2018 NASPA Annual Conference

Pre-Conference Presenters share more about their topics: Saturday morning installment

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As a follow up to our blog highlighting full-day pre-conferences, we've asked the half-day pre-conference presenters to tell us a little more about the topics they are bringing to #NASPA18. Thank you to the pre-conference presenters for contributing to these session highlights.


Strategies for Higher Education Professionals’ Career Development: Managing Searches, Transitions, and Cultures includes an analysis of current impact factors on one’s career (ongoing professional development; recognizing cultural, personal, and geographical issues), identifying strategic search processes, and will lead to a comprehensive strategy moving forward to manage their ongoing career development. Participants should attend this workshop to better understand key factors which impact ones career including personal factors and preferences often overlooked. This session will guide professionals through impactful and necessary strategies for career enhancement by utilizing an evaluation of external factors (cultures, markets, etc.), self-reflection practices, and strategic search processes. The goal of this session is to explore the key components to professional growth and marketability while recognizing impactful factors (culture, experience/skills, etc.) which influence position searches and successful transitions. Further, the session will enable attendees to discover how to conduct successful personal marketing strategies and position searches while identifying vital factors for ongoing professional/personal growth.

One of the guiding principles for the NASPA Annual Conference is “Inclusion: Seeking ways to ensure access, voice, acknowledgement, opportunity, and participation at all levels.” The workshop, Doing the Work on Purpose: Centering QTSOC Experiences in Student Affairs Practice, directly relates to the theme by opening conversation that aims to center the experiences and voices of students minoritized at multiple intersections of their identities. This workshop incorporates theories, grounded in social and racial justice, with research and practice to offer attendees ways to institutionalize thoughtful and intentional efforts on their campus through equitable action. When we begin to intentionally center Queer and Trans students of Color (QTSOCs) in our student affairs practice we inherently support all students in collective liberation. This is a workshop, not a presentation. Participants should expect both individual and collective work. By engaging in conversation and co-constructing knowledge that produces practical application rooted in critical theory and understanding, we can best serve, support, and advocate for all our students. 

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