2019 NASPA Region V/VI Peer Education Spring Conference: Thriving as a Peer Educator

March 29 – March 30, 2019
Ogden, UT

We invite you to join us for the 2019 NASPA Region V/VI Peer Education Spring Conference on March 29 - 30, 2019 at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah! Peer educators and advisors from across the regions will gather to share, learn, and inspire.

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The NASPA Regional Peer Education Spring Conference is a great opportunity for your peer education group to:

  • Get new program ideas on a variety of health and wellness issues relevant to working with college students
  • Gain new knowledge and skills to support your peer education efforts
  • Network with other peer educators and advisors from across the regions
  • 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 V and Region VI honor 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 deadline for nominations is March 8, 2019.

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 V and Region VI invites you to submit a program proposal to present a 50-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.

Conference Themes & Suggested Topics

  • Health & Safety

    All topics related to health and safety 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?

Submit Your
Proposal Online

Submit Proposal
Submission Timeline
  • March 1, 2019
    Call for Programs Deadline (Extended)
  • March 8, 2019
    Programs Selections Announced

Writing Tips

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


Check out the full conference schedule here.

Fri, Mar 29

4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
6:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Welcome & Ice Breaker
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Short Keynote
Marcia White
8:00 PM
Social/Mingling/NIght Out on the Town

Sat, Mar 30

8:30 AM – 9:00 AM
Registration & Breakfast Snacks
9:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Welcome & Conference Overview
9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
Breakout Session 1
Advisor Roundtable
Building a Community for First Generation College Students Once Mentor at a Time
Building Your Mental Health Toolkit
We are Many Things, but Not All Things: Peer Mentors' Roles and Development
10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
Breakout Session 2
A Student Leadership Model for Peer Education
Facts on Tap: Interactive Alcohol Education Strategies
Microwaved Chopped
Pre-Health Professions Mentoring Program
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Lunch and Keynote
Rebecca Chavez-Houck
12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
Breakout Session 3
Academic Peer Coaching: Forging Connections on Campus
Helping Students Manage their Stress through Peer-Based Mental Health Support
Let's Connect: The Building Blocks of Networking
Pointing Out Student Leaders and Volunteers
1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
Breakout Session 4
A Hidden Gem: Creating a Campus Well Space
Effective Awards Writing Skills for Leaders and Mentors
Facilitating Social Identitty Conversations
Vaping Info Session
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Large Group Activity
3:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Closing Ceremony


Registration is based on NASPA institutional or individual membership status. If your peer education group is part of a college or university that is an institutional member, you and your group can register as many advisors/students as you would like at the member rate. 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

Regular Registration Deadline
01/09/2019 to 03/15/2019
NASPA Member
NASPA Non-Member


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

Registration, Refunds, and Cancellations
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  • Marcia White

    Marcia White

    Council Member
    Ogden City

    Speaker Bio

  • Rebecca Chavez-Houck

    Rebecca Chavez-Houck

    Former Member
    Utah State House of Representatives

    Speaker Bio


Friday, March 29th Location

Weber State University Downtown
Ogden, UT

Friday night keynote and social gathering will be located at Weber State University Downtown

Parking can be found behind building and long streets

Hotel Room Rate/Night
Courtyard Ogden
247 24th Street, Ogden, UT 84401
Hotel website: https://www.marriott.com/events/start.mi?id=1551481785071&key=GRP
$112 - King $112 - Two Queens
Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Ogden
2401 Washington Blvd, Ogden, UT 84401
Hotel website: http://hamptoninn.hilton.com/en/hp/groups/personalized/O/OGDUTHX-NAS-20190328/index.jhtml
$109 - King

Saturday, March 30th Location

Weber State University, Shepherd Union
Ogden, UT

Saturday breakout sessions and keynote will be located at Weber State University, Shepherd Union

Parking is free on Saturdays anywhere on campus

Additional Info

Looking for information on what to do, where to stay, and where to eat in Ogden, UT? Check out the Visit Ogden website to plan your stay!

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