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15th Annual MENASA NASPA Conference (Virtual)

Virtual Conferences and Institutes Career and Workforce Development Supporting the Profession Global Division International Education

In light of the many tumultuous events during 2020, higher education has had to pivot to continue to serve our students through adaptation and innovation. This three-day conference by NASPA and the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia (MENASA) Area, is a unique opportunity to connect with colleagues regionally and abroad.  The conference provides space for discussing innovative ideas, adaptive approaches, use of technology, best practices and the future of Student Affairs.



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About the MENASA Conference

                                                                Lessons Learned: Communication, Connectivity & Community

Our annual conference offers a forum for professionals from all over the world to continue conversations about the role of Student Affairs and the adaptability in methods of providing continuous support. As student affairs practitioners we have been constantly adapting and innovating to address these challenges and finding better ways to serve our students' needs and build communities with a sense of belonging in an unpredictable and ever changing environment. 

This three-day conference by NASPA and the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia (MENASA) Area, is an opportunity to connect with colleagues regionally and abroad. The conference provides space for discussing innovative ideas, adaptive approaches, use of technology, best practices, lessons learned, and the future of Student Affairs.

Join us as we aim to navigate towards a sustainable and creative new philosophy of experiential learning in student development.


                                                                             MENASA NASPA Conference HelpDesk (Coming Soon)   

                                                                                    Daily: 8:00am AST - 1:00pm AST



Recognition of Merit

 The NASPA Middle-East, North Africa, South Asia (MENASA) Area was formed to engage and connect student affairs professionals in advancing service to students, campuses, and the student affairs/services field by supporting professionals through a variety of resources and activities.

The purpose of our Recognition of Excellence is to spotlight best practices and initiatives across the MENASA area that align with MENASA-NASPA values. The MENASA NASPA Conference strives to recognize significant contributions by institutions and individuals and thus support sharing of knowledge and good practices and to generate conversations among student affairs professionals about innovative and effective practices. The Recognition of Excellence further inspire awareness, highlight excellent work being conducted by MENASA Area professionals, promote collaboration and idea sharing, and serve as a platform to connect professionals in the region.


Adherence to Recognition Criteria: The nominated party and activity aligns with the specific category description and criteria. 

Support or Evidence: Nominations can be supported by assessment/evaluation feedback, recommendations, or some form of evidence of effectiveness/excellence.  Demonstrates a model that can be successfully replicated by others.

Promotes engagement: Demonstrates support or ability to engage with others in their institution, community and/or field.

Relevance to professional best practices: Demonstrates use of strong professional activities that align with MENASA-NASPA Competencies

Relevance to Student Affairs/Services: Demonstrates relevance and significance to the field of Student Affairs/Services.

MENASA-NASPA Area Organization/Professional: The nominated party and or activity operate in a MENASA Area country and support the field of Student Affairs/Services.

*Note: NASPA Affiliation is a requirement. Each nomination must include an organization or individual who is a current NASPA member.


Merit in Collaborative Partnerships

Demonstrates significant interdepartmental collaboration that positively impacts the overall quality of campus life. This recognition is intended for an organization, unit, or program. 

Specific Criteria for this recognition category:

  1. Partners with one or more groups, organizations, campuses, etc. outside of their specific area for the purpose of addressing a challenge.

  2. Provides evidence of progress or progress towards positive impact(s) on institutional/student/campus life

Merit in Innovative Practices

An innovative practice that develops student engagement and overall student success through campus-based initiatives. This recognition is intended for an organization, unit or program. 

Specific Criteria for this recognition category:

  1. Clearly identifies an innovative practice and how it promoted student success.

  2. Demonstrates creativity in delivery. 

  3. Positively impacts the student experience with specific achievements and is supported by outcomes.

Dedicated Professional (Commitment to the MENASA-NASPA Area)

Recognizes a MENASA area professional who embodies our values by significantly contributing to supporting professionals, and developing the MENASA region identity and community. This recognition is intended for an individual professional. 

Specific Criteria for this recognition category:

  1. Exemplifies the mission of MENASA through service to the profession and/or professional development to area professionals.

  2. Contributes to MENASA-NASPA activities, or similar within one's local context.

Works to advance student affairs practices or research in the MENASA area, preferably supporting professional competencies and regional knowledge.

Merit in Student Success

Recognizes practices that have demonstrated, through evidence, a sustained commitment to and a proactive advancement of student success across campus. This recognition is intended for an organization, unit or program. 

Specific Criteria for this recognition category:

  1. Development and/or implementation of a program or resource that significantly contributes to the personal, professional, or academic development of students at the campus.

  2. Provides strong evidence to support the impact on student outcomes for the intended student population.

  1. *For the 2021-2022 MENASA-NASPA Conference Recognition of Excellence, NASPA membership of an associated professional or institution is required.

  2. Recipients will hear back from the conference recognition committee.

  3. Recognition will be announced at the MENASA Virtual Conference. Attendance to the MENASA Virtual Conference is not required, but highly encouraged

CLICK HERE to submit an application/nomination.

Learning Outcomes

16th Annual MENASA Conference learning outcomes

Engage in critical dialogue around the innovation and adaptation of student affairs.

Exchange insights and lessons learned on best practices and initiatives relative to the development and growing importance of student affairs with scholar-practitioners in the MENASA region and globally

Enhance the learning and growth post-pandemic by sharing best practices of student affairs profession in the region.

Understand how to evolve current student affairs practices and strategies to better support student and community development in an uncertain time.

Connect with an expansive network of international leaders, researchers, and current student affairs professionals.

Identify emerging research and practices in student affairs around current societal changes that have caused the restructuring of higher education and student affairs.


مخرجات التعلم من المؤتمر:
1. المشاركة في حوار نقدي حول الابتكار ومدى تكيف شؤون الطلاب.
2. تبادل الأفكار والدروس المستفادة حول أفضل الممارسات والمبادرات المتعلقة بتطوير شؤون الطلبة الطلاب وأهميتها المتزايدة مع الباحثين الممارسين في منطقة مناساوالعالم.
3. تعزيز التعلم والنمو في حقبة ما بعد الوباء من خلال تبادل أفضل ممارسات مهنة شؤون الطلبة في المنطقة.
4. فهم كيفية تطوير ممارسات واستراتيجيات شؤون الطلبة الحالية لدعم تنمية الطلاب والمجتمع بشكل أفضل في فترات الظروف الغير متوقعة.
5. تواصل مع شبكة واسعة من القادة الدوليين والباحثين والمتخصصين الحاليين في شؤون الطلاب.
6. التعرف على البحوث والممارسات الناشئة في شؤون الطلبة الطلاب حول التغيرات المجتمعية الحالية التي تسببت في إعادة هيكلة التعليم العالي وشؤون الطلبةالطلاب.


Registration for the MENASA Conference

Registration as a member is based on individual membership status. You can join as an individual member at the $75 USD rate. This gives you the conference registration and a year of membership for less than the non-member registration fee. Visit the Membership section of the NASPA website to learn about membership types. NASPA Membership.



Early Registration 
Ends January 23, 2022
 Regular Registration
Ends February 6, 2022
Late Registration
After February 14, 2022
NASPA Member 
 $49 USD  $69 USD  $79 USD
Registration & Membership 
 $124 USD  $144 USD  $154 USD
Registration Only 
 $169 USD  $189 USD  $199 USD

Seeking professional development funding? Review the NASPA Foundation Professional Development Scholarship!





Registration Policies

Registration Cancellation Policy:
This program may be cancelled or postponed due to unforeseen circumstances. In this case, your registration fee will be refunded. Any additional refund requests will be granted by NASPA minus a $25.00 administrative fee.

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


NASPA Events
Event Registration Support
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (202) 265-7500

Janelle Nicole Rahyns
Associate Director, Global Initiatives
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (202) 265-7500


Tiki Ayiku
Assistant Vice President, Professional Dev.
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (202) 265-7500



Schedule for the MENASA Conference (Coming Soon)

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.

2022 MENASA NASPA Conferences Schedule - DRAFT
All times are Arabia Standard Time and are subject to change

February 14
February 15
February 16
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

MENASA Conference: Welcome, Opening & Keynote

10:30 AM - 10:40 AM

Interactive Coffee Break

10:40 AM - 11:00 AM

Know Your Neighbor - Networking Activity

11:00 AM - 11:50 AM

Concurrent Sessions I

11:50 AM - 12:00 PM

Interactive Coffee Break

12:00 PM - 12:50 PM

Concurrent Sessions II

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Discipline-Specific Dialogues (Part I)

9:30 AM - 9:40 AM

Interactive Coffee Break

9:40 AM - 10:00 AM

Networking Social/Hot Topics- Networking Activity

10:00 AM - 10:50 AM

Concurrent Sessions III

10:50 AM - 11:00 AM

Interactive Coffee Break

11:00 AM - 11:50 AM

Concurrent Sessions IV

11:50 AM - 12:00 PM

Interactive Coffee Break

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Group Discussion Forum

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Discipline-Specific Dialogues (Part II)

9:30 AM - 9:45 AM

Interactive Coffee Break

9:45 AM - 9:35 AM

Concurrent Sessions V

10:35 AM - 10:45 AM

Interactive Coffee Break

10:45 AM - 11:35 AM

Concurrent Sessions VI

11:35 AM - 12:15 AM

Sponsors Fair/Member Engagement Space

12:15 PM - 1:00 PM

MENASA Open Board Meeting & Conference Closing Ceremony

Call for Programs: Now Open

2022 MENASA NASPA Call for Programs - Now Open

The 2022 Planning Committee seeks engaging and innovative proposals that examine the lessons learned, the evolution of Student Affairs practices, and their integration into the campus community especially during this pivotal time. In an unprecedented era of change, the conference seeks to explore the ways in which we provide student support, communicate, and apply technology.

This conference invites dialogues and presentations around topics related to:

  • virtual learning and student engagement
  • leadership during these challenging times
  • mental health, well-being and resilience
  • support services and collaborations within the campus communities and beyond
  • innovation, technology and best practices
  • effective communications via different means (virtual, in-person, hybrid)
  • developing campus communities in a virtual world
  • student affairs competencies
  • developing innovative opportunities for professional or career development
  • reflecting on the lessons learned
  • preparing for future challenges

Call for Programs Application


If you would like to present your program in Arabic, please use this link - Call for Programs in Arabic

Speakers (Coming Soon)


Please contact NASPA if you have any further questions about submitting a program proposal for the 16h Annual MENASA NASPA Conference.  

Janelle Rahyns, Ph.D.

Associate Director for Global Initiatives

Email: [email protected]