NASPA Annual Conference

The NASPA Annual Conference is the premier student affairs professional development event, with featured speakers who engage participants in thoughtful reflection on the field, hundreds of educational sessions presented by student affairs educators, and networking events that both engage and inspire us to do our work on campus, this event is one not to be missed!

This experience also includes professional development specifically tailored to first-generation student success through pre-conference workshops, education sessions, networking opportunities, and more.

Plan Your Experience

All conference events and activities will take place at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center located at 415 Summer Street, Boston, MA, 02210.

NASPA and the 2023 Conference Leadership Committee are hard at work with the Signature Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau and our hotel partners to ensure an exciting return to Boston for our 105th NASPA Annual Conference.

The Conference Leadership Committee is ready for you to experience all that Boston has to offer and can't wait to welcome you in 2023! Review the 2023 NASPA Annual Conference Housing Reservation System and learn more about Where to Stay - book your reservation.

The First-gen Guide is now available for your review, continue moving #FirstgenForward at #NASPA 23.


The 2023 NASPA Annual Conference registration is open, the housing block will open on October 5.


Check out Plan Your Experience for information about our official conference hotels.

*Registration fees are dependent on member status.

Be sure to review the full 2023 NASPA Annual Conference registration page for information about non-member, student, emeritus, and NUFP fellow rates, the registration and cancellation policies, and more.

Pre-Conference Workshops

These learning sessions will take place on Saturday, April 1 and Sunday, April 2, just prior to the NASPA Annual Conference. Join colleagues and experts for an opportunity to discuss important and timely topics in depth. Most pre-conference workshops have an additional registration fee on top of the main Annual Conference registration.

Pedagogical Approaches to Supporting First-generation College Students in Academic Settings (PC 42)

Sunday, April 2 | 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (local time)

First-generation students represent one third of all college-going students. Given the amount of time students spend in the classroom and the representation of first-generation students, it is important for colleges and universities to understand pedagogical approaches to support first- generation students in academic settings. A handshake to intentional support from academic and student affairs relies on the understanding of the impact of curriculum, instructional practices, and the incorporation of students’ identities in the classroom. Tailored approaches to support first-generation students in academic spaces requires an intentional and intersectional lens to address instructional practices and environmental factors that can impede student success. The presenters will offer examples from grassroots efforts to embedded teaching and learning centers.

Creating Sustainable Institutional Change to Advance First-generation Student Success (PC 46)

Only for First-gen Forward and First Scholars Institutions

Sunday, April 2 | 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. (local time)

This pre-conference workshop is invite-only and dedicated to the institutions currently engaged with First-gen Forward and First Scholars. Though support for first-generation college students varies across institutions, research indicates a prevailing shift towards institutional focus on becoming student-ready through auditing and revision of policies, practices, and procedures. To attain this cultural and mindset shift, effective change management is essential in creating infrastructure supporting services to eliminate barriers and improve overall student success. In this pre-conference workshop, participants will explore what is needed in creating sustainable institutional change and identify strategies to support the current work towards their institutional SMART goal. Participants will also have the opportunity to network and engage with colleagues from other institutions focusing on similar priority areas.

A full list of the pre-conference workshop can be viewed here.

Core Content Areas

The 2023 Conference Leadership Committee seeks conference proposals focusing on the three core content areas:

- Centering Student Affairs in Institutional Context

- Infusing Scholarship into Practice

- Embracing the Future of the Profession

Call For Programs & Reviewers

The call for programs and reviewers has closed, information about your submission will be communicated directly with the coordinating presenter or reviewer.



How do we shift our mindset to let go of student affairs nostalgia and prepare ourselves for what students need in this moment and moving forward? Submit your proposal and help your colleagues advance their understanding.

The Call for Programs is Closed.


As a program reviewer, your comments will help to shape the content of the conference, and provide valuable professional development for everyone who submitted a proposal.

The Call for Reviewers is Closed.


  • August 1: Pre-conference Workshop Submission Deadline
  • August 1: Call for Programs Opens (all progream types except Pre-conference Workshops)
  • August 15: Pre-conference Workshop Status Notifications
  • September 12 at 8:00am PT: Call for Programs & Reviewers application Deadline
  • September 23: Program Review Deadline
  • Mid- to Late-October: Coordinating presenters notified of prgoram status
  • October 29: Meeting Space Request Deadline