2018 Executive Committee Areas of Focus & Action Items

Area of Focus #1: Consciously evaluate systemic structures and remove barriers that impede full inclusion and opportunities for all members

Action Items:

  • Update communication protocols and web presence to ensure accessibility

  • MIC completes a comprehensive review of process to select committee chairs, committee members, and recruitment of executive committee candidates

  • Committee Chairs and members will evaluate how the work of their committee centers the experiences of historically underrepresented identities

  • Evaluate how to strengthen the support provided by the Professionals of Color, Pride, and Women in Housing Networks (Keniese)

  • Social Justice Committee facilitate a review of the UMR Inclusion & Equity Statement

  • PD&T Committee create professional development around civil discourse

Area of Focus #2: Expand opportunities for professional development in addition to the annual conference

Action Items:

  • Explore other regions professional development offerings outside of conference (Greg and Torin)

  • Committees identify or develop two opportunities outside of the conference (All/Committee Chairs)

Area of Focus #3: Streamline and connect existing communication

Action Items:

  • Connect information provided through website, emails, newsletters, and Perspectives (Jordan, Jacque, & Dana)

  • Develop a communication plan that coordinates timing of information. (Jordan, Jacque, & Dana)

  • Create access protocols for the new website (Jordan)

  • Redesign and launch of UMR-ACUHO website (Jordan)

Area of Focus #4: Assess financial stability and policy, review sustainable budget alignment and conference registration fees

Action Items:

  • Establish a policy to better align conference registration fees to the conference cost

  • Committees reevaluate budgets (All/Committee Chairs)

  • Establish a policy on reserve levels and spending procedures

  • Review current financial state and determine how surpluses should be allocated

  • Set standards for all financial accounts, create benchmarks for accounts

  • Explore additional revenue sources or cost cutting measures (All)

Area of Focus #5: Support innovative ideas and structure of conference opportunities

Action Items:

  • Continue to explore and evaluate conference content and format

  • Contribute to the planning the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of UMR-ACUHO in 2019

  • Support and promote the fundraising goal of $50,000 by the 50th Anniversary


2018 Executive Committee Members

  • Greg Thompson - President
  • Torin Akey - Vice-President/President Elect
  • Tracy Gerth-Antoniewicz, Marquette University - Past President
  • Nick Rafanello, University of Northern Iowa - Treasurer
  • Becky Wilson, University of Iowa - Secretary
  • Jordan Baumgardner - Technology and Sustainability Coordinator
  • Keniese Evans, University of Iowa - Inclusion and Equity Coordinator
  • Jacque McKenna, University of Kansas - State Membership Coordinator-IA, KS, MO, NE
  • Dana Fritz, University of Wisconsin-Stout - State Membership Coordinator- MN, ND, SD, WI, Manitoba
  • Gaith Hijazin, Hamline University - Corporate Partnership Coordinator