New Professional's Institute (NPI)

TACUSPA's New Professional's Institute is an exciting and unique addition to your TACUSPA Conference experience that allows for new professionals to come together through their shared experiences as newcomers in the field. The Institute will allow for a merger of your fresh perspectives and new ideas to pair with the valuable insights of seasoned professionals. The Institute will provide participants with learning opportunities while making connections with their peers and gaining insight from upper level Student Affairs leaders across Texas.

Questions regarding the New Professional's Institute can be directed to the NPI Coordinators, Veronica Guzman ( or Dr. Brenda Rodriguez (


The Institute will cover critical topics such as: 

  • Integrating into the Profession
  • Navigating Institutional Culture
  • Succeeding in Multi-Generational Offices
  • Clarifying Personal Values
  • Intersectional Identities in the Profession
  • Intentional Career Mapping
  • Building Influence on your Campus

Who is considered a new professional?

  • Professionals with 5 or less years of experience
  • Graduate Students
Have more than 5 years of experience? Check out the Mid-Manager's Institute!

Registration Information

Visit the conference registration site to register for the New Professional's Institute. The registration fee is $50. Participants must also register for the annual conference. The Institute will take Sunday, October 24, 2021 between 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the Dallas/Plano Marriott at Legacy Town Center prior to the start of the annual conference. Lunch will not be provided. Participants will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the Institute.


Faculty Mentors 

TACUSPA New Professionals Institute is looking for engaged, mid to senior level Student Affairs Professionals to provide guidance and support to small groups during the Institute, in person on Sunday, October 24th. If accepted you must register for the TACUSPA conference and be available in person.

As a faculty mentor you will:  

  • Facilitate discussions and provide guidance to a small group of 8-10 new professionals throughout NPI
  • Encourage networking and connections 
  • Provide career advice and insight during career mapping sessions. 

Apply here by Monday, June 28, 2021.

For questions regarding this role please contact Veronica Guzman at

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