National Conference and Leadership Academy 2019

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Date(s) - 11/07/2019 - 11/10/2019
All Day






Booking a hotel room in the NAGPS Block:

The method of the reservation is by phone call only to Cameron Jones (Director of Sales) at (859) 313-9019. Ask to book in the “NAGPS National Conference Block from 11/6 – 11/11”. In the instance that he’s away from his desk, people can leave a voicemail including their name, number and reference the group name and arrival date and he will return their call and assist. Our block rate is $124.00 and includes breakfast and wifi!

A credit card authorization form should be used in any and every instance where the guest will not have the physical method of payment with them when they arrive (this can be due to someone else paying for the reservation or in the instance that their company/school will be taking care of the charges, etc.). It is imperative that each of the guests will have a credit card with them upon arrival for their incidental charges. The guests’ cards will be authorized in the amount of $10 per night for incidentals, however, this amount will fall off at the end of the guests’ stay barring no damages, etc. to the room.

Information about the hotel amenities, pictures, as well as directions and maps can be found in the following link:


Registration and Abstract Submission:

To register for the event, click here:

Abstract Submission:

The theme for this year’s conference is “Building a Diverse, Inclusive, and Engaged Community.” These presentations can feature best-practices, programming related to graduate student health and well-being, networking, professional development, initiatives, innovative partnerships with your administration or community, or advocacy related to discrimination, food insecurity, graduate stipends, mental health, insurance, or issues related to race, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, or socio-economic status. Anything related to improving the condition of graduate and professional students is welcome. Sessions will be an hour in length including questions.

There are two primary formats this year: regular session, and round table session. Abstracts will be taken on a rolling basis. Please try to submit your abstract by Friday September 27th at 5:00pm PST as they will be approved on a first come, first served basis.



These are the primary, concurrent, sessions of the conference and provide a platform for NAGPS members to learn from, and help, each other by presenting on some of the effective and innovative programs/services they offer, or to present on a problem their government is facing. The sessions are an hour in length, inclusive of questions, and can range on any topic involving graduate student government, including but not limited to:

Promoting/Building Diversity and Inclusion
Increasing Student Engagement
Government/Administration Relations (on- and off-campus advocacy_
New and Innovative Programs
Professional Development
Social Programming
Quality of Life
Dealing with/Overcoming Challenges and Adversity

If you have any questions please send an email to Brad Sommer, NAGPS Vice President, at

Apply here:

Schedule can be found here:



Interested in hosting the NAGPS National Conference in 2020?

Want to host a NAGPS National Conference and become part of NAGPS history? Submit a bid to be the host institution for the 34th Annual National Conference! The NAGPS National Conference gathers graduate and professional students from across the country for the sharing of leadership techniques, best practices, advocacy goals, and successful programs and initiatives.

During the conference, the NAGPS membership decides on the Association’s legislative and advocacy platforms, and elections are held to determine the who will serve on the National Board of Directors. By hosting the conference, your institution will be the site where graduate and professional student representatives from institutions across the United States gather to decide the direction of graduate student advocacy efforts into 2021.

The 2020 National Conference will celebrate the 34th year of NAGPS being the voice for graduate and professional students on a national level. The conference ends off with a gala celebrating another successful year and highlighting the achievements of member institutions.

Host responsibilities include: liaising with the NAGPS Vice President on conference planning and execution; reserving venue spaces; coordinating food orders; securing a hotel room block contract to be approved by the NAGPS Board of Directors; preparing a budget; and working with the NAGPS Board of Directors on promotion, soliciting abstract submissions, and preparing the conference agenda. Promotion, content, registration, and agenda items are determined by the Board with consultation of the Conference Director and host institution conference committee.

The amount of networking, leadership development, and good times brought by NAGPS events serve as a great experience for attendees, and the host institution by working with the NAGPS to put on such an important event. Click on the link below to submit a bid to host the 34th annual conference. If you have any questions feel free to contact NAGPS Vice President Bradley J. Sommer at The deadline to submit a bid is Friday October 11. Applicants will present their bids at national conference to be voted on by the membership.

To apply: