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). 



Directions to the campus. This link has directions for travel to Catholic University by car, train, or from airports.

Once you get to campus, these are directions to the Pryzbyla Center. Unfortunately, the buildings on campus do not have addresses and can be difficult to find. (Also see map.)

The conference will be held at the Pryzbyla University Center (Pryz) at The Catholic University of America (CUA). The address of the campus is 620 Michigan Avenue NE, Washington, DC 20064. Do not use the address for parking or drop-off. Instead, see the directions below.

There are two ways to arrive at the Pryz by car:

1-*Recommended if you are being dropped off and not parking: Tell your driver or enter into your GPS: “Pryzbyla University Center.” From John McCormack Avenue NE just past the Columbus School of Law, turn into CUA, and follow the entry road as it bends left to the 1st floor entrance of the Pryz. Stop by the ramp and enter the building.

2. If you are parking by the Pryz or at a second location for drop-off: Tell your driver or enter into your GPS: “McMahon Parking.” Turn into the Basilica Circle from Michigan Avenue. At the far end of the Basilica, take the first right off the roundabout, and continue straight through the Basilica parking until you reach a stop sign. Go straight, then bear right (but do not make a right turn) into McMahon Parking Lot. The Pryzbyla is the only glass building visible from the parking lot. Walk down the sidewalk and ramp to the Pryz.

From Amtrak at Union Station: Metrorail (recommended): From Union Station, take a red line train (direction of Glenmont) three stops to the Brookland-CUA station. Cost $2.25 or $1.10 (Senior/Disabled). Exit to the left when leaving the station. Taxi services also are available outside the main entrance to Union Station.

Arriving by Metro: The Metro stop is Brookland/Catholic University of American (CUA) on the Red Line (toward Glenmont). When you arrive at the Brookland/CUA stop, follow the signs to Catholic University. It is a short walk to cross John McCormack Blvd.; then enter the campus where there is a sign and a stone walkway. At the end of the stone walkway, take the first right on a path until you see the Pryz--it's the only glass building--and enter through the double doors.  *Call us if you need a ride from the Brookland/CUA Metro stop: 202-556-3411.



If you are bringing a vehicle to campus, you need to purchase campus parking. If you pay for parking online in advance (and make note of your license plate), the university will know you have already paid. Parking permits are required 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and can be obtained online in advance at guestparking.catholic.edu or, after you arrive, from the Office of Transportation and Parking Services, located in Pryzbyla Center 242, close to the information desk. Normal business hours are Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm. Cost: $10 per day, $46 per week. If you have a handicapped permit, you may park in ADA-accessible ADA-accessible spaces, but you still need a campus permit.



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!



*For those staying in the university residence halls: On the day you are leaving, please check out of your room by 10 am (unless you have gotten permission to stay longer). 

*You may check in by coming to the information desk at the Pryzbyla Center from 6:30 am to midnight on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday. The Pryz information desk is open from 6:30 am to 10:00 pm on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.

If you are arriving when the Pryz is closed, please call 202-319-5200. The CUA on-call person will meet you at the dorm.

If you are driving to the dorms:
To drive to parking for Opus Hall and Millennium N and S: Tell your driver or enter into your GPS: “Opus Hall.” From Michigan Avenue, turn left on John McCormack Road NE (last turn before the bridge). Continue on John McCormack past CUA Law School. Take the second left into the Opus parking lot.

Drop-off for Millennium N and S: Tell your driver or enter into your GPS: “Millennium North or Millennium South.”

*All dorms and meeting rooms have air conditioning, free WiFi, and elevators or ramps. Please bring whatever makes you comfortable and independent at home, including mobility devices you use at home. Information on where to rent what you need in advance can be found on the accessibility page : https://www.alternatives-conference.org/accessibility


Alternatives 2019 lodging is in the newer dorm rooms. Most conference participants will stay in Opus Hall or Millennium North or South. Every dorm will have a snack machine and elevator. The college dorms provide a towel, pillow, blanket, and 2 flat sheets. You may wish to bring your own blanket, pillow, fitted sheet (extra long), and soap supplies to make your stay more comfortable.



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: https://www.alternatives-conference.org/accessibility



Before Sunday dinner and after Friday breakfast, meals are on your own. You may pay upon entry for meals in the Pryz dining hall when it is open. Also, there are multiple eateries off campus nearby on Monroe Street. The following options are open on campus:

    • Pryzbyla Center (standard hours: 6:30 am - 10 pm)

      • Extended on Sunday - Tuesday: 6:30 am - midnight

    • Starbucks 2nd floor of Pryz: 8 am - 3 pm M-F

    • Convenience store on 1st floor of Pryz: noon - 5 pm M-F

    • Murphy’s Restaurant in the Pryz: 11:30 am - 7:20 pm M-F

    • Kane Fitness Center: 4 pm - 10 pm M-F, 10 am - 4 pm Saturday

See you soon at Alternatives 2019!

Questions: email info@ncmhr.org

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