Region XI

Regional Conference

"Uncharted Waters: Advocacy in a New Era"
October 23-25, 2018
Holiday Inn by the Bay, Portland, ME

MaineSet along the picturesque shores of Casco Bay, Holiday Inn by the Bay will serve as our venue for the 2018 NAFSA Regional Conference. Holiday Inn by the Bay combines convenience, entertainment and beauty to create the perfect environment for every traveler. Offering a waterfront view that extends to the Casco Bay Islands, the downtown waterfront setting of this hotel fully captures the beauty and culture of Portland, Maine. Don’t moose out, meet us in Maine and gather with your colleagues to share valuable information and best practices.


Please note that the conference rate block of rooms at the Holiday Inn by the Bay is fully booked. For those staying at the Holiday Inn, the conference rate is $190 plus an 8% tax per night. Parking is available for conference guests at a special rate of $5.00 per vehicle for overnight guests and commuters.
If you did not book a room at the conference hotel and are seeking alternatives, the next two closest hotels are:
Courtyard by Marriott (6-9 minutes walk) - 321 Commercial St, Portland, ME 04101
The Westin Portland Harborview (5 minute walk) - 157 High St, Portland, ME 04101
There are many other options throughout the Portland area as well.

Registration Fees

Type of Registration Early Bird (8/7-9/7) Normal (9/8-10/17) On-Site (10/18-10/25)
Full Conference Member $285 $360 $435
Full Conference Non-Member $340 $415 $490
Presenter Member $245 $320 $395
Presenter Non-Member $300 $375 $450
Student $185 $260 $335
Academy $185 $260 $335
Retiree $185 $260 $335
Single Day Presenter/Presenter Only $105 $180 $255
Single Day Member $145 $220 $295
Single Day Non-Member $170 $245 $320
Single Day Student $95 $170 $245
Single Day Academy $95 $170 $245
Single Day Retiree $95 $170 $245


Region XI is pleased to offer the following workshops on Tuesday, October 23. Interested participants can register for these workshops starting August 7. Please note that workshop registration fees are not included in the conference registration fee.

  • F-1 Basics (full-day; 8AM-5PM)
  • F-1 Intermediate (full-day; 8AM-5PM)
  • J-1 Beginner (full-day; 8AM-5PM)
  • CANCELLED - International Credential Evaluation: Understanding the Essentials (half-day afternoon)
  • CANCELLED - Risk Assessment and Crisis Management (half-day afternoon)

Important Dates

Don't moose out
Conference rates available on website Mid-April, 2018
Session proposal system opens Early-Mid-April, 2018
Session proposal system closes Mid-June, 2018
Registration for exhibitors Late June, 2018
Session notifications Late July, 2018
Early bird registration opens August 7, 2018
Conference grants announced Early August, 2018
Early bird registration ends September 7, 2018
Workshops begin October 23, 2018
Conference opening: Afternoon of October 23, 2018
Conference closing: Afternoon of October 25, 2018


Information about Region XI awards can be found on the Awards webpage. Updated dates and submission link are forthcoming.


General Conference Information

Janet Ray, Conference Chair

Session Proposals

Janet Ray, Conference Chair

Mary Pyne, Conference Chair Designate


Ilene Tillman

Pre-Conference Workshops

Macey Faiella

Exhibitors and Sponsors

Katherine Jacobs
Emily Nagle