Finding Community in Diversity

Student unions endeavor to create community through inclusive spaces and thoughtful programming. The Conference Planning Team aspires to celebrate and challenge the work you do at the 2017 ACUI Region I Conference, "Finding Community in Diversity" at the University of Arizona, November 17–19.

Join Region I for in-depth dialogue through a wide variety of educational sessions covering hot topics, core competencies, and best practices; a panel discussion addressing student activism and free speech; a keynote speaker on how to promote kindness; a preconference workshop on free speech and civil dialogue; networking socials; and much more!

Educational Sessions

The Conference Planning Team is committed to providing educational content within a wide breath of topics for all attendees to find value. It is our goal to provide developmental experiences, and we cannot do so without your participation. You are part of the ACUI legacy, and this is your time to shine. As a volunteer organization, we are relying on you to submit a session proposal.

Whether you are a student or professional, we are certain that we have something to learn from you. Students and professional staff are encouraged to submit proposals for educational sessions covering hot topics on your campus, how you solved organizational problems, best practices, ACUI core competencies, diversity and inclusion, thesis and dissertation research, etc.


Educational session proposals will be accepted until July 31.

Educational sessions will have a duration of 1 hour and 15 minutes to allow time for questions and reflection at each session.

If you are interested and can benefit from discussing your idea with someone, please contact the Conference Education Coordinators Barnaby Peake and Dan Maringer.

Selection Criteria

The Conference Planning Team will use the following criteria in evaluating session proposals for possible consideration:

  • Proposals that comprise conference theme and/or core competencies of ACUI
  • Presenters that are qualified with expertise in the subject matter
  • Proposals that demonstrate engagement and interaction with session attendees
  • Proposals that clearly state purpose, objective, and learning outcomes
  • Collaborations of presenters from multiple college unions and business professionals is encouraged

The Conference Planning Team will require the following expectations for session proposals for possible consideration:

  • Session presentations will need to be 1 hour in length giving an additional 15 minutes for introductions and audience question and answer period
  • Presenters will be responsible for providing laptop computer and all other supplies needs for their respective session
  • Conference will provide all basic audio-visual support for session presentations including LCD projectors, screens, and multi-media speakers
  • Finalized presentations will need to be submitted to Conference Planning Team in advance for inclusion in electronic mediums
Important Dates
  • June 30 — Closing date to submit educational sessions
  • August 1 — Confirmation notice to those who submitted educational sessions, including all accepted and declined requests
  • September 1 — Official confirmation to all educational session presenters
  • October 1 — Confirmation for all educational session presenter's logistics


(through October 6)
(October 7–27)
(October 28–November 13)
Professional Member$250$275$300
Professional Nonmember$325$350$375
Graduate Student Member$225$225$225
Graduate Student Nonmember$300$300$300
Undergraduate Student Member$200$200$200

Undergraduate Student Nonmember



Only able to attend Saturday? One-day registration is available for $75 (member)/$125 (nonmember) for graduate and undergraduate students and $100 (member)/$150 (nonmember) for professionals.




Please find a tentative schedule below. It is subject to change.

Friday, November 17


  • 11 a.m.–5 p.m. — Conference Registration and Information
  • Noon–6 p.m. — Preconference Workshop: Free Speech and Civil Dialogue (lunch included)
  • 6 p.m. — Newcomers Welcome and Orientation
  • 7 p.m. — Opening Banquet and Entertainment
Saturday, November 18
  • 8 a.m.–5 p.m. — Conference Registration and Information
  • 8:30–9:45 a.m. — Educational Session Block 1
  • 9:45–10:15 a.m. — Networking Break
  • 10 a.m.–5 p.m. — Steal this Idea Display
  • 10 a.m.–5 p.m. — Silent Auction Bidding
  • 10:15–11:30 a.m. — Educational Session Block 2
  • 11:30 a.m.–2 p.m. — Exhibit Hall Open
  • Noon–2 p.m. — Keynote Speaker and Lunch
  • 2:15–3:30 p.m. — Community Service
  • 3:30–3:45 p.m. — Networking Break
  • 3:45–5 p.m. — Educational Session Block 3
  • 5–6:30 p.m. — Scholarship Fundraising Challenge
  • 6:30–8:30 p.m. — Dinner on Own
  • 8:30–10 p.m. — Evening Entertainment at Student Union Memorial Center
Sunday, November 19
  • 8 a.m.–5 p.m. — Conference Registration and Information
  • 8–8:30 a.m. — Networking Continental Breakfast
  • 8:45–10 a.m. — Educational Session Block 4
  • 10 a.m.–5 p.m. — Steal this Idea Display
  • 10 a.m.–6 p.m. — Silent Auction Bidding
  • 10:15–11:30 a.m. — Educational Session Block 5
  • 11:45 a.m.–1:45 p.m. — Keynote Panel, Exhibit Hall, and Lunch
  • 2–3:15 p.m. — Educational Session Block 6
  • 3:15–3:45 p.m. — Networking Break
  • 3:45–5 p.m. — Educational Session Block 7
  • 5:15–6:15 p.m. —Regional Business Meeting
  • 6–6:30 p.m. — Silent Auction Bidding Ends
  • 7:30–9:30 p.m. —Closing Banquet and Awards

Steal this Idea

Region I is home to some of the most talented graphic designers and artists in the Association! We are looking to showcase those talents at the 2017 Region I Steal This Idea competition at the Region I Conference, “Finding Community in Diversity” at the University of Arizona, November 17–19.

This ACUI tradition annually seeks the year’s best marketing and promotional ideas throughout the region and presents them at the conference. This is an excellent opportunity to both show off the talent of our region’s staff and student graphic designers, as well as share ideas for other campuses to “steal” (respectfully, of course). Awards are given at the regional conference to both student and staff designers with the strongest pieces in 15 different categories (logos/brand identity; cards/invitations/postcards; print advertisements; brochures/pamphlets; multipage documents; posters; promotional campaigns; apparel/clothing; website; motion graphics/animation; video promotion; banners/large-scale media; signs/signage; maps/directories; open category.

 Also, a “Best in Show” award will honor the top idea presented. Winning entries will be chosen by a panel of judges before the start of the conference and will be notified by October 25.

Entries must have been produced between July 1, 2016, and August 31, 2017, by staff and students working within a student union or student activities department. Deadline for submissions is Friday, September 8.


If you have any questions, please contact Riley Sullivan.


Lodging is available at the Tucson University Park Hotel, conveniently located within walking distance from the University of Arizona Student Union Memorial Center. Reserve your room by October 30 to guarantee the conference rate of $149 per standard room.



Air transportation is available at two international airports within two hours of the University.

Tucson International Airport
7250 South Tucson Blvd.
Tucson, AZ

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
3400 E. Sky Harbor Blvd.
Phoenix, AZ 85034

Rail transportation is also available.

400 North Toole Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85701