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2020 Annual Conference - Springfield, Illinois

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Mission Statement

GLACUHO - Providing the best opportunities for housing officers to learn, lead and serve.

Vision Statement

GLACUHO will be widely recognized as a premiere regional housing association.

Core Values

Personal, professional and organizational growth, service, visionary leadership, inclusivity.

Our Purpose

  • To better prepare housing officers to meet the diverse and changing needs of those we serve with primary concern for students.
  • To contribute to the improvement of dining services, residential life, and residential facilities provided by housing officers.
  • To advance and communicate professional knowledge and standards in the field of student housing.
  • To provide opportunities for education of professional development of housing officers.
  • To sponsor activities and services which assist housing officers in the exchange and distribution of information and ideas.
  • To be supportive of the goals and purposes of the Association of College and University Housing Officers-International (ACUHO-I).

Statement on Diversity

GLACUHO welcomes and appreciates diversity at all levels of the association and treats members with respect and dignity. As educators and housing professionals, we must foster environments that exhibit appropriate respect towards others and oppose all acts of intolerance. GLACUHO prohibits discrimination and harassment on the basis of race, sex, ethnicity, religious or spiritual preference, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, size, creed, political affiliation, diversity of thought, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, physical ability, political affiliation, or veteran status. GLACUHO welcomes and affirms all individuals to our association.

Statement on Hate Crimes

The Great Lakes Association of College and University Housing Officers (GLACUHO) has a responsibility to communicate professional knowledge and standards in the field of housing and to provide for the education and professional development of housing officers. GLACUHO is concerned about the growing problem of hate crimes on college and university campuses. Such incidents are increasingly prevalent and damage the sense of community, particularly within our on-campus residential areas.

GLACUHO believes it is within our responsibilities, as housing officers, to protect human rights and to promote diversity and pluralism in higher education. Therefore, GLACUHO encourages housing officers to do all they can to understand and address the issues that drive hate crimes. Having an educated and planned response to hate crimes will sustain us in our important role of serving students.

Environmental Statement

GLACUHO believes it is within our responsibilities to promote decision-making and goal setting that focuses on positive and sustainable practices and methods.

As educators and housing professionals, we must:

  • Educate ourselves and our students about sustainability issues and our individual and organizational impact on the environment.
  • Employ and advocate environmentally sustainable best practices, e.g. recycling, waste and energy use reduction, and the construction of green facilities.
  • Promote community partnerships, resource sharing and innovative thinking to foster responsible citizenship for a lifetime.

GLACUHO is committed to leaving the smallest possible environmental footprint in the communities where our members and students live, work, gather, and learn.

Association By-Laws

The association's by-laws were last revised on October 20, 2018, after a successful vote by the membership. Click here to view the by-laws. 

Leadership Manual

The leadership manual outlines the roles and responsibilities of the board. The most recent version was published in November 2018. Click here to view the Leadership Manual. 

The History of GLACUHO

On July 28, 1949, ACUHO-I was created in its earlier form. In the beginning days of ACUHO-I, only the senior housing officers attended the conference. Middle management desired to have the opportunity to meet, and regional organizations arose from that desire. At the ACUHO-I meeting in Flora (1972), delegates from the Great Lakes agreed to the idea of holding a winter meeting of the Great Lakes region in the winter of 1973.

GLACUHO was the last region to be organized. All other regions of ACUHO-I had been meeting for several years. The first regional conference was held on February 25 - 27, 1973 at Kent State University. It was known as the Great Lakes Region Housing Officers (GLRHO). The winter meeting provided opportunities for those who regularly attend the ACUHO-I meetings as well as other middle management officers who did not have this opportunity.

By 1983, the size of the institution had grown to 89 member schools. At that meeting, changes were voted on, and approved, that would bring the association into a structure more similar to today's. The membership voted to move the dates of the annual meeting from February, when it had occurred for the first 11 years, to October. This year also marked the change in the leadership from a Vice President position to the President-Elect position. That year was unique because the next meeting was held that same fall of 1983, meaning two conferences occurred that year.

Over time, our association has grown and changed, as has our membership. We continue working to serve the needs of housing officers in our region.

Conference History by Year


1973 - Kent State University


1997 - University of Notre Dame


1974 - Indiana State University


1998 - CASCHA (Chicago Area Small College Housing Association)


1975 - Eastern Illinois University


1999 - Grand Valley State University


1976 - Eastern Michigan University


2000 - University of Dayton


1977 - Ohio State University


2001 - University of Southern Indiana


1978 - Purdue University


2002 - Northern Illinois University


1979 - Western Illinois University


2003 - Ferris State University


1980 - Michigan State University


2004 - Northeast Ohio Housing Officers


1981 - Kent State University


2005 - Ball State University / Indiana University


1982 - IUPUI


2006 - University of Illinois at Springfield


1983 Spring - Northern Illinois University


2007 - Ferris State University


1983 Fall - Kalamazoo College / Western Illinois University


2008 - University of Cincinnati / Wright State University


1984 - University of Cincinnati


2009 - State of Indiana (Various Schools)


1985 - CASCHA (Chicago Area Small College Housing Association)


2010 - Southern Illinois University Edwardsville / Eastern Illinois University / Southern Illinois University Carbondale


1986 - Purdue University / Manchester College


2011 - Grand Valley State University


1987 - Ferris State College


2012 - The Ohio State University


1988 - Wright State University


2013 - Butler University / IUPUI / Marian University / University of Indianapolis


1989 - Ball State University / Indiana State University


2014 - Western Illinois University


1990 - CASCHA (Chicago Area Small College Housing Association)


2015 - University of Michigan-Flint / Kettering University / Riverfront Residence Hall


1991 - Ferris State University


2016 - University of Cincinnati


1992 - Northeast Ohio Housing Officers


2017 - Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis


1993 - University of Evansville


2018 - Indiana University - Bloomington


1994 - Western Illinois University


2019 – Michigan State University (last conference hosted directly by a member institution)


1995 - Eastern Michigan University


2020 - Springfield, Illinois (first conference hosted by our new Conference Host Committee)


1996 - University of Toledo / Bowling Green State University


2021 - To be announced


Other Regional Affiliates of ACUHO-I

GLACUHO is just one of many regional affiliates of the ACUHO-I, the Association of College and University Housing Officers - International. For a complete list of all regional affiliates, visit