2017 NASPA Region I Multi KC Drive-In Conference - Chasing the Dream: America’s Promise Recaptured

October 27

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Hosted by the Latinx/a/o, African American, Student Career Development, Indigenous Peoples, MulitRacial, Asian Pacific Islander, Undocumented Immigrants and Allies Knowledge Communities

The demographics of higher education are changing as the presence of students of color on college campuses continues to expand. College access, although under threat, has become a standard measure in determining an institution's commitment to diversity and a quality education. Although one can argue that the fight for access has been won, the struggles of retaining and graduating students, specifically students of color, has become Higher Education's battle of the 21st century. The achievement gap is very real. This year's drive-in conference, Chasing the Dream: America's Promise Recaptured, will not only aim to expose attendees to the struggles of the college experience of students of color, but exemplify the programs and initiatives which have been successful in supporting students of color and promoting self-advocacy.


  • To provide educators with the knowledge, understanding, and clarity necessary to understand the continuing challenges students from marginalized communities face

  • To encourage the utilization of self-advocacy for students of color.

  • To identify strategies for career and academic development and achievement.

  • To foster a supportive climate where professional of colors can network with new colleagues within Student Affairs


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Call for Programs

The NASPA Region I Latinx/a/o, African American, Student Career Development, Indigenous Peoples, MultiRacial, Asian Pacific Islander, Undocumented Immigrants and Allies Knowledge Communities invite you to join us at Bryant University for an engaging and informative day-long conference experience!

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  • September 25, 2017
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Fri, Oct 27

9:00am – 9:30am
Check-in & Light Breakfast
9:30am – 10:00am
Welcome from Conference Committee & Host Institution
10:00am – 10:45am
Keynote Speaker
10:45am – 11:00am
11:00am – 12:00pm
Concurrent Sessions
12:00pm – 1:15pm
1:15pm – 2:45pm
2:45pm – 3:00pm
3:00pm – 4:00pm
Concurrent Sessions
4:00pm – 4:30pm
Closing Announcements
4:30pm +
Optional Social


Registration information below.

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General Registration
08/23/2017 to 10/24/2017
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Student Member
Student Non-member


Tatiana Cole
Conference Chair
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Phone: 413-654-1426

Donnie Taveras
Conference Chair
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Phone: 508-286-3811


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Payment Policy:


If you are paying by check, please send it to the address below. Include your name and order number on the check.

NASPA Region I Multi KC Drive-In
Regional Accounts Coordinator
111 K Street, NE, 10th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20002

If you are paying by credit card, simply follow the steps provided in the registration system. Please note the billing address on the credit card must match the address listed on your profile at the time of check out.

Cancellation Policy:

 The cancellation deadline is February 17, 2017. All requests for cancellations must be in writing and sent to Tatiana Cole at tatiana.cole@aicedu.onmicrosoft.com. A $15 fee will be deducted from your refund.

Refund Policy:

No refunds will be provided after February 17, 2017.


Registration Issues – NASPA Office – events@naspa.org202-265-7500 ext 1183

General Questions – Tatiana Cole - tatiana.cole@aicedu.onmicrosoft.com


Dr. Jason L. Meriwether is the Vice President for Student Success at Rhode Island College in Providence, RI. In 2016, Jason was named to the Southern Indiana Business Source 20 under 40 Class of 2016. In 2014, Jason was selected to Louisville Business First’s Top Forty under 40 and as one of Business First's 20 People to Know in Education and Workforce Development. In 2014, Jason received the award of Outstanding Kentuckian and was commissioned to the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels.

In his role as Vice President, Jason is responsible for the Student Success Division, which includes Admissions, Financial Aid, Records, Office of Academic Support & Information Services (OASIS), Counseling Center, Health Services; Preparatory Enrollment Program (PEP), Residential Life and Housing, Student Life/Dean of Students, Student Activities, NCAA Athletics, Student Government, the Student Union, Upward Bound and other TRIO programs, Learning for Life and the Early Enrollment Program (concurrent enrollment program), and the Veterans Resource Center, for a comprehensive, public, four-year campus with a population of 8,512 graduate and undergraduate students. Jason has taught graduate courses at the University of Louisville's College of Education and Human Development. He has also served as a guest lecturer for graduate courses at Vanderbilt University, Louisiana State University, The Pennsylvania State University, Tennessee State University, Bellarmine University, and Eastern Illinois University. Jason believes that success in student affairs and enrollment management lies in the ability to adapt to new trends in technology and digital engagement, while staying committed to advocacy for learning through collaboration with faculty and academic leaders.

Jason has presented at numerous national and regional conferences on topics such as legal issues & liability, retention & persistence, student retention, education & economics, assessment, strategic planning, professionalism & career trajectory, social media, and hazing. Jason’s national presentations on legal issues related to hazing have been the subject of cover stories in the Student Affairs Today Newsletter and in College Athletics and the Law. Jason is also a Higher Education & Social Media contributor for Socialnomics.net and has been a guest blogger for the NASPA Technology Knowledge Community Blog and for the Student Affairs Collective. Jason is also contributing author of What Happens on Campus Stays on YouTube, published in 2015.

  • Dr. Jason L. Meriwether

    Dr. Jason L. Meriwether

    Vice President for Student Success
    Rhode Island College

    Speaker Bio


Bryant University

Bryant University
Smithfield, RI

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