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2019 NASPA Multicultural Institute: Advancing Equity and Inclusive Practice

12/8/2019 - 12/10/2019
New Orleans, Louisiana 
 Program Submission Deadline: July 26, 2019
Notification of Program Submission: By September 13, 2019

NASPA, the leading association for the advancement, health, and sustainability of the student affairs profession invite you to submit proposals for the 2019 NASPA Multicultural Institute: Advancing Equity and Inclusive Practice.

The 2019 NASPA Multicultural Institute will serve as an interactive forum, combining thought-provoking keynote speakers, challenging educational sessions, and opportunities for resource and idea sharing. Programs submitted for the institute should contribute to expanding awareness of equity issues, developing skills for multicultural educators, and facilitate the exchange of best practices for supporting traditionally underrepresented and historically disenfranchised college student populations.

Submission Criteria:

Proposals will be evaluated by several program reviewers using the following four (4) standards:

  1. Significant and creative contributions to current research, evidence-based practices, and institute program outcomes.
  2. Engaging program format that involves the audience and stimulates discussion.
  3. Conceptually strong foundation, well-written, with clearly stated outcomes and appropriately documented research and/or experience.
  4. Qualified presenters with expertise in the subject matter.

We also encourage you to review NASPA’s guidance for program submissions prior to submitting your completed program.


Presenters whose proposals are accepted must register for the Conference. Presenters will be notified of their program status by September 13, 2019 and presentation details (date and time) will be shared no later than October 15, 2019.

Please noteAll presenters and co-presenters must be registered and will be expected to cover fees associated with attending the Conference. All presenters will be expected to provide an electronic copy of their presentation prior to the event which will be posted on the Conference website for participants to view afterwards.

Coordinating Presenter Information
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Program Type

Sessions will take the following formats:

  1. General Interest Session(60 minutes): A presentation which might include research, campus and/or community programs, partnerships, and background information. This session is intended for individuals or concise group presentations on trending topics.
  2. Learning Lab(approximately 30 minutes): 30 minute sessions designed to give participants actionable ideas and tools to take back to their campus. Presenters will share ideas for 20 minutes followed by 10 minutes for questions. An example of a session title appropriate for this format is "Beyond Food Festivals: Five Ways to Program Cultural Heritage Months.”
  3. Roundtable Discussion(75 minutes): Presenter-facilitated discussion that allows participants to more deeply engage with an idea, program, research or to reflect on their conference experience unencumbered by technology.
  4. Extended Learning Session (120 minutes): A workshop designed to provide participants with the opportunity to critically engage with colleagues and presenters on a particular topic. These sessions should go beyond information sharing and offer the opportunity for attendees to hone a specific skillset or develop a project plan.

*Please note that your session may be accepted for a presentation in a different format. The planning committee selects an array of sessions and session types in order to maximize the experience of conference attendees, and often accepts programs as a different session type.*

Please select at least one program type.
Program Type  Required

 General Interest Session (60 minutes)  Extended Learning Session (120 minutes)
 Learning Lab (30 minutes)  Roundtable (75 minutes)
I am willing to have the planning committee change my program type to best fit the content and institute goals.  Required

 Yes  No
Student Affairs Professional Competencies and Standards
Please select at least one but no more than two topic areas. These topic areas achieve the goals of the 2019 NASPA Multicultural Institute.
Student Affairs Professional Competencies and Standards  Required

 Advising & Supporting  Assessment, Evaluation, & Research
 Social Justice and Inclusion  Technology
 History, Philosophy, & Values  Organizational and Human Resources
 Law, Policy, & Governance  Leadership
 Personal and Ethical Foundations  Student Learning & Development
Connection to 2019 NMI Conference Themes

All programs submitted should connect to at least one of the conference themes. You can learn more about the themes and program outcomes on the conference website.

Establishing and Strengthening Pathways for Success for Minoritized Groups

How are campuses surfacing and removing structural barriers to success and building open pathways that enhance access, persistence, and graduation of minoritized groups?

Programs submitted under this theme should help participants:

  • Learn about collaborative strategies and mechanisms that facilitate awareness and agency of cross-campus partners to identify and remove structural barriers to success
  • Develop training and development programs to enhance the intercultural understanding and capacity of students, staff, and faculty
  • Learn about innovative identity-conscious programs that meet particular challenges and needs associated with students’ diverse and intersecting backgrounds and experiences, including but not limited to those of students of color, students with disabilities, students who identify in the LGBTQ+ community, and international students
  • Build awareness of and capacity to use asset- and strength-based approaches in creating programs and services

Preventing and Responding to Violence, Trauma, and Social Unrest

What proven practices and mechanisms enable campus communities to prepare for and respond effectively to violence and social unrest through meaningful and consistent engagement with issues of equity, inclusion, and social justice?

Programs submitted under this theme should help participants:

  • Understand the human and emotional dimensions of preparation for and response to traumatic events
  • Navigate potential conflicts between personal and institutional politics, decision-making, and accountability
  • Gain awareness and skills to prepare and support campus communities to respond and heal in the wake of unrest, trauma, and violence
  • Explore and learn to work with differing perspectives on equity, oppression, inclusion, and social justice on campus and in society
  • Learn about comprehensive violence and trauma prevention strategies, including primary, secondary, and tertiary mechanisms, for discriminatory violence directed at or disproportionately affecting minoritized groups
  • Build skills to critically consume, evaluate, and leverage media that informs prevention and response to violence, trauma, and social unrest

Enhancing Innovative Praxis of Research, Theory, and Practice

In what ways can we foster, propagate, and apply research that spans boundaries, developmental models that speak to intersectional lives, and innovative practices that advance inclusion and equity?

Programs submitted under this theme should help participants:

  • Learn foundational and emerging theoretical perspectives that support work with students with diverse experiences
  • Develop strategies to integrate theory and practice in tangible ways to influence campus policy and practice
  • Learn and apply innovative, research-informed strategies that enhance inclusion and justice
  • Discern or further develop a scholar-practitioner identity

Balancing and Enacting Healthy, Brave Spaces and Open Expression

How do campuses unpack the false dichotomy between open expression and so-called “safe spaces” and reframe the needs for healthy, brave curricular and co-curricular spaces that cultivate students’ critical thinking and capacity to be change agents?

Programs submitted under this theme should help participants:

  • Recast safe spaces as sites of liberation,authentic expression, and learning
  • Develop frameworks for brave spaces that open up opportunities for cross-campus collaboration and that help institutions understand their importance to learning and inclusion
  • Learn strategies to create brave spaces that facilitate negotiation of meaning and representation, conflict navigation, knowledge production, and intersectional identity exploration and expression

Fostering Development of Effective Civic and Democratic Engagement for Justice

In what ways are campuses preparing students with the skills and capacities for collective work with and in diverse communities to enact sustainable change for the common good?

Programs submitted under this theme should help participants:

  • Envision the key features of a thriving democracy that centers issues of equity and justice
  • Learn how campus and community partnerships positively influence sense of belonging and wellbeing for diverse populations
  • Understand the knowledge, skills, and perspectives needed in order to create and contribute to a thriving democracy
  • Learn innovative approaches to integrate civic and democratic engagement in the work of inclusion and diversity on campuses
  • Explore ways to build institutional cultures, infrastructure, and relationships that facilitate civic and democratic engagement
Connection to 2019 NMI Conference Themes  Required

 Establishing and Strengthening Pathways for Success for Minoritized Groups  Preventing and Responding to Violence, Trauma, and Social Unrest
 Enhancing Innovative Praxis of Research, Theory, and Practice  Balancing and Enacting Healthy, Brave Spaces and Open Expression
 Fostering Development of Effective Civic and Democratic Engagement for Justice  
Topics in Equity, Inclusion, and Social Justice

To help attendees search for programs by topic within the program guide, the planning committee has identified some topics and/or issues that may be relevant to your program submission. Please select all that may apply to your program. This list is in no way encompassing of all of the potential topics that can be submitted for review.

Topics in Equity, Inclusion, and Social Justice

 Accessibility  Civic Engagement
 Emergency Aid  Indigeneity and Decolonization
 LGBTQIA+ Inclusion  Minority Serving Institutions
 Racial Justice  Religion and Spirituality
 Self-Care, Mental Health, and Wellbeing  Student Activism
 Undocumented Students  
Content Level
Select a content level.

Designed for attendees new to research and practice on equity, inclusion, and social justice. These sessions will cover the basics of understanding, learning, and development of skills.

Designed for attendees who have some experience with equity, inclusion, and social justice and can explore new ways to use skills and knowledge.

Designed for attendees who have extensive experience with equity, inclusion, and social justice and will focus on advancing the field.

Content Level  Required

 Foundational  Intermediate
Program Abstract
Please provide a brief description (maximum 80 words), which will be printed in the institute program. You may find it easier to type in a word processing program and cut and paste the text into the space provided.
Program Abstract  Required


Outline/Description should be lengthy enough to give the reviewers an understanding of your program session. It should also address the following points:

  • Goals of presentation and two to three clearly stated learning objectives.
  • Description about session content and how you plan to meet your learning objectives.
  • Identification of the program format (e.g., general interest, roundtable, learning lab) including methods for participant involvement (e.g., discussion, effective practice sharing, case study analysis)
  • Evidence of the conceptual foundation for proposal content including ways the program content is grounded in research, or practical experience.
  • Description of the program's connection to one or more of the core topic areas.
Outline/Description  Required

Background of Presenters/Familiarity of Topic

Please indicate the presenter(s) qualifications and expertise in the area below.

Background of Presenters  Required

Audio-Visual Requests

Please indicate the equipment and supplies you will need. Note: due to the significant cost of audio-visual equipment, any A/V needs beyond LCD projectors and screens will be the responsibility of the presenter(s). Laptops are not available for request. Presenters will be responsible for providing their own laptop and power source adapters. Presenters are also required to bring their own Mac and HDMI adapters. Standard VCA adapters will be provided. Internet may be available, but please ensure that your presentation will work without its use as we cannot guarantee that there will be internet in your meeting room.

Audio - Visual Request  Required

 Flip Chart and Markers  LCD Projector and Screen
If other, please describe request here:
Confirmation of Program Information

Please review all information carefully before submitting. The text submitted for the Program Title, Program Abstract, and Outline/Description will be used in the conference program if the program is selected.



In submitting this program, I recognize...  Required

 I understand that all presenters and co-presenters are required to register for the event.  I confirm all information submitted is accurate and will contact NASPA should any information need to change.
Would you like to be contacted form our Online Learning Community administrator regarding adapting and presenting your content virtually?  Required

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Are you interested in reviewing programs for the 2019 NASPA Multicultural Institute?  Required

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