How do I register for the Conference?
You can register for the conference by filling out the registration form here. Please see our website regarding registration prices and deadlines.

What does my Conference Registration include?
Your conference registration includes:

  • Access to all events, keynote speeches, workshops, and presentations on Thursday, January 25, and Friday, January 26

  • Dinner on Thursday night, Breakfast on Friday morning, and Lunch on Friday

Your conference registration does NOT include: lunch on Thursday or dinner on Friday night and travel to/from conference site or hotel accommodations. ​Registration for this conference does NOT include or guarantee a hotel reservation.

Your conference registration price goes towards the cost of putting on the conference and contributes to the sustainability of OWHE as an organization. One of the goals for OWHE is to make our annual conference as accessible as possible, and we do that by trying to keep the cost of the conference as low as possible. We also offer scholarships for participants and encourage those who can to sponsor other conference attendees.

How can I submit a Scholarship Request to help offset the conference registration cost?
One of the goals for Oregon Women in Higher Education is to make to our annual conference as accessible as possible, especially for student and new professional participants who may not have access to institutional resources to support their attendance. To make the conference more accessible, OWHE grants (1) student participant and (1) new professional participant with a scholarship award that will cover the cost of registration. Scholarship applications will be open in August!

How do I reserve a room at the Conference Hotel?
If you would like to stay at the conference hotel, you must contact the Sunriver Resort directly at 1-800-547-3922 to reserve your room(s). It is first come, first serve. We highly encourage participants to reserve a room as soon as possible as space is limited. Registration for this conference does not include or guarantee a hotel reservation. You must identify yourself as an attendee of the Oregon Women in Higher Education Conference when making the reservation to receive the reduced rate. We encourage people to room together as space is limited. If you need to split a room charge, you can do so with the hotel upon check-out. The reduced rate is good through the entire weekend so we encourage you to extend your stay after the conference and explore Central Oregon! Visit the Conference Accommodations page for more info.

Are guests/pets welcome?
Guests and pets are welcome. Guests are welcome to accompany you to the optional events at the conference (optional Thursday and/or Friday night socials and 5k Run/Walk); however guests do not have access to any of the keynotes, workshops, presentation, panels, and meals unless they also register for the conference.

Pets are welcome though the participant will be asked to sign a pet waiver that states they will not leave the animal alone and will accompany the animal at all times. This is to respect the privacy and space of others who may or may not be as enthusiastic about having your pet in the same room as you are! A pet fee may also apply to your hotel room.

Conference attire and culture
We encourage participants to show up as you are! The tone of this conference is relaxed - we want you to show up, engage, learn, and have a good time!

Does OWHE provide transportation to the Conference?
Unfortunately, we do not provide transportation to the conference. You must make your own arrangements. Parking at the conference hotel site is free. We encourage large groups from the same institution or institutions who are geographically close to one another to arrange transportation or carpools. We invite those who are seeking to carpool to utilize our facebook group to find ride shares. 

Something came up and I can’t attend the conference! How do I cancel and can I get a refund?
We understand life happens. If you aren’t able to make it to the conference, please contact us as soon as possible at For those who have already paid for their registration, you can cancel before 12/23 and receive a full refund.

If you cancel after 12/23, you will receive a partial refund of 50% of your registration fee. Why? On 12/23, OWHE has to confirm with the hotel staff the number of anticipated room bookings and anticipated number of participants, which affects the price per meals and price per person that OWHE pays for upfront to the hotel. Cancelations after 12/23 that reduces this number means OWHE will lose money for attendees we have paid for who do not show up.

No refunds will be given for cancellations after 1/12. Why? Two weeks before the conference, last minute cancelations greatly affect conference planning and cost. Because OWHE keeps the conference registration as low as possible for participants, we count on the registration fees to pay for the cost of the conference; therefore, we will be unable to grant refunds to participants after January 12.

If you reserved a hotel room at the conference hotel, you may cancel without penalty 15 days prior to the conference. You will forfeit the any deposit made during your reservation. Individuals who cancel less than 14 days prior to their arrival date will be charged the equivalent of one night's lodging and will be billed to the individual's credit card used during booking. 

Why should I attend this Conference? What will I get out of it?
The mission of Oregon Women in Higher Education is to inspire women to connect, grow, and lead change in higher education. We envision a future that includes an educational, social, and political climate in which diverse women benefit from the opportunities in higher education and shape the progression of their chosen field. Reasons to attend this conference include:

  • Professional Development - whether you are presenting, facilitating, participating, or learning in a workshop, conference session, or panel, the conference strives to present professional development opportunities in which diverse women in higher education can learn strategies and best practices to shape the progression of their chosen field.

  • Networking - the conference is an opportunity to network with colleagues from higher education institutions across the state of Oregon (and sometimes beyond)! Past attendees include: University presidents, faculty members, senior administrators, student affairs professionals, college and university staff, graduate students, recent graduates, undergraduate students, and community college students. There are many opportunities for informal networking at the conference and OWHE will provide a formal networking opportunity and event on Thursday night.

  • Opportunity to connect with a mentor or mentee - For those participating in OWHE’s Mentor program, this is an opportunity to connect with your mentor or mentee in person! If you are curious or interested in the program, this is an opportunity to connect with those in the program to get feedback or have your questions answered. We also anticipate other informal and formal mentoring relationships will be established or built at the conference!

  • Reflect, relax, and enjoy central Oregon! With all that is going on in our roles at our institutions and in our life, this conference is designed to be a retreat to get away, reflect, and share in the same space with other women in higher education and our allies. Build a network of support, learn from each other, network, and enjoy each other’s company. In addition to the keynote, educational sessions, and the Wise Women panel, there is a networking event, two optional socials, and an optional 5k run/walk. Also, the reduced room rate is good through the entire weekend so we encourage you to extend your stay and explore central Oregon!

Connect with Women Leaders

Networking with women leaders in the state of Oregon will enhance your professional experience. We look forward to creating opportunities for women to meet, connect and develop together.

Engage in Professional Development

Participate in opportunities for professional growth through educational programs that are provided by our campus contact network right on your campus, in your region or at a state wide gathering. The focus is on providing you with the leadership skills and mentoring necessary to lead.

Lead Change in Higher Education

Higher education in the state of Oregon provides a dynamic environment where women can impact change. Whether in the community college, 4-year institution, public, or private, we want you to be a part of shaping the future of higher education by empowering and affirming your leadership abilities.