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July 19, 2024

EXTENDED Program proposal submission deadline

August 23, 2024

Early registration deadline

October 4, 2024

Regular registration deadline

October 18, 2024

Hotel block deadline for guaranteed rate

November 1, 2024

Late registration deadline

NASPA Western Regional Conference: Navigating New Horizons and Strengthening Communities with Heart, Healing & Intention

Regional Annual Conferences Community Region V Region VI AVP or "Number Two" Graduate Mid-Level New Professional Senior Level Undergraduate VP for Student Affairs

Presented By

Region V
Region VI

Welcome to the 2024 Western Regional Conference

Dear NASPA Western Regional Conference Attendees,

We are thrilled to welcome you to this year's conference in San Diego, CA, on behalf of the NASPA Western Regional Conference Committee. As we gather this year, we recognize the various issues affecting our institutions - from geopolitical conflict abroad to domestic elections and everything in between. While there is understandable apprehension about an uncertain future and shifting horizons our students may face, I am confident in the resiliency of our colleagues and the student affairs profession to navigate them successfully as we have always done.

Our time together will be a chance to be in community, create space to celebrate achievements, and strengthen connections to further our work supporting and transforming students. We hope this conference provides the ideal environment for your heart, for your healing, and the creation of joyful intention.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Floyd Lai
Floyd Lai
NASPA WRC 2024 Conference Chair
Associate Dean of Students
University of California-Irvine

Call for Programs

The theme of this year’s conference is “Navigating New Horizons and Strengthening Communities with Heart, Healing & Intention”. Vital to our work as student affairs professionals, we navigate different spaces while looking for solutions in various institutional horizons. We are intentional with our efforts to enhance the lives of students and move post-secondary educational goals forward; while also navigating our own communities and lead with Heart and Intention. In San Diego, these navigational nuances can be challenging and we hope we are able to come together and heal as a community of Student Affairs Professionals. We are especially interested in program submissions that provide opportunities for professionals to connect, converse, dismantle barriers to equity, develop new skills, honor our authentic selves, and be invigorated by our work.

For questions or updates, please contact Dr. Renzo Lara or Dr. Kenny Lopez at [email protected].

The deadline for program submission is EXTENDED until July 19, 2024 at 11:59pm Hawaii Standard Time (HST)

Registration Rates

Registration Type Early:
6/17/24 - 8/23/2024
8/24/24 - 10/4/24
10/5/24 - 11/1/24
NASPA Member $395 $445 $495
Non-NASPA Member $595 $645 $695
NASPA Student $225 $275 $325
Non-NASPA Student $275 $325 $375
NASPA Member Retiree $300 $350 $400


Add-ons for Registration Early:
6/17/24 - 8/23/2024
8/24/24 - 10/4/24
10/5/24 - 11/1/24
NUFP Institute
(limited to Fellows)
$0 $0 $0
Graduate Student Institute $50 $75 $100
New Professional Institute $100 $125 $175
Community College Institute $125 $150 $200
Mid-Level Professional Institute $150 $175 $225
Assessment Institute (new) $150 $175 $225
AVP/DOS Institute $150 $175 $225
SSAO Institute $175 $200 $250


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 AFTER checkout and BEFORE payment.

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. 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!

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

Register Online for NASPA Western Regional Conference: Navigating New Horizons and Strengthening Communities with Heart, Healing & Intention

2024 NASPA Western Regional Conference will be held from 11/9 - 11/12 in San Diego, CA.

Register Online


Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina

San Diego, CA

Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina dazzles guests with spectacular views of the marina or downtown skyline. Experience San Diego with a central location in the heart of the harbor, yet just minutes from San Diego Airport with a free shuttle. Enjoy being near downtown, Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego Zoo, and Petco Park, for a fun time in the city. Our newly renovated marina tower shines with coastal hues and modern amenities and our light-filled accommodations have a private balcony with seating. Enjoy picturesque views of the bay or marina in the classic bay tower guest rooms that also boast private balconies with seating. Stop by Quinn’s Alehouse for a refreshing brew or enjoy dining al fresco at Shoreline Cantina. Enjoy our sprawling outdoor pool complex, with ample opportunities to soak in the San Diego sun or large fitness center. Featuring over 130,000 sq ft of venue space accentuated by waterfront views, our San Diego Harbor Hotel is an inspired choice for weddings and meetings.


Hotel Block Information 

Book by 10/18/24

Rate of $229+ taxes/fees

Rate available 11/5/24 to 11/16/24

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Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina
1380 Harbor Island Dr., San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: (619) 291-2900




Hotel Address

1380 Harbor Island Dr.

San Diego, CA 92101

 (619) 291-2900


San Diego International Airport (SAN)

Hotel distance: 0.5 miles

Hotel shuttle service info:
Complimentary airport shuttle service to and from San Diego International Airport; runs daily every 30-40 minutes from 4:45 AM – 12:00 AM. Confirm the next available time with the front desk.

Visit SAN airport website


Driving directions from San Diego Airport to the Hotel

Head northwest on Airport Terminal Rd toward Airport Terminal Rd. Continue onto Airport Terminal Rd. Continue straight. Continue onto Harbor Island Dr. Hotel will be on the right


John Wayne Airport - Orange County (SNA)

Hotel distance: 87 miles

Hotel shuttle service Not Available
Approximate cost for Uber/Lyft from SNA to the hotel: ~$200-$300


Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

Hotel distance: 124.0 miles

Hotel shuttle service Not Available
Approximate cost from LAX to the hotel: ~$300-$400



Ride Share

Ridesharing, commonly associated with Uber and Lyft, is a convenient option for visitors to get around the destination, no matter where you are in San Diego. It’s as simple as downloading the rideshare app of your choice, inputting some information, and waiting for your ride to show up.

Car Rental

San Diego Airport 

John Wayne Airport (Orange County)

Los Angeles International Airport

Bus Station

San Diego Bus Station

Subway Station

San Diego Santa Fe Depot

Train Station

Santa Fe Depot

Old Town Transportation Center


Daily self-parking is available for $49

Schedule at a Glance

The schedule is designed to provide attendees interactive and engaging opportunities for deeper discussion and networking. All times are Pacific Standard Time and are subject to change.

Saturday, November 9, 2024
Sunday, November 10, 2024
Monday, November 11, 2024
Tuesday, November 12, 2024

Conference Check-in/Help Desk Open

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Assessment Institute (NEW)

1:00 PM – 5:30 PM

NUFP Institute

1:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Graduate Student Institute

1:00 PM – 5:30 PM

New Professionals Institute

1:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Mid-Level Institute

1:00 PM – 5:30 PM

AVP/DOS Institute

1:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Community College Professional Institute

1:00 PM – 5:30 PM

All-Institute Reception

5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Conference Check-in/Help Desk Open

8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Assessment Institute (NEW)

8:30 AM – 12:30 PM

NUFP Institute

8:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Graduate Student Institute

8:30 AM – 12:30 PM

New Professionals Institute

8:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Mid-Level Institute

8:30 AM – 12:30 PM

SSAO Institute

8:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Community College Professional Institute

8:30 AM – 12:30 PM

AVP/DOS Institute

8:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Exhibits Open

11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

NASPA V Regional Advisory Board Meeting

12:30 PM – 2:30 PM

NASPA VI Regional Advisory Board Meeting

12:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Region V & VI KC Reps Meeting

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Newcomers Welcome

3:00 PM – 3:45 PM

Conference Opening

4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Opening Reception

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Morning Walk, Service Project, Senior Student Affairs Officers (SSAO) Breakfast

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM

Conference Check-in/Help Desk Open

7:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Debrief Room, Wellness Room

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

NASPA Updates/Featured Speakers Session

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Exhibits Open

10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Concurrent Sessions #1

10:45 AM – 11:35 AM

Networking Luncheon

11:35 AM – 12:45 PM

Concurrent Sessions #2 & SA Speaks #1

1:00 PM – 1:50 PM

Concurrent Sessions #3 & SA Speaks #2

2:00 PM – 2:55 PM

Unconference Session #1

2:00 PM – 2:50 PM

Concurrent Sessions #4

3:00 PM – 3:50 PM

Unconference Session #2

3:00 PM – 3:50 PM

Region V & VI Business Meetings

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Knowledge Communities & Affinity Group Gatherings

5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Dinner on Your Own

5:30 PM

Campus & Exhibitor Receptions

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Region V & VI Receptions

8:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Conference Check-in/Help Desk Open

8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Debrief Room, Wellness Room

8:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Concurrent Sessions #5

9:00 AM – 9:50 AM

Concurrent Sessions #6

10:00 AM – 10:50 AM

Unconference Sessions #3

10:00 AM – 10:50 AM

Conference Closing Brunch & Closing Keynote

11:00 AM – 12:50 PM

NASPA WRC 2023 Committee Wrap-Up

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

NASPA WRC 2024 Committee Meeting

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

NASPA WRC 2023 & 2024 Transition Meeting

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM


The planning committee has select pre-conference sessions that will enrich and enhance your attendee experience and require participants to pre-register for a fee. 

Pre-Conference Details

Assessment Institute (NEW)
This assessment workshop will introduce practices to integrate culturally responsive assessment practices at each stage of the assessment cycle. Come to learn about the assessment cycle for the first time or come to learn about culturally responsive assessment in particular. But we don’t stop with assessment, we also introduce a new framework on how to become an anti-racist data practitioner or data consumer. Whether you work with data directly or consume data produced by others, this workshop will help you learn how to interpret minoritized student outcomes without using white student outcomes as a point of comparison.
Saturday, 1:00 PM - 5:30 PM, Integrating Culturally Responsive Assessment Practices at each Step of the Assessment Cycle
Sunday, 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM, Anti-Racism Data Practices: A framework to get started being an anti-racist data practitioner
NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program (NUFP)

The NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program (NUFP) Institute fosters a community for undergraduate fellows interested in working in the field of student affairs/higher education by providing them with mentorship, personal and professional development, navigational skills, knowledge, and tools from professionals in the field.

Graduate Student Institute

The Graduate Student Institute fosters a community of learning and development for graduate students in the field of student affairs/higher education. Participants will get to meet and learn from various professionals in the field. From leading authentically to how to navigate the journey of higher education, the Graduate Student Institute is designed to support and prepare you for your trajectory in student affairs and higher education.

New Professionals Institute

The New Professional experience marks a pivotal and influential phase in our Student Affairs journey. Transitioning lessons and experiences from graduate programs or previous roles into leadership foundations for higher education demands deliberate effort. The New Professionals Institute (NPI) will assist you in developing strategies to confront imposter syndrome, establish healthy boundaries, managing overwhelming moments, and explore diverse career avenues through a comprehensive approach that ensures that you not only thrive in your current role but also pave the way for sustained growth and fulfillment in your career.

Mid-Level Institute
Mid-Level professionals are some of the most influential people in Student Affairs. Across numerous institutions of higher education and in various positions, these professionals help to bring the mission and vision of their institutions to life.  The institute will take a strengths-based, collaborative approach to address the following issues of the mid-level professional experience: 
  • Leverage intergenerational strength and foster understanding and cooperation among teams. 
  • Identify strategies to navigate turbulent socio-political and economic challenges in higher education.
  • Reflect on personal experiences that may impact leadership effectiveness and develop strategies to navigate these while maintaining professionalism and integrity.
  • Cultivate a culture of well-being for yourself and teams through modeling and advocacy. 
You’ll have the opportunity to learn from leaders in the field, including each other, as we grapple with the challenges of middle management in higher education. We hope you'll leave feeling refreshed, energized, and proud of your work!
Community College Institute

The CCI is a pre-conference workshop that allows staff and faculty to learn from and engage with one another on a variety of critical issues affecting student affairs professionals in the community college setting.


Saturday, November 4, 2023 1:00pm - 5:30pm


Sunday, November 5, 2023 8:30am - 12:30pm

Associate Vice Presidents/Dean of Students Institute

Associate Vice Presidents /Deans of Students are key leaders within the higher education landscape. These positions continue to experience added layers of complexity with increased expectations for student success outcomes, evolving campus strategic priorities, increased expectations to identify alternative funding sources, and community and governmental expectations for institutions to operate in defined ways. The AVP/DOS Institute will provide an active learning and networking environment focused on conversations and strategy development around topics that will support participants’ continued success within the role. 


Senior Student Affairs Officers (SSAO) Institute

Calling all Senior Student Affairs Officers (SSAO) in Region V and VI!  The SSAO institute is an opportunity for Chief Student Affairs Officer/Vice Presidents of Student Affairs to discuss topics and issues relevant to the roles.




WRC 2024 Conference Committee

Sponsorships & Exhibitors

Sponsorships & Exhibitors Details

NASPA Western Regional Conference brings together the best of San Diego, CA with the best of NASPA Regions V and VI!

NASPA 2024 Western Regional Conference (WRC) in the beautiful coastal city of San Diego, CA, November 9-12 (Pre-Conferences: 11/9-11/10; Conference: 11/10-11/12).  The NASPA WRC will bring together at least 700 student affairs educators for in person shared learning experiences, networking, and future planning.

Here is where you come in!

As we look toward the 2024 WRC, we invite YOU to be a key part of the conference by sharing your organization’s story, expanding your network/contacts, and engaging and building relationships with a broad range of decision makers and influencers on campuses throughout NASPA Region V (Alaska, Alberta, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Washington) and NASPA Region VI (Aotearoa/New Zealand, Arizona, Australia, California, China, Guahan/Guam, Hawai'i, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore).

Make an impact on the future with NASPA Regions V and VI!

NASPA remains the leading association for the advocacy of student success, inclusion, social justice, research, scholarship, professional development, and sustainability of the student affairs profession. And, this conference brings together our extensive and diverse membership from across 17 states, territories and countries. 

Sponsorship opportunities give you high visibility, many opportunities for relationship building, and the chance for positive ROI overall!

Sponsors are key partners in ensuring that Student Affairs educators and students are positioned for success! Your involvement and participation is critical to ensuring that the conference experience is transformational, celebratory, and that conference outcomes ultimately make a difference for college students.  Sponsorship benefits for the November 2024 conference (dependent on specific sponsorship levels) include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Opportunity to address conference attendees at a signature event (e.g., Opening session, Senior Student Affairs Officer/SSAO Institute, AVP/Dean of Students Institute, awards ceremony, and more!)

  2. Public recognition during the WRC opening session.

  3. Public recognition during a WRC keynote or closing session. 

  4. Public recognition and speaking opportunity during a reception or constituent gathering.

  5. Company and Sponsorship signage in prominent and highly visible locations during the conference.

  6. Access to the conference attendee mailing list.

  7. Being linked to the event in conference publications and promotions using multiple modalities, including social media, webpages, conference programs, and more!

  8. Brand recognition via your organizational logo on WRC mobile app and WRC websites.

  9. Invitation to attend the Sponsorship/Exhibitor and Senior Student Affairs Officer (SSAO) Reception.

  10. Included conference registrations (the number is dependent on sponsorship level), allowing you to participate in learning alongside Student Affairs educators.

  11. Option to exhibit during the entire conference (one 6-foot table).

  12. Accessibility to the key decision-makers and influencers at colleges and universities

  13. Increased visibility and exposure of your products and services.


What does it take?

Choose a sponsorship level and get ready to engage some amazing Student Affairs educators!

2024 Sponsorship levels are:

  • Platinum: $30,000 - includes all listed sponsorship benefits and possibility of a program session.

  • Gold: $20,000 - includes sponsorship benefits #3-#13.

  • Silver: $10,000 - includes sponsorship benefits #5-#13.

  • Bronze: $5000 - includes sponsorship benefits #7-#13.


Ready to set up on site?

Beyond the sponsorship opportunities, your company may consider being an exhibitor at the conference.  Exhibitors will be placed near heavily trafficked areas of the conference to help maximize visibility and contact.  These areas are utilized mostly pre- and post-keynotes and educational sessions.

Exhibitor Opportunities - includes benefits #10-#13.

  • NASPA Member Exhibitor Booth (includes one conference registration) - $1,500

  • Non-NASPA Member Exhibitor Booth (includes one conference registration)- $2,000 


Ready to commit?

Please use the following Sponsorship/Exhibitor Intake Form.

We look forward to you joining us at the 2024 Western Regional Conference in San Diego, CA! Thank you for engaging with us.  If you have questions, please let any one of us know.

  • Dee Uwono, University of Hawai'i at West O'ahu, [email protected], WRC Sponsorships Co-Chair

  • Joanna Royce-Davis, Pacific Lutheran University, [email protected], WRC Sponsorships Co-Chair

Nam Nguyen, California State University, San Marcos, [email protected], WRC Exhibits Chair