2016 NASPA Escaleras Institute

October 23 – October 25, 2016
University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico

The NASPA Escaleras Institute – Latin@/x Student Affairs Professionals Scaling New Heights in Leadership is designed for Latin@/x student affairs professionals who aspire to senior student affairs officers roles, including the cabinet-level vice president for student affairs position, at colleges and universities.  The Institute is appropriate for emerging Latin@/x leaders in assistant/associate director, director, assistant/associate dean, dean, and AVP roles.  This three-day, cohort-based institute offers an intensive, challenging, and collegial learning environment for Latin@/x student affairs professionals as they develop culturally relevant leadership skills that leverage their unique ethnic heritages and histories.

As we expect the Institute to reach capacity quickly, applicants are encouraged to submit their applications as soon as possible.

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With the burgeoning population of Latin@/x students entering colleges and universities, the lack of higher education professionals serving as senior student affairs officers or vice presidents for student affairs who serve as role models and mentors has profoundly affected and will continue to impact the long-term prospects for Latino student success.

Escaleras participants will learn about critical core competencies, knowledge, skills, experiences, and abilities that are germane to assuming higher education leadership positions from current Latin@/x higher education and student affairs leaders. Participants will build essential senior student affairs officers and vice president for student affairs competencies with a cohort of Latin@/x higher education professionals who are dedicated to leading in a vibrant, diverse, global, and socially-just higher education environment.

About the Institute Model

In this cohort-based institute model, Escaleras participants will focus on the current research on Latin@s in higher education leadership, the pipeline and pathway to educational administration, as well as challenges and opportunities in leading as a Latin@/x at institutions of higher learning.  Unlike conferences where participants choose to participate (or not), Institute participants are expected to engage fully in all aspects of the Institute, including meals and Institute activities.

This professional development opportunity is designed for self-identified Latin@/x student affairs professionals with three or more years of experience in higher education. The application process includes completing an online application and submitting a current CV/resume.


Presented By


This event is most likely to influence these groups.

  • AVP or “Number Two”
  • Mid-Level
  • Deans of Students
  • Assistant/Associate Deans
  • Directors
  • Assistant/Associate Directors


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This selective professional development program is an institute.  Unlike conferences where participants choose to participate (or not) in concurrent sessions, during this institute all attendees will participate in the same cohort experience and are expected to engage fully in all aspects of the program including meals.  It is a very intensive experience, and the program will run into the evening on Sunday and Monday.  Please plan your travel so that you are able to participate in the entire institute.

The Institute will begin on Sunday, October 23 at 1:00pm and will conclude on Tuesday, October 25 at 12:30 p.m.  More information about the Institute schedule will be posted here as it becomes available.

Sun, Oct 23

1:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Institute Program

Mon, Oct 24

7:45 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Institute Program

Tue, Oct 25

7:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Pre-Conference Programs & Events

We are pleased to offer to participants of the 2016 NASPA Escaleras Institute two optional outings, one that will occur prior to the start of the Institute and one that will occur immediately following its conclusion.  The cancellation deadline to receive a refund for these outings is October 13, 2016.  (Please note that this deadline does not apply to the official institute.  The cancellation deadline to receive a refund for the official institute is September 23, 2016, less a $50.00 administrative fee.)  These outings are scheduled so that outing participants will not miss any official institute activities or programs.

Optional PRE-Institute Outing: Explore Albuquerque from Sandia Peak

Sunday, October 23rd • 08.30 AM – 11.30 AM

Come experience one of the most popular tourist attractions in New Mexico, the Sandia Peak Tram!

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The Sandia Peak Tram has the longest single tram section in the world. You will travel through four climate zones during your tram ride and enjoy an amazingly beautiful view of Albuquerque.  Join this optional, pre-institute outing and get to know your fellow participants before the institute begins on Sunday afternoon.  In addition to the ride and view, you'll enjoy a fantastic nature hike.  Your registration fee includes round-trip transportation from the institute hotel (the Sheraton Albuquerque Airport Hotel), snacks, water, and a boxed lunch. (Space is limited.)

Optional POST-Institute Outing: Explore Santa Fe

Tuesday, October 25th • 02.00 PM – 09.30 PM

Santa Fe is one of the most charming southwest cities that you will ever visit!

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It's tough to say goodbye to your fellow participants at the end of the Institute, so don't!  Surrounded by a diversity of architecture, history and art, Santa Fe (also known as “The City Different”) has a uniqueness of its own.  It is definitely a destination for world-class art. Come join us for a day to explore the oldest capital in the United States. If time permits we will explore some of the amazing New Mexico breweries.  Your registration fee includes round-trip transportation from the institute hotel (the Sheraton Albuquerque Airport Hotel), a walking tour, entrance to the famous Loretto Chapel, and dinner at the Cowgirl Cafe. (Space is limited.)


In an effort to create a meaningful and personal experience for you, enrollment for this institute is limited.  Applications are requested and admission decisions are made on a rolling basis. As we expect the Institute to reach capacity quickly, applicants are encouraged to submit their applications as soon as possible.  All applications must be submitted by September 5, 2016 for consideration.  Participants will be notified of application decisions not later than September 16, 2016.

Please be prepared to complete an application and attach a current C.V./resume. Participants should plan to arrive by Sunday, October 23 at 1:00pm and depart after the institute concludes on Tuesday, October 25 at 12:30 p.m.

Registration information will be provided with acceptance notifications.

Registration as a member is based on individual membership status. If you are employed by a college or university that is an institutional member, you can join as an individual member at the $75 rate. If your institution is NOT a member, then you will need to join at the associate affiliate rate of $242 and then you can pay the individual member rate for conference registration. This 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 Available

NASPA is able to offer a limited number of scholarships to applicants who would otherwise be unable to attend the Institute.  Each scholarship of $375.00 will be applied to the accepted applicant's registration fee.  This amount covers the entire registration fee for NASPA members who register by the early bird registration deadline of September 23, 2016.  Scholarship applications are due by September 9, 2016, and applicants will be notified of decisions by, September 16, 2016.  You can access the scholarship application here.

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Registration Fees

Early Bird
before 09/24/2016
after 09/23/2016


Tonya Murphy
Member Services Coordinator
Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Phone: 202-265-7500 ext. 1183


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Tonya Murphy
Member Services Coordinator
Email: tmurphy@naspa.org
Phone: 202-265-7500 ext. 1183


Cancellation:  The cancellation deadline to receive a refund is September 23, 2016, 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.

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 Mepayment 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 theView 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.

Click here to view NASPA’s complete Payment Policies and Procedures.

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


Accomplished student affairs leaders from a variety of institutional types will serve as the Institute's faculty.

  • Mary Jo Gonzales, Institute Director

    Mary Jo Gonzales, Institute Director

    Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students
    University of Rhode Island
  • Angela Batista

    Angela Batista

    Interim Chief Diversity Officer
    Oregon State University
  • Anthony Cruz

    Anthony Cruz

    Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs
    St. Louis Community College
  • Magdalena de la Teja

    Magdalena de la Teja

    Vice President for Student Development Services
    Tarrant County College, Northeast Campus
  • Osvaldo Del Valle

    Osvaldo Del Valle

    Doctoral Student, Educational Leadership
    San Francisco State University
  • Tim Gutierrez

    Tim Gutierrez

    Associate Vice President, Student Services
    University of New Mexico
  • Tonantzin Oseguera

    Tonantzin Oseguera

    Dean of Students
    California State University-Fullerton


  • Amber Garrison Duncan

    Amber Garrison Duncan

    Evaluation Officer and Strategy Officer
    Lumina Foundation

    Speaker Bio

  • Ellen Heffernan

    Ellen Heffernan

    Spelman Johnson

    Speaker Bio

  • Kevin Kruger

    Kevin Kruger


    Speaker Bio

  • Elizabeth Palacios

    Elizabeth Palacios

    Dean for Student Development
    Baylor University

    Speaker Bio


University of New Mexico

University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, New Mexico

All institute activities will take place on the beautiful campus of the University of New Mexico.

The Sheraton Albuquerque Airport Hotel has arranged special room rates for institute attendees starting at $109/night (not including 13.19% state and local taxes). Reservations must be made by Monday, October 10, 2016.  Please make your reservations as soon as possible, as hotel blocks tend to sell out for NASPA events.  To book a room online, please click here.  To book a room by phone, please call 505-843-7000 and mention the group name "NASPA".

Hotel Room Rate/Night
Sheraton Albuquerque Airport Hotel
2910 Yale Boulevard S.E., Albuquerque, NM 87106
$109 - Single/Double
  • Travel

    The closest airport to the institute location is Albuquerque International Sunport (ABQ). The Institute hotel, the Sheraton Albuquerque Airport Hotel, is approximately 0.1 miles from the airport. Additionally, for those traveling by train, there is an Amtrak station approximately 4 miles from the Sheraton Albuquerque Airport Hotel and two miles from the UNM campus.

  • Transportation

    Taxis and Shuttles
    For more information about taxi and shuttle service, please visit the Ground Transportation page of the ABQ website.

    Rental Cars
    For more information about rental cars, including available companies and contact information, please visit the Rental Cars page of the ABQ website.

    Hotel Shuttle
    The Sheraton Albuquerque Airport Hotel will offer complimentary transportation to and from the University of Mexico for all institute attendees.

  • Weather

    Temperatures in New Mexico in October are in the high-60s F during the day and mid-40s F in the evening. As the institute gets closer, please visit the Weather Channel for more information.

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