Region V

Region V

Region V is dedicated to serving the needs of NASPA members in what would broadly be described as the Northwest with a special shout out to our Canadian provincial colleagues in British Columbia and Alberta.   Region V’s leadership aspires to respond to the needs of the membership and explore ways to improve regional professional development opportunities, identify innovative practices and encourage meaningful research!

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Greetings Colleagues! As you browse through the site, please consider getting involved in the region. From volunteering to review program submissions for a regional conference to participating in a knowledge community, there are many opportunities to connect and engage. Advisory board members are available to you to answer questions and sift through the myriad of possibilities! Please let us know how we can be of service.

About and Strategic Plan


Regions provide an opportunity for NASPA members to connect with each other on a local level that’s unique to the organization. We take this responsibility seriously at Region V and strive to advance a diverse and inclusive community of student affairs administrators and educators committed to collective leadership, sustainable and transformative practices, holistic learning and scholarship.


Region V encompasses the states of Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Utah; and the Canadian provinces of Alberta and British Columbia.


About the Strategic Plan

The NASPA Region V Advisory Board came together for two days of intensive planning in June of 2018. Our overarching objectives focus on inquiry, professional development, member engagement, social justice, and partnerships with other relevant associations. In addition, the board agreed that we have a need to strengthen some of our operational work, including finance and communication protocols. The Advisory board will be tracking its progress over the next two years and reporting out on a quarterly basis. Co-leads were designated to shepherd the work of this plan and involve board members to carry out associated action items. We hope our work has a positive and lasting impact in the region. 

In the summer of 2019 the plan was updated to reflect accomplishments and align with the new NASPA strategic plan. Additionally, Region V board members were assigned tasks to help accomplish each goal. if you have any interest in supporting a goal, please reach out to that board member.

2019-2020 Strategic Plan

Professional Development and Engagement

Professional Development and Engagement

Provide exceptional education and volunteer engagement that prepare members to lead on current and future issues in higher education.

NASPA will…

❖ Develop, implement, and evaluate accessible professional development and networking opportunities that address current and emerging issues for all career levels.

  1. The Region V Membership Community will provide to the advisory board a holistic review of membership data and participation to identify trends and opportunities. Brenda Hanson
  2. The Region V Advisory board will increase capacity for Knowledge Community programming by increasing funds from $3000 to $5000 lead by the Region V KC Co-Coordinators and Regional Representatives.Sarah Kutten
  3. The Region V Advisory Board will promote, leverage, and develop measurables for Volunteer Central for every engagement opportunity. Jeffrey Rosenberry
  4. The SSAO liaison will actively work to evolve the SSAO Retreat to address the professional development needs of SSAOs in the region. Joanna Royce-Davis
  5. Region V will sponsor at least two professional development events organized by student affairs professionals within the region. Entire Advisory Board
  6. Membership Team Goals Brenda Hansen
    1. Send at least one intentional email or social media engagement per year to campus contacts, affiliated associations, and/or local graduate programs within our respective states or provinces.
    2. Host at least two events each year within each state or province.
    3. Support other Advisory Board members (e.g., Knowledge Communities) on events or opportunities within each state or province and help to promote efforts to both NASPA members and nonmembers.


❖ Foster and promote volunteer engagement that enhances effective professional practice and pathways to leadership.


  1. Membership Team Goals Brenda Hansen
    1. Send at least one intentional email or social media engagement per year to campus contacts, affiliated associations, and/or local graduate programs within our respective states or provinces.
    2. Recognize the activities and achievements of state and province members or nonmembers to promote opportunities available for engagement.
    3. Support other Advisory Board members (e.g., Knowledge Communities) on events or opportunities within each state or province and help to promote efforts to both NASPA members and nonmembers.

 ❖ Extend the value of NASPA membership to a wider network of higher education professionals and partners.


  1. Region V KC Co-Coordinators and Regional Representatives will collaborate with Region VI Colleagues to deliver intentional programming at the WRC to bring awareness and connection of KCs to members for future leadership opportunities within the association. Sarah Kutten
  2. The Region V Communication teams will develop a sustainable practice for communications that effectively NASPA communications resources. Jordyn Creighton
  3. Region V will create a new Staff Support Award as part of the Regional Awards beginning at the 2019 Western Regional Conference Jessika Chi
  4. Membership Team Goals Brenda Hansen
    1. Send at least one intentional email or social media engagements per year to campus contacts, affiliated associations, and/or local graduate programs.
    2. Connect with contacts at nonmember institutions to discuss the benefits of institutional membership and how to best reach student affairs professionals on their campus about local events.
    3. Support other Advisory Board members (e.g., Knowledge Communities) on events or opportunities within each state or province and help to promote efforts to both NASPA members and nonmembers.
Equity, Inclusion, and Social Justice

Invest in and advocate for equitable and inclusive practices that promote socially just communities.

NASPA will…

❖ Strengthen capacity in all professional roles to recognize, challenge, and dismantle systemic barriers to improve postsecondary access and achievement.

❖ Open pathways throughout the Association and the student affairs profession for equity-seeking, historically minoritized, and marginalized communities.

 1. The Region V Advisory Board will develop an advisory committee representative of Region V to review leadership selection processes and make recommendations for leadership succession planning within the Region. Danielle Kleist

❖ Collaborate on the development of evidence-based, innovative, inclusive, and socially just higher education policy and practices.

Advocacy for Student Success

Advocate to support student learning and success.

NASPA will…

❖ Center student learning, development, and success as core outcomes of higher education.

  1. The Region V Advisory Board will actively work on developing strategies to promote, educate, and inform career-connected learning within Region V. Kat Coquemont

❖ Develop independent, critical thinkers who understand their responsibility to foster community, civic, and democratic engagement.

  1. In anticipation of the 2020 national election, the Region V Advisory Board will promote and develop resources related to civic engagement and dialogue. Lincoln Johnson and Jill Creighton

❖ Collaborate with local, state, national, and global partners to champion and support legislation, policies, and practices that advance student learning and success.

Research and Scholarship

Generate research and scholarship that advance evidence-based, emergent, and equitable practices.

NASPA will…

❖ Create and foster interdisciplinary strategic partnerships to advance a data-informed research and practice agenda.

❖ Invest in and promote a scholar-practitioner identity and mindset within the student affairs profession.

  1. NASPA V will outreach to members of the region that have received NASPA Foundation research grant funding for recognition and advance the knowledge at WRC. Jenna Hyatt

❖ Develop innovative models to support the creation and recognition of exemplary research and scholarship.

  1. NASPA V will continue to broaden and deepen the recruitment of diverse scholarship presentations related to research at the annual WRC. Kat Coquemont
2017-2019 region V Engagement Plan Alignment
  1. The Region V Advisory Board will constitute a working group to review the progress of the 2017-2019 engagement plan in anticipation of providing a report at the spring 2020 board meeting and the adoption of a 2020-2022 action plan at the 2020 summer board meeting. Chris Meiers
  2. In an effort to support members, The Region V Advisory Board will implement strategies to: Brenda Hanson
    1. increase new professional membership by 72 members by the end of the fiscal year;
    2. develop avenues of recognition to support membership renewals; and
    3. in anticipation of an upswing of new memberships from the WRC, develop communication strategies to support new member retention.
  3. Convene a working group to review the Region V Financial Guidance Document to address: Sean Ferris
    1. revenue procedures;
    2. reserve and investment practices; and
    3. structure for developing new programs within Region V.
  4. In an effort to support the NASPA Foundation, the Region V Advisory Board will facilitate: Jenna Hyatt
    1. raising an annual goal of $15,000;
    2. 100 unique Region V donors at any level; and
    3. Develop outreach strategies for the region to promote nominations for Pillars of the Profession distinction.

Advisory Board

The Region V Advisory Board oversees the various activities of the region and provides regional input and perspective to the central NASPA office.  We meet regularly by phone and in person to organize events, facilitate networking and discussion, and strengthen the student affairs practices within the region.

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Get Involved

NASPA Regions are run and supported entirely by the continued hard work and contributions of our volunteers. Region V offers numerous volunteer positions and opportunities for our members to become involved. Whether it’s taking on a leadership role or helping out at a drive-in, there’s something for everyone.


Volunteer Opportunities

There are many way to get involved with NASPA Region V. Check out Volunteer Central through your Engagement Portal today

Click "Login", "Engagement Portal", "Volunteer Central", and then members can search my volunteer opportunities by region.

For more information on how to get involved, contact Jeff Rosenberry 509.378.0063 or


NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program

The NASPA Undergraduate Fellows program is a semi-structured program for undergraduate students wishing to explore and better understand the field of student affairs and/or higher education. Students and mentors apply as a pair, and if selected this mentorship provides the foundation of the NUFP program. Students, once selected, are given opportunities to attend the NASPA national and regional conference(s), participate in paid summer internships, and participate in the Dungy Summer Leadership Institute. Some campuses within Region V also have campus based NUFP programs.  The mission of NUFP is to increase the number of historically disenfranchised and underrepresented professionals in student affairs and/or higher education, including but not limited to those of racial and ethnic minoritized backgrounds; those having a disability; and those identifying on the LGBTQ spectrum. 

If you are interested in learning more about NUFP, applying to be in NUFP as a student or mentor, or are an alumnus of the program who is interested in connecting and giving back, please contact Region V NUFP Coordinator, Janna Bernstain at 818.632.0354or

KC Information - Region V

Knowledge Communities (KC) are member-driven networks that empower you to explore key topics, professional functions, and personal identities alongside other student affairs educators . KC members support community-curated resources, opportunities to leverage expertise into meaningful initiatives, and participation in developing strategies and tactics to advance key higher ed issues. Below you will find information about the KCs avaialble to join in Region V. Additionally, we have provided contact information, if applicable, for the Region V Representative of each KC. Feel free to reach out to them to learn more about how you can get the most of your NASPA involvement by joining at KC. 


It's Easy To Join A KC

Knowledge Communities offer numerous ways for NASPA members to stay in touch with current news and information regionally, nationally and internationally! One of the best and easiest ways is by joining a Knowledge Community:

  • Login to by clicking the blue "Login" button in the center of the page.
  • Scroll until you see the grey sidebar on the right hand side of the screen and the link to "View My Personal Snapshot."
  • Confirm that your membership is still active (there will be a link to join or renew if it is not).
  • Click on "Edit My Profile" and scroll down the page until you get to "NASPA Engagement Details."
  • You will see the KCs that you are currently a member of or you can add your membership to KCs from this page. 
  • Click "Save" at the bottom of the page.


Take A Leadership Step and Serve as a Regional KC Rep

The Regional KC Representatives work to serve the collective efforts of their Knowledge Community within a particular region. KC Representatives serve on the appropriate KC Chair's leadership team and assist with achieving KC goals by leading Knowledge Community Activity with the region, work to increase the number of NASPA members who affiliate with the KC, assist in moving the National KC agenda forward, and develop a regional KC leadership team that generates and disseminates knowledge to the region's membership.

The following list of Region V KCs are seeking a representative:

  • Adult Learners & Students with Children
  • Alcohol and Other Drug
  • Campus Safety & Vilence Prevention 
  • Disability
  • Enrollment Management
  • Indigenous Peoples
  • International Education
  • Parent & Family Relations
  • Sexual & Relationship Violence Education
  • Student Affairs Fundraising & External Relations
  • Student Athlete
  • Wellness & Health Promotion


For information about Knowledge Communities or to inquire about serving as a KC Representative please email the Region V KC Coordinators Sara Kutten ( or Jeff Rosenberry ( 



Region V Knowledge Community Information

Administrators in Graduate and Professional Student Services

The Administrators in Graduate and Professional Student Services (AGAPSS) Knowledge Community provides a supportive forum for university administrators who serve the needs of graduate and professional students. Members work across all educational settings from general student affairs to specific schools and degree type. 


Region V KC Representative: Caitlin Kidder, Northeast University Seattle (

Adult Learners and Students with Children

The Adult Learner and Students with Children (ALSC) KC increases awareness, disseminates information, identifies resources and tracks academic and demographic trends concerning these typically under-represented but growing, and frequently intersecting, populations of students. All of our efforts are ultimately focused on increasing the recruitment, admission, retention and graduation of this demographic.


Region V KC Representative: VACANT

African American

The African American Knowledge Community (AAKC) increases members' awareness of, knowledge about, and appreciation for issues unique to African American professionals working in higher education and student affairs. The AAKC also seeks to educate the NASPA membership on trends and issues related to African-American professionals and students through sharing information on research, campus issues, and mentoring.


Region V KC Representative: Christopher Hughbanks, Oregon State University (

Alcohol and Other Drug

The Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Knowledge Community provides an institutionalized and ongoing structure within NASPA to discuss issues around alcohol and other drugs on campus. The AOD KC serves as a resource for both members of NASPA and other AOD groups that are addressing this ever-present issue in our respective college environments.


Region V KC Representative: Alexis Drakatos (

Asian Pacific Islanders

The Asian Pacific Islander Knowledge Community seeks to educate and inform NASPA members about the current issues, trends, and research facing Asian Pacific Islanders in higher education. We actively nurture and support the professional development of students and professionals through a variety of programs and by providing leadership and involvement opportunities within the KC.


Region V KC Representative: Dhaval Patel, Pacific Lutheran University (

Assessment, Evaluation, and Research KC

The NASPA Assessment, Evaluation, and Research Knowledge Community encourages and supports student affairs professionals as they assess learning, evaluate programs, and research theory and practice. By providing quality education and networking opportunities the KC strives to serve as a driving force in the movement towards improved student learning.


Region V KC Representative: Jess Cotton, Pacific Lutheran University (

Campus Safety and Violence Prevention

The Campus Safety and Violence Prevention KC is a forum for all higher education administrators responsible for the safety, security, and emotional needs of the campus community and institution. By encouraging member interaction through the sharing of ideas, trends, best practices, resources, and research, the CSKC fosters collaboration, awareness, and support for campus safety.


Region V KC Representative: Jolene Des Roches, University of Utah (

Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement

The Civic Learning & Democratic Engagement (CLDE) Knowledge Community is a space for professional development, idea generation, scholarship, and discussion related to the field of civic education and public service. The CLDE KC supports student affairs professionals as they promote engaged citizenship and student development, encourage democratic participation in their communities, respect and appreciate diversity, and advocate applied learning and social responsibility.


Region V KC Representative: Tiffanie Braun, Washington State University (

Disability Knowledge Community

The Disability Knowledge Community is NASPA’s member driven resource for information about disability issues in higher education and student affairs. The Knowledge Community works to combine knowledge generated by its members with outside resources. As a source of information and advocacy for disability issues, the Disability Knowledge Community is able to provide professionals and institutions with the resources needed to meet these unique needs.


Region V KC Representative: Melanie Lee, University of Utah (

Enrollment Management

The Enrollment Management Knowledge Community (KC) provides an opportunity for NASPA members to engage in discussions, access resources, and exchange information regarding enrollment management topics. The EMKC provides an opportunity for supporting leaders (VPs, AVPs, directors, faculty) that include enrollment responsibilities within their work to assist them in gaining access to additional resources and training. Members will share their common interests, knowledge, and innovative practices to help support each other, student success, and the NASPA mission. 


Region V KC Representative: VACANT

Fraternity and Sorority

The Fraternity and Sorority Knowledge Community (FSKC) provides a forum for organizations and professionals working with fraternities and sororities to discuss the ideas and issues that can advance the field.


Region V KC Representative: Johnny (JP) Peters, Oregon State University (

Gender and Sexuality

The Gender and Sexuality Knowledge Community provides avenues for both social and professional involvement. Our goal is to encourage personal and professional growth, increased awareness and acceptance of professionals and students, and to promote understanding of gender and sexuality needs.


Region V KC Representative: Zac Rakke, Pacific Lutheran University (

Indigenous Peoples

The Indigenous Peoples Knowledge Community (IPKC) is comprised of Indigenous and non-Indigenous people who seek to: 1) increase understanding of, and institutional commitment toward, Indigenous peoples in higher education; 2) advance equity-grounded approaches and socially just practices and policies that support and increase the participation of Indigenous peoples in higher education; 3) produce professional development opportunities, scholarship, and research that complicates and re-imagines the profession; and 4) engage across difference and intersecting identities to further explore trends and interpret issues relative to the experiences of Indigenous peoples on campuses.


Region V KC Representative: VACANT

International Education

The International Education Knowledge Community is a place for higher education professionals and students to share their unique international perspectives. Our work bridges cultural and geographical divides to continue growing student affairs across the globe. 


Region V KC Representative: Anglea Chavez (


The Latinx/a/o Knowledge Community (LKC) was formally established in 2002 and is one of four ethnic-based NASPA Knowledge Communities.   The LKC actively promotes the empowerment of NASPA members through education, research, shared knowledge, and mentoring initiatives, including:

  • Advocacy
  • Opportunities to connect with student affairs professionals locally, regionally, nationally and internationally
  • Learning and sharing of best practices
  • Influencing policy and political change
  • Volunteer and professional development opportunities


Region V KC Representative: Felipe Martinez, University of Washington (

Men and Masculinities

The purpose of the Men & Masculinities Knowledge Community (MMKC) is to provide a venue for discussion, research, and the distribution of information about men’s gender identity development, in the context of college campuses.


Region V KC Representative: Jason J. Dorsette (


The MRKC seeks to stimulate education, develop knowledge, and promote resources and networking opportunities related to multiracial and transracial adoptee identity. 


Region V KC Representative: Sara Caldwell-Kan, Oregon State University (

New Professionals and Graduate Students

The New Professionals and Graduate Students (NPGS) Knowledge Community (KC) is your gateway into this 15,000+ member association! Our knowledge community strives to provide support from graduate students (master's and doctoral) and new professionals (< 5 years of full-time experience). Explore ways to engage with us year-round.


Region V KC Representative: Jeryl Concepcion, Northeastern University, Seattle (

Off-Campus and Commuter Student Services

The mission of the Off-Campus and Commuter Student Services KC is to support the retention and graduation of off-campus and commuter students within higher education institutions. To this end, the Off-Campus and Commuter Student Services Knowledge Community is dedicated to the support of commuting students and those who reside in off-campus housing. An individual's identity as an off-campus or commuter student is one of many intersecting influences as they navigate their college experience. As the functional area of off-campus and commuter programs continues to grow within higher education, our KC aims to establish and maintain a sense of community and resource-sharing among professionals within this area of expertise.


Region V KC Representative: Kevin Wright, University of Nevada Las Vegas (

Orientation, Transition and Retention

The Orientation, Transition and Retention Knowledge Community (OTRKC) is  a conduit for student affairs professionals with a vested interest in orientation, transition and retention programming, research, and services. The OTRKC will provide opportunities to share resources, knowledge, and research to enhance the field and attain best practices in orientation, transition and retention programming. 


Region V KC Representative: Eric Scott, Boise State University (

Parent and Family Relations

The purpose of the Parent and Family Relations KC is to identify, promote, and share current research and best practices in the area of supporting and engaging families of undergraduate students. Additionally, the KC seeks to provide valuable information on interacting with parents of college students via programming, compilations of current literature, and web resources.


Region V KC Representative: VACANT

Sexual and Relationship Violence Prevention, Education, and Response

The Sexual and Relationship Violence Prevention and Response Knowledge Community provides a space for the wide range of Student Affairs professionals whose work involves working on dating/domestic violence, stalking, and sexual assault on campus. The knowledge community provides members with opportunities to provide one another support and to learn from others who are working with survivors and respondents on campus. NASPA has contributed significant resources to addressing issues of interpersonal violence on campus and within the field of Student Affairs. This knowledge community is an extension of that support and an acknowledgement of the need for specialized knowledge development and sharing of best practices on these topics.


Region V KC Representative: VACANT

Socioeconomic and Class Issues in Higher Education

The Socioeconomic and Class Issues in Higher Education Knowledge Community (SCIHE KC) strives to be dynamic and supportive around issues of class and socioeconomic status as they affect Higher Education.  The SCIHE KC envisions an environment where student affairs educators have access to information, training, and resources that help them to understand how these issues alter the college and university landscape.


Region V KC Representative: Jessa Waters, University of Oregon - Portland (

Spirituality and Religion in Higher Education

The mission of the Spirituality and Religion in Higher Education Knowledge Community is to enhance and contribute to the conversations about spirituality in higher education across all types of post secondary institutions.


Region V KC Representative: Casey Peterson, Brigham Young University (

Student Affairs Fundraising and External Relations

The vision of the Student Affairs Fundraising and External Relations Knowledge Community is to enable NASPA members to develop fundraising knowledge and skills to enhance programs and services for Student Affairs at their individual institutions.


Region V KC Representative: VACANT

Student Affairs Partnering with Academic Affairs

The Student Affairs Partnering With Academic Affairs (SAPAA) Knowledge Community provides a forum for interaction among student affairs professionals serving in an academic unit within their institutions and/or those who are interested in the collaboration between student and academic affairs and how this collaboration can continue and thrive in the future.


Region V KC Representative: Martin Howell, University of Washington (


The Student-Athlete KC, which was built in partnership with the NCAA, is a great example of the positive effect collaboration can have and a true sign of the importance of collaboration between student affairs and athletics. We are delighted to have you join with us as we work to gain a greater understanding of the needs of student-athletes on our campus and how the programs and services we provide as student affairs professionals can enhance their college experience.


Region V KC Representative: VACANT

Student Career Development

The Student Career Development Knowledge Community is a community wherein Student Affairs professionals can develop best practices for supporting the career development of students at Colleges and Universities.


Region V KC Representative: Mat Wilson, University of Oregon (

Student Government

The Student Government Knowledge Community provides quality training, engagement, advocacy, and advising for student government leaders and advisers alike through the compilation and development of resources, trainings, and research.


Region V KC Representative: Elizabeth Hansen, University of Washington - Tacoma (

Student Leadership Programs

The mission of the SLPKC is to serve as a resource for higher education professionals who have a professional interest in leadership training, education, and development. The Community will share best practices, provide critical evaluation of the field, examine standards for leadership programs, support national and regional efforts to develop student leadership programs, make contributions to the literature, recognize exemplary programs, and cultivate a forum for the presentation of new ideas. 


Region V KC Representative: Larry Locke, Southern Oregon University (


As a knowledge community, our vision is to see sustainability instituted within student affairs. Our goals are to educate, activate, and provide an organizational foundation for the pursuit of sustainability within student affairs and among student development professionals. We hope that you join us in this cause through support, sharing your experiences and efforts, or providing leadership. 


Region V KC Representative: Heather Spalding, Portland State University (


The Technology Knowledge Community exists to provide structure for members to explore and collaborate within the topic of technology. Given the history of technology, its great breadth, and potential for rapid change, we provide a venue for discussion, research, and the distribution of information about technology.


Region V KC Representative: VACANT

Undocumented Immigrants and Allies

The Undocumented Immigrants & Allies Knowledge Community aims to share knowledge, resources, and research on/for undocumented students and students from mixed status families. The demographic landscape within higher education along with policy changes affecting undocumented students is ever changing.


Region V KC Representative: Marcela Pattinson (


The Veterans Knowledge Community is the national leader in supporting the generation and dissemination of knowledge in support of the college success of student veterans.  Practitioners and scholars alike will find an engaging home among this caring group of professionals and scholars.  Please consider joining in our leadership team within your region or at the national level through Volunteer Central.


Region V KC Representative: Kevin Stevens, Southern Oregon University (

Wellness and Health Promotion

The Wellness and Health Promotion Knowledge Community provides opportunities for student affairs professionals, campus administrators, faculty members, and students to explore and address the complex relationships between health, learning, and student well-being. We actively nurture and support the professional development of students and professionals through a variety of programs and by providing leadership and involvement opportunities within the KC.


Region V KC Representative: VACANT

Women in Student Affairs

The purpose of the WISA Knowledge Community is to give voice to the needs of women in student affairs and to provide professional development opportunities through both regional and national activities designed to address gender equity and prompt personal growth.


Women in Student Affairs Knowledge Community Goals:
The goals of the Women in Student Affairs (WISA) Knowledge Community (KC) support the mission, vision, and guiding principles of NASPA. The purpose of WISA is to give voice to the needs of all those who identify as women in student affairs and provide professional development opportunities through both regional and national activities designed to address gender equity and prompt personal growth.  The WISA KC strives to ensure that all individuals who identify as women, and those who are invested in issues affecting those who identify as women, are seen and represented with in KC. 


Region V KC Representative: Dr. Chrissy L. Davis, Spokane Falls Community College (



One of the best resources available to you is the wide range of professional development opportunities. This list contains both our “Hosted Events,” workshops and webinars that we plan and manage, and some “Related Events,” hosted by the NASPA Central Office or other NASPA Constituent Groups. To see a full listing of NASPA events, please see the Events page.

If you are interested in planning an event for the Region, you must fill out this form. The completed form will be sent to your Regional Director and Regional Treasurer for approval. Once approved, they will connect with the NASPA Central Office and a staff member will reach out to you for training and event set-up.



Signature Initiatives

Student Stories

We invite you to contribute to this project by writing and submitting your own statement of personal belief. We understand how challenging this is - it requires such intimacy that no one else can do it for you. To guide you through this process, we offer the following suggestions:

Tell a story: Be specific. Take your belief out of the ether and ground it in the events of your life. Consider moments when belief was formed or tested or changed. Think of your own experience, work, and family, and tell of the things you know that no one else does. Your story need not be heart-warming or gut-wrenching—it can even be funny—but it should be real. Make sure your story ties to the essence of your daily life philosophy and the shaping of your beliefs.

Be brief: Your statement should be between 350 and 500 words. That’s about three minutes when read aloud at your natural pace.

Name your belief: If you can’t name it in a sentence or two, your essay might not be about belief. Also, rather than writing a list, consider focusing on one core belief, because three minutes is a very short time.

Be positive: Please avoid preaching or editorializing. Tell us what you do believe, not what you don’t believe. Avoid speaking in the editorial “we.” Make your essay about you; speak in the first person.

Be personal: Write in words and phrases that are comfortable for you to speak. We recommend you read your essay aloud to yourself several times, and each time edit it and simplify it until you find the words, tone, and story that truly echo your belief and the way you speak.

If you are interested in submitting your own Student Story, please email LeAnne Jones Wiles at

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Challenge and Support???

Submitted by Kim McAloney

A Non-Traditional Journey

Submitted by Cory Sussman


Honoring Student Voices

Submitted by Heidi Stanton Schnebly


The Personal Side of Professionalism

Submitted by  Jeff Rosenberry

Live Action Role Play

Submitted by Deneece Huftalin

Meaningful Student Interactions

Submitted by Anna Carey

What It's All About

Submitted by Lincoln Johnson

Student Success is Our Success

Submitted by Anne Poliquin


Submitted by Sharon Goodman

Knowing Myself

Submitted by Rudy Mondragon

Adam Carter

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Sponsorships & Scholarships

Scholarship Information


The Region V Advisory Board welcomes proposals from Region V members for scholarships and sponsorships.  The following guidelines as approved by the Advisory Board apply for funding requests:


The Advisory Board prioritizes the following factors when determining the available annual budget as well as individual allocations:

  • Member engagement
  • Professional development
  • Fiscal sustainability
  • Support for the current Region V strategic plan


Total sponsorship funding for the fiscal year is approved by the Advisory Board during the annual budget process in June.  These funds are allocated either via reimbursement or as direct payments from Region V.  The sponsor must provide documentation for all expenses and will be financially responsible for undocumented costs.

The Advisory Board is encouraged to allocate funding based on the following objectives:

  • Engage and support current NASPA Region V members;
  • Outreach to and engage with potential NASPA Region V members;
  • Support longstanding partnerships in the Region;
  • Opportunity to fund new events and promote emerging competence development among student affairs professionals;
  • Sustainable funding practices.

To meet these objectives the following sponsorship categories have been created

Innovation funding - Funding for new events or expansion of small-scale events with a history of local success.  $2,000 has been established in the Region V annual budget for these requests. 

$1,000 maximum available per request


  • Must be a first-time event or a local event that is being expanded to serve a wider audience.
  • Requestor must be a NASPA member or part of a NASPA affiliated institution.
  • Requestor must work with a member of the advisory board who can speak on behalf of their proposal.

Any innovation funding not distributed by the regional conference board meeting will be made available in for General Sponsorship Grants.

General Sponsorship Grant - Funding intended to support any event in the region.  $4,500 has been established in the Region V annual budget for these requests. 

$1,500 maximum available per request


  • Requestor must be a NASPA member or part of a NASPA affiliated institution.
  • Requestor must work with a member of the advisory board who can speak on behalf of their proposal

General Sponsorship Loan - Funding intended to provide additional capital to events with a proven history of success. 

$2,000 has been established in the Region V annual budget for these requests and any allocated funding is encumbered from General Sponsorship Grants until returned.   

$1,000 maximum available per request

Requirements and stipulations:

  • Requestor must be a NASPA member or part of a NASPA affiliated institution.
  • Requests must demonstrate 3 years of success with the same event.
  • Requestor must work with a member of the advisory board who can speak on behalf of their proposal.
  • Funding must be returned to NASPA Region V within 60 days of the date of the event. 
  • Institutions/organizations who are unable to return funding are not eligible for NASPA Region V funding for 2 years.

Sponsorship funding cap

$3,000 is the maximum amount of annual funding any single event or program can receive in NASPA Region V funding - including all sponsorships and partnerships with Memberships coordinators and Knowledge Community representatives.  

Process to request funding

The Advisory Board will review requests for funding three times/year (Fall, Spring, and June Advisory Board meetings). Requests for funding may be reviewed at times other than this via email at the Regional Director’s discretion. Only one request will be accepted for a given initiative.

To submit a request complete this form and send to the Region V Treasurer, Sean Ferris  The Treasurer will work with you to find the appropriate member of the Region V board to work with if you are not able to present your request in person at one of the Region V board meetings.   Your final proposal must be submitted prior to the meeting at which it is presented, no later than October 1, 2019 by noon for Fall 2019. 

As you prepare your request please consider the following:

  • A brief description of the proposed initiative including: (1) purpose/identified need; (2) audience; (3) scope; and (4) expected outcomes.
  • How will information from the event be shared more broadly with the membership?
  • A full budget for the initiative including all sources of potential funding.
  • Fee for participants or rationale if no fee is being charged.
  • Amount requested from Region V, from what category/categories of sponsorship, and specifically how it will be used?
  • Will this be an annual program, and do you expect to request funding from Region V annually?
  • How will Region V will be acknowledged/promoted?
  • Who is you primary contact person’s name, email and phone?

Previous funding from NASPA Region V

Region V sponsors professional development and networking events which benefit NASPA members and higher education professional in Region V.  In FY 2018 the allocations amounts were as follows

  • INSAC Conference - $1500
  • Community College Symposium - $1000
  • Small Colleges/University Symposium - $1500
  • Women in Higher Education social - $300



Region V sponsors two types of scholarships.

Applications now open for Western Regional Conference!

Western Region Conference 2019:

  • $345 scholarships, up to 15 scholarships
  • Applications are due August 21

Annual Conference:

  • $500 scholarships, up to 6 scholarships
  • Applications are due December 1 

After the deadline, the Scholarship Chair pulls all the information and distributes it to the committee without any identifying information. The committee then scores the information and returns it to the Chair for data compilation. The Chair will email all the applicants regarding their status approximately two weeks after the scholarship deadline.

Scholarship winners need to submit their conference payment receipt to the Scholarship Chair for reimbursement. Once receipts are collected from all winners, the Chair and the Treasurer work together to reimburse winners prior to the conference.

The scholarship committee aims for a diverse group of winners across states and professional career level. Questions and inquires can be directed to Lincoln Johnson at


Western Regional Conference Application Deadline: August 21, 2019 by 10:00pm PST
Applicants will be notified about two-three weeks after the deadline. The committee will award up to 15 scholarships in the amount of $345.

National Conference Application Deadline: December 1, 2019 at 11:59pm PST
Applicants will be notified about two weeks after the deadline. The committee will award up to 6 scholarships in the amount of $500.00.

Questions and inquires can be directed to Lincoln Johnson at