Join us in Boston: February 26–March 2, 2023

ACUI is an association of people—resilient, passionate, determined, and caring people who have taken on numerous challenges over the past few years. The 2023 Annual Conference will be an opportunity to establish personal and professional networks, engage across diverse perspectives, reflect with colleagues about critical issues, and find a renewed sense of purpose to bring back to serve your campus and students.


Celebrate the value of shared, in-person experiences with professionals from around the globe in Boston to meet new colleagues and build your professional network.

Social Justice

Connect through shared values about how to best create inclusive campus communities, while deepening your understanding of racial justice and developing skills to meet campus needs.

Meaningful Experiences

Engage in conference educational experiences that prompt reflection and inspire future thinking, while exploring local campuses and the city of Boston in unique ways.

Renewed Purpose

Generate energy to bring back to campus, feeling inspired to improve our profession and the communities we serve, and uniting with professionals who understand what you do.

Conference Checklist

Educational Sessions
Explore the professional development offerings that await you in Boston, with nearly 100 educational sessions available to advance your skills and knowledge.
ACUI Adventure
All registrants of the 2023 ACUI Annual Conference must sign up for an experience during the ACUI Adventure on Monday morning. During this first of its kind educational experience, enjoy the chance to experience Boston, area campuses, or take a deeper dive on a topic of interest—all included in your conference registration fee.
Socials and Meet Ups
A variety of socials and meetups open to all attendees are available to connect with colleagues over meal, coffee, or games! You can now sign up for some of these options that have limited capacities. Other socials and receptions will occur during the event that do not require advanced registration.

Help Make the Conference a Success
Volunteers are critical to the 2023 Annual Conference, and we have several volunteer opportunities available for any attendee to sign up for—helping greet and check-in attendees, supporting tours, and facilitating discussions.

Support Cradles to Crayons Giving Factory Direct
Make an immediate impact on a child and their family by visiting this website to enter the "ACUI23" group code and be matched with a child to donate to support their needs. More details are on the "Community Service" tab below.
Support the Education and Research Fund Silent Auction
Contribute an item for the annual silent auction—with options to bring your own item, or choose from a curated list of items to support. Complete this online form advance to confirm your item information.

All-Conference Sessions

Advance your professional development through the below schedule of keynotes and panel discussions, addressing important topics of workplace well-being, social justice in higher education, organizational design, and leadership for the future.

Sunday: Porsha Olayiwola

Porsha Olayiwola is a writer, performer, and educator who uses afro-futurism and surrealism to examine historical and current issues in the Black, woman, and queer diasporas. As the current poet laureate for the city of Boston, join Porsha as she provides a creative historical acknowledgement of the city we are in, the land we are on, and the campuses that surrounds us as we gather in Boston—followed by an engaging reflection with attendees on how we can improve our communication as leaders to facilitate community and build future spaces that grow.

Porsha Olayiwola
Kristen Lee

Monday: Dr. Kristen Lee

Dr. Kristen Lee, Ed.D., LICSW, is an internationally recognized, award-winning behavioral science clinician, researcher, educator, speaker, comedian, and faculty-in-residence at Northeastern University. She works with organizations and leaders around the world on how to use the science of behavioral change and human potential to build healthy mental health cultures that help prevent burnout and promote organizational and human sustainability. With current times calling for innovative strategies to respond to a wide range of needs, join Dr. Kris as she shares a toolbox of interactive, practical, evidence-based strategies to cultivate resilience across educational ecosystems and a build a culture of connection, belonging, psychological safety, and positive impact.

Tuesday: Chief Diversity Officers Panel Discussion

As our core values continue to guide work in the association and across the profession through these historic times, it is critical that campus community building efforts are part of broader institutional strategic initiatives—particularly as it relates to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Join a panel of chief diversity of officers from colleges and universities in the Boston area to explore the role of these positions in ensuring environmental factors support student success; to understand how social justice strategies, practices, and programs are being advanced within higher education; and to engage in discussion with attendees seeking additional insight and advice.

Panel Discussion
Jason Mayden

Wednesday: Jason Mayden

Jason Mayden—a designer, educator, and entrepreneur—has worked with some of the world’s most prolific artists, athletes, entertainers, and entrepreneurs. By leveraging the power of cultural competency, empathy, advocacy, and inclusion within organizations, he believes that modern leaders should create organizations that serve as catalysts for the professional aspirations of their employees. He believes that it is not enough to simply have a seat at the table, we must all learn how to build our own. From our education systems to corporate boardrooms, join Jason Mayden in discussing how we can design systems of thinking that empower leaders to leverage their positions of influence for the betterment of the collective by advocating for the well-being of others.


The 2023 Annual Conference will be full of meaningful opportunities to learn and connect as a community of professionals. Each day will feature an all-conference session (keynotes and panel discussions). The event will start on Sunday, February 26 with welcome activities, regional gatherings, a dinner, and an opening reception. Monday morning will feature the unique ACUI Adventure, with educational sessions that afternoon. Tuesday will include the opening of the ACUI Expo, along with educational sessions. And Wednesday, March 1 will include more opportunities with the ACUI Expo (including lunch) and educational sessions, and the event will conclude with the annual Closing Banquet.

Full Tentative Schedule

Schedule Highlights

ACUI Adventure

Join us for an ACUI Adventure on Monday morning during the conference. During this first of its kind educational experience, conference participants will get the chance to experience Boston, area campuses, or take a deeper dive on a topic of interest. Conference attendees will be able to select from a number of unique experiences—all included in your conference registration fee.

Thanks to the local partners and institutions working with the Conference Program Team to make this memorable adventure possible. More details will be available closer to the event.


Explore these additional learning opportunities prior to the official start of the conference on Sunday afternoon. Preregistration is required for preconference programs, many of which are sponsored by ACUI communities of practice.

Please note that the Engaging Individuals and Teams in New Ways: an Introduction to Liberating Structures and LGBTQ+ Safe Zones preconferences were cancelled due to low registrations.

Senior Management Program: Global Concerns for Student Unions and Student Life Leaders

Fee: $165
Saturday, February 25 – 10 a.m.–9 p.m., and
Sunday, February 26 – 9 a.m.–Noon

This preconference program for senior and mid-level managers in the U.S. and abroad is designed to address hot topics in student unions and student life around the globe. Engage with colleagues through facilitated sessions and roundtable discussions on mental health and well-being for staff and students; free speech and open expression; and the evolution of the role of the college union.

Preregistration is required for this event. Registration for the program includes access to all educational content, transportation, lunch and dinner on Saturday, and breakfast on Sunday.

Community of Practice for Multi-Ethnic Professionals & Allies 50th Anniversary - “The Reemergence of Self” 

Fee: $45
Saturday, February 25 – Noon–5 p.m.

You did it! You endured the health and racial pandemics of the last two years. Now, it’s time to evaluate who you are today. Are you showing up as your most authentic self? In celebration of our 50th Anniversary, COMP (Community of Practice for Multi-Ethnic Professionals and Allies) is back with a preconference session designed for participants to reflect on who they are today and how they may bring their most authentic selves to the workspace.

Participants will leave empowered with an understanding of who they are post-pandemic with tools to release past traumas, develop their own mission and build stronger communication skills.

Please bring your lunch to fellowship with participants, the program will begin promptly at 12:30 pm.

Preregistration is required for this event. Registration for the program includes access to all educational content and a snack break on Saturday afternoon.


Explore the host city through these tour opportunities arranged around Boston. Do note that less campus tours are being offered because of the ACUI Adventure on Monday morning, which will include opportunities to visit institutions. Preregistration is required for preconference programs.

University of Massachusetts-Lowell

Fee: $35
Sunday, February 26 – 8 a.m.–Noon

Enjoy a visit to the University of Massachusetts Lowell to tour multiple campus spaces that are used to support events, conferences, and campus community building.

Preregistration is required for this program. Registration include includes all admission fees and transportation for the tour.

Museum of Science

Fee: $35
Sunday, February 26 – 9 a.m.–Noon

Visit the Museum of Science featuring a variety of seasonal exhibits in science, technology, and more. The Museum is never the same twice!

Preregistration is required for this program. Registration include includes all admission fees and transportation for the tour.

Fenway Park

Fee: $35
Tuesday, February 28 – 3–5 p.m.

Take a guided tour of one of MLB's most iconic grounds: Fenway Park! This one-hour walking tour will bring you up close with many of the historic places and events in the park's 110-years as the home of the Boston Red Sox.

Preregistration is required for this program. Registration include includes all admission fees and transportation for the tour.

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Fee: $35
Wednesday, March 1 – 3–5 p.m.

Learn about the daring visionary and the museum she created. This hour-long tour will take you through the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum galleries where you'll see Isabella's installations and collections first-hand.

Preregistration is required for this program. Registration include includes all admission fees and transportation for the tour.


Boston Marriott Copley Place

Boston Marriott Copley Place
110 Huntington Ave Boston, MA 02116

Book your hotel room by February 1, 2023 to secure the ACUI group room rate of $199/night (plus taxes and fees), available for both standard king and double queen rooms.

Reserve a Room


Our room block is full for extended stays with arrivals before Friday, February 24, and departures after Thursday, March 2. If you wish to extend your stay, please call Marriott Reservations at 1-877-901-2079; the ACUI group rate is not guaranteed for dates beyond the conference.



Transportation options to get to the conference venue include:

Community Service

The ACUI 2023 conference is partnering with Giving Factory Direct by Cradles to Crayons, a non-profit organization with supporters across the United States, that works to fight Children’s Clothing Insecurity and focuses on raising awareness about this urgent crisis nationally.  Giving Factory Direct allows you to send new or gently used clothing directly to a specific child who needs it from the comfort of your own home to help ensure children have the clothing they need this winter.

You can make an immediate impact on a child and their family today. Here's what Giving Factory Direct means to a child who recently received clothing:

“Giving Factory Direct has made such a difference to me. I’m a 10-year-old boy who just came to [this shelter]. My mom works really hard, but sometimes it’s difficult for her to buy me new clothes. Yesterday, I was given pants and shirts from Giving Factory Direct and I wore them to school today and it made me very happy. Now, I do not have to wear the same thing every day and I feel just like the other boys in my class. Thank you Giving Factory Direct.” 

If you would like to support Giving Factory Direct, please click here and follow the instructions below to be matched with a child:

  1. Create an account by March 1, 2023.  After creating an account, you will take a brief Quality Quiz and then hit the green "Donate Clothing Now" button to be matched to a child.
  2. During the process, there will be an opportunity to enter a group code, please enter: ACUI23, this will allow ACUI's impact to be tracked.
  3. When signing up, if you don't receive an email, be sure to check your junk folder for an email from

After you enter your donation, please keep an eye out for an email from Giving Factory Direct as it may take up to 3 days to match you to a child (if you were not matched immediately). Once you are matched, you will have 10 days to ship your items using a prepaid shipping label. If you need a shipping extension or have any questions, you can email  

Support Giving Factory Direct


Thank you for your consideration and support. More FAQ information is available here.


The 2023 Annual Conference will be packed full of meaningful professional development experiences, included in your registration fee:

  • Nine educational session blocks
  • Four all-conference sessions
  • Two times to discover product solutions from exhibitors
  • One morning of unique learning adventures

Each day of the conference also features multiple ways to meet new colleagues, connect with your networks, learn best practices, and explore opportunities to innovate during receptions, meals, showcases, community gatherings, and more.

Three meals are also included in registration: an opening dinner and reception, a lunch in the ACUI Expo, and dinner at the closing banquet.

Delivering this exceptional value through times of inflated cost, we have committed to no fee increases again this year, continuing to offer the same rates below since before the pandemic.

Early (Through December 8)
  • Professional Member – $795
  • Professional Nonmember – $995
  • Student Member – $395
  • Student Nonmember – $525
  • Retiree – $395
  • One-Day Registration Member – $295
  • One-Day Registration Nonmember – $425
Regular (December 9–January 27)
  • Professional Member – $895
  • Professional Nonmember – $1,150
  • Student Member – $445
  • Student Nonmember – $575
  • Retiree – $395
  • One-Day Registration Member – $345
  • One-Day Registration Nonmember – $475
Late (January 28 and after)
  • Professional Member – $995
  • Professional Nonmember – $1,250
  • Student Member – $495
  • Student Nonmember – $625
  • Retiree – $395
  • One-Day Registration Member – $395
  • One-Day Registration Nonmember – $525
New Option: Livestream Ticket for All-Conference Sessions

We are now pleased to offer a special livestream ticket option for you to watch the all-conference sessions live from any location via Zoom. The following sessions will be streamed:

  • Sunday, February 26, 3–5 p.m. Eastern – Welcome and Porsha Olayiwola Keynote
  • Monday, February 27, 1–3 p.m. Eastern – Dr. Kristen Lee Keynote
  • Tuesday, February 28, 1–3 p.m. Eastern – Chief Diversity Officers Panel Discussion
  • Wednesday, March 1, 1–3 p.m. Eastern – Jason Mayden Keynote
  • Wednesday, March 1, 7–9 p.m. Eastern – Closing Banquet

Sign up for this option via the registration link below, which is $225 for members and $300 for nonmembers.

Register Now

The cancellation policy for the event is available here.

Thank you to Diamond Sponsor Chartwells!


Meet the Conference Program Team

  • Susan Pile, Chair, University of Michigan Ann Arbor
  • Shanna Kinzel, University of Nevada Las Vegas
  • Jeff Pelletier, The Ohio State University
  • Benjamin Perlman, Emory University
  • Una Redmond, Dublin City University
  • Mary Russell, University of Wisconsin Madison
  • Ashley Shoemake, University of Texas at Dallas
  • Andrea Trevino, University of Houston
  • Brittany Wildman, University of Louisville
  • Justin Rudisille, Staff Liaison, ACUI

If you have any questions or ideas, please contact Susan Pile.

2023 Conference Program Team