Gathering for Remote Attendees at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Wednesday, Nov. 8 – Friday, Nov. 10, 2023
No availability to gather for sessions on Saturday, Nov. 11
The Department of Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, in collaboration with NCFR, will host a gathering for remote attendees of the NCFR annual conference from Wednesday, Nov. 8 through Friday, Nov. 10.
Please note: Due to a campus event on Saturday, the University of Illinois is unable to provide gathering space to watch any conference sessions scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 11.
The intention of this gathering is to provide a safe and inclusive in-person conference experience that prioritizes the well-being of scholars for whom the state of Florida has recently passed discriminatory legislation. The state of Illinois supports teaching about structural inequalities including racism and protects the rights of LGBTQ people and immigrants (including undocumented).
Presenters who attend the Illinois remote gathering will need to use their own devices and present from a separate location apart from where other attendees are gathered to watch live sessions. More detailed information and logistics will be shared with presenters closer to the conference dates. Learn more about remote attendance here.
How to Sign Up
The sign-up form will open on Wednesday, Aug. 23 at noon (Central Time) and will be accessible to anyone who has registered to attend the full conference (no one-day registrations). Register for the conference here.
The Illinois gathering is limited to 65 registered NCFR conference attendees who are registered for the entire conference (no one-day registrations).
To secure a spot at the Illinois gathering, please sign up by October 1, 2023.
What to Expect at the Illinois Gathering
NCFR attendees at the Illinois gathering will have access to the same conference sessions as those who attend remotely from a different location. All plenaries, special sessions, invited presenter sessions, and paper sessions will be broadcast from Orlando. Dr. Abbie Goldberg’s plenary is the only exception, which will be broadcast from Illinois. No business meetings, awards ceremonies, or receptions will be broadcast from Orlando. Illinois attendees (and other remote attendees) should understand that there are some activities in which they cannot participate. However, Illinois attendees WILL have in-person networking and social events in addition to conference programming. Local program details will be finalized after registration for Illinois attendance has been determined.
Presenters: Please note you will need to use your own devices and present from a separate location apart from where other attendees are gathered to watch live sessions. More detailed information and logistics will be shared with presenters closer to the conference dates.
Transportation and Lodging
The Illinois location will be held on campus, with off-campus lodging. Those attending Illinois must get from the hotel to the conference each day on their own. Attendees will be responsible for arranging your own travel between the hotel and the conference gathering location. Also, due to Illini Dad’s Weekend, a major campus event that starts Friday evening, lodging options for Friday or Saturday nights may be limited. There is a block of rooms being held for Nov. 7-9, at the Hyatt Place Champaign–Urbana in downtown Champaign (reserve online or call 217-531-2800 option 0; group code G-UIFB). Other options include hotels, bed & breakfasts, and Airbnb. Illinois attendees should secure their lodging as quickly as possible.
Willard Airport in Champaign (code CMI) has only American Airlines flights to/from O’Hare and Dallas. The Central Illinois Regional Airport, 40 minutes away in Bloomington, Illinois (code BMI), has more options but requires car rental or Uber/Lyft. Other options include flying into the O’Hare or Midway airports and taking a shuttle bus to campus. Urbana–Champaign is also on the Amtrak route that connects Chicago to Memphis and New Orleans.
For more information about the Illinois remote option, please contact [email protected] or call 888-781-9331.