2018 NASPA Region I Ubuntu Institute

November 11 – November 12, 2018
Providence, Rhode Island

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The mission of the NASPA Region I Ubuntu Institute is to be a leadership development opportunity designed for student affairs professionals of color. The Institute will inspire emerging professionals, ranging from graduate students through mid-level professionals, to reach their full potential and serve as a pathway to leadership within institutions and associations through a cohort based model. The goals of the institute are to aid participants in navigating the complexity of higher education as professionals of color through the lenses of strength, empowerment, resiliency & authenticity.


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In an effort to create a meaningful and personal experience for you, enrollment for this institute is limited. As we expect the Institute to reach capacity quickly, applicants are encouraged to submit their applications as soon as possible once they are available.

Please be prepared to complete an application and attach a current C.V./resume. Participants should plan to arrive by Sunday, November 11 at 8:30AM to check-in with the Institute starting promptly at 9AM. The institute will run 1.5 days. Monday will hold sessions from 8-10:30AM.

We wanted to make this institute as affordable as possible. Part of this institute is to make sure that folks can create a network to bring forward at the regional conference. We recognize some folks cannot afford to go to the entire regional conference so, it will not be required that you sign up for the regional conference in order to attend the Ubuntu Institute, however we strongly encourage those who can afford to, consider registering for both the institute and conference.

Registration information will be provided with acceptance notifications. The fee to attend the institute is $120.00. There is a separate fee to attend the Regional conference and separate fee for hotel accomodations. Again, please check out the conference website for more information on hotel fees. While it is not mandatory to attend day two of the institute, many of our participants asked that Ubuntu be a two day institute.

Registration as a member is based on individual membership status. You must be a member of NASPA to apply to this institute. Membership gives you the conference registration and a year of membership for less than the non-member registration fee. Visit the Membership section of the NASPA website to learn about membership types.

Scholarships are available to participate in UBUNTU, but please note that they are limited and may only partly cover costs.

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Julia R. Golden-Battle
Institute Director
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Ubuntu uses the word, Advocate instead of faculty. Advocates are responsible for creating the content for their identity based groups. Each identity based group will meet throughout the institute. There are also a number of liaisons for the insitute. Please take a look at their bios for more information.

  • Julia R. Golden-Battle

    Julia R. Golden-Battle

    Founder and Director of the Ubuntu Institute
    MCPHS University

    Faculty Bio

  • Constanza Cabello

    Constanza Cabello

    Senior Leader Liaison
    Stonehill College

    Faculty Bio

  • Jacinda Félix Haro

    Jacinda Félix Haro

    Research and Assessment Liaison
    MCPHS University

    Faculty Bio

  • Raul Fernandez

    Raul Fernandez

    Faculty Liaison
    Boston University School of Education

    Faculty Bio

  • Rebecca D. Comage

    Rebecca D. Comage

    Advocate for Black/African/African American Identity Group
    Salem State University

    Faculty Bio

  • Melissa Camba-Kelsay

    Melissa Camba-Kelsay

    Advocate for Asian Pacific Islander and Desi American Identity Group
    University of Rhode Island

    Faculty Bio

  • Shawn A. Newton

    Shawn A. Newton

    Advocate for Black/African/African American Identity Group
    Suffolk University

    Faculty Bio

  • Melisa Alves

    Melisa Alves

    Advocate for Latinx/a/o Identity Group
    College of the Holy Cross
  • Winni Paul

    Winni Paul

    Advocate for Trans and Queer People of Color Identity Group
    Winni Paul Consulting LLC

    Faculty Bio

  • Luis F. Paredes

    Luis F. Paredes

    Advocate for Latinx/a/o Identity Group
    Bridgewater State University

    Faculty Bio

  • Robin Bogen

    Robin Bogen

    Advocate for Multiracial and Transracial Identity Group
    University of Massachussets Boston
  • Patrick Hale

    Patrick Hale

    Advocate for Trans and Queer People of Color Identity Group
    Stonehill College

    Faculty Bio

  • Ron'na J'Q Lytle

    Ron'na J'Q Lytle

    Conference Graduate Intern for Ubuntu Institute
    Salem State University
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