About the WIM Conference

Mission Statement                                                                                              

WIM is a regional professional career development conference for Family and Consumer Sciences majors of Colleges and Universities in the upper midwestern states. (Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, Kansas, Ohio, Nebraska)

These majors include:          

  • Dietetics
  • Nutrition
  • Interior Design
  • Apparel/ Fashion Design
  • Fashion Merchandising
  • Hospitality and Food Management
  • Child Development
  • Child Life Specialist
  • Family Studies
  • Family and Consumer Sciences Education
  • General Family and Consumer Sciences


To explore the field of family and consumer sciences and to learn about professional opportunities presently available.

To promote further interest and development of family and consumer sciences or the equivalent within member colleges on member campuses and in the community generally.

To provide an exchange of ideas among students of family and consumer sciences from different institutions of higher education.


in 1978, Montana State College became home to the first club that was organized for students who were studying in the field that would one day be known as Home Economics. In 1902 another club was formed of Home Economic students at the University of Illinois. The American Home Economics Association (AHEA) was formed in 1909 following the Lake Placid conference which took place from 1899 to 1908. Following the Lake Placid Conference many other Home Economic clubs were created across the United States (US). In 1921 the various student clubs across the US became part of the student member section of AHEA.

With the clubs becoming so large the college clubs were divided into regional provinces in 1945, each with their own regional officers and meetings. Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa and Michigan were known as a province VII. They held their first meeting in Chicago,IL. The providences were later disbanded in 1963 by AHEA but they continued to meet in Chicago regularly. Bylaws were developed and officers were elected representing each state involved.

In order to shorten the names of Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa and Michigan the first letters of the names were used, W.I.I.M. The Board of Directors of the Province later suggested “WIIM” as the title of the group. In 1973, the Chicago Conference adopted the name of “Annual WIIM Conference.” In 1970 Indiana becames members of WIIM and later, in 1980, Missouri joined WIIM as well. The name WIIM was eventually shortened to the name “WIM”. Kansas, Nebraska, and Indiana were added to the roster following the turn of the century. The WIM conference has been held in Chicago each year for the student studying various professions under Home Economics or a similar title.

In 1994, AHEA voted to officially change the name of Home Economics to Family and Consumer Scicnces. AHEA became American Association of Family and Consumer Science. The following year the WIM changed the subtitle of the annual conference to “Regional Conference for College Students in Family and Consumer Sciences”


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