2018 NASPA Religious, Secular, and Spiritual Identities Conference

December 09 – December 11, 2018
New Orleans, La.

The 2018 NASPA Religious, Secular, and Spiritual Identities Conference is designed to focus on the themes of Identity, Community, Leadership, and Research amalgamating for conversation and collective action in regards to Religious, Secular, and Spiritual initiatives in higher education. This conference will address the intersectionality of identity, religion, and spirituality with students, community members, and professionals and how those entities converge through one's work and collegiate experience. Furthermore, the content presented through the 2018 RSSI Conference will be reflective of research and policy and is intended to spark thoughtful conversation, strategic action, and enhancement of professional practice towards creating more socially just and inclusive campus environments that support religious, secular, and spiritual exploration and practice in our communities. 

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The 2018 NASPA Religious, Secular, and Spiritual Identities Conference is designed for higher education faculty, administrators, students, campus ministers, chaplains, religious professionals, interfaith educators, as well as university affiliates and partners that work in and want to work in religious, secular, and spiritual endeavors.  This professional development opportunity is intended for:

  • Student Affairs Professionals
  • University Chaplains, Campus Minsters, & Religious Professionals
  • Faculty Members and Researchers
  • Graduate Students

This innovative three-day/two-night professional development opportunity will help attendees to:

  • Advance skills, gain knowledge and build a depth of understanding in religious, spiritual, and secular identities within higher education.
  • Develop a toolkit of programs and strategies to enhance campuses ability to engage in religious, spiritual, and secular work.
  • Recognize the complex ways that privilege, oppression, and intersectionality connect to religious and philosophical identity in higher education.
  • Discuss opportunities in which religion and spirituality are components of creating more socially just and civically engaged campus communities.
  • Create intentional and collaborative partnerships between student affairs professionals, chaplains, and religious professionals.
  • ​​Build a culture of religious, spiritual, and philosophical appreciation and engagement on college campus

Want to learn more about NASPA's Religious, Secular, and Spiritual Identities intiaitives prior to the conference?

Click Here to Watch the Religious, Secular, and Spiritual Identities Townhall Discussion 

The Townhall is supported by NASPA and the Interfaith Youth Core.


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Call for Programs

The conference planning committee sought proposals that enhance and progress the conversation of religious, secular, and spiritual identity on college campuses. Presenters were asked to identify the intended audience for their session, as well as, ACPA/NASPA Professional Competencies that the session will address.  Additionally, the conference planning committee selected programs based upon the program's' relationship to the conference topics and learning outcomes. 

Proposals will be evaluated based on:

  • content (is your proposal clearly articulated?); 
  • relevance to a intended audience;
  • evidence of clearly stated outcomes and objectives;
  • contribution to the knowledge and practice of student affairs educators and religious, secular, and spiritual professionals within our communities. 

For the 2018 NASPA Religious, Secular, and Spiritual Identities conference meeting, the planning committee identified these types of programs and/or papers to provide a holistic conference experience:

General Interest Session - A 60-minute presentation session that is ideal for a panel or multiple presenters submitting together. This is an option in which a presentation might include programs or papers on scholarship, research, campus and/or community programs, partnerships, and background information. This session provides an opportunity to gather input from other meeting participants in an intimate setting. This session is intended for individuals or concise group presentations on trending topics.

Mini-Institute - A 120-minute highly interactive session that teaches promising practices to enhance religious, secular, and spiritual identity development in the classroom, on campus and/or in the community.

Exploration Session - A 60 minute presenter-facilitated exploration of religious, secular, and spiritual identities. This might include facilitating a prayer, ritual, tradition, meditation, or embodied experience session. This session is intended for participants to experience different practices of faiths, beliefs, and identities.

Roundtable Reflection - A 60-minute presenter-facilitated discussion that allows participants to more deeply engage with an idea, program, research, or to reflect on their conference experience unencumbered by technology. Roundtable Reflection sessions will occur simultaneously in the plenary space. 

Research- or Program-Based Poster Session - A session that allows presenter(s) to share an idea, a program or a specific topic. One-on-one interactions facilitated by a poster session help the presenter(s) gather feedback from conference attendees on their ideas, data, analysis, and/or results. 

Looking for tips on writing an effective NASPA proposal? See sample submissions and formatting tips in our Program Submission Guidelines.

Submission Timeline
  • September 10, 2018
    Call for Proposals Closed
  • September 30, 2018
    Coordinating Presenters Notified of Program Proposal 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 2018 NASPA Religious, Secular, and Spiritual Identities Conference.

Stephanie King
Director for Civic Engagement and Knowledge Community Initiatives
Phone: 202.719.1193
Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


The 2018 NASPA Religous, Secular, and Spiritual Identities Conference provides opportunities for formal and informal connections, as well as a variety of learning spaces.

Full Schedule

Sun, Dec 09

8:30 a.m. – Noon
Pre-conference Workshops
1:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Conference Welcome
1:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Opening Plenary
2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions
5:15 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Opening Reception with Poster Sessions

Mon, Dec 10

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Roundtable Discussions
9:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Mini-Institute Sessions
Noon – 1:00 p.m.
Lunch on Your Own
1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Plenary Session
2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions
3:30 p.m. – 4:30p.m.
Exploration Sessions
4:45 p.m. – 5:45p.m.
Concurrent Sessions

Tue, Dec 11

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Roundtable Discussions
9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Closing Plenary:
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Exploration Sessions
11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions

Pre-Conference Programs & Events

The NASPA Religious, Secular, and Spiritual Identities Conference planning team is thrilled to offer three pre-conference workshops for this year's conference. Learn more about each of the pre-conference sessions:

Embedding Interfaith Learning into Curricular and Co-curricular Spaces

Sunday, December 9th • 08.30 AM – 12.00 PM

This pre-conference opportunity will focus on integrating interfaith components into curricular and co-curricular spaces.

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Through presentations from Interfaith Youth Core and campus leaders, the session will explore concrete tactics to guide collaborative curriculum development toward interfaith learning, prepare and support faculty and staff to teach, and lead and facilitate conversations around worldview diversity productively. Highlighting national research from IDEALS and promising pedagogical practices for the field, this session will provide participants with opportunities to consider their own pedagogy, course development strategies, programs, and goals for creating or revising curricular and co-curricular offerings. The session will address emerging trends and challenges from recently-created courses and programs to assist participants in working through their own institutional context and already-existing campus assets to facilitate a curriculum that prioritizes engaging worldview diversity and interfaith cooperation. Participants looking to improve existing programs or plan new initiatives are all welcome to join. 

Power, Privilege, and Oppression: Facing Christian Hegemony in Higher Education

Sunday, December 9th • 08.30 AM – 12.00 PM

This pre-conference opportunity will focus on the transformative moment in higher education for increasing the diversity of religious, secular, and spiritual identities.

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Created first by Christian denominations, and later heavily influenced by cultural norms in the public square, higher education has been molded and shaped by a single religious tradition – Christianity. From the dominance of Protestant chaplaincy to the university calendar, the lack of institutional policies and practices have reified the marginality of religiously minoritized identities, producing an increased strain on the field of higher education as the United States navigates a contentious yet possibly transformative moment for the diverse religious, secular, and spiritual identities. 

Religion, Secularism and Spirituality in NASPA: Where We’ve Been, Where We Are, And Where We’re Going

Sunday, December 9th • 08.30 AM – 12.00 PM

This pre-conference opportunity will focus on exploring the work of secularism, spirituality, and religious identities in NASPA's next 100 years.

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As NASPA celebrates its 100th anniversary, the Spiritually and Religion in Higher Education Knowledge Community is looking back at “Where We’ve Been” by examining the historical context of religious [and spirituality] movements in American history, and on college campuses. Throughout this session, facilitators will explore with participants “Where We Are” by looking at interfaith assessment, social justice work, #DigitalFaith, and multifaith spaces at colleges and universities. Additionally, the presenters will look ahead with attendees at “Where We’re Going” through a panel of nationally recognized leaders in religion, spirituality, and secular engagement.


Registration is based on NASPA institutional or individual membership status. If you or your institution are not members, visit the Membership section of the NASPA website to learn about membership types.

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Registration Fees

06/01/2018 to 11/04/2018
11/04/2018 to 12/02/2018
12/03/2018 to 12/11/2018
NASPA Member
Non-NASPA Member
NASPA Student Member
Pre-conference Workshop NASPA Member
Pre-conference Workshop Non-NASPA member


Stephanie King
Director of Civic Engagement and Knowledge Community Initiatives
Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Phone: 202.719.1193

NASPA Membership
Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Phone: 202-265-7500


View Registration Policies

Refunds will be given for cancellations, received in writing by November 4, 2018, less a $50.00 processing fee. In addition, a processing fee of $50.00 per registration will be charged for credit cards declined. We are unable to change payment methods after the initial payment is processed.

With prior approval, substitutions are allowed by individuals within the same institution/ company. Substitution information must come in writing from the registered participant to sking@naspa.org. The institutional membership status of the substitute must be the same as the registrant in order to have the same registration fee applied. Additional charges may apply if the membership status is not the same.

The conference may be cancelled or postponed due to unforeseen circumstances. In this case, registration 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-related travel delays or other issues in regard to personal travel and no refunds will be given due to these occurrences.

NOTE: All requests for cancellation and refunds must be in writing to sking@naspa.org. Due to our food and beverage requirements, no refunds will be granted after November 4, 2018. Registration Questions? Contact the NASPA office at 202-265-7500 or via e-mail at events@naspa.org.


  • Abdullah Antepli

    Abdullah Antepli

    Chief Representative of Muslim Affairs and Adjunct Faculty of Islamic Studies
    Duke University

    Speaker Bio

  • Jennifer Bailey

    Jennifer Bailey

    Founder and Executive Director
    Faith Matters Network

    Speaker Bio

  • Mary Ellen Giess

    Mary Ellen Giess

    Senior Director of Co-curricular Partnerships
    Interfaith Youth Core

    Speaker Bio

  • Monica Nixon

    Monica Nixon

    Assistant Vice President for Equity, Inclusion, and Social Justice

    Speaker Bio

  • Czarina Ramsay

    Czarina Ramsay

    Assistant Dean of Ethnic & Intercultural Student Services (EIS)
    Loyola Marymount University

    Speaker Bio

  • Mike Segawa

    Mike Segawa

    Vice President for Student Affairs
    Pitzer College

    Speaker Bio

  • Rev. Dave Wright

    Rev. Dave Wright

    University Chaplain and Director for Spiritual Life and Civic Engagement
    University of Puget Sound

    Speaker Bio


If you would like to exhibit or sponsor at the NASPA Religious, Secular, and Spiritual Identities Conference please fill out the exhibitor application form. Please e-fax to 202-204-8443 or scan and e-mail the application to kjerde@naspa.org by November 4, 2018. Questions? Contact Kristie Jerde by phone at 218-280-7578 or via email at kjerde@naspa.org


Hyatt Regency New Orleans

Hyatt Regency New Orleans
New Orleans, LA

All conference activities will take place at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans.

NASPA has arranged special room rates for conference attendees at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans starting at $149/night (The rates are subject to applicable tax, which is currently 14% and 1.75% Tourism Assessment plus $3.00 occupancy fee per room, per night. ). The cut-off date to receive the conference room rate is Wednesday, November 28, 2018. Rooms in the conference block may sell out prior to the cut-off date, so please make your reservation as soon as possible.  Attendees can make their reservations by calling the Hyatt Regency New Orleans at 504.561.1234 and referencing the "NASPA" room block. 

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Hotel Room Rate/Night
Hyatt Regency New Orleans
601 Loyola Ave, New Orleans, LA 70113
(504) 561-1234
$149 - Single/Double $174 - Triple $199 - Quad
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