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!


(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.




Conference Highlights

Conference highlights include a preconference workshop and keynote panel addressing freedom of speech and activism on college campuses. The preconference workshop will educate attendees on freedom of speech rights, how the law applies to public and private institutions, and will include best practices for managing controversial speakers and topics. The keynote panel will highlight lessons learned and resulting practices from the University of California–Berkeley, California State University–Los Angeles, and University of Arizona.

The conference keynote will be presented by Jeannette Maré of Ben’s Bells Project, whose mission is to inspire, educate, and motivate people to realize the impact of intentional kindness, and to empower individuals to act according to that awareness, thereby strengthening ourselves, our relationships and our communities. The keynote will be followed by a community service project where attendees will make ceramic wind chimes as a reminder to practice intentional kindness.

Educational sessions will cover a wide array of competencies and will feature extended sessions such as how to navigate career path in preparation for senior management positions, and a walking tour of the resource and affinity group centers at University of Arizona.

Tentative Schedule
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

Fundraiser Challenge to Raise Money for ACUI Scholarships

Come have fun and show your competitive side with our Human Hungry Hippo fundraiser! You can participate as a player for $5 per person or save money by creating your own team for only $10 per team. If you don’t want to play but still want to watch, we have you covered. Tickets to watch the players are $2 each, and for another $2 per ball, you can be entered in a drawing for VIP seating and special treatment at the Sunday closing dinner. Sign up now as a player or team and help us raise money for Region I scholarships!

Contact Brenda Keagle, assistant director for events at the University of Arizona Student Union, with any questions.

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.

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