2022 NAFSA Region X Conference

Join us for the 2022 conference in Albany, New York.

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 Conference Dates

October 23 - 26, 2022

 Conference Location

Desmond Hotel Albany

660 Albany Shaker Road Albany , NY 12211

Empire State, Global Presence

The 2022 Region X Conference will take place in Albany, New York. Learn, network, and engage with IE professionals dedicated to advancing the field of international education at the Region X Conference! Build lasting partnerships with peers and institutions from across the region and around the world.

Conference Registration

Registration is now open

Full Conference Regular/Onsite
Nonmember $600
Member $450
Student Member; Retired Member; Life Member; RISE Fellows; Academy Trainees $330

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Apply for a Grant

To make conference attendance more attainable, NAFSA Region X will once again dedicate grant funding for members and professionals within New York and New Jersey to attend. If you are interested in this opportunity, please complete the attached application.  Although this process is not an arduous process, there are a few important things to note:

  • We ask for a short statement of purpose about your goals for attending the Region X Conference, including specific outcomes or experiences that would be beneficial to you, your institution, and/or your state. Please indicate any prior involvement with this program as well.
  • In return for grant funding, recipients are asked to volunteer during the Region X Conference.

The team will accept grant applications through Sunday, September 18th by 9pm. The grant committee will determine recipients and allocate approved funding, and all grant decisions will be communicated by email. Note: If you are applying for a travel grant to cover registration cost, please hold off on registering until you hear back from your grant proposals. Grants can waive cost of registration, but cannot reimburse it.

How to apply: Complete the google form here. If you need to submit further documentation in support of your grant application, please email [email protected]  Please include your name, the attachment and a description of the attachment in the email. Grant winners will be notified by September 28th.

Health and Safety

COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement for In-Person Attendees

NAFSA considers the safety of all those onsite at 2022 Regional Conferences as our top priority including our attendees, exhibitors, sponsors, and event staff. In an effort to host a safe and productive event, we pledge to follow all guidelines and requirements set by state and local authorities as well as Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines.

NAFSA will require proof of full COVID-19 vaccination for all participants, including all conference registrants, exhibitors, NAFSA staff, vendor partners, and guests. If you have received all recommended doses of a COVID-19 vaccine as authorized or approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or listed for emergency use by the World Health Organization (WHO), then you are considered to be fully vaccinated.

Check acceptable COVID-19 vaccines and vaccine proof here. All doses of authorized and approved vaccines must be completed two weeks prior to your arrival at the event. Attendees will receive communication and further instruction on how to easily submit their vaccination credentials in their registration confirmation email, and can also submit vaccination credentials here:

Verify Vaccination Here

Individual Accountability

NAFSA has preventive measures in place to reduce the spread of COVID-19. NAFSA cannot, however, guarantee that attendees will properly social-distance and that its attendees will not become infected with COVID-19. Attendees agree to COVID-19 specific terms & conditions of attendance as part of the registration process.

If you have tested positive for COVID-19, are waiting for COVID-19 test results, have COVID-19 symptoms, or have had close contact with a person who has tested positive for or who has symptoms of COVID-19, please stay home. Be sure to practice everyday preventive actions, including but not limited to social distancing, washing hands often, and monitoring your health daily.

On-Site Safety

On-site safety practices include:

  • Masks are required for all attendees at the conference except for when actively eating or drinking. Participants are responsible for providing their own masks.
  • Reminders to socially distance when appropriate, wash your hands often, cover your cough, or sneeze and stay away if you are sick.
  • Prior to arriving, we encourage each attendee to do the following:
    • Be sure to register and upload your proof of vaccination PRIOR to arriving onsite to reduce congestion and forming of lines in the registration area.
    • Monitor your daily health and self-assessment prior to traveling.
  • Event Management has the right to remove or exclude anyone from the event if they do not follow our Health & Safety policies or do not follow Health & Safety instructions set forth by the Event or venue staff.

Public health guidance on preventing the transmission of COVID-19 continues to evolve, and NAFSA will base its on-site protocol on the latest guidance from the CDC in addition to local regulations.

Hotel Information

Desmond Hotel Albany
660 Albany Shaker Road
Albany, NY 12211

***Reserving a room within the hotel block: Registrants will receive this information in the confirmation email after they register for the conference. Alternatively, to make your hotel reservation within the block, click here (rates are $149 per room per night, plus any applicable taxes and fees). Or you may call the hotel at 518-869-8100 and provide the group code AIE. Please note that the reservation cut-off date for the block rate is October 9, 2022.

Program and Schedule

The Region X Conference schedule is now available! Through the Online Planner you can view the time, room, presenters, descriptions, and learning objectives of the sessions. You can also star the events you're interested in and create your own conference agenda, to view on the mobile webpage at the conference! There is also information on Sponsors, Exhibitors, and more!

Schedule & Online Planner

Additional Events

For any questions about the below additional events, please email [email protected]

Newcomer Session

Is this your first time attending the Region X Conference? If yes, this session is for you! Please join us for useful resources and meeting fellow newcomers.

Silent Auction

Silent Auction features baskets packed with various items from New York, New Jersey, and more to raise money for regional grants. If you can help by donating a basket for the event, please reach out to us at [email protected]!

Resume Review

Region X would love to help you make your resume stand out! Join us for a one on one resume review session to gain valuable insight from a Region X mentor.

Fun Run

Join in the tradition of the Region X Fun Run/Walk. All participant registrations include a Region X Fun Run t-shirt. 

Barre Class

Let's burn some calories, strengthen those arms and legs, and tone those abs!  Join us for a 45 minute in-person or virtual morning energy barre class.

Case Study Competition

Region X is launching its inaugural case study competition at this year's Conference. Collaborate with colleagues to solve a shared challenge and win fun prizes! Please fill out this form to register as a participant, judge or mentor. More information can be found on our handout here.


Volunteering is a fun way to network while getting a behind-the-scenes look at the Conference. It is open to Conference attendees of all backgrounds and experience levels, and we have many opportunities to help in areas such as registration, session moderating, special events, and more. Please sign up here to volunteer and help make our Conference a resounding success!

Mentor/Mentee Program

We will be hosting a mentorship program at the conference to foster networking and knowledge sharing between newer IE professionals and more experienced IE professionals.

Paint and Sip

Join us for an unforgettable evening with friends, painting, and sips galore! Painting supplies and networking opportunities provided. Bring your creativity, imagination, and prepare to have fun with Region X peeps!

NAFSA Region X Discovers Albany

Join us in exploring Albany, the capital of New York State! We'll make a visit to the Capitol which has served as the seat of government for New York since the 1880s. The building is a marvel of late 19th century architectural grandeur, built by hand of solid masonry over a period of 32 years. There will also an opportunity to volunteer in the local community before returning to the conference hotel.  Full schedule to be announced.

Region X Hoodie

You can purchase a Region X hoodie to help us raise money for Regional grants! It will be $15 at registration and $20 on-site.

Preconference Workshops



Member Student Member; Retired Member; Life Member; RISE Fellows; Academy Trainees Description
F-1 Student Advising for Beginners $400 $300 $220

A must-have training for the new Designated School Official (DSO) to jump-start their career. The workshop offers new advisers a key foundation for understanding the compliance role of the DSO. Participants will benefit from a solid combination of specific knowledge that can be applied to common scenarios as well as understanding how and where to find the regulations for further reading and research. The workshop materials serve as current resources for referral when the DSO is back in the office confronting the daily tasks of advising F-1 students.

Following this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Interpret student requests and accurately advise them on how to maintain their F-1 status.
  • Make informed decisions using a process that will incorporate the myriad influences affecting the decision.
  • Comply with legal and institutional reporting requirements.
  • Educate key parties on important matters involving international students.

This workshop is designed for F-1 student advisers with less than one year experience; others who are interested in understanding the fundamentals of the DSO role.

F-1 Student Advising: Intermediate $400 $300 $220

As a seasoned F-1 Adviser, you have learned that most student advising cases are not as straight forward as they initially seem. This workshop allows you to walk through nuanced situations and learn how to integrate federal regulations with your campus’ own rules to build sound institutional policies that create accurate and consistent advising. Take a deeper dive into student advising through case studies and learn model practices so you can apply them to your own campus.


Following this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Be a self-sufficient adviser by knowing your resources.
  • Develop interpretations of F-1 regulations and guidance.
  • Interpret and develop institutional policy.
  • Learn techniques to advise F-1 students on situations where clear guidance is not available.

This workshop is designed for Designated School Officials (DSOs) with at least 15 months experience, who have participated in the F-1 Student Advising for Beginners Workshop, or have received training equivalent to F-1 Student Advising for Beginners.​

J-1 Advising for Beginners $400 $300 $220

This essential training, geared for the new Responsible Officer or Alternate Responsible Officer, covers all of the basic regulatory aspects of the J Exchange Visitor Program. New advisers will gain a relevant overview of the current regulatory issues as well as the opportunity to think through how these concepts are applied to your specific educational context.

Following this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Describe principal components and characteristics of the Exchange Visitor Program.
  • Identify resources to assist with J program administration.
  • Resolve basic exchange visitor issues, problems, and situations.

This workshop is designed for International Student and Scholar Advisers, new Responsible Officers (RO) and Alternate Responsible Officers (ARO), and administrators working with an existing J-1 program.

Valuing & Applying the UN Sustainable Development Goals in Education Abroad $400 $300 $220

A Forum on Education Abroad Workshop – NAFSA Region X is proud to be partnering with Forum on Education Abroad to expand our Education Abroad offerings! This workshop focuses on integrating the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals into the development and delivery of faculty-led education abroad programs. Guided by exercises and informed by active discussion, participants will design effective strategies for addressing the global challenges of realizing a more sustainable future for all.

Following this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals and their connections to various aspects of education abroad.
  • Be able to use the sustainability-related Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad and related guidelines to guide decision-making around education abroad.
  • Propose specific ways of integrating the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals into new or existing faculty-led education abroad programs.
  • Share resources for enhancing sustainability in program content, execution, and in support of institutional planning.

This workshop is designed for Education Abroad professionals & faculty members who manage operations and evaluate programs on the ground or within an education abroad office. This workshop will aid education abroad professionals and faculty members in the thoughtful integration of the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals into education abroad programs. Content is tailored to those who are familiar with the SDGs, but lack significant experience in applying them to program logistics, operations, or curriculum. Specific attention will be focused on short-term faculty-led programs in this dynamic workshop.


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Exhibitor and Sponsor Information

Sales are now open: click here to purchase a booth or sponsorship.

Contact the NAFSA Region X Marketing and Development Representative for any questions:
Carlo E. Fabros - [email protected], 1.617.321.3230