Region VI

Region VI

Grounded in our commitment to diversity, inclusion, scholarship, and leadership, our mission is to provide innovative professional development opportunities that connect, engage, and inspire current and aspiring student affairs educators to serve, respond to, and advocate for students in Arizona, California and Hawai'i.

When you give to the NASPA Foundation, you make a difference. Through a tax-deductible contribution to the NASPA Foundation, you invest in innovative research. You provide scholarships for NASPA members of all levels. You advance excellence in our field. You shape the future of the student affairs profession!

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Values: Respect  •  Teamwork  •  Integrity

Region VI Board - June 2023 


Region VI encompasses Aotearoa (New Zealand), Arizona, Australia, California, China, Guahan (Guam), Hawai'i, Hong Kong, Malaysia, and Singapore.

The History of NASPA Region VI

Meet Our Regional Director

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Eboni Ford Turnbow, Ph.D.

Regional Director, Region VI

Vice President for Student Affairs,
California State University, Channel Islands


Dr. Eboni Ford Turnbow is known to many as a mentor, sister, colleague, and friend. Dr. Ford Turnbow, also known as Dr. FT, currently serving as the Vice President for Student Affairs at California State University Channel Islands, is a distinguished scholar and leader in higher education. She earned her Ph.D. in Sociology from Wayne State University (WSU), specializing in the intersection of gender and work in higher education. Complementing her doctoral studies, she holds an M.Ed. in College Student Affairs Leadership from Grand Valley State University and a B.S. in Secondary Education and Health from WSU.

Within the realm of student affairs, Dr. Ford Turnbow has held notable roles and responsibilities. She most recently served as the Co-Chair of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Womxn in Student Affairs (WISA) Knowledge Community and as the Co-Chair for the Region VI Undergrad Fellows Institute at the 2023 Western Regional Conference. Prior to these roles within NASPA, she participated in NASPA’s fourth cohort of the SERVE Academy, served as Research and Scholarship Co-Chair for WISA, and served as the Region VI 2022 Sponsorship Co-Chair.

As a published author, Dr. FT’s work delves into critical issues facing marginalized communities in academia, as demonstrated in her co-authored book chapter, "When Intersections Collide: Young Black Women Combat Sexism, Racism, and Ageism in Higher Education" (2019). Recognized for her impactful research, Dr. Ford Turnbow was honored with the Ruth Strange Award from the Center for Women Board in 2022 for her study on Gender and Work in Student Affairs. Her commitment to mentorship and advocacy extends beyond academia, as evidenced by her recognition as the National Greek Advisor of the Year by Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Incorporated, in 2018.

Dr. FT's dedication to advancing knowledge and fostering community within higher education is evident through her extensive involvement in conferences and professional organizations. Previously, she contributed her expertise to the Education Advisory Group national board for the National Association for Campus Activities (NACA) and served as Past President of the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) Michigan. She has also presented at conferences hosted by various professional associations, including the Association of Fraternal Leadership Values (AFLV), Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS), and the Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP).

She remains engaged in her community as a proud financial and active member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated.

State Chapters - Region VI

Region VI State Chapters

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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.

2024 Events

Advisory Board

The Region VI Advisory Board oversees the various operations of the Region as well as representing the state organizations within Region VI and coordinating with the Knowledge Communities.

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Get Involved

NASPA Regions are run and supported entirely by the continued hard work and contributions of our volunteers. Region VI 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.

Are you interested in becoming more involved in NASPA?

  • Visit Volunteer Central to see all positions posting locally, regionally and nationally


Welcome to the Region VI Knowledge Communities (KCs), your gateway to the profession and connection to the association. As the slogan suggests, the KCs are the entry point to NASPA for graduate students or professionals wanting to get involved and take on a leadership role. KC Representatives are also included in the region's KC advisory board to give a collective voice of the association.

There are currently 44 KCs ranging in topics and specific issues currently facing our field. These active communities help to identify and share emerging knowledge and best practices. Each KC can have up to two regional representatives and as many sub-committee representatives as necessary.

Within the Region VI KCs there are a number of ways to get involved:

  • Become a Regional Representative for one of our many Knowledge Communities.
  • Serve on a committee or be an active member of a KC.
  • Click one or more of the KCs on your NASPA profile page and receive emails about upcoming events, or provide input into the programming or information provided by your KC representatives.
  • Attend ancillary meetings, have a KC sponsor a presentation, or write an article to our many NASPA publications.

We look forward to working with you!

Region VI Awards

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Each year NASPA recognizes outstanding members by honoring professionals and students through our regional awards. Regional award winners are forwarded for consideration at the national awards level, as applicable.

A full description of all awards and a list of past recipients is available below.
Nominations accepted:

June 1 - September 8, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. 

 Contact Lexer Chou, Nominations and Awards Chair, at [email protected].

Submit nominations here


Distinguished Pillars of the Profession

2024 - Martha Enciso, Christine Quemuel
2023 - Josie Ahlquist, Lea M. Jarnagin
2022 - Willie L. Banks Jr., Joel Perez
2021 - Evette Castillo Clark, Kevin Colaner, Janet Dickerson, Debra Geller, Tonantzin Oseguera
2020 - Jan Minoru Javinar
2019 - Joy L. Hoffman, Kathryn Mueller
2018 - Kandy Mink Salas, Sherry Mallory
2017 - John Hoffman, Brian Haynes, Harry Le Grande, Judy Sakaki, Frank Lamas, Ellen J. Neufeldt
2016 - Lori M. Ideta, Berenecea Johnson Eanes, Kenneth Kelly, Anna M. Ortiz, Wm. Gregory Sawyer
2015 - Melissa Vito, Anna K. Gonzalez
2014 - *
2013 - Peg Blake, Jill Halvaks, Sharyn Slavin Miller
2012 - Marilee Bresciani
2011 - Charlotte Burgess, Penny Rue
2010 - Howard S. Wang
2009 - Susan Hunter Hancock, Robert Naples, Lisa Waits, Thomas C. Shandley
2008 - Renee Barnett Terry, Ronni Sanlo
2007 - James R. Kitchen, Gary Kleeman, Dwight L. Rideout
2006 - Anthony R. Ross, Ronald R. Kopita
2005 - *
2004 - Henry Gee, Michael Jackson, Alvin Tagomori
2003 - Sandra Matsui, Saunie Taylor, Keith Miser, Hazel Scott, Penny Wills
2002 - Amefil Agbayani, Hal Gin, Elizabeth Griego, Alan Yang
2001 - Anne E. Golseth
2000 - Doris M. Ching, Dudley B. Woodard, James Lyons
1999 - Judy Chambers, Jesse Marks, James R. Appleton