In 1956, student affairs professionals in what is now NASPA Region VI formed an association called the West Coast Deans. This unaffiliated association became part of NASPA in 1971. The unique geographic makeup of Region VI includes the states of California, Arizona, and Hawaii, as well as international members in New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Australia, China, and Guam - giving it a rich diversity. Region VI highlights include:
The NASPA Western Regional Conference has been jointly held between Region V and VI since 1990. Region V and VI drafted an agreement that was ratified at the NASPA Annual Conference in Denver in March 1988 to collaborate on the regional conference annually. The conferences rotate every three years; Region V hosts one conference and Region VI hosts the next two conferences during a three-year cycle. Particularly because colleges and universities are spread out across the large geographic area of Region V, the joint conference allows members in this region to engage as a larger group.
In 2006, student affairs professionals were wondering how to respond to social media platforms like MySpace and Facebook. At a 2006 drive-in conference at UC Berkeley (called "Social Networking and On-Line Communities: What Student Affairs Professionals Should Know"), 22-year-old Mark Zuckerberg gave a keynote address about his experiences as a Harvard student trying to make connections with other students via the internet.
The 2006 Western Regional Conference was held in San Francisco, California. During the planning of this conference, the hotel site was engaged in a labor dispute with staff. While the dispute was settled just prior to the conference, members of the Region VI Advisory Board decided to advocate for the workers involved and drafted a resolution to the NASPA Board of Directors stating that NASPA would only negotiate with hotels and convention properties that are not involved labor disputes in the future. The resolution passed for both regional and national conferences.