Preparing Your Session

As you prepare your session, please:

  • Ensure the content you develop will engage and challenge your audience.
  • Review the Association's Language Statement (below).
  • Consider how you can effectively use technology in your presentation. An LCD projector and screen will be provided; if you require any other special audio-visual equipment, please contact the Central Office.
  • Use the conference-branded templates available for download here.


Eligibility Guidelines

Every presenter at the ACUI annual conference must be registered for the conference or the ACUI Expo. Additionally, all presenters must meet at least one of the following qualifications:

  • All individual members in good standing, employees or students at an institutional member in good standing, and union veterans are eligible to present educational sessions at the annual conference.
  • ACUI nonmembers representing not-for-profit organizations are eligible to present educational sessions. Nonmembers are encouraged to present with ACUI members whenever possible.
  • Every corporate presenter at the ACUI annual conference must be an associate member in good standing and have a booth in the ACUI Expo. If the session does not include a co-presenter from a member institution, a conference sponsorship at a minimum level of $5,000 is required.

Language Statement

In keeping with the spirit and letter of the ACUI Inclusive Language Policy, we ask that all presenters at ACUI conferences be mindful that our audiences include students and professionals from all types of campuses and educational institutions, as well as corporate and nonprofit members and partners. Every effort is expected of presenters and speakers to include appropriate language, material, and examples for the Association’s target audience and membership.

For example:

  • Students should be referred to as adults, not as "kids," "boys," or "girls."
  • Try to use gender-neutral language such as "people" or "they" and be wary of gendered terms such as "guys," "spokesman," "manning the operation," etc.
  • Avoid ableist language such as "as you can see," "crippled by," or "crazy."
  • Consider whether a view is U.S.-centric; even seasonal references are different for members in the Southern Hemisphere.