Annual Conference

November 7-9, 2018

We are excited to welcome you to Sioux Falls, South Dakota for UMR 2018: Toward the Horizon, Mapping our Future! UMR 2018 is being co-hosted by South Dakota State University (SDSU) and the University of South Dakota (USD).

Our profession consistently encounters new challenges and opportunities which further stresses the importance of strategic planning to navigate our path. Our host committee recognizes that dedicating time to anticipate student needs and plan for the future is increasingly difficult as our students evolve and competing demands shift our focus and require our attention. We want to emphasize the importance of dedicating time to reflect on what we envision for our personal, professional and organizational future and how we can continue to work together to make that vision a reality. We look forward to welcoming you in Sioux Falls, South Dakota in 2018 as we look “Toward the Horizon: Mapping our Future!”


Conference Hotels

Ramada Hotel and Suites

Book your hotel rooms by October 19, 2018, to receive the group rate ($107/night)

Contact the Ramada Hotel and Suites directly at 605-336-1020

 *Hotel is located directly across the street from the convention center*

Conference Schedule at a Glance

Conference Schedule at a Glance (10/1/18)

Conference Guidebook

Download the 2018 UMR-ACUHO Conference guide on the Guidebook app. Search: 2018 UMR -ACUHO Conference.

Printable Conference Program Information

A printable list of the conference schedule and program sessions is available here. 

Keynote Speakers

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Megan Red Shirt-Shaw

The Social Justice and Professional Development & Training committees are excited to continue the tradition of bringing two amazing keynote speakers for this year’s annual conference. Joining us this year will be Dr. Stephen Quaye and Megan Red Shirt-Shaw.

On day two of the annual conference, we will have the opportunity to hear from Megan Red Shirt-Shaw. We believe that Megan can help engage us in conversation around native student experiences within Higher Education. Please take a moment to read a little bit more about Megan’s work and interests areas below:

Megan Red Shirt Shaw (Oglala Lakota) is an activist, writer, and college admissions professional. She is the founder of Natives In America, an online literary publication for Native American, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian youth. The website was featured on MTV News for its goal of bringing Native youth voices to the forefront of the conversation in America.

Passionate about Indigenous rights issues, college admissions, and greater Native presence in media and higher education, Megan believes in empowering young people to use their voices for the issues they care about in their communities.

She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania in English and her master’s from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in Higher Education where she was co-chair of FIERCE — Future Indigenous Educators Resisting Colonial Education. Currently Megan is pursuing a Ph.D in Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development with a focus on Higher Education at the University of Minnesota.

Megan has worked at the University of Pennsylvania, Questbridge, Santa Clara University, and Albuquerque Academy in undergraduate admissions and college counseling.



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Dr. Stephen John Quaye

Stephen John Quaye believes that hearing and sharing our stories with others can foster connections and learning across differences. He values the power of dialogue and activism as vehicles to promote change in society. In the midst of so much pain and oppression in our society, he sees the need for practicing self-care and working to heal and has begun a study on the strategies Black student affairs educators use to heal from racial battle fatigue. He also loves bow ties, baking (he makes pretty tasty scones and key lime pies), reading, cycling, and writing poetry. In his professional life, he is a faculty member in the Student Affairs in Higher Education Program at Miami University, where he works with graduate students to help them find their passions and voices. He is also Past President of ACPA: College Student Educators International. His work is published in different venues, including the Journal of College Student Development, the Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, and Teachers College Record. He is also editor (with Shaun R. Harper) of two editions of Student Engagement in Higher Education: Theoretical and Practical Approaches for Diverse Populations, as well as an author on the most recent edition of Student Development in College. His 

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