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September 13, 2022

Regular Registration Deadline

August 2, 2022

Early Registration Deadline

September 13, 2022

Special Hotel Rate Deadline

NASPA General Assembly

In-Person Conferences Health, Safety, and Well-being Alcohol and Other Drug Campus Safety and Violence Prevention Wellness and Health Promotion Graduate Undergraduate

The 2022 NASPA General Assembly will take place October 6-8 in Pittsburgh, PA!

Students and advisors from across the nation will gather in-person to be inspired, share ideas, and build exceptional peer education programs promoting strategies in health, safety, and student leadership.

 

Read our Know Before You Go information! 

Presented By

 Health, Safety, and Well-being Initiatives

About

The General Assembly affords peer educators and advisors a tremendous selection of learning opportunities including more than 45 educational sessions and keynote speakers. General Assembly also provides pre-conference learning opportunities to enhance the conference experience, including our Certified Peer Educator (CPE) training.

There are many offerings for professionals and students throughout the conference, including school exhibits and networking opportunities. Throughout the conference, presentations will highlight efforts regarding high-risk drinking prevention, sexual responsibility, mental health, violence prevention, tobacco prevention, and more. Over 40 institutions of higher education will attend General Assembly, to learn from other institutions and to share successes. General Assembly is the culminating annual event of peer education efforts. It’s impossible to leave without new ideas, new ways of thinking, new information, and new friends. This conference is perfect to energize students, motivate advisors, and re-commit to making peer education and student health a campus priority.

 

Awards

There will be awards granted during General Assembly. The Health, Safety and Well-being Initiatives of NASPA are honored to present awards in four categories: Outstanding Peer Educator, Outstanding Peer Education Advisor, Outstanding Peer Education Program, and Outstanding Peer Education Group. Award nominations must be received no later than Monday, September 12, 2022.

Scholarships

The Health, Safety and Well-being Initiatives of NASPA offer several scholarships to mitigate the cost of attending General Assembly each year. This year, scholarships will cover the full cost of conference registration. Scholarship applications must be received no later than Monday, September 12, 2022

Registration

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 $80. If your institution is NOT a member, you can join as an associate affiliate member for $250. 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 the General Assembly Scholarship listed above.

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

 

Registration Fees

 

Early Registration

August 2, 2022

Regular Registration

September 13, 2022

Late Registration 

October 6, 2022

Member Rate  $295 $320 

$345

Non-Member Rate $495 $520

$545

 

*** Pre-Conference Sessions are being offered at no additional cost! Register for the Pre-Conference Sessions

Registration & Payment Policies

Registration Cancellation Policy:

Cancellation/refund deadline less a $50.00 administrative fee is October 6, 2022. 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 October 6, 2022 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 [email protected].

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.

Questions?

Warren Martin
CPE Trainer
Email: [email protected]

Conference Themes and Topics

Individual skill building and leadership development

Presentations submitted under this category should be designed to enhance individual peer educator or advisor skills or develop perspectives in leadership that will enhance an individual peer educator or advisor’s capacity.

Learning outcomes for presentations submitted to this category might include:

  • After attending this session, peer educators will understand how to use active listening techniques during program presentation to address audience responses.
  • Participants attending this session will be able to identify three common leadership methodologies for managing peer education groups as a team leader.
  • Peer education advisors will review examples of group budgets and be able to adapt a budget model for use on their own campus.
  • Try answering one or more of the following prompting questions in your submission:
  • What specific skills would a participant to this session hope to leave with?
  • How will the skills developed through attending this session benefit a peer educator or an advisor in the work done back on campus?
  • How can participants attending this session continue to develop and master this skill after the session is completed?
  • Which peer education role does the proposed skill this session will teach benefit the most?
  • Is the skill developed by this session valuable for peer educators with a specific topical focus (e.g. sexual health, active lifestyles, alcohol prevention, etc.)?
Program description and adaptation

Presentations submitted under this category should be designed to detail an implemented program, policy, or practice on campus, discuss the successes and challenges, and offer perspectives on peer educator and advisor replication or adaptation of the program on their own campuses.

Learning outcomes for programs presentations to this category might include:

  • “Participants attending this session will discuss the design of Sample University’s “Be You” program and be able to identify the barriers to success a similar program might face at another institution of higher education.”
  • “After attending this session, participants will be able create a plan to implement a program addressing nutrition specifically to commuter students.”
  • “Participants attending this session will be able to replicate a passive table program with at least two of the six examples discussed in this session.”

Try answering one or more of the following prompting questions in your submission:

  • What was the process of designing the program that will be discussed in the presentation?
  • What were the challenges faced in the design, implementation, or evaluation of the program?
  • What were the successes – both anticipated and unanticipated – of the program?
  • How could a very similar college or university peer education group successfully replicate this program?
  • How could a very different college of university peer education group adapt this program to be successfully implemented on their campus?

Note: Program Description and Adaptation may include some modeling of what your presentation looked like when it was delivered on campus, but the purpose of presentations submitted under this category is not to simply do your program in its entirety for other peer educators.

Peer education group development

Presentations submitted under this category should be designed to build skills and capacities of peer education groups or address peer education group issues. For example, programs might focus on the successful retention of peer educators, how to facilitate group meetings, or training peer education groups on specific core competencies or topical areas.

Learning outcomes for presentations submitted to this category might include:

  • “Participants attending this session will be able to describe three methods of recruiting peer educators with diverse backgrounds and skillsets.”
  • “After attending this session, participants will be able to use a competency assessment to identify the strengths and gaps of their peer education group.”
  • “Participants attending this session will be able to use an appropriate intervention to address identified group burnout.”

Try answering one or more of the following prompting questions in your submission:

  • What are the issues that peer education groups are facing?
  • What specific skills or capacities would a participant to this session be prepared to use to help their peer education group succeed?
  • Which strategies are best aligned to address which specific peer education group issues?
  • How can peer educators and peer education advisors identify peer education group issues?
  • What tools or strategies help bring peer education groups from good to great?
Cultural trends and campus issues

Presentations submitted under this category should be designed to raise awareness and prepare peer educators and advisors for new and emerging trends and issues which may impact or change the delivery of peer education on campus.

Learning outcomes for presentations submitted to this category might include:

  • “After attending this session, participants will be able to plan for changes in administrative funding while maintaining quality peer education efforts.”
  • “Participants attending this session will be able to define new state laws surrounding personal cannabis use for individuals over age 21.”
  • “Participants attending this session will discuss the role of personal identity in peer education work, and be able to deliver peer education curricula surrounding racial identity.”

Try answering one or more of the following prompting questions in your submission:

  • What is a specific new or emerging trend or issue that peer educators and advisors need to have more knowledge or awareness of?
  • Will campuses be making changes because of the new trend or issue?
  • How will participants attending this session continue to develop understanding on the topic after this session is completed?
  • How will the new or emerging trend or issue impact the delivery of peer education?

Register Online for NASPA General Assembly

Schedule

Schedule at a Glance
Wednesday
October 5
Thursday
October 6
Friday
October 7
Saturday
October 8
11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Registration
2:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m.

Pre-conference workshop for advisors:

We’re on the Same Team:  Collaborating with Athletics on AOD, Mental Health, and Sexual Respect

Student affairs staff, peer educators, and athletics often share similar goals related to alcohol & other drugs, mental health, and sexual respect, yet there can still be disconnection.  In this session, participants will actively explore strategies to build alignment and engagement between student affairs and athletics.  We’ll identify opportunities for peer educator and other student collaborations, integrate motivational interviewing principles into our approach, and leave with action steps.

 

 

*** Register for the Pre-Conference Sessions

 

9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Registration
9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Advisor Pre-Conference Session: CPE Train-the-Trainer

1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.

Advisor Lunch

2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

Peer Education Initiatives Office Hours 

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Opening Keynote Session, Orientation, Networking Activity

 

 

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Registration/Info Desk
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Plenary Presentation

9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Advisors Breakroom - Kings Terrace

10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Breakout 1
11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. Breakout 2
12:45 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. Lunch Break
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Breakout 3
3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. Breakout 4

 

Meals Provided: Breakfast & Lunch

 

8:00 a.m. - 4:30pm Information Desk
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.          Breakfast
9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.           Plenary Presentation
9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Advisors Breakroom - Kings Terrace
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.          Breakout 5
11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.           Breakout 6
12:45 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.           Lunch Break (on own)
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.           Breakout 7
3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.           Breakout 8
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.     Awards Banquet and Dinner

 

Meals Provided: Breakfast and Dinner

Breakout Sessions

Breakout Session Schedule
Friday, October 7
Saturday, October 8
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Breakout 1

Details

International Student Intervention

Gamecocks Talk: 420 Edition

Cultivating an Empowering Environment for Survivors on a Male Dominated Campus

Mindfulness & You: A weekly art-focused mindfulness group to manage stress

11:45 AM - 12:45 PM

Breakout 2

Details

Exhale Programming for Sexual Assault Awareness Month: Development Facilitation and Campus Compatibility

Making Connections: Social Media and Peer Support

ResilientUM: Addressing the Student Mental Health Crisis through Skill-Building Programs

Physical Activity: How Do You Like to Move?

Enhancing Peer Education Training Programs to Support Students on the Autism Spectrum

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Breakout 3

Details

Bridging the Gap: Interdepartmental Peer Educators Collaboration

Forgotten 5%: Supporting Students in Recovery on College Campuses

In April We Wear Teal

Sleep for Success

3:45 PM - 4:45 PM

Breakout 4

Details

Leadership - The Art of Becoming

Show your style at the Condom Fashion show

Providing Peer Support In a Digital Mental Health Community

Graduate Global Ties: Graduate International Student Peer Mentor Program

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Breakout 5

Details

Journaling Through Healthy Relationships

Revamping Your Mission Statement to Strengthen Engagement and Guide Outreach

Using NPES Data to Explore Peer Educators’ Growth in Socially Responsible Leadership

Peer to Peer Support: Serving First Year Students

Re-Assess your Wellness: the 10-D Vision

11:45 AM - 12:45 PM

Breakout 6

Details

Where Have You Been? We Found Peers in a (Seemingly) Hopeless Place

It's time to Get Moving!

“But That’s Not How We’ve Always Done It…”: Challenges and Triumphs in Updating a Mainstay Program

 Navigating Alcohol & Other Drugs and Consent

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Breakout 7

Details

MavPals

Intentional Collaboration: Fostering Resilience Belonging and Innovation in Peer Health Education

Understanding the Effects of Prescription Stimulants Drug Misuse and Alternatives for Academic Success 

Taking a task break: a person-centered trauma-Informed approach to supervision

Hybridizing a College Condom Distribution Program

3:15 AM - 4:15 AM

Breakout 8

Details

Examining the Experience of College Students Navigating the Healthcare Systems

Our Consent Conversation: The Evolution of a Social Norm Campaign

Supporting the Well Being of Peer Educators Using the Rowan University Thrive Framework

Speakers

Speakers

We’re on the Same Team: Collaborating with Athletics on AOD, Mental Health, and Sexual Respect
Using Evidence-Based Strategies to Guide Peer Prevention Efforts
Misinformation, the Impacts of Social Media, and Methods to Improve Digital Emotional Well-Being

Pre-Conference Workshop for Advisors

Jen Jacobsen, MPH, MA

We’re on the Same Team: Collaborating with Athletics on AOD, Mental Health, and Sexual Respect
Student affairs staff, peer educators, and athletics often share similar goals related to alcohol & other drugs, mental health, and sexual respect, yet there can still be disconnection.  In this session, participants will actively explore strategies to build alignment and engagement between student affairs and athletics.  We’ll identify opportunities for peer educator and other student collaborations, integrate motivational interviewing principles into our approach, and leave with action steps.


Learning outcomes
Participants will:

  • Determine potential key collaborators within athletics
  • Select shared values to prioritize in their communication and programming
  • Devise strategies to build alignment and engagement between student affairs and athletics
  • Identify opportunities for peer educator and other student collaborations
  • Plan initial action steps to apply

Friday Plenary Session

Jason R. Kilmer, Ph.D.

Using Evidence-Based Strategies to Guide Peer Prevention Efforts

The field of prevention has seen numerous successes documented in the scientific literature – prevention works and prevention matters!  Particularly in alcohol and other drug prevention, which is often a large part of peer health efforts, there are guidelines around “what works.” Yet there can be a challenge in bridging the gap between science and practice.  In this keynote, we will consider what the science says about effective prevention, opportunities to access evidence-based approaches, the important role of peers as “delivery systems,” and new/emerging research related to substance use for which peers can play an important part in disseminating.
 
Objectives:
(1)   Identify at least one toolkit reviewing evidence-based strategies related to prevention efforts
(2)   Understand the role of “readiness to change” in messaging from peers
(3)   Identify at least one way in which what  is done about substance use on campuses can impact academic outcomes and success for students.

Saturday Plenary Session

Joseph T. Yun, Ph.D.

Misinformation, the Impacts of Social Media, and Methods to Improve Digital Emotional Well-Being

The power of social media and advertising has contributed to an environment where we are feeling mentally and emotionally unwell. This also contributes to a growing concern that societally we are divided, more anxious, and can almost feel like there is less hope for the future. In this talk, we will look at portions of how we got to this place, what is being done about the current state, and how can we work together to strive for better digital emotional well-being for all.

Awards

Every year at our General Assembly, the Health, Safety, and Well-being Initiatives of NASPA recognizes the most outstanding peer educators, advisors and programs of our network. Award nominations are due by Monday, September 12, 2022.

Outstanding Peer Education Group Award

Up to six awards will be given from those peer education groups which have done exceptional work on their campuses. Awards will be granted to peer education groups who have consistently provided health, safety, and well-being education for students on their campuses in the past year. Recipients will receive one free registration to the 2023 NASPA General Assembly.

Outstanding Advisor Award

Up to five peer education advisors will be selected based on commitment to peer education efforts, unique talents as a peer education advisor, leadership ability and presence as a positive role model for peer educators.

Outstanding Peer Education Program Award

Up to six awards will be given from those nominated programs that show creativity and overall effectiveness in campus awareness and education. Selected programs will represent the diversity of health, safety, and well-being topics. Programs must have occurred between September 2021 and September 2022. You are free to discuss the number of attendees in your application, but please note that high attendance is not as important as the creativity and overall effectiveness of the program.

Outstanding Peer Educator Award

Up to five undergraduate students who are members of a recognized NASPA-Health, Safety, and Well-being Initiatives member peer education group will be selected. Selection criteria will include the students’ contribution to campus peer education efforts, academic successes and leadership.

Scholarships

Thanks to donations from members, friends, staff, and alumni made to the BACCHUS fund with the NASPA Foundation, a limited number of scholarships are available to undergraduate peer educators for a conference registration to the 2022 General Assembly in Pittsburgh, PA.

Peer educators from member campuses who hold at least one other leadership position on campus are eligible. The scholarship covers registration fees for the individual; the attendee and/or attendee's campus will still be responisble for lodging and for transportation to/from Pittsburgh, PA. 

Scholarship applications are due by Monday, September 12, 2022

Venue

Wyndham Grand, Pittsburgh Downtown 
Pittsburgh, PA

All conference activities will take place at the Wyndham Grand, Pittsburgh Downtown

Lodging

NASPA has arranged special room rates for conference attendees at the Wyndham Grand, Pittsburgh Downtown at $169 night for a single/double, $189.00 night for a triple and $209.00 night for a quad (not including 14.00% state and local taxes). The cut-off date to receive the conference room rate is Tuesday, September 13, 2022.

Rooms in the conference block may sell out prior to the cut-off date, so please make your reservation as soon as possible.

Reserving a room within our block by using the hotel's dedicated meeting website or toll-free telephone number not only benefits you; it also helps to support the conference. When you book within our conference block, you help NASPA keep meeting costs as low as possible and enable us to provide some of the important features meeting attendees have come to enjoy. 

Transportation

  • The closest airport is 17 miles from the hotel and should take about 20- to 35-minutes, depending on traffic. NASPA will not be providing transportation, therefore it is recommended to take a taxi, ride share, or city bus; the hotel also has a scheduled shuttle service for trips within 3 miles of the hotel.
  • Valet parking at the hotel is $35 per day.

Reserve Your Room Today!

Sponsors

Interested in supporting this event and have a sponsorhip idea? Please contact Fred Comparato at [email protected]

A special thanks to our sponsor

Continuing Education

Continuing Education

General Certificates of Attendance

NASPA is able to provide a general certificate of attendance from this event to document hours for some licenses or credentials. To request a general certificate of attendance, please fill out and follow the instructions on the General Certificate of Attendance form. NASPA will provide a PDF certificate to document your hours.

The general certificate of attendance can also be used for Category II CHES credits by submitting the Category II claim form to NCHEC within 90 days of the event. Additional information, including the form, is available at https://www.nchec.org/continuing-education. Please contact NCHEC with any questions about this specific process.

Click here for more information on Continuing Education and frequently asked questions. 

 General-Certificate-of-Attendance-Request-Form