"Discover Your Anthem"
November 3–5, University of Maryland–Baltimore County

Baltimore is a major city in Maryland with a long history as an important seaport. Fort McHenry, birthplace of the U.S. national anthem, sits at the mouth of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. Today, this harbor area offers shops, upscale crab shacks, and attractions like the Civil War-era warship the USS Constellation and the National Aquarium, showcasing thousands of marine creatures. It is home to the open-air walkways and shops of Baltimore’s Harborplace, as well as Camden Yards, home of the Orioles, and M&T Bank Stadium, home of the Ravens.

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Educational Session Proposals

The Region VII Conference Planning Team is accepting educational session proposals. Educational sessions not only provide quality content, but also an opportunity to find your voice as a student or professional and maximize your potential to become your best self.

This year, there are exciting additions to the educational content, which includes the return of a session block featuring student presenters and a new Graduate Case Study Competition with an opportunity for senior professional staff to serve as judges for the case presentations. Students are encouraged to submit proposals and share their expertise with the regional membership.

A proposal for both the annual conference and the Region VII conference may be submitted simultaneously. The Region VII conference education session proposal deadline is September 15.


Contact Education Coordinator Clifton Johnson with questions.

Schedule Highlights

Justin Jones-Fosu

Justin Jones-Fosu is a full-time husband and father who also happens to be an international speaker, young award-winning entrepreneur, and author. He is the president/chief inspirational officer of Justin Inspires International, where he speaks 50-60 times a year for professionals, colleges, and youth internationally. He has spoken in four countries, for more than 250 organizations, and given more than 450 presentations. Jones-Fosu is also the founder of Respectivity, a company helping workplaces to develop better cultures of respect. 

Justin Jones-Fosu
dr. Paul Gordon Brown

Dr. Paul Gordon Brown is a scholar, consultant, and speaker, specializing in student learning and development’s intersection with technology, social media, and design. Brown has nearly 20 years of professional experience in higher education and student affairs with a specialty in developing a residential curriculum. He has also served as a faculty member in the Boston College and Merrimack College Higher Education programs. Brown's current role is as the director of curriculum, training, and research for the higher education technology software company, Roompact. He is recognized by LinkedIn in 2016 as a “Top Voice,” by SlideShare as a “Keynote Author,” by EdTech Magazine as a top higher education blogger, and by ACPA-College Student Educators International as a Diamond Honoree. Brown has authored and co-authored numerous books and book chapters including a collaboration with Erik Qualman on “What Happens On Campus Stays on YouTube."

Dr. Paul Gordon Brown

Preconference tours
Morgan St. University Student Center Tour

November 2, 4–8 p.m. | Cost: $25

Why go on the tour?  

  • The Student Center is still relatively new having opened less than 20 years ago.
  • Morgan State University is one of the oldest HBCU's, having been founded in 1867.
  • Food will be provided by Morgan State University

Stamp Student Union Tour in College Park
November 2, 4–8 p.m. | Cost: $25

Why go on the tour? 

  • University of Maryland is the flagship school of the state.
  • The Stamp Student Union may be an older building but has undergone renovations, allowing you to see and discuss innovative approaches and ideas to bring back to your campus. 


Early registration ends on September 30 with regular registration starting October 1. We encourage our members to take advantage of the discounted rates being offered during early registration!

Early (through September 30)Regular (October 1–19)Late (October 20–27)
Professional Member$235$255$275
Graduate or Undergraduate Student Member$230$230$230
Professional Nonmember$300$300$300
Graduate or Undergraduate Student Nonmember$300$300$300


Find out more about institutional membershipShould you have any questions, please feel free to contact Region VII Conference Planning Team member Katy Fagan katy.fagan@temple.edu.

Funds for Fitness

Register now for fundraising events that will take place at the conference. Below you will find some fun-filled options that provide our region with scholarship opportunities and more.

Friday, November 3 – AQUA ZumbaAquaZumba
This class is located in the Marriott Pool and will be led by Kaitlin Shaginaw, a licensed Zumba and STRONG by Zumba instructor. This class will definitely wake you up in the water and provide Region VII with a splash of fun and funds for scholarships.

Saturday, November 4 – Trail FUNd Run/Walk/Roll
Join fellow attendees on the BWI Trail for the Regional FUNd Run/Walk/Roll. Enjoy your morning on the scenic trail with a brisk jog or casual walk. T-shirts are also included in the registration of this event.

Pay to Sleep In
Want to stay dry or avoid running and still support the region? Use the “Pay to Sleep In” option for both events. You will still receive a T-shirt for the Trail FUNd Run/Walk/Roll!

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact Region VII Conference Team Member Kaitlin Shaginaw at shaginaw@rowan.edu.


Be sure to check out the awesome volunteer opportunities available during the conference. 

Learn More


The BWI Airport Marriott is less than 7 miles from campus with easy access from the airport and train station. There is a Starbucks in the lobby and several food stops on the way to UMBC. Stay in shape with their fitness center and swimming pool.

Region VII has secured a reservation rate of $119 (taxes not included) through October 5. Indicate that you are with the ACUI conference when booking to receive this rate.

BWI Airport Marriott
1743 West Nursery Road
Linthicum, Maryland, 21090