BACCHUS Initiatives of NASPA Region I Spring Conference “Spring Forward”

April 02, 2017
Boston, MA

We invite you to join us for the 2017 Region I Spring Conference at Suffolk University in Boston, MA, April 2, 2017! Peer educators and advisors from across the region will gather to share, learn and inspire.

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The BACCHUS Initiatives of NASPA Regional Conference is a great opportunity for your peer education group to: 

  • Get new program ideas on a variety of health & wellness issues relevant to working with college students 
  • Gain new knowledge and skills to support your peer education efforts 
  • Network with other peer educators & advisors from across the region
  • Learn how to revitalize, recruit and reenergize your organization
  • Learn more about how the BACCHUS Initiatives of NASPA can support your efforts

There are numerous opportunities for student and advisor networking throughout the conference experience, both social and educational.  At this regional conference, peer educators gain the opportunity to connect with other peer educators in their own backyard, while advisors gain valuable time to discuss collaborative prospects for education and creating change across campuses. Whether you are able to bring your entire peer education group or just yourself, this experience is an incredible and rewarding opportunity to build and support our collective efforts in prevention and education.


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BACCHUS Initiatives of NASPA


This event is most likely to influence these groups.

  • Undergraduate


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Call for Programs

BACCHUS Region I invites you to submit a program proposal to present a 60-minute breakout session at our Spring Conference. Proposals from peer education groups and advisors are given preference. Proposals from other staff, faculty and prevention professionals are also welcome. The Call for Programs is now closed.

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Submission Timeline
  • March 3, 2017
    Call for Programs Deadline EXTENDED

Writing Tips

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


Full Schedule

Sun, Apr 02

8:00am – 9:00am
Registration/ Breakfast
9:00am – 9:15am
Welcome and Opening Remarks
9:15am – 10:15am
Keynote: Leading Imperfectly
James Robilotta
10:25am – 11:25am
Breakout 1
Hell Yes! Enthusiastic Consent
Ty Veno, Kylee Windyka, and Katarina Frazier, Peer Administered Wellness (PAWS) – Springfield College
Table Talk: How To Create A Successful Table Top Campaign
Angelina Ferrari and Diana Perez (HAWEs) – Roger Williams University
Healthy U
Alyssa Montecalvo, Mariana Barragan, Rachel Barouch, and Zoey Patten, Suffolk University Peer Health Educators (SUPERs) – Suffolk University
How Much Does A Polar Bear Weigh?
Liz DiLoreto, Aishea Henry, Peers Advocating Wellness For Students, and Liz Drexler-Hines, Advisor – Assumption College
If It Doesn’t Work, Why Are We Still Doing It?
Joleen Nevers, Advisor – University of Connecticut, and Ryan Travia, Advisor – Babson College
11:35am – 12:50pm
Mindfulness Program and Lunch
Teresa Blevins, Staff Psychologist at Counseling, Health, and Wellness – Suffolk University
1:00pm – 2:00pm
Breakout 2
Survivor-Centered and Survivor-Inclusive Peer Education
Ashleigh Hala, Advisor – Babson College
How Much Did Jeff Drink?
Christine Johnston, Advisor – Springfield College, and Leah Berkenwald, Advisor – Babson College
I See, I Speak, I Pledge
Lindsey Shrayer, Lauren Laurenti, Jordan Pinsky, and Kelsey DeMild, REACH Peer Education – Endicott College
That’s A Good Question
Cassy Setzler, The UConn Sexperts – University of Connecticut
Brand that ISh
Kelly Donovan, Cory Robinson, Amy Ricotta, Erin Curley, and Julia Chiappetta, s.w.e.e.t. Peer Educators – Sacred Heart University
2:10pm – 3:10pm
Breakout 3
The Dating Game
Hannah Woodhouse, Emily Jennings, Haley Steigerwald, and Francesa Vallaro, P.L.E.A.S.E. (Peers Learning, Educating, and Supporting Everyone) – University of Rhode Island
Positive Consent: What Does An ENTHUSIASTIC Yes Really Look Like
Alyssa Reisner, Emily Rochford, Celeste Hynes, and Megan Lewis, Peers On Wellness (POW) – Babson College
QPR – Training For Suicide Prevention
MacKenzie Rondeau, s.w.e.e.t. Peer Educators – Sacred Heart University
Shannon Blemings, Pamela Aderhold, and Jacqueline Ortiz, The UConn Sexperts – University of Connecticut
Campus Connections
Christopher Lacroix, Peers Advocating Wellness For Students – Assumption College
3:20pm – 3:50pm
Awards Ceremony
4:00pm – 5:00pm
Breakout 4
Peer Educators Roundtable
Liz DiLoreto – Assumption College
Shannon Blemings, Jennifer Podgorski, and Celise Brown, The UConn Sexperts – University of Connecticut
Locker Room Talk: What Does What We Say, Say About Us? (
Sophia Olsen, Nicole Danish, Alyson Lear, and Morgan Sulham, Mentors In Violence Prevention – Keene State College
The Importance Of Strong Interpersonal Relationships In Peer Education v
Shivani Arya, Christian Espino, Nicole Wehbe, Matthew Topoozian, and Lauren Banks, Student Health Ambassadors – Boston University
Advisor Roundtable
Ryan Travia – Babson College, and Laurie Jevons – Assistant Director of BACCHUS Initiatives


Registration is based on NASPA institutional or individual membership status. If your peer education group is part of a college or university that is an institutional member, you and your group can register as many advisors/students as you would like at the member rate. If you or your institution are not members, visit the Membership section of the NASPA website to learn about membership types. Registration is now open!

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Registration Fees

Regular Registration
01/02/2017 to 03/24/2017
NASPA Member
Non NASPA Member


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Phone: (202) 265-7500 ext. 1183

Laurie Jevons
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Phone: (202) 265-7500 ext. 1251


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Refunds will be given for cancellations, received in writing by March 24, 2017, less a $50.00 processing fee. In addition, a processing fee of $50.00 per registration will be charged for credit cards declined. We are unable to change payment methods after the initial payment is processed. With prior approval, anyone registered but who cannot attend may send a substitute. Substitution information must come in writing from the registered participant. The institutional membership status of the substitute must be the same as the registrant in order to have the same registration fee applied. Additional charges may apply if the membership status is not the same. The conference may be cancelled or postponed due to unforeseen circumstances. In this case, registration 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-related travel delays or other issues in regard to personal travel and no refunds will be given due to these occurrences. NOTE: All requests for cancellation and refunds must be in writing to bacchusadmin@naspa.org. Due to our food and beverage requirements, no refunds will be granted after March 24, 2017. Registration Questions? Contact the NASPA office at 202-265-7500 or via e-mail at events@naspa.org.


Suffolk University, Sargent Hall

David J Sargent Hall
Boston, MA

Please join Region I for a day of learning in Sargent Hall. The main meeting room for our keynote speaker and lunch will be the first floor function room. Conference breakout sessions will be held in classrooms on the 2nd and 3rd floors.

Hotel Room Rate/Night
The Kendall Hotel
350 Main Street, Cambridge, MA, 02142

Additional Info

The deadline to nominate an Outstanding Student, Outstanding Advisor, Outstanding Program our Outstanding Peer Education Group has been extended to March 3, 2017.

Applications are now being accepted for the Region I Student Advisory Committee position. Learn more about the position here. The deadline to submit your materials is April 10, 2017.

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