Featured Programming

We recognize that some topics are not able to be explored in a traditionally 50-minute concurrent session, and NASPA is pleased to offer several extended sessions at this year’s annual conference. Extended sessions are designed to encourage deeper thought and reflection for attendees, as well as allow space for organic and meaningful conversation with presenters, panelists, and colleagues. The longer session time will allow participants to delve deeper and hopefully provide tangible take-aways for attendees. Although we understand that schedules shift, we hope that you will be able to attend for the full session time.

Sessions are open to participants who are registered for the 2017 NASPA Annual Conference. To register for the full conference or to select the one-day rate, please visit the 2017 NASPA Annual Conference registration page.

The Faculty Institute

Monday, March 13, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.,  Lonestar EF – Grand Hyatt

The Faculty Institute will give faculty participants an opportunity to engage in discussion with peers about how we can best manage difficult discussions in our classes, and how to support and mentor a new generation of professionals who may face not only student activism but also personal conflict with their own roles with supporting university goals and student needs. The Institute will begin with a panel of speakers and include one to two breakout discussion sessions.  Faculty attending the Institute will gain new perspective on the broader issues of social and political change and its impact on higher education across the country, identify strategies for managing difficult discourse in their classes and discuss and evaluate different approaches from faculty peers for supporting and mentoring young professions during this time of activism and political change. Open to Adjunct and Full-Time Faculty. No RSVP required.

Taking Care of the Activist in You

Monday, March 13, 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Grand Ballroom Salon E - Marriott Rivercenter

More than ever before student affairs professionals are being challenged with striking a balance between their personal commitments to addressing social justice issues and serving as institutional agents. The tension between being a social activist and a college administrator is one that can lead to dissonance for student affairs practitioners trying to establish their personal and professional identities, especially for newer professionals. The recent presidential election and continuing racial tensions across the country have further highlighted the unique challenges faced by student affairs professionals as they strive to be responsive to students, their institutions, and to addressing issues of inequality in society. This program session will provide a space to explore this tension and identify ways to “take care of the activist in you.”   Open to All. Space is limited, please RSVP here.

Forging a Collaborative Path for Inclusion and Change in Higher Education: Responding to Student Activism in an Era of Heighten Uncertainty

Tuesday, March 14, 2:30 p.m. – 4:30pm, 207 A - Convention Center

The current landscape for diversity, and inclusion in higher education, calls for collaborative partnerships to enhance the student experience and help foster environments of inclusion for students, faculty, and staff. The last several years have ushered in a new era of social activism on campuses throughout the country raising the stakes for how colleges and universities respond to the needs of historically marginalized communities while preserving learning environments where the free exchange of ideas can occur without censorship. The outcomes of the recent national elections have contributed to a heighten state of uncertainty for institutions of higher education. This daylong program and two-hour extended session will provide senior institutional leaders with the opportunity to examine critically the state-of-diversity and inclusion in higher education, and to identify strategic collaborative approaches for addressing current and emerging challenges.  This program is open to vice presidents of student affairs, chief diversity officers, and other senior-most leaders. Space is limited, please RSVP here.

Intersections of Identity: Preparing College Educators for Important Conversations

Wednesday, March 15, 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m., 206 B, Convention Center

Intersectionality is a term that refers to one’s multiple and layered identities. We want to provide a space to prepare educators for, the sometimes challenging yet extremely important, conversations as one explores the intersections of identity in higher education. Several Knowledge Community leaders have come together to create a toolkit demonstration to prepare educators to engage in this space. Join us for a session in conversation, practice, and exploration. Open to all. No RSVP required.


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