2017 NASPA Region I Annual Conference

November 12 - November 15, 2017
Springfield, MA

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Click here to donate to the 20th Annual NASPA R1 Silent Auction!

The money raised through the Silent Auction supports the SALT undergraduate conference and select regional award winners.The possibilities for donations are endless – artwork, tickets, vacation homes, jewelry, home décor, novelty gifts, etc. The more creative the better! For ideas, check out the Silent Auction Pinterest page!


The NASPA Region I Conference is the premier student affairs professional development and networking opportunity in the region.

The mission of the NASPA Region I Conference is to provide opportunities for networking and creating professional connections, sharing ideas and innovative practices, and exploring new topics and issues in student affairs

The Region I Conference Committee strives to create an inclusive environment for all attendees, such that everyone has equal access to participate in programs and all perspectives are valued and appreciated.

The Region I Conference aspires to be an outstanding professional development opportunity for all student affairs professionals in regards to strengthening skills, acquiring knowledge related to student development and student affairs, and developing meaningful connections with peers and colleagues.

Participants will leave the Region I Conference with renewed energy and passion for their work and for improving the lives of their students.

If anyone has any questions about the Region I Annual Conference, please contact Dave Golden, Region I Conference Chair, at goldend@merrimack.edu


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This event is most likely to influence these groups.

  • New Professional
  • Mid-Level
  • Senior Level
  • Faculty

Call for Programs

Call for Programs is closed.

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Important Dates
  • May 01, 2017: Call for Programs/Call for Reviewers Opens
  • June 19, 2017: Call for Reviewers due
  • June 30, 2017: Call for Programs Submissions due
  • August 07, 2017: Program Decisions sent
  • August 14, 2017: Early Registration Opens
  • September 15, 2017: Early Registration Closes
  • November 03, 2017: Regular Registration Closes
  • November 06, 2017: Late Registration Closes


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Conference Schedule at a Glance:

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Full Schedule

Sun, Nov 12

9:00am – 5:00pm
Ubuntu Institute
12:00pm – 1:00pm
SALT Registration
1:00pm – 8:30pm
Student Affairs Leaders of Tomorrow (SALT) Conference
1:00pm – 5:00pm
Conference Registration
3:00pm – 5:00pm
Advisory Board Meeting
5:00pm – 6:00pm
SALT Reception and Networking
Advisory Board Dinner
6:30pm – 8:30pm
SSAO Institute Dinner
8:30pm – 11:00pm
Early Bird Reception

Mon, Nov 13

8:00am – 5:00pm
Conference Registration & Volunteer Table
8:00am – 1:00pm
SSAO Institute
9:00am – 12:00pm
Environmental Justice Service Learning Project at Gardening The Community (GTC)
9:00am – 1:00pm
Student Affairs Leaders of Tomorrow (SALT) Conference
11:00am – 12:45pm
Lunch & Learn Pre-Conference Workshops
11:45am – 12:15pm
Volunteer Meeting
12:00pm – 5:00pm
Silent Auction & Marketplace Open
12:15pm – 12:45pm
First Time Attendee Orientation
1:00pm – 2:00pm
Welcome & Opening Keynote
2:30pm – 4:30pm
Faculty Summit
2:30pm – 3:30pm
Education Session Block 1
3:45pm – 4:45pm
Education Session Block 2
5:00pm – 6:00pm
Education Session Block 3
6:30pm – 8:00pm
Off-Site Reception
7:00pm – 9:30pm
Dinner Out on the Town
9:30pm – 11:00pm
Entertainment & KC Receptions

Tue, Nov 14

8:00am – 11:00am
Conference Registration
8:15am – 9:15am
8:00am – 9:15am
Candid Conversations
8:00am – 4:00pm
Silent Auction & Marketplace Open
9:15am – 10:15am
Education Session Block 4
10:15am – 10:45am
Coffee Break
10:45am – 11:45am
Education Session Block 5
11:45am – 1:00pm
Luncheon & Business Meeting
1:15pm – 2:15pm
Education Session Block 6
2:15pm – 3:00pm
Coffee Break & Live Auction
3:00pm – 4:00pm
Education Session Block 7
Silent Auction Closes
4:15pm – 5:00pm
State Meetings
5:30pm – 6:30pm
Signature Initiatives Reception
5:30pm – 6:30pm
Networking Reception
6:30pm – 9:30pm
Awards Ceremony & Banquet
9:00pm – 10:00pm
Silent Auction Pick Up
9:00pm – 12:00pm

Wed, Nov 15

8:30am – 9:30am
Education Session Block 8
9:40am – 10:40am
Education Session Block 9
10:45am – 12:30pm
Closing Speaker and Brunch

Pre-Conference Programs & Events

The Ubuntu Institute for Student Affair Professionals of Color

The Ubuntu Institute for Student Affair Professionals of Color

Sunday, November 12th • 09.00 AM – 05.00 PM

The NASPA Region I Ubuntu Institute is a leadership development opportunity designed for student affairs professionals of color. The Institute will inspire emerging professionals, ranging from graduate students through mid level professionals, to reach their full potential and serve as a pathway to leadership within institutions and associations through a cohort based model. The goals of the institute are to aid participants in navigating the complexity of higher education as professionals of color through the lenses of strength, empowerment, resiliency & authenticity.

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For more information on how to sign up please go: https://www.naspa.org/events/17-R1-Ubuntu-Institute

Student Affairs Leaders of Tomorrow (SALT): Investing in the Future of the Profession

Sunday, November 12th • 12.00 PM – 09.00 PM

The Student Affairs Leaders of Tomorrow (SALT) conference is designed to help undergraduate students explore the field of student affairs as a career path. Participants will have the opportunity to meet other student leaders who share their same interests, discover the variety of functional areas available to them, meet professionals in the field who will provide guidance, mentorship and direction, and have a chance to learn about and meet representatives from the various graduate programs in student affairs in our region.

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Applications and more information will be available now!


Environmental Justice Service Learning Project: Gardening The Community

Monday, November 13th • 09.00 AM – 12.00 PM

Participants in this pre-conference program will learn from and work alongside a local farm consortium called Gardening The Community (GTC). GTC is a Springfield-based food justice organization engaged in youth development, urban agriculture, and sustainable living to build healthy and equitable communities. GTC’s mission – empowering youth, dismantling institutional racism, focusing on equity & access, addressing food insecurity - is perfectly aligned with the goals of NASPA and of our Region. We are truly excited to partner with them to help serve the resident of Springfield! This opportunity is limited to the first 30 people who sign-up.

"Oh the Places You Will Go": Coaching for individual and team success

Monday, November 13th • 11.00 AM – 01.00 PM

The formal process of coaching is a tool that many leaders and teams are employing to enhance their effectiveness and that of their team or organization. To be considered an effective coach, it is necessary for professionals in student affairs to receive training and guidance in the use of coaching methods and practice the skills gained around coaching for individual and organizational effectiveness. This workshop is designed to provide an overview of the philosophy and practice of coaching in student affairs, with direct experiential activities to foster an understanding of, and practice of, coaching competencies.

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Presented by: Peggy Jablonski, Interim Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment, Bridgewater State University; John King, Vice President for Student Affairs, Roger Williams University; Robert Ross, Vice President for Student Affairs, Retired, Cape Cod Community College and Patricia Pinto daSilva, Social Scientist, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Target Audience: Mid-Level Managers and Senior Student Affairs Officers

Taking the next step: A mindful approach to career planning and development

Monday, November 13th • 11.00 AM – 01.00 PM

Despite the amount of time we dedicate to our jobs, many people do not actively focus on long-term career goals. Join us for this session and give yourself an opportunity to identify your long-term career goals, engage in activities designed to identify your strengths and challenges related to those goals, and to create a professional development plan. Attendees will leave the workshop with a plan and articulated next steps in the pursuit of their professional goals.

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Presented by: Melinda Stoops, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs, Boston College and Rachel Lucking, Assistant Dean for Student Engagement, Framingham State University

Target Audience: Mid-Level Managers, Senior Student Affairs Officers 

Grappling with Oppression: Perspectives on engaging in discussion with Student Affairs Professionals

Monday, November 13th • 11.00 AM – 01.00 PM

This workshop is an opportunity to learn how structured discussions and guided reflections can enable student affairs staff to better understand how systemic oppression and their positional power affect the student experience.

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Presented by:  Delia Cheung Hom, Director, Asian American Center, Northeastern University; Shaya Poku, Program Director, Social Justice Resource Center, Northeastern University; Jamie Bergeron, Manager of Institutional Diversity & Inclusion, Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion, Northeastern University; Jonathan Osborne, Ph.D. Candidate, English, Northeastern University; Mario Lewis, Program Coordinator, Institutional Diversity & Inclusion, Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion, Northeastern University; Jasmine Ramon, Graduate Assistant, Social Justice Resource Center, Northeastern University.

Target Audience: New/Entry-Level Professionals and Mid-Level Managers 

Mid-Senior Level Hot Topics: Let's Discuss!

Monday, November 13th • 11.00 AM – 01.00 PM

Please join the NASPA Region I Mid-Senior Level (MSL) Steering Committee for facilitated small and large group discussions covering a variety of topics. You will be able to choose three of the following: career advancement/resume review with a very seasoned MSL professional, “side hustle” for the MSL professional, family/work/life balance, terminal degree (not just if you should get one, but which degree), organizational charts/job titles, and current hot topics.

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Presented by: Alison Black, Class Dean, Wellesley College; Linda Brown, Associate Dean of Students, MCPHS University; Kristin Ridge, Director of Residence Life, Bryant University and Tony Montalbano, Associate Director of Housing and Residential/Commuter Life, University of New England, Lucas Malo, Director of Community Service at Brandeis University

Target Audience: Mid-Level Managers

SSAO (Senior Student Affairs Officer) Institute Organized during the 2017 NASPA Region 1 Conference

Monday, November 13th • 08.00 AM – 01.00 PM

The SSAO Institute explores timely issues in higher education that impact senior student affairs officers. This year’s Institute will provide SSAOs with an opportunity to discuss the events in Charlottesville and its impact on our campuses, to be followed by round-table discussions on timely topics such as Title IX, Staff/Student Engagement, Mental Health Issues, and Strategic Planning. Participants will have the opportunity to rotate through table discussions based on their interest and the expertise they wish to share.

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Optional dinner November 12

NASPA Region 1 Conference Faculty summit: Classroom approaches to advancing social justice: Considering our legacy

Monday, November 13th • 02.30 PM – 04.30 PM

For our faculty summit this year, we will take up the deeply pressing issue of student affairs' legacy and future as advocates for-- and leaders of -- social justice pedagogies and praxis in higher education. What is our role, as educators and scholars, in centering this work in our classrooms? what are strategies, successes and struggles of talking about injustice, white supremacy, intersectionality, and other issues of social justice in our classrooms? how do we do this work with integrity, bravery, and effectiveness? What happens in student affairs/higher education master's programs that encourages shifts in students attitudes and beliefs concerning social justice and racial issues? All faculty (adjunct and full-time) are invited to join us for conversation, idea sharing, and strategy-building.

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All faculty (full and part-time) are welcome!

Presented by: Annemarie Vaccaro, University of Rhode Island

Vijay Kanagala, University of Vermont

Susan Marine, Merrimack College


Gold Level
  • Fun Enterprises
Silver Level
  • CHH Engraving Inc.
  • Involvio
Bronze Level
  • Campus Labs
  • Johnson & Wales University
  • The National Society of Leadership & Success
  • Screening for Mental Health
  • Automatic Laundry
  • E & R The Campus Laundry
  • Eventus
  • Learning with Mind & Heart
  • Maxient
  • New England Woodcraft Inc.
  • Regis College
  • Transforming Youth Recovery
Special Thanks To…
  • Sodexho
  • Springfield College
  • Van Loan School at Endicott College

For sponsorship and exhibit booth questions, contact:

Scott Connolly
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Phone: 401-744-6819

Sponsorship Info


Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place Hotel, Springfield, MA

Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place Hotel
Springfield, MA

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Click here to reserve your room a the Springfield Monarch Place Hotel 

Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place Hotel stands on the banks of the Connecticut River just steps from the best of the city. Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, you’ll find the perfect combination of comfort and convenience with us.

Experience effortless travel with our amenities including complimentary in-room Internet access, two full-service restaurants, state-of-the art fitness center, heated indoor pool and much more. Relax in our spacious accommodations after a day of meetings or exploring popular local attractions such as the Basketball Hall of Fame and Six Flags New England.

Hotel Room Rate/Night
Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place Hotel
One Monarch Place, Springfield, MA 01144
(413) 781-1010
Single - $139 Double - $139
  • Travel

    Bradley International Airport (BDL), Logan International Airport (BOS), Albany International Airport (ALB)

  • Transportation

    Bradley International Airport (BDL) Travel Distance: Approximately 28.97 km/18.0 miles, Logan International Airport (BOS) Travel Distance: Approximately 160.93 km/100.0 miles, Albany International Airport (ALB) Travel Distance: Approximately 177.03 km/110.01 miles

Marriott Tower Square Hotel Springfield

Marriott Tower Square Hotel Springfield
Springfield, MA

Off I-91 in downtown Springfield, this classic hotel is a 4-minute walk from the MassMutual Center arena and 6.1 miles from Six Flags New England theme park. Minifridges, coffeemakers, desks and flat-screen TVs are offered in all of the traditional rooms, as well as limited free WiFi. Upgraded WiFi is available for a fee. Some rooms have access to a club lounge with free continental breakfast and evening appetizers. Amenities include a classic American restaurant and a sports bar, plus an indoor pool, a hot tub and a fitness center. There’s paid parking, a coin laundry and 16 meeting rooms.

Hotel Room Rate/Night
Marriott Tower Square Hotel Springfield
2 Boland Way, Springfield, MA, 01115
1 (800) 228-9290
$109 - Single $109 - Double
  • Travel

    Bradley International Airport - BDL

  • Transportation

    Hotel direction: 13 miles N This hotel does not provide shuttle service

La Quinta Inn & Suites Springfield

La Quinta Inn & Suites
Springfield, MA

A 6-minute walk from the Springfield Amtrak train station, this casual downtown hotel is also a 0.5-mile walk from the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden. Minifridges, microwaves and coffeemakers are included in each modern room and suite, as well as free WiFi and flat-screen TVs with premium HD channels. Suites add separate living rooms with sofabeds. Kids 18 and under stay free with a parent or grandparent. An indoor pool and a fitness center are offered, as well as complimentary continental breakfast and parking. Amenities also include a 24/7 business center and event space.

Hotel Room Rate/Night
La Quinta Inn & Suites Springfield
100 Congress St, Springfield, MA 01104
(413) 781-0900
$109 - Single $109 - Double
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