NASPA
2020 NASPA Annual Conference

Extended Learning Sessions

Sometimes, 50 minutes are not enough to deeply explore a topic. The 2020 Extended Learning Sessions Committee will will offer several extended sessions designed to address approaches for addressing current and emerging challenges in the work of student affairs and services. These sessions are included with your 2020 NASPA Annual Conference registration, but may require participants to register separately. Extended Learning Sessions will take place on Monday and Tuesday of the Annual Conference, and registration will open later this fall. 


The 2020 Extended Learning Committee is pleased to announce the four topical areas that will be addressed in four two-hour sessions on Monday and Tuesday of the Annual Conference.

  • Code Switching, Professionalism, and Practice

    Abstract: What does professionalism mean, look like, and result in for higher education leadership and practitioners? Who decides how professionalism is defined, practiced, and evaluated? As the field continues to diversify and evolve, leadership needs to adapt. It is within this frame of reference that an opportunity to unpack concepts and definitions such as professionalism, identity, and institutionalized culture is presented. This Extended Learning Session will foster a space designed to identify the who, how, when, where, and why’s associated with code switching. Discussions will examine the rationale, practice, and impact code switching has on student affairs culture, practitioners, and practice.

  • Critical Discourse, Democratic Civility, and the Presidential Election

    In 2020 we will be witness to, and participate in, another presidential election. Trends demonstrate that this process will stoke a great deal of emotions, political rhetoric, socially charged language, and tensions across our campuses. The question for institutions should not be what to do if an incident happens. Instead, practitioners and leaders have an opportunity to be proactive and prepare. This Extended Learning Session will focus on proactive, responsive rather than reactive, actions and strategies connecting the responsibility of institutions of higher learning to their practice. A core concept to the session will focus on how institutions navigate the political landscape while fostering a mission driven, inquiry-based discourse and engagement that reflects a culture and commitment to democracy, civility, and freedom.   

  • First-Generation College Students and the Intersection of Identities¬†

    Dr. Rebecca Covarrubias uses a culture cycle approach to center the voices of low-income, first generation students of color to challenge dominant cultural practices in higher education. This approach looks at how the culture of school influences student experiences. Students are advantaged when their model of self (i.e., independence) matches the university norm of independence. How can colleges and universities use a culture cycle approach to address cultural transition to college for first generation college students who have intersecting identities, such as being low income, students of color? This Extended Learning Session will provide participants an opportunity to learn strategies to address transition to college beyond first-gen status. 

  • Technology & Innovative Strategies to Address Campus Mental Health Resource Demand

    Campus counseling center personnel have repeatedly stated that the level of acuity in campus counseling centers has increased. As students come in with an increased level of needs, past histories of psychiatric hospitalizations, and previous use of psychotropic medications, campuses have had to adjust offerings and provide new kinds of treatment, such as single session modalities and more groups to handle the load. Campuses have also developed robust coaching programs that serve as an intervention when a clinical intervention is not warranted. Additionally, campuses have introduced new app or website technologies to students, who have often had to wait weeks for therapy and who could benefit from online psychoeducation while they wait or in lieu of therapy. This presentation will provide an opportunity for the audience to learn about new and innovative ways of addressing the campus mental health crisis, from promising prevention programs that address peer and social support, to psychoeducation, to innovative treatment modalities tailored to the Generation Z student. The presentation will address a variety of approaches for small, medium, and large institutions, and will provide tips on providing care with limited resources.