NACADA Virtual Region 4 & Region 7 Conference

Together Toward Tomorrow

Join us for this virtual event, joining NACADA members from Region 4 and Region 7 for the 2021 Virtual Region Conference March 29-30, 2021.

This two-day conference experience will feature 

  • six concurrent sessions with five live/semi-live sessions and several on-demand sessions.
  • two keynote addresses from advising professionals on current topics.
  • an orientation for new members and first time attendees to learn more about NACADA, the conference, and your specific region.
  • a connection/networking time for each Commonwealth, District, Province, State, or Territory.
  • a networking session hosted by your region’s conference committee.
  • an awards ceremony with a Region update for both Regions.
  • an optional virtual wellness activity.
  • informal networking with advising professionals through the conference app. 

A recording of each session will be available for 45 days after the conference, so you'll be able to watch (or re-watch) as many sessions as you would like.  

Registration is now closed. If you would like to attend a Virtual Region Conference, register here



Conference Schedule

Conference Program | See session titles and abstracts.
Schedule at a Glance

Opening Keynote

Dereck J. Rovaris, Sr., Ph.D. | Vice Provost for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and CDO | Louisiana State University

Dereck J. Rovaris, Sr. is the Vice Provost for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and CDO at Louisiana State University. He serves as principal advisor to the president, provost, and campus community on matters involving DEI. He serves as an institutional spokesperson on issues of diversity and inclusion and is responsible for developing and implementing strategic initiatives and policies aimed at cultivating a campus environment that embraces individual difference, sustains inclusion, and enhances institutional access and equity.

Previously, he was the Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic and Multicultural Affairs at the LSU Health Sciences Center at New Orleans. In 2008, the American Council on Education selected Rovaris as a presidential fellow. He served his ACE fellowship year at DePaul University in Chicago. He returned to Xavier University of LA to serve as Special Assistant to Academic Affairs.  In 2007 Rovaris completed a Council for Opportunities in Education professional development tour in England and The Netherlands. In 2006 he completed the Management Development Program at Harvard University.

He has served as an educational consultant, conducted workshops, and been a featured speaker on the local, national, and international level. Rovaris has traveled throughout North America, and in Europe, Africa, and the Caribbean. He serves on a variety of educational and non-profit boards.  Among other leadership roles, he is currently the National President for the American Association for Blacks in Higher Education and a Council of Fellows Board Member with the American Council on Education.

Closing Keynote

Brittany Wagner | Founder, 10 Thousand Pencils, LLC

Brittany Wagner is a nationally respected athletic academic counselor and motivational speaker best known for her role as the breakout star of the hit Netflix documentary series, Last Chance U. Recognized for her compassion, encouragement, and no-nonsense attitude, Brittany guided many young men to academic and professional success despite run-ins with the law, extreme poverty, abandonment, and often a complete lack of academic preparedness. She has helped over 200 football players academically qualify for nationally respected NCAA Division I schools, and all of the students Brittany advised who are currently playing in the NFL, also hold college degrees.

Brittany’s inadvertent stardom led to feature interviews with ABC’s NightlineThe Dan Patrick ShowGQThe New York Times, and Sports Illustrated -- to name a few.

For the past four years, Brittany has traveled all over the country as a motivational speaker. In the fall of 2017, she launched her own company, Ten Thousand Pencils (10KP). Through 10KP, she is able to aid at-risk youth by working individually with high school and college-level administrators, counselors, and teachers to help them build relationships with these students and better support their emotional, social, and academic needs.

Brittany’s first book: Next Chance You: Tools, Tips and Tough Love for Bringing Your A-Game to Life is available for pre-orders now and will be published on September 7th of this year.

A new, scripted television series based on Brittany’s personal and professional life is in the making! Actress Courteney Cox will be portraying Ms. Wagner in this series. Michael Strahan is also an executive producer on the project.

Lastly, she is an adjunct professor in the College of Business at The University of Montevallo and is a boxing coach at Battle Republic.

Brittany earned both her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Sports Communication and Administration from Mississippi State University, and currently resides in Birmingham, Alabama with her daughter, Kennedy.