Free Speech vs. the Inclusive Campus: An Unending Struggle?

June 03 – June 04, 2018
Alexandria, Virginia

Flyers with white supremacist positions appear in a public posting area on campus. While describing and citing examples of racial discrimination, a faculty member repeatedly uses the “N word” in their course lecture on the U.S. Reconstruction Era. The Young Republicans invite a renowned provocateur to speak on campus, following all campus policies when extending the invitation. Few institutional leaders have not had to confront the challenges inherent in the tension between protecting free speech rights and creating and supporting inclusive campus environments. Attend this two-day, VPSA and AVP-exclusive program to expand your toolkit regarding how to tackle these challenges in effective, informed, and nuanced ways.

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Seldom passes a week without another high-profile controversy on a college campus that fundamentally distills to the profound tension that often exists between supporting inclusive environments free of discrimination and protecting speech that is, at best, disrespectful and, more often, offensive and hateful. Free Speech vs. the Inclusive Campus: An Unending Struggle? will gather vice presidents for student affairs (and the equivalent) and AVPs (and other "number twos") for two days of learning, networking, and engaging to explore and address the challenges for institutional leadership during this era characterized by political polarization and student demands for non-discriminatory and safe campus learning environments. Student affairs leaders in attendance will address in community and with expert invited presenters the following questions:

  • What is our current social, political, and policy context and how does it influence what’s happening on our campuses?
  • What strategies can senior leaders apply to address free speech controversies in ways that do not run afoul of legal requirements?
  • How have sitting VPSAs and AVPs successfully navigated the complex and nuanced issues and questions related to personal liberty and community needs connected with free speech controversies?
  • What perspectives and practices do faculty bring to these challenges and what opportunities exist for student affairs to partner with academic affairs to promote respectful learning environments?

Join us in June in Alexandria, Virginia right outside of Washington, DC for what promises to be an enriching (and lively!) learning and networking opportunity!

Please note: This NASPA offering is limited to vice presidents for student affairs (and the equivalent) and AVPs (and other "number twos" who report to the VPSA).


Presented By


This event is most likely to influence these groups.

  • Vice President for Student Affairs
  • AVP or “Number Two”


Let others know you are coming!


This VPSA and AVP-exclusive program will run the full day and into the evening on Sunday, June 3. It will conclude by noon on Monday, June 4. Participants flying to the Washington, DC area for the program should plan to arrive in Alexandria by the evening of Saturday, June 2. The program schedule presented here is subject to changes.

Sat, Jun 02

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Optional Reception for Arrived Participants
7:30 p.m.
Optional (No-Host) Dinner Groups at Nearby Restaurants

Sun, Jun 03

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
Welcome and Introductions
9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Free Expression on Campus: What College Students Think About First Amendment Issues
Brandon Busteed, Executive Director, Education and Workforce Development, Gallup
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Intense Challenges for Higher Ed and Student Affairs
Scott Jaschik, Editor, Inside Higher Ed
12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Networking Lunch
1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Congress, the President, and America’s Colleges: A Report from the Front Lines
Terry Hartle, Senior Vice President, American Council on Education
2:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
The First Amendment and the Inclusive Campus: Effective Strategies for Leaders in Student Affairs
Andrew Morse, Assistant to the President for Board and Governmental Relations, University of Northern Iowa
4:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Free Speech AND Inclusion: Strategies for Reframing the Conversation and Leading Campus Change
Byron McCrae, Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students, Davidson College and Rose Pascarell, Vice President for University Life, George Mason University
5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Dinner with Keynote Speaker
Kevin Kruger, President, NASPA

Mon, Jun 04

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.
Introduction of Day 2
8:45 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Ready or Not
Sue Riseling, Executive Director, International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA)
10:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Student Rights & Responsibilities from an Equity and Inclusion Interest
Jeffrey C. Sun, Professor of Higher Education and Department Chair, Department of Educational Leadership, Evaluation and Organizational Development, University of Louisville


This NASPA offering is limited to vice presidents for student affairs (and the equivalent) and AVPs (and other "number twos" who report to the VPSA). Participants must either be the most senior student affairs officer on their campus or report directly to that person.

Registration rates are based on your NASPA membership. If you are not a member, please visit the NASPA Membership page for more information.

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General Registration

Early Bird
before 04/30/2018
before 05/21/2018
before 06/01/2018
NASPA Member


Tonya Murphy
Member Services Coordinator
Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Phone: 202-265-7500 ext. 1183

James Stascavage
Senior Director of Leadership and Senior Student Affairs Officers Initiatives
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Phone: 202-719-1172


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Cancellation:  The cancellation deadline to receive a refund is April 29, 2018, less a $50.00 administrative fee.  No refunds will be given after the deadline for any reason.  All requests for cancellation and refunds must be in writing and sent to refund@naspa.org. This program may be cancelled or postponed due to unforeseen circumstances. In this case, 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 or travel related problems and will not reimburse registration fees for these issues.

Purchase Orders: NASPA does NOT accept purchase orders as a form of payment. For registrants requiring an invoice to have a check payment processed, please use the Bill Me payment method to complete your registration. The resulting invoice can be found and downloaded under the My NASPA section of the website (must be logged-in), by selecting theView Invoices link from the dropdown menu. Alternatively, email a request to Membership to have a PDF of your invoice sent to you. Bill Me registrations are considered complete and will hold your place in an event, however the balance due must be settled prior to attending.

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Additional Questions? Please contact the NASPA office at 202-265-7500 or via e-mail to events@naspa.org.


  • Brandon Busteed

    Brandon Busteed

    Executive Director, Education & Workforce Development

    Speaker Bio

  • Terry Hartle

    Terry Hartle

    Senior Vice President
    American Council on Education

    Speaker Bio

  • Scott Jaschik

    Scott Jaschik

    Inside Higher Ed

    Speaker Bio

  • Kevin Kruger

    Kevin Kruger


    Speaker Bio

  • Byron McCrae

    Byron McCrae

    Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students
    Davidson College

    Speaker Bio

  • Andrew Morse

    Andrew Morse

    Assistant to the President for Board and Governmental Relations
    University of Northern Iowa

    Speaker Bio

  • Rose Pascarell

    Rose Pascarell

    Vice President for University Life
    George Mason University

    Speaker Bio

  • Sue Riseling

    Sue Riseling

    Executive Director
    International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA)

    Speaker Bio

  • Jeffrey Sun

    Jeffrey Sun

    Professor of Higher Education
    University of Louisville

    Speaker Bio


Hilton Alexandria Old Town

Hilton Alexandria Old Town
Alexandria, VA

All institute activities will take place at the Hilton Alexandria Old Town.

Located in the historic, vibrant King Street neighborhood, the Hilton Alexandria Old Town hotel, which was renovated in April 2014, is one of the most convenient hotels in Alexandria, VA for business and leisure travelers visiting Washington, DC. The hotel is just steps away from King Street Metro station and close to Reagan National Airport. Downtown DC attractions and government buildings are minutes away by Metro. After a long day exploring DC, reinvigorate with a workout in the fitness center.

NASPA’s original conference block at the Hilton Alexandria Old Town is full. We have been able to add an additional 10 more rooms to the block at a rate of $199 (not including 14.5% state and local taxes and a $1 city tax per room night), which is still less than the advertised rate on the hotel’s web site. The cut-off date to receive this rate is Monday, May 14, 2018.  Also, for participants driving to the Hilton Alexandria Old Town, NASPA has negotiated a discounted daily parking rate of $10/day.


Hotel Room Rate/Night
Hilton Alexandria Old Town
1767 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
$199 - Single/Double
  • Travel

    Alexandria is serviced by Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA). The Hilton is approximately 4 miles from the airport.

  • Transportation

    For more information on Metrorail Service, please visit the Metrorail page.

    For more information on shuttle service, please visit the Super Shuttle page of the DCA website. A shared-ride shuttle service to the Hilton is approximately $18 one-way.

    Taxis are dispatched from convenient locations on the arrivals curb just outside the baggage claim areas of each terminal. For more information, please visit the Ground Transportation page of the DCA website.

    Rental Cars
    For more information on rental cars, including available companies and contact information, please visit the Rental Car page of the DCA website.

  • Weather

    Temperatures in Alexandria in June are around 85 degrees F during the day and 65 degrees F in the evening. As the institute gets closer, please visit the Weather Channel for more information.

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