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

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!

Message from the Director

Region VI is a vibrant, active group of Student Affairs Professionals and we would love you to join our Volunteer Team! Please look through our website and find a place to connect. Let us know how we can better serve your professional development needs.






Who We Are

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

Values: Respect. Teamwork. Integrity.



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

Regional Vice President/Regional Director History

Western Regional Conference History

History of Region VI

Original Western Regional Conference Agreement (February 1989)


Each year NASPA recognizes outstanding members by honoring professionals and students through our regional awards. To continue with this tradition, please consider nominating one or more of your Region VI colleagues or programs. Regional award winners will be forwarded for consideration at the national awards level, as applicable.

Each nomination should include a letter of nomination, the requisite number of letters of support, the nominee’s resume and their contact information. Nominations should be submitted online at: . The deadline to submit nominations is September 10, 2021. Recipients will be notified in September and the presentation of the awards will be part of the 2021 NASPA Western Regional Conference in San Francisco, CA (November 8-13).

A full description of all awards and a list of past recipients is available below! Please consider taking time today to nominate an individual and/or program for the difference they have made in your life and the lives of the students we serve!

Research Awards

NASPA Region VI is accepting applications to support new research of its members by offering research and assessment grant awards. Region VI is making available up to $6,000 annually in research and/or assessment grants for Region VI members. This funding is to be used for research expenses incurred during the grant time.

The maximum award for an individual or research group is $1,500 annually for projects that include faculty and student affairs practitioners and is $1,500 annually for those projects that also include graduate students and/or unpublished practitioners as part of the research team.

There are four awards available this cycle- ($6,000 total):

  • 2 Grants- Individual or Research Team Award- each worth $1,500, OR
  • 2 Grants- Graduate Student Research Award- each worth $1,500

Region VI is interested in funding research and assessment in student affairs that furthers our understanding of the student affairs profession, student development and student learning and are consistent with the mission of NASPA’s Research Division:
To promote NASPA's core value of spirit of inquiry and advance knowledge creation and dissemination in the fields of student affairs and higher education in order to keep NASPA members up to date on the most current scholarship related to postsecondary education and postsecondary students. (para. 2)

The grant application deadline is Friday, September 10, 2021. Grant recipients will be recognized during the 2021 NASPA Western Regional regional conferences during the awards luncheon and will be listed on all NASPA social media outlets and the NASPA website.

Completed grant applications are due Friday, August 27, 2021 and should be limited to 5 pages of content (excluding cover page and references), double spaced, and should include the following:
● A cover page identifying the research proposed title
● Desired grant award category (Individual/Team or Graduate Student)
● The primary investigator's name
● NASPA membership number (at least one member of the research team is required to be a Region VI NASPA member)
● Address, institution, telephone number, email address
● Additional team member names
● Statement indicating: The following compliance statement: "I/We agree to acknowledge Region VI funding support in all phases of research; I/We will not use any portion of the project for commercial purposes (i.e. selling an instrument for profit); I/We will deposit the grant funds into an institutional account; and I/We will provide NASPA Region VI Board of Directors with a written summary of my findings and a detailed account of how the funds were expended no later than 18 months after the receipt of the grant. I/we will also present findings at a future NASPA VI Regional Conference."

Proposals will be evaluated on the following criteria:
1. Overall proposal including originality and creativity, response to current trends and issues, clarity, value, understanding of student development and learning outcomes, application of theory to practice, writing style, and the degree to which it is based on research literature and theory,
2. Research design
3. Proposed budget
Timeline for the grant proposal application process is as follows:
1. August 27, 2021: Proposals due
2. September 2021: Panel review, awards announcements, communication with all applicants
3. October/November 2021: Winners announced via NASPA social media outlets and email blast
4. 2021 Western Regional Conference: Award recipients provide an executive summary of findings and detailed account of how the funds were spent to the NASPA Region VI Advisory Board; award recipients present research and findings at the regional conference . Recipients also will be invited to present findings at the 2020 Western Regional Conference.

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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 involved in NASPA?


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 involve 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 28 KC's 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 representative and as many sub-committee representatives as necessary. Region VI consists of Aotearoa (New Zealand), Arizona, Australia,  California, China (Hong Kong), Guahan (Guam), Hawai'i, Malaysia, and Singapore.

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

  • You can be a Regional Representative for one of our many Knowledge Communities.
  • You can serve on a committee or be an active member of a KC.
  • You can 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.
  • You can attend ancillary meetings, have a KC sponsor a presentation, or write an article to our many NASPA publications.

This page is an informational page for those just getting started in Knowledge Communities as well as a resource page for those currently with the Region VI KC Leadership Team.

We look forward to working with you!


Administrators in Graduate and Professional Student Services KC

Maria Jaochico


Adult Learners and Students with Children KC

Teresa Bill


African American KC

Monica Perkins


Alcohol and Other Drugs KC

Steve Peach


Asian Pacific Islander KC

Danielle Masuda


Susan Hua


James Wu


Mylinh Hoang


Assessment, Evaluation, and Research KC

Kevin Thomas Grant


Campus Safety and Violence Prevention KC
Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement KC

Teresa Neighbors


Disability KC

Kamana Seymour


Enrollment Management KC

Robert Bachini 


Fraternity and Sorority KC

JD Dantzler


Gender and Sexuality KC
Indigenous Peoples KC

Judith Estrada


International Education KC

Jenna Bustamante


Latinx/a/o KC
Men and Masculinities KC

Reggie Robles


Multiracial KC
New Professionals and Graduate Students KC

Emily Davis


Off Campus and Commuter Student Services KC

Faraah Mullings


Orientation, Transition and Retention KC

Katrina Abes


Sarah Brice


Parent and Family Relations KC
Sexual and Relationship Violence Prevention, Education, and Response KC

Erica Moorer


Socioeconomic and Class Issues in Higher Education KC

Belinda Zamacona


Mario Garibay


Spirituality and Religion in Higher Education KC

Shannon Nolan-Arañez


Student Affairs Fundraising and External Relations KC
Student Affairs Partnering with Academic Affairs KC

Kendra Hunter


Student-Athlete KC

Rosemary Stribling


Student Career Development KC

Amy Hendrickson


Student Leadership Programs KC
Triseinge Ortiz
Student-Athletes KC
Courtney Spivak
Student Government KC
Student Leadership Programs KC

Ashley Ramos


Sustainability KC
Technology KC

Jason Garrett


Undocumented Immigrants & Allies KC

Mike Manalo-Pedro


Veterans KC

Coby Dillard


Wellness and Health Promotion KC
Women in Student Affairs KC

Sara Sanchez



Learn more about Knowledge Communities.


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.


State Chapters- Region VI

Region VI State Chapters


Distinguished Pillars of the Profession

2019 - Joy L. Hoffman, Kathryn Mueller
2018 - Kandy Mink Salas, Sherry Mallory
2017 - John Hoffman, Brian Haynes, Harry Le Grande, Judy Sakaki, Frank Lamas
2016 - Lori M. Ideta, Berenecea Johnson Eanes, Kenneth Kelly, Anna M. Ortiz, Wm. Gregory Sawyer
2015 - Melissa Vito
2014 - *
2013 - Peg Blake, Jill Halvaks, Sharyn Slavin Miller
2012 - Marilee Bresciani
2011 - Charlotte Burgess, Penny Rue
2010 - Howard Wang
2009 - Susan Hunter Hancock, Robert Naples, Lisa Waits
2008 - Renee Barnett Terry, Ronni Sanlo
2007 - James R. Kitchen, Gary Kleeman
2006 - Anthony R. Ross
2005 - *
2004 - Henry Gee, Michael Jackson, Alvin Tagomori
2003 - Sandra Matsui, Saunie Taylor
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

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.