2019 NASPA Region I Conference

November 17 - November 20, 2019
Rhode Island Convention Center, Providence, RI

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Greetings from the Conference Chair

Welcome to the 2019 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 once again 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.

Alana Anderson

Alana Anderson
2019 Region I Conference Chair

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This event is most likely to influence these groups.

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

Call for Programs

Call for Programs is closed.

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Important Dates
  • August 12, 2019: Registration Opens
  • September 22, 2019: Early Bird Registration Deadline
  • November 07, 2019: Regular Registration Deadline
  • November 13, 2019: Late Registration Deadline


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We are delighted to have such phenomenal opening and closing speakers this year. Mariah Parker is an artist, activistist, and politician who is currently the Athens-Clarke County Commissioner. Dr. Adrienne Keene (Cherokee Nation) is a Native scholar, writer, blogger, and activist, and is passionate about reframing how the world sees contemporary Native cultures. 


Full conference schedule and program descriptions will be available on the Socio Mobile App soon!

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.

Sun, Nov 17

9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
UBUNTU Institute
12:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Student Affairs Leaders of Tomorrow (SALT) Conference
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Conference Registration
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
SSAO Institute Dinner (registration required)
8:30 PM – 11:00 PM
Early Bird Reception

Mon, Nov 18

8:00 AM – 1:00 PM
SSAO Institute
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Student Affairs Leaders of Tomorrow (SALT) Conference
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Assessment Bootcamp: Demystifying, Easy Practices, and Building Positive Assessment Culture (Pre-Conference Session)
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Career Boot Camp: Get Job Search Ready (Pre-Conference Session)
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Welcome & Opening Keynote
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Education Session Block 1
3:45 PM – 4:45 PM
Education Session Block 2
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Education Session Block 3
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Off Site Reception
7:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Dinner On the Town

Tue, Nov 19

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Conference Registration
9:15 AM – 10:15 AM
Education Session Block 4
10:15 AM – 10:45 AM
Coffee Break
10:45 AM – 11:45 AM
Education Session Block 5
11:45 AM – 1:30 PM
Lunch on your Own
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Education Session Block 6
2:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Coffee Break
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Education Session Block 7
4:15 PM – 5:00 PM
State Meetings
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Networking Reception
6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Awards Ceremony & Banquet
9:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Silent Auction Pick Up
9:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Wed, Nov 20

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

Pre-Conference Programs & Events

Aside from our regional signature events, we are excited to bring two new sessions to our pre-conference options. Please note that SALT and UBUNTU have an application process in order to participate. You can register to attend the SSAO institute and other pre-conference sessions through the conference registration process. 



Sunday, November 17th • 12.00 PM – 01.00 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.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 17th beginning at 12:00pm until Monday, November 18th at 1:00pm

To submit an application, please click here

Contact Information:

Josh Peipock

Undergraduate Liasion/SALT Coordinator




Sunday, November 17th • 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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Contact Information:

Julia Golden

Diverisity Initiatives Coordinator


Career Boot Camp: Get Job Search Ready

Career Boot Camp: Get Job Search Ready

Monday, November 18th • 09.00 AM – 12.00 PM

The job search process can be intimidating and overwhelming. It's filled with constant highs and lows. So, where do you start? Do you update your resume? Sign up for a networking event? Check higheredjobs.com? You can't do everything at once but thoughtful planning and seeking out help is an excellent way to lessen job search frustration. Participants will be able to do the following: 1. Explore ways to assess and effectively articulate a brand that showcases unique values, skills and experience 2. Create a job search strategy 3. Receive individual resume coaching and apply constructive feedback 4. Learn from a panel of student affairs professionals about career pathways and the skills and experience looked for by hiring managers when filling positions (please note that in order to provide individualized time with participants, this session is only open to 30 members)

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Presented by Dustin Gee, M.A., Manager of Employer Development & Engagement, Office of Career Strategy & Services, Berklee College of Music; Andy Chau, Ed.D. Candidate, Associate Director of Career Services, Office of Career Strategy & Services, Berklee College of Music (Resume Coaches and Panelists TBA)

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

Assessment Boot Camp

Assessment Boot Camp

Monday, November 18th • 09.00 AM – 12.00 PM

this session focuses on demystifying assessment in student affairs through knowledge and culture building. Guides found online often use dense language, are unnecessarily long, and have overly complex tools that are off-putting. Conference presentations often focus on a specific initiative or provide highly technical material, where my presentation will focus on making assessment work less daunting and engaging new professionals to build early competencies while encouraging growth for colleagues and the general office culture around assessment.

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Presented by
Dr. Michael B. Bliss Jr., UMASS Lowell

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

APIKC Region I  Master Class featuring Dr. Doris Ching: Identity and the Profession

APIKC Region I Master Class featuring Dr. Doris Ching: Identity and the Profession

Monday, November 18th • 10.00 AM – 12.00 PM

Join Region I's Asian Pacific Islander Knowledge Community for our inaugural Master Class featuring Dr. Doris Ching, and this interactive discussion and action-planning around Identity and the Profession. Dr. Ching is Chief Academic Officer of the University of Hawai‘i (UH) System Academy for Creative Media and Emeritus UH System Vice President for Student Affairs. Her post-retirement service also includes Interim Chancellor and Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at UH West Oahu. Prior to her retirement in 2005, she served 40 years in K-12 and higher education in the State of Hawai‘i. Doris is co-editor of several books, completed the B.Ed and M.Ed in secondary education at UH-Mānoa, and Ed.D. in educational administration and supervision at Arizona State University. As the first woman of color and first Asian American Pacific Islander to be elected president of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) and NASPA Foundation, Doris continues to mentor professionals of diverse ethnicities in higher education locally and across the nation.


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Alana Anderson
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RI Convention Center/Omni Hotel

Omni Providence Hotel
Providence , RI

Reserve your room through our room block here!

The Omni 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).

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