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2020 NASPA Region IV-East AAKC Virtual Drive-In Conference

Virtual Conferences and Institutes

Presented By

African American


The 2nd Annual AAKC IV-East Virtual Drive-In Conference, sponsored by NASPA Region IV-East, will be held on the afternoon of October 16, 2020 and will be FREE to all participants. This 1/2 day virtual experiences aims to uplift, inspire, encourage, and motivate #BLKSAPs in the field of Higher Education. The theme of this year’s Conference is “The Search for Black Identity in Higher Education.” This theme is extremely important, especially in the current times we are living in.

We hope that each conference attendee leaves with the knowledge, skills, and confidence that our identities as Black/African American Student Affairs professionals matter and have value within the field of Higher Education and Student Affairs. We also hope that each individual is inspired and empowered to continue their journey in the field.

Additionally, we hope that attendees can articulate the value of affinity groups and culturally affirming practices within varied institutional contexts. 2) Be able to demonstrate an understanding of how to effectively navigate challenges associated with the work environment and burnout and 3) how to effectively develop professional community across functional areas and values systems and solidify a plan of action for personal and professional wellness.

Keynote Speaker

Lamar R. Hylton, Ph.D. currently serves as the Vice President for Student Affairs at Kent State University. In this role, he provides vision, executive leadership, oversight, and direction for the Division of Student Affairs, comprised of 23 departments, and serves as the institution’s chief student affairs officer. He also represents Student Affairs on several institutional committees and work groups. Utilizing experiences drawn from his dissertation research, and as a first-generation college graduate three times over, Dr. Hylton is personally invested in giving back to the students that he serves. He works towards impacting academic achievement, college satisfaction, and student success. Prior to this role, Dr. Hylton served as the Dean of Students at Kent State. He has served in a variety of different roles in fraternity & sorority life, residence life, student conduct, student activities, commuter student programs, leadership development, and multicultural affairs at various institutions around the country. A native of Columbus, OH, Dr. Hylton received his bachelor’s degree in Vocal Music-Performance from Morgan State University in Baltimore, MD; his master’s degree in College Student Personnel from Ohio University in Athens, OH; and a doctorate in Higher Education Administration from Morgan State.


Virtual Registration/Check-In: 11:30am-12:15pm

Welcome/Keynote: 12:30pm-1:30pm

  • Welcome from AAKC Reps
  • Welcome from Current Regional Director
  • Keynote Speaker: To Be Announced
  • Announcements

Educational Session 1: 1:40pm-2:40pm

Educational Session 2: 2:50pm-3:50pm

Senior Student Affairs Officers Panel : 4pm-4:45pm

Closing & Recognition: 4:50pm-5pm

Virtual Networking/Happy Hour: 5:30pm-6:30pm

Register Online for 2020 NASPA Region IV-East AAKC Virtual Drive-In Conference

Call for Programs

The Region IV-East | African-American Knowledge Community (AAKC) would like to extend an invitation to submit an enticing and innovative program(s) for our annual drive in conference. This conference will be virtual and all presentations will be provided in a webinar format. This year’s drive-in theme is The Search for Black Identity in Higher Education. We aim to revitalize colleagues and new professionals by providing sessions that invoke critical dialogue on how our identities affect our work spaces, our voices and future leaders.

Programs will be evaluated based on the conference theme and ACPA & NASPA’s Professional Competency Areas for Student Affairs Educators. We encourage coordinating presenters to include clear evidence of planning, organization, and relevance to the community and field.