Inclusion Resources

NASPA's Equity, Inclusion, Social Justice (EISJ) and Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (CLDE) team and volunteer leaders are committed to:

  • shaping the ways post-secondary institutions recognize, challenge, and dismantle barriers to student access and success;
  • fostering effective civic and democratic engagement for justice; and
  • enacting innovative student affairs research and practice that span boundaries, speak to intersectional lives, and advance inclusion and justice.

As student affairs educators, we know the value of truly inclusive learning environments, and we understand our essential role in creating healthy, brave curricular and co-curricular spaces that cultivate critical thinking, identity exploration and expression, and capacity for change.


NASPA affirms the importance and centrality of the values of equity, inclusion, and social justice to student affairs professionals, both in their daily lives and in their work on behalf of and with students and other constituents. NASPA believes that equity, inclusion, and social justice require continual pursuits to ensure that members from all identities, backgrounds, abilities, and belief systems have access, voice, acknowledgement, and opportunities to participate at all levels within the Association and the profession. Additionally, NASPA strives to ensure that our membership, leadership, scholarship, and programming are reflective of these values, and through our standards of professional practice we hold our members and the Association accountable to these principles in our work on behalf of the profession.

Approved by NASPA Board of Directors March 2016


Equity, justice, and civic engagement are prominent elements of the 2019-2024 NASPA Strategic Plan, which aims to fulfill the promise of higher education through advocacy for student success, equity, inclusion, and social justice, research and scholarship, and professional development and engagement. 


NASPA is dedicated to providing a welcoming environment and strives to address the interests of its members and the student affairs profession on issues related to social justice, equity, and inclusion. We seek to foster a positive environment built upon a foundation of trust, respect, open communications, and ethical behavior.

Policy Statement  

It is the policy of NASPA not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, gender identity, gender expression, affectional or sexual orientation, veteran status, or disability in any of its policies, programs, publications, and services. NASPA prohibits discrimination and harassment at any time, including during its events or within publications and online learning communities. 

NASPA participants are expected to conduct themselves in all NASPA capacities, events, and settings with:

  • Consideration and respect in their speech and actions and in their personal, professional and business conduct;
  • Honesty in their professional relationships and refrain from taking credit for the work of others without specific acknowledgement and authorization;
  • Respect for individuals’ personal boundaries and conduct; 
  • Behavior that is free from:
    • Demeaning, discriminatory, insulting, or harassing language or actions, in person or online;
    • Harassment of any kind, including but not limited to unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical harassment.

NASPA Civic Engagement Initiatives

To support the field of civic learning and democatic engment (CLDE), NASPA is committed to providing resources and opportunities to enhance and develop your understanding of CLDE in higher education. 

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Professional Development Opportunities

Issues of equity, inclusion, justice, and civic engagement are integrated across NASPA's professional development offerings. In addition, we also provide dedicated spaces for deeper exploration of these issues, as well as for community-building and professional pathway development. 

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NASPActs is a key initiative of the Equity, Inclusion, and Social Justice Division and provides member-driven opportunities for social action and civic engagement. NASPActs programs are created by representatives of the EISJ Division to engage members with a strong passion for activism, social justice, and advocacy. 

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Policies & Processes

Equity, inclusion, and social justice guide NASPA's policies, processes, and bylaws. Use this site to find information about hosting a program or event, as well as expectations for how we interact with one another.

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