NASPA is the professional home for the field of student affairs. Together, we are dedicated to fulfilling the promise of higher education through our guiding principles of Integrity, Innovation, Inclusion, and Inquiry. We place students at the center of our work, serving the field through exceptional professional development, research to take on our biggest challenges, advocacy for inclusive and equitable practices and communities, and nurturing networks and pipelines to mentor, rejuvenate, and support.

No matter where you are in your career journey—we’ve got your back

NASPA strives to serve the diverse needs of our entire community, from vice presidents of student affairs to undergraduate student leaders first considering a career in the field, we are invested in empowering all of our members to realize their full potential. NASPA is dedicated to cultivating student success in collaboration with the missions of our institutional members, a network of colleges and universities representing every sector of higher education. 

NASPA isn’t just about our exceptional conferences and content, it’s also about people. Engaging with us connects you into the largest association in student affairs. NASPA members are mentors by trade and our community is both welcoming and committed to developing student affairs professionals through every phase of their careers. With so many opportunities to get involved, you can start building career-long relationships and contribute to the business of the Association right from the start. NASPA is its members—join us, thrive with us, and work alongside us to shape the future of higher education.

Guiding Principles


Committed to high moral principles exhibiting authentic, honest, just, and ethical behavior.


Continuously seeking improvement through new and creative approaches.


Seeking ways to ensure access, voice, acknowledgement, opportunity, and participation at all levels.


Supporting research and scholarship to add to the knowledge base of the profession and ensure that data informs practice.

Vision, Mission, and Strategic Plan

About NASPA Students

Our Vision

Fulfilling the promise of higher education.

Our Mission

As the leading voice of student affairs, NASPA drives innovation and evidence-based, student-centered practice throughout higher education, nationally and globally.

Our Strategic Plan

The 2019-2024 NASPA Strategic Plan includes four areas of focus:

  • Advocacy for Student Success
  • Equity, Inclusion, and Social Justice
  • Research and Scholarship
  • Professional Development and Engagement.

Learn more about how NASPA is leaning into the next 100 years.


Our Commitment to Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity

NASPA affirms the importance and centrality of the values of justice, equity, inclusion, and diversity to student affairs professionals, both in their daily lives and in their work on behalf of and with students and other constituents. NASPA believes that equity, inclusion, and justice require continual pursuits to ensure that members from all identities, backgrounds, abilities, and belief systems have access, voice, acknowledgment, and opportunities to participate at all levels within the Association and the profession. Additionally, NASPA strives to ensure that our membership, leadership, scholarship, and programming are reflective of these values, and through our standards of professional practice, we hold our members and the Association accountable to these principles in our work on behalf of the profession.

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