2020 NASPA Annual Conference

Connected Conference

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Unfortunately, the NASPA Board of Directors regrets to announce the cancellation of the Connected Conference due to the ongoing threat posed by the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. We would like to first thank Patrick Day, vice president for student affairs, and Sonja Daniels, assistant vice president for student affairs, who graciously served as our campus hosts at San Jose State University, and the planning committee who worked diligently to create a memorable experience for our colleagues in California.

Registration Refunds will be processed automatically back to the original form of payment. If a credit card payment was made more than 90 days ago, we will automatically process your refund by check. For all refunds, we may need to reach out to you for more information. All refunds will be processed by March 31, 2020. Please visit our COVID-19 FAQs page for specific instructions.

Travel/Hotel Reservations will need to be cancelled directly with the property at least 72 hours in advance of your arrival to avoid cancellation fees. As noted in our conference registration policies, NASPA cannot control flight cancellation/change fees for participants.

We are very grateful for the nearly 12 months of planning by the 2020 NASPA Connected Conference Committee, volunteer leaders, and staff who have worked to develop the connected event. We recognize you are managing many aspects of the COVID-19 response on your own campus and send you our thoughts as student affairs is on the front-lines of the emergency response on campus.


We want to thank you for submitting program proposals and agreeing to present at the Connected Conference. We know that you have worked diligently to prepare content that is engaging for your colleagues and the field at-large. We are still determining if a virtual option will be available, but we encourage you to submit your program to the 2020 NASPA Western Regional Conference for consideration for their fall conference. In addition, we would like to be able to share the content that you prepared with Connected Conference participants. If you are willing to share your slides, handouts, and references with participants, please fill out this google form and we will be in touch with instructions for uploading materials. 

Registration Fees

Member Type Early Bird
After 2/15
Member $299 $399 $499
Nonmember $499 $599 $699


Please note that the registration fees above include the following meals:

  • Brunch on Sunday morning
  • A reception with appetizers on Sunday evening
  • Breakfast and lunch on Monday and Tuesday
  • Breakfast on Wednesday
  • Registration Policies

    Refunds will be given for cancellations, received via this form by December 20, 2019, less a $50.00 processing fee. In addition, a processing fee of $50.00 per registration will be charged for credit cards declined.

    Between December 21, 2019 and February 26, 2020, cancellation/refund requests will receive 50% of the registration cost, less a $50.00 administrative fee.

    After February 26, 2020, no refunds will be issued.

    For a comprehensive listing of NASPA registration policies, please visit this page.

Register Now!


Registration for the 2020 NASPA Connected Conference is now open!

Please note that you must be an employee at a California institution to register for the Connected Conference. At this time we are unable to accept registrations from individuals who work outside of the state.

Conference Hotel

A conference room block has been secured at the nearby Hyatt Place San José/Downtown. The price per night for a double is $219 before tax.

Hyatt Place San José/Downtown
282 Almaden Boulevard
San José, California 95113

To call for reservations: 800-993-4751, and mention the group name (NASPA- Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education) and code (G-NASS)

Book Your Room through the Online Portal

Featured Speaker: Assemblymember Evan Low

Evan Low was elected to the California State Assembly in November 2014 to represent District 28. At the age of 31, Assemblymember Low became the youngest Asian American legislator to have been elected to the Assembly in state history. The district is located in Silicon Valley and includes Campbell, Cupertino, Los Gatos, Monte Sereno, Saratoga, and the areas of West San Jose, Willow Glen, Cambrian, and Almaden Valley in San Jose. Assemblymember Low chairs the Business and Professions Committee. In 2015, together with Assemblymember Ian Calderon (D-Whittier), he launched the first in the state California Legislative Technology & Innovation Caucus. The Caucus comprises of a bi-partisan group of Senators and Assemblymembers who view this as a statewide effort to ensure that California remains the global leader in technology and innovation.

Assemblymember Low is a lifelong resident of Silicon Valley and has been a regional community leader. His work within the community and deep knowledge of issues local residents faced led him to run for Campbell City Council in 2006. He made history as the first Asian American elected to Campbell's City Council.

In 2010, Assemblymember Low also made history by becoming the youngest openly LGBT mayor in the country at the age of 26. While serving on Campbell's City Council, he helped balance the city budget without eliminating vital services and increase government transparency by streaming City Council meetings online. Assemblymember Low promoted small business and job growth by cutting red tape and streamlining the licensing process for business owners.

Assemblymember Low has been named "Legislator of the Year" by the Internet Association, TechNet, The Computing Technology Industry Association, California Faculty Association, Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association, California District Attorneys Association and Faculty Association of California Community Colleges.

He also served as a community college instructor teaching American Government and Political Science at De Anza Community College.

A Bay Area native, Low attended local public schools and earned degrees from De Anza Community College and San Jose State University. He went on to graduate from the Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program at Harvard University.

Virtual TPE (The Placement Exchange)

Is your institution unable to travel to Austin for The Placement Exchange?

This year, just for California institutions, we are offering a Virtual TPE experience! From your home office, interview TPE candidates in Austin!

The Virtual Registration Package includes: 

  • (1) virtual, private interview table in the Onsite "Virtual Interview Room"  (similar to a Premium Booth)
  • (1) standard event job post credit
  • (1) designated virtual video conference / interview line to interview onsite candidates who are at the TPE Spring Onsite event in Austin.
  • Access to all registered TPE Spring Onsite Candidates
  • Additional necessary technology in the designated Austin space for virtual interviews: Onsite hard-wired internet access, computer for candidates, headphones for candidates, etc.

For more information, visit the Spring TPE Onsite Event page, and scroll to "TPE Onsite 2020 Virtual Registration and Pricing."

Conference Themes

The 2020 NASPA Connected Conference will focus on 4 core topic areas, aligned with the core areas of the 2020 NASPA Annual Conference:

  • Defining Student Success

    As student affairs professionals, we must be innovative in our design of cross-divisional approaches that contribute to student success. We must create a holistic and supportive university environment in a manner that resonates with today’s college students, and empower our students to navigate the myriad issues threatening to disrupt their success.

    • How do universities provide an effective “menu of options” for the continuum of mental health care needed by students within a culture of campus care?
    • What non-traditional or creative approaches exist regarding campus safety?
    • What programs and practices leverage technology to effectively contribute to student success?
    • What programs and practices, for online learning students – those who never step foot on a physical campus – are proving to be effective in contributing to student success?
    • What programs and practices leverage technology to effectively contribute to student success?
    • What is the reach/delivery/impact of university support services abroad or on satellite campuses around the world?
  • Collaborations and Partnerships

    With diminishing resources and budgets, collaborations and partnerships are necessary to support student success in higher education. Collaboration encourages creativity and innovation, builds relationships, offers a greater depth of knowledge, benefits all parties personally and professionally, and introduces us to new people and ideas. We must seek, encourage, and cultivate new partnerships inside and outside of institutions. We must challenge ourselves to form relationships and partnerships outside of the established frameworks and traditions of our institutional structures.

    • How do you establish and sustain partnerships with other organizations to support student success?
    • How have you creatively engaged external stakeholders, other higher education communities, or local/regional community to discuss and/or solve an issue?
    • What are considerations for partnership participation?  What are ways to incentivize or encourage collaboration across stakeholders/communities?
    • How do you engage students in collaborative opportunities?
  • Advocacy and Activism

    Higher education is under scrutiny from the government, parents, employers, and others who question its value proposition. Student affairs educators must provide the best environment for students in an increasingly diverse student population with shifting expectations from stakeholders. We have a responsibility to improve the narrative about the true value of higher education by educating and inspiring students for leadership in our communities.

    • How is the political and social environment in which colleges and universities operate changing, and in what ways do these changes create challenges and opportunities for student affairs educators?
    • What is and how do we communicate the research that contributes to increased understanding of the impact of higher education on society?
    • How does your day-to-day work translate into the learning, skills, attitudes, and competencies that students need in the work environment and to be civically engaged in their community?
    • How does proposed legislation and/or enacted legislation change our work and in what ways have we changed/modified our practice to adapt to new legislation (or proposed legislation)?
    • What opportunities exist for academic and community partnerships focusing on civic engagement?
  • Redefining and Realigning the Student Affairs Profession

    Current leaders of the student affairs profession inspire and transform lives within the profession. However, as the field and its leadership diversifies, generationally, demographically, and functionally, tensions now exist among the existing narratives and the lived experience of some student affairs professionals. We must continue to evolve and investigate how the demographics of students who enroll in our campuses change the ways that we evolve and realign the student affairs profession.

    • What can senior leadership and the new generation learn from each other? How do we create a reciprocal relationship between the generations?
    • What does it mean to be a “professional?” As a profession, how do we change the narrative and redefine professionalism to allow authenticity in all relationships?
    • How do the Association, graduate preparation faculty, and senior leaders prepare and socialize student affairs professionals “responsibly and authentically?”

Conference Schedule

We are pleased to highlight the sessions below for the 2020 NASPA Connected Conference!

Sessions which will be presented in-person in San José are indicated with (SJ). Those which are being presented in Austin and are a part of the virtual stream are indicated with (VS).

Extended learning sessions on Sunday, March 29, 2020 are included in the cost of your registration, as are indicated meals. The San José Sharks game on Sunday, March 29, 2020 is an add-on which requires an additional ticket purchase.

Please note that this schedule is subject to change; however, the start and end times of the conference on Sunday, March 29, 2020 and Wednesday, April 1, 2020 are fixed.


All Day

  • 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

    Registration Open


  • 11:00 am to 12:30 pm

    Opening Brunch and Keynote

    Join us for brunch and a presentation by Assemblymember Evan Low 


  • 12:45 pm to 2:45 pm

    Extended Learning Session on Basic Needs

  • 12:45 pm to 2:45 pm

    My Material for Hope: Reimagining Strengths, Identity, and Position for Change (SJ)

    Alejandro Covarrubias, Assistant Professor, School of Education, University of San Francisco

    The presenter will integrate elements of Duncan-Andrade's critical hope framework with strengths theory and Yosso's community cultural wealth model to ground the participants in their power, individually and collectively, to create more inclusive and equitable campus environments. The presenter will lead participants through a series of reflections about ways they may perpetuate false hope for marginalized students and how they can engage their strengths, multiple identities, and positional power on campus to build coalitions for change.

  • 12:45 pm to 2:45 pm

    Tag-teaming White Supremacy: Women of Color and White Women Forging Authentic Relationships (SJ)

    Jennifer Laflam, English Professor, American River College; Tanika Byrd, Communications Professor, Cosumnes River College

    Gender and racial socialization often cause Women of Color and White women to interact in ways that reinforce White supremacist culture. In this interactive session, participants will gain tools they can use to counteract White supremacist culture in the workplace. Participants will have the opportunity to explore the effects of their own socialization on their professional relationships and practice race conscious communication strategies to build authentic relationships across race. The target audience for this workshop is Women of Color and White women involved in any aspect of higher education interested in their own personal development, as well as creating equity-focused structural changes at their institutions.

  • 12:45 pm to 2:45 pm

    Foster Youth Support and Community Partnerships (SJ)

    Hiram Ramirez, Director of Inclusive Student Services and the Multicultural Dream Center, California State University Channel Islands; Leticia Cazarres, Coordinator of Promoting Achievement Through Hope, California State University Channel Islands

    The presenters will explore the Promoting Achievement Through Hope (PATH) program which began as a partnership with local community colleges. It has become instrumental in achieving unprecedented success for the students it serves. Moreover, it provides services, resources, and opportunities that fit the specific needs of this student population through intentional partnerships in the county. By the end of this session, participants will have a framework for developing stronger strategic partnerships with their own local community.

  • 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm

    NASPA 2020 Opening Session Featuring Mary E. González (VS)

    Watch the opening session streaming live from Austin, TX, featuring Texas State Representative Mary E. González.

    Read more about Rep. González.


  • 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm

    Opening Reception

    Light appetizers included with registration.

  • 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm

    A Night Out at the Shark Tank! San José Sharks versus Arizona Coyotes

    Are you a hockey fan? Just want to tag along and root for the home team?

    Join your NASPA colleagues for an exciting trip to the SAP Center - otherwise known at the Shark Tank - to see the San José Sharks take on the Arizona Coyotes!

    Game starts at 7:00 PM. The arena is walkable from the conference hotel and the SJSU campus.

    Limited seats! Be sure to add your ticket to your registration!

    Extra ticket purchased required, $50 per person; you may add it on during your conference registration. If you previously registered and would like to add the ticket to your registration, please contact NASPA Online Professional Development at 

All Day

  • 7:00 am to 5:30 pm

    Registration Open


  • 7:00 am to 8:15 am


    Meal included with registration.

  • 8:15 am to 9:05 pm

    Sh*t My Mentors Didn’t Tell Me: The Politics of Working “Dream” Jobs (SJ)

    Allymyr Atrero, Program Coordinator, California State University, Monterey Bay; Bianca Zamora, Program Coordinator, California State University, Monterey Bay; Nat Betancourt Arellano, Coordinator, California State University, Fullerton; Carolina Alfaro, Diversity Center Director, California State University Stanislaus

    From the outside looking in, many see the desirability and progressiveness of working in cultural and identity centers. Many enter the field with hopes to create pathways for empowerment and liberation. Yet, we are not mentored to traverse the behind the scenes trauma, messiness of identity politics, and systemic barriers attached to social justice and multicultural advocacy. This panel will address the realities and disillusionment of the diversity and inclusion profession, and provide strategies for advocacy within systems of oppression.

  • 8:15 am to 9:05 pm

    Successful Partnerships: Preparing Low-income College Students for Graduate School (SJ)

    Dawn Person, Director of the Center for Research on Educational Access and Leadership, California State University, Fullerton; Cameron Moore, Graduate Research Assistant, California State University, Fullerton; Tommi Mayers, Graduate Research Assistant, California State University, Fullerton; Chrishelle Perez, Graduate Research Assistant, California State University, Fullerton

    The North Orange County Allied and other Health Careers Opportunity Program (NOCA HCOP) is a pipeline program that provides a pathway for low-income, first-generation college students to pursue graduate school. Developed by community and academic partners, NOCA HCOP prepares students for graduate school using a holistic, identity-conscious approach. The NOCA HCOP pipeline includes partnerships at five levels: high school, community college, undergraduate, graduate, and community agencies. The presenters will discuss strategies on how to provide equitable opportunities for low-income, first-generation college students to successfully pursue graduate school.

  • 8:15 am to 9:05 pm

    Engaging and Supporting Parenting Students: A Journey to Creating a Collaborative Five-Year Strategic Plan (VS)

    Joshua Rider, Assistant Dean of Students and Director, Center for Adult and Veteran Services, Kent State University

    Parenting student services have become increasingly necessary as their numbers increase on our campuses. The presenter will share the experience of creating a collaborative five year parenting student strategic plan at Kent State University, a primarily traditional large state institution. The presenter will share how the Family Friendly Campus Toolkit, a free resource developed by the Program Evaluation and Research Group at Endicott College, has been and can be used to guide and tailor the work to institution and student specific needs.

  • 8:15 am to 9:05 pm

    Who is Heard When Saying "#MeToo"?: Creating Intersectional Sexual Violence Prevention & Education (VS)

    Kallie Friede, Associate Student Services Coordinator, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

    The presenter will discuss the need in higher education for sexual assault prevention and education that is intentionally inclusive of students of color and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and asexual (LGBTQIA+) students. For student affairs professionals who work with violence prevention efforts or work with marginalized student populations, the presenter will seek to challenge what is included in violence prevention in order to provide resources and education that suits the needs of all students.

  • 9:25 am to 10:05 am

    Measuring Student Success with Rubrics (SJ)

    Michele Kleeman, Residential Life Coordinator, San José State University

    Student success must be shown through more than just anecdotal evidence. By using rubrics, student affairs professionals can tell the story of what is happening in their departments, regardless of the definition of success. All of us are responsible for showing the fruits of our labor, and rubrics can paint a picture of development and growth. In this session, the presenter will break down the basics of creating a rubric and show the powerful results they can yield.

  • 9:25 am to 10:05 am

    Let's DISH: Revolutionizing Community College Food Pantries (VS)

    Molly Hansen, Bunker Hill Community College; Julie Elkins, Dean of Students, Bunker Hill Community College; Will Cribby, Assistant Dean of Students, Bunker Hill Community College

    Food and housing insecurities are higher for students who attend community college, resulting in an increase of on-campus food pantries. The presenters will examine food insecurity at a community college level, provide an overview of the implementation of the DISH food pantry at Bunker Hill Community College, and the use of Smart Choice software in pantry operations. Participants will discuss food insecurity initiatives on their campuses and learn how to create a food pantry operation that suits the needs of their campus.

  • 9:25 am to 10:05 am

    Strategies for Engaging APIDA Students about Race (VS)

    DeLa Dos, Director, Social Justice Education, Emory University; Aysha Dos, Director, Center for Student Engagement, Georgetown University; Shruti Desai, Chief of Staff, Washington University in St Louis

    When engaging students about race, there are many benefits to intentionally considering the purpose, outcomes, design, & target audience. The presenters will share strategies for effectively engaging Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) students about race in community specific & open events (e.g., racial triangulation - how the political construction of APIDA identity is built on false racial binaries; social impacts of interpersonal racial determination; identity development; diversity of narratives; and statistics & demographics).

  • 9:25 am to 10:05 am

    Sponsored Session

  • 10:15 am to 11:15 am

    Networking Events and Knowledge Community Meetings

    Join other professionals for facilitated networking or attend a Knowledge Community meeting.

  • 11:30 am to 12:30 pm

    Lunch with Featured Speaker Celeste Headlee (VS)

    Watch the live stream of keynote Celeste Headlee, Communication and Human Nature Expert, Award-winning journalist, and author, live from Austin, TX.

    Read more about Celeste Headlee.

    Meal included in registration.


  • 12:45 pm to 1:35 pm

    Theory is Practice/Practice is Theory: Dissertations as Social Justice Praxis (SJ)

    Alejandro Covarrubias, Assistant Professor, School of Education, University of San Francisco; Ria (Ariana) DasGupta, Diversity and Community Relations Program Manager for Diversity Engagement and Community Outreach, University of San Francisco

    The dissertation process provides an opportunity for scholar/practitioners to focus on both WHAT and, more importantly, HOW they will study a topic to work towards equity and justice. The presenters will explore how neoliberalism has created an artificial divide between theory and practice, which limits our ability to address issues of systemic inequity. Participants will learn about the dissertation process and discover how critical and liberatory methodologies demonstrate that theory and practice are two parts of a whole.

  • 12:45 pm to 1:35 pm

    Promises Focused on Student Success: Fostering a Collaborative Partnership for New Initiatives (SJ)

    Tannia Robles, Director of High School Outreach and Manager of Promise+Plus, Mt. San Antonio College; Anabel Perez, Bridge Program Counselor and Coordinator, Mt. San Antonio College; Tarik Ross, Outreach Specialist, Mt. San Antonio College; Francisco Dorame, Dean of Counseling, Mt. San Antonio College

    Mt. San Antonio College, a large single-district community college, developed an inclusive model of collaboration to support upwards of 900 first-time college students through the California Promise Program. The recruitment, planning, development, and implementation of the new Promise+Plus program was a result of intentional and effective collaboration between 50 local high schools and 15 instructional and student services departments. Predominantly serving low-income, first-generation, and ethnically diverse students; program participants receive services and benefits for the first two years of college.

  • 12:45 pm to 1:35 pm

    Solutions Before Problems: Seizing Opportunities for Collaboration in Social Work Programs and Students Affairs (VS)

    Joel Quintong, Director of Residential Life, Sacred Heart University; Erin Van Daalwyk, assistant dean of students, University of Wisconsin - Green Bay; Maura Rhodes, director of field education and clinical assistant professor, Sacred Heart University

    Many institutions offer advanced social work degrees (MSW) but lack social worker presence within student affairs. This session will highlight a program that embeds a non-clinical social work intern into a student affairs unit & the scope of work that interns perform. Using experiences from two institutions, presenters will review the process of brainstorming, creating, and executing a program, emphasizing the partnership between the sponsoring academic social work department, and how these interns have contributed to student success.

  • 12:45 pm to 1:35 pm

    Beyond Racial Fractions: Empowering Multiracial Students on Campus (VS)

    Alicia Stites, Texas State University

    As multiracial student populations grow on college campuses, professionals must be more intentional about the support they provide these students. A healthy multiracial identity allows for greater social awareness and sense of self. Presenters will share findings of a qualitative study examining multiracial identity development and implications for practice. Presenters will engage participants in critically evaluating their current models of support for multiracial students.

  • 12:45 pm to 1:35 pm

    The Pathways to Flourishing: Changing Campus Culture to Promote Positive Mental Health (VS)

    Helen Matusow-Ayres, Vice President for Student Affairs, Pratt Institute-Main; Rhonda Schaller, Director, Career and Professional Development, Pratt Institute-Main

    The Pathways Project promotes student wellbeing throughout the academic experience, in the studio/classroom as well as outside of it. Student affairs staff, faculty and students are engaged in an inquiry and implementation process to change the culture of studio education from stressfully competitive to mindfully flourishing. This session engages participants in the inquiry and discovery process and provides guidelines for developing an inquiry team to study and change your campus culture to promote positive mental health.

  • 2:00 pm to 2:50 pm

    Creating a Leadership Development Plan (SJ)

    Kathryn Hsieh, Residence Life Coordinator, University of California Irvine

    Interested in continuing your leadership development? Want to develop an individual leadership plan for your student staff? The presenter will explore strengths, opportunities, and strategies to continue fostering the growth of you and your team's leadership development. Participants will be able to identify key resources, develop personal goals, and learn how to foster developmental conversations with colleagues and staff teams.

  • 2:00 pm to 2:50 pm

    Mapping Spatial Antagonisms in the Integration of Land Acknowledgements in Professional Development Settings (SJ)

    Judith Estrada, Director, Chicanx Latinx Resource Center, University of California, Santa Cruz; Elisa Aquino, Program Coordinator, San Jose State University

    In this session, leaders of NASPA's Indigenous Peoples Knowledge Community will share how land acknowledgement protocols complicate dominant paradigms used to structure professional development contexts and experiences. In so doing, the presenters will 1) describe the purpose and cultural significance of land acknowledgements; 2) identify a critical living process of engagement that recognizes Indigenous peoples' political, historical, cultural, and linguistic relationships with specific locales; and, 3) explore the intricacies and implications of cultivating place-based sensibilities.

  • 2:00 pm to 2:50 pm

    College Student Activism, Race Relations and Media Cultures (VS)

    Cerri Banks, Dean of Students & Vice President for Student Affairs, Skidmore College; Byron McCrae, Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students, Davidson College; Alejandro Vasquez, Vice President, Keeling & Associates, LLC; Paul Buckley, Assistant Vice President, Colorado College; Rolanda Burney, Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Campus Life, University of Massachusetts Amherst

    Based on the forthcoming text, No Justice! No Peace! College Student Activism, Race Relations and Media Cultures, editors Banks and Vasquez and contributors will engage participants in conversation about student activism, race, and media using campus scenarios. Rather than branding student activists as an adversarial problem, colleges and universities should acknowledge and embrace the ways students make their voices heard. Their energy, commitment, and approaches can inspire institutional change.

  • 2:00 pm to 2:50 pm

    Dreams Continued: Supporting Undocumented Graduate Students on Campuses (VS)

    Ronnie Rios, Assitant Dean of Students/Deputy Director, Identity and inclusion, University of Michigan; Feldblum Miriam, Executive Director, Presidents' Alliance on Higher Education & Immigration; Valeria Garcia, Program Director, University of California-Los Angeles; Ireri Rivas, Director, Student Support Services, University of Chicago

    The presenters will provide participants with information and resources they need to effectively recruit, admit, and support undocumented graduate students. This includes an overview of current trends, issues, and opportunities, as well as examples of effective practices, sample tools and policies, and useful tips. Attendees will hear from scholar-practitioners and policy advocates about promising practices, campus challenges, and will work through different scenarios.

  • 2:00 pm to 2:50 pm

    Higher Education Policy Update: Federal and State Priorities for Student Affairs Professionals (VS)

    Teri Hinds, Director of Policy Research & Advocacy, NASPA; Diana Ali, Assistant Director of Policy Research & Advocacy, NASPA

    Many of the issues occupying the minds of public policymakers around the country are directly related to the day to day work of student affairs professionals. The presenters will provide a broad overview of the federal and state policy landscape with a special focus on issues that align to the NASPA Strategic Plan and Public Policy Agenda. It is expected that presenters will cover financial aid, costs, and student debt; sexual assault prevention and response; equity and inclusion for trans students, immigrants, and veterans; guns on campus; and campus free speech.

  • 3:00 pm to 3:50 pm

    Closing the Pluralistic Orientation Skills Gap: Meeting Student Needs for Leadership Development (SJ)

    Dawn Person, Professor, Educational Leadership and Director of Center for Research on Educational Access and Leadership, California State University, Fullerton; Shelby Abrahamian, Graduate Research Assistant, California State University, Fullerton; Trang Le, Undergraduate Research Assistant, California State University, Fullerton

    Pluralistic orientation refers to skills and dispositions necessary to thrive in a diverse society. Student affairs educators support students' development of pluralistic orientation as critical to student success. This research is focused on how pluralistic orientation nurtures students' self-confidence, both in learning and with their peers, as well as perceived leadership ability. Presenters will highlight the lack of opportunities within higher education needed for students to develop pluralistic skills and competencies, and engage in a discussion of potential solutions.

  • 3:00 pm to 3:50 pm

    Building Sustainable Partnerships to Support First Generation College Student Success (SJ)

    Merryl Goldberg, Professor, School of Arts, California State University at San Marcos; Ivonne Chand O'Neal, Principal, MUSE Research

    The Art = Opportunity Initiative housed at CSUSM, a Hispanic-Serving Institution, has pioneered radically inclusive programming by enriching cultural capital and student achievement through the arts. Through partnerships with P-12 schools, community colleges, and faith-based and community organizations, the arts-based initiative is extending the reach of traditional college readiness efforts. These partnerships allow for deeper reach into the most vulnerable communities to provide students and families with information on preparing for college. The presenters will provide participants with a step-by-step guide for launching this type of initiative.

  • 3:00 pm to 3:50 pm

    Disability Services and Student Vets Building Bridges to Success (SJ)

    Michelle Resnick, Director, Disability Accommodations & Support Services (DASS), California State University Channel Islands; Jay Derrico, Assistant Director of Veterans Affairs Programs, California State University Channel Islands; Bonnie Landau, DASS Transition & Retention Counselor, California State University Channel Islands

    How can student affairs professionals re-conceptualize our veteran population to build bridges to success? By exploring the issues that make student veterans atypical learners, presenters will discuss techniques for outreach and paths to accessibility derived from research-based best practices for reaching underserved populations.The presenters will introduce the issues and barriers student veterans face with regard to disability support services and will introduce the pilot program currently underway at CSUCI to build bridges to success.

  • 3:00 pm to 3:50 pm

    Policy Roundtable Discussions (SJ)

    Following the session, "Higher Education Policy Update: Federal and State Priorities for Student Affairs Professionals," local San José participants will gather to discuss the policy update and its impact on California higher education.

  • 3:00 pm to 3:50 pm

    Speak Now, Or Forever Hold Your Peace: Where To Start Once You’ve Decided To Revamp Your Speech Policies (SJ)

    Michelle Deutchman; Edgar Dormitorio, Assistant Vice Chancellor and Chief of Staff, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, University of California-Irvine; Elizabeth Penfil, Campus Counsel, University of California-Irvine

    College and university campuses are increasingly the focus of free speech imbroglios and the defendants in lawsuits alleging First Amendment violations. If your institution has not already decided to review and revamp its free speech policies, chances are that it soon will. Student affairs professionals play an integral role in this process. This session, led by free speech experts from the University of California, will address: where to start, whom to include in the process, and how to address myriad issues in light of the changing social and legal landscape.


  • 6:00 pm to

    Optional "No Host" Dinner

All Day

  • 7:00 am to 5:30 pm

    Registration Open


  • 7:00 am to 8:15 am


    Meal included with registration.

  • 8:15 am to 9:05 am

    Collaboration is Key: Student and Academic Affairs Partner to Improve Student Success at Cal Poly Pomona (SJ)

    Leticia Guzman Scott, Executive Director, Student Support and Equity Programs, Cal Poly Pomona; Iris Levine, Dean, College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences, Cal Poly Pomona; Eileen Sullivan, Interim Vice President for Student Affairs, Cal Poly Pomona; Sara Garver, Associate Dean of Academic Programs & Student Success, Cal Poly Pomona; Kristin Gurrola, Operations Client Manager, InsideTrack

    Leaders at Cal Poly Pomona will share how they created an integrated first-year experience by increasing dialogue and collaboration between academic affairs and student affairs. Session attendees will learn about challenges as well as successes around executive decision-making and institutional change management, internal collaboration, and external partnerships. The conversation will be facilitated by InsideTrack, Cal Poly Pomona's partner in building their comprehensive and cross-departmental first-year coaching program. This program is an interactive case study featuring extensive audience interaction.

  • 8:15 am to 9:05 am

    Refocusing the View-Considering Disability through a Social Justice Lens (SJ)

    Michelle Resnick, Director, Disability Accommodations & Support Services (DASS), California State University Channel Islands; Bonnie Landau, DASS Transition and Retention Counselor, California State University Channel Islands

    People with disabilities are commonly viewed through the lens of remediation. Historically, campus programming around diversity, equity, and inclusion has focused on issues of race, culture, gender, and sexual identity. Rarely has there been discussion of disability rights as civil rights or disability as identity. Recently, however, that began to change. The presenters will help attendees reframe their understanding of disability as shaped through a social justice lens.The leadership role of disability professionals in facilitating this shift will be explored.

  • 8:15 am to 9:05 am

    Engaging Community College Students through Purposeful Space and Operational Redesign (VS)

    Scott Markland, Senior Vice President, Sinclair Community College; Matthew Moore, Assistant Vice President, Enrollment Operations and Student Services, Sinclair Community College

    The presenters will share a first-hand view of a five-year process of collaboration and redesign at a large, urban community college. The goal of this work is to align operations and space as a part of a $16 million renovation project influenced by key student success initiatives, specifically Guided Pathways and Integrated Entry Systems. Join us for a candid discussion on lessons learned from integrating student services and creating a built and virtual environment to facilitate improved student entry and completion outcomes.

  • 8:15 am to 9:05 am

    Was the 2018 Election a Turning Point? An Overview of NSLVE Findings & Lessons for 2020 (VS)

    Adam Gismondi, Director of Impact, Institute for Democracy & Higher Education, Tufts University

    For the first time in history, we have data for student participation from four U.S. election years, including 2018. The National Study of Learning, Voting, & Engagement (NSLVE) tells a story about political engagement, but it also raises questions for 2020 for higher education institutions to consider. The presenters will share exclusive NSLVE findings from over 1,000 institutions and more than 10,000,000 students across the 2012-2018 elections and, with session participants, will explore what the findings mean for 2020. Which trends will ”stick,” and which ones might fade?

  • 8:15 am to 9:05 am

    Faith and Chai: How Desi College Students Explore Belonging and Intersections of Cultural and Spiritual Identities (VS)

    Justin Samuel, Assistant Director for Residence Life, The University of Texas at Austin

    Despite the expeditious growth of South Asian Americans (SAAs), not much is known about them in the collegiate setting. SAAs are diverse people who may geographically trace their lineage to one part of the world, but speak many languages and identify with a multitude of spiritual traditions. In this session, the presenter reflects on being an SAA Christian. In doing so, the presenter will articulate how stereotypes and monolithic ideas of Asian Americans can be problematic.

  • 9:20 am to 10:10 am

    Where's the Evidence? Innovative Measurement of First-gen Student Learning Outcomes in High-Impact Practices (SJ)

    Andrea Brewster, Assessment Manager, Undergraduate Studies, Santa Clara University; Erin Kimura-Walsh, Director, Lead Scholars Program, Undergraduate Studies, Santa Clara University; Andrea Jackson, Assistant Director, Lead Scholars Program, Undergraduate Studies, Santa Clara University

    Within this session, we introduce the LEAD Scholars program at Santa Clara University, a comprehensive program that provides academic and social supports to first-generation college students. We will discuss LEAD's Fellowship Program, through which LEAD students participate in high-impact learning practices (such as study abroad, undergraduate research, immersions, etc.). We will address in-depth our assessment plan and our first year of student learning outcomes data with attention to social justice related impacts.

  • 9:20 am to 10:10 am

    Trans Student Lives: Lessons Learned from T-Camp (SJ)

    Travis S. Becker, Director, Lionel Cantú Queer Resource Center, University of California, Santa Cruz; Nancy Tubbs, Director, LGBT Resource Center, University of California, Riverside

    T-Camp, a NASPA Grand Gold Award of Excellence program, is a weekend-long inter-campus community retreat for trans stuednts and has hosted over 600 transgender and nonbinary college students in California since 2012. NorCal T-Camp 2019 included trans and nonbinary students from community colleges in Northern California. Learn about the evolving needs and experiences of Tcampers gleaned through facilitating the T-Camp intercampus retreat. Explore the ways student affairs professionals of diverse gender identities gain personal and professional growth through serving transgender college students.

  • 9:20 am to 10:10 am

    Keep Calm and Call the Dean of Students (VS)

    Art Munin, Associate Vice Chancellor & Dean of Students, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh; Lori White, vice chancellor for student affairs, Washington University in St Louis; Penny Rue, vice president for campus life, Wake Forest University; James Rhatigan, vice president-student affairs emeritus, Wichita State University; Vijay Pendakur, dean of students, Cornell University; Shadia Sachedina, assistant vice president for student success and dean of students, Fashion Institute of Technology; Bridget Kelly, associate professor, University of Maryland-College Park; Denise Balfour Simpson, dean of students, Johnson & Wales University

    The Dean of Students role has widespread name recognition, yet few outside of those who have been Dean understand what it entails. The demands of this position are complicated, multifaceted, and can pull a Dean in many directions, sometimes opposite ones. As such, this position requires a specialized skill set to be successful. This session will explore this role, the skills and talents required to be successful, and its continued evolution within higher education.

  • 9:20 am to 10:10 am

    Decolonizing the Job Interview Process: Creating More Inclusive, Informative Campus Interviews (VS)

    Jane Pizzolato, University of Arizona; Kenneth Importante, Director, Asian Pacific American Student Affairs, University of Arizona; Denée Jackson, Masculinities in the Mix Coordinator, University of Arizona; Julian Juan, Masculinities in the Mix Coordinator, University of Arizona; Rachelle Simpson, Director, Native American Student Affairs, University of Arizona; Denise Morales, Coordinator, Native American Student Affairs, University of Arizona; Teresa Graham Brett, Assistant Vice Provost, Inclusion & Multicultural Affairs, University of Arizona

    The presenters brings together interviewers and successful interviewees from three searches for entry-level positions. These searches used a decolonized interviewing model to shift from canned presentations and questions asking for demonstrations of knowledge, to how candidates engage in shared decision-making, value diversity in practice, and demonstrate fit between their values and practices, and those of the department. This session will focus on describing the model and how to apply this model to other institutions.

  • 10:15 am to 11:15 am

    Community, Connections, and Conversation

    Join sponsors and exhibits, KCs, or go on a walking tour to celebrate Cesar Chavez day.

  • 11:30 am to 12:30 pm

    Lunch with Featured Speaker Jose Antonio Vargas

    Watch the live stream of keynote Jose Antonio Vargas, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist, Acclaimed Filmmaker & Immigration Advocate, live from Austin, TX.

    Read more about Jose Antonio Vargas.

    Meal included with registration.


  • 12:45 pm to 1:35 pm

    Theory to Practice to Impact: Structural Competency Development (SJ)

    Todd Kennedy, Interim Director, Military and Veterans Program, San Diego State University; Derek Abbey, President and CEO, Project Recover

    Shifting focus from a traditional cultural approach to one exploring structural competency, the presenters share their development of an effective military awareness program. Their novel approach incorporates theoretical frameworks that explore intersections of identities; discussions to cross boundaries and make positive connections; and offers modulated program structuring for attendees to implement in various settings with multiple unique and diverse populations.

  • 12:45 pm to 1:35 pm

    Customized Career Programs: The D&I Experience (SJ)

    Jenny Roxas, Assistant Director of Career Catalysts, Stanford University; Joslyn Johnson, Assistant Dean of Career Education and Associate Director of Career Catalysts, Stanford University; Megan Dino, Assistant Director of Career Catalysts, Stanford University

    Underrepresented students are historically disadvantaged when navigating a college campus, and are less likely than their peers to ask for help. The presenters will highlight the strategies and lessons learned for engaging underrepresented alumni through mentoring and career development programs focused on increasing underrepresented students' academic, professional, and personal success. Learn how Stanford University is engaging students to critically think about their identity and how that intersects with their career development.

  • 12:45 pm to 1:35 pm

    Pirate’s Life for Me: Turning the Organizational Misconduct Boat Around Before a Major Shipwreck (VS)

    Jessica Ashton, , East Carolina University; Leila Faranesh, Associate Dean of Student & Directors, East Carolina University; Brooke Kingsley Isbell, Assistant Executive Director of Prevention & Accountability, Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity

    Have you ever wanted to start a fraternal community over? Turn the boat around and find a new crew? With the right compass, partners, and anchors, rough seas can be overcome. Presenters will share how East Carolina University laid a foundation to ensure student success through campus, community, and headquarters partnerships. Through the development of a formal accountability process, risk prevention strategic plan, and data driven assessment process, attendees will learn how to rebuild relationships, develop processes, and build community.

  • 12:45 pm to 1:35 pm

    Toward a Theory of White Racial Location: Engaging White Students on their Relationship to White Supremacy (VS)

    Zak Foste, University of Kansas

    Drawing on results from a recent qualitative study, this presentation invites participants to think about how to critically engage white students on race and racism through the lens of racial positioning. Rather than simply focus on shedding racist behaviors and attitudes, this approach emphasizes the importance of locating oneself as embedded in systems of white supremacy. Participants are invited to consider how the theory influences design of programs and initiatives to engage white students.

  • 12:45 pm to 1:35 pm

    Wired and Tired: The Impact of Sleep Habits on College Students (VS)

    Alison Black, Class Dean, Wellesley College; Melinda Stoops, Associate Vice President for Student Health and Wellness/Student Affairs Title IX Coordinator, Boston College

    We all know that most college students struggle to create and maintain healthy sleep habits, but what causes and contributes to this toxic sleep culture and what can we do about it? The presenters will share research about sleep and college students, including: statistics about habits, the health impacts of poor sleep hygiene, and the efficacy of sleep education programs. The presenters will provide participants with tangible strategies to adapt to their campus to help address the problem.

  • 1:00 pm to 2:50 pm

    SA Speaks

    Join colleagues in the ballroom where we will stream in the morning session of SA Speaks.

  • 2:00 pm to 2:50 pm

    The Shape of Collaboration: Advising, Academics, and Analytics (SJ)

    Sandra Kahn, Data Administrator, College of Education, San Diego State University; Lisa McCully, Director, Office for Student Success, College of Education, San Diego State University; Alison Sternal, Academic Advisor, San Diego State University; Michelle Xiong, Academic Advisor, San Diego State University

    The California State University system has publically committed to raise graduation rates and eliminate achievement gaps. Partnerships within the academy have been formed to discover how to help all students succeed. At San Diego State University, one of the most successful collaborations has been between institutional research, academic advising, and the college of education. This engaging, hands-on session explores connection and disconnection in the academy, and how participants can create similar partnerships at their own institution.

  • 2:00 pm to 2:50 pm

    From Alumni to Staff: Discussion and Dialogue on Professional Identity Development (SJ)

    Abraham Cheung, Program Assistant, University of California San Diego; Aia Hawari, Front Desk Coordinator, University of California San Diego; Amber Vlasnik, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, University of California San Diego; Iliana Perez, Program Assistant, University of California San Diego; Sarah Gallenberg, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, University of California San Diego

    Many new student affairs professionals are alumni of the institution they serve in. Based on Pittman and Foubert's 2016 study, we will discuss the roles of supervision, mentorship, and professional involvement in the development of an alumni's professional identity. After the discussion, a panelist of new professionals and their supervisors will share best practices from both perspectives that contributed to a successful transition into their roles.

  • 2:00 pm to 2:50 pm

    Creating the Prison-to-School Pipeline: Student Affairs & Justice-Impacted Students (VS)

    Michael Brick, Senior Research Analyst, Institute for Higher Education Policy

    The presenter will inform student affairs professionals about justice-impacted students and the role that student affairs can play in creating an equitable landscape for those who are or have been incarcerated. Best practices will be shared about how to work with these students and how to create policies that remove barriers for their success.

  • 2:00 pm to 2:50 pm

    1,998 Students Engaged, Empowered and Employed: Success in Leading Student Employment (VS)

    J. Wyatt-Keyton, Director, Career Services, University of West Georgia

    The coordination and implementation of student employment within Career Services presents opportunities to increase engagement and provide intensive professional development to students across all majors and classifications. Presenters will provide a high-level and data-supported overview of the organizational structure, campus partnerships, and processes that shape a student employment unit within the Office of Career Services at a four-year, public institution. This program is suitable for professionals launching implementation of student employment within their office and practitioners charged with leading professional standards, career development, and/or professional education programs.

  • 2:00 pm to 2:50 pm

    Beyond Green: Addressing Challenges in Student Affairs through a Sustainability Lens (VS)

    Grace Kazmierski, University of South Carolina

    Sustainability is more than just living "green". As professionals, how can we face challenges and make decisions considering the social, economic, and environmental principles of sustainability? Using the triple bottom line as a framework, the presenter will share how we as student affairs professionals can use a sustainability lens to better address the changing political and social environments in which we work.

  • 3:00 pm to 3:50 pm

    Educational Access and Inclusion Practices for Migrant Workers Students (SJ)

    Dawn Person, Professor, Educational Leadership and Director of Center for Research on Educational Access and Leadership, California State University, Fullerton; Vanessa Prieto, Research Assistant, California State University, Fullerton; My Linh Arevalo, Research Assistant, California State University, Fullerton; Bacilio Martinez, Research Assistant, California State University, Fullerton

    Through the CSUF High School Equivalency Program, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, educators are able to work with migrant worker students to help them earn a High School Equivalency (HSE) Certificate. The goal of the program is to implement and deliver a high quality GED instructional program that provides academic, social, and cultural supports to enable students to succeed. The presenters will show the impact CSUF-HEP had on California agricultural communities.

  • 3:00 pm to 3:50 pm

    Using Data to Improve Student Services and Resources for LGBTQ+ Students (SJ)

    Hayden Harris, Manager of Student Affairs Research & Evaluation, University of California, Riverside; Nancy Jean Tubbs, Director, LGBT Resource Center, University of California, Riverside; Marisol Torres, Health Educator, The Well, University of California, Riverside

    Because research practices often exclude collecting data on sexual orientation and gender identity, and LGBTQ+ students often decline to self-identify due to stigma, LGBTQ+ student data are scarce. To handle these challenges, three departments at UC Riverside worked together to put LGBTQ+ data into practice. The presenters will review three LGBTQ+ data sources; the impact of the California Gender Recognition Act on data collection; results of benchmarked surveys; and ways to utilize data to improve LGBTQ+ services and advocate for resources.

  • 3:00 pm to 3:50 pm

    Interactive Theater Strengthens Cultural Humility in Advising Through Messages of Belonging (SJ)

    Sara Sanchez, Assistant Director for Advising, HSI Initiatives, University of California, Santa Cruz; Arnold Sanchez Ordaz, Senior Equity Data Analys, University of California, Santa Cruz; Aaron Jones, Associate Director for Black Student Success, University of California, Santa Cruz

    The Hispanic-Serving Institution Initiatives team at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC), in partnership with interactive theater experts at UC Berkeley, launched the Multicultural Advising Conference (MAC) for UCSC campus-wide academic advisers and counselors. Through interactive theater, the MAC focused on fostering equity and inclusion in the advising context through the disruption of microaggressions. The presenters will discuss the impact of MAC which aimed to better support UCSC staff to serve the increasingly diverse student body.

  • 3:00 pm to 3:50 pm

    Engage Your Future: Student Agency Model (SJ)

    Katherine Canales-Molina, Associate Director, SOMeCA, University of California, Santa Cruz; Sayo Fujioka, Director, SOMeCA, University of California, Santa Cruz; Arlan Mendiola, Program Manager, Student Organization Advising & Resources, University of California, Santa Cruz; Cory Fong, Program Manager, Student Organization Advising & Resources, University of California, Santa Cruz; Alexandria Saelua, Chancellor Undergraduate Internship Program Intern, University of California, Santa Cruz

    In the student agency model (SAM), students have full responsibility in the initiation, development, and running of programs and organizations. Simple, but not easy. In this session, participants will explore transformative principles and practices of SAM that support students experiencing the balance of power and responsibility and emerging as leaders for our campuses and society.

All Day

  • 7:00 am to 11:30 am

    Registration Open


  • 8:00 am to 9:30 am

    Breakfast and Keynote Speaker Karamo Brown

    Watch the live stream of Karamo Brown, 'Queer Eye' host and Activist, live from Austin, TX.

    Read more about Karamo Brown.

    Meal included with registration.

  • 9:30 am to 10:30 am

    Closing Keynote: irene kendall

    irene (she, her, hers) is principal owner of irene kendall coaching & consulting. She is a professional transition and leadership coach, a Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator (CDWF) delivering the work and research of Dr. Brené Brown on courage, vulnerability, shame and empathy, and consults with change leaders on approaches that advance systemic change to create more diverse, equitable and inclusive cultures.

  • 11:00 am to 1:00 pm

    LinkedIn Site Visit

    Join colleagues for a site visit to LinkedIn. Pre-registration required.

Planning Committee Roster

Lori White

Washington University in St. Louis

Ken Kelly

California State University, Long Beach

Sonja Daniels

San Jose State University

Kevin Colaner

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Judith Estrada

University of California, Santa Cruz

Brian Haynes

University of California, Riverside

MyLinh Hoang

Scripps College

Aaron Jones

University of California, Santa Cruz

Jennifer Miller

California State University, Los Angeles

James Rodriguez

California State University, Fullerton

Deepak Sharma

University of California, Berkeley

Bonnie Sugiyama

San Jose State University