Diversity Impact Program


The application process is still open.

NAFSA believes diversity enriches individuals, organizations, and society. Toward this end, the NAFSA Diversity Impact Program supports professionals from underrepresented institutions by helping them expand capacity, grow study abroad, and increase student global competencies. The goal is to build diversity within international education, both in the development of professionals and by assisting these institutions in their efforts promoting internationalization on their campuses.

The NAFSA Diversity Impact program provides international education professionals from tribal colleges and universities; historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs); Hispanic-serving institutions (HSIs); and community colleges and associates colleges, complimentary NAFSA membership, registration to the NAFSA Annual Conference & Expo, and yearlong mentoring and professional development opportunities.

Program Features

In 2017, the NAFSA Diversity Impact Program recipients will enjoy programming and networking opportunities to help them connect and engage with their peers and potential partners, along with regional and national leaders in international education.


To be considered for the program, an applicant must:

  • Work at a U.S. institution categorized as a
    • Community or Associates College
    • Historically Black College or University (HBCU)
    • Hispanic-serving institution (HSI)
    • Tribal College or University
  • Have responsibilities or will have responsibilities for aspects of international education on their campus
  • Have never attended a NAFSA Annual Conference (or have not attended in the past 5 years)
  • Have never been a NAFSA member (or previous NAFSA membership has expired in the past 5 years)

Program Benefits

Participant benefits include:

Participant Expectations

In order to get the most out of the program and give back to NAFSA, participants will commit to the following:

  • Attendance at NAFSA Annual Conference and identified conference events
  • Attendance at three – five conference calls
  • Selection of and attendance in two e-Learning Seminars
  • Develop a plan for volunteering in a NAFSA volunteer group, region or other NAFSA-related opportunity
  • Participate in sponsorship campaigns as program ambassadors
  • Hold one workshop on the college campus related to international education
  • Active engagement with mentor to include:
    • Responding to mentor’s communication within a reasonable amount of time
    • Taking initiative to drive the conversation in a way that informs their own career goals and goals of the institution
    • Keeping time commitments
    • Participating in monthly programming
  • Submit one conference proposal to a regional conference or the Annual Conference
  • Submit other program-related materials and reflection

Learning Outcomes

As a result of participation in this program, participants will:

  1. Establish relationships with fellow participants, mentors, and other NAFSA members and utilize this network to further international education on their campuses
  2. Gain tools to build capacity, grow study abroad, and increase student global competencies on their campuses by attending related sessions at the Annual Conference, working with mentor and participating in e-learning


Shorelight Education will provide a dollar-for-dollar match for all contributions made at the Giving Campaign Center located inside the NAFSA Pavilion in Los Angeles at the NAFSA 2017 Annual Conference and Expo.