The ACC Goes to San Diego

October 02, 2013

By Joël Gallegos

It's that time of year again – the time has come for the Annual Conference Committee (ACC) to select content for NAFSA's 2014 Annual Conference in San Diego, California. This weekend, the ACC is off to San Diego to select the sessions and current topics workshops for the conference, and we must say, we're impressed with what we've seen so far. We received nearly 650 proposals this year and had more than 200 reviewers help us make our decisions. As we dive into creating the San Diego program, we're especially looking to highlight this year's theme, Pathways to Global Competence. We're looking forward to this process, but we can't do it without you! We want to hear what YOU want to see from this year's conference.

What are you looking for at this year's conference? What was missing from session or workshop content in St. Louis? Add your comments to this post and let us know how we can make the conference even better for you. You can always tweet me at @ItsJoelGallegos also.

If you submitted a session or workshop proposal, you'll hear from us by late November. In the meantime, you still have until December 16 to submit a poster proposal. Posters are a great way to connect one-on-one with attendees about your topic. Learn more about the types of poster proposals we're looking for. If you're having a difficult time with the proposal process, be sure to check out this handy tutorial on mastering the process.

I look forward to hearing all of your wonderful feedback. I'll be tweeting during this weekend's meeting so be sure to follow me @ItsJoelGallegos for all the latest #nafsa14 updates. See you in San Diego!


Joël Gallegos is the chair of NAFSA's 2014 Annual Conference Committee and is the assistant provost of international programs at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. Previously, he served as the director of education abroad at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte and the director of study abroad at the University of Toledo. He was the 2008 recipient of NAFSA's Lily von Klemperer award.

Gallegos currently serves on CIEE's Board of Directors and also as chair of CIEE's Academic Consortium Board. From 2007-2012, he served as chair of the UNC system University Council on International Programs, and chair of the University of North Carolina Exchange Program advisory board. He previously served on Arcadia University's National Advisory Board, Global Links Council of Advisors, and on the NAFSA Leadership Development Committee. He is a regular presenter at conferences. Gallegos also serves on the Board of Directors for the World Affairs Council of Charlotte. He holds an MA in French literature from Bowling Green State University.


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