2019 NASPA WRC: Community College Professionals Institute

November 02 – November 03, 2019
Portland, OR

The Community College Institute provides a forum for NASPA members who work at community colleges to network and actively engage in understanding the context and role of community colleges in America.

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The Community Colleges Institute is a pre-conference workshop that occurs every year the day and a half prior to the annual conference. The Institute allows staff and faculty to learn from and engage with one another on a variety of critical issues affecting student affairs professionals in the community college setting.

This pre-conference institute is a fantastic space for community college professionals to come together and rethink the ways in which they organize programs of study, methods of instruction, and student support services. With the continued focused on student success and completion, community colleges are uniquely positioned to lead the way for student success. The Institute is offered in conjuction with the NASPA Western Regional Conference, which allows you to build your professional network with others at community colleges in regions V and VI. 


Institute Goals and Learning Objectives

Participants who attend the Community College Professionals Institute will be able to:

  • Contextualize the community college experience in the history of higher education;

  • Articulate emerging community college issues and promising practices;

  • Develop multicultural competence and envision ways services can be enhanced or expanded to meet the needs of the diverse community college population;

  • Utilize the NASPA Community Colleges Division to serve as a resource to support student affairs work and/or development at community colleges.


Presented By

Region V
Region VI


This event is most likely to influence these groups.

  • Community College Professional


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The Community College Institute provides a forum for NASPA members who work at community colleges to network and actively engage in understanding the context and role of community college in America, and the ways in which our work contributes to student success in higher education.

Sat, Nov 02

1:00pm – 1:20pm
Introductions & Institute Overview
1:20pm – 2:35pm
Historical Context of Community Colleges
2:35pm – 2:45pm
2:45pm – 3:35pm
Panel Discussion: Lessons Learned: Practitioners Across the Student Affairs Spectrum
3:35pm – 3:45pm
3:45pm – 5:00pm
Diversity & Social Justice
5:00pm – 6:00pm
All Institutes Reception

Sun, Nov 03

8:30am – 9:00am
Networking Activity
9:00am – 10:00am
Strategic Enrollment Management
10:00am – 10:15am
10:15am – 11:15am
Guided Pathways: The New Frontier for Community Colleges
11:15am – 11:25am
11:25am – 12:15pm
Roundtable Discussions: Emerging Best Practices for Retention & Student Success
12:15pm – 12:30pm
Wrap Up & Reflection


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 Community College Professionals Institute.

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Community College Pre-Conference Institute

Early-Bird Registration
05/01/2019 to 09/14/2019
Regular Registration
09/15/2019 to 10/14/2019
Late Registration
after 10/15/2019
NASPA Member

NASPA WRC Registration Fee

Early-Bird Registration
05/01/2019 to 09/14/2019
Regular Registration
09/15/2019 to 10/14/2019
Late Registration
after 10/15/2019
NASPA Member


Carmen Gold-Johnson
Conference Registration Chair
Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Phone: 801-585-5065


View Registration Policies

Cancellation Policy: 
The cancellation deadline is October 14, 2019. All requests for cancellations must be in writing and sent to Carmen Gold-Johnson at cgold@sa.utah.edu 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.

Payment Policy:
Click here to view NASPA’s complete Payment Policies and Procedures.

Substitution Policy:
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 cgold@sa.utah.edu.


  • Dr. Brenda Ivelisse

    Dr. Brenda Ivelisse

    Associate Vice President
    Bellvue College

    Faculty Bio

  • Candida Darling, LCSW

    Candida Darling, LCSW

    Interim Senior Director, Planning & Implementation
    Salt Lake Community College

    Faculty Bio

  • Dr. Dawn Renee Person

    Dr. Dawn Renee Person

    Professor of Educational Leadership
    California State University, Fullerton

    Faculty Bio


Hilton Portland Downtown
Portland, Oregon

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.

Book your Hotel room

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.

Hotel Room Rate/Night
Hilton Portland Downtown
921 SW Sixth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204
(503) 226-1611
$195 per night (plus taxes/fees)
  • Travel

    The Portland International Airport (7000 NE Airport Way Portland, OR  97218) is located approximately 12 miles from the Hilton Portland Downtown.

  • Transportation

    Public Transportation
    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

  • Weather

    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.

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