Your story is unique, and now is the time to tell it! As part of the NASPA conference experience, the Conference Leadership Committee wants to give you the opportunity to speak up and out about topics you are passionate about or stories that move you and inspire others.
Speak up and out with SA Speaks & SA Stories
As student affairs professionals, we often have solutions to our field’s problems, but we wonder if anyone will listen to us. We all have personal stories to share that could positively impact and uplift others.
The SA Series creates a dynamic opportunity for participants to engage with colleagues in thinking about innovative ways to address issues facing their campuses and students, and the challenges we face as student affairs professionals.
Both SA Speaks and SA Stories provide presenters with the opportunity to bring inspiring and energetic narratives to the stage. SA Speaks are conversational, research-based talks similar to a TED Talk, while SA Stories are narratives grounded in passion and personal interest. Below is a review of the similarities and differences between SA Speaks and SA Stories as well as suggested themes for consideration.
Distinctions Between SA Speaks and SA Stories
|SA Speaks||SA Stories|
|10 minutes||5-7 minutes|
|Can have slides||Slides are discouraged|
|Can be personal but tend to be more broad||More personal|
|Focus: organizations, systems, groups||
Focus: self, family, culture, journey
|Recommendations for organizations||Recommendations for self|
|Focus: campus, students, student affairs field||
Focus: individuals and their trajectory, their identities, and their experiences
- Stories of triumph over tragedy
- Solutions to improve the experiences of student affairs professionals
- Lessons learned through your career
- The role of teams in the community
These are potential themes and not an all-inclusive list. We encourage you to identify a topic that is meaningful to you, and use this as a starting point to share your story!
Crafting an SA Series Proposal
A program submission for SA Speaks or SA Stories will include a strong outline that clearly communicates your story or topic, as well as a video that showcases your public speaking abilities. The video does not have to be related to your topic.
You will also be asked to connect your submission to one of the conference focus areas. Spend a few minutes reflecting on the call for programs submission guidelines, then outline your story or research articles that may inform your talk. Remember: the ideal proposal highlights your passion for the topic and your ability to deliver an impactful message.
What is SA Speaks? Check out these examples from the 2019 NASPA Annual Conference.