2018 NASPA AAKC Region IV-E P.U.L.S.E. Drive-In Conference

October 06, 2018
Indiana State University C.E.B. African American Cultural Center | Terre Haute, Indiana

The African-American Knowledge Community (AAKC) of Region IV-East is hosting a day-long professional development experience to uplift, encourage and empower African-American professionals and attendees. We invite you to attend our inaugural drive-in conference and to learn more about our theme below. We hope to see you in October!

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A drive-in conference is a day-long opportunity to engage in scholarship and fellowship related to the conference theme. Our chosen theme is P.U.L.S.E.: Preserving Us; Lifting and Sustaining [Black] Educators. It is a call to re-engage with who we are as a community and within higher education. It is a "pulse check" into the lives within the African diaspora to provide meaningful tools to balance personal and professional development in various areas of higher education. As the AAKC IV-E continues to create affirming spaces and community for African-American and Black practitioners and scholars through our professional development and social opportunities, we welcome all who value the lived experiences of our colleagues and are dedicated to creating more inclusive work environments for African-American and Black professionals. Join us on the evening of October 5th and the day of October 6th at Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana for the Inaugural P.U.L.S.E Drive-In Conference.

When we developed our conference learning outcomes, we would like for attendees to be able to: 

  • Develop a professional network across functional areas. 
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how to effectively navigate challenges associated with the work environment, burnout, and racial battle fatigue.
  • Solidfiy a plan of action for personal and professional wellness.
  • Articulate the value of affinity groups and culturally affirming practices within varied institutional contexts.

Pronounced TERR-ə HOHT, Terre Haute is a regional hub for commerce, healthcare, industry & education. It was once known as The Crossroads of America for its location at the intersection of the National Road and the north-south Dixie Bee Line. We are so excited to host our conference at Indiana State University, home of the Sycamores. See below in our "venue" section to learn more about The Charles E. Brown African American Cultural Center where we will host our day.

Meet our Conference Team!


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Region IV-E
African American
2018 NASPA AAKC Region IV-E P.U.L.S.E. Drive-In Conference


This event is most likely to influence these groups.

  • AVP or “Number Two”
  • Faculty
  • Graduate
  • Mid-Level
  • New Professional
  • Undergraduate
  • Senior Level
  • Vice President for Student Affairs


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Call for Programs

We welcome all to submit program proposals for 50 minute educational sessions at the P.U.L.S.E. Conference. Please keep in mind our "pulse check" theme as your submit your programs. See below for more information on what each letter stands for as you think about your upcoming program submissions.

This conference will serve as an opportunity for real conversations about the intersections of our identities as educators. Please feel free to provide sessions that discuss any of the categories below (press the + sign for more information) or focus in on the amazing work that you are facilitating on your campus. We would love to hear from you and your colleagues at this one of a kind drive-in opportunity. 

Conference Themes & Suggested Topics

  • P.U.L.S.E.: Preserving Us, Lifting and Sustaining [Black] Educators

    • Preserving: Self-preservation through promoting wellness & wellbeing
    • Us: Identity affirmation & exploration
    • Lifting: As we climb & reaching as we grow (mentorship)
    • Sustaining: Retention of Black staff in higher education at PWIs
    • Educators: Continual professional development & scholarship

Submit Your
Proposal Online

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Submission Timeline
  • July 09, 2018
    Call for Programs
  • August 13, 2018
    Program Proposal Deadline

Writing Tips

Looking for tips on writing an effective NASPA proposal? See sample submissions and formatting tips in our Program Submission Guidelines.


Please contact NASPA if you have any further questions about submitting a program proposal for the 2018 NASPA AAKC Region IV-E P.U.L.S.E. Drive-In Conference.

Michael Williams
Educational Programs Chair
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Fri, Oct 05

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Evening No-Host Meetup Social and Service

Sat, Oct 06

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Registration and Breakfast
9:00 AM – 9:50 AM
Welcome and Keynote Speaker
10:00 AM – 10:50 AM
Educational Session I
11:00 AM – 11:50 AM
Educational Session II
12:00 PM – 1:20 PM
Lunch & Keynote Speaker
1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
Educational Session III
2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
Educational Session IV
3:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Closing & Recognition
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Post-Conference Networking Social


NASPA Member Early Registration: $70

NASPA Member Regular Registration: $80

NASPA Student Member Early Registration: $40

NASPA Student Member Regular Registration: $50

Non-Member Early Registration: $80

Non-Member Regular Registration: $100

Student Non-Member Early Registration: $70

Student Non-Member Regular Registration: $90

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Konya Sledge
Registration Chair
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View Registration Policies

Cancellation Policy:
The cancellation deadline is Friday, September 21, 2018. A $25 cancellation fee will be deducted from your refund.

Refund Policy:
No refunds will be provided after Friday, September 21, 2018.

Substitution Policy:
Substitutions are allowed between the same member type (member to member, non-member to non-member, etc) and registration date (early to early, regular to regular).

All requests for cancellations, refunds, or substitutions must be send to Konya Sledge at ksledge@govst.edu.


African American Cultural Center | Indiana State University

Indiana State University - African American Cultural Center
Terre Haute, IN

The Charles E. Brown African American Cultural Center is responsible for developing and providing opportunities for African-American students to involve themselves in creating, innovating, designating, and deciding cultural programs relevant to them. It is further responsible for promoting positive identification, association, and relationship to African-American historical and contemporary culture. The Charles E. Brown African American Cultural Center creates a learning environment conducive for students, administrators, faculty members, and citizens of the Terre Haute community to understand, recognize, and appreciate the contributions made by African-American people.

The Charles E. Brown African American Cultural Center coordinates efforts with existing programs and departments; it provides an atmosphere conducive for relevant psychological and social needs of African American students; it provides educational experiences in the areas of African-American history and culture, problems of African-American development, and general issues of race relations; it provides the opportunities for the development of decision-making ability and potential talents of students who have been neglected. It provides direct services to personal and groups with the goal to make society aware of the need for racial justice.

Book Your Hotel Now

For hotel questions, please contact:
Brice Yates, On-Site Liaison

Hotel Room Rate/Night
Fairfield Inn & Suites
475 E Margaret Ave., Terre Haute, IN 47802
Conference room block ended on Sept. 14th. Regular room rates now apply
  • Travel

    Indianapolis International Airport (IND / KIND)

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