The Alternatives National Conference has decided not to hold an independent conference this year. Instead, Alternatives is collaborating with Mental Health & Addiction Association of Oregon to host elements of Alternatives in its Peerpocalypse conference, April 20-23, 2020 conference in Seaside, Oregon. To learn more about getting to Seaside, click here.

Quick Guide to Arriving at Alternatives

Dear 2019 Alternatives Conference participant,

The 2019 Alternatives Conference is just around the corner, and we are excited you will be joining us! The conference program is available online here. You will receive a printed copy of the program when you arrive.

The conference begins with dinner on Sunday, July 7 (5 pm to 7 pm), and continues through breakfast on Friday, July 12 (6:30 am to 9 am).

·      The conference registration desk is open on Sunday from 2 pm to 7 pm, from Monday through Thursday from 7 am to 7 pm, and on Friday from 7 am to 1 pm. If you arrive or if you need help during these hours, please check here first.

·      The Pryzbyla (Pryz) information desk is open from 6:30 am to midnight on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday; and from 6:30 am to 10 pm on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. They can help you with questions about the dorms and meeting rooms, and check newly arriving people into their dorm rooms (and will tell you which dorm to come to).

·      If you are staying in a dorm room and you arrive when the Pryz information desk is closed, call 202-319-5200, and the Catholic University of America (CUA) on-call person will meet you at your dorm.


We are here to answer questions and find solutions for your need or concern. If you are unable to come to the desks, or if you need help after hours, please call one of the following:

General conference number: 202-556-3449: Call this number if you have any questions about the conference, would like peer support, or have any other concerns. If you have any problems or concerns, please let us know right away so we can work to resolve them early, and we'll have greater opportunity to meet your needs.

Transportation: 202-556-3411: To assist those who need it, we have two golf carts and an accessible van. Volunteers will be circling on a regular basis from Opus Hall, Millennium North and South, and the Pryz (at the rear entrance, where the van can drive up). Call us if you need a ride from the Metro (Brookland-CUA stop). 



We were able to obtain group tickets to the National Museum of African American History and Culture on Tuesday, July 9. Sign up at the Conference local desk for the time you would like to go: 11 am, noon, 2 pm, or 3 pm. The Museum is about two miles from the Senate and House office buildings; you can walk or take Lyft or Uber.

Wednesday night is the Open Mic. Come prepared to share through song, poetry, and other forms of creative expression for 5 minutes or join the appreciative audience. On Thursday, we have a great DJ, and the dance theme is Superhero Dance Party! Come as you are, or come in costume as your favorite superhero!



Please reach out to us if you have accessibility needs you did not indicate when you signed up for the conference. We will try our best to accommodate your needs! 

If you are planning to bring a support animal, please go to this page, which has instructions on the university procedure: