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NASPA's Commitment to Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

NASPA strives to place equity, particularly racial equity, at the center of our decisions about professional development, policy, scholarship, and membership. This means recognizing, challenging, and changing exclusionary structures embedded in educational, association, and organizational systems.

We do this by convening institutions, members, and partners to develop and elevate inclusive practices, providing resources and access points for educators from minoritized communities to navigate the field of student affairs, providing race-conscious research and recommendations for institutions and practitioners, and advocating for equitable legislation and policy. 

As we deepen our critical understanding and work, centering equity at NASPA requires compassion, focus, intention, courage, accountability, collaboration, innovation, and a commitment to learning.

Visit the NASPA Countering Equity Backlash website for more resources and information. 

Recent Member Briefings

Continued Learning:

The list below includes all the virtual learning and engagement opportunities focusing on social justice and inclusion. Programs and events include member briefings, webinars, and short courses. Click on the link below to learn more about the program, how to register, and pricing for members and non-members. The below virtual learning events follow the NASPA pricing model: $79 (members) and $179 (non-members). 

  • Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 04/25/2024 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

    According to the U.S. Department of Justice, 1 in 5 Black women are survivors of sexual assault. However, their numbers are lower as it pertains to prosecuted cases. Why is this? It is because Black women and girls have historically been dehumanized, considered unrapeable, and left without legal recourse, therefore they become easier targets for sexual violence and are more reluctant to come forward. In addition negative stereotypes and structural biases have had devastating consequences for Black women. Their trauma and victimization are often misunderstood, mislabeled or dismissed by systems (i.e. criminal justice, healthcare etc..) and even by their own culture.

  • Includes a Live Web Event on 04/23/2024 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

    How do you get students to care about ending sexual violence and increase your program reach and impact? Learn creative tools for connecting your students to the issue of sexual violence and motivating them to take action.

  • The qualitative case study explored the factors that foster an atmosphere of belonging for men of color (MOC) attending a two-year Predominantly White Institution (PWI). The pressing issue is that PWI colleges erroneously assume that an extension or invitation of welcome is the same as fostering a sense of belonging for men of color (MOC). This led colleges to construct policies and practices that do not intentionally and deliberately create an atmosphere where MOC feel valued, validated, and visible.

  • Based on the Student Affairs Educator Certification Domain, Student Learning, Development, and Success Bundle, this ten-webinar package provides professional development that encompasses the application of student learning and development theories while centering and advocating for holistic student learning, development, and success. It includes the design of programs and services that retain, develop, and move students toward completion and graduation. Click on the package title to learn more about the webinars included. Price Members: $349 Non-members: $499

  • Based on the Assessment and Evaluation Student Affairs Educator Certification domain, this package includes ten webinars that encompass the appraisal of the quality and effectiveness of higher education work with an understanding and appreciation for different contexts, cultures, and backgrounds. Specifically, the practice of assessment and evaluation is grounded in outcomes, using various methods and tools, and utilizing the data to identify strengths and opportunities for improvement in program, delivery, or actions. Click on the Package title to view all the ten webinars included. PRICE Members: $349 Non-members $499

  • This bundled on-demand package includes presentations designed to give introductions to marginalized or minoritized student populations on our campuses, as well as how to weave social justice initiatives into all of your programs. Read below to see more about each of the included sessions.

  • “Neurodiversity” is both a biological and a cultural phenomenon. Learning about the culture of neurodiversity will widen your perspective for those whose brains function in ways different from the neurotypical mainstream. This strengths-based, positive approach will alter your view of "outside-the-box" thinkers. Learn how proper niche construction can mold the future for neurodivergent students and how you can provide a community of acceptance for your campus.

  • In this NASPA live briefing, the presenter shares new thinking around the Leadership for Liberation framework—notably, embedding theories of madness and ideas around speculative practices. The presenter also extends the Leadership for Liberation framework for higher education/student affairs professionals in an effort to better prepare them for collective action toward liberation and all the meanings and feelings that come with it.

  • This program focuses on spiritual wellbeing--an often forgotten, yet extraordinarily important, area for college students.