"NASPA believes that equity, inclusion, and social justice require continual pursuits to ensure that members from all identities, backgrounds, abilities, and belief systems have access, voice, acknowledgement, and opportunities to participate at all levels within the Association and the profession."
This statement by the NASPA Board of Directors guides our practices of creating a conference experience that is inclusive, welcoming, accessible, and free from discrimination or harassment.
Supporting a Safe and Respectful Environment
It is the policy of NASPA not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, age, sex, gender identity, gender expression, affectional or sexual orientation, immigration status, veteran status, or disability in any of its policies, programs, publications, and services. NASPA prohibits discrimination and harassment at any time, including during its events or within publications and online learning communities.
NASPA participants are expected to conduct themselves in all NASPA capacities, events, and settings with:
- consideration and respect in their speech, actions, and in their personal, professional, and business conduct;
- honesty and integrity in their professional relationships;
- respect for individuals' personal boundaries and conduct;
- behavior that is free from:
- demeaning, discriminatory, insulting, or harassing language or actions, in person or online; and
- harassment of any kind, including but not limited to unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical harassment.
If you experience or witness any behavior that violates this policy, we encourage you to report the incident to a NASPA staff member.
If you have other requests or suggestions to make the NASPA Annual Conference more inclusive, please contact us at [email protected].
During Your Conference Experience
NASPA has many Knowledge Communities (KCs), which are member-driven networks that empower you to explore key topics, professional functions, and personal identities alongside other student affairs educators. You can learn more about the Knowledge Communities here. Many of the sessions during the conference will be sponsored by specific Knowledge Communities, and some KCs have open meetings as well. The schedule of sponsored sessions and meetings will be available in early 2022.