I received a message this week from a member of the Support Driven community asking,
I’d really love to go to the Expo, but I have a nursing 6 month old. Are nursing children allowed to attend if worn (she wouldn’t be anywhere but attached to me)?
My immediate response was “OMG, Yes, please bring your baby!”
The interaction got me to thinking about what a great fit Portland and the Expo’s venue are for Support Driven’s values, including both inclusion and sustainability.
In terms of sustainability, with Support Driven Expo, we want to build something of value that lasts. We want to carve time out of our busy work-lives to learn and share. This is necessary for the long-term health of our careers, our community, and the support industry as a whole.
With Expo, and with everything Support Driven does, we also want to create a pleasant and welcoming space that nurtures the community, and that the community nurtures in return. Likewise, with their commitment to green spaces, local food sourcing, sustainable building materials, bike lanes, and composting, PSU and the city of Portland are dedicated to being custodians of their spaces so that residents and visitors will have a long-lasting, pleasant, and nurturing space to live and play.
In terms of inclusion, the Support Driven Expo will be held on campus at Portland State University, giving us convenient access to all sorts of amenities. On-campus childcare is a less-than ten-minute walk from the venue, making the event more accessible to parents. Nearby food vendors are available for every dietary need and preference, making the Expo more accessible to, well, everyone. As I mentioned above, nursing babies and babes in arms are welcome. And! We worked with the PSU dorms to find convenient and affordable places to stay for Expo attendees. Support Driven Expo participants are able to book housing that’s a five-minute walk from the venue. This is a great option for folks who don’t want to worry about transportation or the stress of finding a place to stay, and the price is accessible, too.
We want the Expo to be open to all of our Support Driven community, including working parents, and including folks who may be looking for their first support job. Keep reading to learn about on-campus childcare, the PSU dorms, and our venue, the brand new Viking Pavilion. I’ll see you in Portland June 21-22 :-).
Have you registered yet? If not, get your Support Driven Expo ticket today!
Tell me more about the PSU Dorms deal!
As folks in the Support Driven community researched hotel options in Portland, we discovered that nearby accommodations were not abundant. Rose got to work on finding convenient and affordable options, and we’re excited to announce the Portland State University Summer Housing opportunity for Expo participants.
The Broadway Residence Hall is about a four block (or five minute) walk from the Expo venue. For $68 per night between June 20 and June 23, Support Driven Expo attendees can book a room with a private bathroom, twin bed(s), bed linens and towels, lamps and fans, and access to the campus network via WiFi. Rooms can be used for one or two people, and the Broadway building has rooms with kitchenettes and mini-refrigerator. Please note that a minimum stay of 2 nights is required, and the rooms are not air conditioned. Also, the dates are firm — it will not be possible to book this deal outside of the dates given due to the residence halls’ other commitments (check-in can be no earlier than June 20 and check-out no later than June 23).
If this sounds like a great option to you, go ahead and book a room at the PSU dorms.
On-campus child care
About five blocks away from the Expo venue is the PSU Little Vikings childcare center. Little Vikings is a licensed childcare center that doesn’t require a years-long waiting list, and offers single-day or even just a few hours a day of care for children 6 weeks to 12 years old. You can reserve care in advance (which we recommend), or just walk in. All staff have cleared background checks and are trained in first aid, CPR, food handling, and recognizing and reporting child abuse. They are experienced in working with young children, and will provide a safe, fun atmosphere for your kids within a five-ten minute walk of the Expo venue.
The Expo takes place during the center’s normal summer operating hours of 7:45am to 5:30pm, so parents can call now to make reservations for June 21-22. For more information about rates and to request childcare, go to Little Vikings Childcare.
The Venue: The Viking Pavilion at the Peter W. Stott Center
This is a change from last year’s SDX that I’m super excited about: we’re going to be in a new venue! And by new, I don’t just mean new to us. I mean brand spanking new. While the Expo will remain in Portland this year, we are moving from the shared Student Union from last year to Portland State’s Viking Pavilion, and we’re going to have it all to ourselves!
Located on PSU campus, the Viking Pavilion is in the heart of downtown Portland. In true Portland fashion, it is dedicated to sustainability: it’s pedestrian-friendly, close to public transit, uses non-toxic building materials, sources it’s food locally and sustainably, and tracks and composts food waste. The first event in the space was last week. Rose and Scott volunteered last week and snapped some photos of the spaces.