The changing landscape of Student Affairs requires creativity, innovation, and new frameworks to think about our work with students as well as ourselves as professionals. Recent national events have impacted the nature of this work, and especially for our newest professionals who are often the closest to the student experience. In order to sustain ourselves in the field, it is important to take the time to reflect upon on our “why” and what keeps us passionate about student affairs. In addition, we need to understand what pushes our buttons so that we can develop strategies to build resiliency and keep ourselves whole as professionals. In this institute, you will have the opportunity to engage in self-awareness of your passions and values as well as learn strategies for engaging in difficult conversations for navigating challenging situations. You will meet and engage with seasoned mid-level and senior-level practitioners who will help you enhance your professional network of colleagues and mentors. Through reflective and experiential activities, you will have the opportunity to build your support system by engaging with other new professionals while deepening your awareness and learning new strategies for effective engagement in the profession.
The WRC New Professionals Institute is designed to develop student affairs professionals with 1-5 years of full-time professional experience in the student affairs profession. The New Professionals Institute promotes quality professional development for those who serve students by affording participants the space and time to reflect upon their professional experiences, to assess the realities of professional practices, and to further develop their professional identity within the student affairs profession. This pre-conference Institute will inspire New Professionals to explore their potential and ultimately, the reality of their roles as the future leaders of the profession.
The New Professionals Institute is designed for student affairs professionals who have five or less years of full-time professional experience in various functional areas.
Space is limited. Registration will cap at 40 participants
|Registration Rates*||Early (5/1)||Regular (9/16)||Late (10/16)|
|New Professionals Institute||$100||$125||$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 New Professionals Institute.
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Becca (She/Her(s)) has worked in Student Affairs over the last nine years. Beginning her career in Advertising, Becca realized she was not aligned doing purpose driven work, thus pivoted into Student Affairs, working primarily in Residential Life and Student Activities, Involvement & Leadership. Becca now serves in the role of Assistant Director of Student Activities and Engagement at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. Becca is passionate about serving students to support them in realizing their purpose, while coaching them to achieve their co-curricular goals. She is committed to the mattering, inclusion, and belonging of her students and colleagues.
Faith (she/her/hers) is the Associate Dean and Director of the Stanford Women's Community Center. In her role, she provides vision and direction to create a collaborative environment helping students explore gender, equity, identity, and broader social justice issues. Her first professional experience in student affairs was in the area of student leadership and development at Cal State L.A. Throughout her 18 year career, Faith has been involved in NASPA (both regionally and nationally) in a number of leadership roles from serving the knowledge communities to serving on conference planning committees. One of her most memorable professional experiences was sailing on Semester at Sea. Faith earned her B.A. in Psychology from UC Irvine, M.A. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and her Ed.D. from the University of San Francisco in Organization and Leadership. Faith loves spending time with her family, travelling (anywhere), and writing children’s books.
Juan (he/him/his) has served in various roles at the University of La Verne, including Assistant Dean of Students, Associate Dean of Students, and currently Dean of Students. As Dean of Students he provides leadership for the on-campus housing program, dining program, and the student conduct program. He also serves as core member of the Behavioral Intervention Team and Title IX investigation team. Juan received his B.A. in Psychology from the UC – Irvine, his M.Ed. from the University of Maryland, and is pursuing his Ph.D. at the Claremont Graduate University. Professionally, he has sought to build his career on the values of student centeredness, diversity and inclusion, organizational learning, collaboration, and positivity. Personally, he enjoys spending time with his partner, his 8 year old daughter, and his dog, Platanos.
Sunny (she/her/hers) is serving as the Interim Associate Dean of Students at UC Berkeley where she oversees crisis management and response for students. She has held various positions during her 20-year career in higher education with emphasis in student life and multicultural affairs at campuses including the University of California-Irvine, California Polytechnic University-Pomona, and Pomona College. She has also sailed three times with Semester at Sea in the roles of Resident Director, Dean of Students, and Assistant Executive Dean. Sunny earned her Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration at Claremont Graduate University, M.Ed. in College Student Personnel at the University of Maryland-College Park, and B.A. in Criminology and Law from UC Irvine. She has various published articles and book chapters on college student development. Sunny also has an active family life as a co-parent to a first and fourth grader.