Region VIII

About Region VIII

NAFSA Region VIII is one of NAFSA's 11 geographic regions. Each region is governed by an elected chair and a team of representatives from the various NAFSA professional sections and educator groups.

Professional Development

Region VIII offers professional development for all international education practitioners in the region through the annual regional conference and on-demand workshops.


Various networking groups throughout Region VIII provide local resources and support. Formal and informal networking opportunities are available throughout the year, including conference events and no-host happy hours.

NAFSA Region VIII Mentor Program

Now in its fifth year, nearly 200 members of NAFSA Region VIII have participated in the Region VIII Mentor program. The regional team is committed to connecting members of the region on an annual basis in a formal mentor - mentee pairing for nine months.

  • The program runs from March - November
  • Mentor/mentee matches receive e-introductions by the end of March
  • Meet with your mentor/mentee at least four times by phone, Skype, or in-person between March to November
  • Bi-weekly emails are shared with all participants to suggest meeting ideas and topics
  • Applications will open in January - February 2018

Interested in participating as a mentor or mentee? Email


Every year at our region's annual conference we recognize individuals who are making significant contributions to the field of international education and exchange. We welcome nominations for both of our regional awards throughout the year. Learn more and submit a nomination today

Outstanding Contribution to Region VIII Recipients

  • Delores (Delo) Blough, James Madison - 2016
  • Senem Bakar - 2015
  • Arlene Wergin - 2014
  • Scott King - 2013
  • Helene Robertson - 2012
  • France Pruitt - 2011
  • Will Conard - 2010
  • Chris Musick - 2009
  • Annie Hill - 2008
  • Cas Sowa - 2008
  • Linda Gentile - 2007
  • Janice Bogen - 2006
  • Masume Assaf - 2005
  • Kathy Bellows - 2004
  • Timothy Thompson - 1997
  • Margaret (Peggy) Pusch - 1994
  • Denise Connerty - 1994
  • Barbara Alvis - 1990
  • Ann Kuhlman - 1990
  • Suzanne Louis - 1990

Region VIII Rising Star Award Recipients

Region VIII also began awarding a Rising Star Award to individuals who are newer to the field but making great contributions. We look to them to be the future leaders of the organization.

 Kayla Gatalica, District of Columbia Public Schools - 2017

  • Conrad Zeutenhorst, University of Maryland - 2016
  • Anthony Naglieri, Cultural Vistas - 2015

Grants and Scholarships

The region has traditionally awarded travel grants to help offset the costs of attending the annual regional conference and Advocacy Day.

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