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April 15, 2019

Applications Open

July 22, 2019

Application Deadline Extension

August 12, 2019

Ujima selection decisions

August 26, 2019

Early bird registration deadline

October 1, 2019

Regular registration ends

November 7, 2019

Ujima institute begins

Ujima Institute

National Institute/Small Conference Equity, Inclusion and Social Justice Equity, Inclusion, and Social Justice Division

The inaugural 2019 NASPA Ujima Institute is designed for African American and Black higher education professionals who aspire to senior student affairs officer roles and faculty positions, including the cabinet-level vice president for student affairs positions at colleges and universities. The Institute is appropriate for emerging leaders in associate director, director, assistant/associate dean, dean, and AVP roles. This three-day, cohort-based institute offers an intensive, challenging, and collegial learning environment for student affairs professionals as they develop culturally relevant leadership skills that leverage their unique ethnic heritages and histories and prepare to lead increasingly diverse institutions.


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Ujima is the third principle of Kwanzaa and embodies an active commitment to the collective and to shared liberation. Inherent to the principle of Ujima is sharing in one another's achievements and hardships. Ujima, as a practice, assumes that the reconstruction of the history and humanity of the African diaspora is a fundamental part of the struggle for human liberation. 

The principle of Ujima serves as the foundation for this institute, which has been envisioned and developed by senior level leaders committed to investing in building successive generations of student affairs leaders with the knowledge, skills, and competencies to build vibrant, diverse, global, and socially just higher education environments. 


In this cohort-based institute, participants will learn from senior student affairs leaders, who will share their journeys, lessons, and advice. To facilitate learning and enrichment, participants will be grouped for some parts of the institute into functional level tracks and for other parts of the institute into small group cohorts. 

This professional development pathways program is designed for self-identified Black and African American student affairs professionals with three or more years of higher education administrative experience. The application process will include an online form and submission of a current CV/resume. 


  • Chart a plan for professional growth that address key competencies, career discernment, and personal values
  • Experience safe space to share and strategize about navigating institutional challenges and politics with integrity and cultural alignment
  • Develop mentoring relationships with senior student affairs leaders invested in your success

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Registration as a member is based on individual membership status.


Early Registration
05/13/2019 to 08/26/2019
  Late Registration
08/27/2019 to 10/01/2019
NASPA Member 
 $450    $500
 $650   $700



For registration matters, please contact:
Tonya Murphy, Assistant Director for Constituent Experience and Services
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (202) 265-7500, ext. 1183
For all other matters, please contact:
James Stascavage, Senior Director of Leadership and Senior Student Affairs Officers Initiatives
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (202) 719-1172





If you would like to exhibit or sponsor at the 2019 NASPA Ujima Institute or have any questions, contact Kristie Jerde by phone at 218-280-7578 or via email at [email protected]. The deadline for sponsorships and exhibiting opportunities is October 18, 2019. 


FAU Boca Raton
Boca Raton, FL

Conference activities will take place on campus at Florida Atlantic University's Boca Raton campus. Institute participants will receive information about hotel rooms and room rates when accepted to the program.

Transportation in Boca Raton

We expect most institute participants will stay at the Wyndham Boca Raton. Each day, shuttle transportation will be provided from the hotel to Florida Atlantic University and back.

Parking at Florida Atlantic University

Participants who choose to drive to campus will need to createa  profile at the Florida Atlantic Univeristy parking website. Once completed, please select a temporary ePermit. By purchasing a temporary ePermit, you will be entitled to park in any of the campus blue lots. Pricing is $5 per day (for a total of $15 throughout the Institute).

In order to complete this process, you will need your vehicle's licence plate number along with the state it was issues in as well as the make, model, and color of the vehicle. The Student Union will serve as the host site for the institute and we strongly recommend you park in Lot 16 or in Parking Garage 1 which are nearest to the Student Union.

Please note: you may not park in metered parking spots with your temporary ePermit.


Hotel Room Rate/Night
Wyndham Boca Raton
1950 Glades Rd, Boca Raton, FL 33431
$119 - Double $119 - King