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October 5, 2020

Call for Programs Deadline

October 1, 2020

Early-bird Registration Deadline

November 27, 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.Due to uncertain times, the leadership team is closely monitoring the evolving COVID-19 situation. Registration for LEI will re-open next week.

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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

Since LEI 2020 has moved online, we have updated the available program formats and lengths to best fit a virtual experience. We encourage leadership educators to propose General Interest Sessions (50 minutes), Learning Labs (25 minutes), or Roundtable Discussions (60 minutes) relating to the #LEI20 Themes.  The Call for Programs deadline has been extended to October 5, 2020.

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

Submit Your Proposal by October 5, 2020!

If you are interested in supporting the institute by reviewing program proposals, please submit your information via this reviewer interest form by October 2 2020.
If you do not have an active NASPA membership and are a member of ACPA or NCLP, please contact tayiku@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
  • Weaving anti-racist practices into leadership education programming, scholarship, and resources
  • 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 in the context of a presidential election year
  • 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
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


Online Learning and Engagement
  • Use of virtual platforms to facilitate leadership development (i.e. web-based portfolios, social media, digital communities, and communication)

  • Best practices and innovative strategies for hybrid and online teaching and programming 

  • Transitioning existing in-person curricula into online formats

  • Research, scholarship, and ideas on the practice, process, and emergence of leadership in virtual environments



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 $50 off the non-member rate until November 27, 2020. To receive this discount code, please contact NCLP at nclp@umd.edu.

Registration Fees
Early Registration
before 10/30/2020

Regular Registration
10/31/2020 - 11/27/2020

Late Registration
after 11/27/2020
$115 $135 $150
$215 $235 $250
ACPA/NASPA Student Member
$60 $75 $90
Pre-conference Workshop
$15 $20




General Event/NASPA Questions:

Tiki Ayiku
Assistant Vice President for 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.


Pre-Institute Workshops

The Basics of Student Leadership in Higher Education

This 3-hour session will provide a nuts-and-bolts understanding of most widely-used theories and concepts in student leadership development. The presenters (scholar-practitioners and representatives from ACPA and NASPA) will introduce participants to college student leadership education and provide a foundational toolkit to successfully engage in leadership work. We recommend this session for professionals (at any level) that are recently entering the world of student leadership development.


Claire Austin, Residence Hall Director, New York University
Leadership Education Chair for ACPA’s Commission for Student Involvement

Avani Rana, Director of Leadership, The College of New Jersey
Past Chair for NASPA’s Student Leadership Programs Knowledge Community

Dawn Morgan, Director of Talent Development, Diversity & Inclusion, Articulate
NCLP Representative, LEI Planning Team



The Multi-Institutional Study of Leadership: Deepening Knowledge and Sparking Evidence-based Change in Leadership Development

Over the past 15 years, the Multi-Institutional Study of Leadership (MSL) has bolstered the college student leadership development knowledgebase, providing researchers and practitioners alike with invaluable information. As MSL research continues to deepen our understanding of leadership development in the collegiate context, leadership educators need to adeptly apply this knowledge to effectively develop citizens who can catalyze change our society needs. Join us as we provide an overview of the study, discuss high-impact practices that have emerged from the research, and explore ways to incorporate these practices into a range of leadership education interventions.


John P. Dugan
Executive Director of Youth Leadership Programs, The Aspen Institute

Benjamin P. Correia-Harker
Assistant Director of Engineering and Innovation Leadership Development, Marquette University



Using CAS Standards to Drive Success

Developed in 1996, and revised in 2002, 2009, and 2019, the CAS Professional Standards for Leadership Education and Development (LED) provide much needed guidelines for establishing and maintaining high quality leadership programs. The CAS standards are composed of twelve parts, each designed to examine an essential aspect of leadership education programs and services (CAS, 2019). The CAS LED standards provide a useful frame for self-assessment processes and enhancing programs and services, with the overarching goal of promoting student leadership learning and development.

This session will use the revised 2019 standards to allow educators to more effectively assess program design and delivery, advocate for necessary resources, and make increasingly effective decisions. In addition, discussion of how campuses are using and applying the CAS LEDs will allow for more effective distribution and dissemination of high impact practices.


Gayle Spencer, Ph.D.
Director, Illinois Leadership Center, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Chair, 2019 Review of CAS Standards for Leadership Education and Development

Julie E. Owen, Ph.D. 
Associate Professor of Leadership Studies, School of Integrative Studies, George Mason University
Internal and External Reviewer, CAS Standards

Beth Hoag, PhD, 
Associate Director, Illinois Leadership Center, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Internal Reviewer, CAS Standards

William Smedick; EdD 
Senior Lecturer and Director of the Leadership Studies Program, Johns Hopkins University
Internal and External Reviewer, CAS Standards



Exploring Leadership Education Tools with the Center for Creative Leadership

Seasoned leadership educators will demonstrate multiple applications of experiential learning tools from the Center for Creative Leadership including the Visual Explorer, Leadership Metaphor Explorer, and Transformations tools, in large and small group formats, with a focus on facilitation skills and debriefing.  Demonstrations will showcase an array of tools and skills for facilitating discussions that make abstract conversations about leadership theories, models, and constructs (e.g., Transformational; Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership; Relational Leadership Model; Social Change Model) more concrete, with a focus on designing leadership programs for intentional alignment between and among facilitation tools and leadership learning outcomes. Come join us for a fun, interactive session and leave with tangible tools and resources to enhance your leadership programs!


Dan Jenkins, Ph.D.
Chair and Associate Professor of Leadership & Organizational Studies, University of Southern Maine
Associate Editor of the Journal of Leadership Studies

Todd Deal, Ph.D. 
Faculty, Center for Creative Leadership

Preston Yarborough, Ph.D. 
Faculty, Center for Creative Leadership
Samuel Soloman, M.Ed. 
Faculty, Center for Creative Leadership



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 14
December 15
December 16
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Pre-Institute Workshops (additional registration required)

3:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Pre-Institute Workshops (additional registration required)

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Institute Keynote

1:15 PM - 2:15 PM

Breakout Sessions I

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Breakout Sessions II

3:45 PM - 4:45 PM

Breakout Sessions III

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Social Hour

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Keynote Conversation

1:15 PM - 2:15 PM

Breakout Sessions IV

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Breakout Session V

3:45 PM - 4:45 PM

Breakout Session VI

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Closing Session and Keynote


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.