2015 NASPA Multicultural Institute

December 10 – December 12, 2015
Hyatt Regency Miami - Miami, Florida

The NASPA Multicultural Institute will provide an interactive forum combining thought-provoking keynote speakers, challenging educational sessions, and opportunities for resource and idea sharing between multicultural educators across the academy including academic affairs.


The Professional Competency Areas for Student Affairs Practitioners approved by NASPA specify that knowledge and skills related to equity, diversity, and inclusion are an expectation of all practitioners regardless of their area of specialization or positional role within the field. The NASPA Multicultural Institute is intentionally designed for student affairs practitioners and administrators to further expand their own awareness, further develop skills as a multicultural educators, and exchange best practices for supporting historically underrepresented and marginalized college student populations. Institute participants will engage in a multitude of topics related to multiculturalism, intercultural competency, cross-culturalism and social justice by focusing on race and ethnicity; sexual orientation; sex, gender, and gender identity; ability, nationality; religion and spirituality; and socioeconomic class.

The 2015 NMI will focus on the following themes:

  • Fostering Multiculturalism on Campus through Collaborations: How can different stakeholders on campus and in the community partner together and share information to supplement multicultural efforts to improve the overall campus climate? 
  • Violence Prevention and Social Unrest: What are best practices and structures on campus that enable the campus community to engage in effective comprehensive violence prevention, especially of discriminatory violence, and otherwise engage in meaningful dialogue about issues of equity, oppression, inclusion, discrimination, and social justice on our campus?
  •  Incorporating Theory with Research and Practice in Multicultural Efforts on Campus: How can we incorporate theory, narratives, research, in multicultural education, across disciplines, as it relates to underrepresented groups and identity development of students?
  • Immigration, Undocumented Students, and Identity: What are the implications of immigration in higher education across various factors of identity?
  • Technology as a Tool for Inclusion: How can media and technology be utilized to facilitate integration and understanding to create a more inclusive community?


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  • Faculty
  • New Professional
  • Mid-Level
  • Senior Level


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Call for Programs

At this time, our Call for Programs is now closed. Thank you for your submissions to the 2015 NASPA Multicultural Institute.

Below are the themes and topics that will be covered during the Institute.

Conference Themes & Suggested Topics

  • Fostering Multiculturalism on Campus through Collaborations

    How can different stakeholders on campus and in the community partner together and share information to supplement multicultural efforts toimprove the overall campus climate? Programs submitted under this themeshould help participants:

    • Gain knowledge of strategies for successful collaboration and communication;
    • Learn how campus and community partnerships positively influence the campus climate for diverse populations;
    • Identify key attributes of successful partnerships and collaborations; and
    • Develop strategies to determine campus climate needs and identify appropriate collaborative opportunities.

  • Violence Prevention and Social Unrest

    What are best practices and structures on campus that enable the campus

    community to engage in effective comprehensive violence prevention, especially of discriminatory violence, and otherwise engage in meaningful dialogue about issues of equity, oppression, inclusion, discrimination, and social justice on our campus? Programs submitted under this theme should help participants:

    • Develop strategies to support students, faculty, and staff in discussions around social unrest, its causes and consequences, and what we as a society can do about it;
    • Gain awareness of campus readiness and the impact of socio-political movements on our campus and community;
    • Reflect on the intersection of personal and political views with policies and procedures on college campuses;
    • Explore intersectional perspectives on equity, oppression, inclusion, discriminatory violence, and social justice on campus and in society;and
    • Learn about comprehensive violence prevention strategies, including primary, secondary and tertiary prevention strategies, for discriminatory violence that is directed at or disproportionately affects certain underrepresented, marginalized or otherwise oppressed groups.

  • Incorporating Theory with Research and Practice in Multicultural Efforts on Campus

    How can we incorporate theory, narratives,research, in multicultural education, across disciplines, as it relates to underrepresented groups and identity development of students? Programs submitted under this theme should help participants:

    • Learn foundational and new theoretical perspectives as they relate to working with students from diverse backgrounds;
    • Explore strategies to support diverse student populations and their identity development in a rapidly changing global context;
    • Develop strategies to incorporate theory into practical applications on campus; and
    • Identify ways to use theory and research to influence campus policy and practice.

  • Immigration, Undocumented Students, and Identity

    What are the implications of immigration in higher education across various factors of identity? Programs submitted under this theme should help participants:

    • Gain awareness of the impact of immigration and immigration policies on our work with students and how to respond to the influence of politics;
    • Learn strategies for advocating for policies and governance that support the needs of undocumented students;
    • Understand how immigration policy affects students across identities; and
    • Identify best practices in supporting undocumented students.

  • Technology as a tool for inclusion

    How can media and technology be utilized to facilitate integration and understanding to create a more inclusive community? Programs submitted under this theme should help participants:

    • Investigate ways to reach and engage diverse populations through technology;
    • Identify strategies to use media to educate on social justice and inclusion;
    • Gain techniques for using technology to build learning communities and peer connections; and
    • Understand ways in which technology continues to  influence campus climate and provide teachable moments.

Submission Timeline
  • September 7, 2015
    Call for Programs Deadline
  • Week of September 24, 2015
    Program Status Notification
  • October 1, 2015
    Early-Bird Registration 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 2015 NASPA Multicultural Institute.

Tiki Ayiku
Director of Educational Programs
Phone: 202-265-7500, ext 1184
Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


The 2015 NASPA Multicultural Institute Program Book is now available to download!

New for this year’s Institute are Flash Sessions. These programs will be taking place in Brickell North and Brickell Center on Friday, December 11 from 2:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. Designed to pack a lot of information in a short period of time, each room will host four to five 10-minute presentations, with time afterward for Q&A and conversations with the presenters.

Thu, Dec 10

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Registration Open
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Pre-Institute Workshops
1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Welcome and Opening Keynote
3:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions
Can You See Me Now? Visibility, Success & Executive Presence
Changing Department Culture to Serve International Students
Determined to DREAM: Student Advocacy meets Student Affairs
Developing White Allies: Promising Practices and Doing Our Self-Work
Drawn to Diversity: Community-fueled art as a response to social justice issues
Inclusive Multicultural Programming: Bringing Our Own Words to Action.
Masculine Disidentifications: Learning from Trans*Masculine College Students of Color
MCAE Forward: A New Vision of Multicultural Centers for Academic Excellence
4:45 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Concurrent Session
APIDA Racial Consciousness in the Age of Ferguson
Being E-NUFP for our Minority Students: Preparing Undergraduate Students for Careers in Student Affairs
Come as You Aren’t: Theme Parties on Campus
Confronting the Challenges of Undocumented Students in an Urban Institution
How to Document Impact and Success within and across Social Justice Centers
Integrating Social Justice and Leadership Education
Male Initiatives on Leadership and Excellence
Moving Towards Critical Professional Praxis
The One Hour Challenge: Social Justice Workshops with Limited Time and Diverse Agendas
6:00 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.
Opening Reception

Fri, Dec 11

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Registration Open
7:45 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Morning Keynote
9:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Mini - Institutes
A Student Affairs Approach to Developing a Multicultural Competence Strategic Plan
Defamation: The Play
Developing Inclusion Practitioners: A Critical Element for Creating Sustainable Change
Diversity and Inclusion Consulting in Higher Education: Best Practices and Lessons Learned
Islam and Islamophobia: Dispelling Myths to Confront Hate and Bias
Staying Centered in Social Justice: Four Practices for Commitment Engagement and Renewal
Where are the data: Effective Strategies for Diversity Reporting
11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Conference Break
1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions
A Restorative Approach to Diversity and Inclusion
At the Intersections During Historic Moments: Understanding the Current Experience of Queer People of Color in Higher Education
Beautiful Minds: The Psychology of High-Achieving Latino/a First Generation College Students
Coming Together to Create Inclusive Language Campaigns as a Tool for Violence Prevention
Coping with Racial Battle Fatigue: A Space for Professionals of Color
Creating Digitally Engaged #LGBT Campus Communities
From Silo to Center: Strengthening Connections Among Multicultural Student Programs
Strategic Partnership: A Framework for Connecting Underrepresented Students to Career Services
The Internationalization of College Campuses: Working With Non-U.S. Citizen Student Populations
2:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions
Global Leadership Brigade: Utilizing International and Domestic Students to Teach Global Leadership Topics
Illinois Intervenes: An Active Bystander Initiative
Starting (and Maintaining) the Revolution: A Case Study in Intercultural Social Justice Programming
The Dinner Table--Building Community and Competency Through Conversation
Using the Master’s Tools: An Honest Dialogue About Assessment
Multiracial Students with White Passing Privilege: What are Their/Our Stories?
Flash Sessions
A Different Approach: Bringing Inclusion to the Forefront
EVOLVE Student Engagement at the Intersection of Race and Gender
From their Voices: How Black Administrators Manage Racism in Higher Education
I Don’t Want Your Money, I Want Your Time: Fostering TRUE Collaboration
In Living Color: Socially Active Through Tragedy
Interrupting Adopteephobia: Engaging Emerging Transracial and Intercountry Adoptee Leadership in Higher Education
Queer Collaborations: Engaging Alumni to Support the Development of Students
SCIE Ambassador Program: Cultivating Inclusion Across the Health Sciences
4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions
Center for Inclusion Studies: Preparing Individuals to Lead Anywhere in the World
Conceptualizing the Development of Multicultural Capacities Among Students: An Integrated Multidimensional Framework and Application
First-Generation Professionals: Transcending the Narrative and Attaining Careers in Higher Education
Marriage Equality Passed: Now What?
Sharing our Journey: Muslims in Higher Education
Together We’re Better: Diversity &Inclusion and Student Affairs Collaborative Partnerships
Traitor or Token: Experiences of Negotiating Racial Identity in College
Social Media as Virtual Counter-Spaces for Minoritized Graduate Students

Sat, Dec 12

7:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Registration Open
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
Morning Keynote
9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions
Creating a Culture of Identity: Infusing Curriculum with Identity Development
Creating Inclusive Environments for Multiracial Students Across Campuses
Demonstrating the Need for Institutional Change With Climate Surveys
Developing a Career Development Curriculum for Queer-Identified Students
Further Conversation with Vernon Wall
Latino/a Parental Involvement & the Impact on the College Student Experience
Moving From Anti-Oppression to Liberation Focus: Strategies and Approaches
Using Social Justice Pedagogies to Build Community and Foster Change during Social Unrest
Re-approaching Allyship: A Radical Critical Reflective Practice
11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions
Exploring Our Class Backgrounds and Identities
Focusing on Our Diversity: Using Peer-Led Diversity Groups as a Tool to Promote Multicultural Awareness
Recruiting and Retaining Underrepresented Students for International Experiences
Rethinking Collaboration: Empowering Campus Communities to Realize Sustainable Change
Straight Outta Lunch: A Charged Conversation Sparks Campus-Wide Dialogue Series
Suited for Success: A Career Development Program Model
Using Critical Introspection to Advise Women in Multicultural Greek-Lettered Organizations
Exploring Sense of Belonging for Asian American College Students

Pre-Conference Programs & Events

OUR HEALTH MATTERS, Social Justice Change Agents: In it For the Long Haul

Thursday, December 10th • 09.00 AM – 12.00 PM

Presenters: Rev. Dr. Jamie Washington, Dr. Kathy Obear, and Dr. Becky Martinez

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The work of social justice, diversity and inclusion, multicultural and intercultural competence is never ending.  Many of us entered this work because of the pain of our own marginalization or wanting to end the pain of others.  These two entry points can often lead to burn out, fatigue, and disillusionment.  If we are to sustain our passion for a more just and caring world, we must get clear about the things that can get in the way and limit our success.  This session is designed for those who need a boost, and for those who are worried about sustainability in this work.  The presenters are faculty of the Social Justice Training Institute.  They bring more than 75 years of collective experience in this work.  Participants will:

  • Engage in an assessment of self care.
  • Consider the dynamics and challenges of doing this work in higher education.
  • Explore what kinds of support they need to sustain good health and passion
  • Consider next steps for taking care of self and preparing the next generation of social justice change agents.

Moving Forward: The Leadership Qualifications for Career Advancement

Thursday, December 10th • 09.00 AM – 12.00 PM

Presenter: Ellen Heffernan

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Achievement, success, focus, fear--what drives or inspires a professional to stay on track for a leadership role?  The Center for Talent & Innovation, whose mission is to drive ground-breaking research that leverages talent across the divides of gender, generation, geography, and culture, has provided research outlining the five value propositions most of us want from our work.  We want to:

  • Flourish
  • Excel
  • Reach for Meaning  and Purpose
  • Empower Others and  Be Empowered
  • Earn

To support talented women to stay on track it is important to share success stories about the joys and rewards of leading. When women professionals in the academy perceive that a leadership role will fulfill these five values and satisfy their aspirations it motivates them to stay the course. This pre-conference will begin with a panel of women leaders from higher education who will talk about perceptions of the top job and discuss the realities and benefits to strive for, and enjoy, in leadership positions.

The second part of the pre-conference will focus on what skills are necessary in considering a leadership role—from executive presence,  to political acumen, to sponsorship –how to navigate the leadership pathway and prepare for career advancement.

Understanding Trans Identities and Student Experience: An Introduction

Thursday, December 10th • 09.00 AM – 12.00 PM

Presenters: briana Sevigny and Jace Kirschner

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With Laverne Cox and Caitlyn Jenner making headlines, more and more people are talking about the transgender community.  But what exactly is the transgender community?  What does it mean to identify as “transgender”? How does the intersection of identities impact the experience? In this interactive, introductory level workshop, the presenters will define common (and not so common) vocabulary, bring in student voices to talk about their experiences being out on campus, and provide case studies to help participants consider the best ways they can support trans students.

This workshop is specifically designed for individuals with limited knowledge of the transgender community, or who are just beginning to do work on campus with trans students. A more advanced workshop, designed for those with more exposure to and understanding of the trans community, is planned for a mini-institute.


We invited you to register for the 2015 Multicultural Institute.

Registration Fees

04/01/2015 to 10/01/2015
10/02/2015 to 11/08/2015
after 11/09/2015
NASPA Member
NASPA Student Member
Pre-Institute Workshops


Tiki Ayiku
Director of Educational Programs
Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Phone: 202-265-7500, ext. 1184


View Registration Policies

Cancellation:  The cancellation deadline to receive a refund is October 1, 2015, less a $50.00 administrative fee.  No refunds will be given after the deadline for any reason.  All requests for cancellation and refunds must be in writing and sent to refund@naspa.org. This program may be cancelled or postponed due to unforeseen circumstances. In this case, fees will be refunded; however, NASPA will not be responsible for additional costs, charges, or expenses, including cancellation/change charges assessed by airlines, hotels, and/or travel agencies. NASPA is not responsible for weather or travel related problems and will not reimburse registration fees for these issues. 

Group Registration Discount: NASPA offers a discount for members registering in groups of two or more individuals from a single institution. To apply for this discount send a request in writing to events@naspa.org prior to applying payment to registration orders. Please include all registrants’ full names, the institution name, and the title of the event. The membership department will follow up for any additional information required and provide a personalized discount code each member of your group can use when processing payment.

Purchase Orders: NASPA does NOT accept purchase orders as a form of payment. For registrants requiring an invoice to have a check payment processed, please use the Bill Me payment method to complete your registration. The resulting invoice can be found and downloaded under the My NASPA section of the website (must be logged-in), by selecting the View Invoices link from the dropdown menu. Alternatively, email a request to Membership to have a PDF of your invoice sent to you. Bill Me registrations are considered complete and will hold your place in an event, however the balance due must be settled prior to attending.

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Additional Questions? Please contact the NASPA office at 202-265-7500 or via e-mail to events@naspa.org


  • Vijay Pendakur

    Vijay Pendakur

    Associate Vice President for Student Affairs
    California State University – Fullerton

    Speaker Bio

  • Kandy Mink Salas

    Kandy Mink Salas

    Program Director and Assistant Professor College Counseling and Student Development Program Department of Education
    Azusa Pacific University

    Speaker Bio

  • Vernon Wall

    Vernon Wall

    Founding Faculty, Social Justice Training Institute; Director of Business Development, LeaderShape, Inc.

    Speaker Bio


If you would like to exhibit at the 2015 NASPA Multicultural Institute please fill out the exhibitor application form and e-fax back all 3 pages to 202-204-8443 or scan and e-mail to skesek@naspa.org by November 6, 2015.

Gold Level
  • Defamation


Hyatt Regency Miami

Hyatt Regency Miami
Miami, FL

All conference activities will take place at the Hyatt Regency Miami

Discover our Miami hotel’s wide array of services and amenities, ranging from newly renovated spacious guestrooms to delicious on-site dining options. Our hotel’s striking white towers overlook the Miami River and Florida’s famed Biscayne Bay. Meeting planners and attendees alike will love our 100,000 square feet of flexible meeting space and our convenient connection to the Miami Convention Center. Enjoy easy access to Miami’s best attractions like Mary Brickell Village, the James L. Knight Center, Coral Gables, and the Latin flavor of Little Havana. Stay with us before or after a cruise, and enjoy our location just two miles from the Port of Miami.

Due to the overwhelming popularity of the Institute, the room block for the Hyatt Regency Miami has SOLD OUT. There are several hotels in the area that are within walking distance, such as the Courtyard Miami Downtown. Please note that while the Courtyard is not the host hotel and does not offer institute attendees special rates, it may be a good option for those still looking for lodging.

There are many different dining areas in the immediate vicinity around the hotel. Please review this list of local dining options.

Please Note: A deposit equal to one night's stay for each of the confirmed rooms will be due from individuals attending the meeting 14 days after the room is confirmed by the Hyatt Regency Miami, but no later than the cutoff date specified above. All deposits for individual room reservations are fully refundable if a room is cancelled, three days or more prior to the arrival date. Personal checks, money orders, or a valid American Express, Visa or Mastercard number and expiration date will be needed for the deposit. Name changes to room reservations may be made prior to arrival at no charge.

Hotel Room Rate/Night
Hyatt Regency Miami
400 South East Second Ave., Miami, FL 33131
(305) 358-1234
$159 - Single
$159 - Double
$184 - Triple
$209 - Quadruple
  • Travel

    Miami is serviced by Miami International Airport (MIA). The Hyatt is approximately 8 miles from the airport.

  • Transportation

    For more information on airport shuttles, please visit the Ground Transportation page of the MIA website. A shared ride shuttle to the Hyatt Regency is approximately $15 one-way.

    Taxi service is available only on the arrival (ground) level of the airport, outside of the baggage claim areas. For more information on taxi service and rates, please visit the Ground Transportation page of the MIA website.

    Rental Cars
    For more information on rental cars, including available companies and contact information, please visit the Rental Car section of the MIA website.

  • Weather

    Temperatures in Miami in December are around 75 degrees F. As the conference gets closer, please visit the Weather Channel for more information.

Additional Info

We hope that you will explore Miami, when not busy with the conference, or if you arrive in the city before the program begins. There are plenty of things to do and see if you are a first-time visitor or even if you have been to Miami many times. The official tourism website for Miami is one of the many online resources available to visitors.

The dress for NASPA events is business casual. 

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