2018 NASPA Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Conference: A NASPA Strategies Conference

January 18 – January 20, 2018
Portland, OR

The 2018 NASPA Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Conference focuses on giving student affairs practitioners the tools to effectively prevent and respond to both sexual and relationship violence on campus through a variety of innovative approaches. This conference is part of the NASPA Strategies Conferences, which include the 2018 NASPA Alcohol, Other Drug, and Campus Violence Prevention Conference, the 2018 NASPA Mental Health Conference, and the 2018 NASPA Well-Being and Health Promotion Leadership Conference.

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The continued national focus on campus sexual and relationship violence and institutional efforts to prevent and respond to such violence highlight the need for a conference specific to the strategies for use by professionals at institutions of higher education. Sexual assault and relationship violence cause immeasurable harms to students, including their abilities to persist in their academic endeavors, increased feelings of loneliness and isolation, and serious mental health concerns. There are a growing number of Student Affairs professionals whose roles involve prevention of and response to sexual and relationship violence on campus, including Title IX Coordinators, Deans of Students, Student Conduct personnel, prevention educators, advocates and hearing board members who may come from across the institution. This conference is the premier opportunity for professionals in these roles to come together and explore promising practices and innovative efforts to prevent and respond to sexual and relationship violence in the higher education community.  

Learning Objectives

Attend this conference to:

  • identify best practices for developing and/or revising comprehensive campus sexual assault policies; understand the latest federal and state legislative policy updates that impact sexual violence on campus and evaluate best practices for compliance, implementation, and evaluation
  • identify strategies to implement sustainable evidence-based practices to prevent and address violence; develop strategic plans for building, funding and assessing prevention and response programs on campus
  • learn how to build stronger relationships between campuses and community service providers; increase communication and buy-in from campus and community stakeholders regarding sexual violence prevention and response
  • discover and compare strategies to implement and increase prevention programming and improve campus response to violence and victims
  • explore ways in which violence prevention intersects with both mental health and substance abuse on campus to develop and enhance prevention, intervention and response
  • examine institutional systems and structures that contribute to the prevalence of violence; and explore social justice practices that foster more welcoming and inclusive campus communities

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National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)

NASPA has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5120. Programs that do not quality for NBCC credit are clearly identified. NASPA is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

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National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. (NCHEC)

NASPA is a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES)

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National Association of Social Workers (NASW)

This program is approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval #886679822-0) for 17.5 social work continuing education hours.

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Continuing Education for Psychologists

The Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors (AUCCCD) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. AUCCCD maintains responsibility for this program and its contents.

All forms and information will be provided at the conference.

Click here for more information on Continuing Education and frequently asked questions.

If you have questions about Continuing Education, please contact Teri Gillmor at tgillmor@naspa.org.


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Call for Programs

The conference planning committee encourages program proposals regarding proven practices with content that will engage participants in fruitful discussions and provide meaningful content to bring back to their campuses. The outline/description should be lengthy enough to give the reviewers an understanding of your program session. It should also address the following points:

  • Goals of presentation.
  • Lengthy description about session content that you will present.
  • Relationship of the program to the conference themes outlined on the website.
  • Identification of the program format (e.g., lecture, panel, debate) including methods for participant involvement (e.g., discussion, effective practice sharing, case study analysis).
  • Evidence of the conceptual foundation for proposal content including ways the program content is grounded in research, relevant experience, a cogent model, or appropriate theory.

Conference Themes & Suggested Topics

  • Promising Practices in Compliance and Implementation of State and Federal Legislation

    • What have been your institution’s greatest successes in implementing the requirements of Title IX, the Clery Act, and other state legislation?
    • What is your campus doing to meet changing state policies for guns on campus?
    • What systems or personnel are in place to help your campus identifying forthcoming legislation at the federal and state level that will impact your campus prevention and response efforts?
    • How has your institution strengthened relationships with state agencies or organizations with oversight for compliance with state legislation?

  • Evidence-Based Practices to Prevent and Address Violence

    • What methods are you using to collect data for reporting on violence? How are you using this data to evaluate and improve programs?
    • How are you measuring the impact of mandatory prevention programs for incoming students, training for professional staff and bystander intervention programs on your campus?
    • How do you utilize federal or state level reporting requirements to improve or alter your prevention programs on campus?
    • Has your campus conducted a climate survey? How were the results used? What lessons were learned as a result of that process?

  • Campus and Community Partnerships

    • What tools are you developing or utilizing to streamline communication and collaboration between campus and community partners?
    • What steps are you taking to increase collaboration between campus and the community to address violence?
    • In what formal capacities (beyond MOUs) are community partners regularly involved in your institution’s prevention and response efforts?
    • In what ways do you share your processes, protocols and incident rates with non-campus stakeholder to increase transparency?

  • Sexual Violence Response Programs

    • What protocols have you developed to respond to incidents of violence, provide timely notification, and manage traumatic events?
    • How do you balance your resources among prevention, intervention and crisis response? 
    • What innovative ways are you using to create or strengthen response systems on your campus? How are you assessing students’ awareness of campus policies, and campus and community resources?
    • What innovative strategies do you have to support students impacted by interpersonal violence over the long-term?

  • Systemic and Social Justice Approaches to Prevention

    • How are you implementing inclusive prevention strategies?
    • How has your campus responded to student activism to decrease violence on campus?
    • How is social justice incorporated into your prevention education?
    • How is your institution identifying and addressing rape culture on your campus? How are you working to address societal norms and systems that perpetuate unhealthy attitudes and behaviors within particular populations on campus? other drug problems who are involved with interpersonal violence cases?
    • What programs are used on your campus to treat and support students with multiple mental health, alcohol and

  • Strategic Planning and Assessment of Prevention and Response Programs

    • How do you use data to evaluate and/or guide decision making for campus infrastructure and policy?
    • How does your campus assess that investigations of reported sexual assault, dating/domestic violence and stalking are adequate, prompt, reliable, and impartial?
    • How are you measuring the effectiveness of updated policies, protocols and procedures for sexual violence response?
    • How do your institution’s violence prevention and response efforts fit into the Division of Student Affairs strategic plan and the institution’s strategic plan? What data informs this strategic plan and how is it evaluated?

Looking for tips on writing an effective NASPA proposal? See sample submissions and formatting tips in our Program Submission Guidelines.

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Submission Timeline
  • April 28, 2017
    Call for Programs Opens
  • September 10, 2017
    Call for Programs Deadline
  • October 6, 2017
    Presenter Notifications
  • October 13, 2017
    Presenter Confirmation Deadline

Writing Tips

Looking for tips on writing an effective NASPA proposal? See sample submissions and formatting tips in our Program Submission Guidelines.


Please contact NASPA if you have any further questions about submitting a program proposal for the 2018 NASPA Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Conference: A NASPA Strategies Conference.

Jill Dunlap
Director for Equity, Inclusion and Social Justice
Phone: 202-719-1196
Email: jdunlap@naspa.org


Registration as a member is based on individual membership status. If you are employed by a college or university that is an institutional member, you can join as an individual member at the $75 rate. This gives you the conference registration and a year of membership for less than the non-member registration fee.  If your institution is NOT a member, then you will need to join at the associate affiliate rate of $242 and then you can pay the individual member rate for conference registration.  Visit the Membership section of the NASPA website to learn about membership types.

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Registration Fees

Early Bird Registration
07/01/2017 to 11/01/2017
Regular Registration
11/02/2017 to 12/15/2017
Late Registration
after 12/15/2017
NASPA Member
NASPA Student Member


Tonya Murphy
Membership Coordinator
Email: events@naspa.org
Phone: 202-265-7500 ext.1183


If you would like to exhibit or sponsor at the 2018 Strategies Conference, please fill out the exhibitor application form and fax or email the completed application to 202-204-8443 or e-mail kjerde@naspa.org by December 8, 2017. Questions? Contact Kristie Jacobsen Jerde by phone at 218-280-7578 or via email at kjerde@naspa.org.


Hilton Portland

Hilton Portland
Portland, OR

All conference activities will take place at the Hilton Portland.

The Hilton Portland has arranged for special room rates for conference attendees starting at $189/night (not including 13.3% state and local taxes). Reservations must be made by Thursday, December 28, 2017. Please make your reservations as soon as possible, as hotel blocks tend to sell out for NASPA events. 


For hotel questions, please contact:
Greg Morris
gmorris@naspa.org | 202-265-7500 x1189

Hotel Room Rate/Night
Hilton Portland
921 SW Sixth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204
$189 - Single/Double
$209 - Triple/Quad
  • Travel

    Portland is serviced by Portland International Airport (PDX). The Hilton Portland is approximately 10 miles from the airport.

  • Transportation

    For more information about taxi service, please visit the Ground Transportation page of the PDX website. The estimated taxi fare is $35 one way.

    Rental Cars
    For more information about rental cars, including available companies and contact information, please visit the Ground Transportation page of the PDX website..

    Light Rail
    The MAX Light Rail runs every 15 minutes or better most of the day, every day. The fare is $2.50 for a 2 ½ hour ticket. Simply take the red line at the airport toward City Center & Beaverton and get off at Pioneer Square. The Hilton Portland is about a 2 minute walk from Pioneer Square. For more information regarding the MAX Light Rail, please visit the MAX Red Line page of the MAX Light Rail website.

  • Weather

    Temperatures in Portland in January are in the high-40s F during the day and mid-30s F in the evening. As the conference gets closer, please visit the Weather Channel for more information.

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