The 2019 OWHE Conference will be at the Salishan Resort just south of Lincoln City, OR on Friday, February 1st and Saturday, February 2nd, 2019. Register now!

Call for Proposals

The Call for Proposals is now closed. We will be posting the conference program by October 1, 2018. Thank you for your patience while the OWHE Education Committee reviews proposals. If you have any questions about the potential program proposals, please email: education@owhe.orgTo view the tentative conference schedule, click here.

OWHE's goal is to have a diverse set of programs that do the following:

  • align with our mission, vision, and values
  • provide tangible takeaways for the OWHE membership and conference attendees
  • focus on skill-building, practical tools, and/or best practices
  • engage participants in multiple ways

The Education Committee will use the following rubric to review and rate all proposals:

  1. RELEVANCE - Content aligns with OWHE's vision, mission, and values
  2. OUTCOMES - Stated outcomes are clear and provide participants with specific takeaways
  3. SCOPE - The session is applicable to a broad audience (different functional areas, levels of experience, institution types, etc.) and considers various forms of engagement
  4. COLLABORATION - Presenter(s) demonstrates collaboration across institutions, functional areas, and/or levels of experience

We encourage presenters to collaborate across campuses and/or with colleagues of different backgrounds and years in the field in order to provide perspectives that may impact larger OWHE audiences. Providing handouts for your audience members is encouraged and should be accessible and inclusive of learning and engagement preferences.

In an effort to provide relevant and quality programming for our conference attendees, selected programs may enter a review process in which the presenter(s) will be given notes and feedback (if applicable) from our selection committee and time to review, revise, and improve their program.


Session Tracks

  • Meaningful Community: Building communities throughout our work, both in person and through virtual platforms. OWHE Values: Networking, Finding Community, and Celebration

  • Personal Growth: Seeking ways to focus on the individual for positive growth, mindset, and change. OWHE Values: Transferable Skill Development, Self-Care, Goal-setting

  • Professional Development & Advancement: Moving forward as a professional in higher education through research, leadership roles, and continued education. OWHE Values: Leadership Development, Research, Continued Education Opportunities

  • Systemic Change & Empowerment: Focusing on advocacy and ways to influence policy to support the intersectional identities of all members of our institutions. OWHE Values:  Enacting Change & Social Justice

Session Formats

  • Panel (60 minutes): Assemble and facilitate a panel of thought leaders on a topic.

  • Poster Session (45 minutes): Share your research or topic in paper poster form.

  • Roundtable Discussion (60 minutes): Facilitate a dialogue on a focused on topic.

  • Traditional Presentation (60 minutes): Traditional presentation/lecture format. Presenters opting for this format will be required to provide the session in webinar format for the 2019 OWHE Webinar Series. All webinar presenters receive coaching.

  • Lightning Talks (10 minutes): Presenter will share about a topic for 10 minutes. Lightning Talk presenters will be grouped together in one session, each presenter sharing on their topic for only 10 minutes each.

All presenters are encouraged to develop their session into a webinar for OWHE's Webinar Series. All webinar presenters receive coaching and guidance.


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.