NASPA Region II has long been one of the largest regions (by membership) due to the number of colleges and universities located in the Middle-Atlantic United States. The leadership of Region II strives to recognize the excellent work being done within the region as well build talent at all levels by providing members with professional development and networking opportunities. Each year, Region II celebrates its community of student affairs professionals and students at the Region II Conference, held annually in June. Some highlights from Region II include:
When NASPA regions were established in 1965, Region II consisted of the areas contiguous with the then Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges (now Middle States Commission on Higher Education) in the Middle Atlantic region of the United States: Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington DC. West Virginia moved from Region IV-E to Region II in 1992. Region I originally included Puerto Rico, which is also part of the Middle States Association. In 2017, Puerto Rico moved to the new Latin America and Caribbean Area. Over the years, Germany, Greece, Italy, and Turkey were added to Region II as international partners as well.
The Region II Advisory Board took a risk in 2013 by holding the Regional Annual Conference in New York City, which had not been a successful conference site in the past due to cost. The 2013 NASPA Regional Conference was held at CUNY’s John Jay College - notably on a campus instead of a hotel. More than 300 participants attended, breaking every Region II record. Given the success of the 2013 conference, the Regional Advisory Board decided to host regional conferences only in major cities going forward, going back to the New York City every third year.
The NASPA central office is located in northeast Washington, DC, making it part of Region II. The NASPA Board of Directors voted to relocate the office from Columbus, OH to Washington, DC in 1985, and the move took place in 1987. NASPA had a few different homes in Washington, DC before purchasing a condominium in the NoMa neighborhood in 2008.