2019 NASPA Ujima Institute

November 07 – November 09, 2019
Florida Atlantic University

The inaugural 2019 NASPA Ujima Institute is designed for African American and Black higher education professionals who aspire to senior student affairs officer roles and faculty positions, including the cabinet-level vice president for student affairs positions at colleges and universities. The Institute is appropriate for emerging leaders in 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 student affairs professionals as they develop culturally relevant leadership skills that leverage their unique ethnic heritages and histories and prepare to lead increasingly diverse institutions.


About Ujima

Ujima is the third principle of Kwanzaa and embodies an active commitment to the collective and to shared liberation. Inherent to the principle of Ujima is sharing in one another's achievements and hardships. Ujima, as a practice, assumes that the reconstruction of the history and humanity of the African diaspora is a fundamental part of the struggle for human liberation. 

The principle of Ujima serves as the foundation for this institute, which has been envisioned and developed by senior level leaders committed to investing in building successive generations of student affairs leaders with the knowledge, skills, and competencies to build vibrant, diverse, global, and socially just higher education environments. 

about the institute model

In this cohort-based institute, participants will learn from senior student affairs leaders, who will share their journeys, lessons, and advice. To facilitate learning and enrichment, participants will be grouped for some parts of the institute into functional level tracks and for other parts of the institute into small group cohorts. 

This professional development pathways program is designed for self-identified Black and African American student affairs professionals with three or more years of higher education administrative experience. The application process will include an online form and submission of a current CV/resume. 


  • Chart a plan for professional growth that address key competencies, career discernment, and personal values
  • Experience safe space to share and strategize about navigating institutional challenges and politics with integrity and cultural alignment
  • Develop mentoring relationships with senior student affairs leaders invested in your success


Presented By


This event is most likely to influence these groups.

  • AVP or “Number Two”
  • Mid-Level


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Registration as a member is based on individual membership status.

Registration Fees

05/13/2019 to 08/26/2019
08/27/2019 to 10/01/2019


For registration matters, please contact:
Tonya Murphy, Assistant Director for Constituent Experience and Services
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Phone: (202) 265-7500, ext. 1183

For all other matters, please contact:
James Stascavage, Senior Director of Leadership and Senior Student Affairs Officers Initiatives
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Phone: (202) 719-1172


View Registration Policies

Refunds will be given for cancellations, received in writing by August 26, 2019, less a $50.00 processing fee. In addition, a processing fee of $50.00 per registration will be charged for credit cards declined.

Registration Cancellation Policy: Cancellation/refund deadline less a $50.00 administrative fee is August 26, 2019. This program may be canceled 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 issued after August 26, 2019 for any reason.

Substitutions: Given the application basis for selection, substitutions are not allowed by individuals who are unable to attend. 

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.


  • Nina Caldwell, Ed.D.

    Nina Caldwell, Ed.D.

    Vice President for Student Life
    Maryville University

    Faculty Bio

  • Phillip “Flapp” Cockrell, Ph.D.

    Phillip “Flapp” Cockrell, Ph.D.

    Vice President for Student Affairs
    University of Toledo

    Faculty Bio

  • Tammara Durham, Ed.D.

    Tammara Durham, Ed.D.

    Vice Provost for Student Affairs
    University of Kansas

    Faculty Bio

  • David E. Jones, Ed.D., Institute Co-Director

    David E. Jones, Ed.D., Institute Co-Director

    Director of the Paul Robeson Cultural Center
    Rutgers University-New Brunswick

    Faculty Bio

  • Felicia McGinty, Ed.D.

    Felicia McGinty, Ed.D.

    Executive Vice Chancellor for Administration and Planning
    Rutgers University–New Brunswick

    Faculty Bio

  • Brian McGowan, Ph.D.

    Brian McGowan, Ph.D.

    Associate Professor of Education and Associate Director of the Center for Teaching, Research, and Learning
    American University

    Faculty Bio

  • Robert N. Page, Jr.

    Robert N. Page, Jr.

    NASPA Fellow

    Faculty Bio

  • Crasha Townsend, Ph.D., Institute Co-Director

    Crasha Townsend, Ph.D., Institute Co-Director

    Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

    Faculty Bio


If you would like to exhibit or sponsor at the 2019 NASPA Ujima Institute or have any questions, contact Kristie Jerde by phone at 218-280-7578 or via email at kjerde@naspa.org. The deadline for sponsorships and exhibiting opportunities is October 18, 2019


Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton Campus

FAU Boca Raton
Boca Raton, FL

Conference activities will take place on campus at Florida Atlantic University's Boca Raton campus. Institute participants will receive information about hotel rooms and room rates when accepted to the program.

Transportation in Boca Raton

We expect most institute participants will stay at the Wyndham Boca Raton. Each day, shuttle transportation will be provided from the hotel to Florida Atlantic University and back.

Parking at Florida Atlantic University

Participants who choose to drive to campus will need to createa  profile at the Florida Atlantic Univeristy parking website. Once completed, please select a temporary ePermit. By purchasing a temporary ePermit, you will be entitled to park in any of the campus blue lots. Pricing is $5 per day (for a total of $15 throughout the Institute).

In order to complete this process, you will need your vehicle's licence plate number along with the state it was issues in as well as the make, model, and color of the vehicle. The Student Union will serve as the host site for the institute and we strongly recommend you park in Lot 16 or in Parking Garage 1 which are nearest to the Student Union.

Please note: you may not park in metered parking spots with your temporary ePermit.

Hotel Room Rate/Night
Wyndham Boca Raton
1950 Glades Rd, Boca Raton, FL 33431
$119 - Double $119 - King
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