Region II

Region II

At Region II we’re focused on the unique needs of our members and institutions. We continually strive to recognize the excellent work being done within the Region as well building talent at all levels with professional development and networking opportunities.

Message from the Director

"In my experience with NASPA Region II for the better part of the last decade and a half, I have found our greatest strength to be our people. In fact, at regional in-person programs, conferences and institutes, the depth, compassion and care of colleagues is unmatched. It is my hope that through our shared efforts over the course of the next two years we continue to focus on those who are most important to us – each other."


Who We Are

We are dedicated to promoting the vocation of student affairs within our region and beyond by providing opportunities for professional development and training. Explore the website and learn about our upcoming events, professional development opportunities, knowledge community contributions and information on becoming involved.


In the United States, NASPA Region II encompasses Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., and West Virginia. In addition, we also represent Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the Canal Zone, Afghanistan, Egypt, Germany, Greece, Italy, and Turkey.


Each year, Region II celebrates its community of Student Affairs professionals and students at the Region II Conference that takes place each June. We hope to see you at the 2020 Region II Annual Conference in Niagara Falls, NY!


Region II provides sponsorship and endorsement opportunities to other professional development activities that take place within our Region. Often times, we co-host conferences, provide endorsements for local drive-in workshops, and many others! If you are interested in a sponsorship or endorsement opportunity with NASPA Region II, please fill out our form by clicking here. 

Advisory Board

The Region II Advisory Board oversees the various operations of the Region as well as representing the state organizations within Region II and coordinating with the Knowledge Communities.

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2020 Careers in Student Affairs Month Blog Series

Stay-at-Home with Region II

For VPSAs and AVPs/Number Twos

Session 1

Thursday, May 7th from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Session 2

Tuesday, May 19th from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Hosted by:

  • Kirk Manning, EdD | Vice President of Student Development, St. Thomas Aquinas College | Region II VPSA Liaison
  • Mike Christakis, PhD | Vice President of Student Affairs, The State University of New York at Albany | Region II Past Regional Director


For Mid-Managers

Mid-Day Mid-Manager Chat (formerly Session 1) 

Friday, May 8 from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

The NASPA Region II Advisory Board invites you to participate in an open “Mid-Day Mid-Manager” Chat. The chat will be facilitated by the region’s Mid-Manager Initiatives Chair and will enable mid-level professionals to discuss challenges and share ideas with peers within the region. Come to share or just come to listen.

Managing Remotely

Wednesday, May 20 from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Hosted by:

  • Christopher Conzen, EdD | Executive Director, Hudson County Community College Secaucus Center | Region II Mid-Manager Initiatives Chair


For Graduate Students and New Professionals

Join us for one (or all!) of the events of the Graduate Student Success Series!


The Career Search in the Midst of a National Crisis 

Wednesday, May 6th from 12:30 - 1:30pm 

 Panelists include: 

  • David E. Jones, EdD | Chief Diversity Officer and Director of Talent Management, William Paterson University
  • Janine Oliver | Associate Director of Career Development, Hamilton College
  • Corlisse Thomas, EdD | Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Rutgers University-Newark


Starting a Position During Difficult Times 

Monday, May 11th from 12:30 - 1:30pm 

Panelists include: 

  • Jeffrey Dessources | Director of Center for Leadership and Engagement, New Jersey City University
  • Dave Eng, EdD | Clinical Faculty & Educational Technologist, New York University, and Host of The Student Affairs Job Search Podcast
  • Michelle Van-Ess Grant | Director, Department of Student Life, Fashion Institute of Technology

Navigating Challenging Times and Conflicting Messages as a Graduate Student 

Thursday, May 21st from 12:30 - 1:30pm 

Panelists include: 

  • T. Anne Hawkins PhD | Clinical Director, The Carruth Center for Psychological and Psychiatric Services, West Virginia University
  • Felipe Henao | Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, Mercy College 
  • Sara Klein, PhD | Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs, Stevens Institute of Technology and Adjunct Faculty at New York University
  • Fatim Lelenta, LMHC | Assistant Director, Graduate Student Career Development, New York University


One of the best resources available to you is the wide range of professional development opportunities. This list contains both our “Hosted Events,” workshops and webinars that we plan and manage, and some “Related Events,” hosted by the NASPA Central Office or other NASPA Constituent Groups. To see a full listing of NASPA events, please see the Events page.

If you are interested in planning an event for the Region, you must fill out this form. The completed form will be sent to your Regional Director and Regional Treasurer for approval. Once approved, they will connect with the NASPA Central Office and a staff member will reach out to you for training and event set-up.


NASPA Region II has long been one of the largest regions (by membership) due to the number of colleges and universities located in the Middle-Atlantic United States. The leadership of Region II strives to recognize the excellent work being done within the region as well building talent at all levels by providing members with professional development and networking opportunities. Each year, Region II celebrates its community of student affairs professionals and students at the Region II Conference, held annually in June. We have several pages dedicated to the history of Region II in an attempt to help create a repository for members to see what we have done and what we still need to do. Feel free to peruse and let us know if we are missing something or there is something that you would like to see!

NASPA National History Timeline
NASPA Regional History Timeline
NASPA Region II History (including past regional leaders and conferences)

Jeffrey S. Putman, NASPA Region II Historian

Strategic Plan 2018-2021

Mission: To connect members of the regional student affairs community in professional development efforts that build competencies and creates networks to share the rewards and challenges of educating college students.

Vision: NASPA Region II is the premier regional source for student affairs professional development that connects current and future practitioners and faculty of the field.

Core Values:

  • Knowledge
  • Leadership
  • Mentorship
  • Collaboration
  • Advocacy
  • Community
  • Equity
  • Inclusion
  • Innovation
  • Learning


Strategic Goals & Action Steps (download a PDF of the plan here)

  1. Focus on Our Future - Expand access for undergraduate students, graduate students and new professionals to NASPA2 programs, services and activities.
    1. Provide conference scholarships to graduate students and new professionals to attend the region’s annual conference;
    2. Organize no/low-cost year-round networking opportunities throughout the region through state-level programming.
    3. Provide socialization into the field, mentorship, and interview opportunities within the region.
  2. Prepare Mid-Level Professionals to Lead - Introduce high-impact professional development opportunities for mid-level Student Affairs professionals throughout NASPA2.
    1. Introduce “Career Connections” (placement service) at the Regional Conference;
    2. Expand opportunities for mid-level professionals to be engaged in Careers in Student Affairs Month while aligning the Faculty Council with the Region’s NUFP program;
    3. Provide mentoring opportunities for career advancement;
    4. Expand year-round, virtual program offerings for mid-level managers.
  3. Innovate Our Work - Provide opportunities to discover and discuss new and innovative strategies that address current issues in higher education.
    1. Introduce an on-going NASPA2 “senior student affairs officer roundtable” in conjunction with our expanded SSAO Institute at the Regional Conference;
    2. Offer faculty-specific initiatives;
    3. Provide timely information on state and national policies that impact our campuses and our students;
    4. Ensure that senior-level student affairs leaders and faculty are aware of new, and on-going NASPA initiatives and programs.
  4. Commitment to Community Colleges and Two-Year Institutions - Develop and deliver programs focused on supporting student affairs work at community college and two-year institutions throughout NASPA2.
    1. Establish a NASPA2 Community College Institute;
    2. Ensure representation from community college and two-year institutions on the Regional Advisory Board and Regional Conference planning committee.

NASPA Region II Diversity Toolkit