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2022 Forum Annual Meeting
Registration and Logistics

Registration Information

All attendees must register in advance for the Forum Annual Meeting. The registration fee is waived for non-member speakers and for each Forum member’s official representative. All others must pay the appropriate fees listed below.

The registration deadline for all attendees is April 6, 2022. To register, please go to https://cvent.me/eOkq3Z or call 1-800-643-7892.

  • Web Registration: Click on “special rates” and enter the group code “WIC” to access our discounted attendee-only rate of $149/night. At the top of the webpage, edit the duration of your stay (the default stay is from Saturday 4/16 to Monday 4/25).
  • Phone Registration: You will need to provide either the group code (WIC) or ask for the “Western Academic Leadership” block to receive our attendee-only rate of $149/night
Annual Meeting Early-Bird Registration
Up to March 9, 2022
Regular Registration
March 10-April 6, 2022
Forum Member Attendees

  • Official Representative & Speakers
Fee waived Fee waived
  • Staff accompanying official representative
$595 per person $650 per person
Non-Member Attendees
Join today and have your official
representative’s registration fee waived!
$695 per person $750 per person

COVID Safety Protocols

The Forum requires individuals to adhere to any state or county mandates in place at the time of the annual meeting. These may include providing proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 or a negative test within 72 hours prior to the conference to attend the event or wearing a mask.

As of 2/01/22, an indoor mask mandate currently in place in Portland, OR is expected to expire on March 31, 2022. Any mask mandate in place at the time of the Annual Meeting will be strictly upheld and enforced.

We plan to have hand sanitizer and disposable masks available for any attendees who would like some.

We ask that you do not attend the event if you are ill and/or have recently been exposed to COVID-19.

We will continue to closely monitor all guidelines and regulations and will update safety protocols as appropriate.

**Please note, we will not refund registration fees for attendees who do not comply with any state or county requirements.

Refund/Cancellation Policy

A cancellation request must be received in writing prior to April 1, 2022, in order to receive a refund, less a $100 processing fee. No refunds will be made for cancellations after the April 1st deadline. WICHE/the Forum is not responsible for canceling hotel reservations.

Send cancellation requests to:

Attn: Jenn Raby
3035 Center Green Drive
Boulder, CO 80301


In an elegant building dating from 1912, this polished hotel among downtown eateries is a 4-minute walk from the Oak/SW 1st Ave light rail station and a mile from Portland Art Museum. Please make your room reservations by clicking here or call 1-800-643-7892 and use the code C-WIC or ask for the “Western Academic Leadership” block to receive discounted rate. Room cost will be $149/night. The cut-off date for the discounted rate is March 29, 2022, unless the block fills earlier. Room costs are the responsibility of meeting attendees.

Embassy Suites by Hilton Portland Downtown
319 SW Pine Street
Portland, OR 97204
Phone: (503) 279-9000

Airport Information

The Portland International Airport is approximately 10 miles from the Embassy Suites Hotel.


Driving Directions from Portland International Airport
Travel Time: 20 minutes

  • Get on I-205 S from NE Airport Way
  • Follow I-205 S and I-84 W/US-30 W to SE Morrison Bridge. Take the exit toward City Ctr from I-84 W/US-30 W
  • Continue on SE Morrison Bridge. Take SW 2nd Ave to SW 3rd Ave


Dress for the meeting is business casual. The average temperature in Portland in April is 61 degrees. Some of our events may be outside, weather permitting.

Local Attractions

It’s safe to say a visitor will never experience the same Portland twice. The city’s top attractions are constantly evolving, creating exciting pop-ups, debuting new works and hosting events that attract both locals and visitors alike.

Powell’s City of Books – Covering an entire city block, Powell’s City of Books is more than a great bookstore: It’s a microcosm of Portland, packed with smart and eclectic offerings, passionate people. And, just like Portland, it’s open 365 days a year!

Forest Park – Escape the city without leaving Portland in this massive urban wilderness that’s a haven for animals and adventurers alike. With 70 miles (113 km) of trails, aptly named Forest Park is a popular escape for runners, equestrians and hikers alike — leashed dogs are even allowed to enjoy its splendor. Located in the city’s northwest corner, this 8-mile-long (13 km) conservancy covers 5,156 acres (2,086 ha), providing a respite from urban life, supporting more than 112 bird and 62 mammal species and acting as a natural air purifier.

Portland International Rose Test Garden – The Portland International Rose Test Garden is the oldest official continuously operated public rose test garden in the United States. Unofficially known as the Portland Rose Garden, the space features more than 10,000 roses. Hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the world enjoy its sights and scents annually. The garden also offers spectacular views of downtown and Mount Hood.

Portland Japanese Garden – Tucked into the scenic West Hills of Portland, above Washington Park and near the International Rose Test Garden, the Portland Japanese Garden is a haven of meticulously maintained, tranquil beauty. Proclaimed one of the most authentic Japanese gardens outside of Japan, the 5.5-acre (2.2 ha) space includes an authentic Japanese tea house, meandering streams, intimate walkways and an unsurpassed view of Mount Hood.