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!