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
- 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.
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
6:00 PM - 7:00 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
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Symposium Luncheon (included with registration fee)
1:30 PM - 2:45 PM
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Resourcing Your Future Now
Baishakhi Taylor, Vice President for Student Affairs & Dean of Students, Middlebury College
Karen Miller, Vice President for Human Resources & Chief Risk Officer, Middlebury College
Derek Doucet, Senior Associate Dean of Students, Middlebury College
Laura Carotenuto, Human Relations Manager, Middlebury College
Student affairs professionals face the challenge of meeting the needs of increasingly diverse student populations, often without the ability to garner more funds and in some cases, with the challenge of budget tightening. During this workshop, participants will explore strategic workforce planning, change management, and teaming strategies to achieve a balance between innovation and financial sustainability. The workshop will allow participants to deepen their understanding of a process to focus human resource management and organizational change to achieve a balance between innovation and financial sustainability, particularly in the work of student affairs.
Register Today for NASPA AVP Symposium
The NASPA AVP Symposium is a unique and innovative two-day program designed to support and develop AVPs in their leadership roles.
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 AVPs, which 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.
Pre- and Post-Symposium Workshop Registration
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.
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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
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.
- 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.