Finding Community in Diversity

Student unions endeavor to create community through inclusive spaces and thoughtful programming. The Conference Planning Team aspires to celebrate and challenge the work you do at the 2017 ACUI Region I Conference, "Finding Community in Diversity" at the University of Arizona, November 17–19.

Join Region I for in-depth dialogue through a wide variety of educational sessions covering hot topics, core competencies, and best practices; a panel discussion addressing student activism and free speech; a keynote speaker on how to promote kindness; a preconference workshop on free speech and civil dialogue; networking socials; and much more!

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Conference Sponsors

Patcraft
Silver Sponsor

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Bronze Sponsor

Registration

Early
(through October 6)
Regular
(October 7–November 10)
Late
(November 11–13)
Professional Member$250$275$300
Professional Nonmember$325$350$375
Graduate Student Member$225$225$225
Graduate Student Nonmember$300$300$300
Undergraduate Student Member$200$200$200

Undergraduate Student Nonmember

$275$275$275

 

Only able to attend Saturday? One-day registration is available for $75 (member)/$125 (nonmember) for graduate and undergraduate students and $100 (member)/$150 (nonmember) for professionals.

 

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Schedule

Conference Highlights

Conference highlights include a preconference workshop and keynote panel addressing freedom of speech and activism on college campuses. The preconference workshop will educate attendees on freedom of speech rights, how the law applies to public and private institutions, and will include best practices for managing controversial speakers and topics. The keynote panel will highlight lessons learned and resulting practices from the University of California–Berkeley, California State University–Los Angeles, and University of Arizona.

The conference keynote will be presented by Jeannette Maré of Ben’s Bells Project, whose mission is to inspire, educate, and motivate people to realize the impact of intentional kindness, and to empower individuals to act according to that awareness, thereby strengthening ourselves, our relationships and our communities. The keynote will be followed by a community service project where attendees will make ceramic wind chimes as a reminder to practice intentional kindness.

Educational sessions will cover a wide array of competencies and will feature extended sessions such as how to navigate career path in preparation for senior management positions, and a walking tour of the resource and affinity group centers at University of Arizona.


For the latest information and up-to-date conference schedule, download the 2017 ACUI Region I Conference Guide from the ACUI App on your mobile device.
All times are converted to Mountain Standard Time
Fri, November 17, 2017
12:00 PM

Preconference: Navigating Free Speech & Activism on College Campuses

12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

As student affairs administrators, we are often responsible for monitoring activities that involve expressive speech on campus, ranging from speakers and forums on controversial topics to protests and demonstrations. When our students are the ones leading these activities, it can often create a dilemma for staff who play dual roles as student advocates and those who uphold the First Amendment. This preconference presentation will focus on reviewing the history of free speech and student activism on campus; additionally, guidelines for managing events involving expressive speech as well as insight on being a student advocate in the face of challenging expressive speech events such as bias-related incidents will be discussed. Participants will be given an outline for creating a campus action plan to address these issues at their institution. They will also have an opportunity to apply these tools to several case study scenarios.

Lunch will be served at Noon. The workshop will begin at 1 p.m.

Presenters:
Kathy Adams Riester, Associate Dean of Students, University of Arizona
Sherard Robbins, Assistant Dean of Students, Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement, University of Arizona

1:00 PM

Registration & Conference Concierge

1:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Available services include conference registration, silent auction donation drop off, Hungry Human Hippos scholarship fundraiser team signups.

6:00 PM

Newcomers Welcome

6:00 PM - 6:45 PM

Members of the Regional Leadership Team and Conference Planning Team will welcome all delegates for whom this is their first ACUI Region I Conference. Tips on how to navigate offerings will be shared to help you maximize your conference experience.

7:00 PM

Opening Ceremonies & Dinner

7:00 PM - 10:30 PM

Join us in attending our Region I opening ceremonies by celebrating diversity in our community! Enjoy dinner and University of Arizona students performing cultural dance routines that highlight their respective club or organization.


Grupo Folklorico Miztontli - A student-run group that celebrates diversity at the University of Arizona and enriches multicultural understanding by teaching and promoting Mexican traditions and culture through folklórico dance awareness. Within the group, they seek to provide fellowship among students and faculty and to represent students' needs and wants in regards to acquiring more information and knowledge about the Mexican culture, including but not limited to Mexican folklórico dance, music, history, language, and Mexican traditions.

Black and Blue Hip Hop Crew - A hip-hop dance group set out to form a dance crew to enjoy the culture and positivity of the performing arts. The Crew's founding mission was to develop a team of university students with a passion to entertain. Black N' Blue Hip Hop Crew's initiative is to develop and succeed as a team of university
students with a dedication of bringing entertainment to the University of Arizona community by performing a variety of styles of hip-hop dance.

Comedy Corner - To close out the opening event we present the zany and creative student comedy improv group “Comedy Corner!" Laugh along while watching dynamic UA student
performers as they show their incredible talent and ability to create on the spot as they build upon each other's ideas on stage. It is not to be missed!

Sat, November 18, 2017
8:00 AM

Conference Concierge

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Available services include conference registration, silent auction donation drop off, Hungry Human Hippos scholarship fundraiser team signups.

8:30 AM

Arizona Applied Leadership Program (AALP): Building Student Leaders

8:30 AM - 9:45 AM

How are student leaders formed? What can we do to help? The Arizona Applied Leadership Program (AALP) is a semester course for student leads at the University of Arizona Student Unions. With topics such as coaching, interviewing, managing up, and leadership theory, we help our leaders grow. Through discussions and group activities I will show you what AALP is all about.

Presenter:
Loretta Pedraza, University of Arizona

Emergencies After Hours: Keeping Our Communities Safe

8:30 AM - 9:45 AM

Are your students prepared to handle an emergency after hours? Come to our presentation as we discuss how we developed a plan of action for student employees when staff are not present.

Presenters:
Bryant Garcia, California State University-Northridge
Charity Lavey, California State University-Northridge

Facilities Planning & Construction Round Table

8:30 AM - 9:45 AM

This session is designed to be a round table discussion on the topic of facilities planning and construction. We encourage attendees who have questions on this topic along with experts who can share best practices to come together for active participation on this topic.

Facilitators:
Drew Wiley, California State University-Fullerton
Scott Martin, California State University-Fullerton

Managing Up, Down, and All Around

8:30 AM - 9:45 AM

One of the skills that all of us need, few of us learn, but could teach each other is how to manage up, down, and all around. This will be a highly participatory roundtable discussion. A panel with a variety of experience (both in terms of new to experienced professionals and across institutional type and size) will share some basics, followed by breaking up into groups by experience level to identify how each group best likes to manage and be managed. These tips will be shared, vetted, and questions answered as we seek to create a definitive guide to managing up, down, and all around.

Presenters:
Joanna Iwata, California State University-Monterey Bay
Su Hoon Tan, University of Nevada-Reno
Keith McMath, Univeristy of Nevada-Las Vegas
Mike Luna, Otis College of Art & Design




Student Welcome

8:30 AM - 9:45 AM

This session is designed to welcome students to the conference. Icebreaker activities will help attendees connect with students from other campuses, and information will be given to inform students about how to get the most out of their conference experience.

Presenters:
Corey Valine, Santa Clara University
University of Arizona Student Leaders
Kathy McIntosh, Alliant International University

Where's Da Aloha

8:30 AM - 9:45 AM

These are challenging times for our students, our fellow professionals, our administrators, and our selves. The decreasing civility on our campuses, in our workplaces, in our families, and in our communities requires us to be proactive in practicing acts of aloha daily. Aloha is a way of life that, even in Hawaii, is threatened as we get caught up in every day actions to preserve our positions and our egos. During this session, the presenters will share what aloha is, how we live and lead with aloha, and what we can do to always find aloha. Included in the session is a summary of Ka Lama Ku, a hybrid leadership development program that integrates the Leadership Challenge Practices with Hawaiian traditions enbodied in Ka Lama Ku.

Presenter
Ellen Kusano, University of Hawaii-Hilo
Maile Boggeln, University of Hawaii-Hilo

You Are An Impact on a Guest's Experience

8:30 AM - 9:45 AM

What does excellent customer service mean, and what does it look like? Learn a simple solution-oriented customer service approach that is applicable to any work unit. Everyone you meet are customers from the students to your coworkers and from the public community to administrative staff. Depending on your organization's customer service model, it can enhance or break your brand. Having an effective approach focused on finding solutions and using positive language creates a welcoming environment that reinforces a sense of community. The goal of solution-oriented customer service and service recovery is for guests to leave every interaction feeling valued, satisfied, and wanting to return. You are the key to your success, the guest's experience, and the organization's reputation.

Presenter:
Giselle Atallah, California State University-Dominguez Hills

9:45 AM

Networking Break

9:45 AM - 10:15 AM

Aside from education, networking with peers is one of the greatest values offered at the Regional Conference. Expand your network at this meet and greet while enjoying complimentary refreshments.

10:00 AM

Silent Auction

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Donate an item and bid on a variety of packages. Proceeds benefit the ACUI Region I scholarship fund.

Steal this Idea Display

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Display of design submissions to the Steal this Idea competition.

10:15 AM

Email Engagement: How to Make Sure People Read What You Send Them

10:15 AM - 11:30 AM

In my presentation, I will talk about the best ways to email other members of your team. This includes the best time of day, best day of the week, and how to structure the email. I will also cover the differences between communicating with students compared to professional staff. Some examples in my presentation include the ideal lengths of paragraphs in an email, the addition of GIFs, memes, and videos, and making sure your emails format correctly for both computers and mobile devices.

Presenter
Sarah Barrett, University of California-Berkeley

Event Planners Round Table

10:15 AM - 11:30 AM

This session is designed to be a round table discussion on the topic of event planners. We encourage attendees who have questions on this topic along with experts who can share best practices to come together for active participation on this topic.

Facilitator:
Cathy Robinson, University of Nevada-Las Vegas

Hey Hey Ho Ho! Seven Things That You Should Know: How to Handle Protest Response and Management While Supporting Students

10:15 AM - 11:30 AM

Here at UC–Berkeley, student activism is a constant part of campus culture. Add to that fact that our Student Union is located near where the free speech movement began, as well as where historic Telegraph Avenue meets campus. This has given our department front row seats to demonstrations both small and large, and has taught us quite a bit about how to support students in our buildings while providing a safe space for these activities. In this session, you can hear about what strategies have worked for managing these events, along with what we would do differently in the future.

Presenter:
Monica Duran, University of California-Berkeley

Innovative Trends in University Culinary Nutrition

10:15 AM - 11:30 AM

Students, parents, faculty, and staff are increasingly interested in unique nutrition programming available at universities and colleges. Food trends, fad diets, and nutrition information can impact food selection and often students are making dietary decisions for the first time on their own. There is a need to be knowledgeable of these trends to help dispel myths, offer nutrition education and create nutrition campaigns & programs to help guide healthier food selections. Attendees will learn about promising practices & innovative programs in the nutrition area including allergens, plant-based diets, evidence-based healthier options and performance nutrition.

Presenter:
Christine Carlson, University of Arizona

Leadership in Action: You Can Lead Through I-LEAD®

10:15 AM - 11:30 AM

The Institute for Leadership Education and Development (I-LEAD®) is one of ACUI's premier student programs centered around key concepts of leadership, community development, and change with opportunities for professionals to serve as small-group facilitators, for students to attend as participants. This session will provide great overview of the I-LEAD® program, explain the benefits of participating in any manner, and review the application process for participants and facilitators. The session will integrate leadership styles and development to further bring to life the values of I-LEAD®. Repeatedly, students and professionals who participate rave about the long-lasting impact of this experience. Don't miss your chance to learn more!

Presenter:
Jamie Matthews, University of Arizona

Personal Development Through Artistic Freedom

10:15 AM - 11:30 AM

This session aims to unleash the power of oneself through artistic freedom and creativity. Research shows that those who allow themselves to participate in artistic activities are often happier, more positive, and able to engage in more meaningful relationships with friends and colleagues. This session will use creative writing/story-telling and poetry as its artistic medium.

Presenter:
Avi Stewart, California State University-Northridge

Using Technology to Increase Efficiency in Facilities Management

10:15 AM - 11:30 AM

This presentation will cover the San Diego State Aztec Student Union, our LEED Platinum status, and the facilities management system FMX which we use to assist us in overcoming the unique challenges faced by our building. Specifically we aim to demonstrate how FMX simplifies managing work orders, preventative maintenance, and new hire training.

Presenters:
Quinnton Smiley, San Diego State University
Morgan Murray, Facilities Management eXpress

Flooring for the 21st Century Higher Ed Campus

10:15 AM - 11:45 AM

The steps you take bring you closer to success. We know that the environment impacts the student experience. Come find out how flooring can make a positive impact on the a 21st century campus.

Presenter:
Brad Tornabene, Patcraft

11:30 AM

Expo Hall

11:30 AM - 5:00 PM

12:00 PM

Keynote Address & Lunch

12:00 PM - 1:45 PM

Beyond Empathy: Building Community through Kindness

On the surface, kindness may seem like a “soft" issue, but evidence is overwhelming that learning kindness skills is vital for individual achievement and community health. Over the past 20 years, we've seen a sharp decline in social connectedness in this country. Over half of Americans report having no close confidants or friends outside of their family. Jeannette Maré, Ben's Bells founder and executive director, will lead this in-depth discussion of the challenges and opportunities we encounter in every interaction as we strive to create kinder communities. During this presentation, Maré will reflect on her own personal experiences with kindness in the face of devastating grief, will share her work with Ben's Bells Project, and will discuss the emerging body of research on the science of kindness. Using humor and storytelling, Maré will leave the audience inspired and equipped to incorporate the life-changing practice of kindness into their lives.

Lunch will be served.

2:15 PM

Community Service: Make Ben's Bells

2:15 PM - 3:30 PM

What is a Ben's Bell?


Ben's Bells are beautiful, ceramic wind chimes, handmade by the community. By the time one Ben's Bell is complete, at least 10 people have been involved in its creation. Ben's Bells are hung randomly throughout the community, in public spaces, for people to find and take home as a reminder to practice intentional kindness.

The mission of Ben's Bells is to inspire, educate, and motivate each other to realize the impact of intentional kindness and to empower individuals to act according to that awareness, thereby strengthening ourselves, our relationships and our communities.

Ben's Bell beads are created in a variety of different shapes and colors, reflecting the diverse community involved in their creation.

The Centerpiece, in the shape of the Ben's Bells flower, is painted a bright solid color and stamped with a 'bb' to represent Ben's Bells. The single color provides balance and features the uniquely painted beads.

3:45 PM

Being Pono (Present): A Path to Spirituality, Harmony, and Balance

3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

We are surrounded with busy schedules, technology, and other distractions that are part of our daily lives, demanding our time and attention to details. But how do we manage our time with decision making and keeping ourselves pono or balanced? If this is a reality, take the risk to join us in an interactive session where methods and techniques for opportunities to make clear and open minded choices and decisions for yourself can keep you pono and balanced. In native Hawaiian culture when things are pono or balanced, we have a special kind of power or energy maintaining our spirituality and daily lives with balance. These spiritual inter-relationships with our thoughts and actions maintain us to be mindful, balanced, and in harmony.

Presenter:
Leomi Bergknut, University of Hawaii-Hilo

Building Operators & Directors Round Table

3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

This session is designed to be a round table discussion on the topic of building operators and directors. We encourage attendees who have questions on this topic along with experts who can share best practices to come together for active participation on this topic.

Facilitator:
Su Hoon Tan, University of Nevada-Reno

Displaying and Curating Student Art

3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

With an advocacy for education through art, this session will provide the knowledge and basic understanding for owning and maintaining an art collection. It can be done simply and effectively through creating organized, consistent standards. The University Student Union at the California State University–Northridge is an example of how this can be done effectively. Starting out by simply providing a space for student artists to exhibit work, the USU has now purchased and collected more than 100 student works exhibiting them throughout its facilities. Inclusive to all people, the collection aims to educate those who come into contact of the work, while exhibiting the unique and diverse creative output of university students. Throughout this session, we demystify the process and procedure for obtaining artwork, owning it, and creating narratives around it that allows students to engage with it.

Presenter:
Ariel Mazariegos, California State University-Northridge
James Matzen, California State University-Northridge

Elevate Your Marketing: Incorporating Active Strategies Into Your Portfolio

3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Does your student union include active marketing strategies in the portfolio of opportunities? This session will educate attendees on the differences between active and passive marketing, emphasize the benefits of active strategies, and provide tips and tricks for activating these opportunities on campus. UNLV's Student Union has incorporated marketing opportunities including tabling, Rebel Marketplace, Vendor Fair, and Block Party initiatives and has seen as increase in satisfaction from both the campus community and the businesses involved. Learn how to activate your marketing in this session!

Presenters:
Lynn Gold, University of Nevada-Las Vegas
Heather Henderson, University of Nevada-Las Vegas
Stephanie Khodorkovsky, University of Nevada-Las Vegas

Feeding More than Hunger

3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Having a food pantry can help many students, but do you realize that students might be scared to even ask about free food? Learn about food insecurity in this session and the benefits of having a food pantry on campus.

Presenter:
Karina Cruz, California State University-Dominguez Hills

Regional Town Hall

3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Join the Regional Leadership Team for a community question and answer session regarding all-things Region I. Provide your input on how the team can create value for your campus, inform on education topics relevant to your needs, and learn about scholarship and volunteer opportunities.

Presenters:
Kathy McIntosh, Alliant University
Regional Leadership Team Members

The Deficiency on How to Practice Inclusivity on College Campuses

3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Inclusivity is a big part of when an institution is as diverse as CSU–Dominguez Hills. My campus prides itself on being an all-inclusive campus. Yet, when researching campus practices, I found a lack of information on how to practice inclusivity on college campuses. This presentation will focus mainly on the deficiency of information and will provide recommendations on how staff can teach best practices to students.

Presenter:
Alejandro Herrera, California State University-Dominguez Hills

Today's Student Leader, Tomorrow's World Changer

3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Whether a student employee or volunteer, student unions develop the brightest leaders who will impact the world. One might minimalize the incredible skills attained by working at the front desk, planning an event, managing a facility, or serving on a board. These are all skills that can make you stand out as a desired candidate for the job of your dreams. In this session, a leader will begin to make the connection between what what they are doing today and how it can impact their future tomorrow. Identify the transferable skills you are gaining in your role at your Union and utilize them to change the World. The WORLD awaits!

Presenter:
Tonee Sherill, California State University-Channel Islands

5:00 PM

Scholarship Fundraising: Human Hungry Hippo Competition

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Human Hungry Hippo Competition

Team with the most colored balls in their corner wins!

All proceeds from this activity benefit the ACUI Region 1 scholarship fund.


Fees and Prizes

Entrance fee is $5 per person/$10 per team to play. Players can sign up individually or as a team. Winning teams will get VIP seating at the closing dinner and major bragging rights!

Admission for the audience is $2 to watch the players. Individuals can also sponsor a “ball" for $2 each ball. At the end of the fundraiser, a conference planning team member will pull out eight winners from the sponsored balls and those eight people will also win special VIP treatment at the closing dinner. Looking dapper!

How to Play

Divide into teams-3 people per team. On each team, there should be a “hippo", a pusher/puller, and a ball person. The hippo lays on their stomach on the scooter, holding the bucket with the open side down. On “GO", the pushers/pullers will push the hippo into the middle of the ring. The hippo captures their colored “food" by putting the bucket down on top of the balls. The pushers/pullers then pull the hippo back. There is a rule that once the bucket is down, you can't lift it back up to re-position and get more balls- your team has to pull you back in with whatever you got. The ball person keeps the captured “food" (balls) from rolling outside their circle. Teams can go after any color. The team with the most balls after the pit is cleared or time runs out wins!

The Rules

1. A player is pushed by their team to the center of the room and attempts to grab (or place under a basket) as many balls as possible and return them to their team's corner.

2. The scooter can NEVER STOP. As soon as the player reaches the center, he or she must be immediately be pulled back. Once the bucket is down, you can't lift it back up to re-position and get more balls- your team has to pull you back in with whatever you got. You can't use your hands to grab balls, only the basket.

3. You can either send the same player back to the center, or have the whole team rotate through being “hippos."

4. Only balls that are completely in the team's corner count as points. Balls will quickly become scattered around the room, and it is not enough to have balls “close" to a corner. If a ball is close, the team can send the hippo towards that ball instead of to the center. The ball person cannot leave his/her circle to wrangle the balls The game ends when all of the balls are gone, or when the timer runs out.

6:30 PM

Dinner on Your Own

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Uniquely Tucson - Downtown is Thriving

How do you get off the beaten path without breaking the bank? Tucson is an entirely different experience, free-spirited, and authentic. The streets are overflowing with lively music, art, food, and a uniquely Tucson, Southwestern vibe permeates the air.

Connect all of Tucson's downtown districts via the Sun Link Tucson Streetcar and experience some of the culture and cuisines that have put our city on the map.

8:30 PM

Student Social

8:30 PM - 10:00 PM

The Games Room will be open to all who are interested in a night of online gaming, pool, card and board games (to name just a few). This is where you want to be!

Sun, November 19, 2017
8:00 AM

Expo Hall

8:00 AM - 11:45 AM

9:00 AM

Networking & Continental Breakfast

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Network with colleagues while enjoying an assortment of coffee and pastries.

Steal this Idea Display

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Display of design submissions to the Steal this Idea competition.

Silent Auction

9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Donate an item and bid on a variety of packages. Proceeds benefit the ACUI Region I scholarship fund.

9:15 AM

Conference Concierge

9:15 AM - 3:00 PM

Available services include conference registration, silent auction donation drop-off, Hungry Human Hippos scholarship fundraiser team sign-ups.

9:30 AM

Achieving Career Success Through Learning from Experience

9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Individuals learn critical management and leadership skills from the naturally occurring experiences of the workplace—from challenging assignments, coaches, role models, and even hardships. However, all individuals do not learn equally well from these experiences, and some even resist or avoid unfamiliar opportunities for learning. Yet, individuals who aspire to complex and visible roles in organizations must develop a wide range of skills that are easier attained from approaches outside of their comfort zones. Every time a person avoids a task, an opportunity to learn is lost. Versatile learners not only understand their preferences, they also adopt other learning tactics that do not come naturally. Participants in this session will identify and understand their current learning preferences, and develop action plans to adopt versatile tactics which can lead to greater success in their careers.

Presenter:
Cecilia Ortiz, California State University-Dominguez Hills

Intersections Between Bias and Diversity Issues

9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

This session will look at the intersections between free speech and bias-related incidents. By exploring the intricacies of the First Amendment, participants will be able to gain an understanding of how to address and navigate parts of speech that present a concern but are ultimately protected.

Presenter:
Sherard Robbins, University of Arizona

Making a Leadership Move: Developing Your Career Strategy

9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

For student affairs professionals at the director level, this is an opportunity to explore advancement to the next level. Questions of how to move from a director-level position to a position that will oversee multiple functional areas, how to determine the right fit, both in terms of institution and position, for your next move, and what are the skills and experiences a vice president is looking for to promote a director will be explored. This session is designed to present a tactical plan for career advancement and will outline what is needed to assume a new leadership position.

Presenters:
Heather Larabee, Spelman and Johnson
Jennifer Hiatt, Spelman and Johnson

Resource Centers Tour

9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Join colleagues on a walking tour of the student resource centers across the University of Arizona. Bring your walking shoes!

African American Student Affairs - Facilitates a support system that helps students achieve academic excellence and an enriching African American cultural experience.

Asian Pacific American Student Affairs - Provides academic and personal support through program implementation, leadership opportunities, and advocacy for APA student issues.

Native American Student Affairs - Recruits and transitions American Indian/Alaska Native students into the University by providing academic, cultural and personal support.

Presenters:
Brenda Keagle, University of Arizona
KC Williams, University of Arizona
Teresa Graham Bret, University of Arizona
Steve Martin, University of Arizona
Larry Jones, University of Arizona

Saying "Yes, and ..." to Creative Communication

9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Throughout the workshop, you will learn how to utilize innovative improvisational techniques to inform your communication skills. This workshop will also illustrate a model of how students can approach communication by applying the tenets of improvisation to engage with their colleagues. Participants will have the opportunity to participate in active exercises and role playing activities.

Presenter:
Colin Stewart, California State University-Fresno

Student Union Back-of-House Tour

9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Join fellow colleagues on a walking tour of the see the inner workings of the Student Union. Bring your camera as you are bound to find innovative solutions to maximize function.

Presenter:
Larry Jones, University of Arizona

11:45 AM

Keynote Panel & Lunch

11:45 AM - 2:00 PM

Panel Discussion: Managing High-Profile Speaker Events and Guiding Student Activism


There is a wave of social activism sweeping across the nation with higher education institutions as apparent targets for activity. Rather than hold your breath and hope to not be caught unprepared, learn from colleagues who have lived through it.

Join us for a panel discussion featuring colleagues with distinct perspectives and experiences handling high-profile speakers, protests, counter protests, and student activism while working to preserve freedom of speech and safety.

Keynote Panelists

Kathy Adams Riester, University of Arizona
Brian A. Seastone, University of Arizona
Daryl Ansel, UC-Berkeley
Stephen Fleischer, CSU-Los Angeles

Moderator

Tonee Sherrill, CSU-Channel Islands

2:15 PM

ACUI's Strategic Plan

2:15 PM - 3:30 PM

ACUI is in the middle of its three-year strategic plan, 2016–2018. Attend this session to learn about accomplishments to date and what is underway for the future. Members will also be invited to contribute to a discussion about a new strategic planning process and priorities for the coming years. While conversations will also take place virtually allowing for broader participation, this is a convenient, face-to-face opportunity to engage with Association leaders during the regional conference.

Presenter:
Kathy McIntosh, Alliant International University

Back to the Beginning

2:15 PM - 3:30 PM

The Inclusion Change Team for Campus Life started with ambitious goals and an aggressive timeline, and then they learned what they were missing. Take a look at how this team moved from an administrative endeavor to being a true team with peer leaders, how we addressed the dynamics of power within the room to be able to start to chip away at the systemic issues we can control as we start the Multicultural Organizational Development (MCOD) process. We will share our resources and the missteps we made along the way, as well as, the tools we found helpful and how we finally became an intact team.

Presenters:
Cathy Robinson, University of Nevada-Las Vegas
LaToya Burdiss, University of Nevada-Las Vegas

Developing Student Leaders Round Table

2:15 PM - 3:30 PM

This session is designed to be a round table discussion on the topic of developing student leaders. We encourage attendees who have questions on this topic along with experts who can share best practices to come together for active participation on this topic.

Facilitator:
Colin Stewart, California State University-Fresno

How to Manage Your Nerves: Public Speaking Tips

2:15 PM - 3:30 PM

Public speaking continues to be the number fear of most people. Are you among them? If so, attend this session to learn about things you should know to speak like a leader, get tips to avoid typical mistakes of public speaking, learn about listening skills, and practice how to speak on your feet.

Presenters:
Linda Brown, California State University-Dominguez Hills
Katherine Rebuck, California State University-Dominguez Hills
Jasmine Heredia, California State University-Dominguez Hills

Referendums: Where to Begin, the Process, and Managing Obstacles

2:15 PM - 3:30 PM

The purpose of this presentation will be to inform attendees about the process of passing a referendum in a college campus in order to build a new student facility and programming. For the past five years, the student leadership of Fresno State has been working on passing a referendum to fund the construction of a new student union. Throughout the years, the leadership team has learned how to effectively begin the conversation with the campus, how to plan and execute a campaign, and how to manage a variety of obstacles that come with trying to increase student fees. With any campaign comes planning, managing, and marketing. The presenters will discuss how they planned a year-long campaign; this includes details about our marketing plan and timeline, managing everyone involved in the referendum, and how challenges were addressed. Motivation is also a key component of this challenges were addressed. Motivation is also a key component of this the students did not give up and the campus has decided to try again this upcoming school year. The presenters would like to share the process and mentality required to work on a project of this magnitude.

Presenters:
Athena Niayesh, California State University-Fresno
Carly Robinson, California State University-Fresno
Zac Jones, California State University-Fresno
Juan Guzman, California State University-Fresno

Steal this Idea Planning and Process

2:15 PM - 3:30 PM

This session will explore the planning process for the ACUI Region I Steal this Idea competition. Starting from category selection, submission form creation, marketing of competition, and the judging process.

Presenter:
Riley Sullivan, University of Nevada-Las Vegas

You Got the Job. Now What? Transitioning from Student Worker to Staff

2:15 PM - 3:30 PM

Moving from a student worker position to a student leader position to a staff position is an amazing time filled with excitement, trepidation, and a bit of fear. We will spend some time examining the concerns to discover their validity and then discuss tips to being successful in the new role.

Presenter:
Loretta Pedraza, University of Arizona

3:30 PM

Networking Break

3:30 PM - 3:45 PM

Aside from education, networking with peers is one of the greatest values offered at the Regional Conference. Expand your network at this meet and greet while enjoying complimentary refreshments.

3:45 PM

Best Practices: Diversity & Inclusion Benchmarks

3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

This session will present information on the Global Diversity and Inclusion Benchmarks (GDIB) being utilized by ACUI and the ACUI Diversity Council. The GDIB instrument allows individuals, teams and organizations to assess different approaches in 5 primary fields (such as Competence, Compliance, Dignity, Organizational Development, Social Justice) in a distinctive model set up to address 14 categories in four groups or levels. The authors of GDIB, Julie O'Mara and Alan Richter have extensive experience in working with clients in higher education and the private sector to address how professionals can systematically address with key stakeholders in establishing a comprehensive diversity and inclusion approach through their GDIB Model. This session will provide participants with a basic understanding of essential benchmarks which can help them better assess their current diversity and inclusion efforts and how best to leverage from the GDIB model to support their best practices on their campuses.

Presenter:
Joanna Iwata, California State University-Monterey Bay

Food Pantries & Addressing Students' Basic Needs Round Table

3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

This session is designed to be a round table discussion on the topic of food pantries and addressing students' basic needs. We encourage attendees who have questions on this topic along with experts who can share best practices to come together for active participation on this topic.

Facilitators:
Kasey Schoen, California State University-Long Beach
Taylor Buhler-Scott, California State University-Long Beach

From Concept to Completion: Planning Major Marketing Campaigns

3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

The need for innovative and eye-catching marketing never ceases. In this session, we will discuss the process that the ASI Marketing & Design Department at Cal State Fullerton uses in order to plan and implement major marketing campaigns. Specifically, this session will highlight how our professional and student staff work together, from start to finish, on these campaigns and will examine all the steps that take place between initial concepts to campaign completion.

Presenters:
Scott Martin, California State University-Fullerton
Thanakorn Mac Kooptaporn, California State University-Fullerton
Michael Veyna, California State University-Fullerton

Infusing Student Input and Campus Spirit in Building Projects

3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

When planning a new project, renovating existing space, or expanding a facility, how can student input and campus spirit be infused to breathe new life into a campus? When constructed, facilities are built using an era's latest design features, trims, and technology, but these facilities are then passed down from class to class and over time can seem more like relics of a semester years past. Just as trends in building design change over time, so to do the needs and desires of students. This session will focus on methods you can use for engaging students and gathering input throughout the decision making process and will use some specific examples from Associated Students, California State University, Fullerton, Incorporated's Titan Student Union and recent expansion project.

Presenter:
Drew Wiley, California State University-Fullerton
Jared Hill, California State University-Fullerton

Leadership Forum: A Student Leader Program

3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Introducing the Loker Student Union Leadership Forum. A training program dedicated to the development of student employees; embedding the NACE competencies for career readiness as well as other objective driven content into a two-year curriculum. Come learn how this program conceptualized and steal this idea.

Presenter:
Giselle Atallah, California State University-Dominguez Hills

Presidential Debate Hosting: What An Experience!

3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Program will discuss the highs and lows of hosting a Presidential Debate. The planning and organization of such events requires the support and involvement of the university's upper administration, individual departments, students, legislative support, city and county support and federal support. Hear about the Las Vegas hosting experience from those who lived the experience.

Presenters:
Keith McMath, University of Nevada-Las Vegas
Lynn Gold, University of Nevada-Las Vegas
Riley Sullivan, University of Nevada-Las Vegas
Ron Buncombe, University of Nevada-Las Vegas

Student Networking & Farewell

3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Student delegates are invited to regroup to process their conference experience by identifying learning from throughout the conference, and action planning for their return to campus. Networking and socializing will ensue.

Refreshments will be served.

Presenters:
Corey Valine, Santa Clara University
Kathy McIntosh, Alliant International University
University of Arizona Student Leader

5:15 PM

Regional Business Meeting

5:15 PM - 6:15 PM

Want to know what is happening in Region I? Join us for our Regional Business Meeting. Regional volunteer coordinators will provide updates on regional initiatives and programs. All are welcome to attend.

6:00 PM

Silent Auction Item Pickup

6:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Congratulations to bid winners! Please be certain to pick up your item and make your purchase on time. Thank you for helping ACUI Region I raise funds for scholarships.

7:30 PM

Closing Ceremonies & Dinner

7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Join the celebration marking the closing of the Region I conference where we will celebrate the work of our colleagues and students as we present our Regional Awards.

Enjoy the music of Noteriety, an A Cappella Group from The University of Arizona
The purpose of this organization is to allow students attending the University of Arizona to pursue their passion for learning and performing a cappella music. The organization promotes interest in the areas of a cappella and choral music. Musical services for the campus and Tucson community, as well as others in the state of Arizona, are provided by this organization.

Dinner will be served.


Fundraiser Challenge to Raise Money for ACUI Scholarships

Come have fun and show your competitive side with our Human Hungry Hippo fundraiser! You can participate as a player for $5 per person or save money by creating your own team for only $10 per team. If you don’t want to play but still want to watch, we have you covered. Tickets to watch the players are $2 each, and for another $2 per ball, you can be entered in a drawing for VIP seating and special treatment at the Sunday closing dinner. Sign up now as a player or team and help us raise money for Region I scholarships!

Contact Brenda Keagle, assistant director for events at the University of Arizona Student Union, with any questions.


Steal this Idea

Region I is home to some of the most talented graphic designers and artists in the Association! We are looking to showcase those talents at the 2017 Region I Steal This Idea competition at the Region I Conference, “Finding Community in Diversity” at the University of Arizona, November 17–19.

This ACUI tradition annually seeks the year’s best marketing and promotional ideas throughout the region and presents them at the conference. This is an excellent opportunity to both show off the talent of our region’s staff and student graphic designers, as well as share ideas for other campuses to “steal” (respectfully, of course). Awards are given at the regional conference to both student and staff designers with the strongest pieces in 15 different categories (logos/brand identity; cards/invitations/postcards; print advertisements; brochures/pamphlets; multipage documents; posters; promotional campaigns; apparel/clothing; website; motion graphics/animation; video promotion; banners/large-scale media; signs/signage; maps/directories; open category.

 Also, a “Best in Show” award will honor the top idea presented. Winning entries will be chosen by a panel of judges before the start of the conference and will be notified by October 25.

If you have any questions, please contact Riley Sullivan.


Lodging

Lodging is available at the Tucson University Park Hotel, conveniently located within walking distance from the University of Arizona Student Union Memorial Center. Reserve your room by October 30 to guarantee the conference rate of $149 per standard room.

Reserve


Transportation

Air transportation is available at two international airports within two hours of the University.

Tucson International Airport
7250 South Tucson Blvd.
Tucson, AZ

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
3400 E. Sky Harbor Blvd.
Phoenix, AZ 85034

Rail transportation is also available.

Amtrak
400 North Toole Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85701