WRC Graduate Student Institute

November 04 – November 05, 2017
Island of Oʻahu; Honolulu, Hawaiʻi

Are you a current graduate student in a Student Affairs/Higher Ed program? Would you like to take a few days to focus on YOU, your personal growth and educational experience? If so, join us in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi for the Graduate Student Institute, November 4th and 5th, just before the NASPA Western Regional Conference. You will receive mentoring and coaching, and be revitalized and energized!

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Our team of multi-generational Student Affairs Professionals are very excited to meet you and work with you during our Graduate Student Institute.  The theme of “Riding the Waves of Your Career” will allow us to explore together the concept of guiding a successful career across a lifetime.  We will draw on the strengths of collective wisdom from our entire group, use reflection as a learning tool, and focus on our professional selves, our personal selves, and on our communities.

Institute Goals and Learning Objectives:

Participants will…

  • Learn about best practices for starting their professional career in Student Affairs.
  • Hear stories about career highs and lows from the GSI Facilitation Team.
  • Gain knowledge about how to successfully network with other professionals and practice these skills in a real life setting.
  • Explore their connection to family, mentors, and community to draw on what inspires their Student Affairs calling.
  • Draw out new ideas for deep self-care and wellness.
  • Develop relationships with new colleagues in both formal and informal environments.                                                      
  • Find out how to get involved in NASPA in a tangible way.

Our sessions are designed to provide you with important information for your success as a new Student Affairs Professional and graduate student.  We have also built in some education and reflection on Hawaiian culture and history. In order to help you begin or extend this knowledge, we would like you to read the following articles before you arrive at the GSI on Saturday afternoon.


Registration Rates* Early (5/1) Regular (9/16) Late (10/21)
Graduate Student Institute (GSI) $100 $125 $150
Western Regional Conference (WRC) NASPA Member $185 $235 $285
Western Regional Conference (WRC) Non-Member $210 $260 $310

*Participants must register for the WRC to gain access to the GSI.


Presented By

Region VI


This event is most likely to influence these groups.

  • Graduate


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Sat, Nov 04

1:00pm – 2:00pm
Building Our Community
2:00pm – 3:00pm
Launching and Sustaining Your Career
3:00pm – 4:00pm
Navigating the Rocky Currents of a Career
4:30pm – 5:00pm
Successful Networking Tips and Practice
5:15pm – 6:15pm
All Institute Networking Reception
6:30pm – 8:00pm
Informal Dinner Groups
8:00pm – 10:00pm
“Pajama Party” in Regional Director Suite

Sun, Nov 05

8:30am – 10:30am
Honoring our Ancestors and Community in our Work
10:30am – 11:45am
What does Authentic Self-care Really Look Like?
11:45am – 12:15pm
Getting Connected to NASPA
12:15pm – 12:30pm
Closing and Evaluation


  • Lea Jarnagin

    Lea Jarnagin

    Vice President for Student Affairs
    California Polytechnic University, Pomona
  • Julie Phuong Nguyen

    Julie Phuong Nguyen

    Student Leadership Coordinator
    Orange Coast College
  • David Akana

    David Akana

    Associate Director of Student Housing Services for Residential Life
    University of Hawai'i at Mānoa
  • Faraah Mullings Brown

    Faraah Mullings Brown

    Director of Student Programming and Commuter Services
    Mount Saint Mary’s University
  • Danny Ledezma

    Danny Ledezma

    Associate Director of Community Engagement
    Harvey Mudd College
  • Kandy Mink Salas

    Kandy Mink Salas

    Assistant Professor and Program Director, College Counseling and Student Development Program
    Azusa Pacific University


Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikīkī Beach Resort
Honolulu, HI

A block of rooms have been reserved for October 31, 2017 - November 10, 2017. The special room rate of $199 will be available until October 11, 2017 or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first. We also have an array of discounted suites available for those wanting to share a larger space or will be enjoying the conference with their families. Please note: To confirm your sleeping room, there is a first night's deposit refundable up to 72 hours or three days in advance of the start of the conference. Any changes to your reservation must be completed by October 11, 2017.

Hotel reservations are open and booking is simple. To book a standard room, CLICK HERE. To book a suite, please contact the hotel directly at 1-808-949-4321.

Questions regarding existing reservations, please contact the Hilton Hawaiian Village directly at (808) 949-4321.

If you have general hotel and reservation questions, please contact:

Sabrina Fallejo Uganiza
(808) 956-3290

Hawaiian Airlines Airfare Discount

We are excited to announce a 5% off discount on Hawaiian Airlines web fares for your travel to Hawai'i. Booking a reservation is quick and simple using the hot link. The hot link will take you directly to the booking page, bypassing the login page. Click on our ‘Travel’ tab to the right for more information.

Brief History of Waikīkī

Waikīkī means "spouting water," a reference to the rivers and springs that richly flowed from the Koʻolau mountain range and flooded the area with an abundance of fresh water. In the 1400s, Chief Kalamakua designed an irrigation system to take advantage of Waikīkī’s water resources. Fishponds were built and taro patches were planted allowing for a refined system of agriculture. In the 1450s, Waikīkī was established as the governmental center of Oʻahu.

Waikīkī was also the setting for one of Hawaiʻi’s historic battles for the unification of the Hawaiian archipelago between Kamehameha I (supreme chief of Hawaiʻi Island) and Kahekili (supreme chief of Maui, Molokaʻi, Lānaʻi and Kahoʻolawe). In 1794, Kamehameha I arrived from Hawaiʻi Island with a fleet of canoes landing on the beach of Waikīkī. Kamehameha then set out for the Nuʻuanu Pali (cliffs) to take  Oʻahu from Kalanikūpule, son of Kahekili. After a successful battle, the Hawaiian Islands were united under one ruler, King Kamehameha I.

Throughout the 1800s, Waikīkī remained a place of productive agriculture for commoners and residences for the royal families who maintained homes in the area.  The streets in Waikīkī are some of the most historic in Hawaiʻi as the names reveal the stories of particular areas.

The ahupuaʻa (traditional land division) of Kalia, located on the most western end of Waikīkī, was home to the chiefly Paoa family. Duke Kahanamoku, legendary surfer and multiple Olympic gold medalist, was raised in this fishing and ocean-faring family who lived on this land. The Pi‘inaio Stream fed into the ocean there next to where the Hilton Hawaiian Village currently stands, creating a rich reef and offshore area with an abundance of fish, seaweed, and other marine life to feed surrounding families.

  • Travel

    Hawaiian Airlines Airfare Discount

    We are excited to announce a 5% off discount on Hawaiian Airlines web fares for your travel to Hawai'i. Booking a reservation is quick and simple using the hot link. The hot link will take you directly to the booking page, bypassing the login page.

    Hot link: https://www.hawaiianairlines.com/affiliate?affcode=NASPAWRC17

    You can also visit: www.HawaiianAirlines.com/Affiliate and use the program code "NASPAWRC17" to make your airline reservations.

    We are thankful for the support from Hawaiian Airlines and the opportunity for NASPA Western Regional Conference 2017 to be a Preferred Affiliate Program.

    Honolulu International Airport (HNL) is only 20 minutes away from the Hilton Hawaiian Village. Located at 300 Rodgers Boulevard, Honolulu

  • Transportation

    For driving directions from Honolulu International Airport (HNL) to the Hilton Hawaiian Village, click here.

  • Weather

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