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Who is invited to the Volunteers in Partnership Conference?

The Volunteers in Partnership (VIP) Conference is just one part of an important ongoing dialogue we maintain with all of our volunteers. Our program offering has been designed to be most relevant to active volunteers in one (or more) of our key programs within the University. While formal invitations were sent accordingly, any volunteer who is interested in attending is welcome to join us.

I have attended a previous volunteer conference. What’s different this time?

The VIP Conference launched in 2016 and was designed to engage in two-way dialogue and idea generation that would help guide the future work of Advancement and Alumni Relations programming. At that time, a number of key volunteer programs were new initiatives. In 2018 the conference built on this framework and focused on the development of volunteer skills and highlighted opportunities for volunteer growth and development. Our commitment to sharing experiences and perspectives and two-way dialogue remains, but each year the conference will present on topics that are relevant and meaningful to the evolving volunteer experience.

What information will the conference cover?

  • Program-specific sessions that take a deep dive into skills and resources, such as a demonstration of our new career network platform, information for admissions interviewers, and more.
  • Skills-specific sessions that include practical information relevant to many volunteers such as philanthropy best practices, and basic social media tips.
  • Personal development sessions that prepare attendees for success beyond their volunteer roles with the University and focus on topics such as overcoming implicit bias and working through challenging conversations.

Who should attend?
University of Rochester volunteers who:

  • Wish to develop skills related to their current roles in the University of Rochester community.
  • Are interested in honing their own personal and professional skills in a variety of areas.
  • Would like to learn what fellow volunteers are accomplishing.
  • Want to explore future volunteer opportunities and pathways.
  • Wish to engage with the University community, including alumni, friends, current students, and University leaders.
  • Seek the opportunity to network with other volunteers from a wide variety of roles.

Benefits of attending:
Conference attendees can expect to:

  • Prepare for success in their role(s) as a University of Rochester volunteer.
  • Get involved in University initiatives by providing insight and feedback in a collaborative setting.
  • Share experiences with and learn from fellow volunteers.
  • Expand their personal and professional networks.
  • Learn about University updates, exciting initiatives, and the impact volunteers have.
  • Cultivate leadership and communication skills that support personal and professional development.

How often does the conference occur?

The VIP Conference is offered every two years, during even years (e.g. 2016, 2018). Our next conference will take place in 2020.

Is there a registration fee for the Conference?

No! We are pleased to offer the VIP Conference without a registration fee. All meals during conference events on Friday and Saturday are complimentary. Attendees are asked to cover expenses related to their travel, including hotel accommodations.

Where is the conference held?

The conference is held on the River Campus at the University of Rochester.

When does registration close? How do I register?

  • Registration closes approximately 2-3 weeks prior to the conference.

Who can I contact if I have further questions?

Email us at alumni@rochester.edu or call us at 877-MELIORA (635-4672)

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