2018 NASPA Region I Annual Conference

November 11 - November 14, 2018
Rhode Island Convention Center, Providence, RI

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Greetings from the Conference Chair

Welcome to the 2018 Region I Conference Website!

The regional conference has always been a place to come together to learn from one another, reconnect with colleagues and friends, create new relationships, celebrate achievements, and highlight the outstanding work that we are accomplishing as a region.
The beautiful city of Providence, Rhode Island will be the backdrop for our time together. I hope you take advantage of all the conference has to offer, but also take time to explore the city known as the “Creative Capital" to enjoy its abundant educational resources and vibrant arts community.

As we grow as a region, we are always looking for new and innovative ways to engage our members. My team and I will continue the tradition of providing quality programming that will inspire you, energize you, and motivate you to create positive and impactful change on your campuses.

Our regional conference is located on the ancestral territory of the Narragansett and Wampanoag people. As part of NASPA's efforts to enact social justice and inclusive practives, this acknowledgement serves as reminder that before the conference site was settled, it has been long occupied by people who have a distict linguistic, cultural, and historical connection to this location.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me, or any member of my team, as we are here to provide you with a positive conference experience.

Alex Cabal

Alex Cabal
2018 Region I Conference Chair

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Region I


This event is most likely to influence these groups.

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

Call for Programs

Call for Programs is closed.

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Important Dates
  • May 01, 2018: Call for Programs Submissions Open
  • June 01, 2018: Call for Reviewers Opens
  • June 18, 2018: Call for Reviewers Closes
  • June 29, 2018: Call for Programs Submissions Closes
  • August 06, 2018: Program Decisions sent
  • August 13, 2018: Registration Opens
  • September 16, 2018: Early Registration Closes
  • November 01, 2018: Regular Registration Closes
  • November 07, 2018: Late Registration Closes


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We are delighted to have such phenomenal opening and closing speakers this year. Shaun King is a journalist, humanitarian and activist who is a compelling voice for justice and families. Dr. Frank Sanchez took office as the 10th President of Rhode Island College in July of 2016 and is a fierce advocate for students and leader in higher education.


Full conference schedule and program descriptions are available on the Socio Mobile App!

Please note that our digital program will not be updated constantly due to timing. We suggest you to check out our Conference Gudie for the most up-to-date schedule information.

Full Schedule

Sun, Nov 11

9:00am – 5:00pm
Ubuntu Institute
12:00pm – 1:00pm
SALT Registration
1:00pm – 9:00pm
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 12

8:00am – 5:00pm
Conference Registration & Volunteer Table
8:00am – 1:00pm
SSAO Institute
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 – 8:30pm
Off-Site Reception
7:30pm – 9:30pm
Dinner Out on the Town
7:30pm – 9:30pm
No Host Dinners
9:30pm – 11:00pm
Entertainment & KC Receptions

Tue, Nov 13

8:00am – 9:00am
9:15am – 10:15am
Education Session Block 4
10:15am – 10:45am
Coffee Break
10:45am – 11:45am
Education Session Block 5
12:00pm – 1:00pm
Lunch & Learn
11:45am – 1:30pm
Lunch On Your Own
1:30pm – 2:30pm
Education Session Block 6
2:30pm – 3:00pm
Coffee Break
3:00pm – 4:00pm
Education Session Block 7
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 – 12:00am

Wed, Nov 14

9:00am – 10:00am
Education Session Block 8
10:10am – 11:10am
Education Session Block 9
11:15am – 12:30pm
Closing Speaker and Brunch

Pre-Conference Programs & Events


Sunday, November 11th • 12.00 PM – 0

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.Your $100 registration fee covers cost of SALT, meals, and a shared hotel room.

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SALT is an overnight event and runs from Sunday, November 11th beginning at 12:00pm until Monday, November 12th at 1:00pm

To learn more about the institute and/or to submit an application, click here

Contact Information:

Josh Peipock

Undergraduate Liaison/SALT Coordinator




Sunday, November 11th • 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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To learn more about the institute and/or to submit an application, click here

Contact Information:

Julia Golden

Diverisity Initiatives Coordinator



Monday, November 12th • 08.00 AM – 01.00 PM

The Institute will focus on Legal Issues Update: An ​Overview of How Past and Current Political, Legal, and Legislative Issues Have an Impact on every day work. There will also be roundtable discussions on various topics. There's an optional dinner on November 11 (there's an additional fee to attend).

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Please click here for detailed information about the day. 

Contact Information:

Kate McCaffrey & Carla Panzella

SSAO Co-Liasons

mccaffrey_kate@wheatoncollege & mailto:cpanzella@salemstate.edu


Monday, November 12th • 02.30 PM – 04.30 PM

This year’s Faculty Summit will focus on best practices for supporting students during their graduate assistantships, practicums, and other pre-professional work. Attendees will engage in a facilitated dialogue on this topic and will hear from other faculty who will share strategies, tactics or initiatives that have worked well for their programs.

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Contact Information:
Raul Fernandez
Faculty Council Representative

Azúcar Negra: Highlighting Afro-Latinidad in Higher Education

Monday, November 12th • 11.00 AM – 01.00 PM

“You're Black?! But you speak Spanish/Portuguese!”; This is a common phrase Afro-Latinx people hear, as if these are mutually-exclusive identities. As Celia Cruz, Roberto Clemente, Amara La Negra, and many others exhibit our existence, it's time we increase awareness on Afro-Latinidad on our campuses and in our profession. This is not simply a trending topic, the “Afro” prefix has been used in Latin America for centuries and it's an integral part of people's identities and daily lived experiences. We invite you to learn the history, contemporary issues, and celebrations related to the intersections of Blackness and Latinidad. This session will serve as a thorough introduction to Afro-Latinidad and make room to adopt and create best practices in higher education/student affairs.

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Presented by: Carolina Dávila, Assistant Director of La Casa Cultural de Julia de Burgos: Latino Cultural Center, Yale University & Faustina Cuevas, Assistant Director Social Justice Resource Center, Northeastern University.

Target Audience: Graduate Students & New/Entry-Level Professionals

Serving Students with Autism: Balancing Benefits and Costs

Monday, November 12th • 11.00 AM – 01.00 PM

Each year, an increasing number of students with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder, executive functioning disorders and other nonverbal learning disabilities are coming to our campuses. They often face academic, social, behavioral and medical challenges, all of which may impact their ability to thrive as college students. Higher education professionals want to support these students, but may find it difficult if they are not familiar with the characteristics of autism. This session offers a primer on autism and proven strategies for supporting these capable students.

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Presented by: Lee Williams, Director of Higher Education Training and Development, College Autism Network


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

A Statewide Approach to Prevention on College Campuses: The Rhode Island Cross Campus Learning Collaborative for Sexual Violence Prevention

Monday, November 12th • 11.00 AM – 01.00 PM

In September of 2015, Day One (the sexual assault and trauma resource center of Rhode Island) launched an innovative collaborative model for violence prevention, bringing together professionals from each school in the state with community partners to tackle the issue of violence prevention from a comprehensive, statewide approach. This workshop will provide an overview of the concepcion, mission, successes and challenges, and the next steps of RI's statewide College Collaborative for Sexual Violence Prevention. The presenters will discuss the work conducted over the last 3 years and a panel, consisting of the coordinators, evaluators, and college members, will discuss the successes, challenges, and benefits of the program for sexual violence prevention work on their individual campuses. The panelists will also be available for audience questions, and the workshop will allow time for participants to share their experiences and discuss ways to implement a collaborative in their own community or state.

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Presented by: Jen Stanley, Title IX Coordinator / Associate Dean; Deborah Pearlman, Health Consulting Evaluator, Brown University School of Public Health; Elliot Ruggles, SHARE Advocate, Brown University; Korina Ramsland-Short, Director of the Gender Equity Center, Johnson and Wales University; Lisa Hoopis, Women’s Center Coordinator, Rhode Island College; Sandra Malone, Director of Prevention Education, Day One.


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

Crafting Goals & Creating Sustainable Habits in Student Affairs

Monday, November 12th • 11.00 AM – 01.00 PM

This session will allow participants to learn more about themselves and how to develop and create better habits and goals in both their professional and personal lives. Participants will learn about how they respond to both internal and external expectations based on Gretchen Rubin's four tendencies and learn research based strategies to form and keep habits that will allow them to achieve their professional and personal goals. Participants will also learn how to make short and long term goals, and will go through a series of goal setting exercises so they can make, create, and track goals on a short term and long term basis.

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Presented by: Jenna Kwiatek, Assistant Director of Residential Life, Boston College.

Target Audience: Graduate Students & New/Entry-Level Professionals

NASPA Region I Pre-Conference Service Learning Project

Monday, November 12th • 09.00 AM – 12.00 PM

Come join us as we assist Artists' Exchange (in nearby Cranston, RI) with the preparation for their annual gingerbread house fundraiser. Our group will be building gingerbread houses for a December event in which Artists' Exchange sells 600 houses in a full-day competition for families and children of all ages. Artists' Exchange is a 501(c)3 non-profit arts collaborative whose mission is to create an atmosphere in which creativity, learning and discovery converge and individuality is celebrated.

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Those who registered for the conference will receive information late September on how to sign up for this opportunity. Co-sponsored by the Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement & Sustainability Knowledge Communities



Gold Level
  • FUN Enterprises
  • CHH Engraving
Silver Level
  • OneClass
  • Campus Labs
Bronze Level
  • Involvio
  • Regis College
  • Johnson & Wales
  • faTV
  • Berklee College  of Music
  • Automatic Laundry
  • National Society of Leadership & Success
  • Merrimack College
  • Maxient
  • Fortify
  • ezResLife
  • E&R Laundry
  • College Health TV
  • Brown University
  • Aramark
  • Press Play Outdoors
  • Leadership Training Certificate Program
  • True to Life Trainings
  • Party People Inc.
  • Oshkosh Placement Exchange
Special Thanks To…
  • Omni Hotel Providence
  • Rhode Island Convention Center

For sponsorship and exhibit booth questions, contact:

Erica Peryga
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Sponsorship Info


Omni Providence Hotel
Providence, RI

Reserve your room in our block here!

This landmark hotel in Providence is connected to the Rhode Island Convention Center, Dunkin’ Donuts Center and the new Providence Place Mall. With this premier Downtown Providence hotel location, guests at Omni Providence Hotel will find themselves within walking distance of the city's main college campuses, historic attractions, gourmet restaurants, upscale shopping, entertainment and more. Providence was recently named No. 3 in America's Most Charming Cities by Travel + Leisure.

For those in search of the spirit of the city, Omni Providence Hotel, with its stunning views of downtown, places you within reach of all the best that Providence has to offer. Satisfying the needs of both the active and serene traveler, the hotel provides access to the Capital Club Fitness Center and proximity to beaches, golf courses and tennis for endless options to relax and exercise.

Set 0.9 miles from Providence Children's Museum, this upscale hotel is also 5 miles from the Roger Williams Park Zoo. 

The contemporary rooms and suites offer Wi-Fi (fee) and flat-screen TVs, plus minifridges and coffeemakers. Some add sitting areas, exercise equipment, DVD players, MP3 docking stations and/or whirlpool tubs.

There's a high-end Italian restaurant, a steakhouse and a casual cafe. Other amenities include a fitness center, an indoor heated pool and a whirlpool, plus a business center and meeting rooms. Pets are allowed (fee).

Hotel Room Rate/Night
Omni Providence Hotel
1 W Exchange St, Providence, RI 02903
(401) 598-8000
$199 - Single $199 - Double
  • Travel

    Located within 15 minutes of T.F. Green Airport in Warwick and under an hour from Logan Airport in Boston.

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