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August 16, 2021

Deadline for Programs and Reviewers

September 10, 2021

Early-bird registration ends

September 11, 2021

Regular registration begins

October 9, 2021

Late registration begins

2024 NASPA Region IV-East Conference

Regional Annual Conferences Region IV-E

The conference will be held in the Westin Cleveland Downtown in Cleveland, OH from October 26-28, 2024! 


Presented By

Region IV-E


The NASPA Region IV-East Conference Committee invites you to join us in Minneapolis, Minnesota! The 2021 NASPA Region IV-E Conference is a three-day in-person, with some virtual elements, gathering of higher education professionals who come together to reflect, learn, network, and be inspired.

This year’s conference theme is "Rise Up: Tapping into our Reservoir of Courage." The 2021 NASPA Region IV-E Conference accurately reflects where we are as a region--both as colleagues in higher education coming out of a pandemic and as citizens advocating for social justice in the world around us. It is a call to think differently about a change in the higher education landscape. 

Through inspiring keynote presentations, thought-provoking educational sessions and institutes, and numerous opportunities to re-connect with colleagues and make new friends, the 2021 NASPA Region IV-E Conference will be a premier, future-focused professional development experience. 

About the Logo
Rise Up: Tapping Into Our Reservoir of Courage is a call to action to tap into our inner wells of courage in the same ways that the greater Minneapolis community has done in their fight for justice and liberation.
The logo design pays reverence to the Indigenous and ancestral lands of Minneapolis, specifically the original homelands of the Dakhóta (Dakota) and Anishinaabeg (Ojibwe) tribal nations. It is important to acknowledge the genocide and systems of oppression that have dispossessed Indigenous people of their lands and to honor and respect the diverse and beautiful people still connected to this land. The purple element of the logo is a tribute to the musical genius and Minneapolis native, Prince, by honoring his life, legacy, and his groundbreaking cultural impact. It is our hope that our conference theme inspires you to take up the mantle in transforming our landscape in socially just, cultural, and innovative ways.
We would like to acknowledge and thank Kirby R. Gibson, Assistant Director for Residence Education at Michigan State University, for designing the conference logo.
Land Acknowledgement

 "Do you know where you are?" is a question that further grounds the theme of the Annual Conference. In relation to land acknowledgements, "Do you know where you are?" asks us to consider the ways in which Native Nations maintain linguistic, cultural, and political continuity with locales and how, from time immemorial, their economies and educational systems have depended on access to lands and waters. The relevance of this understanding to the profession is that these economies and educational systems have been colonized by the same non-Native colleges and universities that Native students seek an education. This is to say, we live, learn, and work in locations that serve as the original contexts of learning for Native peoples.

With all this in mind, the 2021 IV-E conference committee would like to acknowledge that the conference is taking place on Ojibwe and Dakota land ceded in Treaties of 1837 and 1851. In addition to the seven Anishinaabeg (Chippewa, Ojibwe) reservations and four Dakhóta (Sioux) federally-recognized communities in Minnesota, we would like to specifically acknowledge the Sioux and Wahpekute Nations who possess pre-colonial ties to the now-city of Minneapolis.

Message from the Co-Chairs

On behalf of the entire conference committee, we are excited to welcome you to Minneapolis, MN. Our 2021 Conference theme of “Rise Up: Tapping into our Reservoir of Courage” is directly connected to our location in Minneapolis and the confluence of social justice movements in the world around us. This past year has been full of turmoil and challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, yet the most profound impact has been felt with the murder of George Floyd and the subsequent social justice movements that have followed. As a regional association, we are committed to continuing these conversations, ongoing learning, and actively pursuing change. 

We are greatly missing our physical ties to one another, so we are excited to offer this conference as an opportunity to reconnect with each other as we tap into our reservoirs of courage. Our work, our lives, and our institutions will not be the same moving forward and we need to reconnect as we move into a new era of pushing for sustained change within our profession and institutions. 

We look forward to welcoming you to our regional conference and hope to see you in November!



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 $75. If your institution is NOT a member, you can join as an associate affiliate member for $242. 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!

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.

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



Early Registration
before 9/10/2021
 Regular Registration
9/11/2021 to 10/8/2021
Late Registration
after 10/8/2021
NASPA Member 
$100 $100 $200
Non Member
$200  $200 $300
   NASPA Student Member 
 $100  $100




NASPA Member
Non Member


Schedule at a Glance

Schedule is subject to change
Sunday, November 7th, 2021
9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. CST
Monday, November 8th, 2021
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. CST
Tuesday, November 9th, 2021
8:00 a.m - 1:00 p.m. CST

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Registration 

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Case Study Competition (Virtual only, Register here, Join the Case Study here)

  • 9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Information Meeting
  • 3:00 p.m. Presentations DUE
  • 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m Presentations 

9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. SSAO/AVP Pre-Confernece (In-Person)

12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Managing Your Career Path: Navigating the Great Resignation (Free Pre-Conference Session, In-Person Only, Register here)

  • 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Managing Your Career Path: Navigating the Great Resignation 

       This session will be led by Lisa Novack, Associate Director of Student Services, Undergraduate Business Center, Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota 

  • 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Navigating Changes in the Field

       A panel discussion with student affairs professionals on their experiences in navigating job searches, changing positions, and changing institutions during the COVID-19 pandemic

  • 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Resume Review & Interview Prep 

2:00 p.m - 2:30 p.m. First-Time Attendee Welcome 

3:00 p.m. - 3:50 p.m Educational Session #1 (In-Person Only)

4:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m Educational Session #2 (In-Person Only)

7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Opening Reception (In-Person Only)

6:30 a.m. - 7:30 a.m. Morning Yoga with Aaron

  • Location: Birch/Maple Lake
  • Get your day started with some mindfulness by joining us for morning yoga led by Aaron Asmundson. Aaron works at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities and has been a certified yoga instructor, teaching multiple classes a week, since 2015. Aaron’s yoga practice incorporates traditional yoga philosophy and stories with movement to connect more deeply to the cultural roots of yoga.

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Registration 

9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Conference Welcome & Keynote Speaker

11:00 a.m. - 11:50 a.m. Educational Session #3 (In-Person + 1 entirely virtual session)

  • Virtual Session: Advocating for Career Development as a High-Impact Practice (HIP) for First-Year Students & Students in Transition

12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. Awards Session & Luncheon

1:30 p.m. - 2:20 p.m. Educational Session #4 (In-Person + 1 entirely virtual session)

2:45 p.m. - 3:35 p.m. Educational Session #5 (In-Person + 1 entirely virtual session)

  • Virtual SessionPromoting College Student Mental Health and Wellness Through Communities of Care

4:00 p.m. - 4:50 p.m. Educational Session #6 (In-Person + 1 entirely virtual session)

4:00 p.m. - 4:50 p.m. KC Roundtables (In-Person Only)

5:15 p.m. - 6:05 p.m. Educational Session #7 (In-Person Only)

6:15 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. Business Meeting (In-Person Only)

8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Conference Social (In-Person Only)

7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. Morning Walk to Spyhouse

  • Location: Minneapolis Skyway & Spyhouse Coffee
  • For those looking to get some extra steps in and picking up some coffee from a local coffee shop before heading to their first session, we invite you to join us for a morning walk to Spyhouse Coffee. Spyhouse offers a variety of coffees, teas, and locally made pastries. This walk  is about 1 mile round trip in length and will utilize the Minneapolis Skyway to stay fully indoors, so no need to wear a coat.

7:00 a.m. - 7:45 a.m. Minneapolis 5K

  • Location: Downtown Minneapolis Route
  • For those looking to see a bit more of Minneapolis and get their blood pumping in the morning, join us for a 5k run outside in downtown Minneapolis. This 3.3 mile route features relatively flat terrain, will take you across the Mississippi River, and features a number of iconic views of downtown Minneapolis.

9:00 a.m. - 9:50 a.m. Educational Session #8 (In-Person Only)

10:15 a.m. - 11:05 a.m. Educational Session #9 (In-Person Only)

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Conference Closing with Closing Keynote & Luncheon

Accessing the Schedule via Socio App

Logging into Socio via Mobile App

Using Socio on a mobile device is ideal for on-site participants and presenters that want a live version of the schedule, locate session rooms, connect with other attendees, and receive important announcements. 

  1. Download the “My NASPA” app for iPhone or Android

  1. After the app is installed, enter the email address you used to register and create your profile 


  1. Select “Allow” when prompted to allow the “NASPA” app to send you notifications 

  1. Under Looking for an event? tap Search for events...  

  2. Search for “IV-East” and find 2021 NASPA Region IV-East Conference  

  1. Tap on the “2021 NASPA Region IV-East Conference” tile to join 

Please note: You will also need to download the Zoom Cloud Meetings mobile app for iPhone or Android if you wish to access the virtual sessions. 

Logging into Socio via Desktop

Click here to access the Socio web app. You will then be prompted to log in, please use the email address associated with your registration, if you do not, you will be unable to access the event. If you need assistance with remembering the associated email, please contact Nathalie Villatoro at [email protected]


You will then be prompted to create a password:

You will then be able to edit your name, title, and institution. We encourage you to add a headshot by selecting the “Change Photo” icon. You can change any of this information at any time in the web application. 

Once you have confirmed your account information, please select the “I accept Socio’s Terms of Service and Privacy Policy” checkbox, select the “Continue” button and you will be let into the event experience! If you have any difficulty accessing the event through Socio, please contact Nathalie Villatoro at [email protected]

Keynote Speakers

Bree Newsome

We are excited to announce our 2021 NASPA 4E Conference opening keynote speaker, Bree Newsome, Community Organizer and Activist Who Removed the Confederate Battle Flag from the South Carolina State House

Bree Newsome rallies your spirit with her impassioned message about racial equality and illustrates how, with courage, zeal and the support of others, ordinary people can make an extraordinary difference. 

This contemporary civil rights icon first garnered national attention for her daring act of peaceful disobedience in June 2015. Following the brutal murder of nine black parishioners at Mother Emmanuel Church in Charleston, S.C., Bree climbed the flagpole at the South Carolina statehouse and pulled down the Confederate Battle flag as a protest against racist symbolism. Her arrest galvanized public opinion and led to the permanent removal of the flag.

As a recognized and celebrated voice on the topics of injustice and racial discrimination, Bree brings to light the importance of leadership development in building and sustaining social movements. 

Also an accomplished filmmaker and musician, Bree skillfully outlines the relationship between activism and art, and captivates audiences as she describes in cinematic detail the heroic gestures of ordinary people on the front lines of activism.


Joan T.A. Gabel

We are excited to announce our closing keynote speaker, Joan T.A. Gabel, 17th president of the University of Minnesota.

Under her leadership, the U of M has prioritized and advanced the strength and impact of the University system by developing the first systemwide strategic plan; serving students in the classroom and beyond; driving research and solutions inspired by Minnesota and impacting the world; advancing equity, diversity, and community; amplifying the University’s outreach and engagement efforts; establishing record fundraising; and cultivating efficiency and transparency.   

In Spring 2020, the impact and complexity of the COVID-19 pandemic became a key focus in President Gabel’s work. She led efforts to address the immediate challenges of the pandemic, including keeping the University healthy, safe, and well. Gabel facilitated the University’s expertise to shape the recovery for the University system, Minnesotans, and the world. During this challenging time, she led efforts to cultivate institutional uniqueness and value, and reimagine opportunities for the University to advance its nearly 170-year legacy, and to work towards a bright future of teaching, research, and service. In May 2020, in the aftermath of George Floyd’s tragic death, she also took important steps to improve efforts towards a more equitable and just University and ensure continuity of these efforts through shared governance and community engagement. 

Dr. Julie Payne-Kirchmeier

We are excited to announce that Dr. Julie Payne-Kirchmeier, NASPA Board Chair, will be delivering closing remarks for the 2021 NASPA IV-E Regional Conference.

Dr. Julie Payne-Kirchmeier is a senior student affairs professional with over 20 years of progressively responsible and expansive leadership across institutional types and functional areas. Julie spearheads institution-wide new initiatives based on professional expertise in strategic planning and assessment, cross-functional collaboration, student development, and innovative problem-solving. She demonstrates a history of creating and supervising high-performing teams that deliver results for the institution while also serving and advocating for students.

A recipient of state, regional, national, and international awards for her service to the profession, most recently, she was awarded the Parthenon Award from ACUHO-I, one of the association’s highest honors for her work in Housing and Residence Life. She served as the NASPA Region IV-E Director and on the NASPA Board of Directors from 2017-2019 and will now serve as Board Chair for the association in 2021-2022.


Minneapolis Marriott City Center evokes a brilliant hotel stay, with more than 45,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space. Situated in the heart of downtown, our hotel welcomes business and leisure travelers to Minnesota with a superb location near top attractions, including Target Center, Target Field and US Bank Stadium. Move about the city year-round using the climate-controlled skyways directly connected to our downtown hotel and return for exceptional cuisine at our signature restaurant. Choose from our selection of ultra-modern guest rooms, featuring a sleek new design and high-speed Wi-Fi. An elevated experience awaits at Minneapolis Marriott City Center.

**Deadline to reserve your room is Tuesday, October 19, 2021**

Book Your Room



Hotel & Room Rate

Minneapolis Marriott City Center

30 South Seventh Street

Minneapolis, MN 55402

Phone: 612-349-4000


Single/Double Rooms


Things to do in Minneapolis

There are many restaurants within walking distance of the hotel, simply head out to Nicollette Mall or onto Hennepin to get to a number of destinations. Here are some places worth noting that are within a 10 minute walk from the hotel.



Public Transit

Using Public Transit:

The Conference hotel is located in Downtown Minneapolis, with a number of bus and light rail routes within minutes of the hotel entrance. Special fares exist for downton transit, making it easy to get around downtown.

Restaurants (Walking Distance)

  • Barrio- Latin cuisine in a vibrant restaurant and tequila bar ($)

  • CRAVE- offering a little bit of everything for everyone ($$)

  • Monelo- Italian food, representing the Campania region of Italy ($$$)

  • Constantine- Hip bar with all your food favorites ($$$)

  • Brit's Pub- This English Pub features a rooftop for lawn bowling ($$)

  • Spoon and Stable - Hip pick for a French-inspired menu in a cozy, rustic-chic vintage carriage house ($$$$)

  • The Captain Grille- Outpost of the upscale steakhouse chain offers classic American fare & a clubby, refined setting ($$$$)

  •  Fogo de Chao Brazillian Steakhouse - Upscale Brazilian chain for all-you-can-eat meat carved tableside plus an extensive salad bar ($$$)

  •  O'Donnovan's Irish Pub- Vibrant Irish pub with a patio, offering typical comfort fare along with a wide beer selection ($$$)

  •  Rock Bottom Resteraunt and Brewery- Brewpub chain serving house beers & upscale pub food & American fare in lively environs ($$)

  •  Union Rooftop Bar and Grill- Select American fare served in a glass-enclosed rooftop space with a spacious bar & skyline views ($$)

  •  The Green + the Grain- Build-your-own wraps & salads from an array of healthy ingredients in a modern, light-filled space ($$)

  •  Normondy Kitchen- This long-running cafe & bar serves from-scratch, elevated comfort fare from breakfast to dinner ($$)

  •  Hell's Kitchen- Quirky American restaurant offering an all-day menu & frequent live music in an underground space ($$)

  • 801 Chophouse - Experience only the finest, aged, USDA prime steaks ($$$)

  • Manny's Steakhouse - Known for serving huge steaks and strong cocktails ($$$$)

  • Red Cow North Loop- Clever, specialty burgers & craft brews are the draw at this modern tavern with an upbeat ambiance ($$)

  •  Hen House Eatery - Sprawling cafe offering classic, locally sourced breakfast & lunch, plus happy hour tapas & wine ($$)

  •  Umbra American Eatery - French cuisine twist in a modern and cozy atmosphere ($$)

Other Dining Options (Driving Distance)

Other Dining (Driving Distance)


  • Owamni- Owamni by The Sioux Chef. Presented by Sean Sherman and Dana Thompson. A modern Indigenous full service establishment ($$)

  • Surly- A 20 minute ride on the Green Line Train will get you to the most popular brewery in the Twin Cities. It’s also got excellent food. While you’re in the area, check out the The Market at Malcolm Yards and the O’Shaughnessy Distillery

  • Young Joni -A short car ride gets you to NE Minneapolis to check out this James Beard Award winning pizza. You can’t go wrong ($$)

  • Zen Box Izakaya- Just a short train ride from the hotel, Zen box offers Incredible ramen -- perfect for warming up on a cold Minneapolis night ($$)

  • AlmaA chilly walk or quick car ride will get you to Alma, go for a more formal meal experience in the dining room or have a pastry, burger, or pasta in the cafe next door ($$$)


Sight Seeing

Sight Seeing
  • First Avenue- Take a short walk over to First Ave and see the list of artists who have played the venue, including the legendary Prince.

  • Mary Tyler Moore Statue- You’re gonna make it after all! Get an iconic photo with Minneapolis’ iconic statue, only a few minutes walk from the hotel.

  • Stone Arch Bridge- Take a walk to the bridge over the Mississippi River and see the largest waterfall on the river right from the bridge. 

  • Mineapolis Central Library- the largest library of the Hennepin County Library public library system

  • Minneapolis Skyway System- an interlinked collection of enclosed pedestrian footbridges that connect various buildings in 80 full city blocks over 9.5 miles of Downtown Minneapolis, enabling people to walk in climate-controlled comfort year-round.

  • Paisley Park - Prince's private estate & production complex featuring artifacts from his life & guided tours.
  • MIA- a 30 min walk from the hotel or short car ride will get you to the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Admission is free.