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September 19, 2022

Program Submission EXTENDED Deadline

December 12, 2022

Early Registration Deadline

January 6, 2023

Hotel Room Block Deadline

January 28, 2023

Symposium Opens!

2023 NASPA AVP Symposium

In-Person Conferences Health, Safety, and Well-being Career and Workforce Development Supporting the Profession Equity, Inclusion and Social Justice AVP or "Number Two" Senior Level VP for Student Affairs

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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About

Assistant and associate vice presidents for student affairs and other senior-level "number twos" (and the equivalent) who report to the vice president for student affairs 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 with 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 for the 2023 symposium is “Intersections: Creative and Courageous AVP Leadership.” We expect that programs and sessions will connect with the following topics and content areas:

  • Leveraging personal identities for building and sustaining leadership capacity 

  • Leading intergenerational teams

  • Developing strategies for talent acquisition, employee retention, and improving staff morale

  • Advancing equity, diversity, inclusion, and social justice in student affairs and on our campuses

  • Enhancing health, well-being, and the quality of life for students, staff, and faculty

  • Increasing proficiency in legislative, public policy, and compliance procedures

  • Understanding, navigating, and influencing institutional culture and politics

  • Leading strategic planning, organizational change, and resource management efforts

  • Advancing the student experience through fundraising, sponsorships, and alternative revenue streams

  • Flourishing in the AVP role: Strategies for addressing the challenges and complexities of the position

  • Leveraging data intelligence and technology in decision-making 

  • The role of social media and influence in an executive role

  • The art and science of project management and effective workflows

Schedule

The symposium will begin at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 28, 2023 and will conclude at 12:15 p.m. on Monday, January 30, 2023. Additionally, several pre- and post-symposium workshops will be offered for an additional fee. The schedule presented below is subject to changes.

 

Symposium Schedule
Friday
January 27
Saturday
January 28
Sunday
January 29
Monday
January 30
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

No-host Mixer for Early Arrivers

6:45 PM - 8:30 PM

No-host Dinner Groups for Early Arrivers

9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Symposium Registration and Check-in

12:30 PM - 2:45 PM

Pre-symposium Workshop 1: Anti-Racist Leadership in Practice

Details

During moments of crisis caused and motivated by racism, institutions tend to freeze, scurry, or even make things worse. The moment of truth to assess university leadership and their commitment to anti-racism is then just seconds away. The pressure many leaders – oftentimes holding privileged and oppressor identities – feel to condemn racism and reiterate the institution's values to create an inclusive community, while continuing to please their donors who may disagree with addressing racism, are all in competition. With each institution only one incident away from the next headline, leaders end up living on edge and constantly fearing the next late night phone call exposing a violent, hurtful, and harmful act of racism. During this session, the presenter will push leaders to hold the stories of students who have multiple historically marginalized and excluded identities in higher education at the center. From hiring practices to pedagogy, dining options to student conduct, enrollment to public reactions and statements, endowment to campus plan, and so much more, this session will serve as a leader's blueprint towards making institutional changes from an anti-racist lens, guided by the experiences of historically marginalized and excluded students in higher education.

 

 

12:30 PM - 2:45 PM

Pre-symposium Workshop 2: Maintaining Educational and Socially Just Environments – Its’ Not Simply Student Conduct

Details

Want to be a socially just leader within a resistant legislative, political, and governing context? Seeking to promote personally and socially responsible leadership in your students while coaching the same in your staff? Become immersed in the lived experiences, decision-making, and perspectives of both college student leaders and administrators as you navigate the Montgomery Alabama 1960 student sit-in events that became Dixon v. State of Alabama (1961). Attend this workshop to learn from the past to promote empathy and intergenerational understanding to craft creative and innovative educationally purposeful interventions.

3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Symposium Welcome and Opening Speaker: NASPA President Kevin Kruger

4:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Break

5:00 PM - 6:15 PM

General Interest Sessions I: Implementing the Okanagan Charter to Become a Health Promoting University: Navigating Meaningful Change across Higher Education Systems and Silos

Details

The Health Promoting Universities movement, guided by the Okanagan Charter, offers a promising framework to support student wellbeing while also addressing simultaneous crises of a global pandemic, the climate emergency, systemic racism, and colonization. Mobilizing meaningful change across systems and silos is complex. During this session, the presenters will share learnings from the University of British Columbia's approach to integrating health, equity, and sustainability in policies and practices – followed by an interactive session to generate insights into opportunities for engaging our campuses in deeper collective action.

5:00 PM - 6:15 PM

General Interest Sessions I: Leading Through Transition

Details

Higher education organizations go through periods of intense transition, or seem to forever be in states of change. Navigating that change can be disorienting for teams leading to loss of productivity and decreased morale. Courageous leaders help teams transition through the three phases of change and find their focal point. Participating in this session will prepare AVPs to explore their own challenges with changes they are experiencing and will provide a tool to navigate through transitions with their teams.

5:00 PM - 6:15 PM

General Interest Sessions I: Navigating Sensitive, Values-based Campus Climate Issues

Details

The AVP is often at the epicenter of campus climate issues. They must hold and respect all perspectives regarding sensitive topics on campus. It takes a courageous, ethical, and values-driven leader to negotiate campus climate issues by leveraging relationships with all stakeholders to be a change agent and make campuses more inclusive. This session involves engaging the audience in three case studies about volatile campus climate issues at small and large public and private institutions and the critical role of the AVP plays in them. The presenters will also share tips and suggestions for managing yourself when navigating difficult and challenging situations.

5:00 PM - 6:15 PM

General Interest Sessions I: Partnering with Academic Affairs to Collectively Impact Well-being

Details

In Fall 2022, the provost and vice president of student life at the University of Michigan convened a committee to review mental health and well-being needs and resources. The committee proposed innovative changes to holistically address well-being. An expanded collective impact structure was proposed to provide continuous, innovative solutions to complex systems and policies. During this session, the presenter will provide a briefing regarding the cultivation of the relationship with academic affairs and student life for sustainable change.

6:30 PM - 7:15 PM

Welcome Reception

7:15 PM - 9:00 PM

Optional No-host Dinner Groups

8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Symposium Registration and Check-in

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Breakfast with Optional Roundtable Discussions

9:10 AM - 10:25 AM

General Interest Sessions II: Finding a COVID Win Through Reorganization

Details

As Polk State College ended 2020, we–like all schools–were adjusting to a new normal. At the same time, we were faced with several key administrative retirements and other departures. By making use of previous visioning activities and working to address our new priorities, we were able to completely reimagine the organizational chart in Student Services and save the College more than $20,000 in the process. Learn about the reorganization and where we are headed next!

9:10 AM - 10:25 AM

General Interest Sessions II: Intersections of an Emergency: Be Prepared to Respond

Details

College campuses face a wide range of challenges, threats, and potential hazards. Planning and implementation rely heavily on using a multi-faceted approach that utilizes the skills and resources of practitioners. Higher education professionals are on the front lines. During this session, the presenter will engage participants in understanding emergency preparedness and response. Real life experiences and successes will be shared to illustrate how our profession needs to continue building capacity to navigate the future.

9:10 AM - 10:25 AM

General Interest Sessions II: Moving People Through Change

Details

In 2020, Student Affairs at Pace University experienced a series of changes in leadership, structure, and resources. Two separate Divisions of Student Affairs were combined, and the new leadership team needed to establish staff buy-in, collaboration, and cultural shifts. The presenters will present several examples of the purposeful approach to this process, focusing on the people rather than the change itself. This session will include ample time for participants to share and explore ways to transform indivual staff members attitudes, perceptions, and relationships with one another.

10:35 AM - 11:50 AM

General Interest Sessions III: AVP Leadership in Dynamic Times: Helping Team Members Find the Line Between Advocacy and Activism

Details

Social justice (SJ) and inclusive excellence education (IE) have been increasingly present in student affairs work. As tragic events rise in frequency, IHE campuses are stages for protests and charged discussions. While higher education programs have adjusted to address societal and campus ills while fostering campus activism, student affairs practitioners need to remain true to the institutional purposes. This session focuses on ways to encourage staff in SJ and IE work while honoring roles as agents of the institution.

10:35 AM - 11:50 AM

General Interest Sessions III: Equipping Student Affairs for Strategic Action

Details

The strength of an organization relies heavily on a resilient mission, a clear vision, and core values that guide its behavior in achieving its goals. Join this session to learn how a division of student affairs actively engaged the campus community to develop a framework for a five-year strategic plan specifically mapped to the university's strategic directions. From the building blocks of developing strategies to measuring the impact of the division's contributions to equipping individuals to live a life of meaning and significance personally, professionally, and civically, during this program the presenter will engage participants in building pathways for the future.

10:35 AM - 11:50 AM

General Interest Sessions III: Transitional Skills: Making the Case

Details

As the recruitment of staff becomes increasingly challenging, leaders are looking at a broader pool of candidates with transitional rather than traditional skills and experience. How can AVPs prepare teams to hire, accept/embrace and train these new colleagues! During this session, the presenter will address factors to consider as the profession morphs into a new reality that requires leaders to think outside the box with hiring and to redesign onboarding and professional development programs.

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

"Symposium Luncheon with Featured Speaker: Dr. Andy Brantley President and CEO, College and University Professional Association for Human Resources"

Details

Recruiting, Retaining, and Engaging the Student Affairs Workforce

Competition for talent is fierce, and nowhere is this more evident than in student affairs positions nationwide. During this session, Andy will share U.S. and higher education workforce trends and challenges and provide recommendations to help student affairs leaders recruit and retain talented colleagues. Participants will also engage in small group discussions to share examples of strategies they are using to address their recruitment and retention challenges.

1:30 PM - 1:45 PM

Break

1:45 PM - 3:00 PM

General Interest Sessions IV: Courageously Leading from a Psychological Safety Lens

Details

In order for senior leaders to take ownership of our role in reshaping the culture of higher education, we must create an environment in which people can thrive. In order to do so, we must understand and practice psychological safety. This is courageous leadership.

1:45 PM - 3:00 PM

General Interest Sessions IV: Effective Transition and Succession Planning for You and Your Team

Details

Do you know who your "second in command" would be if you suddenly needed to step back? Have you faced staff shortages or had entire departments left unstaffed due to turnover? With all the changes in the industry in recent years, the succession-planning pathways that we have all relied on have also changed, and the gaps created can cause huge disruptions to the student experience as well as on workload and balance for student affairs professionals. Attend this session to learn more about effective transition and succession planning.

1:45 PM - 3:00 PM

General Interest Sessions IV: Leading at the Intersection: Navigating Change in the AVP Role

Details

Being an AVP involves changes and transitions. Whether adapting to new areas of responsibility, transitioning to a new vice president, or re-arranging priorities, change appears to be the one constant for those serving in an AVP role. During this program, a panel of seasoned AVPs will provide perspectives and experiences regarding how they have effectively (or not!) navigated a variety of transitions and changes while serving in these roles. Participants will also have opportunities to share their challenges and lessons learned.

3:10 PM - 4:10 PM

Roundtable Discussions

Details

During this period, symposium participants can choose to participate in a peer-facilitated roundtable discussion. Topics will be finalized closer to the symposium.

4:10 PM - 4:40 PM

Refreshment Break

Details

Connect with your AVPeeps over a hot beverage and a light snack. Maybe make a plan to connect for dinner later that evening?

4:40 PM - 5:55 PM

General Interest Sessions V: Building the Plane As You Fly It: How Student Affairs Can Curate Excellence Through Turbulent Times

Details

Student affairs impacts students' experiences, and to a great extent, the campus environment. The work is curated and supported by a diverse set of leaders with strong and engaged teams. But how do you craft leaders and an organization that embrace these opportunities? With heightened turnover and a constantly evolving profession, good hiring and strong structures will support success. This program will highlight the complexities and will offer best practices for not only hiring solid individuals but crafting amazing teams.

4:40 PM - 5:55 PM

General Interest Sessions V: Intersections: Enhancing Our Ability to Manage Up, Across, and Down

Details

Mary Abbajay states, "Nearly everyone interviewed for this book said their best leadership teacher was their worst boss." Lessons learned from our most challenging work experiences provide wisdom for navigating managerial terrain and key tactics to act as strategic leaders to those in our sphere of influence. During this session, the presenters will focus on maximizing our personal and professional intersections to be effective agents of change in our respective organizations as we manage up, down, and across.

4:40 PM - 5:55 PM

General Interest Session V: Moving into the VPSA Role: How to Be "First Day Ready"

Details

You're the new VPSA...so what now? How do you onboard yourself? In this session, you will learn how one new VPSA operationalized the NASPA book Executive Transitions in Student Affairs: A Guide to Getting Started as the Vice President as well as utilized valuable information from mentors to be "first day ready." You will hear how things are going after the first six months, lessons learned, and advice for others considering entering the role of VPSA.

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

No-host Networking Event

Details

All symposium attendees are warmly invited to this no-host networking gathering.

7:15 PM - 9:00 PM

Optional No-host Dinner Group

Details

We've reserved several tables at nearby restaurants to allow symposium participants to dine together in small groups. We encourage you to join one of these no-host dinner groups. (Dinner will be at your own expense.) To sign up to join a dinner group, click the link below. Space is limited for these dinner groups, so don’t delay in securing your spot.

8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Symposium Registration and Check-in

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Breakfast with Optional Roundtable Discussions

9:10 AM - 10:25 AM

General Interest Sessions VI: Mattering During Transitions: The Story of Two New Executive Leaders

Details

Joining a new organization as an AVP brings both challenges and opportunity. This presentation will share the experiences of two AVPS with differing portfolios and intersecting identities – one a dean of students and the other an AVP of health and well-being – who entered at the ground floor of a significant divisional restructuring. Initial assessment, collaboration, data analysis, and strategic planning will be discussed. This will be a highly interactive presentation, which seeks to engage the wisdom in the room and frame the process of "building" while change is ongoing.

9:10 AM - 10:25 AM

General Interest Sessions VI: Next Stop – The Vice Presidency: How to Successfully Engage with Executive Search Firms

Details

Gaining experience with executive search firms is like gaining experience with budgets – it's a critical element to learn but there is no direct path to gaining the experience! This presentation is going to change all of that as the presenters guide you through how to approach the executive search process from interest to application to interviews. Bring your questions and stories as we demystify the process, shed light on stellar pro tips, and share lots of stories and laughs along the way.

9:10 AM - 10:25 AM

General Interest Sessions VI: Resiliency at the Crossroads: Building and Sustaining a Team During a Time of Challenge and Change

Details

During this period of the Great Resignation, institutions are finding it necessary to be creative with talent acquisition and management, and one cannot discount the experiences of HBCU leadership. At the foundation of every leadership team, personalities and leadership styles differ. Innovation and creativity are the formula for success among our intergenerational leadership teams. Using a narrative approach, the presenters will discuss the impact of our team dynamics in getting the institution to one of its highest levels of retention in recent history.

9:10 AM - 10:25 AM

General Interest Sessions VI: The Metaverse and Student Affairs: Are We Ready?

Details

It is predicted that the Metaverse will be pervasive in society by the end of the decade. Matthew Ball, author of The Metaverse, describes the Metaverse as massively-scaled interoperable networks that are real-time rendered 3D virtual worlds that are synchronous and persistent with unlimited users, each with an individual sense of presence with continuity of data. The possibilities of utilizing a virtual realistic environment to engage students both in and outside the classroom is just beginning now.

10:25 AM - 10:55 AM

Coffee Break

Details

Take advantage of this final, extended break to connect with your peers before the symposium closing session.

10:55 AM - 12:15 PM

Symposium Closing Session and Featured Speaker

1:30 PM - 3:45 PM

Post-symposium Workshops

Pre-symposium Workshops

On Saturday, January 28, prior to the “official” start of the symposium at 3:00 p.m., attendees will have the chance to participate in pre-symposium workshops. Registration is required for these optional offerings. To add a pre-symposium workshop to your existing registration, please send an email to [email protected] or call 202-265-7500.

 

Pre-symposium Workshop 1: Anti-Racist Leadership in Practice

Saturday, January 28, 2023 | 12:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

During moments of crisis caused and motivated by racism, institutions tend to freeze, scurry, or even make things worse. The moment of truth to assess university leadership and their commitment to anti-racism is then just seconds away. The pressure many leaders – oftentimes holding privileged and oppressor identities – feel to condemn racism and reiterate the institution's values to create an inclusive community, while continuing to please their donors who may disagree with addressing racism, are all in competition. With each institution only one incident away from the next headline, leaders end up living on edge and constantly fearing the next late night phone call exposing a violent, hurtful, and harmful act of racism. During this session, the presenter will push leaders to hold the stories of students who have multiple historically marginalized and excluded identities in higher education at the center. From hiring practices to pedagogy, dining options to student conduct, enrollment to public reactions and statements, endowment to campus plan, and so much more, this session will serve as a leader's blueprint towards making institutional changes from an anti-racist lens, guided by the experiences of historically marginalized and excluded students in higher education.

 

Pre-symposium Workshop 2: Maintaining Educational and Socially Just Environments – Its’ Not Simply Student Conduct 

Saturday, January 28, 2023 | 12:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Want to be a socially just leader within a resistant legislative, political, and governing context? Seeking to promote personally and socially responsible leadership in your students while coaching the same in your staff? Become immersed in the lived experiences, decision-making, and perspectives of both college student leaders and administrators as you navigate the Montgomery Alabama 1960 student sit-in events that became Dixon v. State of Alabama (1961). Attend this workshop to learn from the past to promote empathy and intergenerational understanding to craft creative and innovative educationally purposeful interventions.

 

 

Register Online for 2023 NASPA AVP Symposium

Registration

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 the immediately preceding NASPA Institute for New AVPs, you are entitled to a 25% discount for your symposium registration fee. Please use the coupon code you received when you registered for the institute  when completing your symposium registration.

Registration as a member is based on individual membership status at the time of the event. If your current membership will expire prior to the event, you will have the option to renew at the time of registration to receive the member rate.

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 $80. If your institution is NOT a member, you can join as an associate affiliate member for $250. 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!

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


REGISTRATION FEES

The last day to register is January 18, 2023.

Early Registration

Through 12/12/2022

Regular Registration

12/13/2022 through 1/6/2023

Late Registration

1/6/2023 through 1/30/2023

NASPA Member
$645
$745
$845
Non-member
$845
$945
$1045
Pre-Symposium Workshop
NASPA Member
$75
$95
$140
Non-member
$175
$195
$240

 


 

 

Registration Policies

Registration Policies

Registration Cancellation Policy:

Cancellation/refund deadline less a $50.00 administrative fee is December 12, 2022.  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 12, 2022 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] .

Questions

Registration:

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


Program: 

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

 

Featured Speakers

Call for Proposals

The Call for Proposals is closed.

The 2023 NASPA AVP Symposium planning committee invites AVPs/“number twos” and vice presidents for student affairs (and the equivalent of both) to submit program proposals that resonate with the symposium theme of “Intersections: Creative and Courageous AVP Leadership.” Please visit the call for proposals submission system below for more information about the theme, desired submissions, and proposal requirements.

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.

Venue

Hilton Portland Downtown
Hilton Portland Downtown

Portland, Oregon

All conference activities will take place at the

Hilton Portland Downtown

NASPA has arranged special room rates for conference attendees at the Hilton Portland Downtown at $149/night (not including state and local taxes). 

Hotel Room Rate / Night
Hilton Portland Downtown
921 SW Sixth Avenue
Portland, Oregon, 97204
503-226-1611
$149 - Single/ Double

 

Reserve a Room Today!

Travel Information

Travel

The Hilton Portland Downtown is located in the heart of Downtown. Close to businesses, shopping, restaurants, theater cultural districts, and only 10 miles from Portland International Airport. 

For your convience, the hotel offers valet parking for a daily rate of $55.  

Directions

Directions from Portland International Airport

Leaving the airport, follow signs for I-205 S. Take I-205 S and I-84 W/US-30 W to SE Morrison Bridge. Take the exit toward City Ctr from I-84 W/US-30 W. Continue on SE Morrison Bridge. Take SW 3rd Ave to SW 6th Ave and the hotel will be on the left.

Weather

Weather in Portland, Oregon

January is a frosty winter month in Portland, with an average temperature varying between 35.2°F (1.8°C) and 46.2°F (7.9°C). It rains18.3 days, with typically 4.33" (110mm) of accumulated precipitation. In Portland, during 1.3 snowfall days, 0.91" (23mm) of snow is typically accumulated. During the entire year, snow falls for 6.4 days and aggregates up to 3.94" (100mm) of snow.

For more information on the weather in Portland, please visit weather.com

NASPA Global Health, Safety, and Responsibility

To read NASPAs full statement and policies regarding global health, safety, and responsibility, please visit this page.

Sponsors

If you would like to sponsor the 2023 NASPA Institute for New AVPs, please contact Senior Director of Corporate Development Fred Comparato at 614-204-5994 or at [email protected].