Conference and Event Services Event Planning
We would like to help you make your event a success. We know that planning an event or conference can be a challenge. To make it easier, our website provides the initial information to help you decide if Westmont is the right choice for your event. If you have not already done so, please take a few moments to review the Facilities Overview section to better acquaint yourself with our venues.
While the Westmont Conference and Event Services welcomes a wide variety of groups, we receive more requests for our facilities than we can host. To gain an understanding of what kinds of groups we welcome, please see our Guiding Principles for Quotes and Contracts.
Please begin the process of exploring Westmont as your conference location by requesting a quote! If you have any questions regarding Westmont facilities or the conference planning process, please contact Melinda Harriman at (805) 565-7254 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that dates and facilities are not confirmed or guaranteed until you have spoken with Conference and Event Services and received a signed contract.
The central purpose of the Westmont Conference and Event Services is to support and further the mission of Westmont College. Hospitality is a core value of Westmont's Christian identity, and so we welcome a wide variety of groups to our campus. Still, our educational and religious values do give rise to principals that guide our choices among the many organizations seeking to hold their programs at Westmont.
We especially welcome organizations whose mission furthers work Westmont is engaged in:
- serving the academic community, especially the liberal arts community and Christian higher education
- providing educational opportunities to the broader society, especially those reflecting our Christian liberal arts identity, including academic, artistic, spiritual, and physical development
- strengthening the Christian church, especially in ways that involve an educational aspect and that promote the integration of Christians’ spiritual and intellectual lives
- serving the needs of the broader society, especially its educational and spiritual needs
Because we seek balance in our overall program, we may occasionally choose not to host programs in areas where the overall program is already well represented.
Though we often welcome those whose work may not reflect one or another aspect of Westmont’s core identity as a Christian liberal arts institution, we may choose to decline those whose work, in our estimation, pursues goals inconsistent with the College’s mission and identity.
As we invite others to our campus, we do so trusting that principals of hospitality guiding the relationship between host and guest will prevail, especially with respect to possible differences between the values of the organization or its program participants and those of the Westmont community. For our community this means showing hospitality characterized by a willingness to encounter what is unfamiliar with grace. For our guests this means respecting the values of the Westmont community and living in ways consistent with those values while they are with us.
For more information on the mission of Westmont College, please see the section What is Westmont? in the College Catalog. For more information on the values that guide our community life please see the Westmont College Community Life Statement.
Westmont Conference and Event Services hosts groups from 7 to 700 during our annual season, mid-May through early August. The campus offers an ideal setting for a retreat away from the bustle of town but still close to local amenities and attractions.
When you are ready to inquire about dates and availability for your event, please request a quote! Once we get more information from you, we can give you a more accurate number in the quote.
Whether you’re planning a community fundraiser, a board meeting or a seminar, Westmont Conference and Event Services can host your meetings and individual events year-round. During the academic year, facility usage is limited, but all our facilities are available during the summer conference season on a first-come, first-served basis.
To learn more about hosting an event at Westmont, please browse our available Meeting Spaces.
If you would like your event catered, we can work with you and our on-site caterer, Sodexo, to help you plan your menu. Catered events are limited to certain facilities on campus. The Dining Commons is available for private events ONLY during the summer conference season.