This is a listing of all NAIN sponsored or related events during the convention. All business meeting that are listed as closed are open to everyone who would like to attend.

Please note that program dates and times are subject to change. The ACPA 2016 Convention CrowdCompass mobile device app will contain the most up-to-date schedule of all program and event dates and times.

NAIN Meetings and Special Events for the ACPA 2016 Convention

Saturday 5 March, 2016

8:00am – 4:30pm

Pre-Convention Workshop:  Native/American Indian and Aboriginal/First Nations Student Support Services

Accountability and accreditation are increasingly important in higher education. Senior student affairs officers are being asked to take ever greater roles in leading institutions in these areas. SSAOs are being called upon to acknowledge and apply the revised standards delineated by regional accrediting bodies, to demonstrate contributions to

Hosted by the Native, Aboriginal, and Indigenous Network (NAIN) of ACPA and the Aboriginal Student Services Assembly (ASSA) of CACUSS, this pre-conference will focus on the surrounding and compelling histories in supporting both Native/AI students within the United States and also in supporting Aboriginal/First Nations students within Canada, with specific focus to the regional Montreal area. The day-long event will also include guest presentations from two graduate students (one invited by NAIN and one invited by ASSA) to present their work. During the afternoon, the pre-conference participants will be guided through collaborative group exercises through the use of “how full is your bucket” and strengths quest to maximize the unity between these two organizations, NAIN and ASSA and ally participants.

As a result of attending this pre-convention workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Identify, discuss, and understand the global macro picture of both Aboriginal/First nations student services and Native student services/affairs within the United States and Canada.
  • Examine perspectives on their own scholarship, and practice to expand viewpoints and apply new understanding to their field of both Native student affairs and Aboriginal student affairs
  • Through the construction meaningful connections with other student affairs professionals throughout the day our networks of both NAIN and ASSA will develop a global partnership and begin to develop a plan to reflect on our international relationship and take this knowledge learning back to our respective professional homes.

Molly Springer, Cara Thunder, Symphony Oxendine, Sean Kinsella, and Heather Kind-Keppel

1:00pm – 5:00pm


Coalition for Multicultural Affairs Closed Business Meeting

Le Westin Montréal | Montréal D


Sunday 6 March, 2016

1:00pm – 2:30pm

Coalition for Multicultural Affairs Closed Business Meeting

Le Westin Montréal | Montréal D


2:30pm – 4:00pm

Native, Aboriginal, and Indigenous Network Closed Business Meeting

Le Westin Montréal | Ste. Helene


8:00pm – 9:00pm

CelebrACPA Opening Event

Palais des Congrès de Montréal | 710A


9:00pm – 11:00pm

CultureFest 2016: A Global Perspective

Palais des Congrès de Montréal | 710B


Monday 7 March, 2016

5:30pm – until

NAIN No Host Dinner

Location – TBD


9:30pm – 11:00pm

Native, Aboriginal, and Indigenous Network Block Social

Le Westin Montréal | Montréal D


Tuesday 8 March, 2016

11:30am – 12:30pm

Native, Aboriginal, and Indigenous Open Business Meeting

Palais des Congrès de Montréal | 520B


NAIN Workshops for the ACPA 2016 Convention

Ed Session 2 – Monday 7 March from 9:30AM – 10:30AM

#2 - Student Affairs through the Eyes of a College President

Student affairs is increasingly impacted by ever-evolving issues including changing student demographics, compliance with regulations, and accountability for learning. Attendees will have a unique opportunity to hear from current college presidents, who started in student affairs. Panelists will share perspectives on issues facing the field, the role student affairs should play in higher education, and the shifting expectations college presidents have for college student educators on campus. This informative session will influence the practice of all professionals supporting college students.

Featuring Joe Bertolino, Denise Henning (Cherokee/Choctaw), & Walter Kimbrough


Ed Session 6 – Monday 7 March from 4:00PM – 5:00PM

#TBD – Featured Educational Session: Aboriginal/First Nations/Indigenous/Native Access, Equity, and Inclusion in Postsecondary Education

Our invited panel of faculty and practitioners from Canada and the United States will identify and discuss critical issues and topics related to postsecondary access, equity, and inclusion for Aboriginal/First Nations/Indigenous/Native persons. Participants will leave this session better equipped to advance widening participation efforts on their own campuses. Please join us for this critical conversation. This program is co-sponsored by the Native, Aboriginal, and Indigenous Network (NAIN) of ACPA’s Coalition for Multicultural Affairs.

Shawna Cunningham, Seán Kinsella, Christine Nelson, Amanda Tachine, and Stephanie Waterman


Ed Session 9 – Tuesday 8 March from 11:00AM – 12:00PM

#878 - Assessing What Our Students Know and Do Not Know about Aboriginal Peoples

The Student Awareness Survey seeks to understand how much general knowledge university and college students have about Aboriginal peoples.

Jennifer Massey

Palais des Congrès de Montréal | 512C


Ed Session 12 – Tuesday 8 March from 3:30PM – 4:30PM

#691 - Allies or All Lies? Reframing What it Means to Be an American Indian Ally on a College Campus

The students from the American Indian Education and Cultural Center (AIECC) at South Dakota State University (SDSU) embody social change every day. This can be seen through their involvement in student panels, cultural programs and events, and their attendance at a predominantly-white institution. However, without the active support of campus communities any possible social change is hindered. This presentation will reemphasize how campus-wide support and partnerships with American Indians further social change, and will help participants generate ideas for collaborations.

Alaina J. Hanks, Wiyaka W His Horse Is Thunder, April Eastman, Ruth Harper, and Corynna Nelson

Palais des Congrès de Montréal | 522A


Ed Session 13 – Tuesday 8 March from 5:00PM – 6:00PM

#747 - Promoting Intercultural Learning: Expanding Conversations between/with/about APIs and Native Students

This session contributes to the dialogue around intercultural learning on college campuses, focusing on Asian Pacific Islander (API) and Native students. We will explore developmental and critical theories concerning these populations, shared histories of oppression and solidarity, examples of programs engaging these populations around shared topics, and engage in dialogue around challenges and opportunities these perspectives bring. This discussion is essential due to an increased need for cross-cultural dialogue and opportunities to develop allyship and build solidarity across identities.

Annabelle Estera and Melissa Beard Jacob

Palais des Congrès de Montréal | 522C


Fireside Chat with Scholars: Sponsored by the Coalition for Multicultural Affairs

This session is a moderated panel with emerging and senior scholars doing research on multicultural issues.

Palais des Congrès de Montréal | 520F


Ed Session 14 – Wednesday 9 March from 8:30AM – 9:30AM

#TBD – Featured Educational Session: Race and Racism – A Town Hall Meeting



Featured Program – Wednesday 9 March from 11:00AM

ACPA Closing General Session

Palais des Congrès de Montréal | 517B-D