2016 NASPA Region V Power of One

April 28 – April 30, 2016
University of Washington, Tacoma

The Power of One LGBT Student Leadership Conference is an established and sustainable conference and is housed administratively in NASPA's Region V. Each year different campuses bid to host this conference and continue the work to develop the leadership skills in our LGBT students.

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The Stanton-Webb Founder’s Scholarships

Named after two key campus activists within NASPA Region V, Dr. Heidi Stanton Schnebly and Dr. Leslie Webb, the scholarships seek to encourage attendance from states that have typically not attended as well as those campuses that are not central to the conference location. Our goal is to have attendees from all of the provinces and states within NASPA Region V. Stanton and Webb are integral in the Power of One Conference’s history and it is wonderful to increase student access in their names.

Scholarships will typically cover the registration costs and recipients will be determined by the hosting committee.

Letters requesting a scholarship for the 2016 conference should be submitted to hstanton@wsu.edu by January 8, 2016. Priority consideration will be given to those applications received before November 27, 2015, but additional decisions will be made on a rolling basis until funds are exhausted.

Criteria for the Scholarship

  • The applicant must be traveling from at least 200 miles outside the conference location
  • The applicant should demonstrate that they would otherwise be unable to attend due to financial barriers
  • The applicant must be currently enrolled at an institution of higher education. Applications are highly encouraged from those enrolled at campuses that have not previously attended the Power of One Conference

Letters of application should address the following:

  • How can we contact you? This needs to included your email address, phone number, and current mailing address
  • Why are you interested in attending the Power of One Conference?
  • In what ways do you hope to utilize the information gained at your home campus?
  • What kinds of additional financial support have you explored at your home campus and in your community?
  • Are there additional barriers to your attendance that you would like the host committee to take into consideration?


Presented By

Region V
2016 NASPA Region V Power of One


This event is most likely to influence these groups.

  • Students
  • Advisors
  • Professionals
  • Community Members


Let others know you are coming!

Call for Programs

This year’s conference theme is Education to Action. We want to not only focus on the mission of NASPA, but on how the missions of our programs, departments, and institutions impact our students. We want to honor those who have dedicated their lives as educators, developers, mentors, and service providers for our students. We recognize and honor the efforts student affairs professionals have made towards encouraging social justice and the continued work needed to create an equitable and just society.

We require presenters to focus on the six tracks of NASPA’s Power of One Conference- Ally Development, Gender, Health & Wellness, Social Justice, Leadership and Creative Arts. As student affairs professionals, NASPA members, and community advocates we strive to offer leadership, scholarship, and professional development to our students and community.

Proposals will be evaluated based on content; relevance to the conference theme and the Programming tracks for Power of One; evidence of clearly stated outcomes and objectives; contribution to the knowledge and practice of student affairs; and adherence to program submission guidelines.

Conference Themes & Suggested Topics

  • Ally Development

    Allies have long been a critical part of the movement and are a part of a successful future of equality. This track will explore the roles allies can play in changing campus climates as well as the roles that queer folks can fill as allies to other oppressed and marginalized groups.

    Sessions exploring this area might address some of the following questions:

    What kinds of support and education do or can we offer our allies?

    How does our movement include or exclude those in positions of privilege? 

    What information do our allies need to best advocate for change from their dominant social positions? 

    What does being an ally look like in a global sense?

    What road blocks do we encounter or create to celebrating their role in the community? 

    How can we help others become allies? 

    What can allies do to be even better allies? As members of the queer community, how do we act as allies for other groups? How do we address instances of racism, ageism, sexism, sizeism, ableism, classism, religious/faith-based discrimination within our community or work to include everyone in our own community?

  • Gender

    Gender is fundamentally about social interaction and relationships and is expressed in many different ways by many different identities and ways of knowing. Programs in this track will investigate new understandings of gender beyond the traditional binary system.

    Sessions exploring this area might address some of the following questions:

    How do individuals explore gender in their lives?

    How does deviating from the binary impact our lived experiences? 

    What educational outreaches have been successful on our campuses to create a climate that goes beyond that system? 

    What are our next steps? 

    How has the understanding of gender evolved through history? 

    How is gender understood in cultures and communities around the world? 

    In what ways are we seeing media embracing or not embracing a broader spectrum? 

    In what ways are our campuses still reinforcing a binary system? 

    What can we do to help others understand the intricacies of gender identity and expression? 

    How does gender intersect with other aspects of identity?

  • Health and Wellness

    In order to be successful in college and beyond, we must take care of our physical and emotional wellbeing. We face additional pressures when we become leaders and advocates and increase workloads in already busy lives. Programs in this track examine the ways in which we stay physically and emotionally healthy.

    Sessions exploring this area might address some of the following questions:

    What are the ways in which we can navigate healthy bodies and healthy lives?

    How do we manage stress? 

    What are stressors that are unique to our community members? 

    What programs have been successful on our campuses to help students explore sexuality and gender in safe ways? 

    How do we ask for and receive the types of inclusive healthcare we deserve? 

    Are our campuses providing this? 

    How are we reaching out to help others who don’t have adequate healthcare?

  • Social Justice

    Living proud as members of the queer community sets the stage for change, but we find that there are times when we must take more intentional action. Programs in this track will investigate strategies for actively changing the world in which we live.

    Sessions exploring this area might address some of the following questions:

    What are strategies for creating change on our campuses and in our communities and how do we promote greater understanding? 

    How do we successfully use the tools that we have to create change and communicate with administrators and politicians effectively? 

    What goes into successful rallies, petitions, speakers’ bureaus, or stand-ins?

    What is the history behind the movement and how does that impact our present? 

    How do I get involved in social justice work beyond college? 

    What positions of privilege do I have? 

    How do we communicate across difference to reach positive outcomes? 

    How do I participate in other systems of oppression? 

    How do I talk to others about systematic or internalized oppression? 

    In what ways can I help other movements? How does heterosexism intersect with racism, ageism, sexism, sizeism, ableism, classism, religious/faith-based discrimination, or others?

  • Leadership

    As individuals we all play a role in social change and it is our responsibility to harness our strengths to be the best contributors we can be. These programs will expand upon self exploration and group dynamics in ways that help us work together towards social change.

    Sessions exploring this area might address some of the following questions:

    What opportunities do we have for leadership roles beyond the campus environment?

    How do we build upon the legacy of their individual and collective strengths? 

    How do we lead such diverse groups when we are gathered around such a broad idea? 

    How do we manage conflicts amongst students, student groups, or with administration? 

    How do I confront others when I see an –ism in action in a way that leads to greater understanding? 

    What is your communication style and how does that impact your leadership? 

    What is your role as a student in leading movements or managing conflict, particularly in times of crises, economic challenges, and rapid change in the political environment?

  • Creative Arts

    Art concurrently examines and represents a culture and society. Programs in this track will examine how queer voices are representing themselves and exploring relevant topics. Presentations, panel discussions, exhibitions, and performances will all be considered; the program committee will negotiate with artists regarding space and logistical support for performances and exhibitions on a case-by-case basis.

    Sessions exploring this area might address some of the following questions:

    How do we express ourselves as a community and as individuals?

    How do we see who is present in our conference community and who is absent? 

    What matters to us that isn’t communicable through other methods? 

    Globally, what is the queer community? 

    How can we support the arts or how can the arts help our movement change society?

  • Advisors, Administrators, and Professionals

    We are simultaneously members of the community and allies/advocate for queer young adults. In an ever changing political environment, we must continue to educate ourselves to provide the best services possible. This track will highlight topics relevant to individuals currently working within higher education, social justice work, student affairs, etc.

    Sessions exploring this area might address some of the following questions:

    How do you walk the line between advocate and administrator?

    What are we doing that recruits or repels queer new professionals from doing ally advocacy work? 

    What challenges are we facing on our campuses and how are we confronting them? 

    How do you teach a rebel to be a leader? 

    How do we handle it when we feel victimized by the institutions we represent? 

    How do we best bridge generational gaps between our students, ourselves, and other administrators? 

    How do we develop student leaders to build upon the legacy of their individual and collective strengths? 

    What is the student role (or how do we help them find their role) in leading movements or managing conflict, particularly in times of crises, economic challenges, and rapid change in the political environment? 

    How can we help students who feel forced to choose one part of their identity over another?

    How do we create environments where all backgrounds are truly embraced?

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Submission Timeline
  • November 20, 2015
    Call for Programs Deadline
  • December 15, 2015
    Notification of Program Status

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 2016 NASPA Region V Power of One.

Heidi Stanton Schnebly

Phone: 509-335-8841
Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


All events will be in the William Phillip Hall Building on the UW-Tacoma Campus.

Thu, Apr 28

3:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Early Check-In Registration
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Drag Bingo

Fri, Apr 29

7:45 AM – 9:00 AM
Check-in and Continental Breakfast
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Welcome and Introductions
10:15 AM – 11:30 AM
Concurrent Session 1
11:30 AM – 11:45 AM
Break (Snack Table Available)
11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
Concurrent Session 2
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
2:45 PM – 4:00 PM
Concurrent Session 3
4:00 PM – 4:15 PM
4:15 PM – 5:30 PM
Concurrent Session 4
6:00 PM – 7:15 PM
7:15 PM – 7:30 PM
7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Keynote and Performance

Sat, Apr 30

7:45 AM – 8:45 AM
Continental Breakfast
9:00 AM – 10:15 AM
Writing on the Wall
10:15 AM – 10:30 AM
10:30 AM – 11:45 AM
12:00 PM – 12:45 PM
12:45 PM – 1:00 PM
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Call to Action
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM


Registration information can be found below:

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Registration Fees

Early Bird Registration
10/07/2015 to 02/28/2016
Regular Registration
02/29/2016 to 04/15/2016
Late Registration
04/16/2016 to 0420/2016
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