NASPA Community Colleges Symposium Series at Valencia College

February 01 – February 02, 2018
Valencia College, 1800 S Kirkman Rd, Orlando, FL 32811

The NASPA Community Colleges Symposium Series provides an opportunity for community college student affairs professionals to engage with one another in their particular geographic area. The symposium is a high-quality, low-cost professional development event focused on content covering the role of the community college in society, student development theory, adult learning theory, and inclusive service delivery designed to meet the needs of the diverse community college student population.

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Distinctive for its open door admissions policies, workforce training and responses to changing needs in society, the community and two-year colleges have secured their place in the history of higher education in America. Community colleges continue to be the primary door to accessibility and educational opportunity, while insuring diversity in post-secondary education.

NASPA stands ready to address the professional development needs of community college student services professionals by providing opportunitites to build skills and knowledge about student affairs to prepare them for future challenges. The Community Colleges Symposium Series is designed by and for community college professionals. This event will provide attendees a framework to understand the context and role of community colleges in America, how each person contributes to these colleges' success, and the ways in which our work contributes to student success in higher education. 

Learning Outcomes

Participants will:

  • contextualize the community college experience in the history of higher education;
  • apply student development theory and adult learning theory to current practice;
  • develop multicultural competence and envision ways services can be enhanced or expanded to meet the needs of the diverse community college population;
  • explore unique and innovative ways in which individuals can advance the field and work of community college student affairs professionals;
  • connect the Professional Competencies for Student Affairs Practitioners and NASPA’s Focus Areas to the professional development of community college student affairs administrators;and
  • utilize the NASPA Community Colleges Division to serve as a resource to support student affairs work and/or development at community colleges.

Scholarship Opportunity

The NASPA Region III Leadership Board has generously provided a scholarship for staff and faculty employed at community colleges located within the region (AL, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN, TX, VI, and associated international countries) for non-NASPA members. Scholarships will provide $100 off the registration price at the time of your registration. Scholarships will be granted on a first-come, first-received basis and are limited to 30. We encourage all individuals to apply for the scholarship. The scholarship cannot be used with any other discount code.


Symposium Benefits

The NASPA Community College Symposium Series is a fantastic way to engage with community college professionals throughout your state and NASPA Region (for a detailed description of the regions, click here). Attendees leave the symposium with practical advice for supporting their students in addition to new connections outside of their campus. 


If you're interested in learning more about the symposium content, please contact the appropriate individual below:

  • General Sympsoium Inquiries
    • Dr. Ben Lion, Symposium Co-Chair (blion@valenciacollege.edu)
    • Yovan Reyes, Symposium Co-Chair (yreyes21@hccfl.edu)
    • Jake Frasier, assistant director of educational programs, NASPA, (jfrasier@naspa.org)


Presented By

Community Colleges Division
Region III
NASPA Community Colleges Symposium Series at Valencia College
NASPA Community Colleges Symposium Series at Valencia College


This event is most likely to influence these groups.

  • Mid-Level
  • New Professional
  • Undergraduate


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As program details (workshop titles, abstracts, and speakers) are solidified, this schedule at a glance will be updated.

Thu, Feb 01

7:30 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.
Arrival & Registration
8:15 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Opening Welcome
Dr. Kim Sepich
8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Dialogue Sessions by Functional Level
10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
History, Mission, and Philosophy of the American Community College
11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
The Educational Ecosystem: Designing a Collaborative Approach educational partnerships between K-12, Valencia College, and the University of Central Florida
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Lunch (Provided)
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions I
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions II
3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m,.
Program and Service Delivery from an Inclusion, Diversity, and Social Justice Perspective
4:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Day 1 Closing Session

Fri, Feb 02

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Hacking your Higher Education Career
Dr. Linda Herlocker, Assistant Vice President for Admissions and Records, Valencia College
Dr. Celeste Henry, Counselor, Valencia College
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Valencia College’s New Student Experience


Registration as a member is based on your individual membership status. For more details on member statuses check here.

NASPA is pleased to offer faculty/staff members of our host campus, Valencia College in addition to members of the Association of Florida Colleges the NASPA member rate. If you are a Valencia College faculty/staff member or a member of AFC and are not already a NASPA member, you qualify to receive this discount.

To inquire, please contact the following individuals. Please note, this discount is only for non-members.

  • Valencia College Faculty/Staff: Ben Lion (blion@valenciacollege.edu)
  • Association of Florida Colleges: Jan Lloyd (lloydlesleyj@seminolestate.edu

Please note, this discount only applies to non-members of NASPA.

For questions about NASPA membership and to check if your institution is a current member, contact our membership team at 202-265-7500.

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08/31/2017 to 12/22/2017
12/23/2017 to 01/19/2018
after 01/20/2018
NASPA Member
NASPA Non-Member


Tonya Murphy
Member Services Coordinator
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Phone: 202-265-7500 ext. 1183

Jake Frasier
Assistant Director of Educational Programs
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Phone: 202-719-1180


NASPA is grateful to our campus host, Valencia College, the NASPA Region III Board, and the Association of Florida Colleges whose financial investments have helped make this program possible. 


Valencia College

Valencia College
Orlando, FL

Valencia College is a public state college in Orlando, Florida, United States. In 2011, it was named the top community college in the United States by the Aspen Institute.

Campus Map

For a detailed campus map, please click here.

Hotel Accomodations

There is no hotel room block for this event. A list of recommended hotels are listed below along with average room rate for your consideration in the event you will be staying overnight. Please note, each hotel is approximately 10-15 minutes away from the Valencia College West Campus where event activities will occur. 

Hotel Room Rate/Night
Holiday Inn Express & Suites (Universal)
5605 Major Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819
(407) 363-1333
Hampton Inn (Universal)
5621 Windhover Drive, Orlando, FL 32819
(407) 351-6716
Double Tree by Hilton (Universal)
5780 Major Blvd, Orlando, FL
(407) 351-1000
Wingate By Wyndham Convention Center (Universal Studio)
5661 Windhover Drive, Orlando, FL 32817
(407) 226-0900

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