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March 31, 2023

Early Registration Deadline

May 11, 2023

Regular Registration Deadline

May 19, 2023

Hotel Room Block Deadline

2023 NASPA Mid-level Administrators Conference

In-Person Conferences Mid-Level

The 2023 NASPA Mid-level Administrators Conference (MLAC) is a dynamic professional development event designed to provide mid-level student affairs professionals with the opportunity to engage and learn with colleagues and senior student affairs administrators. Participants will gain insights from promising practices and personal reflections to further develop their professional competencies, networking and supervisory skills, and acquire new skills and strategies to improve their professional practice. The Mid-level Administrators Conference is designed for those student affairs professionals who serve in roles between (but not including) entry-level positions and AVP (and the equivalent) roles. Additionally, professionals who have been serving in entry-level roles for at least 5 years are welcome to attend. 

As a result of this experience, participants will be able to:

  • Build and strengthen strategies for organizational leadership to include leading change, navigating institutional politics, managing resources, and supervising team members;

  • Develop the skills to manage from the middle, both internally to include staff and supervisors and externally to include stakeholders and cross-campus constituents;

  • Maximize your role to gain a deeper understanding of influence, power, and resources while advancing your professional growth; and

  • Expand your go-to network of mid-level colleagues.

This is the 2023 must-do experience for mid-level administrators!

Presented By

Mid-level Administrators Steering Committee Logo

What to Expect

This two-and-a-half day experience will provide you with new insights to help refine professional and personal strategies to develop as a mid-level administrator and to advance your career as a student affairs professional. The 2023 MLAC theme is Flourishing in "the Middle": Competencies and Practices for Mid-level Administrator Success. It is an excellent opportunity for professional and personal growth and to immerse oneself in learning and networking opportunities.

Type of sessions to expect:

  • Featured Speakers

  • Concurrent Sessions

  • Small Group Reflection Opportunities

  • One-on-one Coaching Sessions

Join us in June 2023 in Kansas City!


Featured Speakers


The conference will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 11, 2023 and will conclude at 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 13, 2023. Additionally, several pre-conference workshops will be offered for an additional fee. The schedule presented below is subject to changes.

A schedule-at-a-glance is provided below, but you may view a more detailed schedule here.


Sunday, June 11, 2023
Monday, June 12, 2023
Tuesday, June 13, 2023

8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Conference Registration

9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Pre-conference Workshops

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

One-on-one Coaching Sessions (optional; advance scheduling required)

1:00 p.m. to 2:20 p.m.

Conference Welcome and Opening Plenary Session

2:20 p.m. to 2:40 p.m.


2:40 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions I

3:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

 Networking Refreshment Break

4:00 p.m. to 5:10 p.m.

 Reflection Teams

5:10 p.m. to 6:20 p.m.

One-on-one Coaching Sessions (optional; advance scheduling required)

6:20 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.


6:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.

Welcome Reception

7:15 p.m. 

Optional No-host Dinner Groups


8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Conference Registration

8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

7:50 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

One-on-one Coaching Sessions (optional; advance scheduling required)

9:10 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions II

10:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.


10:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

Featured Speaker

11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Lunch on Your Own

11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

One-on-one Coaching Sessions (optional; advance scheduling required)

1:15 p.m. to 2:05 p.m.

Concurrent Session III

2:05 p.m. to 2:20 p.m.


2:20 p.m. to 3:35 p.m.

Extended Session

3:35 p.m. to 3:50 p.m.


3:50 p.m. to 4:40 p.m.

Concurrent Session IV

4:40 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.


5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Reflection Teams

6:10 p.m. to 7:20 p.m.

One-on-one Coaching Sessions (optional; advance scheduling required)

6:30 p.m.

Optional No-host Dinner Groups


8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Conference Registration

8:00 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

8:00 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.

One-on-one Coaching Sessions (optional; advance scheduling required)

8:45 a.m. to 8:55 a.m.


8:55 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions V

9:45 a.m. to 9:55 a.m.


9:55 a.m. to 10:35 a.m.

Reflection Teams

10:35 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.


10:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Closing Session and Featured Speaker


Pre-conference Workshops

On Sunday, June 11, prior to the “official” start of the conference at 1:00 p.m., attendees will have the chance to participate in pre-conference workshops. Registration is required for these optional offerings. To add a pre-conference workshop to your existing registration, please send an email to [email protected] or call 202-265-7500.


Pre-conference Workshop 1: #TheParallelPractitioner: Developing Your Department's Intentional Approach to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Sunday, June 11, 2023 | 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Practitioners in our industry have a social responsibility to facilitate change that advances inclusive environments for our students. And if we can't do that, our DEI efforts will only be as effective as our most passionate student leader. During this session, the presenters will break down two main components of change management: philosophy and strategy, and they'll do so in a way that centers shared responsibility and mutual accountability.


Pre-conference Workshop 2: Strategic Planning: Establishing Priorities to Forge a Successful Future

Sunday, June 11, 2023 | 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Successfully leading a program or department and measuring success is challenging. Learning how to utilize the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education to develop a strategic plan with measurable outcomes aligned with institutional goals is essential. Participants in this session will learn how to apply the Technology of Participation Strategic Planning Process to create a plan to establish priorities and develop a strategic plan to forge a successful future for the organizations, programs, or departments they lead.


Pre-conference Workshop 3: Where the Magic Resides: Appreciating the Impact of Racial Identity on the Mid-level Administrator Experience and Strategies for Thriving

Sunday, June 11, 2023 | 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

There is significant scholarship on managing in general. However, professionals of color have to take that information and extrapolate it to apply it to their lived experience based on their intersecting identities. It is only in community that “we” (professionals of color) are able to process what this means for us specifically. As an extension from the ACUHO-I Multicultural Institute, this session will take a deeper look at the impact of racial identity on the mid-level administrator’s experience.



Registration for this year's Conference is now open!

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!

Registration Fees


Early Registration

September 21, 2022 - March 31, 2023

Regular Registration

April 1 - May 11, 2023

Late/On-site Registration 

 May 12 - June 11, 2023

Member Rate $595 $645 $725
Non-Member Rate $795 $845 $925


Scholarship Opportunities

If you are experiencing financial hardship, you may qualify for a NASPA Foundation Membership Scholarship or NASPA Foundation Professional Development Access Scholarship, which can be used for this event.

Registration Policies

Refunds will be given for cancellations, received in writing by March 31, 2022, less a $50.00 processing fee. In addition, a processing fee of $50.00 per registration will be charged for credit cards declined.

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

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

Event Registration Support
Email: [email protected]


All conference activities will take place at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown.  

NASPA is arranging special room rates for conference attendees at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown.  Please click here to reserve a room in our hotel block.

Reserving a room within our block by using the hotel's dedicated meeting website or toll-free telephone number not only benefits you; it also helps to support the conference. When you book within our conference block, you help NASPA keep meeting costs as low as possible and enable us to provide some of the important features meeting attendees have come to enjoy. 


Hotel Room Rate / Night

Kansas City Marriott Downtown

200 West 12th Street

Kansas City, MO 64105


Single/double: $216 + taxes & fees

Triple: $216 + tax & fees

Quad: $216 + tax & fees

Kansas City International Airport
Distance From Property: 19.1 Miles
Phone Number: +1 816-243-5237
Visit Airport Website:
Alternate Airport Transportation:
SuperShuttle 800-258-3826 or 816-243-5000
Charles B Wheeler Downtown Aiport
Distance From Property: 1.8 Miles
Phone Number: +1 816-859-7600
Visit Airport Website:
Alternate Airport Transportation:
Executive Limousines


Local Shuttle: Complimentary


The Metro Bus Service
On-Site Parking

Daily: $24

Hourly: $4


Daily: $34

Electric Car Charging Station

The average temperatures in Kansas City, Missouri are around 85° F during the day and 66° F in the evening. As the conference gets closer, please visit the Weather Channel for more information.

Please note, the hotel and meeting areas may be cooler temperatures. A sweater or jacket is recommended.

Global Health and Safety

With ongoing public health emergencies, NASPA is prepared to manage our place-based events with the health, safety, and well-being of our attendees, staff, presenters, exhibitors, sponsors, and speakers in mind. All participants, including, but not limited to, attendees, speakers, sponsors, volunteers, NASPA staff, service providers, and others are expected to abide by our code of conduct and all policies in effect for any event sponsored by the Association.

We will continue to monitor and update safety precautions for all of our conferences regularly and coordinate with trusted national resources, state and local public health agencies, and the hotels/venues hosting our events.

In all cases, we will continue to assess the risks in the area local to the event and the current status in the United States. In keeping with the Association's duty of care and the responsibility as host, NASPA has implemented safety requirements for many of our place-based convenings.

We reserve the right to modify these policies and procedures at any time given the rapidly changing nature of any current and ongoing public health emergencies. 

For complete and most up-to-date policies and procedures related to health and safety during our place-based events, please refer to this page: https://www.naspa.org/events/global-health-and-safety  

Planning Committee

Brett Bruner, Assistant Vice President for Student Success & Persistence in the Division of Academic Affairs, Wichita State University

Aarika Camp, Vice President of Student Affairs, Goucher College

Anne Flaherty, Vice President for Student Affairs, Eastern Illinois University

Griselda Flores, Director of Off-campus Student Services, University of Maryland-Baltimore County

Ken Gassiot, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs, Georgia Southern University

Valerie L. Holmes, Assistant Vice President for Student Success, Ivy Tech Community College - System Office

Jenn Kosses, Dean of Students, Wentworth Institute of Technology

Pato Lin-Steadman, Assistant Director of Leadership and Mid-to-Senior Level Career Initiatives, NASPA

Norma Salcedo, Interim Director, Office of Multicultural Affairs and Dream Success Center, California State University, Long Beach

Lamonte Stamps, Director, First-Year Programs and Family Engagement, University of San Francisco

James Stascavage, Senior Director of Leadership and Senior Student Affairs Officers Initiatives, NASPA 

Robin Williamson, Vice President for Student Affairs, University of Central Arkansas

Gabe Willis, Dean of Students/Deputy Title IX, Southeastern Louisiana University



Continuing Education

NBCC Approved Continuing Education Provider logo

NASPA has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5120. A list of programs for which NBCC-approved clock hours will be awarded is available here. NASPA is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

Participants can receive a maximum of 4 clock hours for this event. Up to 2 additional clock hours are available for attending pre-symposium workshops. To receive credit, please complete a reporting form available here. In addition, you must complete an online evaluation of individual sessions, which will be emailed to you shortly after the conference. A certificate of completion will be sent via email after the form has been processed and approved.

A general certificate of attendance is available for sessions that are not eligible for NBCC, or to document hours for other licenses or credentials. Forms to request this certificate are available here.

The deadline to request clock hours for this event is July 14, 2023. For questions regarding continuing education, please contact Teri Gillmor at [email protected]. 


Certificants who attend the NASPA Mid-level Administrators Conference can earn up to 13 credit hours CSAEd Core or a maximum of 5 credit hours for CSAEd SJI, depending on what sessions they attend during the event. Sessions may only count for one type of certification. Credit hour(s) available for particular sessions are noted in the description of each session within the app.
This conference has been approved by the Higher Education Consortium for Student Affairs Certification to provide CE credit for Certified Student Affairs Educators (CSAEd). Programs that qualify for CE credit in this program are clearly identified in the program abstract. NASPA is solely responsible for all aspects of this program.
To receive CSAEd credit for the 2023 NASPA Mid-level Administrators Conference, please complete and submit the Certified Student Affairs Educators Request Form. In addition, attendees must complete the online conference evaluation, which will be emailed to you shortly after the conference. A PDF certificate will be sent via email after the form has been processed.


If you would like to sponsor the 2023 NASPA Mid-level Administrators Conference, please contact Senior Director of Corporate Development Fred Comparato at 614-204-5994 or at [email protected].

Call for Programs

The 2023 NASPA Mid-level Administrators Conference Call for Programs is now CLOSED.

Call for Reviewers

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