Join us for the 2019 Regional Conference in Cheyenne, WY.
October 14 - 17, 2019
The Little America Hotel
2800 West Lincoln Way Cheyenne, WY 82009Register Today
The Region II 2019 Conference will be held October 14-17 in Cheyenne, Wyoming.
Early bird registration will be available Aug. 6-Sep. 20. On-site registration begins Oct. 14.
Travel to Cheyenne
Cheyenne has a local airport, with limited connections throughout Dallas Fort Worth (DFW). Most attendees flying in should plan to fly to the Denver International Airport (DEN).
To travel from DEN to Cheyenne:
- Car rentals at DEN
- Groome transportation shuttle (discounted rate of $47 each way)
- Click on Book A Shuttle under 'Fort Collins' (about middle of the page)
- Click on 'Group Code'
- Enter NAFSARII and click 'Group Code'
- You can now make your reservation at a discounted rate
- Book online (discount automatically applied)
- Book by phone at (970) 226-5533 (discount code: NAFSARII)
- Ride share
Butterfly: From Refugee to Olympian – My Story of Rescue, Hope, and Triumph
by Yusra Mardini
Thursday, October 17
12:15 p.m.-2:00 p.m. in the Sheridan Room at the hotel
Discussion Leads: Martha Van Devender and Lindsey Gullicksru
The inspiring story of how one woman saved fellow refugees from drowning―and how she went on to become an Olympic swimmer.
When young Syrian refugee Yusra Mardini realized her boat's engine shut down as she was traveling from Syria to Greece with other refugees, there was no hesitation: she dove into the water. Surfacing, she heard desperate prayers and sobbing from the passengers in the sinking boat above her. Between the waves, her elder sister Sarah screamed at her to get back on the boat. But Mardini was determined. She was not going to let Sarah do this alone. Grabbing the rope with one hand, she began kicking up the black water, inching the boat towards the distant shore.
This bold act of bravery saved the lives of a boatload of refugees heading to Turkey from Syria. After her arrival in Greece, Mardini, focused and undeterred, worked toward a lifelong goal: to compete in the Olympics. She succeeded, and competed in 2016 on the Refugee Olympic Team in Rio de Janeiro.
Butterfly tells her story, from Syria to the Olympics to her current work with the UN as a Goodwill Ambassador. Mardini is eager to tell her story in the hopes that readers will remember that refugees are ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances, chased from their homes by a devastating war. In today's political climate, this story is guaranteed to inspire and educate readers from every background.
The early bird deadline for those submitting proposals was June 21. If you submitted a proposal on or before June 21, each presenter in your group will receive $50 off of your conference registration (max three presenters). The session proposal deadline was July 10. Presenters were notified by July 31 if their session was accepted.
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Conference registration and/or workshop registration may be canceled with full refund less a $30 processing fee, provided written notification is received any time up until four (4) weeks prior to the conference start date.