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June 12, 2020

Call for Programs Deadline

September 18, 2020

Early-bird Registration Deadline

November 13, 2020

Regular Registration Deadline

November 23, 2020

Hotel Reservation Deadline

Leadership Educators Institute

Workshop Student Success Student Leadership Programs

A partnership between NASPA, ACPA-College Student Educators International, and the National Clearinghouse for Leadership Programs (NCLP), LEI provides a unique opportunity for all professional levels within our field to engage in critical dialogue to promote positive sustainable change on their campuses.

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Leadership is an integral competency for our profession. The leadership development of students is an important and ongoing process that requires commitment from both students and staff. Student affairs professionals and other university administrators play an essential role in coordinating, shaping, and evaluating the leadership development of students by designing leadership courses and programs, creating co-curricular opportunities, and utilizing emerging technologies. The Leadership Educators Institute (LEI) has a rich history of convening professionals committed to leadership development for nearly 10 years.

A partnership between NASPAACPA-College Student Educators International, and the National Clearinghouse for Leadership Programs (NCLP), LEI provides a unique opportunity for all professional levels within our field to engage in critical dialogue to promote positive sustainable change on their campuses.

The Leadership Educators Institute creates a space for student affairs administrators, scholars, and practitioners to discuss and advance current leadership topics, such as:

  • Modern leadership theories and models including new research, applications, and critical perspectives
  • Innovative and inclusive curriculum, pedagogy, and strategies for leadership studies courses
  • Assessment and evaluation of leadership programs, student development, and learning outcomes
  • Future directions in leadership education and development based on widely-used studies and standards such as the Multi-Institutional Study of Leadership, CAS, and ILA Guiding Questions
  • Unique co-curricluar program models and high-impact practices including those with cohort and multi-year engagement, distance and online learning, service-learning, mentoring, and global experiences
  • Strategy and management of leadership program operations including staff training, funding, and partnerships
  • Intersectional and interdisciplinary approaches to leadership education

 Continuing Education

 National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)

NASPA has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5120. Programs that do not quality for NBCC credit are clearly identified. NASPA is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.


Click here for more information on Continuing Education and frequently asked questions.
If you have questions about Continuing Education, please contact Teri Gillmor at tgillmor@naspa.org.

Call for Proposals

ACPA, NASPA, and NCLP invite proposals from professionals from across the academy committed to promoting leadership in education. We welcome your submission for this dynamic event and invite you to join us to optimize your own programs and services in the company of other colleagues from across the nation.

The conference planning committees encourage proposals regarding proven practices with content that will engage participants in fruitful discussions and provide meaningful content to bring back to their campuses.

Please note: all presenters must register to attend/participate at the event.

Submit Your Proposal by June 12, 2020!

If you are interested in supporting the institute, please submit your information via this reviewer interest form by June 5, 2020.
If you do not have an active NASPA membership and are a member of ACPA or NCLP, please contact jfrasier@naspa.org to setup a temporary account for reviews. 

Helpful Tips and Considerations

Successful Proposals Should Include:
  1. Lengthy description about session content that you will present.
  2. Relationship of the program to the conference themes outlined on the website.
  3. Identification of the program format including methods for participant involvement (e.g., discussion, effective practice sharing, case study analysis).
  4. 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.
Session Types:

Sessions at #LEI20 will take the following formats:

  1. General Interest Session (60 minutes): A presentation which might include research, campus and/or community programs, partnerships, and background information. This session is intended for individuals or concise group presentations on trending topics
  2. Learning Lab (approximately 30 minutes): 30 minute sessions designed to give participants actionable ideas and tools to take back to their campus. Presenters will share ideas for 20 minutes followed by 10 minutes for questions. An example of a session title appropriate for this format is "10 New Ideas to Utilize Technology in Leadership Education."
  3. Roundtable Discussion (75 minutes): Presenter-facilitated discussion that allows participants to more deeply engage with an idea, program, research or to reflect on their conference experience unencumbered by technology.
Proposal Writing Tips:

Looking for tips on writing an effective NASPA proposal? See sample submissions and formatting tips in our Program Submission Guidelines.

Learn more about the #LEI20 Themes

Equitable Leadership

Sessions in this theme will contain substantial content in one of the following areas:

  • Integrations of identity development, cultural relevance, social justice, equity, and inclusion in leadership education
  • Application of critical theory and equitable practices in the design of curricular and co-curricular leadership programs
  • Leadership development models, theories, research and strategies that engage scholars and practitioners in the disruption and decolonization of research and practice
  • Navigating your own social identities in facilitation and implementation of leadership education
Leadership Curriculum and Programs

Sessions in this theme will contain substantial content in one of the following areas:

  • Credit and non-credit courses with unique and innovative syllabi, curriculum, and pedagogy
  • Successful cohort-based leadership programs (i.e. emerging leaders, multi-year programs, identity groups, leadership studies programs)
  • Strategies for overcoming development issues and lack of funding for leadership programs
  • Supporting partnerships between academic affairs and student affairs


Leadership Development Theory and Models

Sessions in this theme will contain substantial content in one of the following areas:

  • Effective strategies for translating theory into practice for today's diverse student population
  • Application of leadership theory and models in student learning and development
  • Translation and application of leadership theories to leadership skills
  • Consideration of developmental readiness when planning and implementing programs


Leadership in Context

Sessions in this theme will contain substantial content in one of the following areas:

  • Connections between leadership education and student activism, civic engagement, and/or political engagement
  • Role of leadership education in career readiness and development of professional competencies
  • Intersections of leadership education and other functional areas such as service-learning, multicultural education, and international education
  • Interdisciplinary approaches to leadership education through various academic and curricular settings
  • Explorations of the purpose, aims, and intentions of leadership education
  • Professional and identity development of leadership educators
Technology, Research, and Assessment in Leadership Programs

Sessions in this theme will contain substantial content in one of the following areas:

  • Evidence-based practice including assessment findings and implications from leadership programs
  • Connections between leadership education, student success, and persistence
  • Use of technology to facilitate leadership development (i.e. virtual portfolios, social media, digital communities, and communication)
  • New research and scholarship with implications on leadership education and practice
  • Applying the new CAS Standards for Student Leadership Programs, International Leadership Association Guiding Questions, or other guiding documents in the field for program development and review



For NASPA Members

Registration is based on NASPA individual membership status. 

  • If you are employed by a college or university that is an institutional member, you can join as an individual member at the $75 rate. This gives you the conference registration and a year of membership for less than the non-member registration fee.
  • If your institution is NOT a member, then you will need to join at the associate affiliate rate of $242 and then you can pay the individual member rate for conference registration. Visit the Membership section of the NASPA website to learn about membership types.
For ACPA Members

Registration is based on ACPA individual membership status. 

For NCLP Members

NCLP members who are not members of ACPA or NASPA will be provided a discount code to receive $100 off the non-member rate until September 18, 2020. To receive this discount code, please contact NCLP at nclp@umd.edu.

Registration Fees
Early Registration
before 09/18/2020

Regular Registration
09/19/2020 - 11/13/2020

Late Registration
after 11/13/2020
$450 $500 $575
$650 $700 $775
ACPA/NASPA Student Member
$155 $185 $230
Pre-conference Workshop
$85 $90




General Event/NASPA Questions:

Jake Frasier
Associate Director, Professional Development - NASPA

ACPA Questions:

Angela Hoffman
Director of Professional Development - ACPA

NCLP Questions:

Courtney Holder
National Clearinghouse for Leadership Programs


Refunds will be given for cancellations, received in writing by September 18, 2020, 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.


Register Online for Leadership Educators Institute

The Leadership Educators Institute engages leadership practitioners and scholars in active learning, dialogue, and development to enhance student lead

Register Online


December 13
December 14
December 15
7:45 AM - 5:00 PM

Registration Desk Open

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Pre-Institute Workshops (additional registration required)

12:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Institute Exhibiting Hours

12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

First-time Attendee Session

1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

Institute Welcome and Opening Keynote Speaker

2:45 PM - 3:45 PM

Breakout Sessions I

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Breakout Sessions II

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Opening Reception

7:45 AM - 5:00 PM

Registration Desk Open

7:45 AM - 5:00 PM

Institute Exhibiting Hours

7:45 AM - 8:30 AM

Breakfast with Exhibitors

8:45 AM - 9:45 AM

Breakout Sessions III

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Learning Labs I

10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Keynote Conversation

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Institute Break (Lunch on your own)

1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

Learning Labs II

2:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Deep Dive Learning Sessions

5:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Optional Dinner and Dialogue Groups/Networking

7:45 AM - 11:00 AM

Registration Desk Open

7:45 AM - 11:00 AM

Institute Exhibiting Hours

7:45 AM - 8:30 AM

Breakfast with Exhibitors

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Closing Keynote Speaker

9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

Breakout Sessions IV

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Breakout Sessions V


All conference activities will take place at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel.

We have arranged special room rates for conference attendees at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel starting at $139/night (not including 13.45% plus $3.00 per room, per night, city occupancy fee). The cut-off date to receive the conference room rate is November 23, 2020. Rooms in the conference block may sell out prior to the cut-off date, so please make your reservation as soon as possible.

Reserve Your Room Today!


Hotel booking information:

Hotel Room Rate / Night
Sheraton New Orleans Hotel
500 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130
$139.00 - Single/Double


New Orleans is serviced by Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY). The Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport is approximately 40 minutes away from the local hotel.


Temperatures in New Orleans in December are around 65 degrees F. As the conference gets closer, please visit the Weather Channel for more information.