2016 NASPA International Symposium

March 12 – March 13, 2016
Indianapolis, IN

Join us in Indianapolis, IN (USA) for the 21st NASPA International Symposium and NASPA Annual Conference. The International Symposium is a day and a half pre-conference event (12-13 March  2016) that will explore global issues in student affairs and services and higher education. The event format will include keynote presentations, concurrent sessions, interactive discussions and social opportunities.

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As the field of student affairs continues to develop globally, focused opportunities for an intentional, international exchange of ideas are becoming more critical. The NASPA International Symposium facilitates the advancement of a global discussion and worldwide understanding of student affairs as a field, and, in many countries, a profession. The International Symposium expands on the conference theme by including global perspectives. A key Symposium goal is to invite and explore new perspectives, and to create new connections in order to bridge global boundaries.

As a result of attending the International Symposium, we hope that participants will be able to:

  • Express increased awareness and knowledge of regional trends and international perspectives on student affairs and services;
  • Network with new contacts and colleagues from multiple regions of the world;
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills that can be used to promote internationally-oriented practice, professional dialogue, and research


Presented By


This event is most likely to influence these groups.

  • New Professional
  • AVP or “Number Two”
  • Mid-Level
  • Vice President for Student Affairs
  • Graduate


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Call for Programs

Every year, the Symposium organizers send out a Call for Programs to select the speakers and develop program content that is relevant to the Symposium attendees from different parts of the world. A planning committee reviews the proposals and invites the panelists and facilitators. The peer review process ensures rigor and relevance of the selected programs.

The call for programs is now closed.

Conference Themes & Suggested Topics

Submission Timeline
  • December 6, 2015
    Call for Programs 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 2016 NASPA International Symposium.

Jacqueline Beaulieu
International Symposium Director
Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Sat, Mar 12

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Symposium Check-In
3:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
First Time Attendee Meeting
4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Welcome and Opening Session
6:00 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.
Opening Reception
7:15 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Optional Dinner & Dialogue

Sun, Mar 13

7:45 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Continental Breakfast
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Symposium Check-In
8:30 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
Morning Plenary Session
9:20 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions I
IASAS Conversation: Supporting Student Success & Wellbeing in Times of World Strife
Social Entrepreneurship in Student Affairs: an Innovative Approach from the Yucatan Peninsula
Preparing Emiratis for Higher Education: Experience and Training of UAE High School Counselors
Out Standing in the Field: Global Voices on Student Affairs Practice
Building a Supportive Campus Environment for LGBT International Students
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions II
Student-Centered Approaches to Conflict Resolution: Lessons from Liberia
MIMPRENDO Project: Soft Skills Development for Youth Employability
Internationalization of Student Affairs in the US from 1951-1996
Exploring the Impact of International Student Services Through the Lens of Residence Life
Featured Panel: Multiple Perspectives on Peer Education and Involvement
11:40 a.m. – 12:40 p.m.
Internationalization Book Panel
12:45 p.m. – 1:35 p.m.
Celebration Luncheon
1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions III
Global Competence or Colonialism? Short-Term Study Tours in Higher Education
Globalizing Identities: Supporting Global Nomads and Third Culture Kids Through Repatriation
5 Things Student Affairs Professionals Can do to Support International Students
Shifting the Landscape: Pillars of Success and Marketability for Emerging Global Professionals
2:50 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions IV
Academic Integrity & International Students: Considerations for Programming at New Student Orientation
Professional Associations and Internationalizing Higher Education: Connections and Networks
Using Professional Competencies in a Global Context to Mentor the Next Generation
Creating Culturally Responsive Student Living
4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Closing Session
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
NASPA Annual Conference Opening Session



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