2014 Western Regional Conference

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Date(s) - 04/18/2014 - 04/20/2014
3:00 pm - 12:00 pm

University of Southern California


2014 NAGPS Western Regional Conference
April 18-20 at the University of Southern California

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Join us for the Western Regional Conference at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles on April 18-20, 2014.

The NAGPS Western Regional Conference is an excellent opportunity to network with other graduate and professional student leaders in your region, develop a strategic plan for your organization, and gain valuable leadership skills. Most importantly, the Western Regional Conference focuses on higher education issues specific to our region and provides a forum to share successful advocacy strategies at the university, local and state level.

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Registration is $25 for member organizations and individuals, and $30 for nonmembers. Registration will close on Friday, April 4, 2014. [/tab] [tab title=Schedule ]

Friday, April 18: Arrivals, Happy Hour, Dinner, Out on the Town


Saturday, April 19: Breakfast, Presentations, Lunch, Presentations, Keynote, Dinner, Out on the Town


Sunday, April 20: Breakfast, Board Meeting, Elections, Departures [/tab] [tab title=Hotel Accommodations ]

NAGPS has secured a conference rate of $125 per night at the Radisson Hotel Los Angeles Midtown at USC, which is conveniently located next to campus.


To secure this rate, you need to book directly through the hotel by calling (213) 748-4141 and referencing the NAGPS Western Regional Conference, or at Radisson Hotel Los Angeles Midtown at USC (promo code  is NAGPS, [All caps].


There are a limited number of rooms available at this rate, so make your reservations soon!


Radisson Hotel Los Angeles Midtown at USC

3540 S. Figueroa Street

Los Angeles, CA 90007


If you are interested in sharing a room with someone from another school to keep costs down, please contact your Western Region Director of Outreach and Communications, Crystal Gustavson, at w-outreach@nagps.org and she can help organize room shares. [/tab] [tab title=Transportation ] The closest airport to USC is the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), which is approximately 30 minutes from campus. Book flights: Los Angeles International Airport

Plan for ground transportation: Los Angeles Public Transit


Transportation to and from the airport can be reserved through Super Shuttle.


Cabs and rental cars can also be secured at the airport. Note on Uber- this is a great service but due to issues with the City of Los Angeles, it is advised that you take a free shuttle to a location outside of the airport and acquire an Uber from there. [/tab] [tab title=USC ]

While in Los Angeles, you will enjoy beautiful weather and fun activities in America’s entertainment home. Learn more here.


Learn about our gracious hosts at the University of Southern California.


[/tab] [tab title=Refund/Cancellation Policy ] Please send refund/cancellation requests to the NAGPS Director of Finance at finance@nagps.org.


Only requests received at least 7 days prior to the beginning of the event will be processed.


Only 95% of the registration fee will be refunded in order to cover fees associated with registration processing.


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2014 NAGPS Western Regional Conference Call for Proposals

The NAGPS Western Regional Conference serves as a forum where student leaders from the region come together to share best practices, learn about national platforms, and grow in their understanding of issues relevant to graduate students in the West.

As such, we invite each school that will attend the conference to present on a topic or facilitate a discussion on an issue relevant to graduate and professional students. Each discussion will be 30 minutes.

Listed below are the topics that Western Regional Members would like to discuss at the conference. Please select a topic that your organization has experience with.


Primary Sessions

Common challenges faced in running a GSO and how they were overcome

Programs undertaken by GSOs to improve the graduate and professional student experience on campus

Lessons learnt from conducting grassroots campaigns, such as National Congress Call Day


Brainstorming Sessions

How to start a graduate mentoring program in your GSO

Scholarships and grant programs started by graduate student governments

How to overcome differing funding structures across graduate school departments and apply for external funding

Discussion on comprehensive health care for graduate and professional students, including those with families


Professional Development Sessions

How to work successfully in teams and produce results

How to use the NAGPS community in career development

Choices after your degree – industry, academia, government and non-profit

How to use LinkedIn and other social media effectively for networking and the job search

Please provide an abstract for your presentation.

Abstract Submission

Please submit an abstract for your conference talk here.

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2014 NAGPS Western Regional Board Nominations

The Western Regional Conference is an occasion to perform some of the important business of NAGPS, including updates to our governing documents and the election of our leadership.

During the business meeting, we will hold elections for the following regional positions:


Director of Outreach & Communications

Director of Administration & Finance

Employment Concerns Chair

International Concerns Chair

Legal Concerns Chair

Legislative Concerns Chair

Social Justice Chair

If you are interested in a position, please nominate yourself using the form below. We will also open the floor to nominations during the meeting.

Regional Board Nomination Form - Western


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If you have any questions about the conference, please contact Zachary Brooks (wrc@NAGPS.org).