Northwest Association of College & University Housing Officers

NWACUHO Annual Conference

Join in the conversation and live-stream the following sessions today!

10:05-10:55 AM Pacific – International Student Kitchen: Building Community and Positive Mental Health in Residence, Chris Mahon, Mount Royal University, Residence Life Coordinator

11:05-11:55 AM Pacific – Trends and Strategies for Staff Hiring, Cate Morrison, eRezLife Software, Community Engagement and Outreach, Katie McGregor, UBC, and Amy Stewart, UBC

2:00-2:50 PM Pacific – Lessons Learned from Planning a PACURH Regional Leadership Conference on an Expedited Timeline, Russell Jones and Joey Koehn, Portland State University, Residence Director, Student Leadership & Summer Conferencing


Learn About the Annual Conference, February 17-19, 2020

The Board of Directors and Local Arrangements Committee are excited to welcome you to beautiful Bellevue, WA! Conference registration is open now! You can make sure your individual, institution, or corporate membership is up to date for 2020 by visiting the membership registration page, or contacting conference@nwacuho.org to confirm your individual, institution, or corporate membership.


Each year, NWACUHO selects a local, non-profit organization to support.  This year, NWACUHO is proud to support the work of LifeWire.

About LifeWire:

Everyone needs a safe and healthy home to reach their highest potential and fully contribute to our community. At LifeWire, we help adults, children, and youth who have been impacted by domestic violence to build safer, healthier homes by offering support, resources, and professional services including survivor advocacy, mental health therapy, legal advocacy, shelter, and housing. And we work with youth and young adults to develop healthy foundations early in life, preventing future violence.

LifeWire has served survivors and their families in east and north King County, Washington since 1982.

Our mission is to end domestic violence by changing individual, institutional, and societal beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors that perpetuate it. Domestic violence is a human rights issue. LifeWire envisions a world in which every person lives in a safe environment, free from oppression and with the opportunity to thrive.

LifeWire offers survivor-driven, trauma informed services, promotes prevention through community-based training and coaching, and leads through pioneering strategies and partnerships.

To learn more about LifeWire, please see their website here.

Conference Registration

Registration Type 
Cost (USD)/Cost (CAD)*

*Prices are subject to currency and exchange rate fluctuations

NWACUHO Member  $450.00 USD/$593.44 CAD
Non-Member  $550.00 USD/$725.31 CAD
Day Attendee $275.00 USD/$362.66 CAD
Students (undergrad/grad)  $200.00 USD/$263.75 CAD
Exhibitor  $800.00 USD/1055.oo CAD
Exhibitor Additional Meal Packages  $70.00 USD/$92.31 CAD
Banquet Ticket  $65.00 USD/$85.72 CAD
Late Fee (Registered after 1/17/20 at 4pm MST/5pm PST/6pm AT)  $50.00 USD/$65.94

Register Now! 

NWACUHO strives to create equitable opportunity for all members to attend the Annual Conference. With internationalization an important value of the Association, the Board of Directors has decided to provide Canadian members a discount in order to make attendance to the conference more possible. For Canadian institutional and individual member registrants, please contact conference@nwacuho.org for a discount code.

Cancellations, Substitutions, and Refunds

As described at registration, cancellations with a full refund will be available through January 17, 2020.  After January 17, 2020, registrations will be non-refundable, however, registrants can be replaced with another registrant prior to February 17, 2020.

If there is any inclement weather, the Board will be reviewing our refund policy following the conference and informing impacted delegates of any amendments. If you have any questions, please contact conference@nwacuho.org.

Pre-Conference Sessions

Please join us for one of the amazing pre-conference sessions below!  Please sign-up here!
SHO Summit
Monday, February 17th, 2020, 12PM – 2:20PM
You asked, and we listened! Returning for another year to the NWACUHO Annual Conference is the Senior Housing Officer (SHO) Summit. This meeting is an opportunity for you to gather with other senior administrators in our region and discuss the challenges facing you and your institutions. You can network, troubleshoot, share solutions, and strategize ways your departments can work together to meet the ever increasing demands and expectations associated with running a housing department. To foster a no-cost opportunity for collaboration with peers, NWACUHO has opted not to cater this event. You are encouraged to bring your lunch or eat before this event. This opportunity is open to all Senior Housing Officers attending NWACUHO, and will add no cost to your registration. Our moderator this year will be Shelly Clark, our Past-President.


University Of Washington Pre-Conference
Monday, February, 17th, 2020 10:00AM – 3:00PM
Supported by Graham Baba Architects
Limited to 18 attendees
The University of Washington launched a Housing Master Plan in 2007 to respond to aging housing facilities, increased demand for on-campus housing, and student demand for program space.  Since that time, UW has built 6,400 new beds comprised of a variety of room types, with creative community spaces and programming including maker spaces, fitness centers, regional desks, learning resource centers, and diverse dining options.  The pre-conference session will provide an overview of the Housing Master Plan with focused presentations and discussion on community spaces, dining and the residential experience, and makerspaces and academic partnerships through a comprehensive tour.
Transportation will be provided from the conference hotel and lunch is included.  As this pre-conference is tour-based, participants should be prepared for a fair amount of walking and time outdoors.  The program has been designed to be of interest to multiple functional areas and levels of experience.Tentative Schedule
10:00 AM Depart Hilton Bellevue
10:30 AM Arrive UW Campus & UW Housing Master Plan Presentation Overview
11:00 AM West Campus Residential Tour & Discussion of Community Spaces
12:00 PM Lunch (included)
Presentation on Dining Center Design and Residential Experience
Tour of Dining Center
1:15 PM        North Campus Residential Tour
Presentation on MakerSpaces and Academic Partnerships
2:30 PM        Depart UW Campus
3:00 PM Arrive Hilton Bellevue


Residence Life & Education Round Table - Hosted by NWACUHO Professional Development Committee
Monday, February 17th, 2020, 12:00PM – 2:20PM
The Residence Life and Education round table is open to anyone in residence life or interested in learning more about residence life and/or residence education.  Please join us to discuss and share your experience with current trends and best practices.  The round table will be moderated by one of our Professional Development Committee members.  Hope you will join us for this exciting and informative Pre-Conference round table!


Open-Enrollment Round Table - Hosted by Bellevue College
Monday, February 17th, 2020, 10:00 AM-  2:00 PM
Transportation provided by Bellevue College from Bellevue Hilton Hotel
Limit to 20 attendees
Open enrollment institutions are more and more frequently offering on-campus and/or campus operated housing options for students, especially in the Northwest region. This Pre-Conference meeting and round-table is aimed at providing an intentional space for housing professionals at open-enrollment institutions (and those interested in learning more about them) to discuss the issues faced primarily at such institutions. The round-table discussion will be held in Bellevue College’s newly constructed on-campus residence hall, the first campus housing facility in Bellevue College’s history.Objectives:
– Provide structured time to get-to-know professionals in the region working in similar open-enrollment environments.
– Facilitate an open dialogue about issues faced in housing at open-enrollment institutions.
– Brainstorm solutions to common areas of difficulty, including resident education, contract management, conduct, accessibility accommodations, staffing, and billing.
– Visit and tour an open-enrollment Residence Hall to assess how students at 2-year institutions utilize their space.


Plan Your Conference with the Local Arrangements Guide!

The Local Arrangements Guide has you covered from information about food and transportation to local attractions and nearby consulate offices.

Restrooms on the first level will be gender-inclusive restrooms.

Transportation, Parking, and Accommodations
Food (Distance from Hilton Bellevue)
Activities in Bellevue
  • Bellevue Botanical Garden (free)
  • Bellevue Arts Museum ($15 USD/$20 CAD admission)
  • Bellevue Square/The Bellevue Collection (free)
    • A shopping and dining hub with over 200 retailer locations
  • Mercer Slough Nature Park (free)
    • Trails and wetlands
  • Bellevue Downtown Park (free)
    • 20-acre park featuring a 240-foot waterfall and views of Mt. Rainier
Nearby Activities (Greater Seattle Area)
  • Pike Place Market
  • Museum of Pop Culture
  • Seattle Art Museum
  • Fremont Troll
  • Golden Gardens

Conference and Program Schedule

Conference interest session information is posted in Sched, an app that is available from both the iOS App Store and the Google Play store. Download the app, search for NWACUHO, select the guide, and start inputting your conference schedule! Use the app on your mobile device, or use the address (https://nwacuho2020annualconference.sched.com/) on any web browser. Updates are made and pushed to Sched as soon as we know of any changes.

General Conference Schedule 

Please click the dates below to see a PDF of the schedule.

Monday, February 17th

Tuesday, February 18th

Wednesday, February 19th

Hotel and Conference Center

NWACUHO is being hosted at the Hilton Bellevue (300 112th Avenue SE, Bellevue, WA) this year!

Hilton Bellevue, Washington




Parking at the Hilton Bellevue is self-park at $20 USD/$26.50 CAD per night; please register with the front desk.  No pass is needed for day parking only. Accessible parking is available.

 Transportation to/from Sea-Tac Airport

Type Typical Minimum Charge
Shuttle Express $26 USD/$34.29 CAD
Rental Car $50 USD/$65.94 CAD
King County Metro Transit $2.75 USD/$3.63 CAD
Taxi $55 USD/$72.53 CAD

Accessibility Information

The Diversity and Inclusion Committee compiles information and local resources for attendees in preparation for the conference. For questions, contact diversity@nwacuho.org, or conference@nwacuho.org.

Identity Based Resources for Bellevue – Check out the Local Arrangements Guide!

Accessibility Resources for Bellevue – Check out the Local Arrangements Guide!

Corporate Members and Exhibitors

Review exhibition hall information, booth and amenity details at http://nwacuho.org/exhibits-and-corporate-membership/corporate-membership. If you have questions about delivery, conference agenda, or ways to participate with NWACUHO membership, contact the Board of Directors at conference@nwacuho.org. Please note that  the early bird deadline is Jan 17th and that registration closes Feb 3th, 2020.

Important information for exhibitors:

Awards and Scholarships

One of the most exciting opportunities of the conference each year is the recognition of professionals in our field who are going above and beyond. If you work with, or know someone in the NWACUHO region who is making significant contributions to our field, please consider nominating them for one of our Awards! Additionally, if you know of someone who would benefit by attending this year’s annual conference, send them information on self-nominating for a scholarship! All nominations and applications are due by December 2, 2019 11:59pm PST.

Board of Directors Elections

The NWACUHO Board of Directors is democratically elected by the members of the association in accordance with our Association’s bylaws and Elections Policy. This year, several terms of directors and officers are coming to an end and therefore the positions will be up for election. Visit the elections webpage for available positions, application information, and election processes during the annual conference.


For any questions related to the conference, please email conference@nwacuho.org.