Register ASAP – remember, this convention is earlier in the year than in past years. Registrations after October 16th cost $220. You must reserve your room BEFORE October 10th.
$195 covers all materials as well as coffee breaks and a Saturday banquet dinner. All delegates (but not alternate delegates nor observers) are also responsible for paying a travel share to help equalize the cost of attendance. Delegates will be in one of two travel pools. One pool is for those who fly and the equal cost will be calculate at convention. Those who commute locally, drive or take the bus or train, or use frequent flier miles constitute a separate pool. They will cover their own expenses and above that pay a fixed travel fee of $75 to the convention.
Delegate, Alternate, or Observer?:
Convention delegates are selected by DSA chapters. Members not in chapters may run as at-large delegates to the convention. Delegate vacancies can be filled up until the convention. YDS members are considered part of a chartered DSA chapter if their campus address is within the DSA chapter’s jurisdiction; otherwise, YDS members are at-large. Anyone can attend the convention as an observer (an attendee without speaking or voting rights).
Lodging at Convention Hotel:
The Hilton Garden Inn is in Emeryville, between Oakland and Berkeley (1800 Powell St., Emeryville, CA 94608). Accommodation is $139 (plus hotel tax) a night for Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, but is $169 for Thursday, October 24th, should you arrive early (good idea for East Coast travelers). Breakfast is provided in the room price, and all rooms have fridges. To reserve a room with the special convention rate (plus tax), call (510) 658-9300 and reference “DSA” (and insist on the special rate). You may also do so via our special DSA reservations page. Our room block ends October 10th, so reserve before then. NOTE: If you book online for Thursday through Sunday the reservation system may give you the $169 rate. Only when you are about to enter your credit card information does it then show the correct rates.
DSA chapters should fundraise to lower costs for delegates. There is financial aid, and childcare information, available from DSA. Please contact the national office for either at info (at) dsausa.org or (212) 727-8610. If you would like to cut costs by sharing a hotel room with another delegate, or by staying with a DSA member in the bay area, please notify the national office and we will attempt to match you with another delegate of the same gender identity.
The convention will open at 9:00am Friday, October 25th and close at 2:00pm Sunday, October 27th. We recommend those arriving from points east arrive the evening of Thursday, October 24th. We recommend that those flying book flights that depart at 6pm or later on Sunday, October 27th.