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2023 NASPA Annual Conference

2022 Undergraduate Student Conference

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The NASPA Undergraduate Student Conference provides a first-hand learning opportunity for undergraduate students to gain knowledge and understanding of student affairs work, awareness of professional associations, engages participants in networking opportunities, and provides resources to assist in defining their career trajectory in student affairs.

Save the Date!

The 2022 NASPA Virtual Undergraduate Student Conference will be held March 19 - 20. 

About

Beginning as the NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program Pre-Conference, the NASPA Undergraduate Student Conference has served undergraduate students with an interest in joining the student affairs field and bolstered the work these students are currently doing on their campuses.

Through educational sessions, small group discussions, and other development opportunities, undergraduate students will come away with a wealth of knowledge intended to better their own experiences and the experiences of their peers.

2022 Undergraduate Student Conference Planning committee 

The Undergraduate Student Conference (USC) is a two-day conference preceding the NASPA Annual Conference each year. The conference focuses on two main areas: exploring student affairs and higher education for students interested in the profession and tangible skill building for students that are committed to entering the profession.

If you have a passion for working with undergraduate students who are interested in student affairs and higher education, we welcome your application to serve on the conference planning committee! Working alongside the conference chair and the NASPA staff, the committee will be responsible for:

  • Developing conference schedule and content
  • Managing logistics of two day conference onsite
  • Serving as a positive, professional role model for students in attendance at the conference
  • Promoting and expanding the reach of USC through social media channels and personal networks

Committee members are assigned to subcommittees based on their experiences and interests. Subcommittees include:

  • Conference Engagement

  • Small Group Facilitation

  • Marketing & Communication

  • Educational Sessions

  • Assessment & Evaluation

  • Recruitment & Registration

Additionally, we are seeking individuals interested in serving in the following opportunities:

  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Advisor

  • Logistics & Operations Advisor

  • Partnerships Advisor

Applications have closed. 

Registration

Registration for the 2022 NASPA Undergraduate Student Conference is required in order to attend the pre-conference institute. There are two options for registering: Undergraduate Student Conference with Annual Conference Registration or registration for the Undergraduate Student Conference alone. 

The Undergraduate Student Conference is open to current undergraduate students.

Early Regular Late

2022 Undergraduate Student Conference Workshop
with Annual Conference Registration

$40 $50 $60
2022 Undergraduate Student Conference Workshop
without Annual Conference Registration
$65 $75 $85
Register Today!

2022 Keynote Speakers

Dr. David Surratt

Dr. David Surratt is the Vice President for Student Affairs & Dean of Students at the University of Oklahoma serving as OU’s senior student affairs officer leading teams located in Norman, Oklahoma City, Tulsa, and internationally in Arezzo (ah-REHT-zo), Italy. He is also a proud first gen student of multiethnic heritage serving as OU’s first Asian American and second African American vice president and dean of students. Since 2002, Dr. Surratt has worked at various colleges and institutions including other large public universities such as Penn State University and the University of California – Berkeley. He also held positions at private liberal arts colleges and universities including serving as dean of students, chief housing officer, and other student affairs roles. 

In addition to his role as an administrator, Dr. Surratt serves as a Distinguished Lecturer within the Rainbolt College of Education and a member of the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies department. 

David holds a doctorate in Higher Education Administration from George Washington University and is also an alumnus of the University of Oklahoma earning a bachelor's degree in English Literature and a master's in Human Relations. Dr. Surratt is a member of several national professional associations within higher education and student affairs and is also a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated.
 


Conference Themes & Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending the Undergraduate Student Conference, participants will be able to: 

  • Develop meaningful relationships with undergraduate peers, student affairs professionals, and faculty to build their network of connections.
  • Learn a variety of pathways to begin and progress through a career in higher education and student affairs.
  • Enhance one’s understanding of the context of higher education in the United States and identify connections to current issues and concerns of our field
  • Reflect on one’s personal and professional identities and develop a preliminary understanding of the positionality one holds and the role that higher education plays in building equitable and socially just spaces.
  • Apply learned information, theories, and experiences to identify and plan for next steps on one’s professional path.

Call for programs

Similar to the NASPA Annual Conference, the pre-conference is grounded in the fundamental stages of the NASPA/ACPA Competencies (with heavy emphasis on Social Justice and Inclusion; Leadership; Personal and Ethical Foundations; and Values, Philosophy, and History) with the ultimate goal of participants being able to answer these basic questions:

  • What is the profession of student affairs/higher education?
  • How can I best prepare to enter the profession?
  • What knowledge, skills, and abilities do I need to succeed in the profession?
  • What does professional success in student affairs/higher education look like to me?

Call for Programs are open and available! Deadline is January 31, 2022 at 11:59pm ET.

Apply Here

Small Group Facilitation

Small group discussions are a critical part of the Undergraduate Student Conference that allow participants to engage in reflection and dialogue about their experience throughout the experience. Given the virtual format of the USC this year, Small Group Facilitators are vital for both the success of the program and the acculturation of current undergraduates students and future graduate students to the field. These small groups are led by a team of student affairs administrators and graduate students who serve as facilitators, leading their participants through the USC experience while encouraging their reflection and meaning-making.

Facilitators will meet with their small groups throughout the program to lead discussions centered around the sessions students are attending and the intended outcomes of the conference. Facilitators will be provided with resources and prompts to guide the discussion. The small group facilitators will also reach out to the participants prior to the conference to help get the students excited about the experience, and to answer questions. The aim of this is to also help preemptively build community. 

The small group discussions are consistently rated as the most meaningful and memorable component of the conference, as participants intimately connect with one another while current professionals and graduate students are able to inspire and guide future student affairs professionals.

Specific responsibilities and expectations of small group facilitators include:

  • Serve as a positive professional role model for students in attendance at the conference.
  • Have experience with and be willing to present to undergraduate students on topics related to student affairs.
  • Present content in a way that encourages reflection, challenges assumptions, and is inclusive of all attendees.
  • Promote and share information about the annual conference using social media platforms that may include tweeting, blogging, etc.
  • Provide students with next steps, action items, or where to find more information or resources.
  • Be available to attend the pre-conference between March 19-20, 2022. You will be notified if your proposal was accepted for the Undergraduate Student Conference in February 2022. The specific date and time of your presentation will be assigned by late February 2022. Please note that individuals selected as presenters must have a secure Internet connection and a camera and microphone for use during presentations. 

Applications for Small-Group Facilitators  are open and available. Deadline extended until December 19, 2021 at 11:59PM ET.

Apply Here
2022 USC Committee

Amber Hurt, Chief of Staff

Lisa Jackson

Assessment & Evaluation Subcommittee Chair

Kevin Wright

Assessment & Evaluation Subcommittee

Torrence Sorrell

Assessment & Evaluation Subcommittee

Brandon Jones

Conference Engagement Subcommittee Chair

Juwan Jacobs

Conference Engagement Subcommittee

E. Nuñez

Conference Engagement Subcommittee

Adrain Smith

Conference Engagement Subcommittee

Sean Hembrick

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Advisor

Gavin Weiser

Educational Session Subcommittee Chair

Jordan Harper

Educational Session Subcommittee

Justin St. Charles

Educational Session Subcommittee

Antonio Duran

Faculty Council Advisor

Trevis Belle

Marketing & Communication Subcommittee Chair

Shelanda Duncan

Marketing & Communication Subcommittee

Sasha Masoomi

Marketing & Communication Subcommittee

Lauren Wilson

Partnerships Advisor

Tyler Fultz

Recruitment & Registration Subcommittee Chair

Wilalberto (Wil) De Los Santos

Recruitment & Registration Subcommittee

K. Parker Hess

Recruitment & Registration Subcommittee

Christopher Ndiritu

Small Group Facilitation Subcommittee Chair

Brandon Harris

Small Group Facilitation Subcommittee

Jillian Strong

Small Group Facilitation Subcommittee


Schedule

All Day

  • 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

    Conference Day One

All Day

  • 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

    Conference Day Two

Planning Committee Roster

Joseph Ballard II

2022 Undergraduate Student Conference Chair

Joseph Ballard II (he/him/his) currently serves as the inaugural Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for Campus Life at Iowa State University. He holds a M.Ed. in Adult and Higher Education Administration with a dual emphasis in Student Affairs and Social Justice Education from the University of Oklahoma and a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing and Management from Oklahoma State University. In his position at Iowa State, Joseph serves as the Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer for Campus Life (Department of Residence, Memorial Union, and ISU Dining, collectively) within the Division of Student Affairs. Throughout his eight years professionally in Higher Education, Joseph has had the opportunity to do the work of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at institutions such as Purdue University, Oklahoma State University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and most recently at the University of Minnesota Twin-Cities. Joseph’s involvement in NASPA dates back to his undergraduate years at Oklahoma State University when he was accepted as the first NASPA Undergraduate Fellow (NUFP) at Oklahoma State University. Through his involvement as a NUFP, Joseph has served on a variety of committees and boards within NASPA, currently as the New Professionals and Graduate Student Representative for Region IV-East, most recently as the 2020 AAKC IV-E Drive-In Conference Co-Chair, and the Illinois Membership Coordinator. He has served as a NUFP mentor to several students while at the University of Illinois and the University of Minnesota.


Andrew Erdmann

2022 Undergraduate Student Conference Past Co-Chair

Andrew Erdmann serves as an Assistant Dean of Students at Saint Louis University (SLU). Prior to his role at SLU, Andrew worked at Georgetown University, where he served as an Associate Director of Residential Education in the Office of Residential Living, overseeing two upper-class communities, as well as residential conduct and engaged learning work. Andrew is a proud Wisconsin Badger, where he earned both his undergraduate and graduate degrees.


Jason Fitzer

2022 Undergraduate Student Conference Past Co-Chair

Dr. Jason Fitzer currently serves as Associate Director of Student Involvement at University of the Pacific, overseeing Fraternity & Sorority Life, Student Organizations, and Student Government. Dr. Fitzer graduated from California State University, Chico with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration and earned a Master’s degree student affairs and a Ph.D. in Counseling and Student Personnel Services, both from the University of Georgia. In addition to involvement with NASPA, Dr. Fitzer is also involved with AFA - Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors.