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ACUI Inclusive Language Policy
Regional Conference Language Statement
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Keynote Speakers

John Taylor

An Interview with John Taylor

Maybe you’ve heard that ACUI has a new chief executive officer. Region VII's Sharon Silverstein will sit down with CEO John Taylor to ask him about his experience in college unions, current trends and issues, and any advice for students considering the college union or student affairs field.

John Taylor
John Taylor began his role May 4, becoming the Association's fifth chief executive. Taylor now leads advancement efforts and develops strategic partnerships for the $3.5 million organization. Additionally, as secretary and treasurer of the Association, he is a nonvoting member of the Board of Trustees and oversees all paid staff.

Taylor came to the position having progressively led unions at Missouri State University and Rutgers University before becoming director at Michigan in 2005. Until April, he volunteered on ACUI’s Education Council, and in 2013 participated in the Research Task Force. He also chaired the annual conference team in 2012.

He has a doctorate from the University of Missouri and a master’s degree from the University of Vermont

Sharon SilversteinSharon Silverstein
Sharon Silverstein has been the director of campus activities and student leadership development at Suffolk County Community College–Ammerman since March 2000. Silverstein has worked more than 30 years in the field in Wisconsin, Illinois, and Pennsylvania.

She has served in a variety of regional and international capacities for the Association including conference, educational and selection committees, College Bowl, and former Board of Trustees member. When she is not serving as a volunteer, she is serving her renowned homemade beef jerky, which, by the way, is currently being bided on at the Silent Auction.

In 2011, Silverstein received the Two-Year College Professional Service Award by the Association of College Union International. In 2012, she was recognized by the State University of New York with a Chancellor’s Excellence in Professional Service Award.

Sharon is an Aries whose top five strengths in order are Harmony, Arranger, Communication, Individualization, and Input.

Insight Not Incite: A Partnership of Learning with Maura J. Cullen

Cullen-LR-169As students gain a greater understanding of their own social identity, staff need additional skills to be more effective in fostering meaningful dialogue. Well-intended or unintended micro-aggressions can place additional stress on students and staff alike.  What is your role in navigating discussions around race, gender, sexual orientation, or bias related events that occur on campus or on the national spotlight? Additional issues of student protests, trigger alerts, supporting colleagues from marginalized groups are just the tip of the iceberg. How can you demonstrate your support for marginalized students when it may feel as though your every word and action can be called into question? This session offers insight to such questions and ways of creating a more inclusive environment where all students can excel.

Maura J. Cullen
Maura Cullen has been referred to as being the best there is at simplifying the complex issues of diversity in an entertaining and educational manner. For more than 25 years, Cullen has been capturing the hearts and minds of people within more than 500 organizations throughout the United States, Canada, and Australia, lending her expertise to institutions such as Wellesley College, Michigan State University, Binghamton University, and many others.

Cullen earned her doctorate of education in social justice and diversity education from the University of Massachusetts–Amherst and is the author of 35 Dumb Things Well-Intended People Say: Surprising Things We Say That Widen the Diversity Gap. Seasoned staff and new students alike describe Cullen as "enlightening" and "the most inspiring and entertaining [speaker]" they have ever heard. For more details about Cullen's work, visit

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ACUI Talks

General Dynamics in the Workplace with Joan Kuhl

Understand values and motivators of workforce cohorts to ​help participants leverage these insights​ to influence across ​multi-generational ​teams. Leading ​effectively and managing oneself ​requires ​strategic awareness of behaviors ​that will be inclusive of ​diverse talents. Each generation has preferred communication styles that unlock their best effort and engagement. This workshop helps all generations understand the values and benefits to magnify their working relationships!

Peggy Policastro rs

Nudge to Nutrition with Peggy Policastro

The manner in which a food service operation is arranged or the way food choices are advertised can significantly affect consumer purchases. Food manufacturers have long been using this fact to entice consumers to purchase their products. Unfortunately, many of the food items that are heavily advertised are not healthy. The four studies to be presented draw on behavioral economics in the use of choice architecture or nudges to encourage the decision maker to choose healthier or pro-social options while still preserving freedom to choose any option. The results of the four studies presented illustrate how we can harness the use of nudges to entice people to choose the healthy option.

Strategies for Organizational Change with Gregory AndersonAnderson Headshot 2015

Gregory M. Anderson is the dean and professor of higher education of Temple University’s College of Education, a position he has held since 2013. He currently serves on the Math and Science Committee of the Philadelphia Education Fund and a member dean of Deans for Impact. Prior to joining Temple, Anderson served as the dean of the Morgridge College of Education at the University of Denver. Earlier in his career, he was an associate professor at the program in higher and postsecondary education at Columbia University’s Teachers College and served as the higher education policy officer in Educational Opportunity and Scholarship programs at the Ford Foundation in New York. Anderson has undergraduate and graduate degrees in sociology from the University of Toronto and received his Ph.D. from the City University of New York.


Eligibility Guidelines

Every presenter at the ACUI regional conference must be registered for the conference or the ACUI Expo. Additionally, all presenters must meet at least one of the following qualifications:
  • All individual members in good standing, employees or students at an institutional member in good standing, and union veterans are eligible to present educational sessions at the regional conference.
  • ACUI nonmembers representing not-for-profit organizations are eligible to present educational sessions. Nonmembers are encouraged to present with ACUI members whenever possible.
  • Every corporate presenter at the ACUI regional conference must be an associate member in good standing and have a booth in the ACUI Expo. If the session does not include a co-presenter from a member institution, a conference sponsorship at a minimum level of $5,000 is required.

ACUI Inclusive Language Policy

The Association of College Unions International, founded in 1914, is one of the oldest professional associations in higher education. Its core purpose is to “be the leader in advancing campus community builders.” This core purpose is fulfilled through the pursuit of ACUI’s Mission: to support members in the development of community through education, advocacy, and the delivery of services. ACUI works with its members in a partnership focused on personal and professional development, study, and improvement of member organizations, services, programs, facilities, and personnel.

In keeping with this purpose and to promote an appreciation for diversity, all written, oral, and visual communications, e.g., presentations, audiotapes, videotapes, publications, written correspondence, documents and reports, graphic illustrations, and photography, shall not include stereotypical images, terms, or expressions. Preparation of communications shall avoid gender-specific terms (e.g., not mankind but humanity) or titles (e.g., not chairman but chairperson). Characterizing an individual by age, ethnicity, gender, national origin, physical ability, race, religion, and sexual orientation shall be avoided unless specifically relevant to the topic. Use of visual images shall represent a balance of diversity and reflect individuals in a non-stereotypical manner.

The Association is committed to creating and maintaining a sense of community and inclusion for all its constituents and raising awareness regarding issues of oppression. ACUI values the diversity, including that of gender, race, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, age, and differing ability, reflected in its institutional and individual membership. Accordingly, all who are involved in the Association as volunteers, employees or guests of the organization, shall use modes of communication reflective of this commitment.

Regional Conference Language Statement

In keeping with the spirit and letter of the ACUI Inclusive Language Policy, we ask that all presenters at the regional conference be mindful that our audiences include students and professionals from all types of campuses and educational institutions, as well as corporate and nonprofit members and partners. Every effort is expected of presenters and speakers to include appropriate language, material, and examples for the Association’s target audience and membership.
Updated Nov. 11, 2015