Monthly Archives: November 2016

WACUHO Executive Committee 2016-2017

WACUHO Executive Committee 2016-2017
Hello WACUHO!  We have seen a lot happen in our region and in our country in the last six weeks.  As I mentioned in my response to the election results that came out on Thursday, November 10th, the work we do in creating and nurturing just communities is more vital than ever before.  To open up dialogue and strategy sharing on the issues of concern that have intensified since the election, I’ve asked President Elect Tyler Miller to work with our EDA committee to put together a conference call or webinar.  Please be watching for more information on this regional dialogue.

The executive committee held our fall meeting at UCSD October 26 – 28.  I’m sharing the photo of the Executive Committee this month instead of my own; in it we were visiting the 2018 Conference site in San Diego on beautiful Mission Bay.  A few updates on the work of WACUHO Executive Committee this Fall:

  • The central office sub-committee of the Strategic Planning Task Force provided a summary report of their findings.  There are two possible new directions for us from these recommendations, and both have costs which exceed the present operating budget.  We have tasked another sub-committee to look at the financials to propose avenues for funding this work.
  • We discussed the changing nomenclature for the lead housing officer on each campus.  ACUHO-I is shifting from “Chief Housing Officer” to “Senior Housing Officer”; indeed we have seen other organizations make a similar shift, such as ACPA and NASPA in naming Senior Student Affairs Officers (SSAOs).  The CSU Housing Director’s group also just voted in meeting earlier this month to change our name referent from CHO to SHO.  This is a topic for discussion at our winter meeting in late January.  If you have feedback for us, you may share it with me or any member of the executive committee.
  • We spent a great deal of time talking about inclusion at our meeting and how the programs and structures of WACUHO contribute, or detract from our ability to be more inclusive.  We discussed the need to include this more prominently in our mission,  more presentation/dialogue/strategy opportunities at the annual conference, re-envisioning and expanding the work of the EDA committee, and making changes to our organizational structure, particularly in the members at large positions, to expand our consideration and integration on issues important the Association.
  • We talked about the programs of the Association, WACE in particular, to increase the relevance of the programs to a broader audience of housing professionals and paraprofessionals so these programs can better serve our regional housing programs.

If you have any input for us on this work, please share them with me or any member of the Executive Committee.

I hope you enjoy well-deserved rest and refreshment during the upcoming holiday season!
Cindy Derrico
WACUHO President

Women of WACUHO Updates

There’s a lot going on with WoW! Whether you’re a returner or newcomer to our programs/activities, we welcome you! Check out everything below to see what opportunity best fits for you. We’re also still accepting new members to our committee!
-Your WoW Tri-Chairs: Kate Hsieh, Hailey Lopez, and Melissa Silverman

Mentorship Program
Applications are now open for the WoW Mentorship Program. We welcome returning participants and encourage everyone to join! Click here for more details. First round of applications due Monday, November 28, 2016.

Book Club
Book Club will be doing the Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes.

“She’s the creator and producer of some of the most groundbreaking and audacious shows on television today. Her iconic characters live boldly and speak their minds. So who would suspect that Shonda Rhimes is an introvert? That she hired a publicist so she could avoid public appearances? That she suffered panic attacks before media interviews? With three children at home and three hit television shows, it was easy for Shonda to say she was simply too busy. But in truth, she was also afraid. And then, over Thanksgiving dinner, her sister muttered something that was both a wake up and a call to arms: You never say yes to anything.Shonda knew she had to embrace the challenge: for one year, she would say YES to everything that scared her. This poignant, intimate, and hilarious memoir explores Shonda’s life before her Year of Yes—from her nerdy, book-loving childhood to her devotion to creating television characters who reflected the world she saw around her. The book chronicles her life after her Year of Yes had begun—when Shonda forced herself out of the house and onto the stage; when she learned to explore, empower, applaud, and love her truest self. Yes.”

New Website!
We are launching the WoW Website! The website will store important announcements and resources for WoW members. Check it out here:

Drive-in Conferences
The Northern CA WoW Drive-In will be hosted at UC Santa Cruz on Friday, February 3, 2017. Mark your calendars and consider submitting a program or roundtable!

The SoCal Drive in will be Friday, February 3, 2017 at CSU Northridge. Our theme is Meeting at the Intersections. Be on the lookout for a call for programs coming soon!

NorCal: The first meet up be Saturday, December 10, 2016 at the Sausalito Winterfest. There will be multiple activities and we hope you can join us for one or all! See flyer below and RSVP here by December 1st.

SoCal: Our first SoCal Local Meet Up will be Friday, December 2, 2016! More details to come.

2016 Election Message from WACUHO President

WACUHO Colleagues,


We stand in the aftermath of one of the tightest and most divisive elections in memory.  For me, I feel like I woke up Tuesday in one reality, and went to sleep in an entirely different one.  The last time we had a popular vote separated by a mere 200,000 votes it was the 19th Century we had 14 times fewer ballots cast.  Clearly, we are a nation divided.  In WACUHO Country – California and Hawaii – the perspective is very different.  It’s possible that nearly 2/3rds of us come away from this election with feelings of shock, anger, sadness, and disappointment with the outcome of the Presidential race.  And, it’s important also to acknowledge that no matter what your political leanings, this year’s campaign and election have generated great uncertainty and concern about the future leadership of our country.


We recognize that the events of this past week, and this entire election campaign have created a threat to our collective goal of inclusion and diversity as reflected in our Association’s diversity statement.   It is important for us then to affirm that the quality, perspective, and experience shared by our members, inclusive of ethnicity, age, gender identity, religious preference, sexual orientation, and differing abilities, adds a dynamic which enriches the character of our Association.  We remain committed to these goals in our work on our respective campuses and in our relationships with one another.


At the risk of understating the obvious, we are not just staff serving students and our communities as they struggle with these emotions and concerns; many of us are personally grappling with what this means for us, and our families and loved ones.  We have the weight of self-care, caring for colleagues, caring for our staff, and caring for our students.  We also recognize that based on our identities, this weight is greater for some of us than others. And moreover, there are some of us who do not yet have the right to vote and are deeply impacted by the results of this election.


As we continue to process the events unfolding around us, the importance of our work in education and building civil communities remains vitally important.  As Hillary Clinton inspired us yesterday, “…so let’s do all we can to keep advancing the causes and values we all hold dear… we believe that the American dream is big enough for everyone—for people of all races, and religions, for men and women, for immigrants, for LGBT people, and people with disabilities. For everyone… So now, our responsibility as citizens is to keep doing our part to build that better, stronger, fairer America we seek. And I know you will.”


And so we will – not because we are Democrats or Republicans, but because we are committed to something bigger than ourselves.  As professionals committed to educating students and each other, we want you to know we recognize the difficulties in our current landscape.  Please keep communication lines open.  If you have suggestions on how we, as an association can assist you in the work we do, please let us know.  Reach out to each other.  Check in with one another.  And let’s work together to make our world a better place for all people, regardless of our identities.


Working Together,


Cindy Derrico,

President of WACUHO