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Our GradGuard team (Steve Fucci, Wimer Alberto and Jasabel Teston) attended the annual ACUHO-I conference in Toronto. There are many reasons to celebrate and give thanks to this community of higher education professionals.
Here, in no particular order, are a few of our favorite reasons to love our ACUHO-I student housing community.
1. Great people and partnerships:
Every year we get to spend time with good people, partners who have become friends, friends who have become partners and those who are just friends! Our Sunday Happy Hour was truly Happy and LARGE! Thank you, to everyone who came out and joined us. Thanks also for the free hugs!
2. Promoting Professional Growth of Housing Professionals.
This year we continued our annual GradGuard Emerging Housing Professional Sponsorship.
Following the selection of @Rhett_Burden in 2018, we are excited for Katie Lewis @kmlewis6 from The University of North Florida and Jenni Plueard @Jplueard from University of California, Davis to support these talented student housing professionals. GradGuard is committed to support our network of professional leaders who understand the importance and value of residence life in promoting greater student success.
Having an understanding of the residence life and housing industry is extremely important to us. From informal conversations in the exhibit hall, to conference sessions and socials – the conference gives us an opportunity to learn more about how we can best support our partner institutions nationwide. Hearing first hand about how GradGuard can help schools and the students they serve is vital to our entire team.
4. Giving Back:
Every year we have attended the conference, GradGuard has donated a bicycle to a local Boys and Girls Club within the host city. The donation is submitted in a random conference attendees name. In the spirit of going international, this year we decided to help a different organization: Africycle. Founded by two brothers, Jon and Ben Voss, Africycle’s mission is to provide basic access to mobility for rural Malawians by providing a steady supply of bicycles to local dealers. This supply of bikes helps create jobs and expand community partnerships. You can learn more by visiting www.africycle.org or follow them on instagram at @africycle_canada
This year’s donation was made by Terry Tumbarello from the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater. We’re proud to say that seven bikes have been donated since we have been attending ACUHO-I!
5. Toronto, Candada
Toronto and Canada have been wonderful hosts. It was also terrific that the Honorable Kim Campbell, the 19th Prime Minister of Canada (first woman to hold the office), joined the conference as a speaker.
We couldn’t be more excited to visit Portland, Oregon for the 2020 annual meeting.