WRC NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program (NUFP) Institute

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

If you are a NASPA Undergraduate Fellow, make sure you start your conference experience here!  The NUFP Institute will include an off-site cultural excursion, providing a unique experience to explore this very special place.  To honor our conference theme, we will recognize the forces that influence the movement of your personal and professional currents.

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This year’s NUFP institute is created to inspire and empower students to introspectively look at their present and future journey as a professional.  What does it mean to enter into the field of student affairs and how do you get there with personal values, ethics and self-identity in tact?  We aim to grow together in building professional skills, help you explore and evaluate your next professional steps, and cultivate your NUFP and NAPSA connections.  Our diverse Student Affairs team, many whom are NUFP alumni, will assist to mentor and coach your institute experience.


The mission of the NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program is to increase the number of historically disenfranchised and underrepresented professionals in student affairs and/or higher education, including but not limited to those of racial and ethnic-minority background; those having a disability; and those identifying as LGBTQ.

NUFP Institute Learning Outcomes: 

1.     Gain insight about what it means to enter into the field of Student Affairs

2.     Develop personal and professional capacity in regards to:

  • Mindfulness as a resource or tool
  • Life mapping for future goals
  • Identify personal values and ethics
  • Recognize the importance of cultural competency skills in the profession
  • Make professional connections and realizing opportunities for networking and new friendships in the field
  • Understanding of potential for mentoring and sponsorship
Registration Rates* Early (5/1) Regular (9/16) Late (10/21)
NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program (NUFP) Institute FREE FREE FREE
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 NUFP Institute.


Presented By

Region VI


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  • Undergraduate


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Sat, Nov 04

12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
Check-in | Welcome (light lunch provided)
12:30 pm – 12:45 pm
Region V and VI, Conference Chair Welcome
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Off Site Excursion
5:15 pm – 6:30 pm
All-Institute Reception
6:45 pm – 8:00 pm
Informal Dinner and Reflection

Sun, Nov 05

8:00 am – 8:45 am
Breakfast and Reflection
9:00 am – 10:00 am
Panel – Entering into the Field, Stories from All Levels of Professionals
10:00 am – 11:15 am
Diving Deeper: small group discussions with Panelists
11:15 am – 12:00 pm
Build Your Armor: Values and Vision Workshop
12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
Closing Reflections


  • Becca Knopf

    Becca Knopf

    Assistant Director of Student Life, Graduate School of Business
    Stanford University
  • Zachary Tepper

    Zachary Tepper

    Resident Director
    Santa Clara University
  • Marissa Reynoso

    Marissa Reynoso

    Director of Student Organization Advising & Leadership Development
    UC Berkeley LEAD Center
  • Soumya Mathew

    Soumya Mathew

    Residence Director
    University of San Francisco
  • Wiliama Sanchez

    Wiliama Sanchez

    Resident Director
    Oregon State University
  • Punihei Lipe

    Punihei Lipe

    Native Hawaiian Affairs Specialist
    University of Hawaiʻi, Mānoa
  • LaJoya Reed Shelly

    LaJoya Reed Shelly

    Graduate Assistant, Office of Student Academic Services
    University of Hawaiʻi, Mānoa
  • Jen Pagala Barnett

    Jen Pagala Barnett

    Interim Director of the Women's Center
    University of Hawaiʻi, Mānoa
  • Romando A Nash

    Romando A Nash

    Associate Vice President for Student Services Division of Student Affairs
    San Jose State University

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Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikīkī Beach Resort

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.

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    For current information about Honolulu's weather including hourly, daily, and weekend forecasts, click here.

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