2019 NASPA Annual Conference

First Time Attendees

Attending the NASPA Annual Conference for the first time? Fantastic!

No matter what your role is on campus, we look forward to providing useful resources to help you prepare for the conference in Los Angeles and then navigate the conference upon arrival. 

This year over 7,000 attendees will descend on Los Angeles in early March. This will be thrilling for some and a little overwhelming for others, so please bookmark this page and return often for updated blogs, information, and helpful tips. 

First things other first-time attendees before the conference. Join the #NASPA19 FTAs group on Facebook!

Join the Facebook Group

All registrants are invited to participate in our FTA Mentoring program. First-time attendees will be paired with a seasoned conference attendee who can provide insights and guidance on attending the NASPA Annual Conference for the first time. 

Register as a FTA mentee Register as a FTA mentor

News & Resources for First-Time Attendees

Fall 2018

Periodically, we will be updating this page with tips and tricks from past first-time attendees. In general, there are two themes: (1) get started early and (2) have a plan before you arrive onsite. Here are our recommendations for FTAs to complete this fall.

  • Register for the conference. Time to lock in your reduced rate while they’re available! Registration fees will increase December 18. You can also register for a pre-conference or campus tours. Might we recommend pre-conference 45, Navigating your NASPA Experience, on Sunday, March 10, from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm. This free pre-conference includes the Graduate Student and New Professional Town from 1:00 pm - 1:50 pm, Piloting your NASPA Experience: Your Itinerary for your NASPA from 2:00 pm - 2:50 pm, and the NASPA Annual Conference First-Time Attendee Orientation from 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm. Although attendance at all three sessions is not required, please sign up for this pre-conference if any of the sessions peak your interest!
  • Make travel arrangements. With more than 7,000 attendees, accommodations will fill up as the conference approaches. The cost of travel tends to increase closer to the date, too, so take this opportunity to reserve your accommodations at or near the convention center and book your travel. Past FTAs recommend staying either onsite or nearby to reduce travel times and minimize logistics, enabling you to get the most out of your first conference experience.
  • Read the conference emails. The best way to stay informed leading up to the conference is by reading the emails you receive. Registration will be limited for some activities and sessions so be sure you’re among the first to know.
  • Begin building your network. It’s never too early to make connections online. Take time now to engage on social media, follow influencers within student affairs and NASPA, and identify individuals or institutions you’d like to connect with in-person at the conference.

Write down your objectives. What will a successful conference experience look like for you? Take a few minutes this fall to brainstorm and jot down any goals that come to mind. Whatever your objectives may be, you’ll be setting yourself up for success by beginning with the end in mind.

Check back in December for some more tips!

Conference Engagement Committee

Your first-time attendee committee is excited to help prepare you for your first NASPA Annual Conference experience and is available to provide insights along the way.

The FTA Committee is made up of volunteers whose goal is to orient new conference attendees to the opportunities available at the annual conference and within the NASPA organization regardless of your professional level.

Wendy Endress, Evergreen State University
Raquel Torres-Retana, Pasadena City College

Corliss Bennett, Humboldt State University
Missy Dominguez, California State University, Northridge
Martha Enciso, San Diego State University
Lindsey Goldstein, University of California, Los Angeles
Timothy Khuu, University of Southern California
Patricia Mahaffey, University of California, San Diego
Pamela Mirabelli, Lehigh University
Asha Nettles, California State University, Fullerton
Emerald Templeton, University of California, Berkeley
Sydney Torres, California Polytechnic State University
Shaun Travers, University of California, San Diego
Lisa Valela, Harvard University
Danielle Wilcher, Southern Methodist University
Benjamin Williams, Georgia Tech

NASPA Staff Liaisons:
Sarice Greenstein,
Jordana Taylor,
Nathan Victoria,