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November 25, 2020

Early Registration Deadline

December 21, 2020

Last Day to Register

NASPA Virtual Institute for New AVPs

Virtual Conferences and Institutes Supporting the Profession Equity, Inclusion and Social Justice AVP or "Number Two" Senior Level

The 2021 offering of the NASPA Institute for New AVPs is going virtual! The NASPA Institute for New AVPs is a foundational learning and networking experience designed to support and develop AVPs in their unique and challenging roles on campus. The Institute is appropriate for AVPs and other senior-level "number twos" who report to the highest-ranking student affairs officer and who have been serving in their first AVP/"number two" position for not longer than two years. Over an eighteen-day period, members of the institute cohort will engage with the faculty, one another, and institute content through a blend of live engagement and on-demand, asynchronous opportunities.


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As a new assistant or associate vice president (or other "number two") who reports to the vice president for student affairs (or other highest-ranking student affairs officer) on your campus, you have a very unique and equally challenging position. The NASPA Virtual Institute for New AVPs is designed to support your successful transition into the AVP role and will help you to navigate the complex individual and institutional challenges that are inherent in the “number two” position. With the leadership of a faculty team comprised of accomplished AVPs and VPSAs, the Institute’s curriculum focuses on:

  • Competencies required for success in the AVP role
  • Leading through relationships and navigating institutional politics
  • Managing student unrest and protests
  • Leveraging intersecting personal identities for effective leadership
  • Leading areas and functions that are new to you
  • Managing “flash points” in the work and in the environment
  • Lessons learned from the pandemic

All Institute participants must report to the highest-ranking student affairs officer on campus and have substantial responsibility for divisional functions. Join us online in January for this faculty-led, cohort experience to improve your effectiveness in your challenging role and to expand your AVP peer network!

Institute Faculty


This exclusive professional development program is an institute. Unlike conferences where participants choose to participate (or not) in concurrent sessions, during this institute all attendees will participate in the same cohort experience and are expected to engage fully in all aspects of the program. From Monday, January 4 to Friday, January 22, the institute faculty will meet with the cohort five times:


Monday, January 4

1:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. ET

Friday, January 8

2:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. ET

Wednesday, January 13

2:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. ET

Wednesday, January 20

2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. ET

Friday, January 22

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. ET


Prior to and between these real-time virtual gatherings, institute participants will access other institute content (e.g., videos, readings, assignments) at their convenience via NASPA’s virtual learning management system.


Registration as a member is based on 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 a comprehensive listing of NASPA registration policies, please visit this page.

Registration and Pricing
Early-bird Registration
NASPA Member
Regular Registration
NASPA Member





If you would like to sponsor the 2021 NASPA Virtual Institute for New AVPs, please contact Senior Director of Corporate Development Fred Comparato at fcomparato@naspa.org or 614-204-5994.