2019 NASPA Annual Conference

Innovative Programs


These program sessions will offer a unique opportunity to share information about innovative programs and new ways of thinking on campuses other than their own.

The Innovative Programs Committee for the 2019 NASPA Annual Conference in Los Angeles is excited to target sessions, content, and conversations that explore a new vision for student affairs, focusing not only on new ways of doing (i.e., programs and practices), but knowing and being (i.e., developing as practitioners in the field).

Conference Programming

This year we have three overarching themes for innovative programming which explores Black Excellence, Supporting Indigenous Communities, and Centering Mental Health/Wellbeing in Student Affairs. Innovation for this year includes a broad range of factors; pedagogical, structural, technological, that move practitioners toward more authentic and relevant ways to teach, engage, and support students along their educational trajectory.

Sub-themes for 2019 NASPA Innovative Programming:

  • From Harlem to Wakanda and Beyond: Afrofuturism and Black Excellence in Student Affairs (100 years)
  • On Tongvan Land: Centering Indigenous Communities in Higher Education (Democratic)
  • Ready Player One: Gen Z, Student Isolation, Mental Health, and Wellness on Campus (Belonging)

So often the voices of the past are not included in dialogue about the future. Additionally, there are times where voices of the future are left out of conversations about the present. In order to explore more openly with forward thinking mentalities, this year we seek to highlight these innovative approaches in student affairs within the context of three broader themes selected for the 2019 NASPA Annual Conference.

More information will be shared soon about innovative program submissions selected to be presented at the NASPA Annual Conference in Los Angeles.

Beat the Boss: Innovative Programming Showcase

NASPA’s Innovative Programming Committee for the 2019 Annual Conference is excited to bring our Beat the Boss: Innovative Programming Showcase and Competition to Los Angeles in March 2019. This showcase competition will have teams of professionals go head-to-head as well as a team of senior student affairs officers (the bosses) of tackling a critical issue facing higher education and student affairs.

Various institutional types, different professional levels, and diverse geographic areas will be represented. Participants will collaborate in group based discussion to identify a method of addressing, not necessarily solving the critical issue. This showcase competition aims to promote conversations, strategies, and ideas to support historically marginalized students and strengthen capacities related to equity, inclusion, and intercultural competencies.

Participants will:

  • Participate in a group-based competition to develop a solution that addresses critical issues facing our three sub-themes:
  • Develop an action plan to address critical issue

More details are forthcoming about the process of applying to compete as well as potentially judge this competition, but if you are interested in learning more, please submit your information below and someone from the committee will reach out to you as details are further solidified. 

Submit your interest today