WRC Mid-Level Institute

November 08 – November 09, 2018
Sacramento, CA

Mid-level professionals can be some of the most influential forces in a college community. In pivotal positions, they serve students directly while simultaneously providing critical "boots on the ground" information to senior administration.

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Institute Goal & Learning Objectives

The overall goal of the Mid Level Professionals Institute is to inspire the potentiality of those individual staff and faculty members with five or more years of full-time professional experience whose responsibility is to simultaneously serve students while promoting the learning, growth, and development of staff supervised.  It is the intent of the Mid Level Professionals Institute to promote quality organizational and professional development for those who serve students by affording participants the space and time to reflect upon their professional experiences so far, to assess the effectiveness of their professional practices, and to gauge their resonance and satisfaction with managing and leading in the student affairs profession in higher education.

Through the Mid Level Professionals Institute, participants will be able to:

  1. Overview of the current and emerging competency areas needed to be successful in the role of Senior Student Affairs Officer;
  2. Reflection activities focusing on future careers objectives, professional pathways and developmental goals; and
  3. Networking activities to facilitate professional affiliations

Registration Rates* Early (5/1) Regular (9/16) Late (10/16)
Mid-Level Institute $150 $175 $225
Western Regional Conference (WRC) NASPA Member $340 $390 $440
Western Regional Conference (WRC) Non-Member $520 $570 $620

**Participants must register for the WRC to gain access to the Mid-Level Institute.


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Region VI


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The Mid-Level Institute provides a focused curriculum as well as a valuable networking opportunity. This curriculum is for those with at least five years of experience as a full-time professional and who are currently responsible for the direction and oversight of one or more functions and supervise one or more professional staff.

Thu, Nov 08

1:00 pm – 1:45 pm
Opening Comments and Introductions
1:45 pm – 2:45 pm
SSAO Personal Reflections and Critical Lessons
2:45 pm – 3:00 pm
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
NASPA Professional Competency Areas and Emerging Issues
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Small Group Reflection: Significant Learning

Fri, Nov 09

8:00 am – 9:00 am
Collaboration between Student and Academic Affairs
9:00 am – 10:00 am
Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education
10:00 am – 10:15 am
10:15 am – 11:15 am
Community College Perspective
11:15 am – 12:00 pm
Final Significant Learning and Wrap Up


  • Dr. Suzanne Espinoza

    Vice President for Student Affairs
    California State University, East Bay
  • Dr. David Evans

    Dean of the College of Science
    California State University, Stanislaus
  • Dr. Clarissa Lonn-Nichols

    Special Assistant to the VPSA, Student Conduct Administrator
    California State University, Stanislaus
  • Dr. Charles Nies

    Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
    University of California, Merced
  • Dr. Cynthia Olivo

    Vice President for Student Affairs
    Pasadena City College
  • Dr. Patrick Tanner

    Assistant Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services
    College of Western Idaho
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