Des Moines, Iowa welcomes NASPA Region IV-E for the Annual Conference, Nov. 3-5, 2019. Additional information and conference details will be available soon. Mark your calendar and check back often for details!
NASPA, with its early roots in Region IV-E, is embarking on its second century. Our 2019 theme “Rooted in our Values; Advocating for Change” acknowledges the foundation from which our profession has grown. From this strong foundation, we are able to extend in different directions to meet the needs of the diverse students we serve. We advocate for change to address inequity and injustice while poised to support the future needs of our students and of our profession.
This logo is inspired by Iowa’s official state tree, the bur oak. The bur oak provides shelter and food Iowa’s animals and birds, and is found in every county in Iowa. The logo was designed by Karen Riptoe, University of Michigan-Flint.
Do you know where you are?: Beginning with an Indigenous View of Place
Do you know where you are? is a question that further grounds the theme of the Annual Conference. In relation to land acknowledgements, Do you know where you are? asks us to consider the ways in which Native Nations maintain linguistic, cultural, and political continuity with locales and how, from time immemorial, their economies and educational systems have depended on access to lands and waters. The relevance of this understanding to the profession is that these economies and educational systems have been colonized by the same non-Native colleges and universities that Native students seek an education. This is to say, we live, learn, and work in locations that serve as the original contexts of learning for Native peoples. With all this in mind, the conference committee would like to acknowledge that in addition to the Meskwaki Nation—the only federally recognized tribe in the state of Iowa—there are over 54 Native Nations from 8 states (16 tribes from Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota; 27 tribes from Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin; and 11 tribes from Kansas and Oklahoma) who possess pre-colonial ties to the state of Iowa.
Message from Co-chairs
On behalf of the entire conference committee, we are excited to welcome you to beautiful Des Moines, Iowa. Our 2019 Conference theme of "Rooted in our Values: Advocating for Change" has a fitting home in Iowa. Iowa has a long history of being on the forefront of civil rights and social justice issue: ruling that a separate education was not equal in 1868 - over 50 years before Brown v. Board of Education; having the first state university in the nation to open all its degree programs to women; and legalizing same sex marriage long before it became federally allowed. Iowa shows its place on the national stage every four years with serious activism and advocacy in their first-in-the-nation presidential caucus. As NASPA enters its second century, our conference seeks to examine the connection between our historic and future values, and how we lead in advocating for change. Please consider joining us for three days which will be thought provoking, challenging, exciting, and energizing.