2020 NASPA Annual Conference

Undergraduate Student Pre-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.

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Schedule At-A-Glance

Saturday March 9, 2019

7:30 am – Buses depart from the Los Angeles Convention Center to USC. Buses will depart from the Gilbert Lindsay Plaza, outside of the West Hall Lobby.
9:00 am – Conference Welcome and Opening Keynote
10:40 am – Small Group Session
11:50 am – Lunch
1:00 pm – Educational Sessions Block #1
2:00 pm – Educational Sessions Block #2
3:00 pm – Small Group Session
4:00 pm – NASPA USC Group Photo
4:30 pm – Buses Return to Los Angeles Convention Center

Sunday, March 10, 2019

7:00 am – Buses Depart to USC from Los Angeles Convention Center
8:30 am – Day 2 Welcome and Keynote Speaker
9:20 am – Small Group Session
10:30 am – Educational Session Block #3
11:30 am – Educational Session Block #4
12:30 pm – Lunch & Graduate School/Gap Year Panel
2:00 pm – Closing & Introducing Incoming Conference Chair
2:30 pm – Small Group Session
3:15 pm – Buses Return to Los Angeles Convention Center


  2019 Undergraduate Student Conference Committee

Jimmy Doan, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Conference Committee Chair

Jimmy Doan is an Assistant Dean in Student Support & Wellbeing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In his role on the CARE Team, Jimmy provides non-clinical support for critical students. Jimmy is also responsible for coordinating education and outreach efforts to train faculty, staff, and students on supporting students in distress. He has previously worked in residence life, student activities, and multicultural student programs. Jimmy graduated from the College of the Holy Cross with a B.A. in Economics and the University of Vermont with a M.Ed. in Higher Education & Student Affairs Administration.

Jimmy’s involvement with NASPA dates back to his sophomore year of college when he was accepted into the NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program (NUFP). Through his involvement with NUFP he has attended the Dungy Leadership Institute, interned at the NASPA National office, served as a NUFP mentor to undergraduate students, and served on the NUFP Board as the Region I NUFP Coordinator. Jimmy also attended his first Undergraduate Student Conference in 2008 and served as a faculty member at the 2016 Dungy Leadership Institute. Despite his work at a STEM institution now, Jimmy continues to be involved in NUFP and enjoys working with undergraduate students who are interested in pursuing a career in higher education.


Kevin Williams, The New School, Past Conference Committee Chair

Kevin Williams has 19 years of progressive experience in higher education, including housing administration, residential education, student conduct, leadership development, behavioral interventions, and LGBTQIA affairs. Currently, he serves as Assistant Vice President/Dean of Students at The New School in Manhattan, New York. Previously, Kevin served as the Interim Assistant Vice President of University Housing & Residential Life, Senior Director of Residential Life at Temple University and the Assistant Dean of Students/Assistant Director of Residential Life & Dining Services at Oberlin College.

Kevin earned an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Temple University, an M.S.W. in Clinical Social Work from the University of Michigan, and a B.A. in Social Science and Education from Siena Heights University.  Kevin’s research interests include organizational culture, higher education access and affordability, social inequalities, and the impact of the student conduct process on learning and retention.


Joseph Ballard II, University of Minnesota- Twin Cities

Joseph Ballard II currently serves as the Director/Coordinator for Diversity Retention and Recruitment for the College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. He holds a M.Ed. in Adult and Higher Education Administration with emphases 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 Minnesota, Joseph leads the student diversity programs efforts for CFANS. Throughout his six years professionally in Higher Education, Joseph has had the opportunity to do Multicultural Affairs work in both Academic and Student Affairs at institutions including the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Purdue University.
Joseph’s involvement in NASPA dates back to his undergraduate years at Oklahoma State University when he was accepted as the first NUFP at Oklahoma State University. Through his involvement as a NUFP, Joseph has served on a variety of committees and boards within NASPA, most recently as the Illinois Membership Coordinator and has served as a NUFP mentor to several students while at Illinois.


Andrew Erdmann, Saint Louis University

Andrew Erdmann currently serves as the Assistant Dean of Students at Saint Louis University. Previously, he was an Associate Director of Residential Education in the Office of Residential Living at Georgetown University, where he oversees two areas – a traditional upper-class area, as well as an apartment and townhouse area. Andrew is also a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Before working at Georgetown, Andrew worked as a one stop counselor at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. Andrew holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he served as a Residence Life Coordinator.


Amber Hurt, Hofstra University

Attending SUNY College at Old Westbury is where I began my career in student affairs. The experiences and network I gained there is immeasurable. I worked in Residential Life, Orientation and Student Activities primarily. While pursuing my graduate degree at Hofstra University I worked in Residential Life as a graduate assistant. After graduating I continued to work as a professional in Residential Life at Florida International University and returned to Hofstra University in March 2017. I am active in NASPA working with undergraduate and graduate students through the Multiracial Knowledge Community. Outside of work I love to travel, read and go to brunch.


Amrik Johal, Mount San Antonio College

Amrik Johal currently serves as Director of Outreach and Student Support Services at Irvine Valley College. Prior to that, he served as Coordinator, Retention at Mt. San Antontio College. He has also worked in Student Affairs at Maui Community College in the University of Hawai'i system and at UCLA in First Year Experience Programs and Career Counseling. Amrik received his Bachelor’s Degree from UCLA and his Masters Degrees from Columbia University and UCLA. He is a current PhD student in UCLA's Higher Education and Organizational Change Division.


Christopher Ndiritu, Davidson College

Christopher Ndiritu is an Area Coordinator in the Residence Life Office at Davidson College. Christopher graduated from the College Student Personnel master’s program at the University of Tennessee. Christopher held an assistantship in University Housing as an Assistant Hall Director for two years. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences (B.S.H.S) – Public Health (Administration) degree from Old Dominion University (ODU). During his time at ODU, he served a diverse group of students from first-years, non-traditional, first-generation, as a two term Student Body President. Additionally, he worked in the Dean of Students Office and was part of discussions regarding campus sexual assault/misconduct with the Virginia Governor's Office and the White House. At the 2017 SACSA conference in Chattanooga, Christopher was awarded SACSA Outstanding Graduate Student.


Christine Nguyen, University of Colorado, Denver | Anshutz Medical Campus

Christine currently serves as an International Services Specialist at the University of Colorado Denver, meaning she provides immigration advising and other services to international students and scholars coming to study, work, or conduct research at the university. She graduated from Western Washington University with Bachelor’s degrees in English Literature and French and the University of Vermont with a Master of Education in Higher Education & Student Affairs Administration. She has worked in international student services at North Seattle College and in residence life at Oregon State University. At CU Denver, Christine is also an occasional lecturer in the Ethnic Studies department (Asian American studies), as well as teaching a college success course through First Year Experience. She is involved with the institution’s Asian American/Pacific Islander staff and faculty group. Christine loves talking about the student affairs profession, crafting, and food.


Viraj Patel, University of Pennsylvania

Viraj Patel is a community organizer, activist, and higher education administrator in Philadelphia, PA. Her paid labor is serving as the Associate Director at the Pan-Asian American Community House at the University of Pennsylvania as part of a multi-generational and multi-ethnic team supporting a student-centered space through community development, advocacy, crisis response, and cultivation of social, educational, and leadership programs. Viraj has also held positions in Residence Life, Student Activities, Off Campus Student Affairs, and Graduate Student Services. Valuing an interdisciplinary and multi-methods approach to serving as a change agent, Viraj also organizes with the Philadelphia South Asian Collective ( and is a founding member of the Radical Asian American Womxn’s Collective (RAAWC). She currently serves as a member of the Advisory Council for the Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership. Viraj's approach to social change is heavily rooted in transnational feminism, critical race theory, grassroots organizing, femme-centered leadership, and community building for change. Viraj attended the Undergraduate Student Conference as a student and is returning to the planning committee for the second year.


Heather Stevens, University of Miami

Heather currently serves as the Assistant Director for Divisional Initiatives and Student Advocacy in the Division of Student Affairs at the University of Miami. While she focuses on ombudsperson cases, special projects for the Vice President for Student Affairs, and division wide initiatives, Heather also advises Student Government and Canes Care for Canes, a student organization focused on building a caring and inclusive community. Passionate about mentoring and teaching, she serves as a teaching assistant in the Educational and Psychological Studies department in the School of Education and Human Development for courses taught at the master and doctoral level in her spare time


Cynthia Tucker, University of Southern California

Cynthia Tucker is the Assistant Director of Event Operations for Trojan Event Services (TES), a division of Student Affairs at the University of Southern California since 2015. She has 10 years of venue management and 20 years of event planning experience. As the Assistant Director, she is responsible for overseeing the business operations of TES’s scheduling office, supervising a team of 7 full-time staff, 4 indoor event venues, 19 outdoor locations, 12 shared spaces with the USC Athletics Department and 150 student workers. She works closely with campus partners for event approval, oversees the department’s expenses and labor costs, prepares financial analysis and projections, and assesses the venue’s policies and procedures. She is a member of the International Association of Venue Managers and volunteer with the University Committee and Diversity & Inclusion Committee. She has a MBA from Pepperdine University and a BA in Communication from the University of California, Santa Barbara.


Jazminn Williams, Tulane University

Jazminn Williams is a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native currently serving as a Resident Director at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. In her role, she supervises Resident Advisors and ensures her upper-class community is inclusive, safe and an environment that fosters holistic growth. Prior to relocating to NOLA, Jazminn received her Masters of Education in Higher Education from Loyola University Chicago, where she strengthened her social justice lens and worked in a variety of functional areas including new student orientation, residence life, student leadership development and academic coaching. Jazminn is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, former NUFP fellow, and brunch connoisseur.


Christian Williams, University of Delaware

Christian Williams currently serves as Coordinator of Extended Orientation and Transition Programs at the University of Delaware, leading programs that help new students learn about themselves, each other and the world around them in both urban and outdoor settings. After earning an undergraduate public relations degree at Florida International University in Miami, FL and a gap year working in both public relations/event management and retail, this New York native took those transferable skills back into higher education and earned a master’s degree from Florida State University. Known for his vibrant energy and a knack for collaboration, Christian is passionate about exploration, lifelong learning and helping students craft and tell their life stories. He strives to live by this quote by Marianne Williamson: "And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same."


Joining us in LA? Missed the "Know-Before-You-Go" email?

Look no further! See here for links to our previous newsletters containing helpful tips and important information about the Undergraduate Student Conference

NASPA Undergraduate Student Conference Newsletter - February 15th

NASPA Undergraduate Student Conference Newsletter - February 22nd

NASPA Undergraduate Student Conference Newsletter - March 1st

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University of Southern California

Presented by

Jimmy Doan , Assistant Dean, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Viraj Patel, Associate Director of Pan-Asian American Community House, University of Pennsylvania