Monthly Archives: February 2015

Committee Involvement

This is an exciting time for WACUHO. A new Strategic Plan for WACUHO is under development and next year, we will need YOUR HELP to bring it to life! In order to support the implementation of the Strategic Plan, topic specific work groups will be created to address recommendations made in the strategic plan. With that in mind, WACUHO is adopting a temporary committee structure for the 2015 -2016 academic year:

Operational Committees:
Awards & Recognition
Finance Advisory Board
Historian/Archivist
Nominations
Past Presidents (open to WACUHO past presidents only)
Strategic Planning (by invitation only)
Time and Place

Wacuho Annual Conference and Exposition:
Corporate Partners
Exhibits
Host
Programs

Programming:
Central RAP
Island RAP
Northern RAP
Southern RAP
Pacific Management Institute

Specific Population Based:
Religious and Spiritual Issues
Women of Wacuho
Equity and Diversity Awareness
New Professionals

Strategic Plan Work Groups: (general interest for work groups, sign-up available)
While all committees bring value to the organization, it is essential that we gather brilliance and contribution from our WACUHO membership to operationalize the recommendations of our WACUHO strategic plan. Work groups will be formed to address the both immediate and short term needs identified in the strategic plan. Please consider joining a work group as WACUHO moves forward.

Work group topics will be identified after ratification of the strategic plan at our annual business meeting.

Additional Interest:

There will still be room to support your interest regarding topics not represented in the temporary committee structure stated above. If you and a group of colleagues have a specific interest and a plan to contribute to the organization, please contact vicepresident@wacuho.org for further information.

In order to sign-up to be a chair or committee member, please go HERE.
Information about committees can be found HERE.

WACUHO’s effectiveness as an Association depends on its membership’s participation in the voluntary committees. If you are willing to contribute your time and effort to one or more of the committees listed below, please indicate your preferences(s). List your 1st, 2nd, and 3rd choice if selecting more than one committee (note that typically, if you select more than one committee and all are open, you will likely be assigned to multiple committees; you may always decline once you receive your confirmation). Please also indicate if you are interested in chairing any of the committees. We will continue assigning committee requests as they are received. After you submit your form, you will receive a confirmation email from the Vice President generally within 2 weeks that will give you the opportunity to confirm your participation.

INCLUSIVITY STATEMENT & AGREEMENT
WACUHO embraces the benefits that are derived from the inclusion of diversity in the Association. Members make significant contributions from all areas of higher education and at every level of responsibility. Various perspectives shared by our members, inclusive of ethnicity, age, gender, religious preference, sexual orientation, differing abilities, race, gender expression, socioeconomic status, or spirituality add a dynamic which enriches the membership and mission of the Association. WACUHO encourages all to actively participate in its programs, events and activities. WACUHO welcomes and values all perspectives and empowers all members to feel valued.

** Volunteer Conflict of Interest Statement/Form can be found at http://wacuho.org/to/conflictofinterest

EDA Awards – Application Deadline Extended to March 11th

Application Deadline Extended to March 11th

The WACUHO Equity and Diversity Awareness Committee is pleased to be able to once again provide annual awards at the WACUHO Conference. Please find the selection criteria and application requirements below.

Download the EDA Awards Application here

Description of Awards

We will solicit nominations and grant the following special recognition awards for diversity education and achievement at the Annual Conference and Exposition:

  1. One $650 “Outstanding Commitment to Diversity” scholarship for a deserving individual
    1. The $650 award shall be granted for the Annual Conference and Exposition and shall cover the cost of registration fees and assistance toward travel or hotel costs. The recipient shall cover expenses exceeding the award. The recipient of the award will be required to present a program on a diversity-related topic at the Annual Conference and Exposition.
  2. One $100 cash award for a deserving individual
    1. The $100 cash award can be used in any of the three following ways: 1) donate the award to a diversity-related community or non-profit organization in the name of WACUHO and that individual; 2) apply the award to diversity-related resources or professional development; or 3) give the award directly to their home institution to be used toward that person’s professional development.
      1. If the individual chooses options two or three, they must submit an article to the WACUHO Waves within one calendar year to describe how they used the cash portion and how it benefited them and/or their community.
    2. One $200 cash award for a deserving member institution
      1. The $200 cash award can be used in either of the two following ways: 1) donate the award to a diversity-related community or non-profit organization in the name of WACUHO and that institution; 2) apply the award to diversity-related resources or development of staff.
        1. If the deserving institution chooses option two, they must submit an article to the WACUHO Waves within one calendar year to describe how they used the cash portion and how it benefited them and/or their community.

Criteria

Institutional Award Criteria

Evaluation based on originality, creativity, quality, impact, and results. An individual department or a combination of departments working with a Housing organization is eligible. Must include:

  • Diversity in staff
  • Uniqueness of outreach efforts
  • Innovative approaches to recruitment and retention of under-represented staff
  • Effective use of creative resources

Individual Award Criteria

Evaluation based on originality, creativity, quality, impact, and results. Must include:

  • Uniqueness in outreach and recruitment efforts of professional and paraprofessional staff
  • Development of innovative programs (such as in training, classes, staff development)
  • Presentation of creative educational programs, e.g., cultural awareness, issues of diversity, women’s issues, special interest/theme halls
  • Unique research efforts in the area of diversity

Application Requirements:

Individual Awards

  1. A maximum of three typewritten, double-spaced pages which respond to the following:
    1. Address the selection criteria by describing how you have gone above and beyond in your current or previous position to further the ideals of diversity at your institution and in your community.
    2. Discuss how you plan to continue to integrate the theme of diversity in your future professional goals.
    3. Describe what you hope to gain from the conference and how you will incorporate what you have learned at the conference to improve diversity in the field of student affairs and the WACUHO organization.
  2. A copy of your current resume.
  3. A copy of the program proposal form you filled out for the Annual Conference and Exposition, including the program description, goals, and abstract.
  4. A letter of recommendation from a direct supervisor (preferably your current supervisor) addressing the selection criteria, including impact and results.

Please Note: Due to privacy and confidentiality laws, supporting material may not include performance evaluations or letters which are a part of the academic and staff review process

Institutional Award

  1. A maximum of three typewritten, double-spaced pages which respond to the following:
    1. Address the selection criteria by describing how your department has gone above and beyond to further the ideals of diversity at your institution and in your community.
    2. Discuss how your department plans to continue to integrate the theme of diversity in its future goals.
    3. Describe how you plan to use the award if you are selected as the recipient institution.

WACE Updates and Highlights

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The WACUHO Annual Conference and Exhibition is coming up soon! The WACE committee chairs have been hard at work putting together an outstanding conference experience for you, and we look forward to welcoming you to beautiful Monterey California for WACE 2015, “Mindfulness in Monterey: Must be Present to Win”

Hosted by U.C. Santa Cruz at the Monterey Marriott, and Monterey Conference Center in the heart of historic Monterey, just steps from the breathtaking Big Sur coastline, the conference will provide opportunities for professional development, sharing of best practices, and time to connect or re-connect with colleagues and exhibitors.

Just a few of the highlights of this year’s conference include:

  • New Professionals & First Time Attendees Welcome Reception – start the conference off right, meeting new colleagues and welcoming new members.
  • The WACUHO Equity and Diversity Awareness Committee is sponsoring a series of roundtable discussions on diversity-related topics during Tuesday afternoon’s Session 8.
  • Nine program sessions featuring dozens of programs with options for attendees at all levels, that cover many areas within student housing:  facilities, administrative services, residential life, and conference services.
  • Outdoor morning wellness sessions with a view of the Pacific Ocean, including the annual 5K fun run along Cannery Row and the Monterey Bay!
  • Nearly 50 exhibitors and corporate partners to connect with via the Exhibition hall, Vendor lunch, and during the 5th annual ‘Exhibitors in the Round’ sessions.
  • The 59th annual Business Meeting – this year there are no program sessions during the meeting, and all are encouraged to attend.
  • The Association is debuting a new program format called the mini-session on Tuesday during Sessions 6 and 7.  After spending the first part of the morning in the Exhibits Hall, conferees will have the option of attending two 30-minute sessions that are intended to give presenters and participants an opportunity to exchange knowledge and insights in a compact framework.  Borrowing from the success of TED talks all over the country, this new format will add a valuable new dimension to the conference.

The early registration deadline is February 20, 2014, make sure to register and make hotel reservations soon!  The Monterey Marriot is a beautiful facility, and due to the popularity and location, the hotel is expecting to sell out during the conference – making reservations early is recommended.

For additional information and to register for the conference please visit the WACE website:     www.wacuho.org/wace

See you in Monterey March 29-April 1, 2015!

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New Professional Conference Awards

Need funding to attend the 59th WACUHO Annual Conference and Exposition (WACE) or the ACUHO-i Conference and Exposition (ACE)? WACUHO can help! Three awards are available from the WACUHO New Professionals Committee. 

New Professionals Annual Conference Award

Two awards are available for the Annual Conference, which will take place at Monterey Marriott, March 29 – April 1, 2015.  Each award totals $650 to assist with the cost of conference registration, travel and lodging. The award will be received in the form of reimbursement.  You can find the application along with more information here (http://tinyurl.com/pea76yn).

New Professionals ACUHO-I Annual Conference Award

There is one award available for the Annual Conference, which takes place in Orlando, FL, June 27 – June 30, 2015.  The award totals $1000 to assist with the cost of conference registration, travel and lodging. The award will be received in the form of reimbursement.  You can find the application along with more information here (http://tinyurl.com/oogpzdu).

Important Dates

To be considered, completed applications and supporting criteria must be received no later than 5pm on Monday, February 23, 2015.  All applicants will be notified via email of their status by 5:00 PM on Friday, March 6, 2015.

Good luck!

Jason M. Lu and Jen Novotny
New Professionals Co-chairs

Claiming Your Place at the Table

One of the most difficult challenges we face in our work life is recognizing that we may be our own biggest obstacle and this right here may be the single most prominent reason which prevents us from reaching our full potential. Often this relates back to not being clear about what it is we want or passing up opportunities to share ideas. The reason for this measured approach may be as extensive as the ocean, but bottom line, we must reach deep inside and recognize that we are not fully contributing to our organization and missing opportunities to move our profession forward. This process is not reserved for upper administration. We ALL have a place at the table, and it is up to each one of us to claim it.

Here is the good news, when you know better, you do better, wise words from Dr. Maya Angelou and advice we should all embrace. Not quite sure how to begin? The following three questions can help as you begin your empowerment journey:

What do you want?
This may be a simple question, but it is critical in setting the foundation for any additional work you will do. Are you clear about what it is you want from your current position? What is your 3, 5 and 7 year plan? It takes courage to listen to the voice within. Seize the day and if needed, reach out to a mentor to help explore the many possibilities.

What will this journey mean?
Once you make the decision of the course you will chart, the committee you will join, or idea you will present, you must be aware of what will come with this commitment. It is always important to recognize the additional work being on a committee will bring or the challenges you will face when integrating a new idea. Think of the possibilities stepping out in courage will bring to you or your organization.

What will the next step be?
Processing a decision is great, but eventually, you must take the leap. Dr. Brene Brown, who has done extensive research around shame and vulnerability, often talks about courage being uncomfortable and the more uncomfortable you feel, according to her, the more courageous your act. Think about it this way, next time you present an idea to your supervisor and your hands begin to feel clammy or you feel a knot in your stomach, remind yourself of the courage you are embracing in that very moment.

Looking for a way to get connected within WACUHO? Join the Support Services Committee. We are a small but mighty group and we would love to hear about your ideas, goals and challenges. All are welcome!

Women Of WACUHO (WoW) Announcements

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Looking for a way to connect with other women in the region? Look no further. The Women of WACUHO Committee is happy to announce the launch of the Mentoring Program. Please visit the link below and complete the form, we will take care of the rest.

http://wacuho.org/committees/wow/mentorship/match-ups/

WoW committee members are also working to bring you additional resources. Keep an eye out for the Professional Development and Diversity Clearinghouse page on the WACUHO web site.

The WoW Northern Drive-in will be held at Santa Clara University on Friday, February 27th. Registration is now open. Teri Bump, Vice President of University Relations & Student Affairs for American Campus Communities will our keynote speaker. Follow the link below and register today!

https://www.regonline.com/Register/Checkin.aspx?EventID=1659672

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WoW is honored to be present its first Outstanding Woman of WACUHO Award! The purpose of this award is to give recognition to an individual member of the Association who supports the advancement, development, and mentorship of women. The recipient will be selected based upon personal demonstration of what the applicant has contributed to the promotion of women in the Association. Aside from this special recognition, the award recipient will receive a $650 scholarship for WACE 2015 (in form of a reimbursement to cover registration, travel and/lodging). Please refer to our Nomination form for more details.