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August 5, 2021

Call for Programs EXTENDED Deadline

October 9, 2021

Early-bird Registration Deadline

November 9, 2021

Regular Registration Deadline

November 18, 2021

Hotel Room Block Deadline

NASPA Multicultural Institute: Advancing Equity and Inclusive Practice

In-Person Conferences Equity, Inclusion and Social Justice Equity, Inclusion, and Social Justice Division

The NASPA Multicultural Institute: Advancing Equity and Inclusive Practice is the premier event for student affairs and academic affairs professionals who are seeking an interactive forum that combines thought-provoking keynote speakers, challenging educational sessions, and opportunities for resource and idea sharing. The Institute exists to connect those with responsibilities for and those who are passionate about justice, equity, access, and inclusion in higher education.

The 2021 institute will focus on racial equity, equity leadership, institutionalizing equity and justice through organizational change, and strengthening and fostering a climate of care for staff and students.


Presented By


The NASPA-ACPA Professional Competency Areas for Student Affairs Practitioners specify that knowledge and skills related to equity, diversity, and inclusion are an expectation of all practitioners, regardless of their area of specialization or positional role within the field. The NASPA Multicultural Institute is intentionally designed for student affairs practitioners and administrators to expand their own awareness, further develop skills as to address systemic inequity, and exchange successful practices for supporting historically minoritized college student populations. 

  • Institutionalizing Equity and Justice through Organizational Change 

  • Strengthening and Fostering a Climate of Care for Students and Staff 

  • Navigating Personal Dimensions of Equity Leadership



Registration as a member is based on individual membership status at the time of the event. If your current membership will expire prior to the event, you will have the option to renew at the time of registration to receive the member rate.

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 $75. If your institution is NOT a member, you can join as an associate affiliate member for $242. Both membership types provide access to the individual member rate for the event. 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 a NASPA Foundation Membership Scholarship or NASPA Foundation Professional Development Access Scholarship, which can be used for this event.

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


Early Registration
before 10/9/2021
 Regular Registration
10/10/2021 to 11/9/2021
Late Registration
after 11/9/2021
NASPA Member 
 $450  $500  $575
Non Member
 $650 $700 $775
   NASPA Student Member
 $175  $225  $300



Early Registration
before 10/9/2021
Regular Registration
10/10/2021 - 11/9/2021
Late Registration
after 11/9/2021
NASPA Member 
Non Member


If you have any sponsorship questions, please contact Fred Comparato at 614-204-5994 or at fcomparato@naspa.org. For all the ways you can get involved with NASPA, please visit the Corporate Involvement Page.

Schedule at a Glance

Thursday, December 9, 2021
9:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. CST
Friday, December 10, 2021
7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. CST
Saturday, December 11, 2021
7:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. CST

9:00 a.m. - 12 p.m. Pre-Institute Workshops

12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. Lunch On Your Own

1:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. Institute Opening Keynote and Reception

4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Concurrent Session Block 1

5:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. Concurrent Session Block 2

6:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. Reflection Groups

All times are in central standard time. Schedule is subject to change. 

7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. Wellness Activity

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Breakfast

9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Plenary Speaker/Panel

10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Concurrent Session Block 3

11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Lunch Plenary

1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. Concurrent Session Block 4

2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Concurrent Session Block 5

3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Institute Networking/Exhibitor Hours

4:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Affinity Group Reflections

6:00 p.m. Optional Dinner Dialogues 

All times are in central standard time. Schedule is subject to change. 


7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. Wellness Activity

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Breakfast

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Concurrent Session Block 6

10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. Concurrent Session Block 7

11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Reflection Groups

All times are in central standard time. Schedule is subject to change. 

Pre-Conference Programs & Events

Details about pre-conference workshops will be added by August 1. If you add a pre-conference workshops to your registration now, you will be able to select a specific workshop at a later date. You can also add a pre-conference workshop to your registration at a later date! 


                                                                          Information coming soon! 


Hyatt Regency New Orleans
Hyatt Regency New Orleans
601 Loyola Avenue
New Orleans, Louisiana
United States, 70113

All conference activities will take place at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans.

NASPA has arranged special room rates for conference attendees at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans at $199/night (not including 15.2% state and local taxes plus $3 occupancy fee). The cut-off date to receive the conference room rate is Thursday, November 18, 2021. 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, such as networking receptions, exhibit area coffee breaks, and off-site transportation.

Reserve Your Room Today!

About New Orleans, Louisiana

Discover the culture of the Crescent City at Hyatt Regency New Orleans. The property is centered downtown near Champions Square, Smoothie King Center, and minutes from the historic French Quarter, Arts District, and Mississippi Riverfront. There’s no better place from which to explore the eclectic vibrancy of New Orleans. Visit this website for more information on all that New Orleans has to offer during your visit!


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

Shuttle Service:

The Hyatt partners with Airport Shuttle at a special discounted rate. Reservations must be made via their website at least 24 hours prior to your flight arrival time. 

  • Discounted round-trip rate: $40 per person
  • Discounted one-way rate: $20 per person

Driving directions

Take I-95 South to second exit. The sign will say I-295 & Blount Island (Exit 362A). Follow I-295 to Butler Boulevard, SR 202, and go East on Butler Boulevard East until it ends at A1A. Veer right onto A1A (South) and follow 3.5 miles to the Sawgrass Marriott Resort & Spa. Turn right on PGA Tour Blvd. The hotel is on the left.

Self Parking and Valet Parking is availble at the hotel. Please click here to view the rates. There are several nearby parking lots, including the 1301 Girod Parking Garage that connects directly to the hotel. To confirm rates, contact Merit Parking at (504) 561-0575.

Additional Transportation Options:

  • The Loyola-UPT Streetcar Line passes the hotel every 20 minutes. The fee is $1.25 to be paid upon boarding
  • Amtrak: Union Passenger Terminal – 0.3 miles

The average temperatures in New Orleans in December are around 65 degrees F during the day and 46 degrees F in the evening. As the conference gets closer, please check the local weather or visit the Weather Channel a few days before your trip as well.

Please note, the hotel and meeting areas may be colder temperatures. A sweater or jacket is recommended.