2020 NASPA Annual Conference

Mentoring/Mentorship Opportunities

Whether you are looking to find a mentor or if you are ready to become a mentor yourself, there are several opportunities available for you on-site in Austin:

  • Center for Women: Candid Conversations

    The NASPA Center for Scholarship, Research, and Professional Development for Women is sponsoring Candid Conversations, a one-on-one mentoring program for those who identify as women at all professional levels at the NASPA Annual Conference. Candid Conversations is an exciting program that provides opportunities for mentorship, coaching, and professional development to new and seasoned student affairs professionals.

    As participants in Candid Conversations, mentors and mentees meet during the NASPA Annual Conference to discuss topics including work-life integration, career advancement strategies, professional goals, and many other relevant topics.  Though there is no expectation that mentee-mentor relationships will continue after the conference, we are delighted that many remain strong and significant over time.  

    Want to Participate?

    Prior to the NASPA Annual Conference, mentees and mentors are invited to register to participate. Mentees will have the opportunity to match with selected mentors based on similar experiences, interests, professional aspirations, and other unique areas.  Once mentees and mentors match, both will receive follow-up information. Mentees and mentors are encouraged to connect prior to the Conference in order to establish plans for meeting. Conversations at the conference tend to last about an hour.  

    Click here to register as a MENTOR

    Click here to register as a MENTEE

  • First-time Attendee Mentor/Mentee Program

    Attending the conference for the first time can be an overwhelming and exciting experience.  The NASPA Annual Conference First-time Attendee Subcommittee would like to invite you to participate in this one-on-one mentoring program. This is a way for us to continue to build community and to give first-time attendees a chance to personally connect with someone in the field.  

    For potential MENTEES, this is a chance for you to build your NASPA network on-site at Annual Conference before you arrive and a chance for you to connect with a mentor on-site while in Austin.  We know that you are excited to join us and want you to have a chance to connect with as many attendees who can make your on-site conference experience great!

    For potential MENTORS, this is your opportunity to share your experience as a seasoned Annual Conference attendee and professional! We are looking for mentors who are willing to connect with first-time attendees throughout the conference.  

    Mentors and mentees will connect prior to the conference to make plans to connect once on-site. This could mean getting coffee or a meal together, attending an education session or reception together, or just finding time on-site to meet and get to know each other. We encourage participants to discuss everything from work, work-life balance, career goals, and other topics that can help both mentor and mentee find a connection together.  We hope your experience will go beyond Annual Conference and well into your professional lives.

    To participate, please fill out a profile that best describes your desired participation.  You are welcome to sign up for this mentor-mentee opportunity through March 27, 2020.  Matches will be made starting in mid-February and will continue through March 27th.

    Click HERE to create your MENTOR profile

    Click HERE to create your MENTEE profile

  • Student Leadership Programs Knowledge Community (SLPKC) Mentorship Program

    The SLPKC Graduate Student Mentorship Program is designed to connect masters-level graduate students who are interested in Student Leadership with current professionals in the field. Each graduate student (mentee) will be matched with a professional (mentor) during the annual conference and will be encouraged to network during the course of the conference. There is an expectation that the mentor and mentee meet at least once during the conference. It will be up to the discretion of both the mentor and mentee if they wish to continue to communicate after the conference. The purpose of the program is to connect the mentee to the SLPKC and NASPA, provide the mentee with networking opportunities during the conference, and allow the mentee to learn more about working with student leadership programs. Furthermore, mentors who participate in the program will be able to connect with graduate students in the field and support the SLPKC.

    Prior to the NASPA Annual Conference, mentees and mentors are invited to register to participate via the forms below. Mentees will be hand-paired to a mentor based on personal and professional interests, career aspirations, and other unique areas. Once mentees and mentors are matched, both will receive notification of the pairing as well as follow-up information. Mentees and mentors are encouraged to connect prior to the Conference in order to establish plans for a meeting. The meeting at the Conference tends to last about an hour.

    Please complete registration by Monday, March 2, 2020.

    Click here to register as a MENTEE 

    Click here to register as a MENTOR 

Don't see a program that fits your needs? Check back for updates!  You can also find updates in our weekly emails and on social media.