2019 NASPA Multicultural Institute: Advancing Equity and Inclusive Practice

December 08 – December 10, 2019
Hyatt Regency New Orleans | New Orleans, LA

The 2019 NASPA Multicultural Institute: Advancing Equity and Inclusive Practice is the premier event for student affairs and academic affairs professionals who are seeking an interactive forum that combines thought-provoking keynote speakers, challenging educational sessions, and opportunities for resource and idea sharing. The Institute exists to connect those with responsibilities for and those who are passionate about multicultural education at institutions across the country.

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The Professional Competency Areas for Student Affairs Practitioners approved by NASPA specify that knowledge and skills related to equity, diversity, and inclusion are an expectation of all practitioners regardless of their area of specialization or positional role within the field. The NASPA Multicultural Institute is intentionally designed for student affairs practitioners and administrators to further expand their own awareness, further develop skills as a multicultural educators, and exchange best practices for supporting traditionally underrepresented and historically disenfranchised college student populations. Institute participants will engage in a multitude of topics related to multiculturalism, intercultural competency, cross-culturalism and social justice by focusing on race and ethnicity; sexual orientation; sex; gender; and gender identity; ability, nationality; religion and spirituality; and socioecomic class.

The 2019 NMI will focus on the following themes:

  • Establishing and Strengthening Pathways for Success for Minoritized Groups

    How are campuses surfacing and removing structural barriers to success and building open pathways that enhance access, persistence, and graduation of minoritized groups?

    Programs submitted under this theme should help participants:

    • Learn about collaborative strategies and mechanisms that facilitate awareness and agency of cross-campus partners to identify and remove structural barriers to success
    • Develop training and development programs to enhance the intercultural understanding and capacity of students, staff, and faculty
    • Learn about innovative identity-conscious programs that meet particular challenges and needs associated with students’ diverse and intersecting backgrounds and experiences, including but not limited to those of students of color, students with disabilities, students who identify in the LGBTQ+ community, and international students
    • Build awareness of and capacity to use asset- and strength-based approaches in creating programs and services
  • Preventing and Responding to Violence, Trauma, and Social Unrest

    What proven practices and mechanisms enable campus communities to prepare for and respond effectively to violence and social unrest through meaningful and consistent engagement with issues of equity, inclusion, and social justice?

    Programs submitted under this theme should help participants:

    • Understand the human and emotional dimensions of preparation for and response to traumatic events
    • Navigate potential conflicts between personal and institutional politics, decision-making, and accountability
    • Gain awareness and skills to prepare and support campus communities to respond and heal in the wake of unrest, trauma, and violence
    • Explore and learn to work with differing perspectives on equity, oppression, inclusion, and social justice on campus and in society
    • Learn about comprehensive violence and trauma prevention strategies, including primary, secondary, and tertiary mechanisms, for discriminatory violence directed at or disproportionately affecting minoritized groups
    • Build skills to critically consume, evaluate, and leverage media that informs prevention and response to violence, trauma, and social unrest
  • Enhancing Innovative Praxis of Research, Theory, and Practice

    In what ways can we foster, propagate, and apply research that spans boundaries, developmental models that speak to intersectional lives, and innovative practices that advance inclusion and equity?

    Programs submitted under this theme should help participants:

    • Learn foundational and emerging theoretical perspectives that support work with students with diverse experiences
    • Develop strategies to integrate theory and practice in tangible ways to influence campus policy and practice
    • Learn and apply innovative, research-informed strategies that enhance inclusion and justice
    • Discern or further develop a scholar-practitioner identity
  • Balancing and Enacting Healthy, Brave Spaces and Open Expression

    How do campuses unpack the false dichotomy between open expression and so-called “safe spaces” and reframe the needs for healthy, brave curricular and co-curricular spaces that cultivate students’ critical thinking and capacity to be change agents?

    Programs submitted under this theme should help participants:

    • Recast safe spaces as sites of liberation,authentic expression, and learning
    • Develop frameworks for brave spaces that open up opportunities for cross-campus collaboration and that help institutions understand their importance to learning and inclusion
    • Learn strategies to create brave spaces that facilitate negotiation of meaning and representation, conflict navigation, knowledge production, and intersectional identity exploration and expression
  • Fostering Development of Effective Civic and Democratic Engagement for Justice

    In what ways are campuses preparing students with the skills and capacities for collective work with and in diverse communities to enact sustainable change for the common good?

    Programs submitted under this theme should help participants:

    • Envision the key features of a thriving democracy that centers issues of equity and justice
    • Learn how campus and community partnerships positively influence sense of belonging and wellbeing for diverse populations
    • Understand the knowledge, skills, and perspectives needed in order to create and contribute to a thriving democracy
    • Learn innovative approaches to integrate civic and democratic engagement in the work of inclusion and diversity on campuses
    • Explore ways to build institutional cultures, infrastructure, and relationships that facilitate civic and democratic engagement


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Call for Programs

The Call for Programs is now closed. Thank you to the record number of you who submitted program proposals and who served as program reviewers!

Submission Timeline
  • July 26, 2019
    Call for Programs Deadline

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Sun, Dec 08

8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Registration Open
8:30 am – 5:30 pm
Exhibiting Hours
9:00 am – 12:00pm
Pre-Institute Workshops
1:30 pm – 2:45 pm
Welcome and Opening Keynote
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Concurrent Sessions, Block 1
Syllabus vs. Soapbox: Bringing your Personal Beliefs into Student Interactions
Strengthening our Capacity to Promote Social Justice Through Student Facilitated Dialogue
The Cost of Free Speech: Exploring the Opacity Between Advocate and Employee in identity centers on campus
Black Spaces Matter: Student Perceptions at the National Society of Black Engineers Convention
Recruiting and Retaining Male Students of Color: A University and College of Education Partnership
Cross-Functional Campus Partnerships: Advancing Inclusion for Trans and Nonbinary Communities in Higher Education
Responding to Hate: Addressing Bias Incidents and Hate Crimes on Campus
Institutional Flatlining: Understanding Barriers and Building Opportunities for Undergraduate African American Men
Sex-Plus: Promoting Gender Equity Through the Concurrent Application of Civil Rights Laws
Creating a Culture of Belonging and Inclusion
Articulation and Equity: Making credits count for community college transfer students
Advocates for Inclusive Mentoring
4:15 pm – 5:15 pm
Concurrent Sessions, Block 2
Introducing the Invisible Man
Supporting First-Generation Scholars through Curriculum
Equity Tank: A Mode for Critical Inquiry and Change
What’s Your Story: Focusing on Student Assets Not Deficits Through Storytelling Funds of Knowledge and CCW
Keeping the car running: Supporting commuter students of color
New Practices to Increase Academic Success of AAPI Immigrants
A Pilot Program to Engage Alumni of Color at a PWI
Advancing Equity with Intrusive Multi-Year Programming for Underrepresented Students
Providing Tools on How to Create a Supportive Environment for Black and Brown Male Students
Social Justice Learning Communities: Results and Implications from a National Benchmark Analysis
Establishing Equitable Mentoring Programs in Higher Education
Comparing Our Notes At the Intersection of Race Gender and Sexual Assault
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Opening Reception

Mon, Dec 09

7:00 am – 8:15 am
7:00 am – 4:00 pm
Exhibiting Hours
7:30 am – 5:00 pm
Registration Open
8:15 am – 9:30 am
Keynote Presentation
9:45 am – 11:45 am
Extended Learning Sessions
11:45 am – 1:00 pm
Lunch on Your Own
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Concurrent Sessions, Block 3; Learning Labs
2:15 pm – 3:15/3:30 pm
Concurrent Sessions, Block 4; Roundtables
3:15 pm – 3:45 pm
3:45 pm – 4:45 pm
Concurrent Sessions, Block 5
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Concurrent Sessions, Block 6

Tue, Dec 10

7:30 am – 8:30 am
7:30 am – 11:00 am
Registration Open
8:30 am – 9:30 am
Concurrent Sessions, Block 7
9:45 am – 11:45 am
Extended Learning Sessions
12:00 pm – 12:45pm
Conference Closing

Pre-Conference Programs & Events

Pre-Conference Workshop #1: Preparing for the Role of a Chief Diversity Officer

Sunday, December 8th • 09.00 AM – 12.00 PM

Presented by Ellen Heffernan, President, Spelman Johnson, and Robert Page, NASPA Fellow

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This pre-conference session will be of particular benefit to professionals seeking to move into the role of Chief Diversity Officer (CDO). Over the past two decades the role of the college or university chief diversity officer has changed significantly. Today’s colleges and universities have expanded the CDO role to support their strategic commitment to a broadly diverse and inclusive campus community, and consequently CDOs have become facilitators of that strategy. There are now multiple pathways to the CDO role and this session will outline the qualifications, characteristics, skills, and experiences that institutions of higher education seek as they evaluate candidates as well as discuss the continued evolution of the role.

Pre-Conference Workshop #2: Place Based Community Engagement: A Campus and Community-Wide Approach to Fostering Inclusive Excellence

Sunday, December 8th • 09.00 AM – 12.00 PM

Presented by Kent Koth, Executive Director, Seattle University Center for Community Engagement, and Erica Yamamura, Consultant

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Widely known through the work of the Harlem Children’s Zone and the federal government’s Promise and Choice Neighborhood programs, geographically specific community engagement initiatives have the potential to positively address the challenges of inequity and injustice within our communities. While we may be familiar with these types of place-based initiatives from non-profit organizations or governmental grants, less is known about this type of strategy in higher education. This pre-institute workshop will include a presentation of a recent national study and the facilitators’ recent book on place-based community engagement in higher education, followed by an exploration of several of the most salient topics arising from this promising new strategy.


Registration as a member is based on individual membership status.

• If you are employed by a college or university that is an institutional member, you can join as an individual member at the $75 rate. This gives you the conference registration and a year of membership for less than the non-member registration fee.
• If your institution is NOT a member, then you will need to join at the associate affiliate rate of $242, and then then pay the individual member rate for conference registration. Visit the membership section of the NASPA website to learn more about membership types.

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Registration Fees

Early-Bird Registration
before 10/11/2019
Regular Registration
10/12/2019 to 11/12/2019
Late Registration
after 11/13/2019
NASPA Member
Student Member
Pre-Conference Half-Day Institute


Tonya Murphy
Assistant Director of Constituent Experience and Services
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Phone: 202-265-7500 ext: 1183

Monica Nixon
Assistant Vice President for Equity, Inclusion, and Social Justice
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Phone: 202-719-1195


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Refunds will be given for cancellations, received in writing by Friday, October 11, 2019, less a $50.00 processing fee. In addition, a processing fee of $50.00 per registration will be charges for credit cards declined.

Registration Cancellation Policy: Cancellation/refund deadline less a $50.00 administrative fee is October 11, 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.

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 processes, 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 the View Invoices link from the drop down menu. Alternatively, email a request to membership@naspa.org to have a PDF of your invoice sent to you. Bill Me registrations are considered complete and will hold your place in the event, however the balance due must be settled prior to attending.

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Additional Questions? Please contact the NASPA office at 202-265-7500 or via email at events@naspa.org.


Complementing a full schedule of concurrent workshops, roundtables, learning labs, and extended learning sessions, our slate of speakers will engage NMI participants in critical conversation about advancing equity and inclusive practice. 

  • Kent Koth

    Kent Koth

    Executive Director, Center for Community Engagement
    Seattle University

    Speaker Bio

  • D-L Stewart

    D-L Stewart

    Professor, School of Education; Co-Coordinator of Student Affairs in Higher Education; Co-Director of Campus Initiatives for the Race and In
    Colorado State University

    Speaker Bio

  • Erica Yamamura

    Erica Yamamura

    Independent Higher Education Consultant

    Speaker Bio


If you would like to exhibit at or sponsor the 2019 NASPA Multicultural Institute, e-mail Kristie Jacobsen Jerde at  kjerde@naspa.org by November 1, 2019 with the sponsor and exhibitor form.  Questions? Contact Kristie Jacobsen Jerde by phone at 218.280.7578 or via email kjerde@naspa.org 


Hyatt Regency New Orleans
New Orleans, Louisiana

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

Discover the culture of the Crescent City at Hyatt Regency New Orleans. The property is centered downtown near Champions Square, Smoothie King Center, and minutes from the historic French Quarter, Arts District, and Mississippi Riverfront. There’s no better place from which to explore the eclectic vibrancy of New Orleans. 

Reserve your hotel in the NASPA room block by clicking on the button below.



NASPA has partnered with Airport Shuttle, Inc., the official ground transportation provider for the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, to provide discounted transportation for conference attendees.

A one-way Uber ride to/from hotel can cost around $35. The discounted shuttle cost for attendees is $40 round trip per person or $20 one-way per person.

CLICK HERE to reserve your shuttle as soon as you receive your flight information or no later than 24 hours prior to your flight. The discount only applies to reservations made through this web portal.

 Please note:

  • Wheelchair accessible service is available

  • First three bags per passenger are free

  • Attendees can both make and change existing reservations online.

Hotel Room Rate/Night
Hyatt Regency New Orleans
601 Loyola Avenue, New Orleans, Louisiana, United States, 70113
$189 - Single $189 - Double $199 - Triple $209 - Quadruple
  • Travel

    New Orleans, LA is serviced by Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) . The hotel is approximately 14.5 miles from MSY.

  • Weather

    Temperatures in New Orleans, LA in December average in the mid 60s during the day. Please visit the Weather Channel before you travel for the most up to date information regarding weather.

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