2019 Annual Conference

It Starts with Us: The Bridge from Good Intentions
to Impact and Innovation

UMACRAO 2019 Wednesday, November 6 – Friday, November 8
Sheraton Hotel – Sioux Falls, SD

Connect with your colleagues from the United States and Canada – including institutions in Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Northwestern Ontario – to share insight and discussion about issues in higher education. Vendors will join us to showcase their products and services – come see what is new in the world of new technologies available to enhance your institution!

We are now accepting presentation submissions.
Visit UMACRAO Call for Proposals for more information.

Thank you to this year’s corporate partners!

Registration Information

Registration is open and will close by Wednesday, October 23 at 10:00 p.m.

Registration costs for this year’s conference are as follows: 

  • Full conference (includes all meals and breaks) = $325 for individuals from member institutions; $400 for those from non-member institutions
  • Thursday only (includes breakfast, lunch and breaks; does not include banquet) = $150
  • Banquet only (Thursday evening) = $60

Cancellations must be emailed to umacraoregional@gmail.com by Friday, October 18, 2019. No refunds will be issued after this date. Please note only institutions with paid memberships for 2019-2020 will be eligible for the conference member rate. Need to renew? Contact us so we can help! 

Program Guide & Guidebook

A tentative 2019 UMACRAO Annual Conference Full Schedule can be found here with Session Descriptions forthcoming. They provide a look at all the sessions that are currently slated for presentation, timelines, and a look at the evening events that will cap off our daily collaboration and learning. The 2019 UMACRAO program will also be available on Guidebook, the mobile app for our conference! You can download the Guidebook app from your mobile app store.


This year we will be working with REACH Literacy out of Sioux Falls as our philanthropy recipient. Their mission is to provide individualized reading, writing, and life skills tutoring that empowers adults in the Sioux Empire to reach their potential. Not only do they provide adult tutoring programs free of charge, but have also done book-themed children’s events like bilingual storytime. In addition to our annual fundraising raffle, we will be doing a book drive for REACH – so please start looking through your book collection to see if you have any gently used (or new) titles that you are willing to part with. We will gladly accept any raffle items and books you can provide! 

Keynote Speaker – Eric Alva

We are pleased to welcome Eric Alva as our closing speaker on Friday. A decorated Iraq war veteran, gay man, and LGBTQ rights activist, Eric played an instrumental role in the repeal of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy on gay, lesbian and bisexual service members, working with members of Congress to end the discriminatory practice. Drawing on his battle for equality in the military on behalf of the LGBTQ community, he discusses how that experience supports the momentum for diversity and inclusion in the workplace, and how a commitment to equality attracts talent, builds a sense of belonging, and creates a competitive advantage.


To book your hotel room at The Sheraton Sioux Falls Hotel & Convention Center online, click here. You may also call 1.800.325.3535 to make your reservation using group code UMACRAO.  Reservations must be made by October 14 to guarantee the conference rate of $109 per night.

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