Event Planning

Planning an event or conference can be a rewarding, if time consuming, process. There are myriad details to consider. However, there are many willing, capable people at the School who can help make the process run smoothly and answer questions that come up along the way (meet the events team).

Faculty, staff, and student organizations sponsor a variety of events: from major conferences to formal receptions; from a small lecture in the iSchool building to a multi-unit supported lecture elsewhere on campus. To promote an event as sponsored by the School, the organizer must first review the School-Sponsored Events Policy and receive permission.

While each event has unique set of needs and circumstances, there are some general guidelines to follow. This document serves as a guide for the process as well as a map of resources available at the School. It will clarify event procedures, answer any questions you may have, and hopefully make the process less stressful—even enjoyable!

What to Consider When Planning an Event

The following is an overview of everything you may need to consider when planning your event. Use this outline, or the left-hand menu, to navigate through the pages of this document. After reading over all the pages in this document, use the quick guide as a reminder of who handles which task and both the timeline and the printable checklist to schedule and monitor completion of each task.

Quick Guide

Use our Quick Guide, an index of event planning tasks and the contacts for each, for reference throughout your event planning process.


The timeline and the checklist (in PDF form) can be used to plan what needs to happen when.


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