The NASPA Region IV-East Conference Committee invites you to join us in Minneapolis, Minnesota! The 2021 NASPA Region IV-E Conference is a three-day in-person, with some virtual elements, gathering of higher education professionals who come together to reflect, learn, network, and be inspired.
This year’s conference theme is "Rise Up: Tapping into our Reservoir of Courage." The 2021 NASPA Region IV-E Conference accurately reflects where we are as a region--both as colleagues in higher education coming out of a pandemic and as citizens advocating for social justice in the world around us. It is a call to think differently about a change in the higher education landscape.
Through inspiring keynote presentations, thought-provoking educational sessions and institutes, and numerous opportunities to re-connect with colleagues and make new friends, the 2021 NASPA Region IV-E Conference will be a premier, future-focused professional development experience.
"Do you know where you are?" is a question that further grounds the theme of the Annual Conference. In relation to land acknowledgements, "Do you know where you are?" asks us to consider the ways in which Native Nations maintain linguistic, cultural, and political continuity with locales and how, from time immemorial, their economies and educational systems have depended on access to lands and waters. The relevance of this understanding to the profession is that these economies and educational systems have been colonized by the same non-Native colleges and universities that Native students seek an education. This is to say, we live, learn, and work in locations that serve as the original contexts of learning for Native peoples.
Message from the Co-Chairs
On behalf of the entire conference committee, we are excited to welcome you to Minneapolis, MN. Our 2021 Conference theme of “Rise Up: Tapping into our Reservoir of Courage” is directly connected to our location in Minneapolis and the confluence of social justice movements in the world around us. This past year has been full of turmoil and challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, yet the most profound impact has been felt with the murder of George Floyd and the subsequent social justice movements that have followed. As a regional association, we are committed to continuing these conversations, ongoing learning, and actively pursuing change.
We are greatly missing our physical ties to one another, so we are excited to offer this conference as an opportunity to reconnect with each other as we tap into our reservoirs of courage. Our work, our lives, and our institutions will not be the same moving forward and we need to reconnect as we move into a new era of pushing for sustained change within our profession and institutions.
We look forward to welcoming you to our regional conference and hope to see you in November!
COVID-19 Event Safety
NASPA 4E Conference Event Safety During the Pandemic
As the COVID-19 Global Pandemic continues, NASPA and the NASPA 4E Conference Committee are cautiously optimistic and prepared to manage our place-based events with the health, safety, and well-being of our attendees in mind. NASPA is committed to providing a safe, productive, and welcoming environment in which to learn. All participants, including, but not limited to, attendees, speakers, sponsors, volunteers, NASPA staff, service providers, and others are expected to abide by our code of conduct and all polices in effect for the event.
We will continue to monitor and update safety precautions for all of our conferences regularly and coordinate with trusted national resources, state and local public health agencies, and the hotels/venues hosting our events.
At this time, we plan to join in Minneapolis, Minnesota for our first primarily in-person meeting since 2019. We will continue to assess the risks in the area local to the event and the current status in the United States. In keeping with the Association's duty of care and the responsibility as host, NASPA has implemented safety requirements for many of our conferences. There may be some events during which the vaccination requirment is lifted, but for most NASPA conferences, these will be the policies and procedures required of our attendees at our events.
We reserve the right to modify these policies and procedures at any time given the rapidly changing nature of the current global pandemic.
In keeping with the Association's duty to care and responsibility as host, NASPA leadership has decided that all participants at in-person conferences, whether a presenter, attendee, exhibitor, staff, guest, or vendor will be required to be fully vaccinated. "Full vaccination" means that either 14 days have passed since receiving the second dose of FDA or WHO authorized (or emergency use authorized) double-dozed vaccines or single-dose vaccine. Proof of vaccination will be required to attend any events where there is a vaccination requirement.
Attendees will be required to attest to their vaccination during the registration process and provide CDC-or WHO-approved proof of vaccination status prior to attending any NASPA event. You will be required to either show vaccination documentation at onsite registration or prior to the event via a HIPPA-compliant online format. For those individuals who are not vaccinated, you will be offered the option to register but you will be required to provide documentation of a negative PCR test no more than 72 hours prior to arrival to any event.
If you are unable to meet this requirement, we encourage you to register for virtual options through the NASPA online community.
All participants at NASPA events will be required to wear masks. Masks must be worn at all times except while actively eating/drinking, presenting, or in an outdoor venue where individuals can be physically distant. Masks must cover both the mouth and nose. We ask that participants honor the requests of others to mask up and/or maintain physical distancing.
Individuals who have a documented disability which precludes the wearing of a mask may request a modification to mask policies. Please contact Stephanie Gordon, vice president for professional development, to discuss modification(s) to mask policies.
While many venues are not currently requiring physical distancing, NASPA will provide physically-distant seating and event space set-up to allow individuals who wish to physically distance while in sessions to do so comfortably. Additionally, to help attendees communicate their level of comfort in interacting with one another, NASPA will provide color-coded ribbons to all onsite attendees:
- Red = Physical Distancing - Greet from Six Feet
- Yellow = Elbows Only
- Green = Handshakes and Hi-fives
For more information, click "NASPA COVID-19 Event Safety and Responsibility" button below
COVID-19 Notice and Waiver
NASPA will require registrants to understand the place-based, in-person conferences are taking place during the COVID-19 global pandemic. Registrants will be asked to click "I understand" following reading the wavier information. If you are a registrant for one of our events, you will be asked to check an "I understand" button for this waiver. The waiver language is listed below:
COVID-19 has been declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization and is extremely contagious. NASPA has put in place preventative measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 at our various events; however, NASPA cannot guarantee that attendees will not become infected with COVID-19. By registering for the a NASPA event, I,
- acknowledge the contagious nature of COVID-19;
- voluntarily assume the risk that I may be exposed to or infected by COVID-19 by attending the NASPA event which exposure or infection may from the actions, omissions, or negligence of myself and others, including, but not limited to, NASPA employees, volunteers, and program participants and their families;
- acknowledge that such exposure or infection may result in personal injury, illness, permanent disability, and death; and
- hereby release, covenant not to sue, discharge, and hold harmless NASPA, its employees, agents, and representatives, of and from any injury to me resulting from being exposed to or infected by COVID-19 in connection with my attendance at a NASPA event (including claims based on the actions, omissions, or negligence of NASPA, its employees, agents, and representatives).
Venue and Location COVID-19 Information
Minneapolis Marriott City Center
The safety of our guests and associates is a top priority. As guidance regarding face coverings and vaccination verification varies by local jurisdiction and may change, guests should review public information websites for the most up-to-date guidance for your destination, as well as the hotel-specific sections below and US and Canada Travel Advisories | Marriott Bonvoy™ before traveling. Unless it is required by local law or order, fully vaccinated guests are no longer required to wear face coverings or social distance in indoor or outdoor areas of the hotel. We ask that all unvaccinated guests continue to wear face coverings and practice social distancing when they are in public spaces inside the hotel.
Social Distancing Measures & Contactless Experience
Signage throughout the hotel to remind guests to maintain social distancing, occupancy limits and seating capacities reductions in our restaurants in compliance with local and state mandates, and partitions installed at front desks and great room interaction areas including host stand. Mobile check-in and key service requests via the Marriott Bonvoy™ mobile app. No valet service is currently available for parking.
Enhanced Clearning Protocols & Housekeeping Service at Minneapolis Marriott
In keeping with Marriott's Commitment to Clean, we have made several enhancements to our cleaning practices throughout our property and in guest rooms. These include:
- Enhanced Public Space Cleaning: We have increased the frequency of cleaning and disinfection, particularly in areas with high traffic including restrooms, elevators, and escalators as well as provided more hand sanitizing stations.
- Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): Staff members will wear PPE (e.g., face coverings, gloves, etc.) based on the activities they are performing and based on direction by the local authorities. Guests are welcome to wear personal face coverings.
- Electrostatic Spraying: We're utilizing enhanced technologies, including electrostatic sprayers with hospital-grade disinfectants, to support our already rigorous cleanliness protocols.
- In-room coffee makers are not currently available, but guests can request contactless coffee delivery
- Disinfectant wipes are available in the room for every arriving guest as well as upon request
Every guest room is thoroughly cleaned and disinfected prior to your arrival. During your stay, we will not provide housekeeping automatically every day. If you wish to receive daily housekeeping refresh service, please let us our guest services team know. We will be happy to schedule service according to your preferences.
Property Amenities & Services
We are committed to making the amenities and services at our property available to you while complying with local and state regulations, including guidance on reducing capacity in public spaces and reinforcing social distancing. The modifications we have made include:
- Fitness Center: Open
- Great Room & Boarding Pass Printing Area: Open
Hotel Covid-19 Policies
Hotel Covid-19 Protocols in Meeting Space
The hotel’s banquet team has provided extra hand sanitizing stations within each meeting space and has Clorox wipes available for guest use.
Marriott Covid-19 Policies/Protocols
Closest Rapid PCR Testing
ARCpoint Labs of Minneapolis
2336 Central Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418
Registration as a member is based on individual membership status at the time of the event. If your current membership will expire prior to the event, you will have the option to renew at the time of registration to receive the member rate.
If you are not a current member and are employed by a college or university that is an institutional member, you can join as a professional affiliate member for $75. If your institution is NOT a member, you can join as an associate affiliate member for $242. Both membership types provide access to the individual member rate for the event. Please visit the membership section of the NASPA website to learn more about membership types and benefits. We hope you’ll consider joining today!
If you are experiencing financial hardship, you may qualify for a NASPA Foundation Membership Scholarship or NASPA Foundation Professional Development Access Scholarship, which can be used for this event.
For a comprehensive listing of NASPA registration policies, please visit this page.
| Regular Registration
9/11/2021 to 10/8/2021
NASPA Student Member
AVP/SSAO VIRTUAL PRE-CONFERENCE INSTITUTE
Schedule at a Glance
Schedule is subject to change
9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. CST
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. CST
8:00 a.m - 1:00 p.m. CST
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Registration
- 9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Information Meeting
- 3:00 p.m. Presentations DUE
- 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m Presentations
9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. SSAO/AVP Pre-Confernece (In-Person)
12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Managing Your Career Path: Navigating the Great Resignation (Free Pre-Conference Session, In-Person Only, Register here)
- 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Managing Your Career Path: Navigating the Great Resignation
This session will be led by Lisa Novack, Associate Director of Student Services, Undergraduate Business Center, Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota
- 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Navigating Changes in the Field
A panel discussion with student affairs professionals on their experiences in navigating job searches, changing positions, and changing institutions during the COVID-19 pandemic
- 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Resume Review & Interview Prep
2:00 p.m - 2:30 p.m. First-Time Attendee Welcome
3:00 p.m. - 3:50 p.m Educational Session #1 (In-Person Only)
4:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m Educational Session #2 (In-Person Only)
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Opening Reception (In-Person Only)
6:30 a.m. - 7:30 a.m. Morning Yoga with Aaron
- Location: Birch/Maple Lake
Get your day started with some mindfulness by joining us for morning yoga led by Aaron Asmundson. Aaron works at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities and has been a certified yoga instructor, teaching multiple classes a week, since 2015. Aaron’s yoga practice incorporates traditional yoga philosophy and stories with movement to connect more deeply to the cultural roots of yoga.
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Registration
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Conference Welcome & Keynote Speaker
11:00 a.m. - 11:50 a.m. Educational Session #3 (In-Person + 1 entirely virtual session)
- Virtual Session: Advocating for Career Development as a High-Impact Practice (HIP) for First-Year Students & Students in Transition
12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. Awards Session & Luncheon
1:30 p.m. - 2:20 p.m. Educational Session #4 (In-Person + 1 entirely virtual session)
- Virtual Session: Championing Undocumented College Student Success
2:45 p.m. - 3:35 p.m. Educational Session #5 (In-Person + 1 entirely virtual session)
- Virtual Session: Promoting College Student Mental Health and Wellness Through Communities of Care
4:00 p.m. - 4:50 p.m. Educational Session #6 (In-Person + 1 entirely virtual session)
- Virtual Session: Research Grant Recipents Presentation
4:00 p.m. - 4:50 p.m. KC Roundtables (In-Person Only)
5:15 p.m. - 6:05 p.m. Educational Session #7 (In-Person Only)
6:15 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. Business Meeting (In-Person Only)
8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Conference Social (In-Person Only)
7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. Morning Walk to Spyhouse
- Location: Minneapolis Skyway & Spyhouse Coffee
For those looking to get some extra steps in and picking up some coffee from a local coffee shop before heading to their first session, we invite you to join us for a morning walk to Spyhouse Coffee. Spyhouse offers a variety of coffees, teas, and locally made pastries. This walk is about 1 mile round trip in length and will utilize the Minneapolis Skyway to stay fully indoors, so no need to wear a coat.
7:00 a.m. - 7:45 a.m. Minneapolis 5K
- Location: Downtown Minneapolis Route
- For those looking to see a bit more of Minneapolis and get their blood pumping in the morning, join us for a 5k run outside in downtown Minneapolis. This 3.3 mile route features relatively flat terrain, will take you across the Mississippi River, and features a number of iconic views of downtown Minneapolis.
9:00 a.m. - 9:50 a.m. Educational Session #8 (In-Person Only)
10:15 a.m. - 11:05 a.m. Educational Session #9 (In-Person Only)
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Conference Closing with Closing Keynote & Luncheon
Accessing the Schedule via Socio App
Logging into Socio via Mobile App
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Logging into Socio via Desktop
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You will then be prompted to create a password:
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We are excited to announce our 2021 NASPA 4E Conference opening keynote speaker, Bree Newsome, Community Organizer and Activist Who Removed the Confederate Battle Flag from the South Carolina State House.
Bree Newsome rallies your spirit with her impassioned message about racial equality and illustrates how, with courage, zeal and the support of others, ordinary people can make an extraordinary difference.
This contemporary civil rights icon first garnered national attention for her daring act of peaceful disobedience in June 2015. Following the brutal murder of nine black parishioners at Mother Emmanuel Church in Charleston, S.C., Bree climbed the flagpole at the South Carolina statehouse and pulled down the Confederate Battle flag as a protest against racist symbolism. Her arrest galvanized public opinion and led to the permanent removal of the flag.
As a recognized and celebrated voice on the topics of injustice and racial discrimination, Bree brings to light the importance of leadership development in building and sustaining social movements.
Also an accomplished filmmaker and musician, Bree skillfully outlines the relationship between activism and art, and captivates audiences as she describes in cinematic detail the heroic gestures of ordinary people on the front lines of activism.
Joan T.A. Gabel
We are excited to announce our closing keynote speaker, Joan T.A. Gabel, 17th president of the University of Minnesota.
Under her leadership, the U of M has prioritized and advanced the strength and impact of the University system by developing the first systemwide strategic plan; serving students in the classroom and beyond; driving research and solutions inspired by Minnesota and impacting the world; advancing equity, diversity, and community; amplifying the University’s outreach and engagement efforts; establishing record fundraising; and cultivating efficiency and transparency.
In Spring 2020, the impact and complexity of the COVID-19 pandemic became a key focus in President Gabel’s work. She led efforts to address the immediate challenges of the pandemic, including keeping the University healthy, safe, and well. Gabel facilitated the University’s expertise to shape the recovery for the University system, Minnesotans, and the world. During this challenging time, she led efforts to cultivate institutional uniqueness and value, and reimagine opportunities for the University to advance its nearly 170-year legacy, and to work towards a bright future of teaching, research, and service. In May 2020, in the aftermath of George Floyd’s tragic death, she also took important steps to improve efforts towards a more equitable and just University and ensure continuity of these efforts through shared governance and community engagement.
Dr. Julie Payne-Kirchmeier
We are excited to announce that Dr. Julie Payne-Kirchmeier, NASPA Board Chair, will be delivering closing remarks for the 2021 NASPA IV-E Regional Conference.
Dr. Julie Payne-Kirchmeier is a senior student affairs professional with over 20 years of progressively responsible and expansive leadership across institutional types and functional areas. Julie spearheads institution-wide new initiatives based on professional expertise in strategic planning and assessment, cross-functional collaboration, student development, and innovative problem-solving. She demonstrates a history of creating and supervising high-performing teams that deliver results for the institution while also serving and advocating for students.
A recipient of state, regional, national, and international awards for her service to the profession, most recently, she was awarded the Parthenon Award from ACUHO-I, one of the association’s highest honors for her work in Housing and Residence Life. She served as the NASPA Region IV-E Director and on the NASPA Board of Directors from 2017-2019 and will now serve as Board Chair for the association in 2021-2022.
Minneapolis Marriott City Center evokes a brilliant hotel stay, with more than 45,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space. Situated in the heart of downtown, our hotel welcomes business and leisure travelers to Minnesota with a superb location near top attractions, including Target Center, Target Field and US Bank Stadium. Move about the city year-round using the climate-controlled skyways directly connected to our downtown hotel and return for exceptional cuisine at our signature restaurant. Choose from our selection of ultra-modern guest rooms, featuring a sleek new design and high-speed Wi-Fi. An elevated experience awaits at Minneapolis Marriott City Center.
**Deadline to reserve your room is Tuesday, October 19, 2021**
Minneapolis Marriott City Center
30 South Seventh Street
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Things to do in Minneapolis
There are many restaurants within walking distance of the hotel, simply head out to Nicollette Mall or onto Hennepin to get to a number of destinations. Here are some places worth noting that are within a 10 minute walk from the hotel.
Using Public Transit:
The Conference hotel is located in Downtown Minneapolis, with a number of bus and light rail routes within minutes of the hotel entrance. Special fares exist for downton transit, making it easy to get around downtown.
Restaurants (Walking Distance)
Barrio- Latin cuisine in a vibrant restaurant and tequila bar ($)
CRAVE- offering a little bit of everything for everyone ($$)
Monelo- Italian food, representing the Campania region of Italy ($$$)
Constantine- Hip bar with all your food favorites ($$$)
Brit's Pub- This English Pub features a rooftop for lawn bowling ($$)
Spoon and Stable - Hip pick for a French-inspired menu in a cozy, rustic-chic vintage carriage house ($$$$)
The Captain Grille- Outpost of the upscale steakhouse chain offers classic American fare & a clubby, refined setting ($$$$)
Fogo de Chao Brazillian Steakhouse - Upscale Brazilian chain for all-you-can-eat meat carved tableside plus an extensive salad bar ($$$)
O'Donnovan's Irish Pub- Vibrant Irish pub with a patio, offering typical comfort fare along with a wide beer selection ($$$)
Rock Bottom Resteraunt and Brewery- Brewpub chain serving house beers & upscale pub food & American fare in lively environs ($$)
Union Rooftop Bar and Grill- Select American fare served in a glass-enclosed rooftop space with a spacious bar & skyline views ($$)
The Green + the Grain- Build-your-own wraps & salads from an array of healthy ingredients in a modern, light-filled space ($$)
Normondy Kitchen- This long-running cafe & bar serves from-scratch, elevated comfort fare from breakfast to dinner ($$)
Hell's Kitchen- Quirky American restaurant offering an all-day menu & frequent live music in an underground space ($$)
801 Chophouse - Experience only the finest, aged, USDA prime steaks ($$$)
Manny's Steakhouse - Known for serving huge steaks and strong cocktails ($$$$)
Red Cow North Loop- Clever, specialty burgers & craft brews are the draw at this modern tavern with an upbeat ambiance ($$)
Hen House Eatery - Sprawling cafe offering classic, locally sourced breakfast & lunch, plus happy hour tapas & wine ($$)
- Umbra American Eatery - French cuisine twist in a modern and cozy atmosphere ($$)
The Butcher's Tale - Offers casual and fine dining options with an amazing meat-centric menu ($$$$)
Other Dining Options (Driving Distance)
Other Dining (Driving Distance)
Owamni- Owamni by The Sioux Chef. Presented by Sean Sherman and Dana Thompson. A modern Indigenous full service establishment ($$)
Surly- A 20 minute ride on the Green Line Train will get you to the most popular brewery in the Twin Cities. It’s also got excellent food. While you’re in the area, check out the The Market at Malcolm Yards and the O’Shaughnessy Distillery
Young Joni -A short car ride gets you to NE Minneapolis to check out this James Beard Award winning pizza. You can’t go wrong ($$)
Zen Box Izakaya- Just a short train ride from the hotel, Zen box offers Incredible ramen -- perfect for warming up on a cold Minneapolis night ($$)
- Alma- A chilly walk or quick car ride will get you to Alma, go for a more formal meal experience in the dining room or have a pastry, burger, or pasta in the cafe next door ($$$)
First Avenue- Take a short walk over to First Ave and see the list of artists who have played the venue, including the legendary Prince.
Mary Tyler Moore Statue- You’re gonna make it after all! Get an iconic photo with Minneapolis’ iconic statue, only a few minutes walk from the hotel.
Stone Arch Bridge- Take a walk to the bridge over the Mississippi River and see the largest waterfall on the river right from the bridge.
Mineapolis Central Library- the largest library of the Hennepin County Library public library system
Minneapolis Skyway System- an interlinked collection of enclosed pedestrian footbridges that connect various buildings in 80 full city blocks over 9.5 miles of Downtown Minneapolis, enabling people to walk in climate-controlled comfort year-round.
- Paisley Park - Prince's private estate & production complex featuring artifacts from his life & guided tours.
- The Mall of America- a shopping mall located in Bloomington, Minnesota.
- Minneapolis Sculpture Garden- A 20 min walk from the hotel gets you to the free sculpture garden next to the Walker Art Museum
- MIA- a 30 min walk from the hotel or short car ride will get you to the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Admission is free.