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November 25, 2020

Early Registration Deadline

December 19, 2019

Regular Registration Deadline

January 25, 2020

Pre-symposium Workshops

NASPA AVP Symposium

Workshop Supporting the Profession AVP or "Number Two"

The NASPA AVP Symposium is a unique and innovative two-day program designed to support and develop AVPs and other "number twos" in their unique campus leadership roles. Leveraging the vast expertise and knowledge of sitting AVPs, the Symposium will provide high-level content through a variety of participant engagement-oriented session types.

Two Important Notes: 

This professional development offering is limited to AVPs and other "number twos" who report to the highest-ranking student affairs officer on campus and have substantial responsibility for divisional functions. Additionally, vice presidents for student affairs (and the equivalent) who are presenting during the symposium may also register and attend.
Participants of the immediately preceding 2020 NASPA Institute for New AVPs who choose also to attend the Symposium will receive a 50% discount for their Symposium registration fee.

Presented By


Assistant and associate vice presidents for student affairs and other senior-level "number twos" who report to the vice president for student affairs (or the equivalent) have among the most complex and challenging roles in the modern student affairs division. The NASPA AVP Symposium will gather AVPs from a wide variety of institutional types for two intense days of learning and networking designed to support AVPs' success in these difficult, yet critically important, roles. Symposium attendees can expect sessions and high-level content developed and delivered for an AVP audience that call on AVP participants to contribute to the peer learning community by deeply engaging with the Symposium content and fellow participants. 

Advancing Excellence in the AVP Role is the theme of this inaugural NASPA AVP Symposium, and we expect that programs and sessions will connect with the following topics and content areas:

  • Strategies for addressing the challenges and complexities inherent in the AVP role
  • Leading from “the middle”
  • Freedom of expression and civility on campus
  • Leveraging personal identities for effective leadership
  • Diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice
  • Human resources (including supervision and staff accountability)
  • Community health and wellness
  • Law, public policy, and compliance issues
  • Understanding, navigating, and influencing institutional culture
  • Organizational change/resource management
  • Fundraising
  • Crisis management


The Symposium schedule was designed to provide participants with interactive and engaging programming, opportunities for deeper discussion, and networking. Please expect a schedule update shortly, including session details. The schedule is subject to change.

Download The Full AVP Symposium Schedule
January 25
January 26
January 27
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM


2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Pre-symposium Workshops

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Welcome Reception

7:15 PM

No-host Dinner Groups (optional)

7:30 AM - 12:00 PM


7:30 AM - 8:15 AM

Continental Breakfast Available

8:30 AM - 9:45 AM

Symposium Welcome, Introductions, and Opening Speaker

9:45 AM - 10:00 AM


10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Concurrent Sessions I

11:00 AM - 11:15 AM


11:15 AM - 12:00 PM

Summit Sessions

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Symposium Luncheon (included with registration fee)

1:30 PM - 2:45 PM

Featured Session

2:45 PM - 3:00 PM


3:00 PM - 4:45 PM

Extended Learning Sessions

4:45 PM - 5:00 PM


5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Concurrent Sessions II

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

No-host Dinner Groups (optional)

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

Continental Breakfast Available

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Concurrent Sessions III

9:30 AM - 9:45 AM


9:45 AM - 10:15 AM

Sprint Sessions

10:15 AM - 10:30 AM


10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Concurrent Sessions IV

11:30 AM - 11:45 AM


11:45 AM - 12:15 PM

Symposium Closing Caucus

12:15 PM - 2:00 PM


2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Post-symposium Workshops

Pre- and Post-Symposium Workshops

Pre-symposium workshops | Saturday, January 25 • 2:00 - 5:00 PM

Developing a Comprehensive Plan for Freedom of Expression: Cultural Development, First Year Strategies, and Management Protocols

Presented by:

Erik Kneubuehl, Associate Vice Chancellor, East Carolina University

Lori S. White, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Washington University in St. Louis

Tamara Greenfield King, Associate Vice Provost for Student Affairs, University of Pennsylvania

Sarah Steinkamp, Special Assistant to the Vice Chancellor, Washington University in St. Louis

During this pre-symposium workshop, the presenters will draw on the experiences and approaches of three institutions supporting freedom of expression that AVCs/AVPs can apply on their campuses. East Carolina University made significant culture changes that focused on turning freedom of expression conflict into conversation. Washington University’s freedom of expression and inclusion initiatives have engaged first year students by connecting new and existing programs. The University of Pennsylvania has developed and utilizes the Open Expression Observers Guidelines for Freedom of Expression activities.

Leading from Within: Keeping Calm and Carrying On While Managing Up, Down, and Sideways

Presented by:

Eleanor Daugherty, Associate Vice President and Dean of Students, University of Connecticut

Melinda Stoops, Associate Vice President for Student Health and Wellness, Boston College

Based on survey results from speaking to the SSAOs that AVPs report to and those director-level staff who report to them, the presenters will explore the complexities of management. Together, we will review the findings of the survey and workshop potential "real life" scenarios that often confound staff in the AVP role. The group will then reflect upon the obsevations of others and develop best practices as ethical and authentic leaders in student affairs.

Meeting the Demand for Mental Health on Campus: The Role and Responsibility of the AVP

Presented by:

Anne Newman, Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, Rutgers University–New Brunswick

Alicia Golston, Dean of Students, Rhodes College

Maria Hataier, Senior Director of Student Affairs and Career Education, Teachers College, Columbia University

Clint-Michael Reneau, Associate Vice President of Student Retention, California State University, Fullerton

The demand for mental health services continues to grow, outpacing current resource availability on some campuses. What can AVPs do when they can't add additional resources but still need to meet student mental health needs? During this pre-symposium session, the presenters will explore ways student affairs divisions can reimagine mental health services to better meet student demand. In addition to discussing innovative programs, participants will work together to reimagine mental health programming.

Post-symposium workshops | Monday, January 27 • 2:00 - 5:00 PM

Defining the Reality of Becoming a VPSA

Presented by:

Dee Dee Anderson, Vice President for Student Affairs, University of Southern Mississippi

Kim Ferguson-Scott, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs & Enrollment Management, Southern University and A & M College

Anne Flaherty, Consultant, Washington University in St. Louis

Ellen Heffernan, President, Spelman Johnson

Dan Maxwell, Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, UH System and Associate Vice President for Student Affairs, University of Houston

Dusty Porter, Vice President for Student Affairs, Tulane University

José-Luis Riera, Vice President for Student Life, University of Delaware

Calling all AVPs who are considering a move into the VPSA role! This workshop will be led by two professionals who have both served in the interim vice president role and the president of the Spelman Johnson search firm. Participants will learn about the reality of the job, the search process, and the importance one’s individual brand. A panel of both new and seasoned vice presidents will round out this workshop to provide a comprehensive exploration of the role of the vice presidency.

Building Capacity for Preparedness - Lessons Learned from Crisis Response

Presented by:

Justine Hollingshead, Chief of Staff and Assistant Vice Chancellor, North Carolina State University and Barry Olson, Associate Vice Chancellor, North Carolina State University

College campuses, much like our country, face a wide range of threats and potential hazards. Post-secondary institutions are not immune to these incidents and higher education professionals are on the front lines. This post-symposium workshop will engage participants in gaining an understanding of the preparedness framework, emergency support functions, response, and recovery. Using real-life experiences and after-action findings successes and lessons learned will be shared and used to illustrate how our profession needs to build capacity for emergencies.



If you are an AVP (or the equivalent) who has been serving in your first AVP/"number two" position for not longer than two years, you are strongly encouraged to also attend the 2020 NASPA Institute for New AVPswhich immediately precedes the Symposium. If you choose to attend the Institute, please register for it before registering for the Symposium. Your Institute registration confirmation will contain a coupon code for a 50% discount for your Symposium registration.

Specific information about pre- and post-symposium workshops and other symposium sessions will be available in October following the conclusion of the call for programs process.


7/17/19 - 11/21/19

11/22/19 - 12/19/19

after 12/19/19










Pre- and Post-Symposium Workshop Registration

7/17/19 - 11/21/19

11/22/19 - 12/19/19

after 12/19/19










Registration Policies

Registration Cancellation Policy:

Cancellation/refund deadline less a $50.00 administrative fee is November 21, 2019. This program may be cancelled or postponed due to unforeseen circumstances. In this case, fees will be refunded; however, NASPA will not be responsible for additional costs, charges, or expenses, including cancellation/change charges assessed by airlines, hotels, and/or travel agencies. NASPA is not responsible for weather or travel related problems and will not reimburse registration fees for these issues. Please click here to submit a refund request. Refunds will not be processed after November 21, 2019 for any reason.

Please allow 7-10 business days for processing. To inquire about the status of a refund after 10 business days, please send an email to refund@naspa.org .

Payment Policy:

Click here to view NASPA’s complete Payment Policies and Procedures.

The registration rate displayed is based on your current membership status. If your membership expires or changes before the event, your registration rate will change, and you will be expected to pay the rate that coincides with your new level of NASPA membership.

Substitutions: Substitutions are allowed by individuals within the same institution/company. Substitutions should have the same member classification so that the payment is an even exchange transfer of payment. Additional charges may apply if the membership status is not the same. Please email your request for the substitute attendee to refund@naspa.org.

Questions & Payment Policies

Tonya Murphy
Assistant Director, Constituent Experience and Services
Email: events@naspa.org
Phone: (202) 265-7500 ext. 1183

James Stascavage
Senior Director of Leadership and Senior Student Affairs Officers Initiatives
Email: jstascavage@naspa.org
Phone: (202) 719-1172

Payment Policies

AVP Sym - Featured Speakers

Symposium Planning Committee

2020 NASPA AVP Symposium Planning Committee:

  • Anne Flaherty, Consultant, Washington University in St. Louis
  • Juan Guardia, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs & Dean of Students, University of Cincinnati
  • Ryan Holmes, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, University of Miami
  • Erik Kneubuehl, Associate Vice Chancellor, East Carolina University
  • Daniel Maxwell, Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, UH System and Associate Vice President for Student Affairs, University of Houston
  • Amy Pennington, Associate Vice President/Dean of Students and Title IX Coordinator, Arkansas Tech University
  • Shadia Sachedina, Assistant Vice President for Student Success and Dean of Students, Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York


Hyatt Regency New Orleans

Hyatt Regency New Orleans

New Orleans, LA

All institute activities will take place at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans. The NASPA block at the Hyatt is now closed. If you were not able to secure a reservation in the NASPA room block at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans, you may wish to use this third-party reservation system that will assist you with identifying alternative hotels near the Hyatt Regency New Orleans.

Room rate/night
Hyatt Regency New Orleans
601 Loyola Avenue, New Orleans, Louisiana, United States, 70113
(504) 561-1234
$219 - Single/Double
About New Orleans

We are thrilled to bring the NASPA Institute for New AVPs  to the bustling city of New Orleans. We hope you will take some time to experience the great things the city has to offer. Visit this website for more information on all that NOLA has to offer during your visit. 


NASPA has partnered with Airport Shuttle, Inc., the official ground transportation provider for the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, to provide discounted transportation for conference attendees.

A one-way Uber ride to/from hotel can cost around $35. The discounted shuttle cost for attendees is $40 round trip per person or $20 one-way per person.

Click here to reserve your shuttle as soon as you receive your flight information or no later than 24 hours prior to your flight. The discount only applies to reservations made through this web portal.

 Please note:

  • Wheelchair accessible service is available
  • First three bags per passenger are free
  • Attendees can both make and change existing reservations online.



Hyatt Regency New Orleans is serviced by the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY). The hotel is approximately 15 miles from the airport.


Temperatures in New Orleans in January are around 62 degrees F during the day and 45 degrees F in the evening. As the conference gets closer, please visit the Weather Channel for more information.

AVP Sponsors

Special thank you to the sponsors of the NASPA AVP Symposium