The 2018 Conference Program Team will bring you a fresh experience, complete with invigorating keynote addresses, thought-provoking educational sessions, and connections that transcend the college union profession.

Tentative Schedule

Wednesday, March 21
  • 7:30 a.m.–2 p.m. — Tour: California State University–Northridge (preregistration required)
  • 8 a.m.–Noon — Senior Management Professionals Program (preregistration required)
  • 8 a.m.–6 p.m. — Conference Concierge
  • 8 a.m.–6 p.m. — ACUI Marketplace Open
  • 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. — Preconference: Emergency Preparedness (preregistration required)
  • 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. — Preconference: Men of Color Leadership Workshop (preregistration required)
  • 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. — Preconference: Reclaiming My Time: Navigating Your Career Unapologetically (preregistration required)
  • 8:30 a.m.–2 p.m. — Mid-Level Professionals Program (preregistration required)
  • Noon–12:45 p.m. — Undergraduate Student Network Welcome (preregistration required)
  • 1–1:45 p.m. — Graduate Student Network Welcome (preregistration required)
  • 1–1:45 p.m. — Volunteer Welcome
  • 2–2:45 p.m. — Newcomers Welcome
  • 3­–4:45 p.m. — All-Conference Session
  • 5–6 p.m. — Regional Meetings
  • 6–8 p.m. — Opening Event
Thursday, March 22
  • 7–8 a.m. — Meditation/Reflection Space
  • 8 a.m.–6 p.m. — Conference Concierge
  • 8 a.m.–6 p.m. — ACUI Marketplace Open
  • 8–9 a.m. — Educational Session Block 1
  • 9:15–11:15 a.m. — The Honors and Breakfast
  • 11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. — Tour: Chapman University (preregistration required)
  • 11:30–12:30 p.m. — Educational Session Block 2
  • 1:30–2:30 p.m. — Educational Session Block 3
  • 2:45–4 p.m. — All-Conference Session
  • 4:15–6:15 p.m. — Expo Hall and Happy Hour
  • 4:45–5:45 p.m. — Community of Practice Fair
  • 8:30–10:30 p.m. — Battle of the Regions: Trivia, Talent Show
Friday, March 23
  • 6:30–8 a.m. — ACUI Education and Research FUNd Run/Walk/Roll
  • 8 a.m.–6 p.m. — Conference Concierge
  • 8 a.m.–6 p.m. — ACUI Marketplace Open
  • 8:30–9:30 a.m. — Educational Session Block 4
  • 9:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. — Expo 
  • 11 a.m.–1 p.m. — Regional Lunches
  • 1:45–4:15 p.m. — Tour: California State University–Fullerton (preregistration required)
  • 1:45–4:15 p.m. — Tour: California State University–Irvine eSports Arena (preregistration required)
  • 1:45–4:15 p.m. — Community Service: University of California–Irvine Food Pantry (preregistration required)
  • 2–3 p.m. — Educational Session Block 5
  • 3:15–4:15 p.m. — Educational Session Block 6
  • 4:30–6 p.m. — All-Conference Session
Saturday, March 24
  • 7–8 a.m. — Meditation/Reflection Space
  • 8 a.m.–6 p.m. — Conference Concierge
  • 8 a.m.–6 p.m. — ACUI Marketplace Open
  • 8–9 a.m. — Educational Session Block 7
  • 9:15–10:15 a.m. — Educational Session Block 8
  • 10:30–11 a.m. — Meeting of the Delegates
  • 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. — All-Conference Session: Shabnam Mogharabi
  • 12:30–2 p.m. — Lunch on Own
  • 2–3 p.m. — Educational Session Block 9
  • 2–4 p.m. — Tour: Angels Stadium
  • 2–5 p.m. — Tour: California State University–Long Beach
  • 2:15–3:15 p.m. — Tour: Marriott Hotel Food Services (preregistration required)
  • 2:15–3:15 p.m. — Tour: Marriott Hotel Back of House (preregistration required)
  • 3:15–4:15 p.m. — Educational Session Block 10
  • 3:30–4:30 p.m. — Tour: Marriott Hotel Food Services (preregistration required)
  • 3:30–4:30 p.m. — Tour: Marriott Hotel Back of House (preregistration required)
  • 7–10 p.m. — Closing Banquet
  • 10 p.m. —  After Party
Sunday, March 25
  • 10:30 a.m.–1:45 p.m. — Tour: Nixon Library (preregistration required)

Volunteer at Conference

Enrich your experience by volunteering at the Annual Conference. It is a great way to meet other delegates, connect with your fellow colleagues, and share your experiences. 

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Annual Conference registration includes access to all-conference sessions, educational sessions, ACUI Expo, opening and closing events, The Honors, ample networking opportunities, and two dinners and two lunches. 

Early (through December 20)Regular (after December 20)
Professional Member$795$895
Graduate or Undergraduate Student Member$395$449
Honorary Member/Union Veteran$395$395
Professional Nonmember$1,095$1,195
Graduate or Undergraduate Student Nonmember$495$549

One-day registrations are also available for Wednesday ($200/$350) and Thursday–Saturday ($400/$550).


Corporate Partners

Want to join ACUI in Anaheim in 2018? Find more information about opportunities to engage with members.

All-Conference Session Speakers

Celeste Headlee
Shabnam Mogharabi

Celeste Headlee

Celeste Headlee is the award-winning host of “On Second Thought,” a daily news talk show on Georgia Public Broadcasting. Headlee will provide attendees with stories and communication tips to use to enhance their work as college union and student activities professionals. Find about more about Headlee and her career at

Shabnam Mogharabi

As CEO and executive producer at SoulPancake, Shabnam Mogharabi works to spread joy and to celebrate the human experience. Mogharabi will engage attendees in discussing the importance of discussing life’s big questions, the science of happiness, and being an ambassador of joy. Find out more about Mogharabi here.

Educational Enhancements

Take full advantage of all the conference experience has to offer! Add a preconference session, tour, or Peer Learning Network to your time in Anaheim!

Preconference Sessions
Emergency Preparedness | Wednesday, March 21, 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. 

Member: $35 | Nonmember: $65
Union professionals play a critical role in emergency prevention, response, and post-response. We are often the front line when it comes to student life on our campuses. At this session, participants will learn from colleagues who have experienced campus emergencies, as well as from volunteers who actively lead and participate in regular emergency preparedness trainings. Join the content leaders as we explore active threat response and recovery models and work together to make all of our campuses safer. Participants will learn more about incident management systems to create more consistent responses across campus, learn ways of practical implementation, experience an interactive table-top exercise, and work together to solve problems and respond to campus crises.

Men of Color Leadership Workshop | Wednesday, March 21, 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. 

Member: $35 | Nonmember: $65
Leadership is key aspect in our industry. Moving forward and meeting our personal expectations takes experience and knowledge, but how do we achieve those goals and become better leaders on our campuses? We will explore and discuss this topic with a panel of student affairs professionals.

Womyn of Color: Navigating Your Career Authentically| Wednesday, March 21, 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Member: $35 | Nonmember: $65
For many women of color, the colloquialism “reclaiming my time” has emerged as a declaration of empowerment and a clarion call for being unapologetic in the workplace. Through large group conversations, panel discussions, and interactive presentations, participants will glean useful self-care strategies, acquire a practical understanding of how they can identify and/or reclaim their voice within the workplace, and leave empowered with the agency to navigate their chosen career trajectory within higher education.

Peer Learning Networks
Undergraduate Student Network

The experiences enhances the conference for current undergraduate students through a welcome, evening debrief groups, recommended educational programs, and an optional tour.

Graduate Student Network

The Graduate Student Network enhances the conference experience for current graduate students through a welcome, Career Center orientation, recommended educational programs, and an optional tour.

Mid-Level Managers Program | Wednesday, March 21, 8:30 a.m.–2 p.m.

Member: $100 | Nonmember: $150
The mid-level manager’s experience that will include featured presenters who will provide tools for navigating organizational climate, using pivotal leadership challenges as a way to refine your leadership style and how to tackle issues surrounding the four areas of management.

Senior Management Professional Program | Tuesday, March 20, 2–10 p.m. and Wednesday, March 21, 8 a.m.–Noon

Member: $125 | Nonmember: $165
Senior leaders will have the opportunity to tour Chapman University, including the Argyros Forum Student Union and a newly constructed Cross-Cultural Center. Participants will enjoy a welcome reception, dinner and presentations from senior managers from the Disneyland Resort. Additionally, participants will enjoy a networking opportunity  with delegates attending the Mid-Level Managers program and enjoy a presentation on organizational development over a continental breakfast at the Anaheim Marriott. The program will close with a panel discussion on topics surrounding campus safety, freedom of speech and protest management.

Campus Tours
California State University–Northridge | Wednesday, March 21, 7:30 a.m.–2 p.m.

Member $40 | Nonmember: $55
The University Student Union (USU) at California State University–Northridge is a student-centered, auxiliary, nonprofit organization that works to expand the college experience through various programs, services, employment, and involvement opportunities. This tour will include lunch; back- and front-of-the-house tours of the USU, SRC, and OASIS; and an informative meet-and-greet session with the USU professionals and students. Travel to the institution is provided.

Chapman University | Thursday, March 22, 11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.

Member: $30 | Nonmember: $40
Chapman University is a mid-sized private university with a total undergraduate and graduate enrollment of 8,305 students from 49 states, the U.S. territories, and more than 60 different countries. This tour will include lunch on your own; back- and front-of-the-house tours of the Argyros Forum Student Union and Cross-Cultural Center; and a meet- and-greet session with the Chapman University professionals and students.

California State University–Fullerton | Friday, March 23, 1:45–4:15 p.m.

Member: $30 | Nonmember: $40
The Associated Students, CSU Fullerton, Inc. (ASI) is a 501 (C) 3 nonprofit corporation and operates as an auxiliary organization of the university. ASI consists of two major components, the Associated Students and the Titan Student Centers. All regularly matriculated students are members of the ASI. This tour will include a back- and front-of-the-house tour of the Titan Student Center and an informative meet-and-greet session with professionals and students. 

University of California–Irvine eSports Arena | Friday, March 23, 1:45–4:15 p.m.

Member: $30 | Nonmember: $40
The University of California–Irvine eSports Arena is a home for gamers, located at the heart of campus on the Student Center Terrace. Students, staff, faculty, alumni, and guests are welcome in the arena, where they are provided a variety of the most popular games. This tour will include the arena, a meet-and-greet session with the eSports Arena professionals and students, and free play time, including on the state-of-the-art virtual reality system. Get a glimpse into what your campus could be hosting in the future.

California State University–Long Beach | Saturday, March 24, 2–5 p.m.

Member: $25 | Nonmember: $35
Associated Students, Inc. (ASI) is a nonprofit association organized under the university umbrella that is run for students by students. The mission of ASI is to improve the quality of campus life for students while enhancing their educational experience. This tour will include lunch on your own, informative meet-and-greet session with professionals and students, and both back- and front-of-the-house tours of the University Student Union, including conference space, games area, food pantry, and outdoor venues.

Marriott and City Tours

Marriott Tours

Marriott Hotel Back-of-House Tour | Saturday, March 24, 2:15–3:15 p.m. or 3:30–4:30 p.m.

Member: $15 | Nonmember: $20
Throughout the tour, the hotel staff will discuss their efforts in implementing the corporate sustainability mantra for Marriott. Enjoy behind-the-scenes access to all areas of the hotel.

Marriott Hotel Food Services Tour  | Saturday, March 24, 2:15–3:15 p.m. or 3:30–4:30 p.m.

Member: $15 | Nonmember: $20
Learn about Marriott’s unique culinary endeavors and the effort they take to infuse the unique feeling of Anaheim.

City Tours

Angels Stadium | Saturday, March 24, 2–4 p.m.

Member: $30 | Nonmember: $40
Angel Stadium is the fourth-oldest active Major League Baseball stadium, behind Fenway Park, Wrigley Field, and Dodger Stadium. It has been the home of the Angels since their move from Los Angeles following the 1965 season. The stadium tour is both an enjoyable and educational experience! You will be invited to view areas that are normally restricted to the public. Highlights of this 75-minute tour include a trip down to the field, a visit into the Angels Dugout, walk through the Visitors’ Clubhouse, a close up look at the Mike Sciscia interview room, and an exclusive look at suites boxes throughout the stadium.

Nixon Library | Sunday, March 25, 10:30 a.m.–1:45 p.m.

Member: $40 | Nonmember: $55
The Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum is the final resting place of Richard Nixon, the 37th President of the United States (1969–1974), and his wife, Pat Nixon. This tour will include transportation from and to hotel, a 90-minute docent tour, and some free time to explore.


Conference Hotel

Anaheim Marriott
700 West Convention Way
Anaheim, CA 92802

The Anaheim Marriott is an inclusive venue with large event spaces, tech-enabled meeting rooms, and essential amenities. Whether it be through the conference program or self-discovery, connecting in Anaheim promises to be a memorable experience.

Rates are based on room type, not occupancy: King: $197  |  Double $202