2018 NASPA Annual Conference

Undergraduate Student Conference

The NASPA Undergraduate Student Conference is designed for students exploring higher education/student affairs as as viable career path, students committed to attending graduate school, or those pursuing full-time employment as a gap year before pursuing graduate studies.

The pre-conference allows students to explore student affairs work as well as understand the process of applying to and succeeding in graduate school. USC also provides opportunities to engage and network with peers and a wide array of student affairs professionals.

This year's conference will be hosted offsite at Temple University.

Additional registration required

Saturday, March 3
7:30 am to 6:00 pm

Sunday, March 4
7:30 am to 2:00 pm


Temple University


Registration for the 7th Annual Undergraduate Student Conference is now open. Register today to get the best rate -early bird rates end on December 12, 2017.

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Registration for the 2018 Undergraduate Student Conference is required in order to attend. There are two options for registering: USC with Annual Conference Registration or registration for the USC alone.

When you navigate to the registration page, scroll until you see a section for Special and Extended Pre-Conference Sessions where you will find USC.

Member Type Early Bird Regular Late
NUFP Member/Student Member $140 $155 $175
Non-Member $150 $165 $185
Member Type Early Bird Regular Late
NUFP Member/Student Member $165 $180 $200
Non-Member $175 $190 $210

Conference Scholarships

Capstone On-Campus Management has generously partnered with NASPA to provide the COCM Undergraduate Student Conference Scholarship. This scholarship is intended to support first-time attendance at the USC. Any undergraduate student with an interest in higher education and student affairs is eligible to apply, including NASPA Undergraduate Fellows.

Recipients of the scholarship will receive a complimentary registration to the Undergraduate Student Conference and a $250 stipend to use for conference related-expenses. Applications are due January 8, 2018.

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Sodexo has also generously partnered with the NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program to provide the NUFP Annual Conference Stipend. This stipend intended to support attendance at the 2018 NASPA Annual Conference, including any pre-conferences like the Undergraduate Student Conference. NUFP Fellows in the 2017-2018 Class are eligible to apply.  

The Level I stipend will fund up to $250 for reimbursable conference expenses. The Level II stipend will include additional funding for conference expenses. Applications are due January 8, 2018.

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Program Schedule

Attendees are split across two tracks related to their interests and goals for attending the USC. Educational topics across both tracks will include: current issues and trends in student affairs, making personal and professional connections, financing your graduate degree, developing your personal brand, and advice from current student affairs professionals.

Similar to NASPA's Annual Conference, the conference is grounded in the fundamental stages of the NASPA/ACPA Competencies. There is a heavy emphasis on Social Justice and Inclusion, Leadership, Personal and Ethical Foundations and Values, Philosophy and History.

  • Track One: Exploring Student Affairs

    Exploring Student Affairs is intended for students interested in learning more about a career in higher education and student affairs. Students may have an understanding and familiarity of the field based on their undergraduate involvement. Programs in this track may include:

    • Introduction to higher education and student affairs
    • Maximizing your undergraduate experience
    • Applying to graduate school
    • An inside look at the day-to-day of higher education
  • Track Two: Pursuing Student Affairs

    Pursuing Student Affairs is intended for students committed to a career in higher education and/or student affairs. These track is the best fit for students planning to attend graduate school or work full-time in the field after graduation. Additionally, this track is for returning attendees of the USC looking to solidify or advance their commitment to higher education and student affairs career. Educational programs in this track may include:

    • Pathways for success in student affairs
    • Maximizing your assistantship and practicum experiences to secure your first job
    • Unwritten rules: navigating the challenges and realities of the profession
    • Transitioning from undergraduate to graduate school
    • Developing supervisor and mentor relationships that support graduate student learning

You may view and download a PDF version of the schedule at a glance via the button below. The schedule of events is subject to change at the discretion of the planning committee.

Program Schedule Download

Call for Presenters and Facilitators

The Planning Committee invites you to contribute to the growth of our profession by serving as a presenter and/or small group facilitator for the Undergraduate Student Conference.

Presentation formats include 50-minute concurrent sessions, panel discussions, open forums/town halls, and 15-minute SA Speaks sessions. Small group facilitators lead a group of no more than 20 students, in four discussion groups, throughout the two-day conference. 

For more information about program submission guidelines and responsibilities, please access the application via the button below.

Presenter and Facilitator Application

Planning Committee

The planning and execution of the Undergraduate Student Conference is made possible through a dedicated team of graduate students and professionals. Learn more about our planning committee below!

Dr. Kevin Williams, Temple University (Chair)

Kevin Williams has 18 years of progressive experience in higher education, including housing administration, residential education, student conduct, leadership development, and LGBTQIA affairs.  Currently, he serves as the Senior Director of Residential Life at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Previously, Kevin served as the Interim Assistant Vice President of University Housing & Residential Life, Director of Residential Life, and Associate 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, a 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, and social inequalities, the impact of the student conduct process on learning and retention.

Dr. Denise Balfour Simpson, Johnson & Wales University Charlotte

Denise Balfour Simpson, PhD is the dean of students at Johnson and Wales University in Charlotte, North Carolina, where she oversees athletics, residential life, student involvement and leadership, health services, counseling services, and student conduct. Previously, she served as the Director for Student Conduct at the University of Kentucky, and has additional experiences in residence life, campus recreation, and student involvement. Simpson received her PhD from Old Dominion University in higher education, her MEd in educational leadership from the University of Nevada Las Vegas, and her BA in psychology and communications from DePaul University. Her research in and passion for student affairs lies in issues related to student engagement and the development of new/emerging student affairs professionals.

Joseph Ballard II, University of Minnesota

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 unit of the Office for Diversity and Inclusion which includes the recruitment, retention, engagement, and community outreach efforts/programs for students of color and those from other underrepresented communities within CFANS.

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 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.

Jimmy Doan, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Jimmy Doan is an Assistant Dean in Student Support & Wellbeing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. As a member of the CARE Team, Jimmy provides non-clinical support for critical students. 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.

Jason Guilbeau, Florida State University

Jason Guilbeau is a doctoral candidate in the Higher Education Program at Florida State University. He serves as a graduate assistant in the College of Education Dean's Office where he developed and advised the college’s Student Leadership Council. His research uses a critical lens to explore issues in higher education public policy, higher education finance, and alumni engagement and development. Prior to joining Florida State, Jason successfully led and expanded event, fundraising, and volunteer programs for the University of New Orleans Alumni Association and the American Cancer Society

Jason’s higher education experience spans Greek life, leadership, housing, crisis management, teaching, advising, and academic affairs. He has served on numerous community boards and committees, including chambers of commerce, an HIV/AIDS organization, a young professionals’ organization, a Mardi Gras krewe, and his alma mater’s alumni association. He holds a Master’s of Education in Educational Administration-Student Affairs from Texas A&M University and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Political Science from the University of Louisiana.

Roo Hiremath, Florida State University

Roo Hiremath is a first year masters student in the Higher Education Program at Florida State University. She holds an assistantship in University Housing as an Assistant Coordinator, where she is responsible for co-managing an apartment style community home to over 800 students. Roo completed her undergraduate studies at Washington University in St. Louis, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology in 2016.

Roo spent her gap year working as the Student Leadership Advisor in the Office of Residential Life at Washington University, advising residential leadership organizations and the late night alternative programming board.

Stefanie Kasven, University of West Georgia

Stefanie Kasven is currently the Assistant Director of Orientation at the University of West Georgia. Prior to her current position, Stefanie was the Residence Coordinator for Greek Village at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Born and raised in the Northeast, Stefanie received her Bachelor of Arts at The American University in Washington DC, and Master’s degrees from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in Nutrition Education and from Nova Southeastern University in College Student Affairs. Outside of her professional interests, Stefanie’s pride and joy are her two pups Charlie and Blinkie, both rescued Shih Tzu’s.

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. Prior to this, Viraj 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 has organized with the Philadelphia South Asian Collective and East Coast Solidarity Summer, an empowerment and leadership camp for South Asian and Indo-Caribbean diaspora youth. She is a founding sister of the Philadelphia Chapter of NAPAWF and also 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 holds a B.A. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in English with a minor in Asian American Studies, and an M.Ed from the University of Vermont. Viraj is also an alumnus of the NUFP program and attended the Dungy Leadership Institute, She has served in a variety of roles with NASPA, most recently as a faculty member for the Dungy Leadership Instute at CSU Fullerton.

Valronica Scales, Northwestern University

Valronica Scales is the Director of Residential Life at Northwestern University. She holds a M.Ed. in Higher Education and Student Development from Loyola University Chicago and a B.A. in Psychology from Elon University. Valronica is entering her first year at Northwestern. She is responsible leading co-curricular initiatives related to students’ sense of community, leadership development, and involvement and engagement of the residential community.  

Previously, Valronica worked at year at Washington University in St. Louis. Her responsibilities included supervising Residential College Directors, advising residential leadership organizations, promoting alternative late night programs, implementing residential sophomore initiatives and overseeing the vision and mission of the Social Justice Center at WashU. In addition to her work in Residential Life, Valronica also as a member of BIRT, Student Learning Working Group and other campus committees.