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September 13, 2021

Call for Programs Deadline Extended!

December 6, 2021

Early Registration Deadline

December 28, 2021

Hotel Reservation Deadline

January 3, 2022

Regular Registration Deadline

NASPA AVP Symposium

In-Person Conferences Supporting the Profession AVP or "Number Two"

The NASPA AVP Symposium is a unique and innovative three-day program designed to support and develop AVPs and other "number twos" in their unique campus leadership roles. Leveraging the vast expertise and knowledge of sitting AVPs, the Symposium will provide high-level content through a variety of participant engagement-oriented session types.

This professional development offering is limited to AVPs and other "number twos" who report to the highest-ranking student affairs officer on campus and have substantial responsibility for divisional functions. Additionally, vice presidents for student affairs (and the equivalent) who are presenting during the symposium may also register at a discounted rate and attend.

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Assistant and associate vice presidents for student affairs and other senior-level "number twos" who report to the vice president for student affairs (or the equivalent) have among the most complex and challenging roles in the modern student affairs division. The NASPA AVP Symposium will gather AVPs from a wide variety of institutional types for three intense days of learning and networking designed to support AVPs' success in these difficult, yet critically important, roles. Symposium attendees can expect sessions and high-level content developed and delivered for an AVP audience that call on AVP participants to contribute to the peer learning community by deeply engaging with the Symposium content and fellow participants. 

The theme of the 2022 symposium is "The AVP in 2022: Refreshed. Renewed. Refocused." We expect that programs and sessions will connect with the following topics and content areas:

  • Diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice
  • Community health and well-being
  • Post-pandemic innovations to advance student engagement
  • Flourishing in the AVP role
  • Freedom of expression and civility on campus
  • Leveraging personal identities for effective leadership
  • Leading diverse intergenerational teams
  • Human resources (including supervision and staff accountability)
  • Law, public policy, and compliance issues
  • Understanding, navigating, and influencing institutional culture
  • Organizational change and resource management
  • Innovating in a context of diminishing resources
  • Strategies for addressing the challenges and complexities inherent in the AVP role


The symposium will begin at 3:15 p.m. on Saturday, January 22, 2022 and will conclude at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, January 24, 2022. Additionally, several pre- and post-symposium workshops will be offered for an additional fee. Please note: the schedule is subject to change based on presenter availability. 

Click on the full schedule below to learn about the exciting pre-conference options avaible to supplement your registration.  

Symposium Full Schedule (Subject to changes) 

2022 NASPA AVP Symposium Schedule At a Glance
All times are Eastern Standard Time and are subject to change

Symposium Schedule
January 22
January 23
January 24
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Pre-symposium workshops

3:15 PM - 4:30 PM

Symposium Welcome and Opening Speaker: Dr. Amelia Parnell, Vice President for Research and Policy, NASPA

4:45 PM - 5:35 PM

General Interest Sessions I

5:35 PM - 6:30 PM


6:30 PM - 7:15 PM

Welcome Reception

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Continental Breakfast Available | Optional Roundtable Discussions

9:10 AM - 10:00 AM

General Interest Sessions II

10:10 AM - 11:25 AM

Extended Learning Sessions I

11:25 AM - 1:00 PM

Lunch with Featured Speaker: Dr. Matt Dolf, Director for the Office of Wellbeing Strategy, The University of British Columbia

1:00 PM - 1:20 PM


1:20 PM - 2:05 PM

Topic-specific Roundtable Discussions

2:15 PM - 3:05 PM

General Interest Sessions III

3:05 PM - 3:35 PM


3:35 PM - 4:50 PM

Extended Learning Sessions II

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

AVP Affinity Groups

7:45 AM - 8:45 AM

Continental Breakfast Available | Optional Roundtable Discussions

8:55 AM - 9:45 AM

General Interest Sessions IV

9:45 AM - 10:15 AM


10:15 AM - 11:05 AM

General Interest Sessions V

11:15 AM - 12:30 PM

Closing Featured Speaker: Dr. Angela Batista, Certified Executive and Design Coach, Batista Consulting Services and Immediate Past Chair, NASPA Board of Directors

2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Post-symposium Workshop

Pre- and Post-Symposium Workshops

AVPs at the Intersection: Free Speech, Mental Health, and Inclusive Communities
PRE-symposium Workshop | Saturday, January 22, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. | Additional registration required

AVPs often find themselves at the intersection of competing values on the higher education landscape. During this pre-symposium workshop, participants will explore the realities of navigating the priorities of free speech, student mental health, and creation of inclusive communities. Based on current literature, participants will explore the tensions that exist among these important topics including through a real world case study designed to identify gaps in practice and develop strategies for leading campus efforts to address future concerns.


Spheres of Influence: Leading Inclusively by Design
POST-symposium Workshop, Monday, January 24, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. | Additional registration required

The nature of the AVP or #2 role is undoubtedly unique and requires specific skills and the ability to work effectively and collaboratively across the entire institution. While this role comes with particular responsibilities, it also provides meaningful opportunities to exert influence and leadership at all levels, internally and externally to student affairs. At a time when higher ed institutions are continuing to experience and respond to great challenges, AVPs need to work intentionally to shape how they lead and exercise their influence. This session will provide a chance for participants to learn about a new "Inclusion by Design" blueprint for leading Self, Others, Organization and Community. In addition to identifying spheres of influence and exploring strategies for engaging others intentionally, there will be time for self-reflection and peer sharing. Symposium featured speaker, Angela Batista, will guide attendees to choose a strategic area of focus, identify barriers, and outline immediate next steps.


Featured Speakers

COVID-19 Event Safety

COVID Protocols Summary
All participants at NASPA in-person conferences, whether a faculty member/presenter, attendee, sponsor/exhibitor, staff, guest, or vendor will be required to be fully vaccinated. Individuals who require a vaccination exemption must provide documentation of a negative PCR test no more than 72 hours prior to arrival to any event. All participants at NASPA events will be required to wear masks. Please see the NASPA COVID Event Safety and Responsibility webpage for complete information about NASPA's policy.

Ponte Vedra Beach Area COVID Information


All presenters must be registered for the Symposium. Presenters and co-presenters who are AVPs (or the equivalent) whose proposals are accepted must register for the symposium in order to present. Presenters and co-presenters who are VPSAs (or the equivalent) whose proposals are accepted who do not wish to attend the full symposium will be granted a complimentary presenter pass in order to attend only the session they are presenting. Presenters and co-presenters who are VPSAs (or the equivalent) whose proposals are accepted who wish to attend the full symposium will receive a 25% discount of their registration fee. If you are not an AVP (or the equivalent), please contact James Stascavage at [email protected] for guidance regarding completing your registration.

If you are an AVP (or the equivalent) who is also attending either the immediatly preceding NASPA Institute for Aspiring Vice Presidents for Student Affairs or NASPA Institute for New AVPs, you are entitled to a 25% discount for your symposium registration fee. Please use the coupon code your received when you registered for either of the aforementioned events when completing your symposium registration.

If you are not a current member and are employed by a college or university that is an institutional member, you can join as a professional affiliate member for $75. If your institution is NOT a member, you can join as an associate affiliate member for $242. Both membership types provide access to the individual member rate for the event. Please visit the membership section of the NASPA website to learn more about membership types and benefits. We hope you’ll consider joining today!

If you are experiencing financial hardship, you may qualify for a NASPA Foundation Membership Scholarship or NASPA Foundation Professional Development Access Scholarship, which can be used for this event.

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


Register Today!

Institute Registration


 Through 12/6/2021


12/7/2021 through 1/3/2022


1/4/2022 to 1/22/2022

NASPA Member
$595 $695 $795
$795 $895 $995


Pre- and Post-symposium Workshops


 Through 12/6/2021


12/7/2021 through 1/3/2022


1/4/2022 to 1/22/2022

NASPA Member
$75 $95 $140
$175 $195 $240


Register Today!
Registration Policies

Registration Cancellation Policy:

Cancellation/refund deadline less a $50.00 administrative fee is December 6, 2021.  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 December 6, 2021 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:

Changes in payment method or credit card after the initial payment is processed are NOT permitted, no exceptions. Please be sure that you are using the appropriate credit card for this transaction.

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

The registration rate displayed is based on your current individual membership status.

Substitutions: Substitutions are allowed by individuals within the same institution/company. Substitutions should have the same member classification so that the payment is an even exchange transfer of payment. Please email your request for the substitute attendee to [email protected].



NASPA Main Office
Registration Support Services
Email: [email protected]                                                         Phone: (202) 265-7500 ext. 1183


James Stascavage
Senior Director of Leadership and Senior Student Affairs Officers Initiatives
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (202) 719-1172




If you would like to sponsor the 2022 NASPA AVP Symposium, please contact Fred Comparato at 614-204-5994 or at [email protected]

Thank you to our institute sponsors

Call for Proposals

The call for proposals is now closed. Thank you to all of you who submitted program proposals. Coordinating presenters can expect to receive decision notifications by October 6. Confirmation that presenters will deliver selected sessions will be due on October 15. If you have any questions about the call for proposals process, please contact James Stascavage, Senior Director of Leadership and Senior Student Affairs Officers Initiaitves at [email protected] or 202-719-1172.


Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa
Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida

All Symposium activities will take place at the Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa

NASPA has arranged special room rates for Symposium attendees at the Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa at $195/night (not including 10.5% state and local taxes). The cut-off date to receive the conference room rate is Tuesday, December 28, 2021. 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.

If you are attending either the NASPA Institute for Aspiring Vice Presidents for Student Affairs OR the NASPA Institute for New AVPs, both of which immediately precede the symposium in the same location, you will need to make two separate room reservations. You may make your reservation related to the symposium using the link below. To make a reservation connected with your participation in the NASPA Institute for Aspiring Vice Presidents for Student Affairs, you will need to use the link available on that institute website. To make a reservation connected with your participation in the NASPA Institute for New AVPs, you will need to use the link available on that institute website. The hotel will keep you in the same room, but two reservations are necessary because the room blocks are distinct.

Reserve Your Room Today!

Hotel booking information:

Hotel Room Rate / Night

Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa
1000 Tournament Players Club Blvd,
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082

$195 - Single/ Double
$215 - Triple

Hotel Cancelation Policy

Reservations can be canceled up to 72 hours prior to arrival without any charge. Any reservations canceled inside that 72 hour window, will incur a 1 night room and tax charge.

About Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida

We are thrilled to bring this event to the beautiful city of Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. We hope you will take some time to experience the great things the city has to offer. Visit this website for more information on all that Ponte Vedra Beach has to offer during your visit. 


The Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa is serviced by the Jacksonville International Airport (JAX). The hotel is approximately 34 miles from the airport. Visit JAX airport website for more information. 

This hotel does not provide shuttle service. Here are a couple alternate options:

  • East Coast Transportation: Fee is $132 (one way). Reservations are required
  • Estimated taxi fare: Approximately $75 (one way)

Driving directions
Take I-95 South to second exit. The sign will say I-295 & Blount Island (Exit 362A). Follow I-295 to Butler Boulevard, SR 202, and go East on Butler Boulevard East until it ends at A1A. Veer right onto A1A (South) and follow 3.5 miles to the Sawgrass Marriott Resort & Spa. Turn right on PGA Tour Blvd. The hotel is on the left.


  • On-site parking fee: $10 daily for attendees
  • Valet parking fee: $28 daily

The average temperatures in Porte Vedra Beach in January are around 64 degrees F during the day and 45 degrees F in the evening. As the conference gets closer, please visit the Weather Channel for more information.

Please note, the hotel and meeting areas may be colder temperatures. A sweater or jacket is recommended.