Monthly Archives: September 2017

Tyler’s Message

Greetings WACUHO Colleagues!

September is a time where those of us in semester schools have the opportunity to catch our breath, get into a rhythm, and start our weekly routine.  I hope you had a smooth opening and are getting settled!

For those of us at Quarter Schools, we are just settling into RA training and getting prepared for opening our halls!  It’s that crunch time of year where we plan, preparing, and do our best to anticipate the chaos of opening!

Our field is experiencing some interesting issues moving forward, and we need to make sure we are having discussions around supporting our students in the aftermath of DACA, Title IX instabilities, and many other decisions that may impact us.  Once again, I want to reiterate the importance of getting help and support for those who need it.

In addition, we need to make sure we are looking ahead as new leadership on our campuses is being developed who have different paradigms and frames of reference for what housing could or should look like.  We cannot rely on current or traditional paradigms of how we do our work to continue being sustainable for the future.  We need to start thinking strategically on our campuses as to how to move the field forward.

In terms of our Association – we are gearing up for an amazing academic year! First let’s talk about our Crowning Gem, the WACUHO Annual Conference and Exposition!  The WACE 2018 team is continuing their work and getting San Diego ready for all of us!!!  We really hope you will make plans to join us in March (25th-28th).  We are anticipating activities for the entire family, so if you have kids, you’ll want to bring them with you!

In addition, later on in this edition of WAVES, you’ll hear our plans for WACE 2019 (yes, that is right – we firmed up WACE 2019 already!).   By December, we are also hoping to have WACE 2020 locked in so that we can present the sites for the next 2 years of WACE at our annual business meeting in San Diego in March of 2018, which gets us back into compliance with our association by-laws!  (Article V, Section 2)

Our transition to having ACUHO-I serve as our central office is going well.  Last year’s president, Cindy Derrico (along with a team of dedicated professionals) is doing some terrific work with ACUHO-I getting us up and running.  We are working to get our membership registration system up and running soon, so that all of our institutions will have an easy time renewing their membership!  We also have heard we may have some new schools joining us this next academic year, but more on that once it becomes official!!

The Task Force for Equity and Inclusion is continuing their work under the leadership of Crystal Lay.  They are currently working on a climate assessment for the Association with the goal on reporting back in March on how our members feel in terms of the Association.

Unfortunately, with training, opening, and everything else happening, we will not have a live broadcast for September.  Instead, plan on joining me for lunch on Thursday, October 12th.  I’ll fill you in on what we discussed at our in-person executive meeting, WACE updates, and report back on some of the initiatives announced on July 1st.  

One of those areas that I hope to be able to report back on is the Anonymous reporting mechanism for bias related incidents.  We are putting the final eyes on it, and are hoping to launch in the next month.  Be on the lookout for more info!

Our Finance Advisory Committee is working with Jenna Hazelton (our Treasurer) to set up a five year financial plan to help us cover the long term costs of having ACUHO-I as our Central Office.  In addition, they are helping Jenna put together the 2018-2019 budget to be presented at the annual business meeting!

Finally, Executive Committee is meeting on September 15th via phone conference, and then we will be visiting UC Santa Cruz for our Fall In-Person meeting on October 5&6th.  Be on the lookout for posting the agendas on our Facebook page (WACUHO Family and Friends) and our website.

So much more is going on, but for now, this should keep you in the loop on most major items!  Thank you again for all the feedback and communication.  It is our goal to respond quickly and nimbly to information as they come up!

But wait – one more thing!  We are beginning the transition process and looking for a new Marketing and Communications Coordinator really soon – so if you have an interest in joining the executive committee, please consider applying.  More details to come – but the position is a two year commitment (going through June 30, 2019).

Thank you again for being part of our fantastic association!

Tyler Miller
WACUHO President

Interested in Running for WACUHO Executive Committee?

Have you been thinking about serving as a member of the Executive Committee of WACUHO?  Or, do you wish to nominate an individual whom you believe will serve well the Association well on the Executive Committee?  Our next election will be at the annual business meeting at the annual conference, WACE, March 25 – 28, in San Diego, CA.  The nomination and application process will open in November 2017 and candidate applications will be due in February 2018.  We are eager to see a diverse group of professionals serve on the committee, so we hope any housing professionals who are committed to WACUHO will consider running for office.  And, consider now how your campus colleagues will caucus in advance of, or while attending WACE, to making voting decisions.  Questions about serving on the Executive Committee may be directed to any current member – a list of their names and information can be found here.

Cindy Derrico, Chair
Nominations Committee

ACUHO-I/WACUHO Central Office Partnership

As most of you will remember, our membership voted to support the implementation of a central office initiative whereby ACUHO-I would be engaged to support a number of our financial and administrative functions so that our volunteers can focus more specifically on their assigned programs and initiatives.  This process has begun in earnest and we’ve completed a few meetings already.  We are presently in the data collection phase that will be used to set up systems such as one-day and annual conference registration, banking, membership, program submissions, etc.  We are hoping to roll out the membership renewal process shortly through ACUHO-I – we appreciate your patience in this process!  We have identified a seasoned group of WACUHO members to assist in this process and I’m very encouraged by our progress to date.  We have also entered into a separate agreement with ACUHO-I for a conference app to support our online information and connections at our various conferences throughout the year.  I hope to provide an update monthly as we move ahead, but any with questions are invited to contact me.

Cindy Derrico, Chair
ACUHO-I/WACUHO Central Office Implementation Chair

Mid-Level Managers Opportunity

The Mid-Level Managers Committee is excited to announce new opportunities for this upcoming year. Our enthusiastic committee is working on several strategies specifically designed to assist in continuing a learning culture for our region.

The Mid-Level Managers are a critical part of any operation. We work to listen to the folks at the top, translate the messaging, and advocate for those that we supervise.
Building on previous committee successes, this year we are looking at creating several fun and exciting opportunities at the conference. Also we are hoping to create a year-round opportunity for those who are interested.

  • First, we are working on a survey that will help us better understand the unique needs of our Mid-Level Manager population. Our hope is to better define our population and dive into the professional needs of the Mid-Level Manager.
  • Second, while on-site at the conference we hope to create a welcoming environment. Our committee discussed the importance of not overlapping or competing with other interests. With this in mind, we are finalizing a strategy to allow for strong networking that weaves into the schedule.
  • Third, we are working on creating a mentor program for our Mid-Level Managers. Our hope is that we can connect our Mid-Level Managers with more experienced Senior Housing Officers who are interested in serving in this role.

Overall, we are excited about the Mid-Level Managers committee for 2018. Please be looking for the survey that will launch in October. If you have any questions or feedback for the direction of this committee please contact John Godfrey at