2023 NCHO Annual Conference

NCHO Annual Conference Save the Date for Oct. 18-20

Wednesday, October 18- Friday, October 20, 2023

North Carolina State University- Talley Student Union
2610 Cates Ave, Raleigh, NC 27606

Thank You For Your Support

We would like to give a shoutout to our amazing Gold, Cardinal and Platinum Sponsors! Without their support we would not have been able to have such an amazing NCHO 23. 

Platinum: WM Jordan

Cardinal: Ecologic Furniture & tedi Matts

Gold: SW Contract

Conference Registration

Regular Registration (June 1, 2023-September 18, 2023)

Graduate $125 + Eventbrite fees

Professional $200 + Eventbrite fees

Late Registration (September 18, 2023-October 11, 2023)

Graduate $150 + Eventbrite fees

Professional $225 + Eventbrite fees

Cancellation Policy: 

  • Registration cancellations on or prior to September 18 will receive a 100% refund.
  • Registration cancellations between September 18 and September 29 will receive a 50% refund.
  • Refunds will not be given for any registration cancellations after September 29.
  • Cancellation requests must be received via email to conference-chair@ncho.org
  • Registrations can be transferred prior to September 29 by emailing conference-chair@ncho.org. Beginning September 30, no registrations may be transferred.

Hotel Information

Holiday Inn Express and Suites Raleigh SW

Cost: $120 per night + tax

3741 Thistledown Drive, Raleigh, NC 27606

Book your group rate for NCHO 23

To make reservations, your guests can call 919-854-0001 ext 1 or 1-800-HOLIDAY. Guests should request group code NHO or group title NC Housing Office Conference. For your convenience, reservations can also be made with the link above (please be advised the link does not always work on mobile devices). 

Event Summary:

Start Date: Wednesday, October 18, 2023 check in at 3 p.m.

End Date: Friday, October 20, 2023 check out at 11 a.m.

Last Day to Book: September 27, 2023

**Please be advised once guests confirm their individual reservation with a valid credit card they have until 6 pm the day prior to arrival to make changes or cancel without a penalty.**

Aloft Raleigh

Cost: $209 USD per night + tax

2100 Hillsborough Street Raleigh, North Carolina 27607

Book your group rate for NCHO 23

Event Summary:

Start Date: Wednesday, October 18, 2023 check in at 3 p.m.

End Date: Friday, October 20, 2023 check out at 12 p.m.

Last Day to Book: September 18, 2023

Parking Information

If you plan to park on campus at any point throughout the conference, you will need to reserve a parking pass through transportation. The permit will cost you $10 per day and will allow parking in Coliseum Deck. The permit will become available today and can be claimed using the instructions below. 

How To Obtain Your VIRTUAL Event Permit

  1. Visit Go.ncsu.edu/EventParking
  2. Ensure you are logged out of your parking account.
  3. Select “Purchase Event Permit”
  4. Agree to the Terms of Service
  5. Select “General Event”
  6. Select “10/18 – 10/20 NCHO Annual Conference”
  7. When prompted, enter NCho2023 as the Event Voucher Code. The code is case-sensitive and must be entered exactly as shown. Select Apply Voucher.
  8. Select an available Permit Type (this will populate above the voucher code field).
  9. Select/Confirm your parking dates. Select Confirm.
  10. Select Location
  11. Select “Add Vehicle”. Enter vehicle license plate, state, year, make, and model. Review the information entered for accuracy and select Add.
  12. Enter your name and phone number. Select Confirm.
  13. Select Continue.
  14. Enter your email address and billing information.
  15. Review information. Select Checkout.

Remember, the permit is virtual, your license plate is your permit. The permit is valid only for the vehicle entered. The permit is not valid in pay-by-plate locations. For assistance please call the Transportation Office at 919-515-3424.

Conference Speaker

Dr. LaFarin Meriwether is an educator, scholar, mother, sister, friend and lover of this thing called life. She currently serves as the Associate Director for Residence Life at the University of North Carolina Greensboro. LaFarin received her bachelor’s degrees from the University of Kentucky in Agricultural Economics and Public Service and Leadership; her M.B.A. from the University of Cincinnati; and her doctorate in Higher Education from Florida State University.

LaFarin is an active member within her professional organizations; currently serving as the treasurer for the Southeastern Association of Housing Officers (SEAHO) and a trustee for the Association of College and University Housing Officers -International (ACUHO-I) Foundation board. She has contributed scholarship and knowledge to her profession by presenting on the areas of recruitment and retention of staff, the curricular approach, self-actualization, and organizational leadership and development. LaFarin is an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She is the founder of the Phoenix Advantage Consulting Group. You can catch LaFarin weekly co-hosting The Meeting After The Meeting Podcast. She believes that we are all purposed to do something that the world needs.

Conference Schedule

For the most up-to-date version of the schedule, download the NC State Guides app and search for “NCHO 2023 Annual Conference.”

Wednesday, October 18th, 2023

10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.NCHO Executive Council Business MeetingTalley 3210
12:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. Parents Room/Meditation SpaceTalley 2nd Floor
12:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.Institutional Member RegistrationTalley Student Union 3rd Floor Lobby
12:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.Corporate Partner Set UpTalley Student Union Mountains & Piedmont Ballroom (3rd Floor)
2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.Roundtable Facilitator MeetingTalley 3221
3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.NCHO Past President PanelTalley 3222
4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.Networking Hour

Howling Cow Ice Cream
Talley 3222
6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.Welcome Reception

Pulled Pork
Cheddar Mac N’ Cheese
Country Green Beans
Slider Rolls with Butter
Vegan & Gluten Free Option TBD
Bottled Water, Sweet Tea, Unsweet Tea, Cranberry Lemonade
NC Museum of History

Thursday, October 19th, 2023

All DayNCHO Executive Council Basecamp
All DayParents Room/Meditation SpaceTalley 2nd Floor
All DayNCHO Host Committee/Executive Council Space
7:00 a.m.-8:00 a.m.Corporate Partners Set UpMountains & Piedmont Ballroom
8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.Institutional Member RegistrationTalley 3rd Floor Lobby (Outside of 1887 Bistro)
8:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.Breakfast with Vendors

Chicken Biscuits
Country Ham Biscuits
Turkey Sausage Biscuits
Sausage Biscuits
Assorted Yates Mill Pastries
Fruit Tray
Iced Water
Assorted Bottled Juices (Apple, Orange, and Fruit
Hot Water with Tea Bags
Regular Coffee
Mountains & Piedmont Ballroom
8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.SHO MeetingHatteras Ballroom
10:00 a.m.-10:45 a.m.Session 1-When AI Takes Over Housing: A (Not So) Sci-Fi Exploration – Talley 3210
-The Accessible Advantage: How Inclusive Recruitment Boosts Hiring Success – Talley 3221
-A New Organizational Model and Leadership Through it – Talley 3222
-Roundtable: Graduate Students – Currituck Ballroom
11:00 a.m.-11:45 a.m.Session 2-Finding Your Drive for Pro Devo – A Creative Exploration – Talley 3210
-Build Your Own Graduate Assistant (BYOG): Addressing All the Components to Launch a
Graduate Assistantship Program at Your Institution! – Talley 3221
-The Art of Managing Up – Talley 3222
-Roundtable: LGBTQ+ – Currituck Ballroom
12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m.Lunch with Corporate Partners

Fire Braised Chicken
Vegetarian Tamale Pie
Southwestern Rice
Refried Beans
Sour Cream
Hard Shell
Soft Shell
Nacho Chips & Salsa
Green Salad with Oranges and Red Onion
Tres Leches Cake
Sweet Iced Tea with Lemon
Ice Water
Mountains & Piedmont Ballroom
12:00 p.m.- 1:30 p.m.Professional HeadshotsCareer Development Center
2:00 p.m.-2:45 p.m.Session 3-(RA)ising Success: Academic Success is RA Success – Talley 3210
-Celebration: Creating a Culture of Recognition, Advocacy, and Belonging Withing Your
Team- Talley 3221
-#ResLife is Trendy Too – Talley 3222
-Roundtable: Mental Health – Currituck Ballroom
3:00 p.m.-3:45 p.m.Session 4-Go Fund Yourself – Talley 3210
-Fine vs. Restitution: Creating Equitable Practices for All Students – Talley 3221
-Program/Roundtable 3 – Talley 3222
-Roundtable: Upper/Mid-level Professional – Currituck Ballroom
4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.NCHO Business MeetingTalley 3222
5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.NCHO Night Out: North Carolina State FairNC State Fair Grounds

Friday, October 20th, 2023

All DayNCHO Host Committee and Executive Council Space
8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.Parents Room/Meditation SpaceTalley 2nd Floor
8:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.Breakfast On Your Own
10:00 a.m.-10:45 a.m.Session 5-From Setback to Strategy: Navigating Career Growth After a Missed Promotion – Talley 3210
-Home, Not Sweet Home: How Housing and Residence Life Policies Exclude “Non-Traditional”
Students – Talley 3221
-Amplifying Their Voices: Utilizing a Resident Satisfaction Survey to Assess the Residential
Experience – Talley 3222
-Roundtable: Professionals of Color – Currituck Ballroom
11:00 a.m.-11:45 a.m.Session 6-Conduct in Residence: Building Community Through Conduct – Talley 3210
-Empowering Student Employees: The Impact and Innovation of Resident Assistant Councils –
Talley 3221
-Foot on the Gas: Getting Your Partnership Across the Finish Line – Talley 3222
-Roundtable: New Professionals – Currituck Ballroom
12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.Closing Luncheon

Scrambled Eggs
Turkey Sausage Links
Fire Roasted Apples
Homestyle Potatoes
Fresh Fruit Tray
Biscuits with Butter and Assorted Jams
Assorted Yates Mills Pasteries
Iced Water
Assorted Bottled Juices (Apple, Orange, and Fruit
Hot Water with Tea Bags
Regular Coffee
Mountains & Piedmont Ballroom
2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.Incoming NCHO Executive MeetingConference Room 1 & 2

Program Proposals

Programming Sessions are the roadways that bring this conference road trip together!

We invite you to submit a program proposal that focuses on our three topic areas:

  • Growth: Programs highlighting the idea of growth and considering what could be, what might be, and how one may direct themselves toward the future also fall into this category
  • Impact: Programs highlighting the work that directly impacts the progression of students, professionals, and the department.
  • Vision: Programs that emphasize foreword thinking, in an effort to cultivate and sustain the department, facilities, and personnel. 

Whether you are sharing an initiative you implemented this academic year or partnering with a colleague on a topic that brings awareness and passion to light – we want to encourage you to share your knowledge with our professional through this year’s conference.

The deadline for program proposals to be submitted is August 31 at 11:59 p.m.

Submit a Program Proposal:

  1. Log into Microsoft CMT
    1. If you have not used this platform before, you will need to create an account
  2. Search NCHO in the conference list
  3. Click the ‘create new submission’ button to navigate to the program submission form

Professional Development Opportunities

The NCHO Host Team will be providing a professional development opportunity for conference attendees. You will have the opportunity to select opportunities you would be interested in when you complete the registration form. More information to come.

Case Study Competition

Case Study Competitions are where folks compete to present a solution to an issue or case study within student affairs. Winners of the competition will be awarded a certificate at the end of the conference. This competition is open to graduate students and new professionals (1-3 years).

Participants must sign up by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 18. The case studio scenario and instructions will be sent out on the evening of Wednesday, Oct. 18. A Graduate Student winner and New Professional winner will be selected and announced at the Closing Luncheon on Friday, 10/20.

Please email Professional Development Chair, Savannah Matherly, if you have any questions.

Affinity Roundtables 

Roundtables will be a guided discussion based on what the participants want to talk about. We are requesting folks interested in leading a roundtable when completing the registration form. The following are possible roundtable topics for the conference:

  • Women in Housing
  • Professionals of Color
  • Graduate Students 
  • New Professionals 
  • Small Colleges/Universities
  • Private Universities 
  • HBCUs
  • Upper/Mid-Level Professionals
  • Mental Health Roundtable

More information to come.

Corporate Partners

Interested in marketing your business to housing professionals across North Carolina?

Serving as a sponsor and/or exhibiting at the NCHO Annual Conference is sure to provide you with the opportunity to meet and network with a wide range of professionals who are seen as current and rising influential partners and decision-makers on their campuses! Check out our sponsors and vendor page for details on costs, opportunities and more.

Host Committee Contact Information

Curtis Jacksoncjackso2@ncsu.eduNC StateSupport & Vendor Fair/Corporate Partners
Savannah Matherlysmather@ncsu.eduNC StateProfessional Development
Tom Scearcetcscearc@ncsu.eduNC StateProfessional Development
Dr. Jameco McKenzieljmckenz@ncsu.eduNC StateVenue & Conference Logistics
Josh Levine-Ingebretsonjoshua_ingebretson@unc.eduUNC-Chapel HillVendor Fair/Corporate Partners
Jenna Jeslisjdjeslis@ncsu.eduNC StateVendor Fair/Corporate Partners
Crystal Harveycharvey@highpoint.eduHPUEducational Sessions
Markyl Wilsonmwilson7@highpoint.eduHPUMarketing + Registration
Ivy Ferreirakferrei1@highpoint.eduHPUMarketing + Registration
Jordan Lo Fasojlofaso@highpoint.eduHPUSocial Events/Excursions
Nadia Sharpensharpe@highpoint.eduHPUSocial Events/Excursions
Jamal Bennetjbennet1@highpoint.eduHPUSocial Events/Excursions
Jill Solomanjillian.solomon@duke.eduDukeSocial Events/Excursions