Updates and Releases

Results Announced of the 2019–20 Board of Trustees Election

Throughout October and November 2019, elections were held for open positions on the ACUI Board of Trustees. Overall, there were 462 ballots cast out of 3,069 eligible voters, representing a 15.1% voter turnout.

ACUI is pleased to announce the following results:

Jeremy Schenk

Jeremy Schenk
Northwestern University

Cowie, Alistair

At-Large Member
Alistair Cowie
University of Sydney

Jordy Dickey - photo

At-Large Member
Jordy Dickey
Baylor University

Neela Patel - photo

At-Large Member
Neela Patel
Rutgers University

The overall 15.1% turnout in this election compares to a five-year average of 13.1% participation. Of eligible voting members, 15.2% of professionals and 9.7% of students cast a ballot. A detailed overview of the participation in this year’s Board of Trustees election, including a voter breakdown, is available here [pdf].

These newly elected volunteers will officially take office at the 2020 Annual Conference. Thanks to all of the candidates who ran for election to serve ACUI, and congratulations to the newly elected members of the Board of Trustees.

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2019 Strategic Plan

Strategic Guidepost: Research

ACUI will take a leading role in researching the impact of the college union on campus

We strive for ACUI to become the respected clearinghouse for college union and student activities research, which will assist practitioners in making informed decisions and help higher education leaders articulate the value and impact of the college union.

  • Develop and strengthen partnerships focused on research.
  • Determine how staff and component groups can best use and advance the research agenda, emphasizing the topic of inclusive communities.
  • Enhance existing and develop new structures for the Association to collect and disseminate research, especially research related to inclusive communities.
Strategic Guidepost: Data

ACUI will leverage data to enhance education and delivery of services

As more individuals expect a personalized, customized association experience, ACUI must leverage available data to inform its strategies and business decisions. We will use data intelligence to more effectively explore new markets, enhance services, recruit volunteers, define educational gaps, and create just-in-time content.


  • Determine opportunities to better personalize/customize the ACUI user experience.
  • Develop practices to make ACUI’s data gathering, analysis, and application more effective and efficient.
  • Determine how to better reach international markets amid data privacy concerns.
  • Collect and report data to better understand demographic representation.
Strategic Guidepost: Volunteer and Member Engagement

ACUI will increase the value of engagement for members and volunteers

Member and volunteer engagement are critical predictors of retention and satisfaction. We are committed to understanding members, better meeting their needs, and creating different types of engagement experiences.


  • Learn and document volunteer and member journeys through ACUI.
  • Deepen institutional commitment to ACUI.
  • Leverage structures for networking and professional development, to include communities of identity.
  • Investigate desired engagement experiences among individuals who do not hold ACUI majority identities.
  • Identify opportunities to improve equity in volunteer recruitment and selection processes.
Strategic Guidepost: Active Dialogue

ACUI will advance campus community through active dialogue

We seek, through education, tools, and resources, to position the college union to promote dialogue and understanding among people with different perspectives and to improve humanity through college students’ constructive discourse and interaction.


  • Define the value of active dialogue, in particular, about issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Define and understand the characteristics of a campus that supports active dialogue with an emphasis on issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Curate existing resources and tools related to active dialogue around diversity, equity, and inclusion.