Who can attend the conference?
OWHE welcomes all gender identities. We focus our advocacy on women and gender minorities, but allies are welcome to attend and participate as well. 

How do I register for the Conference?
Beginning August 1, 2018, you can register for the conference by filling out the registration form here. Please see our website regarding registration prices and deadlines.

What does my Conference Registration include?
Your conference registration includes:

  • Access to all events, keynote speeches, workshops, and presentations on Friday, February 1 and on Saturday, February 2.

  • Dinner on Friday night, breakfast on Saturday morning, and lunch on Saturday

Your conference registration does NOT include: lunch on Friday or dinner on Saturday night and travel to/from conference site or hotel accommodations. ​Registration for this conference does NOT include or guarantee a hotel reservation.

Your conference registration price goes towards the cost of putting on the conference and contributes to the sustainability of OWHE as an organization. One of the goals for OWHE is to make our annual conference as accessible as possible, and we do that by trying to keep the cost of the conference as low as possible. We also offer scholarships for participants and encourage those who can to sponsor other conference attendees.

How can I submit a Scholarship Request to help offset the conference registration cost?
One of the goals for Oregon Women in Higher Education is to make to our annual conference as accessible as possible, especially for student and new professional participants who may not have access to institutional resources to support their attendance. To make the conference more accessible, OWHE grants three (3) student participant and three (3) new professional participant with a scholarship award that will cover the cost of registration. Scholarship applications will be open in August!

How do I reserve a room at the Conference Hotel?

  • Attendees must contact Salishan Resort directly at 1-800-452-2300 to reserve their room(s) prior to January 3, 2019. Rooms are not guaranteed after January 3rd. To ensure you receive the OWHE nightly room rate, you must identify yourself as part of the OWHE conference

Rooms are first come, first serve. We highly encourage participants to reserve a room as soon as possible, and room together as space is limited. Registration for this conference does not include or guarantee a hotel reservation. You must identify yourself as an attendee of the Oregon Women in Higher Education Conference when making the reservation to receive the reduced rate. If you need to split a room charge, you can do so with the hotel upon check-out. The reduced rate is good two days before and two days after the conference (January 30-February 4). We encourage you to extend your stay and enjoy the Oregon Coast! Visit the Conference Accommodations page for more info.

Are guests/pets welcome?
Guests and pets are welcome. Guests are welcome to accompany you to the optional events at the conference (optional Thursday and/or Friday night socials); however guests do not have access to any of the keynotes, workshops, presentation, panels, and meals unless they also register for the conference.

Salishan Spa and Golf Resort welcomes two dogs of any size for an additional fee of $35 per dog, per stay. Guests traveling with dogs must call (877) 411-3436 prior to booking to verify availability of a dog-friendly room or risk not being able to check in with a dog and/or incurring any associated cancellation penalties.

Conference attire and culture
We encourage participants to show up as you are! The tone of this conference is relaxed - we want you to show up, engage, learn, and have a good time!

Does OWHE provide transportation to the Conference?
Unfortunately, we do not provide transportation to the conference. You must make your own arrangements. Parking at the conference hotel site is free. We encourage large groups from the same institution or institutions who are geographically close to one another to arrange transportation or carpools. We invite those who are seeking to carpool to utilize our facebook group or our carpool site to find ride shares. 

Something came up and I can’t attend the conference! How do I cancel and can I get a refund?
We understand life happens. If you are not able to make it to the conference, please contact us as soon as possible at owheboard@owhe.org. For those who have already paid for their registration, you can cancel before 12/15 and receive a full refund.

If you cancel after 12/15, you will receive a partial refund of 50% of your registration fee. Why? On 12/15, OWHE has to confirm with the hotel staff the number of anticipated room bookings and anticipated number of participants, which affects the price per meals and price per person that OWHE pays for upfront to the hotel. Cancelations after 12/15 that reduces this number means OWHE will lose money for attendees we have paid for who do not show up.

No refunds will be given for cancellations after 1/18. Why? Two weeks before the conference, last minute cancelations greatly affect conference planning and cost. Because OWHE keeps the conference registration as low as possible for participants, we count on the registration fees to pay for the cost of the conference; therefore, we will be unable to grant refunds to participants after January 18.

If you reserved a hotel room at the conference hotel, you may cancel without penalty 3 days prior to the conference. You will forfeit the any deposit made during your reservation. Individuals who cancel less than 3 days prior to their arrival date will be charged the equivalent of one night's lodging and will be billed to the individual's credit card used during booking. 

Why should I attend this Conference? What will I get out of it?
The mission of Oregon Women in Higher Education is to inspire women to connect, grow, and lead change in higher education. We envision a future that includes an educational, social, and political climate in which diverse women benefit from the opportunities in higher education and shape the progression of their chosen field. Reasons to attend this conference include:

  • Professional Development - whether you are presenting, facilitating, participating, or learning in a workshop, conference session, or panel, the conference strives to present professional development opportunities in which diverse women in higher education can learn strategies and best practices to shape the progression of their chosen field.

  • Networking - the conference is an opportunity to network with colleagues from higher education institutions across the state of Oregon (and sometimes beyond)! Past attendees include: University presidents, faculty members, senior administrators, student affairs professionals, college and university staff, graduate students, recent graduates, undergraduate students, and community college students. There are many opportunities for informal networking at the conference and OWHE will provide a formal networking opportunity and event on Thursday night.

  • Opportunity to connect with a mentor or mentee - For those participating in OWHE’s Mentor program, this is an opportunity to connect with your mentor or mentee in person! If you are curious or interested in the program, this is an opportunity to connect with those in the program to get feedback or have your questions answered. We also anticipate other informal and formal mentoring relationships will be established or built at the conference!

  • Reflect, relax, and enjoy the Oregon Coast! With all that is going on in our roles at our institutions and in our life, this conference is designed to be a retreat to get away, reflect, and share in the same space with other women in higher education and our allies. Build a network of support, learn from each other, network, and enjoy each other’s company. In addition to the keynote, educational sessions, an unconference component, and the Wise Professionals Panel, there is a networking event, two optional socials, and board games with the board on Friday night. Also, the reduced room rate is good good two days prior and two days after the conference dates (January 30-February 4, 2019); we encourage you to extend your stay and enjoy the Oregon Coast!

Connect with Women Leaders

Networking with women leaders in the state of Oregon will enhance your professional experience. We look forward to creating opportunities for women to meet, connect and develop together.

Engage in Professional Development

Participate in opportunities for professional growth through educational programs that are provided by our campus contact network right on your campus, in your region or at a state wide gathering. The focus is on providing you with the leadership skills and mentoring necessary to lead.

Lead Change in Higher Education

Higher education in the state of Oregon provides a dynamic environment where women can impact change. Whether in the community college, 4-year institution, public, or private, we want you to be a part of shaping the future of higher education by empowering and affirming your leadership abilities.