Mark your calendars for the 2022 ACUI Annual Conference, March 13–17!

Much has changed since 2019 and yet the importance of advancing campus community remains essential. You need this educational networking event to:

  • Exchange information, resources, and ideas with colleagues and industry partners. 
  • Find inspiration and build your contact list to confidently address what challenges the future may hold. 
  • Recharge through four days immersed in a caring community who affirms the importance of your role on campus.
Associate Members

Associate members and other companies can learn more about engaging members through the Annual Conference Expo, sponsorship opportunities, and educational presentations.

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Explore the conference schedule today! You can use the filter feature to see the in-person and virtual experiences. Please note, this schedule is tentative and educational session information will be added later this year once the review process is complete.

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Keynote: Patrisse Cullors

Patrisse Cullors is a New York Times bestselling author, educator, artist and abolitionist. During the ACUI Annual Conference, she will highlight practices from her new book, An Abolitionist's Handbook: 12 Steps to Changing Yourself and the World.

Patrisse Cullors


Take advantage of hands-on learning, the collective wisdom of the group, and inspiration through idea sharing. Networking will be possible through casual interactions and structured opportunities that meet your comfort level. Find out more about the experiences offered for the 2022 Annual Conference below.

Need financial support? ACUI's Financial Assistance Fund is available; funding requests can be made for registration fees and hotel accommodations.

COVID-19 Protocols

The ACUI Annual Conference will have measures and protocols in place to provide attendees in Chicago with a high level of comfort while participating. 

Proof of Vaccination

Although Chicago has passed its Omicron variant surge, the city has a vaccination mandate in effect for any location that serves food or drink. Due to the city requirement, all conference participants will be expected to show proof of vaccination upon arrival at the Sheraton Grand Chicago. While conference-goers are encouraged to take a COVID-19 test prior to arrival onsite, proof of a negative test will not be sufficient. Valid proof includes: 

  • Valid photo ID (age 16+) and
  • Vaccination Card
  • Photocopy of vaccination card
  • Digital record or app or
  • Printed record from vaccine provider

If you have questions or concerns, please email Elizabeth Stringer at  

In accordance with CDC guidelines for large events and gathering, masks are required indoors for all attendees during the event, as well as in any shared/enclosed transportation associated with event activities. Participants may remove masks when actively eating or drinking during designated meal/reception functions, or during any designated outdoor functions. Attendees are welcome to bring their own masks, and additional masks will be available at the event. 
Accommodations & Cancellation
  • ACUI will provide a full credit on account or transfer to virtual registration with refund of the balance for any cancellations due to company restrictions (proof required) or state, local, and federal government regulations regarding COVID-19.   
  • A registrant may change their registration from in-person to virtual attendance at any time, and ACUI will refund the difference in the registration fees. A registrant may change their registration from virtual to in-person attendance at any time, upon payment of the difference in the registration fees. Any refund or additional fee due to and from a registrant for changing registration shall be calculated on the basis of the registration fee applicable at the time of the registrant’s request.  
  • ACUI is not responsible for cancellation of any travel, hotel, or other arrangements related to participation in this event nor any cancellation fees from those arrangements.   
  • If you register to attend the in-person event and then find that you aren’t feeling well as your travel date approaches, please don’t travel! We can switch your registration to the virtual conference experience, allowing you to join us from the comfort of your home as you recuperate.  
  • Payment for all fees is due at the time of registration. All fees are listed in U.S. dollars. International currency will be accepted at the exchange rate prevalent at the time of payment. Login sharing and splitting are strictly prohibited.  
  • All registration cancellations and refund requests must be made by email to  
  • Substitutions are gladly accepted at any time; to substitute an attendee, email  
  • Refunds cannot be approved for cancellation requests received after March 10, 2021, to include no-shows. 
  • ACUI reserves exclusive right to modify, postpone/reschedule, or cancel this program for any reason. If there is an event cancellation, every attempt will be made to reschedule, and registration fees will be applied to the rescheduled event date. Any incidental expenses incurred related to a cancelled event cannot be refunded under any circumstances. If a cancelled event cannot be rescheduled, ACUI will determine an equitable basis for the refund or credit of a portion or all of the registration fees, after due consideration of circumstances and expenditures.

Chicago Experience & Virtual Experience

After three years, the ACUI community will be in person for the Annual Conference March 13–17, 2022, in Chicago. Make your plans to join ACUI!

The Chicago Experience includes:

  • Education and engagement experiences held onsite Sunday–Wednesday 

  • Access to Sunday’s programs focus on advancing community  

  • Workshops on Monday morning and Wednesday afternoon (typically offered preconference with separate registration) 

  • One lunch and two dinners 

  • Exhibit hall access during open hours 

  • The virtual experience, including the online event platform and on-demand content available during and after the conference

For information about one-day attendance, please contact

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(through December 10)
(December 11–February 16)
(after February 16)
Professional Member
Professional Nonmember
Graduate Student Member
Graduate Student Nonmember


Undergraduate Student Experience – I-LEAD® 2022 | March 13–15 at the 2022 Annual Conference

I-LEAD® will be hosted with the 2022 ACUI Annual Conference! Students and professionals will receive the unique experience and benefits of both I-LEAD® and Annual Conference. Meet, network, and learn from ACUI members and students from around the world, all in one place.

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Virtual Only Experience

ACUI understands some members may not be able to travel to Chicago, so some components of the conference will be available to virtual-only attendees:

  • Access to the online event platform, including three all-conference sessions streamed from Chicago and five additional session blocks Monday–Wednesday 
  • On-demand content available during and after the conference 
  • Online networking opportunities

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(through December 10)
(December 11–February 16)
(after February 16)
Professional/Student Member
Professional/Student Nonmember


Additional Experiences

Senior & Mid-Level Managers Program ($125) 

March 13, 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Central 

This is a face-to-face program with senior- and mid-level manager cohorts focusing on assessing policies that impact college union operations, services, programs, and expressive activities/free speech through a social justice lens. This program will include joint sessions discussing overall social justice theory foundations and provide tools and resources to assess current policies that are in place along with strategies to help create more inclusive environments on campus. Participants will also have opportunities to follow up with these lessons throughout their conference experience and beyond. This joint program will also provide opportunities to network and engage with colleagues to ascertain best practices, renew old friendships, and make new ones.


Northwestern University ($50)
March 13, 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Central 

Slightly outside Chicago in Evanston, Illinois, is this Division I private research university. Tour the Norris University Center, including meeting spaces, Esports-equipped game room, art studio, and other services and programming. Transportation is included. 

University of Chicago ($40)
March 16, 3–5 p.m. Central 

Founded in 1890, visit this urban private institution's campus life facilities, blending historic architecture with modern campus life. Van transportation is included.

DePaul University ($40)
March 16, 3–6 p.m. Central 

This private, Catholic university features a range of meeting spaces, a food pantry, cultural centers, and more than 350 student organizations. Van transportation is included. 

University of Illinois–Chicago ($40)
March 16, 3–6 p.m. Central 

This operations tour of UIC Student Centers will include the Amazon lockers, student lounges, the bowling and billiards center, dining spaces, and student organization areas. Additionally, participants will see a new facility, which combined classroom space and residence halls, and is known as the ARC. Van transportation is included.

Conference Program Team

Thank you to the dedicated volunteers who are planning the 2022 Annual Conference:

  • Missy Burgess, Chair, University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh
  • Christopher Burpee, Northwestern University
  • James Contratto, University of South Alabama
  • Kristine Day, University of Michigan–Dearborn
  • Adam Dunbar, University of Massachusetts–Lowell
  • Jeff Dunbar, Houston Community College
  • Jennifer Duncan, Agnes Scott College
  • Shane Farmer, Clemson University
  • Angel Flowers, Indiana University-Purdue University–Indianapolis
  • Aaron Flynn, University of North Dakota
  • Elizabeth Beltramini, Liaison, ACUI Central Office

Savings through Delta Air Lines 

Those travelling to Chicago for the Annual Conference can use this link to book your flights through Delta Air Lines and have access to discounts just for ACUI attendees. Alternatively, you may book by calling the Delta Meeting Network at 1.800.328.1111 Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–8:30 p.m. (Eastern) and refer to Meeting Event Code NMV5G. There is not a service fee for reservations booked and ticketed via the reservation 800 number.     

About the Hotel

The Sheraton Grand Chicago is located steps from Navy Pier, Millennium Park, and other downtown attractions. 

Address: 301 East North Water Street, Chicago, Illinois 60611

Rates: Single – $189 | Double – $189

Booking Deadline: February 15, 2022

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Chicago 2022 Hotel

Sample Educational Content

If you are curious what the educational offerings of an ACUI Annual Conference are like, archived resources from the 2021 virtual event—including video recordings, presentation materials, and transcripts—are now available. Registrants can access the library when logged in to the site, and those who were not registered for the 2021 event can sign up for access here.

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