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2019 NASPA Annual Conference

Mentoring Opportunities

At the NASPA Annual Conference, several knowledge communities and volunteer groups hosting mentoring opportunities.  If you're interested in mentoring or being a mentee, we will provide information here on the various opportunities as they are finalized.  

Some past mentoring programs include: 

  • Meals with a mentor
  • Candid Conversations
  • First-time attendee meals
  • First-time attendee mentor and mentee

First-Time Attendee Mentor/Mentee Matching

All registrants are invited to participate in our FTA Mentoring program through the NASPA Annual Conference Registration. First-time attendees will be paired with a seasoned conference attendee who can provide insights and guidance on the attending the NASPA Annual Conference for the first time. Mentors and mentees are asked to connect once before arriving to the conference, have at least one on-site check-in, and follow-up after the conference to debrief the experience.

If you did not have a chance to sign up to be a mentor or a mentee, please email Sarice Greenstein at sgreenstein@naspa.org to get added to the program.

No Host Dinners

No dinner plans on Monday night, March 11th? Then let us make the plans! Sign up to go to dinner at one of many locations in which reservations have already been secured. Join a group of 8-10 NASPA colleagues and enjoy an evening out making new connections and enjoying some good laughs!  (PS - Everyone is financially responsible for their own meal).

To register for one of the group dinners, sign up at the on-site at the Concierge Table (formerly the Hospitality Table) which will be located at the Exhibit Hall, next to the First Time Attendees lounge.

The Student Leadership Programs Knowledge Community (SLPKC) Graduate Student Mentorship Program

The SLPKC Graduate Student Mentorship Program is designed to connect master’s 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 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. Please complete registration by Friday, February 15, 2019.

Want to participate? 

Prior to the NASPA Annual Conference, mentees and mentors are invited to register to participate via the form 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.   

SLPKC Mentor Apply Here SLPKC Mentee Apply Here

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.  

Registration for Mentors will open in December. Registration for Mentees will open in January.