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April 24, 2020

Early Registration Deadline

May 15, 2020

Regular Registration Deadline

May 20, 2020

Summit Hotel Block Reservation Deadline

June 1, 2020

Last Day to Register

June 11, 2020

Summit Opens!

The Summit – NASPA VPSA Summer Convening

National Institute/Small Conference Supporting the Profession Region VI VP for Student Affairs

In today's ever-evolving higher ed landscape, vice presidents for student affairs are leading in contexts more challenging than ever before. In June 2020, The Summit – NASPA VPSA Summer Convening will gather 50-60 vice presidents for student affairs (and the equivalent) for two days of learning and networking in a setting carefully designed to facilitate peer-to-peer exploration of the most pressing current and emerging challenges facing student affairs leaders and other campus executives, their institutions, and higher education more broadly. The Summit will also provide the rare opportunity for reflection and rejuvenation in a community of peers.

Participation in this unique offering is limited to the highest ranking student affairs officer at the institution.

Presented By

James E. Scott Academy


As the vice president for student affairs, every day you face complex and rapidly changing challenges that impact students, staff in your division, the institution, and sometimes society more broadly. This difficult work, while approached as an institutional leader who is part of an executive team or cabinet, can often feel isolating for the singular most senior student affairs officer on campus. The Summit – NASPA VPSA Summer Convening will provide a rare opportunity for a group of peer VPSAs to tackle as a learning community some of the seemingly intractable and enduring problems confronting student affairs and higher education as well as the emerging challenges facing today’s higher education leaders.

What to Expect

NASPA is committed to providing an opportunity for this VPSA learning community to address the most timely and relevant topics, so the final agenda will emerge with input by program registrants as The Summit approaches. We can expect that topics like student activism and campus unrest, changing student needs precipitated by demographic shifts, college access and affordability, student mental health concerns, job readiness and employability, and sexual violence on campus – to name a few – will continue to be top of mind for VPSA attendees and engaged during the program. We expect that approximately

  • One-third of our time together will involve structured, interactive sessions led by seasoned presenters on topics that are highly relevant for participants;
  • One-third will be spent in semi-structured, facilitated and collaborative engagement opportunities on topics largely suggested by participants prior to and during the program; and
  • One-third, usually over meals, will allow for unstructured interaction and the development of a reliable, go-to peer network.

The Summit conveners are committed to providing a positive learning environment that will allow, indeed require, all participants to contribute to the group’s learning and to creating an experience that results in your returning to campus better informed, better connected, and better prepared to lead change on your campus. Please join us for this very special, VPSA-exclusive program in June in San Diego, California for what promises to be an enriching learning and networking opportunity!


The Summit will be convened and facilitated by two seasoned and accomplished vice presidents for student affairs who will rely on the deep engagement of VPSA attendees to contribute to the success of the learning community.



June 11
June 12
June 13
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Check-in Period

3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

Summit Welcome and Participant Introductions

3:45 PM - 6:15 PM

Summit Program

6:45 PM - 7:30 PM

Networking Reception

7:30 PM - 8:45 PM


8:00 AM - 9:00 AM


9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Summit Program

12:00 PM - 1:15 PM

Networking Lunch

1:15 PM - 6:00 PM

Summit Program

4:30 PM - 5:00 PM


6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Dinner Groups (Optional)

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM


8:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Summit Program


Participation in this unique offering is limited to the highest ranking student affairs officer at the institution. 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.

Registration Fees
Early Registration
through 4/24/2020

Regular Registration
4/25/2020 to 5/15/2020

Late Registration
5/16/2020 to 6/01/2020
NASPA Member
$795 $945 $1025
$995 $1145 $1225

Registration Cancellation Policy:

The cancellation/refund deadline less a $50.00 administrative fee is April 24, 2020.  This program may be cancelled or postponed due to unforeseen circumstances. In this case, fees will be refunded; however, NASPA will not be responsible for additional costs, charges, or expenses, including cancellation/change charges assessed by airlines, hotels, and/or travel agencies. NASPA is not responsible for weather or travel related problems and will not reimburse registration fees for these issues. Please click here to submit a refund request. Refunds will not be processed after April 24, 2020 for any reason.

Please allow 7-10 business days for processing. To inquire about the status of a refund after 10 business days, please send an email to [email protected].

Payment Policy:

Click here to view NASPA’s complete Payment Policies and Procedures.


Registration Issues/Questions:   NASPA Main Office - (202) 265-7500 ext. 1183 - [email protected]

Program Questions/General Information:   James Stascavage - (202) 719-1172 - [email protected]


All conference activities will take place at The Westin San Diego.

NASPA has arranged special room rates for conference attendees at The Westin San Diego starting at $199/night (not including 10.7% state and local taxes). The cut-off date to receive the conference room rate is Wednesday, May 20, 2020. Rooms in the conference block may sell out prior to the cut-off date, so please make your reservation as soon as possible.

Reserving a room within our block by using the hotel's dedicated meeting website or toll-free telephone number not only benefits you; it also helps to support the conference. When you book within our conference block, you help NASPA keep meeting costs as low as possible and enable us to provide some of the important features meeting attendees have come to enjoy, such as networking receptions, exhibit area coffee breaks, and off-site transportation

Reserve Your Room Today

Hotel booking information:

Hotel Room Rate / Night
Westin San Diego
400 West Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101
$199.00- Single/Double
$219.00 - Triple
$239.00 - Quad