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2021 NASPA Florida Virtual Drive-In Conference

Regional Drive-in/Small Conference

Join us for the annual NASPA-FL Drive-In Conference to be held from October 14 - 16, 2021.  This exciting and engaging virtual opportunity will support your personal professional development.  This year the conference committee has chosen four focus areas for educational sessions:

  • Career Development & the Trajectory of Career Path
  • Resiliency, Hope, Renewal, Self-Care
  • Professional Career Competencies: How They Help Us Do Our Best Work
  • Current/Post COVID World and the Long-Term Impact of Current issues in Higher Education (changes made because of COVID, crisis planning, budget impacts/financial forecasting, etc.)


$30 for members (including graduate student members)

$15 for undergraduate student attendees

$79 for non-member professionals

Non-members will need to create a NASPA Profile in order to register

 Registration will open this summer! 

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Make sure you save the date for October 14-16, 2021.  This year’s Drive-In Conference will feature educational sessions and guest speakers on Thursday afternoon and Friday.  The conference will also include the Case Study Competition and NASPA-FL Social on Thursday as well as the NASPA-FL Awards on Friday.  The 2021 Undergraduate Symposium will be held on Saturday, October 16.

The annual NASPA-FL Social will be held virtually on Thursday, October 14th at 5:30PM.  Additional information will be sent out to Drive-In Conference registrants closer to the event date.

This event is an affordable opportunity for professional development, networking, reconnecting with old friends, and creating new ones!  The 2021 NASPA-FL Virtual Drive-In Conference is open to all student affairs professionals.

Registration will open this summer! 

Call for Programs

The conference committee is seeking innovative program proposals for the drive-in conference.  We encourage presenters to focus on the following four Focus Areas of this year's conference: 

  • Career Development & the Trajectory of Career Path
  • Resiliency, Hope, Renewal, Self-Care
  • Professional Career Competencies: How They Help Us Do Our Best Work
  • Current/Post COVID World and the Long-Term Impact of Current issues in Higher Education (changes made because of COVID, crisis planning, budget impacts/financial forecasting, etc.)

Proposals will be evaluated based on content; relevance to conference Focus Areas, current issues and the Professional Competency Areas for Student Affairs Practitioners; evidence of clearly stated outcomes and objectives; contribution to the knowledge and practice of student affairs; and adherence to program submission guidelines.

There are three types of programs being offered at this year's NASPA-FL Drive-In Conference. 

  • 45-minute program within any area of student affairs.
  • 30-minute program on your department’s “Best Practice.”
  • 45-minute session for the NASPA-FL Undergraduate Symposium (to be heald on Saturday, October 16).

Program Proposal Deadline has been EXTENDED to July 16, 2021 

Notification of Program Status Deadline: August 13, 2021 

Drive-In Conference Schedule

Thursday, October 14th

9:00 a.m – 12:00 p.m. – Case Study Competition

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. – Break 

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. – Focus Speaker

2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. – Extended Educational Session Block

5:30 p.m. – NASPA-FL Social with regional meet ups in local areas


*Anticipated schedule – subject to change

Friday, October 15th

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. – Welcome & Keynote

11:00 a.m. - 11:50 p.m. – Educational Session Block 1

11:50 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. – Break 

12:15 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. – Lunch at home & Awards

1:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. – Break

1:15 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. – Best Practices Educational Session

1:45 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. - Break

 2:00 p.m. - 2:50 p.m. – Educational Session Block 2 

3:00 p.m. - 3:50 p.m. – Educational Session Block 3

3:50 p.m. - 4:10 p.m. – Closing


*Anticipated schedule – subject to change

Saturday, October 16th

10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. - Undergraduate Symposium

*Anticipated schedule – subject to change

Case Study Competition

The NASPA-FL Case Study Competition is a competition for graduate students and new professionals (within their first two years of professional experience).  This competition gives you the chance to apply and showcase your classroom, internship, experiential and leadership experiences all in one opportunity!

Competitors can form teams of two – three people for either the graduate student category or the new professionals category; up to ten teams can compete in each category.  Each team will analyze, evaluate, and provide solutions to a thought provoking case relevant to the field of student and academic affairs.  Participants will present virtually to a panel of judges comprised of student and academic affairs practitioners and faculty. 

Please note: all participants must register for the NASPA-FL Drive-in Conference in order to be eligible to compete.

Registration for the annual NASPA-FL Case Study Competition will open in the summer.

Undergraduate Symposium

NASPA-FL is excited to host the annual Undergraduate Symposium during the 2021 NASPA-FL Virtual Drive-In on Saturday, October 16, 2021.  The Undergraduate Symposium is designed to introduce undergraduate students to the profession of student affairs and to prepare them to pursue a graduate degree in student affairs.  This program includes several educational sessions and a graduate school fair.  In addition, registered students will be matched with Florida-based student affairs professional to complete a mock interview session.

Undergraduate Symposium Schedule
Saturday, October 16th

10:00 a.m. - 10:50 a.m. - Opening Welcome & Speaker

10:50 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. - Break

11:00 a.m. - 11:50 a.m. - Education Session Block 1 

11:50 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Break 

12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Overview of afternoon activities

12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. - Grad Programs

2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. - Mock Interviews


 *Anticipated schedule – subject to change

Become a Sponsor

Dear Corporate Partner:

NASPA-FL is the state connection for NASPA members. Our purpose is to assist higher education professionals with their career development and networking needs within the state of Florida through a variety of opportunities. As a state organization within NASPA Region III, we seek to develop a robust partnership with your organization and our association members.

NASPA is the professional home for the field of student affairs. Together, NASPA is dedicated to centering students in the evolution of higher education. Our guiding principles of Integrity, Innovation, Inclusion, and Inquiry shape our work of fulfilling the promise of higher ed for every student. In researching your organization’s mission and objectives, we have identified a mutually beneficial partnership opportunity with our association.

As the second largest state organization, we encompass thousands of higher education professionals representing over 100 colleges and universities in Florida. NASPA-FL has a strong record of member engagement through our annual Drive-In Conference, NASPA National Conference attendance, webinar participation, and association networking.

With these in mind, your organization has the opportunity for sponsorship and in return we will allow you to showcase your goods and services during our virtual conference spanning Thursday, October 14 through Saturday, October 16, 2021. This is our second year hosting this conference virtually due to the pandemic, so rest assured the experience and engagement for both sponsors and participants will be extremely fruitful. As our state association encompasses thousands of higher education professionals, our past sponsors have had a strong return on their investment.

To participate in this event, NASPA-FL would like to identify our sponsors by July 31, 2021. For your convenience and consideration, we have attached our sponsorship packages via this letter for your organization that outlines the many ways in which your organization can engage with our NASPA-FL community.

We are eager to partner with you, so if you have any ideas for your activation or marketing efforts for us to explore, please feel to contact me at m.baumhardt@miami.edu. We thank you in advance for your time and consideration. Your support is greatly valued by NASPA and the NASPA-FL community.

Michael Baumhardt, M.A., M.B.A.
NASPA-FL Operations & Planning Chair