2020 Region I Virtual Conference, December 1–3

Resilience and Reinvention

The 2020 Regional Conference Planning Team is working to create another educational and memorable experience that will be held virtually on December 1–3.

You can expect a variety of engaging educational sessions, keynote speakers, and a What's New Showcase. We may be virtual this year, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be time for networking, a Silent Auction, Steal this Idea, and more!

More information will be coming soon as program details are finalized. Questions? Contact Tim Rasmussen.



The schedule is now available through Eventsential, via the mobile and desktop app.

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To add the app to your smartphone:

  • Download Eventsential from your smartphone's app store
  • Create an account using the same email as you have on your ACUI account
  • Confirm your email address via a confirmation email from Engagefully (be sure to check spam)
  • Search for "ACUI"
  • Add "2020 ACUI Region I Virtual Conference"

Keynote & Panel

Keynote by Dr. Melina Abdullah

Chair of Pan African Studies, California State University–Los Angeles

Sponsored by California State University–Northridge University Student Union, ACUI Region I brings Dr. Melina Abdullah one of the original members and an on-the-ground organizer of the #BlackLivesMatter global network, offering a political history of the movement as a point in Black freedom struggle. Through personal narrative and analysis, this conversation presents the vision and hope for the movement as well as its approach and tactics. The webinar will engage our community in a discussion about Black Lives Matter and provide tangible ways to plug in to the work of student affairs.

Dr. Melina Abdullah

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Debra L. Hammond

Debra L. Hammond
Executive Director, University Student Union, California State University–Northridge

Matt Cameron

Matt Cameron
Assistant Vice Provost for Student Life, Santa Clara University

Jan Javinar

Jan Javinar
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, University of Hawai’i–West O’ahu

Join Region I ICONS to embrace our conference theme “Resilience and Reinvention”. This theme embodies the work of our Association this year as we embrace being resilient and reinventive in the ways we navigate the complexities of COVID-19, while also facing injustices in our communities and on our campuses.
Educational Sessions

The Conference Planning Team is now accepting proposals for educational sessions that cover the wide array of skills needed within the profession with specific emphasis on social justice; event management; and assessment, evaluation, and research.

We are embracing the current times of being resilient and re-inventive and are seeking sessions that cover a wide range of skills needed and target a diverse audience including students and professional staff at a variety of levels. We also plan to offer dedicated spaces for hot topics, current events, and industry trends.

Please note, if you submitted a session for the regional event as part of the Annual Conference collection process, you do not need to submit again.

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Silent Auction

Support Region I by bidding on and donating items to our online Silent Auction! Money raised is used to help create scholarships and grants for student and professional members. Suggestions for items include branded campus gear, gift cards, specialty treats from your area, and even homemade items! Your participation assists the next generation of leaders, furthering their learning and commitment to our profession.

To donate, please email Tim Rasmussen to submit information about your donation.

Important Note: It will be the responsibility of the donor to ship items to the winning bidder.

Preview the Auction

Questions? Contact Tim Rasmussen.

“What’s New” Showcase

In light of the theme “Resilience and Reinvention,” the Regional Conference will feature a What’s New at Your Student Union Showcase, taking a look at some of the latest services, interesting amenities, and socially significant changes to student union environments over the past year. From opening new services to pivoting programing and operations due to COVID-19, these changes allowed rethinking about what unions can offer our diverse communities.

Interested in highlighting a service, amenity, or change in operations at your student union? Submit your interest and we will contact you with more information. If you have any questions, please contact the Educational Programs Coordinator Samantha Liu.

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Steal this Idea

This ACUI tradition annually seeks the year’s best marketing and promotional ideas in the region to present at the conference. This is an excellent opportunity to show off the talent of our region’s student and professional marketing teams, as well as share ideas with other campuses. Awards, including the “Best in Show,” are given at the Regional Conference to both students and professional staff 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

Since COVID-19 may have taken your operations virtual this past year, electronic forms of marketing/promotional items are acceptable in any category. To best determine what category your design falls into, consider the category it would have been placed in if it was printed.

Winning entries will be chosen by a panel of judges and notified by the Conference Planning Team before the start of the conference.

Entries must have been produced between July 1, 2019, and August 31, 2020 by staff and students working within a student union or student activities department. The deadline for submissions is Friday, November 6.

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Regional Awards
Nominations are being accepted through November 18 for Regional Awards. Winners will be recognized at the Regional Conference. Visit the Regional Awards webpage for a list of categories and to submit a nomination.

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For the virtual experience, we are pleased to offer an institutional registration fee allowing your campus to sign up for this rate and invite an unlimited number of individuals to participate.

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Institutional (Unlimited) Registration

ACUI is proud to offer institutional registration, allowing an unlimited number of professionals from your institution to attend this virtual regional experience. The first person who registers from your campus simply needs to choose the institutional option to activate the $0 option for others. Each person who plans to attend should register to ensure they receive access to the conference.

  • If you already have an ACUI website login and are affiliated with your institution, you can simply proceed to register at the $0 professional rate.
  • If you don't currently have an ACUI website login, you will need to quickly create one to affiliate yourself with the institution:
    • Go to “My Account” (upper right hand corner of the website)
    • Select “Get Started” under “New Member? Forgot Your Password?” 
    • This will then prompt the account creation process. 
    • There will be a place to enter an Affiliate Account during this process; add your institution.
    • Once the account is created, you can proceed to register at the $0 professional rate.

Have questions or need assistance? Email acui@acui.org.