2015 Annual Conferencealt

Hosted by Oregon State University

May 6-8, 2015

At the Embassy Suites
Portland - Downtown

Workplace Sustainability: Evolving Practices for Work-Life

This year’s conference will focus on the evolving steps that colleges and universities are undertaking to be culturally sustainable. Conference sessions will closely examine how faculty, staff and students are reshaping the work and learning environment while positively paving the road to a viable future.

View the Conference Program Outline.alt

Conference streams include

  • Sustainability – Examining the personal and psychology resources and practices that our faculty, staff and students need to be engaged and flourish in the 21st century.
  • Wellness – Exploring how organizational leaders find ways to develop programs and resources that support the mental and physical health of their campus communities.
  • Resiliency – Demonstrating work-life programs that help individuals overcome challenges while maintaining dignity, grace and creativity. 
  • Flexibility-  Identifying programs beyond telecommuting and work schedules that retain and sustain faculty and staff.
  • Mindfulness – Presenting techniques that assist faculty, students and staff in cultivating  mindfulness practices to enhance their overall well-being as they work, study, play, parent, and fulfill their other roles.
  • Caregiving –Articulating issues related to caregiving that exist across the lifespan, the many risks facing our caregivers, and work-life strategies to help them cope and thrive.

Why Attend the Conference?

You can help your university or college improve its recruitment, retention and engagement of faculty, students and staff with the implementation of work-life best practices. Attend the CUWFA conference to learn the most advanced strategies to increase your faculty and staff engagement, improve overall health and well-being, and reduce absenteeism. Network with talented and dedicated work-life practitioners from approximately 100 institutions from across the U.S. and Canada to learn first-hand best practices for success. For more information about the business case for work-life read the CUWFA Report on Making the Business Case for Work-Life Policies and Programs at Colleges and Universities (pdf).

Find out more about hotel reservations, transportation and local attractions on our Local Information page.

Conference Registration is now closed. For inquiries, please contact Robynn Pease at robynn.pease@oregonstate.edu.

Conference Registration Fees


Full Conference Fee Registration

Ends Friday, April 17, 2015

CUWFA Member $425
HERC/Partner Organization $475
Non-Member $525
Student/Retiree $225
One-Day Rate (May 7 or May 8) $275

For non-CUWFA members please note that with a $150.00 individual CUWFA membership rate and accompanying reduced early registration fees of $300.00, your $450.00 investment is equal to the $450.00 cost of one non-member conference registration fee alone! Plus, membership provides access to CUWFA’s international opportunities for work/life networking, research and policy resources for best practice models in higher education, the Quarterly Review of Work/Life Policy and Practice newsletter and robust topical exchanges for a full calendar year, to complement your 2015 conference experiences.  Consider joining now!

For questions, please contact Robynn Pease at robynn.pease@oregonstate.edu or Tel. 541-737-4815.