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Pacific 2022 Regional Conference

March 23-25, 2022
Eugene, OR

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As colleges and universities welcome students back for the 2021/2022 academic year, they must stay nimble and responsive to the changing conditions of the pandemic. At the same time, this era of disruption presents great opportunities to effect change via thoughtful, integrated planning that delivers on higher education’s unique ability to spur innovation, cultivate engaged communities, address the devastation of climate change, and promote a just and equitable society. How can we learn from our recent experiences to plan for and accelerate resiliency? Which bold commitments can we make as we intentionally move forward with an emphasis on responsible and entrepreneurial connections?

Resetting higher education.

This year’s theme, “Threshold,” explores opportunities for resetting higher education, offering fresh takes on integrated and agile planning. Higher education planners have spent many years examining physical “in-between” spaces that support campus life, inclusivity, personalized learning, and student wellness. These campus-defining spaces that foster socially formative experiences—outdoor learning and working environments as well as informal gathering spots—will become increasingly important as students, faculty, and staff prioritize health, equity, and safety in their return to school. Likewise, as we navigate this new hybrid approach to learning and working that encompasses both virtual and in-person experiences, we must find opportunities for reassessing campus environments and learning pathways.

Novel and multivalent integrated planning.

The character of Oregon’s higher education network—in particular, the state’s wide scale of academic institutions across a range of natural settings—sets the stage for finding creative approaches to campus life. At the University of Oregon, the confluence of an engaged and responsive planning process with philanthropic support enabled the emergence of the Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact. We’ll explore how the Knight Campus and other examples of novel and multivalent integrated planning place the Pacific Region at the “threshold” of a more resilient future.

Leading the way.

This on-campus conference will offer a range of opportunities for learning and engaging with your peers. Regional thought leaders will focus on the future of higher education through provocative discussions, concurrent sessions, tours, deep-dive workshops, and master classes.

Keeping you safe.

We are planning for, and excited to welcome attendees to our in-person annual conference, while acknowledging the complexities of planning a safe and effective in-person, indoor conference that meets new and emerging university, local, state, and federal regulations. We are monitoring local and state regulations as well as guidelines from the CDC and WHO. As these regulations and guidelines change frequently we will provide more information to registrants as we approach the conference.

Effective March 19, the state of Oregon has lifted the mask mandate, however, masks are still required on the University of Oregon’s campus.

We and the University of Oregon expect that all conference attendees will be fully vaccinated according to CDC guidelines for full vaccination or arrive with a negative covid test taken less than 72 hours prior to arrival. Attendees will be required to demonstrate their status by showing their vaccination cards or negative covid test results to pick up their badge. Masks are required for all indoor activities.

Currently, there is no proof of vaccination or negative Covid test to enter a restaurant in Eugene.

Not able to attend in person? Powerpoints of sessions will be available to you approximately one week after the conference (for registered attendees only).


Executive Diversity OfficerSouth Puget Sound Community College
Associate DirectorPNW Just Futures Institute for Racial and Climate Justice
University Architect and Associate Vice President of Campus Planning and Facilities ManagementUniversity of Oregon
Associate Vice President and Chief of StaffUniversity of Oregon
Professor, Knight CampusUniversity of Oregon

Pacific Regional Sponsors

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