2019 NASPA Region I Peer Education Spring Conference

February 24, 2019
College of the Holy Cross

We invite you to join us for the 2019 NASPA Region I Peer Education Spring Conference at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA, February 24, 2019! Peer educators from across the region will gather to share, learn, and inspire.

This event was formerly known as the BACCHUS Initiatives of NASPA Region I Spring Conference - all past attendees are welcome and encouraged to register!


The Health, Safety, and Well-being Initiatives of NASPA Regional Conference is a great opportunity for your peer education group to: 

  • Get new program ideas on a variety of health & wellness issues relevant to working with college students 
  • Gain new knowledge and skills to support your peer education efforts 
  • Network with other peer educators & advisors from across the region
  • Learn how to revitalize, recruit and reenergize your organization
  • Learn more about how the Health, Safety, and Well-being Initiatives of NASPA can support your efforts

There are numerous opportunities for student and advisor networking throughout the conference experience, both social and educational.  At this regional conference, peer educators gain the opportunity to connect with other peer educators in their own backyard, while advisors gain valuable time to discuss collaborative prospects for education and creating change across campuses. Whether you are able to bring your entire peer education group or just yourself, this experience is an incredible and rewarding opportunity to build and support our collective efforts in prevention and education.


Each year, Region I honors the work of outstanding peer educators and advisors at the regional conference by conferring awards. These awards include Outstanding Student, Outstanding Advisor, Outstanding Program, and Outstanding Peer Education Group. The award submissions are CLOSED.

Student Advisory Committee

The Health, Safety, and Well-being Initiatives of NASPA Student Advisory Committee (SAC) is a group of students who provide input and direction to the planning of student-focused efforts and events, including spring conference and General Assembly. The SAC is composed of one director, elected annually at General Assembly, and one representative from each of NASPA's seven regions. The regional representatives are selected through an application-based process. We encourage you to review the position description and application, and apply soon! Materials must be emailed to bacchusadmin@naspa.org by April 15, 2019.


Presented By

BACCHUS Initiatives of NASPA


This event is most likely to influence these groups.

  • Undergraduate


Let others know you are coming!

Call for Programs

Region I invites you to submit a program proposal to present a 60-minute breakout session at our Spring Conference. Proposals from peer education groups and advisors are given preference. Proposals from other staff, faculty and prevention professionals are also welcome.

Session topics may include advising skills and issues, peer education group issues, student leadership and development, nutrition and fitness, promoting mental health and wellness, sexual health and relationships, alcohol, tobacco and other drug prevention, or sexual violence prevention and response.

The Call for Programs is CLOSED. If you submitted a proposal, please keep an eye on your inbox for information about presenting!

Conference Themes & Suggested Topics

  • Health & Well-being

    All topics related to health and well-being at institutions of higher education are welcomed!

    • Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs
    • Sexual Health and Relationships
    • Mental Health
    • Nutrition and Fitness
    • Sexual Violence Prevention and Response​

  • Peer Education Group Issues

    • What are strategies to recruit and retain peer educators?
    • What models of peer education groups structure exist and how do they work?
    • How can peer educators evaluate their program effectiveness?
    • How can peer education groups involve a broader range of student sub-groups?
    • What makes a peer education retreat successful?
    • How do peer education groups deal constructively with conflict within the group?
    • What strategies and resources can peer education groups use to justify their work and funding to administrators and student government?​

  • Student Leadership and Development

    • ​What skills are needed for peer educators to be effective leaders?
    • What strategies can student leaders utilize to motivate peer educators?
    • What skills are needed to create change in peer education groups and on campus?
    • How can student leaders work productively with advisors and campus administrators?
    • How do peer educator student leadership skills translate to future academic pursuits and careers?
    • How can your work as a peer educator translate to the student affairs profession?

  • Advising Skills and Issues

    • What lessons can new advisors learn from experienced ones?
    • How can advisors operate a peer education group with minimal resources?​
    • How do advisors maintain excitement and engagement within the peer education group?
    • What are strategies for recruitment of new peer educators?
    • How can advisors better align learning objectives with peer educators' projects?

Submission Timeline
  • February 5, 2019
    Call for Programs Deadline CLOSED
  • February 12, 2019
    Program Selections Announced

Writing Tips

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


Please see the schedule here or the attached program guide for details on the event schedule!

Full Schedule

Sun, Feb 24

8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.
Registration and Breakfast
9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
Conference Welcome
Region I Conference Committee
9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Keynote Speaker
Paul Tran
10:25 a.m. – 11:25 a.m.
Breakout 1
LGBTQ&A: Recreating an Award-Winning Q&A for LGBTQ+ Students and Allies
Escape the Vape
The Relationship Peer Education Program: Prevention and Promotion Through Thoughtful Collaboration
Advising the Advisor: Enhancing Peer Education Supervision Through Resotrative Prolem Solving
11:35 a.m. – 12:35 p.m.
Breakout 2
Sunday Scaries: A New Concept in Tabling
Peer Ed and Your Future Career
That's a Good Question: Answering Difficult Questions and Establishing Boundaries
Happy Hour: Bringing STI Screening and Sexual Health Education to Students' Living Rooms
Advisor Roundtable
12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
1:55 p.m. – 2:55 p.m.
Breakout 3
The Relationship Peer Education Program: Prevention and Promotion Through Thoughtful Collaboration
Financial Wellness
Gathering Leaders Amongst Leaders: Enhancing Peer Education Leadership Through Restorative Problem Solving
Vibing with Student-Led Sex Ed
Advisor Roundtable
3:05 p.m. – 3:35 p.m.
Awards Ceremony
3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Breakout 4
Making Positive Health Messages Pop
Happiness Strategies
JUUL @ Your School
Two Truths & A Lie
Advisor Open Networking Session


Registration is based on NASPA institutional membership status. You do not need to be an individual or institutional member in order to create a profile to register online. If you or your institution are not members, visit the Membership section of the NASPA website to learn about membership types.

Registration is now closed.

Registration Fees

Registration Deadline
12/10/2018 to 02/15/2019
NASPA Member
Non NASPA Member


General Information
Health, Safety, and Well-being Initiatives of NASPA Staff
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Phone: 202.265.7500

Registration, Refunds, and Cancellations
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Cancellation/refund deadline less a $50.00 administrative fee is February 15, 2019. 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. Please click here to submit a refund request. Refunds will not be processed after February 15, 2019 for any reason.

Please allow 7-10 business days for processing. To inquire about the status of a refund after 10 business days, please send an email to refund@naspa.org.

Substitutions: Substitutions are allowed by individuals within the same institution/company. Substitutions should have the same member classification so that the payment is an even exchange transfer of payment. Additional charges may apply if the membership status is not the same. Please email your request for the substitute attendee to refund@naspa.org.

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 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.


College of the Holy Cross
Worcester, MA

Please join Region I for a day of learning at the College of the Holy Cross. The conference will take place in the Hogan Campus Center. Parking is available in the lot in front of the building. Check back soon for more information on the venue!

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  • Travel

    Boston Logan International Airport

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