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