2021 NASPA Virtual Conference

Featured Educational Sessions

Featured Educational Sessions

During the annual gathering of the Association, the organization hosts Featured Educational Sessions to highlight some of the most pressing issues and conversations that are happening in the student affairs profession. This year is no exception! Participate in some of these Featured Educational offerings during the NASPA Virtual Conference this year.

Monday Featured Educational Sessions

The Role of Student Affairs in Leading JEDI Work
Monday, March 22 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. ET

Monica Nixon, Assistant Vice President for Equity, Inclusion, and Social Justice, NASPA
Charlotte Davidson, Independent Scholar
William Franklin, Vice President for Student Affairs, California State University – Dominguez Hills
Enku Gelaye, Vice President and Dean of Campus Life, Emory University
Elena Sandoval-Lucero, Vice President, Boulder County Campus, Front Range Community College

Four experienced student affairs leaders will share perspectives on effective and intentional ways to frame the work of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI) in student affairs and to lead institutional JEDI initiatives. Presenters will explore role-related complexities of advocating for students and staff in an era of heightened campus activism and the dual pandemics of systemic racism and COVID-19.

Leading an Association During Multiple Pandemics: Accepting the Challenge!
Monday, March 22 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. ET

Angela Batista, Champlain College
Julie Payne-Kirchmeier, Vice President of Student Affairs, Northwestern University
Vernon Wall, Director, Business Development, LeaderShape, Inc.
Danielle Acosta, Director, Student Governance & Advocacy, Florida State University
Kevin Kruger, President, NASPA
Chris Moody, Executive Director, ACPA

What is it like to lead a higher education association during an unprecedented time in our nation? Join ACPA and NASPA leaders for a conversation on the struggles and triumphs of the past year as both associations navigated (and continue to navigate) COVID-19, Racial Injustice, Xenophobia (to name just a few). This will also be a time of "forward thinking" as both associations look to 2021 and beyond as we continue to serve our members and the student affairs profession.

Tuesday Featured Educational Sessions

Unlocking the Power of Advising to Meet Institutional Student Success Goals
Tuesday, March. 23, 3:00 – 4:15 p.m. ET

Elise Newkirk-Kotfila, NASPA
Chris Hutt, National Academic Advising Association (NACADA)
Kathe Pelletier, Director, Student Success Community Programs, EDUCAUSE
Jacquelyn Jones, Senior Director, AASCU's Frontier Set & Student Success Strategy, American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU)
Laurie Fladd, Director of Holistic Student Supports, Achieving the Dream
Chelsea Fountain, Program Coordinator for the Advising Success Network, National Resource Center for the First Year Experience and Students in Transition

Advising is a critical component of the student experience during times of disruption and crisis response. The Advising Success Network defines "advising" as encompassing more than the student interaction, to also include the structure and operations of academic advising; the roles and responsibilities of primary-role and faculty advisors; and advising pedagogies, approaches, and models. Join us to map the connections between holistic advising and other student supports. Presenters will provide principles of holistic advising and examples of institutions successfully redefining holistic advising to identify and address inequities for racially and socioeconomically minoritized students.

Effective Strategies for Delivering Virtual Student Services
Tuesday, March. 23, 3:00 – 4:15 p.m. ET

Alexa Wesley, Director of Research and Strategy, NASPA
Amelia Parnell, Vice President for Research and Policy, NASPA
Omari Burnside, Assistant Vice President for Strategy and Practice, NASPA

Rima Adil, Dean of Student Success, Houston Community College
Jill Leafstedt, Associate Vice Provost for Innovation & Faculty Development, California State University Channel Islands
Cynthia Demetriou, Vice Provost for Student Success and Retention Innovation, University of Arizona

Changing dynamics have led institutions to consider how to equitably deliver support services to students across multiple modalities. The presenters will share a set of guiding principles for leveraging technology to deliver optimal student support services in virtual environments. Focus will be on application of the principles in the context of providing resources for students most impacted by the shift from in-person services into an online environment.

Looking Toward Tomorrow: Update from and Discussion with the Future of Student Affairs Task Force
Tuesday, March. 23, 3:00 – 4:15 p.m. ET

James Stascavage, Senior Director of Leadership and Senior Student Affairs Officers Initiatives, NASPA
Abby Vollmer, Director of NASPA Advisory Services, NASPA
Claire Brady, Vice President of Enrollment and Student Affairs, Lake-Sumter State College
Jon Dooley, Vice President for Student Life, Elon University
Lamar Hylton, Vice President for Student Affairs, Kent State University
Victor Wilson, Vice President for Student Affairs, University of Georgia
Erica Yamamura, Associate Professor and Program Director, Seattle University

Before the pandemic, higher education was responding to a number of pressures – changing demographics, affordability concerns, persistence and completion challenges, and more. The pandemic amplified these issues and added new challenges related to health, safety, and the very nature of learning. In this context NASPA established The Future of Student Affairs Task Force to answer the big question, “What is the future of student affairs?” Learn about the work of the Task Force and hear reactions from volunteer leaders on early themes.

Wednesday Featured Educational Session

Higher Education Law Update
Wednesday, 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. ET

Holly Peterson, National Association of College and University Attorneys
Julie Miceli, Office Managing Partner, Husch Blackwell LLP
Susan Davis, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs/Liaison to the General Counsel, University of Virginia

In this session, presented in cooperation with the National Association of College and University Attorneys, two campus attorneys will examine how evolving legal and regulatory actions impact the student affairs function. In particular, panelists will discuss existing or anticipated legal and regulatory changes prompted by the presidential transition, the changed composition of the U.S. Supreme Court and its potential impact on higher education, and evolving case law.