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NW5 Faculty of Color Retreat

May 21-23, 2024 – Willamette University in Salem, Oregon

Willamette University's Salem Oregon Campus

Willamette University is pleased to host the 2024 NW5 Faculty of Color Retreat. We hope that these three days will provide you with opportunities to rest, to reconnect, and to reflect.


  • Day 1 | Tuesday, May 21, 2024
    • 1–3 p.m. – Preretreat Workshop: Writing in Balance
    • 3–4 p.m. – Check In
    • 4–5:30 p.m. – Wine Tasting or a visit and tour at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art
    • 5:30–8 p.m. – Welcome Dinner & Flash Talks
  • Day 2 | Wednesday, May 22, 2024
    • Morning – Breakfast at Hotel
    • 9–10:30 a.m. – Conversation Circles
    • 10:30 a.m.–12 p.m. – Keynote with Dr. Chandan Reddy
    • 12–1 p.m. – Lunch
    • 1–2:30 p.m. – Keynote Workshop with Dr. Chandan Reddy
    • 2:30–5 p.m. – Explore Salem!
    • 6–8 p.m. – Dinner in Downtown Salem
  • Day 3 | Thursday, May 23, 2024
    • Morning – Breakfast at Hotel
    • 8:30–10 a.m. – Morning Activities in Salem
    • 10:30 a.m.–12 p.m. – Lightning Rounds
    • 12–1 p.m. – Wrap Up & Feedback
    • 1–2 p.m. – Lunch
    • 2 p.m. – Willamette Campus Tour (optional)


We have room blocks at The Grand Hotel and The Holman. Each is located just around the corner from one another in downtown Salem. Please first try to reserve your room at The Grand Hotel. If that room block is full you can then reserve at The Holman.

*All reservations must be booked by April 19, 2024.

Lobby at The Grand Hotel in Salem, Oregon

The Grand Hotel

Call and reserve under the Northwest 5 Consortium.

  • Group Rate Range: $159–$229
  • Free parking for all guests
  • Breakfast included
Lobby at The Holman in Salem, Oregon

The Holman

Call or book online to reserve under the Northwest 5 Consortium. Use Group Code 90F to book online.

  • Group Rate Range: $194–$209
  • Parking $23/day
  • Breakfast not included

Transportation to Salem Options:

Willamette is a 15-20 minute walk from both hotel locations.

By Car

We always recommend taking the opportunity to carpool with colleagues to the retreat. Parking is free to all guests at the Grand Hotel. Valet parking is available at the Holman Hotel for $23/day.


If you are flying into PDX and needing transportation down to Salem, we recommend using Groome Transportation, although other alternatives do exist. It drops you off at the Holiday Inn in Salem. It is a very short taxi/Uber/Lyft ride from there to campus/hotels or let us know and we can organize someone to pick you up.

by Train

The Salem train station is directly across the street from the Willamette campus.

Willamette University
Willamette University
900 State Street
Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.