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2019 Summer Institute

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The 2019 AAUP/AAUP-CBC Summer Institute is coming to Chicago! We’re excited to announce that Roosevelt University is the site of this year’s program, to be held July 25–28.

Faculty, students, and academic workers all over the country are rising up and taking a stand on their campuses to advocate for the standards and resources our students and communities need to thrive. Together, we’re building our collective voice, and it all starts at the AAUP/AAUP-CBC Summer Institute.

Featuring presenters experienced in policy, strategy, organizing, and leadership, our workshops at this year’s Summer Institute will give you all the skills and tools you need to build a powerful voice on your campus.

Please plan to join us at Roosevelt University in Chicago, Illinois, July 25–28, 2019, for four days of thinking big, learning skills, making friends, and having fun. 

Registration Costs (Registration is now closed.)

Registration Type

Early Registration Rate (until May 28)

Regular Registration Rate (until July 1)

On-Campus AAUP Member



Off-Campus AAUP Member



On-Campus Nonmember



Off-Campus Nonmember



On-Campus Guest



Off-Campus Guest

price according to selected activities

price according to
selected activities

On-Campus AAUP Member–You are an AAUP member staying in a residence hall.

Off-Campus AAUP Member–You are an AAUP member staying somewhere besides the residence hall on campus (this category includes attendees who choose to stay in a hotel).

On-Campus Nonmember–You currently are not a dues-paying member of the AAUP, and you are staying in the residence hall.

Off-Campus Nonmember–You currently are not a dues-paying member of the AAUP, and you will stay somewhere besides the residence hall on campus (this category includes attendees who choose to stay in a hotel).

*On-Campus Guest–A guest who shares a room with an attendee (such as a spouse or partner) and may opt to participate in some meals and activities (but not workshops). Guests must be registered.

*Off-Campus Guest–A guest who stays off campus but may opt to participate in some meals and activities (but not workshops).

*Individuals registered as guests to the Summer Institute are not permitted to attend workshops or the plenary session.

What Does Registration Cover?
Your registration fee covers:

  • all workshop materials
  • three nights in a single-occupancy room in a residence hall on campus (except for off-campus registrants)
  • breakfast on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
  • lunch on Friday and Saturday
  • opening reception on Thursday evening

All registration fees are due at the time of registration. If you select “check” as your method of payment, please make it payable to the AAUP and mail it to the national office within five (5) days of your registration: AAUP, Attn: Summer Institute, 1133 19th St., NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20036. Your early payments make our record-keeping much easier. All fees must be paid or you will not be permitted to check in.

If you are being sponsored by a chapter or conference, please have the chapter/conference president or executive director forward a letter to the national office on chapter/conference letterhead stating that your registration is being covered by the chapter/conference. Send these letters to Christopher Simeone by email, postal mail, or fax. Email: ; fax: (202) 737-5526; mail: AAUP, Attn: C. Simeone, 1133 19th St., NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20036. We ask that all outstanding Summer Institute balances be paid by July 2, 2019.

What is Not Included in My Registration Fee?

  • dinner Friday and Saturday
  • optional activities (see below)
  • additional nights in the residence hall
  • residence hall lodging if you choose to be an “off-campus” registrant
  • hotel costs

Cancellation and Substitutions
We’re sorry you can’t make it! All cancellations and substitutions should be submitted in writing to Christopher Simeone at or (202) 737-5526 (fax) as soon as possible. Cancellations received prior to Friday, June 10, 2019, will be eligible for a refund minus the $50 processing fee. For cancellations received after June 10, 2019, we will not be able to fully refund your registration fees.

All substitutions should be submitted in writing to Christopher Simeone before July 1, 2019. We will be unable to substitute attendees after this date.

Attendee Information

Getting to Campus:
Roosevelt University is located in the heart of Chicago and has panoramic views of the towering skyscrapers and picturesque Lake Michigan. The Auditorium Building and Wabash Building Residences combine classrooms, labs, residences hall, dining, and fitness center, all in one connecting building. For a campus map, please visit

The best place to be dropped off is 425 S. Wabash Avenue (Wabash Building) and then walk around on the Ida B. Wells Drive on the Michigan Entrance for the Auditorium Building (less than 2 minute walk).

Air Travel:
The nearest airports to Roosevelt University campus are Midway International (MDW) and O’Hare International (ORD). For information and transportation options, please visit the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) website. We recommend using the CTA train system, also known as the “L”.

O’Hare International (ORD): the airport is located 17 miles to the northeast of Roosevelt University. You may find cheaper airfares flying into ORD, but transit time to campus could be longer and more expensive. To reach Roosevelt University campus via “L” train, take the BLUE line train from ORD towards Forest Park and get off at Jackson stop (then walk 6 minute to campus).

Midway International (MDW) the airport is 11.5 miles southeast of Roosevelt University. It is smaller airport, closer to campus but airfares might be more expensive. To reach Roosevelt University campus via “L” train, take the ORANGE line train from MDW towards Loop, get off at Harold Washington Library-State/Van Buren stop (a mere four-minute walk to campus).

**Please note: the AAUP will not provide shuttle transportation.**

Interstate 90, 94, 55, and 290 are the primary access to the campus from the north, south, and west. State Highway Route 41 provides convenient access from north and south. Click here for directions.

Rail Service:
Amtrak provides rail service to Chicago Union Station. Click here for Amtrak Chicago information. To reach Roosevelt University from Chicago Union Station, take the BROWN line train towards Kimball, get off at Harold Washington Library-State/Van Buren stop (then walk four minutes to campus).

Parking on Campus:
Roosevelt University does not own a parking lot or structure at the Chicago Campus. However, daily discounted guest rates are available at the following locations:

For more parking information and rates, please visit

Dorm Check-in:
Dorm Check-in will be open Wednesday, July 24, from 3:00pm until 7:00pm, and Thursday, July 25, from 8:00am until 7:00pm, Friday 8:00am until 11:00am. If you are arriving to campus after 7:00 p.m., we ask that you complete this form to help us track your late arrival date and time. This information will help us make sure there is someone from staff on-site with your dorm package for late on campus arrivals.

Dorm check-in will be conducted by Roosevelt University staff at the Wabash Building Residences on the fourteenth floor of the Wabash Building (425 S. Wabash Avenue). Each attendee will have their own single occupancy bedroom in a shared suite. Suites will have one large shared bathroom between all rooms. Each bedroom will be furnished with an extra-long twin bed, desk, and a wardrobe. Included linen packets will have sheets, a pillow and pillow case, blanket, and towels when you arrive. All rooms are air conditioned. All residence halls are strictly non-smoking. There are elevators available in the residence hall. Please remember to bring your own toiletries as these will not be provided.

Attendees must check out of the Wabash Building by 12:00pm on Sunday, July 28. Attendees must return keys in the express drop box or pay a $200 replacement fee to Roosevelt University. Please leave all linens in your room at checkout.

Registration and Information Desk:

Registration Desk:
Wednesday- 3:00pm to 7:00pm (Fairman Lounge)
Thursday- 8:00am to 6:00pm (Fairman Lounge)
Friday- 8:00am to 11:00am (Outside AUD 308)

Information Desk:
Friday- 12:00pm-4:00pm (Outside AUD 308)
Saturday 8:00am-11:00am and 12:00pm to 5:00pm (Outside AUD 308)

If you are staying  on campus, you will be issued a meal card when you check in to your dorm. If you are an off-campus attendee, you will be issued a meal card when you pick up your Summer Institute registration packet.

The following meals are included in your registration: breakfast and lunch on Friday, and breakfast and lunch on Saturday. All meals will be served in the McCormick Dining Hall on the second floor of the Wabash Building, 425 S. Wabash.  Sunday buffet breakfast is also included in the cost of registration as part of the closing session in the Congress Lounge (AUD Building).

There will also be an opening reception on Thursday evening in the Congress Lounge. Hors d’oeuvres will be served and a cash bar will be available. Doors open at 6:00pm.

Most of the workshop classrooms are located in the Auditorium Building (AUD) on floors three, four, and five. Some workshops will also be held in the Wabash Building. Workshop locations will be printed in the Summer Institute program. Please be respectful to presenters and other attendees by attending only the workshops you registered for. Please see the agenda in your registration envelope.

Coffee Breaks
Presenters will usually break for about 10 minutes halfway through their workshop sessions. Coffee, water, and tea will be available on the fourth floor of the Auditorium Building, outside the classroom spaces.

Optional Activities:
This year we have arranged one optional activity for Thursday morning, Friday night, and one for Saturday night. 

Optional Thursday Morning Activity: Chicago Labor History Labor Tour
The Illinois Labor History Society is offering us a unique and exclusive labor history tour from 11am-2pm. Here is the description:

2019 is the centennial anniversary for the historic Chicago Race Riot of 1919. Join us for a tour of important sites throughout Bronzeville and the former Stockyards, as we explore both the immediate causes for the anti-black violence and the broader context in which the riot occurred. Sites will include the iconic Stockyard Gate and William Walker mural, the home of anti-lynching crusader, Ida B. Wells-Barnett, the former offices of the Chicago Defender and the 8th Regiment Victory Monument. The Black Devils, as they were called, were instrumental in armed defense of the black community during the riot. We will also discuss the Chicago Federation of Labor’s organizing drive in the stockyards as one of many progressive campaigns in the city that year and draw upon later, successful campaigns to organize the stockyards under the auspices of the CIO in the 1930s. Western Illinois University Professor of History, Peter Cole, will join Julia Berkowitz, to guide the tour.  Julia is the Recording Secretary of the Illinois Labor History Society, and Peter is the Director of the Chicago Race Riot of 1919 Commemoration Project (CRR19). **Please note: Food will not be provided on this tour. Please plan accordingly.**

Tickets for this tour are available now for $25. To add this tour to your agenda, please send an email to

Please note: attendees will be picked up outside the Wabash Building main entrance (425 S. Wabash Avenue) at 10:45 a.m.; bus departs at 11:00 a.m. sharp. After the tour, attendees will be transportation back to campus by 2:00 p.m. Attendees not on the bus returning to campus are responsible for their own transportation back to campus.

Optional Friday Evening Activity: Chicago Architecture River Cruise (SOLD OUT)*

Join your fellow attendees and experience the top tour in Chicago. The Chicago Architecture Foundation Center River Cruise will showcase fifty buildings along the Chicago River. In ninety minutes, get the real story on Chicago architecture and its history. Your guide will entertain you with stories of how Chicago went from a small settlement to one of the world’s largest cities in less than a hundred years. While onboard, enjoy the full-service cash bar, serving a selection of beverages and snacks.

Tickets for the Architecture River Cruise are $47 (transportation to the dock is not included).

Please note: boarding begins at 5:00 p.m. and the boat will cruise from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. The Architecture River Cruise dock is located at the Riverside Gardens on Chicago’s Riverwalk at Michigan Avenue (112 E Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60601), one mile north of the residence hall. Transportation will not be provided, but the dock is a mere twenty-minute walk or a cheap cab ride away. Please meet our AAUP staff at the dock thirty minutes prior to departure time as the boat departs precisely on time. This is a public cruise, so if you wish to sit with other attendees, join us at the dock no later than 5:00 p.m.

For more information, please visit

Optional Saturday Evening Activity: Baseball Game (SOLD OUT)*

Join your fellow attendees and watch the Chicago White Sox take on the Minnesota Twins. The game starts at 6:10 p.m. at Guaranteed Rate Field (333 West 35th Street, Chicago, IL).

Tickets are $43, which includes a $10 Comiskey Cash voucher for use anywhere in the ballpark where cash is accepted—concessions, souvenirs, and more!

Please note: roundtrip transportation to the baseball game is included in the ticket price. Attendees will be picked up outside the Wabash Building main entrance (425 S. Wabash Avenue) at 5:20 p.m.; bus departs at 5:30 p.m. sharp. After the baseball game ends, transportation back to campus will leave the stadium at 9:30 p.m. Attendees not on the bus returning to campus are responsible for their own transportation back to campus.

*Optional activities on Friday and Saturday are currently sold out. Please visit the Summer Institute Registration Desk if you are interested in being added to the waitlist for these activities. 

Campus Policies:
Possession of illegal substances is officially prohibited on campus. You can visit the Roosevelt University web site, or ask at the Wabash Building residence life desk on the fourteenth floor of the Wabash Building to review these policies.

Wifi Access:
To connect to the wireless network on campus:

  1. Select the RUWIFI wireless network
  2. Use password “GO GREEN” to connect.

Guest users are required to abide by the University’s “Acceptable Use Policy” located in the On-Line Policy Manual. 

Fitness Center:
The Barry Crown Fitness center is located on the fifth floor of the Wabash Building.

Hours of operation: Monday-Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.; 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

For more information, visit:

Social Media Hashtag:
Want to share your experiences with the rest of the AAUP community? Use the hashtag #AAUPSI in social media posts, including photos, during your time at the Summer Institute! Be sure to mention @AAUP & @AAUPCBC.

Workshop Evaluations and SI Overall Evaluation:
Evaluations for each workshop will be handled through an online survey tool. During the Summer Institute, you will receive an email containing the information you need to access and complete the survey. Please complete an evaluation for each workshop you attend. At the end of the Summer Institute, you will receive a message with a link to the overall evaluation for the entire program. Please take the time to complete this survey as well. We use this information every year to make the Summer Institute a better experience for all attendees. Thank you!

Program and Information:
The Summer Institute program is posted here.

If you have questions during the Summer Institute, please stop by our registration desk/information desk. For questions before the Summer Institute, please email us at

Points of Interest in Chicago:
For more information on the campus and surrounding area, please click here.

For more information on things to do in Chicago, please click here.

For other recommendations, please click here.

Photography Policy:
Portions of the AAUP/AAUP-CBC Summer Institute will be photographed or recorded. Your participation in the institute constitutes consent to be photographed and authorization for the AAUP to use photographs, or cause them to be used, for any purpose (including, but not limited to, AAUP publications, marketing, promotion, and advertising). Conference participants will not be compensated for the use of photographs or recordings.

The AAUP/AAUP-CBC Summer Institute is not a function of Roosevelt University.

Roosevelt University
Auditorium Building
Chicago, Illinois 60605
Date & Time: 
Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 10:45am to Sunday, July 28, 2019 - 10:45am

Event Category:

All Day: