WRC New Professionals Institute

November 08 – November 09, 2018
Sacaramento, CA

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.

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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.


Paticipants will..

  • reflect upon their values and passions that sustain them in the student affairs profession enhance self-awareness about what “hot buttons” trigger them when working with others and why
  • develop strategies to build resiliency by gaining tools to hold difficult conversations and give/receive feedback
  • learn tools for navigating challenging case scenarios relevant to new professionals while engaging with seasoned mid-level and senior student affairs professionals who will serve as facilitators
  • Build a network of professional colleagues that can serve as a foundation for building meaningful relationships

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.


Presented By

Region VI


This event is most likely to influence these groups.

  • New Professional


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Thu, Nov 08

12:00pm – 1:00pm
Lunch and Opening
1:00pm – 2:45pm
Session I
2:45pm – 3:00pm
3:00pm – 5:30m
Session II

Fri, Nov 09

8:00am – 8:30am
8:30am – 12:00pm
Session III


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