WACE 2019


We, Kelly Cole and Mako Ushihara, are excited to announce and invite you to start planning to attend the 2019 WACUHO Annual Conference and Exposition (WACE) hosted by Stanford University in the lively and dynamic City of Oakland, CA https://www.visitoakland.com. The urban-chic downtown Marriott City Center Hotel http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/oakdt-oakland-marriott-city-center/ will serve as our conference venue.  With us both being Bay Area natives, we are extremely proud to welcome our WACUHO colleagues from across the region to the Bay Area and specifically to the City of Oakland that is truly one of the most diverse, interesting, and accessible major cities in the Bay Area.

We hope that in addition to joining us for the conference dates of Sunday April 14, 2019 through Wednesday April 17, 2019, you consider tacking on an extra day or two to your conference travel plans to allow you to check out the many Oakland specific or Bay Area attractions that are available:


  • Oakland Museum of CA
  • Oakland Zoo
  • Tilden Park
  • Jack London Square
  • Lake Merritt
  • Chabot Space and Science Center
  • A bustling local food scene

Bay Area:

  • Golden Gate Park/Botanical Garden
  • Countless museums and cultural activities
  • Alcatraz
  • Fisherman’s Wharf
  • Muir Woods
  • Mt Tamalpais
  • Golden Gate Bridge/Coit Tower

Travel to the hotel will be very easy from both Oakland and San Francisco International airports via our BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) subway system so no need to rent a car to get from the airport to the conference hotel.  Folks flying into San Jose International can also take BART to get to the hotel, but would need to add a bus leg to their travel plans.  We have lots of information to share with you about the conference, and we will begin to do so each month in WAVES.  For now, we wanted to get some basic information out there so you could begin your travel/professional development planning.

In the coming months, we will begin sharing information about the various ways that our Stanford and WACUHO colleagues can get involved in this great conference. There are a number of involvement opportunities:

  • One-Day Conference Registration
  • Full Conference Registration
  • Presenting at the Conference
  • Conference Volunteer
  • Committee Membership
  • Conference Committee Chair/Co-Chair

In the meantime, if you have any questions about the conference, feel free to reach out to either of us!

Kelly Cole, Ed.D. – kmcole@stanford.edu
Mako Ushihara – ushihara@stanford.edu

Thank you for your time, and we look forward to seeing you in Oakland at WACE 2019!

Kelly and Mako
Stanford University

WACE 2019 Annual Conference Chairs