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New Professionals Institute (NPI)
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6/8/2019 to 6/13/2019
When: Saturday, June 8, 2019
Where: University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Charlotte, North Carolina 
United States
Contact: Jay Lambert

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University of North Carolina at Charlotte




NPI - New Professionals Institute is the preeminent professional development opportunity for new student affairs professionals in the south (we consider ‘new professionals’ anyone with five years or fewer of full-time experience in Student Affairs). Co-sponsored by NASPA Region III and SACSA, NPI is an intensive, interactive week of learning, sharing, networking and professional and personal development. This unique opportunity allows new professionals to draw on their first years of experience to improve their effectiveness and to learn from others. It is a time of professional and personal renewal and assists new professionals in the development of their careers.

NPI requires a commitment by the new professional to work intensively over five days with other new professionals and a team of more-seasoned faculty members. To assure that new professionals' participation in the Institute is fully endorsed by the current senior student affairs officer at his/her institution, registrants must have a letter of support submitted by the senior student affairs officer at the institution. Generally, there is a limit of two participants per institution.

Many institutions have used this Institute not only as a training ground for rising stars in the profession, but as a form of recognition for outstanding new professionals on their campus. Participants come from all areas of student affairs: student activities, orientation, career services, residential life, recreation, student conduct, accessibility services admissions, fraternity and sorority life, counseling, international services, and more!


“NPI was a wonderful experience that was simultaneously refreshing and challenging. There were opportunities to connect with new professionals in similar career stages, as well as seasoned professionals who provided great wisdom and insight. Months later, I still find myself reflecting on the experience and utilizing knowledge gained from conversations and presentations. I highly recommend NPI!” – Lauren Meyer

"I recommend NPI for the out of classroom engagement. I remember every night our mentor met with us in small groups to reflect on the day and take any questions we might have. It was a privilege to have up-close and personal time with a VP when I was a new coordinator at the time. I also met some amazing friends and went on a canoeing trip for the first time. Clearly that was an unforgettable experience. I highly recommend NPI as it was life-changing.” – Valerie Walston

“NPI gave me a deliberate time to pause and really reflect on where I was and where I was going. With the help of my mentor and the peers in my cluster, I got a chance to explore the trajectory of my career and identify competencies I still needed to bolster. More than anything though, NPI gave me a network of both mentors and peers that has lasted long beyond our time on campus and has provided opportunities for collaboration and continued professional development!” – Jeremy Bourgoin 

“NPI knitted my heart together with others who have the same passion, zeal and heart that I do. I developed connections that will last a lifetime. A flame remains in my heart.” – Jarvis Lane


  • Career and Life Planning
  • Leadership
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Budgeting
  • Professional Standards
  • Navigation the politics of higher education
  • Professional associations and engagement
  • Critical and Current Issues in the profession
  • Leadership panels
  • Emerging research and theories
  • Effective goal setting
  • Collaborative environments
  • Transitioning to supervisory/administrative roles


  • Regular meetings with small mentoring groups facilitated by your faculty mentor
  • Site visits to different institutions
  • Individual consultations with seasoned professionals
  • Networking and social opportunities
  • There will be an optional 3-hour “Foundations of Student Affairs” session on the first day of NPI before we officially kick off the week. Please note that if this affects your travel plans and requires you to arrive a day early on Friday, June 7, 2019, you will incur an additional cost of $50 for lodging for that extra night.  Participants interested in attending the pre-institute workshop must arrive on campus on Saturday, June 8 by 11 a.m.


The baseline cost of NPI registration will be approximately $650 for NASPA/SACSA members, with an additional $100 cost for non-members. The fee includes Institute materials, 5 nights in housing with linens, and most meals. There will be one dinner on your own ($15-$20) with the option to explore Charlotte.  Participants should bring cash to cover these costs.


Applications & Letter of Support Due: Friday, April 26, 2019

Payment Due: Friday, May 17, 2019

The application process for NPI 2019 is a three-step process:

  1. Each applicant must fill out an on-line application to include a high-resolution, photo head-shot (this will be included in the NPI Participant Manual).
  2. Each applicant must have an on-line letter of support completed by his/her senior student affairs officer. This step is to assure that the new professional's participation in the Institute is fully endorsed by his/her current administration.
  3. Submit payment by Friday, May 17, 2019

Applicants will be advised of selection decisions by Friday, May 1, 2019.

*Note: All participants are expected to stay through the remainder of the Institute. Institute begins at 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 8 and concludes at 10 p.m. on Wednesday, June 12 for departures beginning the morning of June 13. 


Jay Lambert, NPI Chair
University of Houston Victoria

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Our Mission
The mission of the Southern Association for College Student Affairs is to advance:
  • Opportunities for professional development;
  • Scholarship, research, and ethical practice; and
  • Understanding of issues impacting students and the student affairs profession, while fostering our core values of inclusiveness, professionalism, and collegiality.