2025 NASPA Annual Conference

2024 International Symposium

The NASPA International Symposium is a two-day pre-conference event March 9 - March 10, 2024 that will explore global issues in student affairs and services and higher education. The event format will include keynote presentations, concurrent sessions, interactive discussions, and networking opportunities.

Optional Activities on Friday March 8, 2024

2:00pm - Meet at Hyatt Regency to walk to University of Washington

3:00pm - Campus Site Visit 

6:00pm - IS Meet and Greet (Location TBD - Meetup in Hyatt Regency Lobby)

Register Here for the International Symposium


The NASPA International Symposium facilitates the advancement of global discussion and worldwide understanding of student affairs and services. A key International Symposium goal is to invite and explore new perspectives, and to create new connections to bridge international boundaries. In doing so, the International Symposium expands NASPA’s objective of providing professional learning opportunities to support preparedness for the realities of an increasingly globalized society. The International Symposium benefits those working in an international student service setting, as well as practitioners interested in further developing their global competency skills.

The planning committee has developed a two-day schedule meant to engage and inspire action. You'll start Saturday setting the stage for the rest of the weekend, engage with our keynote speaker, and connect with colleagues through networking opportunities. On Sunday, you will engage with experts who will be sure to motivate and inspire you through small group dialogues, breakout sessions and panel discussions. Topped off with plenty of networking opportunities, the NASPA International Symposium will provide you with motivational ideas, actionable steps, and opportunities to connect and learn from your peers.


The planning committee has developed learning outcomes for the symposium:  

  • Develop increased awareness and knowledge of regional trends and international perspectives on student affairs and services
  • Network with and learn from new contacts and colleagues from multiple regions of the world
  • Strengthen knowledge and skills related to international education and professional growth founded in research and best practices
  • Reflect on the history and evolution of the international symposium and its advancement of global issues in student affairs and services
  • Consider future opportunities to expand, enhance and further advance global discussion and worldwide understanding of student affairs and services


  • Global Perspectives, Issues, Culture, and Justice

    A range of topics might include intercultural engagement programming, orientation immersion program, social/cultural practices and establishing norms, policy development, course content, political climate, racial justice issues in a global context, or other practices. Sessions in this track could include best practices, challenges/obstacles, emerging practices/trends, specific programs, programming models, academic models, or other related matters from a global perspective.

  • International Student Services

    A range of topics in this track may include international student orientation, transition, and retention programs; cultural adjustment related to students studying in another culture; ways to increase opportunities for engagement among both international and US-based students; programs that increase fluency and confidence in spoken and conversational languages. Sessions in this track could include best practices, informative information regarding successful programs that could be implemented on other campuses, challenges with international student transition and support, the use of technology and innovation, and other ways to showcase effective work with a specifically international student population

  • Mobility Programs

    A diverse range of topics are applicable and include study abroad, minority representation in study abroad, student exchange, internships, service-learning, faculty led programs, athletics, and other global opportunities. Sessions in this track might examine best practices, challenges/obstacles, emerging trends, specific programs, and others related to international student mobility within higher education.

  • Professional Growth and Networking

    A range of topics might include programming, orientation, networking, professional training, certification programs, leveraging technology to improve practice, or other opportunities. Sessions in this track could include current practices, challenges/obstacles, emerging practices/trends, specific programs, and models or other related matters on professional development.


Join us for the NASPA International Symposium and 2024 NASPA Annual Conference. The International Symposium is a two-day pre-conference event March 9- March 10, 2024 that will explore global issues in student affairs and services and higher education. The event format will include keynote presentations, concurrent sessions, interactive discussions, and networking opportunities.

Please Note: You can register for the 2024 NASPA International Symposium as a stand-alone event. You do not have to also register for the 2024 NASPA Annual Conference.

Presenters will be expected to cover registration and other related fees associated with attending the Symposium. All presenters will be expected to provide an electronic copy of their presentation prior to the event which will be posted on the Symposium website for participants to view afterwards.

All Presenters must register for the International Symposium 


  • Case Study

    This opportunity gives you the chance to apply and showcase your classroom, internship, experiential and leadership experiences all in one opportunity! Competitors can form teams of two – three people. Each team will analyze, evaluate, and provide solutions to a thought provoking case relevant to the field of international student and academic affairs.

  • Concurrent Session

    An interactive lecture or workshop that explores ideas and knowledge derived from professional practice and/or research.

  • Flash (Lightening) Talks

    Three, 15 minute presentations, followed by a 15 minute wrap-up with the moderator: Each presenter will provide an exciting and inspiring look at an important “hot topic” to spark thinking about how we can transform our profession and consider global perspectives in our field.

  • Panel Discussion

    A topical debate or discussion amongst several experts in the field that incorporates audience participation. Approximately 45 minutes followed by 15 minutes of a question and answer period.


Registration for the 2024 NASPA International Symposium is now open.  In order to attend the 2024 NASPA International Symposium, you must register for the event in advance. There are two options for registering: International Symposium with Annual Conference registration or registration for the International Symposium alone.  When you navigate to the registration page, scroll until you see a section for Extended Pre-Conference Workshops wherein you will find the International Symposium.  

The conference will be held in the Seattle Convention Center Summit Building (900 Pine Street, Seattle, WA, 98101) and the Hyatt Regency Seattle (808 Howell Street, Seattle, WA, 98101). Sleeping rooms will be available in surrounding hotels within walking distance of the Summit Building and the Hyatt.  

Register Here!

Meet our keynote speakers

Dr. Jill Creighton and Dr. Jason Pina will be 2024 International Symposium keynote speakers. 

Dr. Jill L. Creighton (she/her/hers), serves as the Associate Vice President for Global Operations with the Institute for Study Abroad (IFSA), where she will be leading teams in three global regions (the Americas, Asia/Pacific, and Europe) to build robust study abroad experiences for college students around the world. She has spent her career in student affairs and international education, working to create connections between student affairs theories and international practice. 

Prior, Creighton worked in campus-based student affairs leadership roles as the Chief Student Affairs Officer | Dean of Student Affairs at Duke Kunshan University (DKU), a world-class, liberal arts, Sino-U.S. cooperative joint venture university in Kunshan, Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, China. In her role, Dr. Creighton headed all aspects of the student affairs portfolio, inclusive of 11 departments, balancing elements of U.S. and Chinese student affairs models to meet the needs of a highly diverse student population representing over 70 countries. 

Dr. Creighton served as the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs & Dean of Students / Deputy Title IX Coordinator at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington, USA where she oversaw the Office of the Dean of Students, the Center for Community Standards, Housing and Residence Life, the Center for Fraternity and Sorority Life, and Health Promotion, and Student Care Case Management on the WSU Pullman campus, as well as support campus life efforts on all WSU locations across the multi-campus system. 

Creighton has also led as the Assistant Dean of Students for Conduct & Operations at the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon, USA where she supervised the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards, the university food security taskforce, and operations and assessment for the Office of the Dean of Students. In addition, she worked at New York University where she led student conduct efforts at 14 global locations across six continents. Prior, Creighton held student affairs roles at the University of Colorado Denver and the University of Colorado at Boulder.

In professional service to the higher education profession, Creighton currently hosts and co-produces NASPA’s podcast, SA Voices from the Field. The show strives to provide free and accessible professional development for student affairs professionals across the globe. Creighton contributes to the NASPA Global Division’s advisory board and served 3 terms as the NASPA Region V Public Policy Division representative on the Region V Advisory Board and the Public Policy Division national board. 

She received her Bachelor of Arts in Music from Central Washington University and her Master of Education in College Student Services Administration from Oregon State University. She earned her Doctorate in Public Administration at West Chester University of Pennsylvania where she wrote her dissertation on Study Abroad and Liminality: Examining U.S. Undergraduate Students’ Risky Behavioral Choices Betwixt and Between Borders. Creighton is a proud dual U.S. and Irish national.

Dr. Jason Pina serves as New York University’s Senior Vice President for University Life. He previously served as Vice President for University Life and Global Engagement and Chief Strategy Officer for Global Programs and University Life. Dr. Pina provides strategic leadership to NYU’s Division of Student Affairs, composed of 13 departments and over 600 employees. In addition, Dr. Pina supports student life at 12 global sites in 11 countries as well as degree-granting campuses in Abu Dhabi and Shanghai. For almost 30 years, he has collaborated with faculty, professionals, and student colleagues to improve campus environments and student life.

Before NYU, he served as Vice President for Student Affairs at Ohio University, Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at Bridgewater State University, and Assistant Vice President and Dean of Students at the University of Rhode Island.

Dr. Pina is a leading voice on leadership in student affairs and diversity. His work with colleagues has been recognized by Diverse Issues in Higher Education, Insight into Diversity, EverFi, and NASPA. He co-edited AVP: Leading from the Unique Role of Associate/Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and contributed several chapters. In addition, he assisted in revising the ACPA/NASPA Professional Competencies and Rubrics. Dr. Pina was a former NASPA Board of Directors member from 2017-2020 and Chaired the 2019 & 2020 NASPA Annual Conferences. In 2022, NASPA recognized his lifelong commitment to higher education with the Pillar of the Profession award.

Dr. Pina holds a bachelor's degree in Economics from Occidental College, a master's and an educational specialist degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Northern Colorado, and a doctorate in Educational Leadership from Johnson & Wales University.

Meet our CHAIR

Russell Martin currently works in student life at Franklin University Switzerland, a small US/Swiss accredited institution in the Italian-speaking region in Switzerland. Before Franklin, Russell worked with Northeastern's NUin program in Greece and in various student life roles at the University of Arizona and Ithaca College. 

international symposium schedule



All Day

  • 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm

    Day One of the International Symposium

    Day One of the International Symposium

  • 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm

    International Symposium - Check-IN

    International Symposium - Check-IN


  • 3:00 pm to 3:50 pm

    Welcome and Networking Activity

    Welcome and Networking Activity 

  • 4:00 pm to 4:50 pm

    Concurrent Sessions I

    Concurrent Sessions I 

  • 5:00 pm to 5:50 pm

    Keynote Address

    Keynote Address

  • 6:00 pm to 6:50 pm

    Concurrent Sessions II

    Concurrent Sessions II


  • 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

    Flash Talks

    Flash Talks 

  • 9:00 pm to 12:00 am

    Optional: Dinner and Dialogues

    Optional: Dinner and Dialogues

All Day

  • 10:00 am to 7:00 pm

    Day Two of the International Symposium

    Day Two of the International Symposium

  • 9:30 am to 3:00 pm

    International Symposium - Check-IN

    International Symposium - Check-IN


  • 10:00 am to 11:00 am

    Breakfast Buffet

    Breakfast Buffet and Global Division Remarks 

  • 11:00 am to 11:50 am

    Concurrent Sessions III

    Concurrent Sessions III

  • 12:00 pm to 12:50 pm

    Concurrent Sessions IV

    Concurrent Sessions IV

  • 1:00 pm to 1:50 pm

    Concurrent Sessions V

    Concurrent Sessions V


  • 2:00 pm to 2:50 pm

    Networking Activity

    Networking Activity 

  • 3:00 pm to 4:20 pm


    Luncheon, Chair Acknowledgments, and the Global Exchange 

  • 4:30 pm to 5:20 pm

    Concurrent Sessions VI

    Concurrent Sessions VI

  • 5:30 pm to 6:20 pm

    Keynote Address

    Keynote Address 

  • 6:30 pm to 6:45 pm

    Awards, Closing Remarks and Flag Processional

    Awards, Closing Remarks, and Flag Processional