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2018 AWHE Conference

Thursday, May 31 & Friday, June 1, 2018

High Country Conference Center, Flagstaff, AZ

ABOUT AWHE CONFERENCE: In keeping with the mission of the ACE Women's Network and AWHE, this annual conference is a two-day professional development experience that brings together higher education professionals from across the state of Arizona. Our theme, Transcending Barriers: Embracing Opportunities for Change, will allow us to navigate the changing landscape of higher education. Together, we will learn from one another, discuss the critical issues impacting our work and our lives, expand our professional skills, and network with new and established colleagues.

VENUE: Surrounded by refreshing ponderosa pine forests with picture perfect skies, the High Country Conference Center in Flagstaff offers a wonderful place to gather for learning and networking. High Country has earned Silver Tier Sustainability accreditation by the International Association of Conference Centers (IACC). This rating ensures the highest level of quality and services, while successfully adhering to environmental and socially aware practices.

REGISTRATION: Open to everyone interested in advancing women in higher education, all attendees and workshop presenters must register for the annual conference. The registration fee for this year's conference is $200. Online registration is open!

AGENDA: The conference schedule is available. Schedule of Activities. Workshop options will be available in mid-May.


Dolores Duran-Cerda, Ph.D.
Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor
Pima Community College
Maria Harper-Marinick, Ph.D.
Maricopa Community College District
Erin Hart
Interim President and CEO
Expect More Arizona

CALL FOR WORKSHOP PROPOSALS: Whether you are an established professional or new to higher education, you have something to share with our community. Reflect on current issues impacting women in higher education, consider showcasing programs/initiatives that have had particular success on your campus, or simply expand on a personal or professional passion area so that others may learn from and with you during our time together.

The deadline to submit a workshop proposal was March 15, 2018. All workshop presenters must register and pay to attend the conference.

First time filling out a conference workshop proposal? Here are some tips to help you.


Lodging: Unfortunately, the room block held at the Drury Inn is full and cannot accomodate any additions.

There are many lodging options in Flagstaff, some of which are within walking distance (less than 10 minutes) of the High Country Conference Center. Here are several options that we have been informed offer government rates:

Doubltree by Hilton Flagstaff

Hampton Inn & Suites - East

Fairfield Inn & Suites - East

Holiday Inn Express

A list of accommodations can be found by visiting the Flagstaff Convention and Visitors Bureau. Please feel free to make a reservation in any hotel you deem appropriate.

Registration Information

Required Attendee Registration: All individuals attending the conference must pay a registration fee. All workshop presenters must register and pay to attend the conference.

Substitutions: Substitutions are allowed by individuals within the same institution. Please email your request to

Cancellations: To cancel a registration and request a refund, a written request must be sent to Please enter "AWHE 2018 Conference Refund" in the subject line. Refund requests sent by May 10, 2018 will receive a full refund. Refund requests sent after May 10, 2018 will not be honored.  Please note that it will take 2-3 weeks to process and mail a refund check.

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Contact Us

State Coordinators

Melanie Abts
Tel. 480.517.8387

Wendy Bruun
Tel. 928.523.6980

Arizona Women in Higher Education
Northern Arizona University
NAU Box 6035
Flagstaff, AZ 86011

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