2022 NASPA Annual Conference

Conference Focus Areas

The 2022 NASPA Annual Conference Will be an opportunity to Gather together, heal, renew, and reinvent ourselves.

In March 2022, the NASPA family will return to in-person conferencing for the first time in three years, meeting in Baltimore, Maryland. As we develop plans for the new academic year, we commit to taking the opportunity to pause, remembering all that we have lost and grieve what was, and imagining and changing what can be. How do we shift our mindset to let go of student affairs nostalgia and prepare ourselves for what students need in this moment and moving forward? 

Recognizing that recent times have included the most exhausting experiences of our lives, it is time to make changes that are both realistic, and sustainable, for everyone in student affairs and higher education as a whole. Multiple pandemics have affected our Black; Indigenous; Asian; Latinx/a/o; multiracial; and LGBTQIA+ colleagues in a myriad of ways, and change is long overdue as the systemic issues in higher education continue to plague our communities. 

The Conference Leadership Committee (CLC) looks forward to using our time together to heal, celebrate our community, discuss ways to challenge and  reinvent the profession, prioritize student success, and ensure that justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion are central to our work moving forward.

For accepted presenters, please visit the Presenter Support Page for details on the Annual Conference deadlines and other information.

2022 NASPA Conference FOCUS AREAS

The 2022 Conference Leadership Committee seeks conference proposals focusing on the four core content areas:

  • Developing a Healing and Restorative Community
  • Justice, Equity, Diversity, and InclusionMoving from Dialogue to Action
  • Reinventing Student Affairs for the Next Decade
  • Investing in a Student-ready Framework

The specific prompts for each core content area are listed under the questions below.

Please ensure that you read the prompts in full and select the question to which your program relates. Conference proposals will be reviewed and scored based on your responses.

Click on the plus signs below to expand the conference core content areas and view the questions under each area. These are an important part of your submission(s).

  • Developing a Healing and Restorative Community

    With the collective trauma we have experienced through both the world-wide pandemic and continued incidents of racial injustice and violence, we hope to use this gathering to heal, restore, and renew as individuals and collectively, as colleagues. Our Association’s gathering is an opportunity to lift up Indigenous ways of being, knowing, and recognizing that there is power in community. 

    • How do we restore our sense of community and reconnect with one another? How do we use this opportunity to support, acknowledge, and validate those who may have not felt listened to or valued in our communities?
    • What has the pandemic revealed that was always there and how can we courageously address those challenges now?
    • What did you learn about yourself, your values, and your work during this time? What did your division, department, and colleagues collectively learn about one another? 
    • What are the ways mental health and well-being can be prioritized in student affairs? How can we ensure that this happens at all levels and in all areas of higher education?
    • How do we facilitate conversations about justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion without retraumatizing systemically marginalized communities and without unintentionally shaming privileged student affairs professionals?
  • Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion: Moving from Dialogue to Action

    As the United States continues to become increasingly polarized and legislation continues to exclude, student affairs must engage everyone in the dialogue, while centering the lived experiences of historically marginalized communities. From Critical Race Theory to the various identity theories that have emerged in the last fifty years, we must help make higher education a place that celebrates our differences and honors all those in our community. We must commit to proactively respond to issues of social justice occurring each day at our institutions.

    • What is the role of student affairs to be a bridge across different beliefs while also advancing equity and justice initiatives?
    • What are methods to enhance the justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion dialogue through a virtual educational setting?
    • Many higher education institutions owe their creation to the forced removal of Indigenous peoples from the lands they occupy. How are universities recognizing the violence toward historically oppressed communities and what are the practices/policies that are changing to recognize this as contributing to their survival?
  • Reinventing Student Affairs for the Next Decade

    Now, more than ever, the role of student affairs educators is changing, evolving, and even increasing in scope and responsibility. Our roles and profession experienced an accelerated and forced redesign during the pandemic and we must continue to evolve by meeting students’ current needs. We have the opportunity to define what the roles should be and what resources are needed to ensure the profession is sustained for the future. As the enrollment cliff looms, it is now that we must reinvent ourselves for the sustainability of the profession.

    • How do we intentionally reconstruct the environment in a way that addresses the systemic racism, sexism, and elitism in higher education? What are ways we can change policies and protocols that continue to be rooted in settler colonialism?
    • How are you using technology and data metrics to better serve, understand, and address the needs of our students, faculty, and staff? How are these technologies accessible for all?
    • What do hybrid modalities of student affairs look like in the next decade? How do we purposefully integrate the online and in-person student experiences?
    • How do professionals navigate retention in the field while negotiating the realities of personal life and career? (e.g., family priorities, financial planning, regional preferences, job opportunities, first-generation identities, welcoming individuals to the industry, etc.)
  • Investing in a Student-ready Framework

    Being a ‘student-ready’ campus means more than ensuring that students understand the resources available to them at the institution; it means preparing, supporting, and investing in the staff and faculty who are responsible for the student experience. We must evaluate our institutions to ensure that we are fostering conditions in which everyone can thrive. Using the public health model, we must think about the individual, the community, and how student success can thrive in our new reality.

    • What policies, processes, and protocols do you have in place to approach student-ready work from a justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion lens?
    • How do you evaluate position descriptions based on desired outcomes regarding student connection, support and advising versus a list of tasks, events, etc.?
    • How do we equip staff to think and work as generalists and less from a functional-area specific perspective?
    • How do we prepare supervisors to supervise in a student-ready framework? What are the ways in which we are providing ongoing support and training for supervisors, as well as holding them accountable to their supervisory responsibilities?
    • How do we address student basic needs while assisting them in becoming more aware of the resources available to them at the institution?

NASPA Guiding Principles

In addition to the core content above, the Conference Leadership Committee wants to ensure that your programs have a focus on the principles below:

  • Integrity

    Committed to high moral principles exhibiting authentic, honest, just, and ethical behavior.

  • Inclusion

    Seeking ways to ensure access, voice, acknowledgement, opportunity, and participation at all levels.

  • Inquiry

    Supporting research and scholarship to add to the knowledge base of the profession and ensure that data informs practice.

  • Innovation

    Continuously seeking improvement through new and creative approaches.

Meeting Spaces

Meeting and events at the Annual Conference will be the best time to join your colleagues in planning the year, reconnecting with colleagues, and networking. The Meeting and Request process is now closed. 

Meeting & Event Space Requests - Closed