2019 NASPA Strategies Conferences

January 17 – January 19, 2019
Washington, DC

The 2019 NASPA Strategies Conferences will provide student affairs practitioners with the knowledge and skills to effectively address collegiate alcohol and drug abuse prevention, mental health, sexual violence prevention and response, and well-being through a variety of comprehensive and integrative approaches.

Your registration allows you to customize your program track even if your interests cover more than one topic - it's four conferences in one! 

Alcohol, Other Drug, and Violence Prevention
Mental Health
Sexual Violence Prevention and Response
Well-being and Health Promotion and Leadership

For information about the 2020 NASPA Strategies Conferences in New Orleans, LA, January 16-18, please click here.

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The convergence of the NASPA Alcohol, Other Drug, and Violence Prevention, Mental Health, Sexual Violence Prevention and Response, and the Well-Being and Health Promotion Leadership conferences allows campus practitioners a unique opportunity to learn, network and engage.

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National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)

NASPA has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5120. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. NASPA is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

Participants can receive a maximum of 12.5 clock hours for this event. Up to eight additional clock hours are available for attending pre-conference workshops. To receive credit, please complete a reporting form available at the registration desk. In addition, you must complete an online evaluation of individual sessions, which will be emailed to you shortly after the conference. A certificate of completion will be sent via email after the form has been processed and approved.

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National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. (NCHEC)

NASPA is a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 12.5 Category I continuing education contact hours (CHES) and up to nine Category I continuing education contact hours (MCHES) . If you attend a pre-conference workshop, up to five additional CHES contact hours are available. Poster sessions are not approved for CHES/MCHES contact hours.

To receive credit, please complete a paper evaluation of each individual session that you attend. Forms are available to pick up at the registration desk. A certificate of completion will be sent via email after the form has been processed and approved, and individual hours will be reported to NCHEC in April.

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National Association of Social Workers (NASW)

This program is approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval #86679822-3047) for a maximum of 18 continuing education contact hours.

To receive credit, please complete a reporting form available at the registration desk. In addition, you must complete an online evaluation of individual sessions, which will be emailed to you shortly after the conference. A certificate of completion will be sent via email after the form has been processed and approved.

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Continuing Education for Psychologists

NASPA thanks the Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors for sponsoring this continuing education opportunity for psychologists. Not all sessons are available for continuing education (CE) credit. Sessions which are eligible for APA credit are identified within the program book. A maximum of 12.5 continuing education hours are available for this program. Up to eight additional hours are available for attending pre-conference workshops.

Participants who would like to receive APA credit must stop by the registration desk to pick up the evaluation form packet and return it to the registration desk at the end of the event. APA certificates can only be given to the participant on-site and will not be mailed following the conference. You must complete the evaluation in order to receieve CEs. The Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors (AUCCCD) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. AUCCCD maintains responsibility for this program and its contents.

If you have questions about Continuing Education, please contact Teri Gillmor at tgillmor@naspa.org.


Presented By

Health, Safety, and Well-being Initiatives


This event is most likely to influence these groups.

  • Graduate
  • Mid-Level
  • New Professional
  • Senior Level
  • AVP or “Number Two”
  • Vice President for Student Affairs


Let others know you are coming!

Call for Programs

The 2019 NASPA Strategies Conferences are accepting program proposals from practitioners who are part of the critical and complex systems addressing student safety, health, and well-being. These functions are irreplaceable components of an environment conducive to learning and development, and the field of SA pros passionately dedicated to this work need your expertise. We invite you to consider submitting a program for this dynamic series of conferences and join us in January to optimize your own programs and services in the company of the largest student affairs health and wellness event in the field. As these focuses have blended across many functions of student services, our co-located Strategies Conferences allow you to customize your own track of professional development perfectly suited to the needs of your role. 

The conference planning committees encourage program proposals regarding proven practices with content that will engage participants in fruitful discussions and provide meaningful content to bring back to their campuses.

Successful proposals should include:

  • Lengthy description about session content that you will present.
  • Relationship of the program to the conference themes outlined on the website.
  • Identification of the program format (e.g., lecture, panel, debate) including methods for participant involvement (e.g., discussion, effective practice sharing, case study analysis).
  • Evidence of the conceptual foundation for proposal content including ways the program content is grounded in research, relevant experience, a cogent model, or appropriate theory.

Call for programs window is now closed. 

Conference Themes & Suggested Topics

  • Alcohol and Other Drug and Violence Prevention

    Conference Themes:

    • Current Trends and Emerging Issues
    • Evidence-Based and Evidence Informed Practices
    • The Strategic Prevention Framework
    • Campus or Community Coalitions and Partnerships

    Learning Outcomes:

    • Evaluate the scope of alcohol and other drug misuse prevention
    • Identify best practices for campus policies surrounding alcohol and other drugs
    • Explore replicable and adaptable evidence-based policies, programs, and practices
    • Identify sources and repositories for identifying evidence-based programs and strategies
    • Evaluate the capacity to implement prevention strategies on campus
    • Identify and evaluate health promotion efforts across a continuum of care, including recovery communities
    • Examine and evaluate how evidence-based prevention efforts can be modified to fit varying school demographics and resources
    • Understand cultural competency and its importance in evidence-based prevention efforts
    • Apply sustainability into all efforts in the spectrum of prevention and health promotion

  • Mental Health

    Conference Themes:

    • Current Trends and Issues
    • Access to Services
    • Successful and Innovative Solutions
    • Cultural and Identity Considerations
    • Cross-Campus Collaboration and Coordination 

    Learning Outcomes:

    • Evaluate the scope of student mental health problems on campus and better understand current trends and issues within student mental health
    • Discover and compare ideas to promote increased access and awareness of mental health services for students
    • Engage in conversations about innovative and effective programming to support student mental health
    • Understand the keys to successful cross-campus collaboration in mental health services
    • Discuss mental health needs of students within a context of power and privilege 
    • Explore ways in which mental health intersects with both violence prevention and response and substance abuse on campus to develop and enhance prevention, intervention and response

  • Sexual Violence Prevention and Response

    Conference Themes:

    • Compliance and Policy Strategies
    • Campus and Community Partnerships
    • Systemic and Social Justice Approaches to Prevention
    • Evidence-Based Practices

    Learning Outcomes:

    • Evaluate the scope of sexual violence on campus, incorporating an understanding of how issues of identity contribute to the incidence of sexual violence, as well as how a survivor experiences and responds to it
    • Identify strategies for developing or revising comprehensive campus sexual misconduct policies, including how they are impacted by the latest federal and state legislative policy updates 
    • Examine institutional systems and structures that contribute to the prevalence of violence, and explore social justice practices that foster more welcoming and inclusive 
    • Explore ways in which violence prevention intersects with both mental health and substance abuse on campus to develop and enhance prevention, intervention, and response
    • Develop and strengthen relationships between campuses and community service providers, in an effort to increase communication around and collaboration in prevention and response
    • Review best practices in: implementing sustainable, evidence-based prevention programs; improving campus response to violence and victims; and evaluating the impact of these efforts

  • Well-being and Health Promotion Leadership

    Conference Themes:

    • Navigating Systems and Infrastructure
    • Foundations and Essential References
    • Current Research, Innovations and Emerging Trends
    • Using Data to Inform Change

    Learning Outcomes:

    • ​Sessions that explore effective strategies for building relationships, collaborations, and working within and across disciplines, departments, organizations and communities
    • Sessions that discuss ways to expand and synergize environmental factors using a settings approach
    • Sessions that build capacity for leadership to inspire and create systemic change
    • Sessions that introduce foundational public health principles, concepts, rubrics, strategies, standards, guideline, theories, processes and/or skills for effective health promotion practice in higher education
    • Sessions that share the evolution of health promotion practice in higher education leading to a clear understanding of current industry standards
    • Sessions that discuss core knowledge and examine relevant case studies of quality health promotion practice for the field
    • Sessions that integrate new guidance in the field and implications for practice (e.g., Health Promoting Universities from Okanagan Charter, Cross-functional CAS standards of practice, Gallup-Healthways Well-being Data)
    • Sessions exploring the role of Senior Leadership (AVPs/VPs) in integrating health promotion to build an infrastructure that supports well-being
    • Sessions that explore the use of language to explain and delineate the work of health promotion - differentiating between 'buzz' words and the language of the field
    • Sessions that identify roadmaps for successful processes and collaborative practices for data collection and dissemination between and among stakeholders (e.g., housing and residential like, campus planners, enrollment management, equity and inclusion)
    • Sessions that explore ways to use various sources of data to inform, inspire, and shape a more complete narrative of health and well-being
    • Sessions that demonstrate strategic use of assessment and data to influence policies, systems, infrastructure, and other higher order change to reorient higher education to health and well-being 

Submission Timeline
  • September 28, 2018
    Call for Programs Deadline
  • October 24, 2018
    Presenter Notifications
  • November 2, 2018
    Presenter Confirmation Deadline

Writing Tips

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


Please contact NASPA if you have any further questions about submitting a program proposal for the 2019 NASPA Strategies Conferences.

David Arnold
Assistant Vice President for Health, Safety, and Well-being Initiatives
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Allison Tombros Korman

Senior Director, Culture of Respect
Phone: (202) 903-0653
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The schedule was designed to provide participants with interactive and engaging programming, opportunities for deeper discussion, and networking. As details are finalized, this schedule will be updated.

Full Schedule

Wed, Jan 16

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Pre-Conference Institute (Full Day)
Innovation for Well-being: Systems and Settings
Mental Health First Aid Training for Higher Education
12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Pre-Conference Institute (Full Day)
Peer Education Advisors Academy
2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Pre-Conference Session (Half Day)
Bridging the Gap from Research and Theory to Practice: Building Evidence-Informed Strategies for Preventing and Responding to Violence Against LGBTQIA+ Students
Building Effective Wellbeing Programs Through Evidence Evaluation
Design Thinking Crash Course
Tailoring a Comprehensive Public Health Framework to Assess the Needs of Students
The Role of Prevention in Addressing Opioid Overdose
Zero Suicide: Strategic Campus Consultation and Planning

Thu, Jan 17

8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Mini-Institute Sessions
A Deeper Dive: Using Your NCHA Data to Its Full Potential
A Multidimensional Understanding of Effective University and College Counseling Center Organizational Structures
Collaboration and Partnership: Working Together for a Safer Campus Experience
Creating a Culture of Care: Building a Multi-Issue Bystander Intervention Program
Engaging Parents in AOD Prevention and Intervention: Parental Influence, Opportunities, and Challenges
How To Craft Powerful Prevention Stories To Drive Institutional Support
On Collective Liberation: Disrupting White Supremacy in Our Prevention Efforts
Placing Protective Factors in the Center of Prevention Strategies: Moving Beyond Risk Factors, Risk Reduction, and Risk Aversion
Promoting Access, Collaboration, and Mental Health Outcomes Through Positive Psychology
The Importance of Strategic Planning in Prevention: Using a Strategic Prevention Framework for Colleges and Universities
We Wrote a Policy. Now What?
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Conference Break (Lunch on own)
1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Opening Session
Keynote Speaker
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Breakout Sessions
Creating and Implementing Effective Outreach Plans for Equity & Title IX Offices
Creating Effective Helping Structures: Exploring Philosophies and Models of College Counseling Centers
Engaging Residence Life in Prevention Efforts
Flourishing on Campus: Principles and Practice
From Acceptance to Graduation: Supporting Students in Recovery Throughout Their College Experience
Looking Back to Move Forward: Action Steps From The College Alcohol Survey
NatureRx: A Promising Upstream Approach to Support Student Mental Health & Well-Being
Reduce Student Loneliness, Build Social Connection: 5 Insights to Put into Action
Reinforcing Rape Culture? Assessing Prevention to Address Norms That Support Violence
SEC Roundtable
Supporting Student Resiliency: Building Staff Skills to Create a Network of Support
Texas Well-Being: Promoting Well-being in UT Learning Environments
The City Campus and the Country Campus: Effective Peer Education Programming Across the River
The Culture of Respect CORE Blueprint Program: Two Perspectives, One Journey
4:45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.
Breakout Sessions
Beyond Buzzwords: Developing a Culture of Peer Education
Collaborate and Listen: Working with Student Conduct, Housing, and Sorority and Fraternity Life
Culture of Respect: Building a Multidisciplined Campus Leadership Team
Engaging Men on Sexual Violence Prevention: Enabling Allies and Honoring Survivorship
Effective Strategies for Implementing, Analyzing, and Using Data from Sexual Violence Surveys
Finding the Hook: Outreach Strategies to Avoid, Reduce, or Quit Cannabis Use
From Bud to Boss: Moving into Management
Promoting Student-Athlete Well-Being by Conducting Annual Mental Health Screenings
Sleep: A Powerful Modifiable Risk Factor for Mental Health, Ideas for Assessment, Health Promotion, and Culture Change
The Anxiety Epidemic: Promoting Cultural Change on Campus Before It’s Too Late
Using Health Communication Campaigns to Promote & Advance Integrated Campus Well-Being Efforts
Wellness Check: How Staff Across Campus Can Engage in Conversations Around Well-Being
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Opening Reception and Poster Sessions
Addressing Students’ Mental Health Needs Through an Online Mental Health Literacy Program
Assessing the Impact of a Bystander Intervention Training at a Large Urban University
College Students and Self Deprecating Humor on Social Media
Differential Responses to Bystander Intervention Training
Female Title IX Coordinators and Inequitable Higher Education Organizational Structures
Hidden Figures: Building Cultural Capacity to Address Substance Use Among Black College Women
I CAN HELP Gatekeeper: Free Suicide Prevention, Basic Needs, Intersectional Identity, and Student Retention Training
Intervene: A New Evidence-Based Bystander Intervention Video for College Students
It's Contagious: Systems Approach to Chronic Illness Prevention
JUULing Epidemic: The Recent Alarming Increase in Young Adult E-Cigarette Use
Knowing YES! An Affirmative Consent Campaign
Participating in a Lesson Focused on Alcohol Use and Sex as Part of a Sexual Assault Prevention Program Impacts Sex-Related Alcohol Expectancies in College Students
Peer Led Efforts to Mitigate Alcohol-Related Risk Among College Students
Spirituality Uncovered
The DEA's Campus Drug Prevention Website

Fri, Jan 18

7:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
7:15 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Day One Exhibit Hours
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Breakfast with Exhibitors
8:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Extended Sessions
Spotlight Featured Extended Session:
Let’s Dance: Transforming Prevention Education Through Inclusive Excellence
Blurred Lines: Student Led Discussions of Rape Culture in the Black Community at HWIs
Building a Healthy Community: A Strategic Systems Approach Utilizing Health Coaches and Health Communication
Culture of Care: Collaborating Across Campus to Improve College Student Mental Health
Epic Fails in Prevention: Learning from Efforts that Don’t Work as Planned
“I Believe You”: Responsive Bystander Education on Campus
Interactive Introduction to the Strategic Prevention Framework
Overview of the Positive Culture Framework
Survivor Advocacy vs. Respondent Support: Navigating Services for Both Responsibly
Theory and Practice of Addressing Sexual Violence Across Educational Institutions: K-12 to the Workplace
Transforming the Lives of 20 Million Students by 2030: Co-Designing the 20x30 Movement
Transgender and Gender Nonbinary College Students' Wellbeing, Belongingness, and Success
10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Morning Break & Networking
10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Breakout Sessions & Conference Plenary Session
Angela J. Hattery & Earl Smith - Conference Plenary Session
A Social Marketing Approach to Addressing the Normalization of Stalking on College Campuses
A System-Wide Approach to Advancing Health Promotion
Data-Based Innovations: Strategies for Identifying Needs and Implementing Change
Engaging Statewide Coalitions in Collegiate Prevention Efforts
Exploring Opportunities to Elevate Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention Efforts In Response to Current Mission-Critical Priorities
From Data to Action: A Collaborative Approach to Assessing and Responding to Sexual Misconduct on Campus
Infusing Well-Being in Student Life: An Interdisciplinary, Academic Approach
Legal Remedies: A Model of Law School-Counseling Center Collaboration
Opportunities & Challenges: Harnessing Technology for Increased Access to CAPS Resources
Primary Care Screening of Anxiety Within a University Health Center
Reflections Toward Shared Visions for Healthier Campuses: Insights from Long-Term Advocates
Resilience: Collaborations & Partnerships to Promote Student Health
Technology to the Rescue: Creating a Tiered Approach to Mental Well-Being
Utilizing Student Feedback to Engage Peer Leaders In Challenging Conversations About Alcohol
11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Conference Break (Lunch on own)
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Breakout Sessions & Conference Plenary Session
Amelia M. Arria - Conference Plenary Session
Beyond NCAA Compliance: A Comprehensive Sexual Violence Prevention Strategy for Intercollegiate Athletics
Building Student Resilience
CHANGE: A Case Study
Creating a Mindfulness Movement in Higher Education: How to Create Space for Stillness
Engaging Academic Advisors in Reporting & Referring Distressed Students
Encore Session: Exploring Opportunities to Elevate Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention Efforts In Response to Current Mission-Critical Priorities
Improving Victim Services Through County Based Title IX Coalitions
Inclusion as Prevention: Engaging Underrepresented Students in AOD Prevention Efforts
Leveraging the Power of Gen Z for Effective Health Promotion Practices
Project CARE
Reaching In to Reach Out: One University's Journey in Developing a Student Well-Being Collaboration
Strategies for Engaging Student-Survivors in Campus Efforts to Address Sexual Violence
The New Cross-Functional CAS Standards for Advancing Health and Well-Being
2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Afternoon Break & Networking
2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Breakout Sessions
Advocating for Positive Wellness Results: Lessons Learned from Campus and Community Advocacy
Aiming High: A Data-Driven Approach to a Cannabis Education Messaging Campaign
At the Crossroads of Titles IX and VII: What We Can Learn and Do to Address Harassment and Violence on Campus
Beyond Peer Education: How to Utilize Near-Peers to Expand Reach
Culture of Respect: One University's Lessons Learned
Engaging Campuses and Communities as Partners to Address Underage Drinking: A Strategic Framework
Family Engagement as a Strategy for Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention and Education
Health Service Attitudes among LGBTQ College Students: Implications for Health Educators
Improving Help-Seeking Behaviors Through Data and Partnerships
In My Feelings: Facilitating a Healthy Relationship Series for Students
Review, Revise, Implement, Repeat: Keeping Your Program Relevant
Scalable & Personalized Interventions: A Universal Approach to Support Student Mental Health, Well-Being, and Success
The Evolution of a Program Proposal
That's a Wrap! Enhancing AOD Prevention and Education Messages Through Creative Video Marketing
Well-being: Implementing an Integrated Approach to Well-being that Impacts Student Success
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Breakout Sessions & Conference Plenary Session
Helen Stubbs - Conference Plenary Session
Aligning Prevention, Advocacy, and Intervention on Campus: Theoretical and Practical Strategies
Beyond BASICS: Current Implementation and New Ideas
Building Access and Trust with Greek Affiliated Students and Other High-Resistance Populations
Changing the Process to Change Behavior: Responding to Transported Students
College Counseling from a distance: Deciding Whether and When to Engage in Telemental Health Services
Creating Healthy Campuses by Championing Student Voices
Graduate/Professional Student Event Staff: Increasing Safety at Undergraduate Events through Public Health
Let's Go Team! A Game Plan to Build Resiliency for Women Who are Student Athletes
Mental Health Strategies: The Happiness Approach
Restorative Justice in Practice: Lessons and Insights from Campus Implementation
Smooth Sailing: Navigating a Sea of Prevention Opportunities
Tobacco Intervention Education (TIE) Revised: College Vape Programming
University of Michigan Dean of Students Critical Incident and Case Management Model: Utilizing Partnerships to Support Student Health & Well-Being
“What About Me?”: Exclusion and Invisibility in Sexual Violence Programming and Policy
5:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
Breakout Sessions
A Mixed-Methods Assessment of a Peer-Enforced Tobacco and Smoke-Free Policy at Large Urban University
Applying National Data to Local Programming: Bringing National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week to Campus
Athletics and Student Affairs Collaboration- 360 Proof Tips to Enhance Your Prevention Partnership
Context Matters: Well-Being at the Intersection of Movement and Healthy Design
Driving Innovation by Design: Harmonizing Service, Training, and Translational Research in Our Prevention Practice
Hashtags, Follows, and Likes Oh My!
Just What I AM: Multidimensional Competencies for Mental Health Stigmas
Self Discovery & Resilience: A Five Domain Model for Freshman Success and Culture Change
Sober Privilege: Recognizing the Impact of the Addiction Persona
Supporting the Supporter: Supervising Student Staff with Mental Health Diagnoses
Special Considerations: Social Work Ethics in Higher Education
Step Up! WFU: A Collaborative Process for Enhancing Social Responsibility
Team Effort: A Collaborative Approach to Implementing Gender-Based Violence Prevention Seminars
The Intersections of Equal Opportunity, Civil Rights & Title IX Offices in Higher Education
The Role of the Psychiatrist on the Modern College Campus
Unscrewing Ourselves: Teaching Truly Comprehensive Sex Ed
Working Past The Cliff: A Look At Vicarious Trauma In Your Work

Sat, Jan 19

7:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
7:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Day Two Exhibit Hours
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Breakfast with Exhibitors
8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Dr. Chicora Martin - Conference Closing Plenary Speaker
10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Breakout Sessions
Adventures in SBIRT: Our Experience Implementing SBIRT for Every Student Patient in the University Health Center
Building Strategic Collaborative Partnerships for Campus-wide Well-Being
Developing Culturally Responsive Peer Education Programs: Opportunities to Reach Underserved Populations
Engaging Coalition: An Effective Example of Multi-Tiered AOD Prevention Targeting a High-Risk Event from Wake Forest University
Health as an Interspecies System: Connecting with our Best Friends
Love Your Plate: Shaping a Holistic and Inclusive Food Culture on Campus
Usage and Perceived Utility of a Behavioral Intervention Team Program at a Large Urban Southeastern University
Waiting for the Great Leap Forward: Innovations in College Mental Health Systems
Youth Alcohol Use and Its Harms: Case Study in a Canadian Community
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Breakout Sessions
Addressing the Margins: An Intersectional Approach to Peer-Led Violence Prevention Programming
Campus Commitment to Hazing Prevention: A Research-informed Approach
Delta Advocates: Creating Change. Supporting our Sisters.
Developing Resilience and Fostering Well-Being: Helping Students Thrive
Growing Your Own Collegiate Recovery Community: A Grassroots Guide
Rewriting Justice: Supporting Secondary Survivors on College Campuses
The Benefits of Animal Assisted Interventions for College Student Well-Being
The Caregiver in Higher Education: Coping Strategies for You and Your Colleagues

Pre-Conference Programs & Events

The pre-conference workshops and institutes for the 2019 NASPA Strategies Conferences are listed below. There is an additional registration fee to attend pre-conference workshops and institutes, and they may be added to your conference registration at any time.

Mental Health First Aid Training for Higher Education

Wednesday, January 16th • 09.00 AM – 05.00 PM

Universities across the nation have seen an increase of complex mental health issues while strapped for financial and human resources. Now more than ever it is important that practitioners be able to respond to a developing or existing crisis. This pre-conference will train participants in Mental Health First Aid Training for Higher Education. This 8 hour training is evidence-based and highly interactive while giving an overview on how to recognize, respond, and connect individuals who have different types of illnesses to professional help.

Innovation for Well-being: Systems and Settings

Wednesday, January 16th • 09.00 AM – 05.00 PM

One of the joys of working on a college campus is the call to apply new knowledge, innovate and apply theory to practice. Historically, Student Affairs has fill the gaps and provided the social services, engagement activities and crisis response needed to retain students. Now we are asked to move beyond crisis intervention, leadership development, engagement and learning outcomes towards establishing foundational, proactive systems that have a holistic, integrated, and strategic approach to well-being at the institutional level for the whole campus community. During this session, the presenters will explore the successes and challenges faced while launching a Student Well-being Collective Impact and then consider conditions of Collective Impact enhance the process of creating a Campus Master Plan for Student Well-being. Interactive learning, table top case studies, and the development of potential cross sector intra-institution shared metrics will build capacity for practical application. Come learn about what systemic innovation looks like with Collective Impact and intentional health promoting environment based on a Campus Master Plan.

Peer Education Advisors Academy

Wednesday, January 16th • 12.00 PM – 05.00 PM

The role of a collegiate peer education advisor is complex, ever changing, and sometimes poorly defined. There is no handbook, training, or manual when it comes to working with peer education groups. At the NASPA Strategies Conference, The NASPA Advisor Academy will provide participants with the training, skills and knowledge needed to be an effective collegiate peer education advisor.

The Role of Prevention in Addressing Opioid Overdose

Wednesday, January 16th • 02.00 PM – 05.00 PM

Prevention plays a critical role in addressing the nation's opioid crisis yet engaging in efforts to prevent opioid misuse and opioid overdoses specifically may be new territory for many prevention practitioners. To support efforts in this area, prevention practitioners must understand the factors that increase an individual's risk for overdose, as well as the range of prevention strategies available to address these factors. Thus, after defining opioid overdose as a growing public health problem, this session will provide an overview of the factors known to elevate risk for opioid overdose and introduce interventions shown to lower that risk.

Zero Suicide: Strategic Campus Consultation and Planning

Wednesday, January 16th • 02.00 PM – 05.00 PM

Building on the last 2 years of presentations in this area at the NASPA Strategies Conferences, this pre-conference workshop will specifically focus on participant engagement with campus consultants/experts to develop and establish a campus-based Zero Suicide initiative. This workshop will briefly review the foundations of the international zero suicide initiative and adaptation and implantation on a college campus. Participants will engage in structured peer dialogue, peer consultation and strategic planning for their institutions, including engaging cross-campus collaborations, and developing initial assessment metrics.

Bridging the Gap from Research and Theory to Practice: Building evidence-informed strategies for preventing and responding to violence against LGBTQIA+ students

Wednesday, January 16th • 02.00 PM – 05.00 PM

This session will offer conference attendees an opportunity to use public health theory and research to inform their strategies for creating LGBTQIA+ inclusive services, policies, and programs. The presenter will provide an overview of relevant public health theories that inform our understanding of LGBTQ+ student health, review recent research findings related to how LGBTQIA+ students experience sexual violence, and provide space for attendees to translate that information into practical strategies for their work on campus. Attendees will leave this session with: a summary of recent research related to LGBTQIA+ students and sexual violence, a list of strategies for campus prevention and response work, and a list of key resources.

Design Thinking Crash Course

Wednesday, January 16th • 02.00 PM – 05.00 PM

Design thinking takes a human-centered approach to problem-solving in collaborative and innovative ways, producing services, programs, or experiences that better meets the needs of their users. While it has its roots in engineering, this process has broad application to student affairs as we design, implement, and assess services, programs, and experiences for our diverse student bodies. This interactive workshop will immerse participants into the design mindset and build the skills needed to apply it to challenges on their campuses.

Building Effective Well-being Programs through Evidence Evaluation

Wednesday, January 16th • 02.00 PM – 05.00 PM

Can't find the large-scale, evidence-based well-being programs you need? We will provide a simple set of tools you can apply to the data you already have to create effective, evidence-informed programming. Evidence-evaluation doesn't have to be complex, and the data you already have is invaluable. With a focus on Belonging, we will apply the tools through a series of guided exercises that you can take back to your campus. Bring your own Belonging programs and evidence, or use our examples.

Tailoring a Comprehensive Public Health Framework to Assess the Needs of Students

Wednesday, January 16th • 02.00 PM – 05.00 PM

The University of Chicago tailored the Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP) framework to conduct a comprehensive campus health needs assessment (CHNA) over the past year. The CHNA involved key constituents to identify student needs and ways the entire campus will work collaboratively to address those needs. This pre-conference workshop will be an interactive session taking participants through the CHNA process, teaching each phase and discussing how it can be replicated. All tools created/utilized will be shared.


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 you can pay the individual member rate for conference registration. Visit the Membership section of the NASPA website to learn about membership types.

The Strategies Conferences converges four events into one. Please select the conference which is most applicable to you, though you are welcome to attend sessions and presentations from any conference on site.

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Registration Fees

Early Registration
04/27/2018 to 11/07/2018
Regular Registration
11/08/2018 to 12/17/2018
Late Registration
after 12/18/2018
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Pre-Conference Full Day Institute


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Assistant Director of Health and Well-being Initiatives
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Phone: (202) 265-7500

David Arnold
Assistant Vice President for Health, Safety, and Well-Being Initiatives
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Phone: (202) 265-7500

Allison Tombros Korman
Senior Director, Culture of Respect
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Phone: (202) 265-7500


View Registration Policies

Refunds will be given for cancellations, received in writing by November 7, 2018, less a $50.00 processing fee. In addition, a processing fee of $50.00 per registration will be charged for credit cards declined.

Cancellation:  The cancellation deadline to receive a refund is November 7, 2018, less a $50.00 administrative fee.  No refunds will be given after the deadline for any reason.  All requests for cancellation and refunds must be in writing and sent to refund@naspa.org. 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.

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.


  • Angela J. Hattery

    Angela J. Hattery

    Professor and Director of the Women & Gender Studies Program at George Mason University

    Speaker Bio

  • Earl Smith, PhD

    Earl Smith, PhD

    Emeritus Professor of Sociology and the Rubin Distinguished Professor of American Ethnic Studies at Wake Forest University

    Speaker Bio

  • Renée Canady, PhD, MPA

    Renée Canady, PhD, MPA

    Chief Executive Officer - Michigan Public Health Institute

    Speaker Bio

  • Amelia M. Arria, PhD

    Amelia M. Arria, PhD

    Director of the Center on Young Adult Health and Development at the University of Maryland School of Public Health

    Speaker Bio

  • Helen Stubbs

    Helen Stubbs

    Senior Consultant at Gallup

    Speaker Bio

  • Chicora Martin

    Chicora Martin

    Vice President and Dean of Students for Mills College

    Speaker Bio


If you would like to exhibit or sponsor the 2019 NASPA Strategies, please fill out the exhibitor application form and e-fax back all pages to 202-903-0657 or scan and e-mail to kjerde@naspa.org by December 7, 2018. Questions? Contact Kristie Jacobsen Jerde by phone at 218-280-7578 or via email at kjerde@naspa.org.

Gold Level
  • EverFi
  • Pacifica
  • Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
Silver Level
  • Jed Foundation
  • 3rd Millennium
  • Catharsis Production
Bronze Level
  • 360 Proof
  • American College Health Association
  • Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Drug Misuse Prevention and Recovery
  • Alpha Point.me
  • Higher Education Case Managers Association
  • Prevent Connect
  • International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators
  • Office of Violence Against Women DOJ


Grand Hyatt Washington
Washington, DC

All conference activities will take place at the Grand Hyatt Washington, but this hotel is currently sold out of hotel rooms. See below for more housing options!

NASPA has secured an overflow block at the Hilton Garden Inn Washington DC Downtown, which is 0.3 miles or approximately a 7 minute walk from the Grand Hyatt Washington. Reserve a room here, or call the Hilton Garden Inn directly and make a reservation using the Group Code "NASPA".

NASPA has secured an additional overflow block at the Moxy Washington, DC Downtown, which is 0.2 miles or approximately a 6 minute walk from the Grand Hyatt Washington. Reserve a room here.

Additional Info

Joining #NASPAStrategies2019? View this document for Frequently Asked Questions and additional conference information.

Interested in Continuing Education (CE)? CE information is indicated in the program book and the mobile app; additional information can be found here .

Want to explore DC during the conference? Check out this local restaurant guide and self-guided memorial guide walking tour .

If you plan on attending the Women’s March on January 19, click here for additional information.

Women’s March on January 19, click here for additional information. Read NASPA’s statement regarding the Women’s March here .

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