SCUP PA2023 at UCDavis

Pacific 2023 Regional Conference

March 27-29, 2023
University of California, Davis, Davis, CA
Registrants can access available session slides on the program page.


Colleges and universities are where students cultivate values and learn how to act on them; this is an experience that can be especially impactful during times of disruption and uncertainty. In this time of reckoning—with a confluence of crises creating historic shifts, from the pandemic to human rights to climate change—what is the role of the campus?

If planning and design give physical definition to institutional values, how do higher education leaders see mission, vision, and identity evolving on their campuses? How do campuses and students thrive? What ethical frameworks are most relevant for future generations?

Stewardship is a term we use to talk about how we care for something, such as our communities, histories, values, places, resources, and the natural environment. Meaningful stewardship is thoughtful, creative, and multivariate; it involves learning from the past with a focus on the future, striking a balance between diverse human and ecological needs while also demonstrating hope and purpose.

When we talk about stewardship of college and university campuses, we’re talking about integrated planning—how and what we steward often sits under the academic umbrella, but at the nexus of physical, environmental, social, and financial considerations.

  • What is our role as campus stewards?
  • How do we define campus stewardship to orient planning and design?
  • How do planners embrace the interplay between known needs of current constituents (students, faculty, staff, and community) and evolving trends that will inform the future?
  • How might we identify the new imperatives of integrated planning to create the greatest impact?

For the University of California (UC), Davis, host of this year’s conference, stewardship has offered a framework for creating a campus that toggles between individual and community perspectives, social and environmental needs, and academic advancements and intellectual pursuits over its 114-year history. It is in this spirit of stewardship that UC Davis is innovating around best practices to address aging infrastructure investments and deferred maintenance, continue its commitment to high sustainability, respect indigenous cultures and lands, foster campus inclusivity and belonging, and make advancements in teaching and research—all with limited available resources.

Located within a vibrant, walkable college town in northern California’s Central Valley, UC Davis’s main campus is marked by generous landscapes, including the Arboretum and Public Garden, Spafford Lake, teaching vineyards, and a rich collection of heritage oaks. The campus also features a variety of welcoming cultural places like the Shrem Museum of Art as well as state-of-the-art active learning centers such as the newly-opened Teaching and Learning Complex.

Join your community of higher education leaders to explore and define campus stewardship and learn from one another about what it means to be an impactful steward of higher education.

Early-Bird Registration Closes Feb 6.

Featured Speakers (more coming soon)

Jim Carroll
Associate Vice Chancellor & University ArchitectUniversity of California, Davis
Deborah Cullinan
Vice President for the ArtsStanford University
Jonna Mazzet
Vice ProvostUniversity of California, Davis
Julie Nola
Executive Director of Capital ProjectsUniversity of California, Davis
Bob Segar
Associate Vice Chancellor for Campus Planning and Environmental StewardshipUniversity of California, Davis
Michelle Villegas-Frazier
Vice Chair, Sacramento Native American Health Center; Director of Strategic Native American Retention Initiatives in Student Affairs, UC Davis; Executive Director of the UC Davis Strategic Academic Retention InitiativesUniversity of California, Davis
Cory Vu
Associate Vice Chancellor for Health, Wellness, and Divisional Resources BioUniversity of California, Davis

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