Region XII

Region XII Northern District Spring Conference

March 20, 2016 - Local Wine and Cheese Reception

March 21, 2016 - Annual Conference, Napa Valley Community College, Napa, CA

Registration Now Open!

Early registration is now closed but you can still register on-site at the conference at 8:00 a.m.  Please visit the conference registration table in the Performing Arts Center, Napa Valley College. Full payment will be due at time of registration with check or credit card.

  • On-site registration, March 21 at the Conference - $85 All
  • Early Online Registration (Now Closed)
  • Exhibitors Registration (Now Closed)
  • Program Advertisement (Now Closed)

We hope you will join us Sunday, March 20 at Napa Valley College from 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. in the Community Room at Napa Valley Community College for a complimentary hosted wine and cheese networking reception . This is a great opportunity to relax and get to know your Northern District NAFSA colleagues while enjoying some incredible local Napa wine! We are also planning a group wine tasting on Sunday before the reception. Please stay tuned for details on this!


The conference will be at Napa Valley College, 2277 Napa-Vallejo Highway, Napa, CA 94556.  Parking will be free on March 21st in the general parking areas and no permit is required. Registration and check-in will begin at 8:00 am in the Performing Arts Center, which is closest to Lots A and B.  Please view and print this map for your convenience. Icon PDF 16

Conference Schedule:

This year we are excited to have Dr. Sandra Nichols, as our Plenary Speaker. She is a Cultural Geographer and Anthropologist who specializes in Mexican migration in the Napa valley region. Sandra grew up in Lima, Peru. She holds a BA in Anthropology an MA in Communication from Stanford and a Ph.D. in Geography from UC Berkeley.

The conference will have twenty sessions to choose from covering a variety of topics and trends in International Education. View all session descriptions Icon PDF 16

Conference Schedule:
8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m.- Registration & Breakfast
8:15 a.m.-8:45 a.m.- Newcomer & Seasoned Professional Sessions
9:00 a.m.- 9:40 a.m.: Plenary Speaker: Dr. Sandra Nichols
9:50 a.m.-11:05 a.m.: Session I
11:20 a.m.-12:35 p.m.: Session II
12:35 p.m.-2:00 p.m.: Lunch catered by a local restaurant
2:00 p.m.-3:15 p.m.: Session III

As a twist to the usual line up of sessions we have a special guest speaker. Orgyen Chowang Rinpoche is a local Bay Area meditation master and the founder and spiritual director of Pristine Mind Foundation. He travels throughout the world teaching a broad range of audiences, including those at universities, tech companies and yoga studios, how they can improve their lives through meditation. The session he will be leading is titled, “Finding Happiness Within: Reconnecting with our Natural State through Pristine Mind Meditation,” will provide instructions and guided meditations on the unique type of meditation called Pristine Mind meditation presented in his book Our Pristine Mind: A Practical Guide to Unconditional Happiness.

Another added bonus for this year is there will be a hosted Wine and Cheese Networking event on Sunday, March 20th. There is no additional cost for this event if you are already signed up for the conference. We look forward to seeing you all in Napa on the 20th and 21st of March!

Hotel Information!

For available accommodations in varying price ranges, we recommend calling Napa Valley Reservations at 800-251-6272 or 707-252-3620 and ask to speak to Travis and mention that you are looking to book for the NAFSA district conference on March 21. We have also arranged for a block of rooms at the Napa Winery Inn so be sure to ask about those special rates while they last!