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2024 NASPA International Symposium

Community Events at the NASPA Annual Conference

A Pre-Con at the NASPA Annual Conference 

 The NASPA International Symposium facilitates the advancement of global discussion and worldwide understanding of student affairs and services. A key International Symposium goal is to invite and explore new perspectives, and to create new connections to bridge international boundaries. In doing so, the International Symposium expands NASPA’s objective of providing professional learning opportunities to support preparedness for the realities of an increasingly globalized society. The International Symposium benefits those working in an international student service setting, as well as practitioners interested in further developing their global competency skills. 


Register for the Symposium Today! 


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About the Symposium

March 9 - March 10, 2024

The planning committee has developed a 2-day schedule meant to engage and inspire action. You'll start Saturday setting the stage for the rest of the weekend, engage with our keynote speaker, and connect with colleagues through networking opportunities. On Sunday, you will engage with experts who will be sure to motivate and inspire you through small group dialogues, breakout sessions and panel discussions. Topped off with plenty of networking opportunities, the NASPA International Symposium will provide you with motivational ideas, actionable steps, and opportunities to connect and learn from your peers.


Message from the Chair

On behalf of the planning committee, I am very happy to invite you to the 2024 International Symposium in Seattle, Washington in the United States! My colleagues and I are excited to welcome you to our annual two-day gathering on 9-10 March just ahead of NASPA’s 2024 Annual Conference.

We have launched our call for programs, and I hope you will consider submitting a proposal to share your expertise with colleagues from around the world. Each year, scholars and practitioners present their work at the International Symposium to share the ideas, knowledge, and best practices shaping student affairs globally. As a leader in this field, you have a unique perspective from which others would greatly benefit, and we hope you will consider proposing a session or panel.

NASPA has also launched the registration site for the Annual Conference at https://conference.naspa.org, and we hope you will consider joining us a few days early. The NASPA International Symposium is a chance to network and exchange ideas with people shaping the student experience around the world.

Please let me know if you have questions or suggestions! The planning committee and I are very excited to coordinate such a valuable professional development opportunity for our colleagues, and we look forward to seeing you at the 2024 NASPA International Symposium. Until then, I hope you are well and that we are able to connect very soon.

International Symposium Learning Outcomes

Registration and Hotel Accommodations

To register for the NASPA International Symposium, visit https://conference.naspa.org/ and you will be redirected to the official 2024 NASPA Annual Conference page where you will find registration and hotel accommodations information. 

Call for Proposals: NOW CLOSED

Join us for the NASPA International Symposium and 2024 NASPA Annual Conference. The International Symposium is a two-day pre-conference event (March 9 - March 10, 2024) that will explore global issues in student affairs and services and higher education. The event format will include keynote presentations, concurrent sessions, interactive discussions, and networking opportunities.

Please Note: You can register for the 2024 NASPA International Symposium as a stand-alone event. You do not have to also register for the 2024 NASPA Annual Conference.

Deadline to submit programs is October 22, 2023.

There will not be any virtual presentation opportunities.



Program reviewers rely on a well-written description to enhance their understanding of the content and goals of the presentation. The conference planning committees encourage program proposals with proven practices and content that will engage participants in fruitful discussions and provide meaningful content to bring back to their campuses.

Successful proposals should include: 

  • Lengthy description about session content that you will present.
  • Relationship of the program to the conference themes outlined below in 'Conference Themes & Learning Outcomes'
  • Identification of the program format (e.g., lecture, panel, roundtable) including methods for participant involvement (e.g., discussion, effective practice sharing, case study analysis).
  • Discussions of replicability: to what extent can the information presented in this program be replicated at other institutions?
  • Evidence of the conceptual foundation for proposal content including ways the program content is grounded in research, relevant experience, a cogent model, or appropriate theory.
    • Program proposals should establish a clear connection to the research, framework, model, or theory included in their discussions.
    • A list of references to relevant research, models, or theory must be listed in the "References" section. 


  • Draft and save your work in a word processing program to ensure you keep a copy for your records. When you are ready, copy and paste the your description and outline into the text box below. 
  • There are no word limits on this section. Please provide enough details so that program reviewers can understand the breadth, depth, and scope of your program. This description will not be printed in the program book, website, or otherwise.
  • Ensure correct spelling and grammar.

For additional tips, please visit NASPA’s Program Submission Guidelines

Tips to Submit a Successful CFP!


Conference Tracks/Topics

Global Perspectives, Issues, Culture, and Justice

A range of topics might include intercultural engagement programming, orientation immersion program, social/cultural practices and establishing norms, policy development, course content, political climate, racial justice issues in a global context, or other practices. Sessions in this track could include best practices, challenges/obstacles, emerging practices/trends, specific programs, programming models, academic models, or other related matters from a global perspective.

International Student Services

A range of topics in this track may include international student orientation, transition, and retention programs; cultural adjustment related to students studying in another culture; ways to increase opportunities for engagement among both international and US-based students; programs that increase fluency and confidence in spoken and conversational languages. Sessions in this track could include best practices, informative information regarding successful programs that could be implemented on other campuses, challenges with international student transition and support, the use of technology and innovation, and other ways to showcase effective work with a specifically international student population.

Mobility Programs

A diverse range of topics are applicable and include study abroad, minority representation in study abroad, student exchange, internships, service-learning, faculty led programs, athletics, and other global opportunities. Sessions in this track might examine best practices, challenges/obstacles, emerging trends, specific programs, and others related to international student mobility within higher education.

Professional Growth and Networking

A range of topics might include programming, orientation, networking, professional training, certification programs, leveraging technology to improve practice, or other opportunities. Sessions in this track could include current practices, challenges/obstacles, emerging practices/trends, specific programs, and models or other related matters on professional development.

Submission Criteria

NASPA International Symposium: Schedule At A Glance

Saturday March 9, 2023
Sunday March 10, 2023

This is a draft. Official schedule coming soon.

8:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Optional: International Symposium Networking

11:30 AM - 5:00 PM

NASPA International Symposium Check-IN Open

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

Introduction to the NASPA International Symposium

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Welcome to the International Symposium

Address from the Chair - Russell Martin

Address from the Director - Mirela Mazalu

Coffee/Tea Networking Event



2:10 PM - 3:00 PM

Concurrent Sessions I

3:10 PM - 4:00 PM

Invited Speaker Address

4:10 PM - 5:00 PM

Concurrent Sessions II

5:00 PM - 5:15 PM

Day One: Closing Announcements

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Optional: Dinner and Dialogue

This is a draft. Official schedule coming soon.

7:30 AM - 2:00 PM

NASPA International Symposium Check-IN Open

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Breakfast: Full Buffet

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Morning Opening Session: Welcome; LAC/MENASA Director Comments

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

A Word From Our Sponsor

10:00 AM - 10:50 AM

Concurrent Sessions III

11:00 AM - 11:50 AM

Invited Speaker Address

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Symposium Networking (Bingo) Activity and Global Exchange

1:00 PM - 1:30 AM

NASPA Leadership Address

1:30 AM - 3:30 AM


2:30 PM - 3:20 AM

Concurrent Sessions IV

3:30 PM - 4:00 PM

IEKC Awards

Symposium Committee Acknowledgment 

Closing Remarks from Chair (Russell Martin)



4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Flag Distribution and Parade of Flags (Procession to the Annual Conference)

NASPA International Symposium Leadership

Committee Members


Have questions about the NASPA International Symposium? Please email Janelle Rahyns, Director - Global Initiatives and Engagement [email protected] or call +1 (202) 921 - 4507