WRC Senior Student Affairs Officer (SSAO) Institute

November 09 – November 10, 2016

The SSAO Institute is a two-day opportunity for the highest-ranking student affairs officer to be inspired during one of the most transformational times in higher education.

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We designed a two-day program that features a facilitated discussion with a nationally recognized professional, Jahmad Canley, and a panel of seasoned colleagues who will offer their expert advice and engage in discussion on some of the critical issues facing our students and institutions. As leaders responsible for a holistic experience for all students and at the same time providing expertise on emerging trends and issues related to governmental mandates, this institute provides us the space to share our current challenges, questions and successes. We want SSAOs to see this as a special opportunity to engage with colleagues for real talk about real issues.


Presented By

Region V
Region VI


This event is most likely to influence these groups.

  • Senior Level
  • Vice President for Student Affairs


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Day 1

A facilitated discussion on Guiding Transition by Jahmad Canley of Potential Unleashed. Jahmad will lead us through a series of discussions which will allow each SSAO to invest in one’s personal development and growth.

Day 2

The first part of the morning will provide time to debrief and reflect on the previous day’s session. This will be followed by a discussion with panel of seasoned SSAO. Prior to the panel discussion we will ask participating SSAO’s to generate key topics and issues facing their units/universities. SSAO’s will benefit from this open and honest exchange by gaining new insight and reflecting on their own institutional practices.

Wed, Nov 09

1:00 pm
Facilitated discussions
Jahmad Canley, Potential Unleashed
5:30 pm
All Institute Reception

Thu, Nov 10

7:30 am
All Institute Breakfast
12:15 pm


You must register for the 2016 NASPA Western Regional Conference in order to participate in the institute.

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Danielle Kleist
Washington State University - Tri Cities
Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Phone: (509) 372-7104


  • Cedric Howard

    University of Washington - Tacoma
  • Nancy Youlden

    Washington State University - Vancouver


The Westin Seattle

The Westin Seattle
Seattle, WA

The 2016 NASPA Western Regional Conference will be held at the iconic Westin Seattle hotel, located in the Emerald City's Cultural Core. Centrally located within walking distance of Pike Place Market, the Monorail, and the Space Needle, the hotel is ideally located for the NASPA WRC and will allow attendees an opportunity to discover and experience all that Seattle has to offer. Hotel reservations are now open.

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Please note that the rate for a Quad will incorrectly show $239 on the reservation site. Your confirmation should reflect the $209 rate after booking.

Hotel Room Rate/Night
The Westin Seattle
1900 5th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 728-1000
$179 - Single/Double
$209 - Triple/Quad
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