2019 NASPA Region I Ubuntu Institute

November 17 – November 18, 2019
Providence, Rhode Island, USA

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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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2019 NASPA Region I Ubuntu Institute


This event is most likely to influence these groups.

  • New Professional
  • Mid-Level
  • Graduate


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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 17 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 $150.00. 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
Director of the Ubuntu Institute
Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Phone: 617.416.2611


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

    Julia R. Golden

    Founder and Director of the Ubuntu Institute
    MCPHS University

    Faculty Bio

  • Dr. Constanza Cabello

    Dr. Constanza Cabello

    Senior Leaders Liaison
    Framingham State University

    Faculty Bio

  • Jacinda Felix Haro

    Jacinda Felix Haro

    Research and Assessment Liaison
    MCPHS University

    Faculty Bio

  • Rebecca D. Comage

    Rebecca D. Comage

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

    Faculty Bio

  • Shawn A. Newton

    Shawn A. Newton

    for Black/African/African American Identity Group
    Suffolk University

    Faculty Bio

  • Dr. Liza Talusan

    Dr. Liza Talusan

    Liza Talusan Consulting

    Faculty Bio

  • Melissa Camba-Kelsay

    Melissa Camba-Kelsay

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

    Faculty Bio

  • Dr. Luis F. Paredes

    Dr. Luis F. Paredes

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

    Faculty Bio

  • Winni Paul

    Winni Paul

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

    Faculty Bio

  • Patrick Hale

    Patrick Hale

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

    Faculty Bio

  • Yanille Baez

    Yanille Baez

    Advocate for Latinx/a/o Identity Group
    Boston University
  • Jasmine Ramon

    Jasmine Ramon

    Advocate for Multiracial and Transracial Identity Group
    Northeastern University

    Faculty Bio

  • Carolina Davila

    Carolina Davila

    Women of Color Coordinator
    Yale University

    Faculty Bio

  • Luckson Omoaregba

    Luckson Omoaregba

    Men of Color Coordinator
  • Codi Bierce

    Codi Bierce

    Graduate Intern
    Salem State University


The Ubuntu Institute is proud and honored to have Dr. Doris Ching be our keynote at the 2019 institute. A true pillar to the student affairs profession who has made a great impact on divresity and equity work not only at her insituitions, but for NASPA.

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