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2020 NASPA Region I Conference

Virtual Conferences and Institutes Region I

The 2020 Conference Committee is pleased to offer NASPA Region I: Examine, Navigate, Reimagine a virtual professional development experience in place of our in-person conference originally scheduled to take place in Hartford, CT.  This virtual experience will offer learning, growth and connection opportunities for our region in a safe, socially distant and cost-effective manner in order to meet the needs of our members.

Since this is an entirely different offering than the traditional in-person regional conference, the registration and program format will reflect those changes.  Thus, the timelines, prices, and process have changed to reflect the current circumstances.  Our goal is to provide quality, high value content at a very low cost for our members.

NASPA Region I: Virtual will take place November 16-18, 2020 from 1pm - 4pm each day. A daily theme will be chosen and developed to reflect the landscape of higher education and the greater global community.  Content will be condensed into a few hours each day including a topical keynote, educational sessions and opportunities to connect with other members socially.  Content will also be recorded and available to those who register who may not be able to participate live.

We look forward to seeing you virtually in November and hope many of you submit proposals to present your knowledge and expertise!

 

Presented By

Region 1

Call for Programs

Region I Virtual - Examine, Navigate, Reimagine
 
Call for Programs
 
Our goal is to have sessions relevant to meet the diverse professional needs and interests of our attendees. Thus, presenters from all functional areas of student affairs and varying levels of professional experience are invited to submit a program proposal.

 

As you prepare your proposals, please keep the following in mind:

We are excited to provide the following types of sessions for attendees:

  • Traditional Educational Session - (50 minutes)
  • Research Session - (50 minutes) 
  • Roundtable Session - (50 minutes)

Programs will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Meeting the daily theme and at least 1 learning outcome
  • Relevance to the Vision of NASPA, the Competency Areas, and the Conference Purpose
  • Development of content, including evidence of planning and organization
  • Clearly stated objectives and outcomes
  • Contribution to the knowledge and practice of student affairs/relevance to the field
  • Learning/take away for participants

Examine, Navigate, Reimagine:

  • Examine - Monday, November 16, 2020: 
    • Examining Systems of Oppression: Power and oppression is pervasive within the system of higher education. Are institutions actively engaging in examining systems of oppression in higher education and working to dismantle them? What strategies, efforts, and data can we share within Region I?
    • Learning Outcomes - By attending Day 1, participants will be able to:
      • Reflect on systems of oppression within Higher Education and Student Affairs
      • Identify strategies to examine systems of oppression within their own home institution of higher education
      • Identify strategies to address systems of oppression in higher education
      • Reflect on personal identities and how one’s identities intersect with systems of oppression

  • Navigate - Tuesday, November 17, 2020
    •  Navigating Change: As we continue to navigate all the changes this year has presented, what lessons have we learned? How is the landscape of higher education changing? What are the personal and professional implications in current and future student affairs work? How is Student Affairs navigating the heightened intersections of inequality?
    • Learning Outcomes - By attending Day 2, participants will be able to: 
      • Reflect on personal and/or professional experiences impacted by the pandemic
      • Analyze practices and strategies implemented during pandemic planning 
      • Identify strategies for future implementation and consideration in higher education 

  • Reimagine - Wednesday, November 18, 2020
    • Reimagining Community: How do we build, sustain, and develop community in this new environment? How has our understanding of community changed? What efforts are we putting forward in creating a more inclusive community? What can community look like within professional organizations, for students, for staff, and for faculty? 
    • Learning Outcomes - By attending Day 3, participants will be able to: 
      • Reflect on the concept of community in our new environments
      • Identify new strategies and practices to build and sustain community in a virtual setting
      • Discuss future considerations for community development

Programs Timeline - Rolling Application

  • Program submissions will be reviewed  as they are submitted up until October 16, 2020.
  • Programs that fulfill the daily themes and learning outcomes will be accepted on a rolling basis.
  • Accepted programs presenters will be notified on a rolling basis and no later than Friday October 23, 2020.

Registration

Registration
 
Registration Fees

NASPA Member Rate Retiree or Student Rate Non-member Rate
$50.00 $25.00 $150.00

 

Corporate Sponsors

If you are interested in becoming a corporate sponsor please contact Dustin Gee at dgee2@berklee.edu

2020 Region I Conference Sponsors

Schedule

Full conference schedule and program descriptions will be available soon!

Mon
Nov 16
Tue
Nov 17
Wed
Nov 18

Today's Theme: Examining Systems of Oppression

1:00 PM - 1:50 PM

Keynote

Details

Examining Systems of Oppression Panel

Monday’s keynote, featuring a panel of content experts from Region I, will set the tone for the day and the overall virtual experience by examining systems of oppression within higher education and student affairs. The panel will touch on their specific areas of expertise, our learning outcomes for the day and how attendees of this virtual event can examine systems within, and outside, their institutions and discuss strategies for professionals to work to dismantle these systems.

Keynote Panelists:

Tara L. Parker, Ph.D., UMass Boston

Susan Marine, Ph.D., Merrimack College

Andres Castro Samayoa, Ph.D., Boston College

Keynote Moderator:

Daymyen Layne, Director for Multicultural Education and Training at Quinnipiac University

 

 

3:00 PM - 3:50 PM

Education Session 2

5:00 PM - 5:50 PM

Election Reflection

Sponsored by the Knoweldge Communities

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Entertainment: Trivia!

Sponsored by Party People

Today's Theme: Navigating Change

1:00 PM - 1:50 PM

Keynote

Details

Leading Through Uncertainty: Using authentic leadership to navigate ambiguity

Hey student affairs practitioners, let's check our ego for a second. In this session, attendees will be asked to think critically about the way they communicate with each other by considering this concept: authentic leadership is about using your experiences, your shortcomings and lessons learned to make yourself appear human to your co-workers, to boost morale and trust. In the midst of a critical social justice movement we must focus on what is right, not the need to be right. In the global pandemic, we must preach and practice empathy for ourselves and others. It is during this period of ambiguity and uncertainty leaders emerge, but not the ones who are trying to be perfect. No, it is the ones who recognize the power of authenticity and relatability that will inspire others right now. 

Keynote Speaker

James Robilotta

2:00 PM - 2:50 PM

Education Session 3

3:00 PM - 3:50 PM

Education Session 4

5:00 PM - 5:50 PM

State Meetings & Awards

State Meetings (including State Award Announcements)

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Entertainment: Bingo!

Sponsored by Party People

Today's Theme: Reimagining Community

1:00 PM - 1:50 PM

Keynote

Details

The Unpaved Road: Reimagining and Building

A global pandemic has disrupted how we regularly operate in our personal and professional lives. Not only has COVID-19 caused disruption so easily, but the systems we have in place have sustained and exacerbated this disruption. Therefore, it is time to reimagine.

 In his keynote, Harpreet will share insight on what it means to reimagine systems, higher education institutions, and the way in which we operate. Additionally, attendees will be prompted to question who our current systems serve, interrogate the need for a “new normal”, and think about what we need to create a new future. In a time in which there are more questions than answers, we must lean into uncertainty and we must work together to reimagine and build a new future together.

Keynote Speaker:

Harpreet Singh

2:00 PM - 2:50 PM

Education Session 5

3:00 PM - 3:50 PM

Education Session 6

5:00 PM - 5:50 PM

Region I Awards Presentation

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Entertainment

Survey Says game show and Psychics sponsored by FUN Enterprises

Speakers

We are delighted to have such phenomenal speakers this year.

Monday, November 16th 

Examining Systems of Oppression

 

Tara L. Parker, Ph.D., UMass Boston

Susan Marine, Ph.D., Merrimack College

Andres Castro Samayoa, Ph.D., Boston College

Moderator: Daymyen Layne, Quinnipiac University

 

Monday’s keynote, featuring a panel of content experts from Region I, will set the tone for the day and the overall virtual experience by examining systems of oppression within higher education and student affairs. The panel will touch on their specific areas of expertise, our learning outcomes for the day and how attendees of this virtual event can examine systems within, and outside, their institutions and discuss strategies for professionals to work to dismantle these systems.

 

Tuesday, November 17th

Leading Through Uncertainty: Using authentic leadership to navigate ambiguity

 

James Robilotta

 

Hey student affairs practitioners, let's check our ego for a second. In this session, attendees will be asked to think critically about the way they communicate with each other by considering this concept: authentic leadership is about using your experiences, your shortcomings and lessons learned to make yourself appear human to your co-workers, to boost morale and trust. In the midst of a critical social justice movement we must focus on what is right, not the need to be right. In the global pandemic, we must preach and practice empathy for ourselves and others. It is during this period of ambiguity and uncertainty leaders emerge, but not the ones who are trying to be perfect. No, it is the ones who recognize the power of authenticity and relatability that will inspire others right now.  

 

Wednesday, November 18th

The Unpaved Road: Reimagining and Building

 

Harpreet Singh

 

A global pandemic has disrupted how we regularly operate in our personal and professional lives. Not only has COVID-19 caused disruption so easily, but the systems we have in place have sustained and exacerbated this disruption. Therefore, it is time to reimagine.

 

 In his keynote, Harpreet will share insight on what it means to reimagine systems, higher education institutions, and the way in which we operate. Additionally, attendees will be prompted to question who our current systems serve, interrogate the need for a “new normal”, and think about what we need to create a new future. In a time in which there are more questions than answers, we must lean into uncertainty and we must work together to reimagine and build a new future together.

 

Conference Committee

2020 R1 Conference Committee