Vice Chancellor Akirah Bradley-Armstrong to serve as 2025 NASPA Conference Chair

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Vice Chancellor Akirah Bradley-Armstrong will serve as 2025 NASPA Conference Chair.

The Division of Student Affairs and Success proudly announces that Vice Chancellor Akirah Bradley-Armstrong will serve as the 2025 National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) annual conference chair. The annual conference is a cornerstone event for those committed to advancing student affairs practice and enhancing the educational experiences of students in higher education. 

As conference chair, Bradley-Armstrong is responsible for planning and directing one of the world's largest gatherings of student affairs professionals. To ensure a successful 2025 annual conference, Bradley-Armstrong is charged with overseeing the 15-member conference leadership committee. This committee is comprised of the NASPA Board chair and the conference’s major planning committee chairs and co-chairs.

Major planning committees include: 

  • Engagement and Volunteers
  • Extended Learning Sessions
  • Seattle Experience
  • Student Affairs Series
  • Scholarly Papers & Faculty Programming
  • Virtual Engagement
  • VPSA Initiatives 

Taking place in New Orleans from March 15 to 19, NASPA25 will provide a comprehensive professional development opportunity for those involved in the field of student affairs and higher education. Offering a vibrant tapestry of workshops, keynote speeches, and panel discussions, conference sessions offer attendees unparalleled opportunities for learning, networking, and innovation. The annual conference is celebrated for its inclusive atmosphere, where diverse voices contribute to the dynamic discourse on student success and welfare. 

Under Bradley-Armstrong’s leadership, three focus areas will set the stage for a conference dedicated to advancing and growing the profession by supporting student affairs professionals. The three focus areas for the 2025 conference are: 

  1. Well-being and healthy excellence in student affairs
  2. Call to action in a changing environment
  3. Sustaining and celebrating the profession

Bradley-Armstrong looks forward to all that NASPA25 will offer attendees and knows her tenure as conference chair comes at a critical moment in the evolving landscape of student affairs and higher education. “As we navigate the complexities of modern higher education, we must ensure that our field remains responsive to the needs of students and student affairs professionals alike,” said Bradley-Armstrong. “Now–more than ever–we must lean into innovation, inclusion, and student-centered decision-making. As 2025 Conference Chair, I am excited to present a conference agenda that will help transform the ways we serve students and grow our profession.”

Bradley-Armstrong is also hopeful her service to NASPA–and the profession–will help shine a light on both UC Santa Cruz and the Division of Student Affairs and Success (DSAS). “Not only is this a great opportunity for DSAS team members to get more involved in NASPA and advancing the profession, it’s also a unique opportunity for us to showcase all our division is doing to empower staff and transform students' lives. I am truly honored to be an ambassador for UCSC on this international stage.”

About NASPA: Founded in 1919, the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) is dedicated to promoting the professional development of student affairs professionals and advancing student affairs as a field of study and practice. The association provides its members with professional development opportunities, resources, and research to help them effectively support student success and learning outside of the classroom. NASPA's members include student affairs professionals, faculty, and graduate students working in a variety of functional areas within higher education, such as residential life, career services, student unions, student activities, financial aid, and academic advising, among others. Through its work, NASPA aims to address key issues facing higher education and student affairs, including student access and retention, health and wellness, diversity and inclusion, and leadership development, helping to shape the policies, practices, and quality of the student affairs profession.