stratregies Conferences main page or use this URL: https://www.naspa.org/events/strategies

Conference Themes and Learning Outcomes

The Peer Education Conference themes contribute to both student and peer education advisor conference learning experiences. They include individual skill building, leadership development, program description and adaptation, peer education group development, cultural trends and campus issues. Explore each theme in more detail below. 

Individual Skill Building and Leadership Development

Presentations submitted under this category should be designed to build skills and capacities of individual peer educators, peer education groups and/or advisors. For example, programs might focus on the successful retention of peer educators, how to facilitate group meetings, or training peer education groups on specific core leadership competencies (assessment, public speaking, feedback, program planning, motivational interviewing, etc.) or topical content areas (e.g. sexual health, active lifestyles, alcohol and drug knowledge, bystander skills, etc.).

  • Develop individual hard and/or soft skills that will enhance an individual's capacity in their role as a peer educator and/or advisor.
  • Learn specific topical content knowledge and current data that can inform programming and contribute to individual expertise. 
  • Reflect on different leadership styles and how that supports and enhances individual and group development.
  • Develop leadership, supervision and mentorship skills centering diversity, equity, and inclusion for peer educators and/or advisors.

Learning outcomes for presentations submitted to this category might include:

  • After attending this session, peer educators will understand how to use active listening techniques during program presentation to address audience responses.
  • Participants attending this session will be able to define the difference and articulate approaches to supervising, advising, or mentoring peer education groups.
  • During this session, attendees will identify their own personal conflict management style and practice how to mediate peer conflict.

Try answering one or more of the following prompting questions in your submission:

  • What specific skills or content information would a participant to this session hope to leave with?
  • How will the skills developed through attending this session benefit a peer educator or an advisor in the work done back on campus?
  • How can participants attending this session continue to develop one's professional development?
Adaptable Solutions and Creative Approaches to Student Programming

Presentations submitted under this category should be designed to explore ways in which student programming is evolving and innovative. For example, programs might feature how one campus’ case-study of how a program can be adapted to a different institutional type, how peer education groups used a creative approach to social media, or how data informed a program redesign.

  • Identify innovative and promising approaches for prevention, harm-reduction, and risk-reduction programming.
  • Articulate how to support students through engagement using innovative strategies.
  • Examine how successful programs or initiatives can be adapted to a variety of campus contexts.
  • Illustrate through case studies how peer education groups can build collaborative campus relationships to support students engaging in high-risk behaviors.
  • Utilize evaluation data to build capacity, inform programming and promote campus engagement.

Learning outcomes for programs presentations to this category might include:

  • Participants attending this session will be able to replicate a social media strategy to contribute to reaching a wider audience in the weeks leading up to spring break.
  • Participants attending this session will discuss the design of Sample University’s “Be You” program and be able to identify the barriers to success a similar program might face at another institution.
  • After attending this session, participants will be able create a plan to implement a program addressing nutrition specifically to commuter students.

Try answering one or more of the following prompting questions in your submission:

  • What was the process of designing the program that will be discussed in the presentation?
  • What were the challenges faced in the design, implementation, or evaluation of the program?
  • What were the successes – both anticipated and unanticipated – of the program?
  • How could a very similar institutions peer education group successfully replicate this program?
  • How could a very different institutions peer education group adapt this program to be successful on their campus?
Current Trends and Emerging Issues in an Ever-Changing Environment

Presentations submitted under this category should be designed to raise awareness and prepare peer educators and/or advisors for new and emerging trends and issues which may impact the delivery of peer education on campus. Presentations submitted under this category may explore how campuses are implementing initiatives that respond to the ever-changing campus environment.

  • Identify current and emerging issues impacting peer educators, groups, and/or advisors.
  • Discuss campus, community, and digital wellness trends that peer educators and/or advisors need to be aware of.
  • Highlight best practices that serve to amplify the voices and experiences of historically marginalized populations engaging in peer education work.
  • Identify changes and explore solutions in peer education group development, recruitment, retention due to societal, cultural, and political climate.

Learning outcomes for presentations submitted to this category might include:

  • After attending this session, participants will be able to plan for changes in administrative funding while maintaining quality peer education efforts.
  • Participants attending this session will be able to define new state laws surrounding personal cannabis use for individuals over age 21.
  • Participants attending this session will discuss the role of personal identity in peer education work, and be able to deliver peer education curricula surrounding racial identity.

Try answering one or more of the following prompting questions in your submission:

  • What is a specific new or emerging trend or issue that peer educators and advisors need to have more knowledge or awareness of?
  • Will campuses be making changes because of the new trend or issue? Why or why not?
  • How will participants attending this session continue to develop understanding on the topic after this session is completed?
  • How will the new or emerging trend or issue impact the delivery of peer education?
  • What are the issues that peer education groups are facing?
  • What specific skills or capacities would a participant to this session be prepared to use to help their peer education group succeed?

Schedule

For a quick look at the 2024 tentative schedule, please see the schedule below. All listed schedule items below are tentative and subject to change. All times are PST.

2024 NASPA Strategies Conferences Full Schedule 
Wednesday
January 17
Thursday
January 18
Friday
January 19
Saturday
January 20
7:30 AM - 7:00 PM

Registration

9:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Pre-Conference Session (Half Day)

Details

Morning Half-day pre-conference sessions will take place on Wednesday, January 17 from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Pre-registration is required for all Pre-Conference Workshops.

Certified Peer Educator (CPE) Train-the-Trainer

Presenters: Warren Martin, NASPA

NASPA’s Certified Peer Educator (CPE) training is a fantastic training opportunity for your students that will provide a foundation for understanding the role of a peer educator and the way to effectively and successfully create change on campus and in their community. Campus staff members that work with peer educators can become CPE Trainers, enabling them to facilitate the CPE curriculum to their students, leading them through the training, and certifying them as Certified Peer Educators. For more information visit the CPE train-the-trainer website by clicking here

2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Pre-Conference Session (Half Day)

Details

Aftrernoon Half-day pre-conference sessions will take place on Wednesday, January 17 from 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Pre-registration is required for all Pre-Conference Workshops.

Empowering Advisors: Strategies, Resources, and Best Practices for Peer Education

This session will be presented by the Peer Education Faculty, for more information click here. 

The NASPA Peer Education Faculty looks to empower advisors to promote effective peer education, fostering enriched campus environments. This collaborative session will deepen collegiate peer health education advisors' understanding of the complex needs of diverse learners and will explore implementation approaches and best practices. Participants will learn from experts and from peers, develop their professional networks, gain access to resources and skills, and bring back new strategies and solutions to their campuses.

7:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Registration

7:30 AM - 9:50 AM

Exhibit Hall Open

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Peer Educator Orientation: Student Orientation Session

Details

Students are invited to join this orientation session tailored for Peer Educators at this year's conference. The Peer Education Conference promises a unique journey filled with educational sessions, renowned speakers, and opportunities to connect with fellow Peer Educators, fostering a lasting network. Come prepared to actively shape your conference experience: bring your questions, enthusiasm, and curiosity. Leave with the tools to make the most of every moment at the Peer Education Conference. Don't miss this opportunity—see you there!

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Opening Session & Keynote Speaker

Details

Opening Keynote

Understanding Intergenerational Cultural Scripts to Unlock Our Power

Stacey Diane A. Litam PhD., LPCCs, NCC, CMHC

The intergenerational cultural scripts we inherit have the power to hinder or help us. Join Stacey Diane A. Litam as she shares how she leveraged her family’s intergenerational stories and cultural scripts in ways that unlocked her power. Kicking off the conference, Stacey will lead us in exploring the transformative power of leveraging intergenerational stories, unlocking personal strengths, and letting go of unhelpful cultural scripts from a decolonized perspective.

 

 

 

 

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Conference Break & Working Lunch Meetings

Enjoy a conference break and lunch on your own or with colleagues. 

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Exhibit Hall Open

1:15 PM - 2:15 PM

Breakout Sessions

2:45 PM - 3:45 PM

Breakout Sessions

3:45 PM - 4:15 PM

Coffee with Exhibitors

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Breakout Sessions

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Peer Education Reception & Awards Ceremony

7:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Registration

7:30 AM - 8:20 AM

Coffee and Breakfast in Exhibit Hall

7:30 AM - 8:20 AM

Exhibit Hall Open

8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Plenary Speakers/Extended Breakout Session 1

Details

Plenary Speaker

Associations Between Substance Use & Mental Health: Prevention Opportunities and the Power of Peers

Jason R. Kilmer, Ph.D.

In this plenary presentation, Jason R. Kilmer, Ph.D. will present considerations of alcohol-related risk factors for suicide, including ways in which alcohol use can impact decision making when a person is experiencing distress.   Jason R. Kilmer, Ph.D. will review the recent literature on cannabis, focusing on mental health concerns associated with the use of high-potency cannabis, as well as associations between cannabis use disorder and suicide risk.  Implications for prevention, intervention, and public health will be discussed, with a focus on the important role that peers can play as partners in prevention.

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Breakout Sessions

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Conference Break

Enjoy a conference break on your own or with colleagues. 

11:30 AM - 1:45 PM

Exhibit Hall Open

1:45 PM - 3:15 PM

Plenary Speakers/Extended Breakout Session 2

Details

Plenary Speaker

 

Making Sexual Wellness Whole

Lexx Brown-James, LMFT, CSE, CSES 

Self-Sacrifice never equals goodness. Join Lexx Brown-James as she delivers a dynamic perspective that rebukes the idea of pouring from a full cup in care for others. During this conversation, Lexx Brown-James provides key strategies to fill your cup so that you can pour from the overflow. By reframing sexuality,Lexx Brown-James educates students and professionals about sexuality being a whole person concept to help create wellness across the spectrum of sexuality. Her goal is to educate others to preserve self-care and provide care for others.

3:15 PM - 3:45 PM

Afternoon Break with Exhibitors

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Breakout Sessions

7:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Registration

7:30 AM - 8:20 AM

Coffee and Breakfast in Exhibit Hall

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Breakout Sessions

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Breakout Sessions

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Closing Session

Details

Closing Keynote

Centering the Sacred: Collective Healing in Higher Education

Mamta Motwani Accapadi, Ph.D. 

How would our society be transformed if colleges and universities became hubs for healing? Our students come to our campuses carrying the burdens and traumas of their current life circumstances, and for the next decade they also carry the collective trauma imprint of the COVID pandemic. Our students bring to us the identity-based trauma they have experienced personally, and intergenerationally. Yes - amidst all of this heaviness- they still choose to hope for a better future by seeking out higher education. What would it look like for us to recognize the ancestral hope and cultural wisdom that brought them to our doorsteps? In this vulnerable conversation, Mamta invites you to center the sacredness of ourselves and our students while imagining a higher education experience that centers collective healing worthy of our students' hopes and dreams.

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Optional Post-Conference Meetings

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Peer Education Awards

Awards

Every year, the Health, Safety, and Well-being Initiatives of NASPA is honored to recognize the most outstanding peer educators, advisors, peer education groups, and peer education programs. All award nominees will be featured and winners will be announced during the awards ceremony at the 2024 Peer Education Conference. To see past winners, click here

 

Outstanding Peer Education Group Award

This award recognizes peer education groups that have done exceptional work on their campuses. Awards will be granted to peer education groups that have consistently provided health, safety, and well-being education for students on their campuses in the past year.
 
Outstanding Advisor Award
This award recognizes peer education advisors' commitment to peer education efforts, unique talents as a peer education advisor, leadership ability, and presence as a positive role model for peer educators.
 
Outstanding Peer Education Program Award
This award recognizes creativity and overall effectiveness in campus awareness and education. Selected programs will represent the diversity of health, safety, and well-being topics. Programs must have occurred between January 2023 and December 2023. You are free to discuss the number of attendees in your application, but please note that high attendance is not as important as the creativity and overall effectiveness of the program.
  
Outstanding Peer Educator Award
This award recognizes students’ contributions to campus peer education efforts, academic successes, and leadership.