2019 NASPA Annual Conference

Innovative Programs

The 2019 Conference Leadership Committee is looking for Innovative Programs that you have created on your campus! 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 for NASPA 2019 committee 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). This year we have three overarching themes for conference-goers to submit proposals for which explores Black Excellence, Supporting Indigenous Communities, and Centering Mental Health/Wellbeing in Student Affairs. Innovation to us 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. We seek proposals that highlight innovative approaches in student affairs within the context of the three broader themes selected for NASPA 2019.

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 NASPA 2019. The future is NOW.

We welcome the submission of program sessions that speak to any of the themes relevant to our call this year. To be considered, log into the NASPA’s submission portal, proceed with the normal process, under the section “Innovative Program” you can click yes to be considered for our special call. 

With hand-picked presenters chosen for their expertise and session content, the Innovative Programs track will offer a wide range of topic areas focusing on our three foci for this year's event - Belonging & Student SuccessCommunity & Democratic Engagement, and Leaning Forward to the Next 100 Years.