About the UCLA Luskin Conference Center

The in-person portion of the conference will take place at the UCLA Meyer and Renee Luskin Conference Center, located in Los Angeles, California in the heart of one of the world’s most innovative universities.

Every element of the UCLA Luskin Conference Center and its adjoining hotel was designed to honor the intrinsic link between innovation and rejuvenation. A LEED Platinum-certified property enhanced by leading edge resources, the UCLA Luskin Conference Center’s bright and relaxing environment encourages open engagement.

Surrounded by iconic UCLA landmarks and just steps from the Ronald Reagan Medical Center, the Luskin Conference Center pulses with the energy of a vibrant campus community by day. By night, its accommodations offer a comfortable place to recharge, defining it as one of the premiere hotels in the Westwood area.

New State-of-the-Art Teaching Kitchen Facilities

In 2022, UCLA will be opening their brand new, state-of-the-art, teaching kitchen facilities. In-person conference registrants will have the opportunity to tour the facility. 

The UCLA Teaching Kitchen, part of the Semel Healthy Campus Initiative (HCI) Center, emerged as a priority from a 2014 Food Summit hosted by Semel HCI, as well as focus group research at UCLA in 2016 identifying a desire from food insecure students to learn practical food literacy “life skills” to budget and cook meals more effectively. In response, the established on-campus and virtual Teaching Kitchen sessions act as an experiential learning modality for enhancing food literacy, which a growing body of research has also shown to be associated with food security, where people with proficiency in cooking, food preparation, and financial management are less likely to experience food insecurity. Learn more about their program and classes here.

UCLA New kitchen facility image and a Chef demonstrating how to prepare a dish.

Food and Dining

In-person attendees will have the opportunity to sample not just some of the teaching kitchen recipe offerings, but a variety of foods curated specifically for this conferences attendees.

UCLA Dining Services is proud to be one of 37 university dining programs to join the Menu’s of Change initiative; focusing on whole, minimally processed foods across their four dining halls, five ‘to-go’ type restaurants with seating, providing 32,000 meals daily (pre-covid). With a goal of obtaining 30% of all procurement to meet local, organic and sustainable requirements.

The Luskin Conference Center is home to Plateia, Mediterranean-inspired, California fresh restaurant offering seasonal dishes with bright flavors and bold presentations, featuring locally sourced products such as seasonal fruits and vegetables, artisanal cheeses, sustainable seafood, and much more.

UCLA Dining has been rated number one out of 1,400 Universities five years in a row.


The Luskin Conference Center is fully compliant with ADA requirements for guests with disabilities. These compliance measures include making sure entrances and exits, guest rooms, meeting spaces, parking area, lobby, service counters, restaurant, and bathrooms are easily accessible to everyone.

The Conference Center staff is fully trained on ADA regulations, accessibility features, policies for service animals, and effectively meeting the needs of our visitors and guests with disabilities. This includes being able to effectively communicate with guests in situations of difficulty with hearing and visual impairments.

The Conference Center also offers mothers rooms for any conference attendee that may require the use of one during their visit. Please reach out to the Center directly or the conference staff for more information.