2020 Forum Annual Meeting

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources

WICHE is closely monitoring the outbreak of “SARS-CoV-2,” and the disease it causes, which has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”). To inform and facilitate your response to a rapidly changing situation, WICHE has compiled the following set of resources, which will be updated as new information becomes available.

Who Really Matters in the Changing Landscape
of Higher Education?

2020 Forum Annual Meeting Moving to an Online Webinar Series! Stay tuned for additional details


After much deliberation and careful consideration, the decision has been made to cancel the 2020 Forum Annual Meeting.

The continuing spread of the COVID-19 makes it impossible to move forward with our event. We have heard from many registrants who have informed us that their institutions and organizations are recommending against or have already restricted nonessential travel, both domestic and international. We are sincerely disappointed to share this news, but it is clear there is no other responsible path forward.

However, we are developing plans to offer a significant portion of our wonderful meeting program in an online webinar series over the next two months —a positive way to engage our Alliance community in the midst of this COVID pandemic. Please stay tuned for additional information!

Please cancel your individual flight reservations.

We encourage you to utilize the Forum-All Listerv to share relevant information among our members as we navigate the unprecedented impact of this situation on the higher education system and the demands it is placing on our member institutions.

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Keynote Speaker: "Educational Opportunities and Success for All Students"

Deborah A. Santiago

Deborah Santiago
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Excelencia in Education

Deborah A. Santiago is the co-founder and chief executive officer of Excelencia in Education. For more than 20 years, she has led research and policy efforts from the community to national and federal levels to improve educational opportunities and success for all students. She co-founded Excelencia in Education 15 years ago to inform policy and practice compel action, and collaborate with those committed and ready to act to increase student success.

Something to Check off Your Bucket List! Join Your
Colleagues on a Trip to Mendenhall Glacier
in Juneau, Alaska!

Guided trip to Mendenhall offered Friday afternoon, April 24, 2020

Scenic photograph of Meldenhall Glacier

Mendenhall Glacier, Juneau, Alaska
Photo by Chaolik Likitratcharoen

Featured Speakers on the following topics:

  • Reaffirming the Value of Higher Education with Decision Makers and Key Stakeholders
  • Working Across the Divide – Fostering Collaborative Strategies Among Faculty and Administrators
  • An In-Depth Look: Serving All Students to Ensure Educational Opportunities and Success
  • The Role of Advising in Student Success
  • How to Leverage Faculty Engagement in Inclusivity
  • Culture Clash Comes to Campus:  Balancing Efforts to Promote Diversity and Inclusivity on Campus while Honoring and Protecting the Legal Right to Free Expression
  • Re-Envisioning Student Success: Institutionalizing the Advancement of Basic Needs and Student Wellbeing

Other agenda items to include:

  • Award Breakfast
  • Opening Reception and Dinner

See the Full Schedule

Contact Kay Hulstrom, khulstrom@wiche.edu, for more information