Member Registration: $25
Non-Member Registration: $50
Live-Stream Registration: $10
NAGPS regional conferences serve 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 Midwest. As such, we invite each school that will attend the conference to organize a 30-minute presentation, roundtable discussion, or panel about an issue relevant to graduate student government and improving graduate student life. This includes, but is not limited to, organizational structure, leadership development, advocacy, programming, legislative concerns, organizational continuity, budgeting, networking, social justice, employment, organizational branding, work-life balance, international students, communications, event planning, and academic and professional development. Deadline for submission of abstracts are February 25, 2016!
Submit Your Abstract
Regional Board Elections
Interested in being more involved in NAGPS? Why not start with a regional board position? Elections will be held during the regional business meeting for the following positions (full description of positions here):
-Director of Outreach
-Director of Legislative Affairs
-Director of Communications & Administration
-Employment Concerns Advocate
-Social Justice Advocate
-International Student Concerns Advocate
During the business meeting portion of the conference, elections for each of the positions will be held. For each position, each candidate will get the chance to give their “campaign speech” followed by question and answer by the membership. Afterwards, a closed discussion and closed vote will determine who is elected. (NOTE: Regional Chair positions are elected at the National Conference).
If you have any questions or want to run for a position but cannot attend the business meeting please contact the Western Regional Chair, Anthony Hessel at firstname.lastname@example.org:
Self-nominations are encouraged!
Bids for the 2017 Western Regional Conference
If you are interested in hosting the 2017 Western Regional Conference, you must submit a letter of intent to the NAGPS Executive Committee (email@example.com) AND Regional Chair (firstname.lastname@example.org) before the regional conference, April 8, 2016. This letter shall provide two important elements: (1) approval of the graduate-professional student organization (GPSO) to host the regional conference; this can include approval from your GPSO, Dean, or Administrator, and (2) a named Director of Regional Conference to coordinate planning and volunteers of the regional conference (the Director must be a member of the host organization).
After submitting the letter, you would present your bid proposal to the membership at the 2016 Regional Conference. Please limit your presentation to no more than 10 minutes and 10 slides. Click here for an example bid. The presentation shall include, but is not limited to:
- Dates of conference (must occur between March 1st and April 30th)
- Location and member organization overview
- Meeting facilities
- Projected budget
- Projected expenses for an attending organization
- Name of the Director of Regional Conference
- Required assistance from the Association
Time will be allotted for questions on each proposal. After all regional bid presentations have concluded, there may be a closed discussion followed by a vote of the membership. The majority vote of the regional membership will elect the host institution for the 2017 Regional Conference.
Host institutions shall secure funding for the conference. It is the responsibility of the host school to lead fundraising efforts. All fundraising and other partners must be submitted to the Board of Directors, which reserves the right to reject any partnership. Host institutions shall adhere to the NAGPS Constitution, Bylaws, and Standard Operating Procedures. All approved written and verbal communications to host the conference are binding.
For more information or questions, please contact the Vice President, M. Scout Johnson at email@example.com.
For a tentative schedule please click here.
Conference on Saturday is business casual.