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NASPA Strategies Conferences

Virtual Conferences and Institutes Health, Safety, and Well-being Alcohol and Other Drug Sexual and Relationship Violence Prevention, Education, and Response Wellness and Health Promotion AVP or "Number Two" Faculty Mid-Level New Professional Senior Level

The 2021 NASPA Strategies Conferences provide student affairs practitioners with the knowledge and skills to effectively address collegiate alcohol and drug abuse prevention, mental health, sexual violence prevention and response, and well-being through a variety of comprehensive and integrative approaches.

Your registration allows you to customize your program track even if your interests cover more than one topic – NASPA Strategies converges four conferences in one! 

Check back often - as details are finalized our website will be updated on a rolling basis.

Self-service online registration will close Monday, January 11, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Starting Tuesday, January 12, please call (202) 265-7500, ext 1183 to register by phone.

Please note it may take up to 24 hour to be added to the conference platform. Please plan accordingly.

If you need immediate assistance, please email strategies@naspa.org.

Presented By

 Health, Safety, and Well-being Initiatives

Self-Service Registration Closed Monday, January 11, 2021

Self-service online registration closed Monday, January 11, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Starting Tuesday, January 12, please call (202) 265-7500, ext 1183 to register by phone. Please note it may take up to 24 hour to be added to the conference platform. Please plan accordingly. If you need immediate assistance, please email strategies@naspa.org.

The convergence of the NASPA Alcohol, Other Drug, and Violence PreventionMental Health, Sexual Violence Prevention and Response, and the Well-Being and Health Promotion Leadership conferences allows campus practitioners a unique opportunity to learn, network and engage.

Use this hashtag to see what others are sharing #NASPAStrategies21
 
Effective January 4, 2021: the 2021 NASPA Strategies Conferences have been conditionally approved by the Office of Violence Against Women. OVW Campus Program grantees have been conditionally approved to attend this conference. Grantees are required to contact their OVW program specialist to get approval specific to their award. The reference number for this conference is OVW-2021-MU-011.
 

Registration

Registration as a member is based on individual membership status. If you are employed by a college or university that is an institutional member, you can join as an individual member at the $75 rate. This gives you the conference registration and a year of membership for less than the non-member registration fee. If your institution is NOT a member, then you will need to join at the associate affiliate rate of $242 and then you can pay the individual member rate for conference registration. Visit the Membership section of the NASPA website to learn about membership types.


The Strategies Conferences converge four events into one. Please select the conference which is most applicable to you, though you are welcome to attend sessions and presentations selected by any of the conference committees. 

**Do not delay your conference registration.**
It can take 24 hours to load conference registrations to the conference virtual platform. Please plan accordingly.

REGISTRATION FEES

Early Registration
03/03/2020 to 10/28/2020
 Regular Registration
10/29/2020 to 12/09/2020
Late Registration
12/10/2020 to 01/13/2021
NASPA Member 
 $109  $149  $189
Non Member
 $209 $249 $289
  NASPA Student Member
 $109  $149  $189
 

Seeking professional development funding? Apply to the NASPA Foundation Professional Development Access Scholarship.

Apply before the Regular Registration deadline to have the entire cost covered!

Apply Today! 

If you would like to donate to the NASPA Foundation to provide more Professional Development Access Scholarships, please click the button below.

Donate Today! 
Registration Policies

Refunds will be given for cancellations, received in writing by October 28, 2020, less a $25.00 processing fee. In addition, a processing fee of $50.00 per registration will be charged for credit cards declined.

For a comprehensive listing of NASPA registration policies, please visit this page.

Questions?
NASPA Events
Event Registration Support
Email: events@naspa.org
Phone: (202) 265-7500
Allison Tombros Korman
Senior Director, Culture of Respect
Email: akorman@naspa.org
Phone: 202-903-0653
Mallory Jordan
Director, Health & Well-being Initiatives
Email: mjordan@naspa.org
Phone: 202-903-0642

Schedule

The schedule will be designed to provide participants with interactive and engaging programming, opportunities for deeper discussion, and networking. As details are finalized, this schedule will be updated. Registration to one conference, grants access to content over all four conferences.

Some tips on how to plan for the 2021 NASPA Strategies Conference:

  • Live Sessions: Although the conference is hosted on a virtual platform, Hopin (more information in follow sections), the event is designed very similar as to if it were in-person. Throughout the conference, there are live sessions to attend. The sessions are listed within schedule breakout times below (Live Session Breakout 1, Live Session Breakout 2, etc.). They will be presented live which means attendees will only be able to attend one session at a time. NASPA will be recording all live sessions. They will be available to registered attendees after the event once process and uploaded into the NASPA online learning community.
  • On-Demand Asynchronous Content: One benefit of hosting the conference virtually is the ability to pre-record sessions and make them available for attendees to view at their convenience throughout the conference. These On-Demand sessions can be found in the Exhibit Hall. Each day will highlight a select set of available sessions. If there isn’t a live session that is of interest, there is always some content to access and consume. The On-Demand content will also be uploaded into the NASPA online learning community.
  • Poster Sessions & Opening Reception: On Tuesday, January 12th from 4:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. EST in the Exhibit Hall, be sure to explore, learn, and engage with the Poster Presenters. The Presenters have all pre-recorded their sessions and will be available answer questions and connect.
  • Engagement, Meetings, & Networking: Throughout the conference, there are several opportunities to connect with your colleagues via network breaks, wellness activities, sponsored happy hours, knowledge communities, simply chatting with one another and much more.

Be sure to have the program book available:

2021 NASPA Strategies Conferences Program Book           Hopin FAQ's      

Tentative 2021 NASPA Strategies Conferences Schedule
All times are Eastern Standard Time and are subject to change

Tuesday
January 12
Wednesday
January 13
Thursday
January 14
Friday
January 15
8:00 AM

Day 1 On-Demand Asynchronous Content Open

Details

Sessions offered at this time are listed below:

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

Presenter Orientation

All presenters are invited to join the NASPA Staff for an Orientation of the Hopin Platform.

2:00 PM - 6:00 PM

NASPA Information Lounge

Have a question? Come to the NASPA Information Lounge to find an answer from the NASPA staff. If you need immediate assistance, please email strategies@naspa.org.

3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Opening Session & Keynote Speaker: Equity in the Age of Uncertainty and Protest: Why Identity Defines Us, Being A Good Person Isn’t Enough, and Change Lives at the Edge of Your Discomfort

Details

Speaker:
Natalie S. Burke, President & CEO, CommonHealth ACTION

Abstract:
2021 is a new year defined by old problems. The last 12 months have amplified 402 year-old questions about how we will be in relationship as individuals and as a society. Given the COVID-19 pandemic, political uncertainty and conflict, as well as social unrest due to persistent racism and police violence against Black people — most of us are trying to find our way forward to a better us. To do that, we will need to understand the origins of identity-based inequities, explore their impacts and connection to power, and decide what we each can do to make equity a reality. The first step? Decide what’s fair. The next step? Get Uncomfortable.

4:45 PM - 5:45 PM

Healing Space

Details

Healing: A Post-Keynote Round Table Discussion

This session will provide a safe place for connection and dialogue following the keynote address. The session is designed to allow participants to build rapport with each other, explore values, and create a space to feel psychologically and emotionally safe. The session will elicit courageous conversation around issues of diversity, equity and inclusion. The session will also ask participants to interrogate how they feel about the statement: ‘racism is a public health issue'.

10:30 AM - 6:00 PM

NASPA Information Lounge

Have a question? Come to the NASPA Information Lounge to find an answer from the NASPA staff. If you need immediate assistance, please email strategies@naspa.org.

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Morning Wellness Wake Up

Join friends and colleagues for a guided wellness wake up activity to get your morning started off right!

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Exhibit Hall Open

Although the Exhibit Hall will be open throughout the conference, use this dedicated time to engage with conference sponsors and learn about the newest services for the field.

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Alcohol, Other Drug, and Violence Prevention Conference Plenary: Color of Drinking: Dismantling the Dominant Narrative Around Alcohol in College Students

Details

Speaker:
Reonda L. Washington, Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist/Inclusion Education Assessment Specialist, University of Wisconsin - Madison

Abstract:
Despite decades of addressing alcohol use, the assumption that high-risk drinking is a college norm and rite of passage persists. However, University of Wisconsin-Madison data indicate that concentrating resources on risk reduction for drinkers ignores the harms that accrue to the entire campus community when high-risk drinking aligns with race and class privilege. Learn about the Color of Drinking study and how it can help colleges more equitably address the impact of alcohol culture.

1:00 PM - 1:15 PM

Coffee Networking Break

Recharge your day, and your network! Make new connections during this dedicated networking break.

2:15 PM - 2:30 PM

Mindful Meditation Moment

Join Ashley Hinton, director of student wellness at the University of Kentucky and the Wellness Health Promotion Knowledge Community co-chair, to take a meaningful and intentional pause in the day with guided meditation.

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Conference Plenary: Disability Justice Is Our Liberation: Disrupting Ableism and the Cult of Wellness in the Academy

Details

Speaker:
Lydia X. Z. Brown

Abstract:
Disability Justice is a radically intersectional framework necessary to sharpen our political analysis, clarify our policy demands, and shape our everyday activism and organizing practice. During the global COVID-19 pandemic, Disability Justice offers urgent and vital interventions for addressing and ending the myriad harms of eugenics, the medical/carceral industrial complex, and capitalist oppression. In this session, the presenter will enable participants to understand and examine interpersonal, systemic, structural, and institutional ableism and its intersections with gender based oppressions, capitalism, settler-colonialism, and white supremacy. In particular, participants will gain greater understanding of ableism in the mental health, sexual violence prevention, and higher education contexts both historically and currently.

3:30 PM - 3:45 PM

Coffee Networking Break

Recharge your day, and your network! Make new connections during this dedicated networking break.

4:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Mentor Match Up

Looking for a mentor? Looking to be a mentor? Join us for for this quick speed mentor matching event. Meet other professionals in the field for a quick 3 minutes to see if you'd like to further connect throughout the conference and beyond.

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Happy Hour Exhibitor Social

Join our Conference Sponsors for a rapid-fire presentation showcase, opportunities to win prizes, and networking.

Additional Event Meetings & Gatherings

Details

Wednesday, January 13

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 
Big XII Well-being and Health Promotion Professionals Meeting
This meeting will be an informal discussion with health promotion and well-being professionals at Big XII institutions. We will gather for networking, as well as share collective wisdom for facing challenges unique to institutions within the conference.

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 
AOD Knowledge Community Open Business Meeting
Open Business Meeting for KC Members

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 
**Invite Only**
YOU at College Partner Workshop: Well-being Engagement in a Digital World
Partners will convene for an interactive workshop with a diverse array of campus administrators from the YOU at College national network to discuss how to effectively utilize YOU in remote and hybrid learning environments to best support students during the COVID-19 pandemic. Participants will leave the meeting with actionable ways to integrate YOU at College cross-departmentally, as well as engage in a co-design activity with their peers related to well-being promotion in light of the current environment.

6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 
Therapy Pet Wednesday
Join Natalie D'Azzo and Doug Everhart from the University of California Irvine Center for Student Wellness and Health Promotion for casual conversation, cute pets, and therapy dogs from Go Team Therapy Dogs. If you have one, bring your pet and introduce them! If you don't have a pet, no worries! All are welcome to drop in and enjoy the fun.

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Morning Wellness Wake Up

Join friends and colleagues for a guided wellness wake up activity to get your morning started off right!

10:30 AM - 6:00 PM

NASPA Information Lounge

Have a question? Come to the NASPA Information Lounge to find an answer from the NASPA staff. If you need immediate assistance, please email strategies@naspa.org.

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Exhibit Hall Open

Although the Exhibit Hall will be open throughout the conference, use this dedicated time to engage with conference sponsors and learn about the newest services for the field.

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Well-being and Health Promotion Leadership Conference Plenary Speaker: Thomas A. LaVeist

Details

Speaker:
Thomas A. LaVeist, Dean, Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine

Abstract:
Join Dr. Thomas LaVeist and Dr. Alicia Battle for a Well-being and Health Promotion Leadership Conference fireside chat. Dr. LaVeist is a leader and researcher on the intersections of race, ethnicity, and health. Their conversation will center around the landscape of health disparities and health equity at institutions of higher education.

1:00 PM - 1:15 PM

Coffee Networking Break

Recharge your day, and your network! Make new connections during this dedicated networking break.

2:15 PM - 2:30 PM

Mindful Meditation Moment

Join Ashley Hinton, director of student wellness at the University of Kentucky and the Wellness Health Promotion Knowledge Community co-chair, to take a meaningful and intentional pause in the day with guided meditation.

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Mental Health Conference Plenary: Shifting the Paradigm: Using the Clinical Load Index (CLI) to Understand Mental Health Services in Higher Education

Details

Speaker:
Ben Locke, Senior Director, Counseling and Psychological Services, Pennsylvania State University

Abstract:
The presenter will review a decade of college student mental health trends to illustrate our current collective challenge. The recently updated Clinical Load Index (CLI), will be reviewed along with results from the 2020 CCMH Annual Report that examine the relationship between counseling center practices and CLI scores. A new Alignment Model will be proposed to help colleges and universities use the CLI to better understand and define mental health services.

3:30 PM - 3:45 PM

Coffee Networking Break

Recharge your day, and your network! Make new connections during this dedicated networking break.

4:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Mentor Match Up

Looking for a mentor? Looking to be a mentor? Join us for for this quick speed mentor matching event. Meet other professionals in the field for a quick 3 minutes to see if you'd like to further connect throughout the conference and beyond.

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Happy Hour Exhibitor Social

Join our Conference Sponsors for a rapid-fire presentation showcase, opportunities to win prizes, and networking.

Additional Event Meetings & Gatherings

Details

Thursday, January 14

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
**Invite Only**
SAMHSA Garrett Lee Smith Campus Suicide Prevention Grantee and Alumni Meeting
SAMHSA Garrett Lee Smith Campus Suicide Prevention Grantees and Alumni are invited to network, share success, challenges, and lessons learned, and connect with SAMHSA Project Officers.

1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. 
**Invite Only**
Culture of Respect Collective Networking Lunch
Networking lunch for Collective schools.

5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
**Invite Only**
Culture of Respect Collective Reception
This reception is for members of the Culture of Respect Collective program.

5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Wellness & Health Promotion Knowledge Community Open Networking Event
Wellness & Health Promotion Knowledge Community invites everyone to come learn more about the KC and network with others.

6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Sexual and Relationship Violence Prevention, Education, and Response (SRVPER) Knowledge Community Business Meeting
Join the Sexual and Relationship Violence Prevention, Education & Response (SRVPER) Knowledge Community for our business meeting to learn what the KC has been working on, provide vital insight, and explore opportunities to get involved.

6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
**Invite Only**
2021 CHOICES Grantee Annual Meeting
CHOICES grantee annual meeting.

6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
**Invite Only**
CA WHP Networking Meeting
California Health Promotion Professionals Networking Meeting.

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Morning Wellness Wake Up

Join friends and colleagues for a guided wellness wake up activity to get your morning started off right!

10:30 AM - 1:30 PM

NASPA Information Lounge

Have a question? Come to the NASPA Information Lounge to find an answer from the NASPA staff. If you need immediate assistance, please email strategies@naspa.org.

11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Exhibit Hall Open

Although the Exhibit Hall will be open throughout the conference, use this dedicated time to engage with conference sponsors and learn about the newest services for the field.

1:00 PM - 1:15 PM

Coffee Networking Break

Recharge your day, and your network! Make new connections during this dedicated networking break.

2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Closing Networking Session

Additional Event Meetings & Gatherings

Details

Friday, January 15

1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Advocate Track Community Conversation
This meeting offers a designated space for those participating in any number of the sessions within the Advocate Track of the Strategies Conference. We invite participants to join us and further discuss topics presented, build relationships with other attendees, and highlight areas necessary for continued attention.

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
**Invite Only**
U.S. Health Promoting Campuses Network
Meeting of the campus leaders responsible for representing their campus on the U.S. Health Promoting Campuses Network.

Strategies Virtual Event Platform

Utilizing the Hopin Event Platform

NASPA will be utilizing the Hopin event platform for the 2021 NASPA Strategies Conferences. Thanks to Hopin, NASPA has been able to keep all the elements of our event experience in one place.

Tell me more

Hopin is a virtual event venue with multiple interactive areas to help you connect and engage. As an attendee, you will be able to move in and out of rooms just like an in-person event and enjoy the content and connections throughout. The Hopin platform includes live breakout sessions, a main stage area for our keynotes and wellness activities, an Exhibit Hall to showcase our exhibitors, sponsors and on-demand content, and private text and video chat functions.

Registered attendees will receive an email directly from Hopin (NASPA no-reply@hopin.to) with the subject line “Invitation to online event - 2021 NASPA Strategies Conferences” that will give attendees access to the official conference. An invitation is unique and not sharable.

Once an invitation has been accepted, please take a few minutes to create a profile and add a photo. Profiles will act as virtual business cards that can be exchanged with other attendees throughout the event.

How Does Hopin in Work?

Hopin is easy to use and runs straight out of a web browser. While Hopin does work on mobile devices, for the best experience we strongly recommend experiencing #NASPAStrategies21 on individual personal laptops or desktop computers. Hopin works best on the latest version of Google Chrome, which can be downloaded here – www.google.com/chrome.

Please view the Hopin Attendee Experience and the Presenter Tutorial videos to become familiar with all the functionalities the Hopin platform has to offer.

Hopin FAQ's 

Speakers

Continuing Education

The 2021 NASPA Strategies Conferences will offer continuing education credits for NBCC, NASW, CHES/MCHES, and APA. NASPA is an approved continuing education provider for NBCC and NCHEC, and NASW (awaiting approval number). NASPA is approved to offer APA credit through a partnership with the Association of University College Counseling Center Directors. NASPA is also able to provide a general certificate of attendance to document hours for other licenses or credentials not listed above.

The total number of hours that will be available for this conference will depend upon the eligibility of individual sessions, as well as the overall conference schedule. In the past, continuing education credits have been available during every breakout session block for the entirety of the conference. The full schedule and continuing education qualifications will be available by January 2021.

For more information about each continuing education credit and offerings, please read through the descriptions below.

Credit may be requested by completing the appropriate paperwork for the type of continuing education needed (NBCC, NASW, CHES/MCHES, APA). Forms will be made available to all attendees within the conference platform.

Please note: The deadline to request continuing education credits for the 2021 NASPA Strategies Conferences is February 26, 2021. Requests for continuing education credits cannot be fulfilled after this date.

CEU FAQ's 
If you have questions about Continuing Education, please contact Maureen Dechico at mdechico@naspa.org.
National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) - Live Sessions Only

NASPA has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5120. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. NASPA is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. Participants can receive a maximum of 12 clock hours for this event. All participants must attend sessions live to earn credit. Home study is not available for NBCC at the 2021 NASPA Strategies Conferences.

To receive NBCC credit, be sure to complete the assoicated reporting forms. Forms will be available to all attendees within the conference platform. In addition, attendees must complete an online evaluation of individual sessions, which will be emailed to you shortly after the conference. A PDF certificate will be sent via email after the form has been processed and approved.

National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. (NCHEC) - Live & Recorded Sessions

NASPA is a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program has designated the opportunity for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) to receive up to 117.5 total Category 1 continuing education contact hours. Additionally, Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) has the opportunity to receive up to 98.75 total Category 1 continuing education contact hours.

To receive CHES or MCHES credit, complete an evaluation of each individual session that you attend as well as the associated session knowledge checks for recorded sessions. Forms will be available to all attendees within the conference platform. Knowledge checks will be available after the conference concludes within the NASPA online learning community. In addition, attendees must complete an online evaluation of individual sessions, which will be emailed to you shortly after the conference. A PDF certificate will be sent via email after the form has been processed and approved, and individual hours will be reported to NCHEC in April 2021.

National Association of Social Workers (NASW) - Live & Recorded Sessions

NASPA has received approval from the National Association of Social Workers (approval # 886679822-6760). Twenty-five continuing education contact hours via live and recorded conference sessions.

To receive NASW credit, complete a reporting form and associated session knowledge checks for recorded content. Forms will be available to all attendees within the conference platform. Knowledge checks will be available after the conference concludes within the NASPA online learning community. In addition, attendees must complete an online evaluation of individual sessions, which will be emailed to you shortly after the conference. A PDF certificate will be sent via email after the form has been processed and approved.

Continuing Education for Psychologists (APA) - Live Sessions Only

NASPA thanks the Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors for sponsoring this continuing education opportunity for psychologists. The Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors (AUCCCD) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. AUCCCD maintains responsibility for this program and its contents. Not all sessions are available for continuing education (CE) credit. Sessions which are eligible for APA credit will be identified within the program book and conference platform. 

A maximum of 10 continuing education hours will be available for this program. Participants must attend sessions live to earn credit. Homestudy is not available for the 2021 NASPA Strategies Conferences.

To receive APA credit, participants must evaluate sessions using the APA Reporting Packet. The packet will be available within the conference platform. A PDF certificate will be sent via email after the form has been processed and approved.

The deadline to request APA credits is Friday, January 29, 2021.

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Sponsors

The 2021 NASPA Strategies Conferences are your opportunity to take a cross-functional approach to student success when it has never been more important.

Although the Exhibit Hall will be open throughout the conference, the dedicated Exhibit Hall hours are Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 pm EST.

If you would like to exhibit or sponsor the 2021 NASPA Strategies Conferences you can do so by downloading the 2021 NASPA Strategies Conferences Sponsor and Exhibitor application. All completed applications must be submited to Kristie Jacobsen Jerde at kjerde@naspa.org.

Have questions? You can call Kristie Jacobsen Jerde at 218-280-7578.

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

Engagement Opportunities

The 2021 NASPA Strategies Conferences invite participants, co-sponsors, and constituency groups to request virtual meeting space for the upcoming conference.

If you are interested in convening an established group, looking to meet and connect with others from the same profession, or simply wishing to socialize with those who share common interests, please contact Emma Spalding (espalding@naspa.org).

The Meetings & Engaement form was due by October 2nd to allow the NASPA team create and schedule space for all gatherings. NASPA will make every attempt to provide requested meeting spaces at this year's conference. 

Looking to engage with others throughout the year? Be sure to visit the Knowledge Communities associated with this event.

 

Call for Proposals

The 2021 NASPA Strategies Conferences invite program proposals from higher education professionals who are part of the essential systems addressing college student safety, health, and well-being. These functions are irreplaceable components of an environment conducive to learning and development, and the field of student affairs prevention professionals passionately dedicated to this work need your expertise. We welcome you to submit a program for this dynamic series of conferences and join us in January to optimize your own programs and services in the company of the largest student affairs health and wellness event in the field.

The conference planning committees encourage program proposals regarding proven practices with content that will engage participants in fruitful discussions and provide meaningful content to bring back to their campuses.

Please note: all presenters must register to attend the 2021 NASPA Strategies Conferences.

The Call for Proposals is now closed.

Conference Themes & Learning Outcomes

Alcohol and Other Drug and Violence Prevention

Each proposal will select one theme that most aligns with program content.

Campus or Community Coalitions and Partnerships

  • Understand the ways in which diverse stakeholders across the campus and the larger community can work collaboratively to address substance misuse or violence prevention and best serve the needs of campus community members
  • Analyze models of collaboration, case studies from integrated systems, successful partnerships, and efforts to engage all stakeholders in prevention efforts, including individual and environmental level strategies
  • Identify and evaluate health promotion efforts

Current Trends and Emerging Issues

  • Analyze ongoing data and research surrounding substance misuse or campus violence prevention efforts, especially those addressing use patterns and implications for college students
  • Evaluate the scope of alcohol and other drug misuse on campus as well as its relationship to academic attainment
  • Explore considerations for health equity on prevention efforts
  • Amplify the voices and experiences around substance misuse and campus violence of underrepresented populations

Evidence-Based and Evidence Informed Practices

  • Examine how evidence-based prevention strategies can be modified to fit varying institutions, communities, populations, and resource levels
  • Identify sources and repositories for identifying evidence-based programs and strategies
  • Explore replicable and adaptable evidence-based policies, programs, and practices
  • Identify best practices for campus policies surrounding alcohol and other drugs

Innovative Solutions and Changing Practices

  • Evaluate the efficacy and fidelity of prevention strategies led online/virtually
  • Identify changes in prevention strategies due to COVID-19 and the long term impact for students and staff
  • Articulate how to support students who choose not to use substances and those in recovery communities, using innovative strategies, based on a foundational theory, model, or adaptation

The Strategic Prevention Framework

  • Create sustainability into all efforts in the spectrum of prevention and health promotion
  • Discuss an understanding of cultural competency and its importance in evidence-based prevention efforts
  • Discuss efforts to build capacity to implement prevention strategies on campus
Mental Health

Each proposal will select one theme that most aligns with program content.

Access to Services

  • Explore new modalities addressing growing waiting lists and stagnant or reduced provider capacity
  • Discuss administrative successes and barriers to expand student access
  • Discover and compare solutions to promote increased access and awareness of mental health services for students

Cross- Campus Collaboration and Coordination

  • Discuss models of collaboration, case studies from integrated systems, successful partnerships, and work with student affairs leadership
  • Understand collaboration with local, state, and national organizations to promote mental health on campus
  • Understand the keys to successful cross-campus collaboration in mental health services
  • Explore ways in which mental health intersects with both violence prevention and response and substance misuse on campus to develop and enhance prevention, intervention and response

Cultural and Identity Considerations

  • Identify barriers to mental well-being for campus sub-populations, the strategies to address social justice and identity-related stress, providing inclusive services, and the recruitment, hiring, and retention of diverse staff who provide mental health services
  • Discuss both the strategic and the practical aspects of these considerations on mental health services and the creation of a mentally healthy campus environment
  • Discuss mental health needs of students within a context of power and privilege

Current Trends and Emerging Issues

  • Discover new or ongoing data and research surrounding college mental health, and what inferences that has for practitioners and administrators in providing services and planning for a mentally healthier campus
  • Discuss issues at a clinical/individual level and a campus/environmental level
  • Examine current trends and issues to better evaluate the scope of student mental health on campus

Successful and Innovative Solutions

  • Describe specifically transitional student populations’ mental health (e.g. first-year students, veteran students, etc.)
  • Engage in conversations about innovative and effective programming to support student mental health
  • Discuss implemented strategies, programs, and policies which have been successful - or which are innovative, based on a foundational theory, model, or adaptation
Sexual Violence Prevention and Response

Each proposal will select one theme that most aligns with program content. 

Evidence-based Policy and Practice

  • Identify evidence-based approaches to sexual violence prevention and response
  • Demonstrate strategic use of assessment and data to inform and influence policies, programs, systems, infrastructure, and other higher order change that helps build a culture in which sexual violence is eliminated
  • Discuss best practices in: implementing sustainable, evidence-based prevention programs; improving campus response to violence and victims; and evaluating the impact of these efforts
  • Describe strategies for developing or revising comprehensive campus sexual misconduct policies, including how they are impacted by the latest federal and state legislative policy changes

Innovative or Promising Approaches to Prevention and Response

  • Identify strategies, programs, and policies which are innovative and whose grounding in foundational theories, models, or frameworks make them promising in their efficacy
  • Describe project implementation and program evaluation associated with these initiatives
  • Discuss innovative/promising approaches to the prevention of and response to sexual violence in higher education, including discussions of lessons learned, assessment and evaluation, and replicability

Disruption of Dominant Social Narratives

  • Examine and interrupt the problematic dominant narratives of sexual violence (e.g. racism, sexism, heteronormativity, gender identity, ableism), including narratives around those who experience sexual violence; those who perpetrate sexual violence; as well the ways in which those who work to prevent and respond to sexual violence participate in these dominant narratives
  • Create and propose new perspectives, approaches, and strategies to honor all identities in sexual violence work
  • Examine societal and institutional systems and structures that contribute to, are complicit in, or perpetuate violence, and identify practices that foster inclusive, intersectional efforts to address sexual violence

Developing or Expanding Campus and Community Partnerships

  • Discuss the ways in which diverse stakeholders from within and across the campus and the larger community can work collaboratively to address sexual violence and best serve the needs of campus community members
  • Describe models of collaboration, case studies from integrated systems, successful partnerships, and efforts to engage all stakeholders in sexual violence prevention and response
  • Describe collaboration with local, state, and national organizations to prevent and respond to campus sexual violence
  • Identify strategies to expand and strengthen relationships among and between campuses and community service providers, in an effort to augment support for reporting and responding parties and increase communication around and collaboration in prevention and response
Well-being and Health Promotion Leadership

Each proposal will select one theme that most aligns with program content.

Foundations and Essential References in the Field of Health Promotion

  • Identify foundational principles for effective health promotion in higher education as a public health setting
  • Describe the evolution of health promotion practice in higher education leading to a clear understanding of current industry standards
  • Discuss core knowledge and relevant case studies of quality health promotion practice
  • Discuss the ways in which power differentials operate, are experienced, and are reinforced in the Health Promotion process at individual, group, community, institutional, and global levels

Research and Data that Informs Our Work

  • Discover how data is gathered, contextualized, and utilized by campus community members for health promotion actions
  • Describe the complexity of data and its use in building the narrative of well-being on campus
  • Compare and contrast key terminology and the impact of the language we use
  • Discuss implications for Health Promotion with Historically Underrepresented Populations
  • Building Infrastructure and Evolving Systems to Create a Culture of Well-being

Articulate how to develop and maintain meaningful partnerships

  • Discover ways to synergize environmental factors using settings approaches
  • Describe how to lead coalition building to collectively strive for a flourishing campus community
  • Discuss how social, political, and historical movements within Public Health have shaped and created systems of power, privilege, and oppression
  • Identify opportunities to impact system change within an institution

Leadership Development for Health & Well-being

  • Compare and contrast leadership models and their impact on well-being
  • Describe the characteristics of leadership styles that are effective for non-linear, communal outcomes
  • Discuss the role of restorative practice in change management
  • Discover leadership and supervision skills that promotes diversity, equity and inclusion

Promising Practices, Innovations and Emerging Trends

  • Discuss the practices that campuses have utilized, integrating new guidance from the field, to create healthy and well communities
  • Identify promising practices that are theoretically grounded
  • Discover policy changes that are showing promise in their proposal or implementation stage
  • Describe future trends in systemic well-being on University campuses
  • Discuss innovative practices that are addressing issues of health equity

Additional Information

Conference Proposal Types & Length:

There are several different session types at the NASPA Strategies Conferences. Consider submitting a proposal to one or more of the following:

  • Live general interest sessions - common educational opportunity at the conference. Usually consisting of the presentation of a program, data, research, or theoretical concept. There will be an opportunity for live participant questions and/or brief discussion (16 - 60 minute options).
  • Recorded general interest sessions - common educational opportunity at the conference, however, session will be recorded ahead of time and hosted during the conference asynchronously. There will not be an opportunity for live participant questions and/or brief discussions (16 - 45 minute options).
  • Live conversational interest sessions - facilitators will provide a brief introduction to a topic (5-10 minutes) and then lead a discussion with several prompting questions. Participants will be encouraged to participate in the discussion live (46 - 90 minute options).
  • Recorded poster interest session - appropriate for sharing research or program evaluation. Participants will visually present their data and conduct a brief presentation (10 - 15 minute options).
  • Mini-course interest session - participants will be invited to do some pre-work before attending a session (either live or recorded) to further discuss session content. Designed as highly specialized opportunities to discuss a specific topic or program.
Successful Proposals:

Successful proposals should include:

  • Lengthy description about session content that you will present.
  • Relationship of the program to the conference themes outlined on the website.
  • Identification of the program format (e.g., lecture, panel, debate) including methods for participant involvement (e.g., discussion, effective practice sharing, case study analysis).
  • Evidence of the conceptual foundation for proposal content including ways the program content is grounded in research, relevant experience, a cogent model, or appropriate theory.
  • Integration of equity, inclusion, and social justice for identified subpopulations (students of color, LGBTQIA+ students, international students, students with ability differences, undocumented students, etc.) or at a systems level (e.g. colonization, racial oppression and trauma, restrictive statewide policy for trans students' rights, etc.).
General Proposal Writing Tips:

Looking for tips on writing an effective general NASPA proposal? See sample submissions and formatting tips in our Program Submission Guidelines.