Associate Vice President for Student Life & Dean of Students
University of Oregon
Assistant Vice President for Student Life
Salt Lake Community College
Dr. Larry Roper
This institute is for individuals who currently serve in a supporting role, or “number two,” to the institution’s highest-ranking student affairs officer. The curriculum will focus on career networking, discussions about current national topics and how it impacts our work.
The AVP/DOS Institute is structured with ample opportunity for dialogue among participants. Facilitated discussions around relevant and timely issues affecting us in student affairs will provide opportunities to learn from experts including respected SSAOs in our regions, while also benefiting from the wisdom of fellow AVP/DOS colleagues as we engage in lively conversations about our shared challenges, unique perspectives, and innovative approaches relative to the featured topics.
Please note that the AVP/DOS Institute is designed for assistant and associate vice presidents and dean of student positions.
Whether you’re new to the field, or looking for a replenishing experience, we sincerely hope you’ll join us for the AVP/DOS Pre-Conference Institute!
By participating in the activities and discussions associated with the Assistant/Associate Vice Presidents or Dean of Students Institute, you will be able to:
Connect with and develop a support network of peers at the AVP/DOS level;
Reflect on and practice methods for finding balance and achieving excellence in your role; and
Contrast how you approach your work with what SSAOs say they need from their #2s.
The curriculum for the AVP/DOS Institute will focus on topics such as career networking, discussions about current national topics and how it impacts our work, best practices in supporting a senior student affairs officer, as well as visioning and reflection around excelling in this role.
Space is limited so please register as soon as possible. All attendees must register for the 2019 NASPA Western Regional Conference to participate in the AVP/DOS Institute.Register Online
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The cancellation deadline is October 14, 2019. All requests for cancellations must be in writing and sent to Carmen Gold-Johnson at email@example.com A $50 cancellation fee will be deducted from your refund. No refunds will be provided after October 14, 2019. This program may be canceled 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.
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Substitutions will be allowed until October 14, 2019, and are only allowed between registrants with the same membership type (member to member, non-member to non-member) and the same registration type (professional to professional, student to student). All requests for substitutions must be in writing and sent to Carmen Gold-Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Hilton Portland Downtown has been newly redesigned with an inviting, vibrant lobby and rooms that incorporate a timeless and contemporary feel. Conveniently located in the heart of the city, one block from the MAX Light Rail system, the Hilton Portland Downtown offers easy access to the city’s top restaurants and attractions including the Portland Saturday Market, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, Portland Art Museum and Powell’s Bookstore.
AIRLINE DISCOUNT: We are excited to announce a discount on Alaska Airlines web fares for your travel to Portland. The discount code will be made available to conference attendees after they register for the 2019 NASPA Western Regional Conference!
ROOM RESERVATIONS: A block of rooms has been set aside at a rate of $195 per night plus taxes/fees. These rates are exclusively for conference attendees and subject to availability. Click on the link below to book your hotel room online, or call the toll-free reservation line at 1-800-HILTONS, be sure to mention NASPA or the group code NPA when making your reservation. The group rate will be available through October 14, 2019.
PARKING: Due to the hotel’s location in Downtown Portland, please note that parking is extremely limited. There is no self-parking at the conference hotel (valet parking is $52/night). You may wish to consider off-site parking options.
Hilton Portland Downtown
921 SW Sixth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204
|$195 per night (plus taxes/fees)|
The Portland International Airport (7000 NE Airport Way Portland, OR 97218) is located approximately 12 miles from the Hilton Portland Downtown.
The conference hotel is accessible from the airport via TriMet’s light rail MAX Red Line. The “Mall / SW 5th Ave” MAX Station is one block from the Hilton Portland Downtown (approximately a 45 minute ride).
Shuttles, Taxis, and Rental Cars
For more information regarding shuttles, taxi cab services, or rental car companies, please visit the Ground Transportation page of the Portland International Airport website
Novembers tend to mark the start of the cool season in Portland, with temperatures ranging from 44°F to 58°F. As the conference gets closer, please visit the Weather Channel for more information.
Dr. Chuck Lepper has served as the Vice President for Student Affairs & Enrollment Management at Salt Lake Community College (SLCC) since 2015. Salt Lake Community College is Utah’s only comprehensive community college, serving more the 60,000 credit and non-credit students annually across 11 campuses. His responsibilities include providing college-wide strategic leadership for the Division of Student Affairs and supporting the units of the Division at each of the campuses.
Prior to his position at SLCC, Dr. Lepper served as the Vice President for Student Affairs at Tidewater Community College in Norfolk, Virginia and before that, was the system-wide Assistant Vice President for Student Development Services at Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana.
Dr. Lepper earned his bachelor’s degree in Human Resources and Personnel Management from Ball State University, his Masters of Education in College Student Affairs Leadership from Grand Valley State University, and his Doctorate of Philosophy from Indiana State University in Educational Leadership, Administration, and Foundations. Additionally, in 2017, Dr. Lepper completed the Institute for Educational Management at Harvard University.
Throughout his career, Dr. Lepper has been an advocate for diversity and inclusion and as a first-generation college graduate himself, Dr. Lepper takes a special interest in the success of students who face similar challenges.
Dr. Robin H. Holmes-Sullivan is the Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students (VPSL) at Lewis and Clark College. As the senior student affairs officer for the campus, her responsibilities include enhancing and transforming the student experience at the College, ensuring that the student voice and student needs are considered in decision making, and overseeing the departments and programs of Campus Living, Career Services, Case Management, Clubs and Organizations, College Outdoors, Commencement, Counseling Service, Health Promotion and Wellness, Health Services, Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement, International Students and Scholars, Leadership and Service, New Student Orientation, Physical Education and Athletics, Club Sports, Spiritual Life, Student Activities, Student Rights and Responsibilities, and Student Support Services.
Before joining Lewis and Clark College, she was at the University of California (UC) and held the role as UC’s systemwide Vice President for Student Affairs, where she provided strategic leadership in support of the 10 UC campuses in the development and implementation of systemwide policy and practice in the areas of undergraduate admissions, student financial support and student life and ensured a world-class student experience that was transformative, and rested on the pillars of access, affordability and student engagement.
Prior to serving at the University of California, she served as Vice President for Student Life at the University of Oregon (UO), serving 9 of her 25-year Oregon career as the Senior Student Affairs Officer for the campus. At UO, she led efforts in support of students’ academic success including the construction of new residence halls, a new student union, recreation center and health/counseling center additions. She also provided leadership and policy development in the areas of sexual assault/sexual violence prevention, campus climate, co-curricular learning opportunities, suicide prevention, wellness initiatives and cultural competency.
Dr. Holmes-Sullivan is a licensed clinical psychologist and maintained a clinical practice for 23 years. She consults on issues of diversity, multicultural organizational development for higher education institutions and private corporations as well as leadership development and mental health and wellness issues. She has taught classes and workshops on multiculturalism, multicultural competence in therapy, cross-cultural dynamics in conflict mediation as well as identity formation and development.
Dr. Holmes-Sullivan holds a Ph.D. and master’s degree from the California School of Professional Psychology and received her master’s and bachelor’s degrees from California State University, Fullerton.
Susie Brubaker-Cole became Stanford University’s vice provost for student affairs on October 1, 2017. As vice provost, she oversees a Student Affairs division that manages the residential life and many student experiences that take place outside the classroom. Its units include the University Registrar, the Dean of Students, student health services, Residential Education, BEAM Career Education, the Graduate Life Office and numerous student service and student cultural, diversity and community centers. She is also a member of the University Cabinet.
Prior to becoming Stanford’s vice provost, Brubaker-Cole led Oregon State University’s Student Affairs division for the past three years, an office similar in scope to that at Stanford. She previously served six years as OSU’s associate provost for academic success and engagement. As associate provost, she worked in close partnership with the Division of Student Affairs, academic units and the Faculty Senate to guide the vision, development and implementation of university-wide student success and engagement initiatives.
From 1999 to 2008, she served for eight years as Stanford’s associate vice provost for undergraduate education, leading academic advising, undergraduate research, honors programs, academically themed living-learning programs, and graduate fellowships and scholarships advising. She also was a live-in Stanford resident fellow within Student Affairs, directing residential programming and student staff development for a frosh and sophomore residence.
Brubaker-Cole holds a master’s degree and doctorate in French literature from Yale University, with a focus on 19th- and 20th-century literature and Francophone literature of sub-Saharan Africa and the Caribbean. She earned her bachelor’s degree in French and comparative history of ideas as a transfer student at the University of Washington.
Larry Roper is a Professor of Language, Culture and Society and Coordinator of the Social Justice Minor in the College of Liberal Arts at Oregon State University. Larry also serves as Program Lead for the College Student Services Administration program, which prepares students at the Masters level to work in the student services field. Previously, he served Oregon State University as Vice Provost for Student Affairs from 1995-2014. During his time at OSU he also served as Interim Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at OSU and later as Interim Director of the School of Language, Culture and Society. He has held numerous positions in student affairs, including Director of Housing; Associate Dean of Students; Coordinator of Multicultural Affairs; and Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students.
Larry currently serves as a Commissioner with the State of Oregon’s Higher Education Coordinating Commission and as a Board of Trustee member for Heidelberg University, his alma mater. He served a 6-year term as a Commissioner with the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Additionally, he served as President of the Board of Jackson Street Youth Services, which serves homeless and vulnerable youth.
Larry has more than 60 publications in the form of book chapters, journal articles, magazine articles, book reviews and monographs. He is co-editor of the forthcoming monograph, Centering Dialogue in Leadership Development (August, 2019). He is co-editor of the book Teaching for Change: The Difference, Power and Discrimination Model (2007) and editor of Supporting and Supervising Mid-Level Professionals: Charting a Path to Success (2011) and co-editor of Angst and Hope: Current Issues in Student Affairs Leadership (2015). He has also served on more than 80 thesis or dissertation committees, having chaired more than 40.
Larry has degrees from Heidelberg University (A.B., History), Bowling Green State University (M.A., College Student Personnel), and the University of Maryland (Ph.D., College Student Personnel Administration).