On-Site Conference Amenities and Accommodations
The Minneapolis Hilton Hotel is the headquarters for the 2022 NCFR Annual Conference (see room reservations & rates). All presentations, meetings, poster sessions, exhibits, and events will be held at this location.
Below are several key conference services and amenities to enhance and enrich your conference experience.
Map of the Minneapolis Hilton
All conference sessions will be held at the Omni Fort Worth Hotel on floors 2 and 3. Looking for a specific room, please see our map of the second and third floors.
Complimentary WiFi in Meeting Spaces
Conference Registration and Badges
Anyone attending NCFR conference events — including visitors — must be registered, vaccine verified, and wear a badge at all times while attending conference activities. Your registration fee covers attendance at:
- plenaries, special sessions, invited sessions, symposia, workshops, papers, lightning papers, roundtables, resource exchanges, posters
- section and focus group meetings
- meetings of boards or committees to which you belong
- receptions and special events, except the following events that cost extra or are by invitation/RSVP only: pre- or postconference workshops; TCRM sessions; Mentoring Academy; CFLE Reception; Legacy Circle Reception
Preconference and Postconference Workshops have separate registration fees. You may add any workshop to your conference registration at any time. Log in at my.ncfr.org, click the Events menu item, then click Edit next to the conference event for which you'd like to modify your registration.
Guests: A $69 registration is available to guests of conference registrants to attend receptions. Please register online at https://www.ncfr.org/ncfr-2022/registration. After registering you will be required to complete the vaccine verification process.
Visitors: Visitor badges are available to approved visitors, such as family of award recipients attending an award ceremony. All visitors must be registered, vaccine verified, and wear a badge while attending conference activities. Does not include reception attendance.
Packet Pick-Up & Help Desk
Location: 3rd floor
Mon., 2–6 p.m.; Tue.-Wed., 7 a.m.–8 p.m.; Thu.–Fri., 7 a.m.–5 p.m.; Sat., 7 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Visit the conference packet pick-up area to check in and pick up your conference badge and program booklet.
At the help desk near the packet pick-up area, staff can answer questions about how to navigate the conference — locating events and services, contacting other staff for assistance, identifying additional conference details, and more.
Student Aide Check-In Desk
Location: 3rd floor, near packet pick-up area
All students who have signed up for and received a student aide assignment for the conference should check in at least 15 minutes before their work time at the student aide desk, located near the packet pick-up area on the third floor.
Health & Safety
All in-person conference participants will be required to wear face masks in all conference-related event spaces. Masks may be removed at your own risk when speaking on stage or when eating and drinking. Masks must be high quality such as N95, KN95, KF94, or a 3-ply surgical mask.
NCFR will have a supply of masks available but suggests attendees come prepared with their own masks.
If you feel sick or have symptoms of a cold, flu, or COVID-19, please refrain from participating at in-person conference sessions. It is recommended to test yourself for COVID-19.
Read more about health & safety
NCFR is committed to providing a safe and collegial meeting environment that fosters open dialogue and free expression of ideas without harassment, discrimination, and hostile conduct, as well as equal opportunity and treatment for all its conference participants. This same commitment is expected of all conference participants.
Please read the NCFR Annual Conference Code of Conduct and learn how to report harassment or unacceptable behavior that occurs at the conference.
Captioning at Sessions: NCFR will offer live on-screen captioning at the 15 sessions scheduled for the large ballroom at the 2022 conference, provided by a captionist with expertise in captioning academic content. This is an expanded coverage from past years. Sponsored by the University of Auburn, Department of Human Development & Family Science.
"Speak Louder" Signs: All attendees will also be provided with handheld fans/signs to use in any session to indicate to a presenter to speak louder. Sponsored by the University of Auburn, Department of Human Development & Family Science.
Every academic session, regardless of the size of the room, will be equipped with a microphone and amplifying electronic speaker. In some cases, we will have multiple microphones for panel sessions. Presenters have been instructed that they may remove their face masks during presentations.
Clear facemasks designed to allow those with hearing loss to see the lips of speakers will be available for conference attendees. Presenters may remove their face mask during presentations to improve overall audio and support lip reading.
NCFR and the Minneapolis Hilton want to ensure that all individuals can participate fully in the NCFR conference. For needs related to guest accommodations, please contact the hotel directly at 612-376-1000.
NCFR can provide reasonable accommodations for disabilities for participation in conference sessions when you make a request in advance. It may not be possible to provide certain accommodations when requests are made at the conference. Neither NCFR nor hotel staff can provide personal assistance/aide services. If you would like to request an accommodation for the conference, please contact [email protected].
Hotel Accommodations and Dining
- Complimentary Wi-Fi in all meeting spaces and every guest room
- Complimentary in-room refrigerators
- Vegetarian and gluten-free selections are included at receptions and are available for catered events.
- The Minneapolis Hilton Hotel also houses several dining options, including a restaurant, bar, and market with Starbucks.
- Please see all hotel and dining amenities.
Location: 2nd floor near Marquette meeting rooms. Identifying signage will be displayed outside all-gender restroom.
Family and Nursing Room
A non-staffed, designated family friendly room is available for parents and guardians with young children. The non-staffed room includes tables with chairs and comfortable seating.
Room: Board Room 2, Wed.-Fri., 7 a.m. - 9 p.m., Saturday 7 a.m. - 1 p.m.
The Hilton hotel has a designated Nursing mothers' room located on the 1st floor lobby level. The nursing room includes comfortable seating, soft lighting, and electricity. You may request a key to use the Nursing room at the hotel front desk.
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Location: Conrad D
Scheduled Meditation time: Wed, Thurs, Friday 7:10-7:40 a.m.
Room available: Weds, Thurs, Friday 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Relax and Recharge Room
Hours: Wed.–Fri., 7 a.m.–9 p.m.; Sat., 7 a.m.–1:00pm
The Relax and Recharge Room provides a place to work, unwind, or gather casually with other attendees. Find comfortable seating, tables, computer stations, a printer, and device chargers free for attendees to use.
Getting Around Downtown
Once you arrive at the Hilton, you can get around to nearby locations through public transportation, ride shares, or by foot. Much of downtown is connected by an indoor skyway that limits the need to walk outside.
Destinations near the Hilton include several restaurants and the downtown Target store (you'll have to walk outside about a block if coming from the hotel).
Full Guide to Downtown Minneapolis
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