Region VII Fall Virtual Program: Navigating Change with Purpose & Vision

We are pleased to announce our inaugural virtual program for this upcoming fall! Please join us for Navigating Change with Purpose & Vision from November 9 - 13, 2020. 

 Conference Dates

November 9 - 13, 2020

2020 Region VII Virtual Program

We are pleased to announce our inaugural virtual program for this upcoming fall! Please join us for Navigating Change with Purpose & Vision from November 9 - 13, 2020. This five-day digital event will feature:

  • Real-time sessions curated by our Knowledge Community representatives
  • Government agency sessions 
  • Virtual Poster Fair
  • Virtual TLS Case Study Competition
  • Resume Reviews
  • And more!

We look forward to gathering virtually and sharing further details with you in the upcoming weeks. We also want to thank YOU as a member of this regional family. We believe in the strength of our NAFSA regional community, and are inspired to adapt and meet the needs of our region during this unprecedented period. Our regional leadership team remains committed to connecting with our community and supporting our region and our field. 

Conference Registration and Rates

Registration for Navigating Change with Purpose & Vision will open on October 13. Please see below for program rates. We look forward to connecting with you virtually!

Virtual Program Rates
NAFSA Member $18.00
Nonmember or Student $25.00
NAFSA Academy Trainee Complimentary

Poster Session Proposals

NAFSA Region VII will be hosting a Virtual Poster Presentation in lieu of the live format during the Regional Conference. While we cannot meet and share our knowledge in person, this poses an excellent opportunity to present your knowledge to the greater field of international education. We highly encourage all subfields of international education to submit their proposals by August 6, 2020 at 11:59pm EST. The first ten poster sessions submitted completed and accepted will receive up to two complimentary registrations for the poster presenters to attend the full Region VII virtual program.

The poster sessions will be divided into two sections: 1. Best Practices and 2. Research, and will be similar in nature to a TED talk. These two categories could include presentations on Teaching, Leadership, and Scholarship and within the specific communities of International Student and Scholar Services, International Enrollment Management, and Education Abroad. The Research session format will be similar to the traditional presentation format at our regional conferences, while the Best Practices will be similar to round table discussions discussing topics such as general knowledge, office policies, and best practices within the respective fields of international education. The sessions will be pre-recorded (10 - 12 minutes) and uploaded so they can be accessed asynchronously. 

The Region VII leadership team hopes this will be a viable substitute to share knowledge to the international community during these challenging times. We look forward to receiving your proposal!

Poster session submissions are now closed.

Sponsorship and Advertisers

NAFSA Region VII invites you to sponsor and advertise at the Region VII Virtual Program 2020: Navigating Change with Purpose & Vision. By joining us virtually, you will have the opportunity to connect your organization to hundreds of international educators from the Southeast region and The Caribbean. Read the 2020 Sponsors and Advertisers Flyer.

The sales portal is now open and you can purchase a sponsorship or advertisement

For questions about advertising or sponsorship please contact Carolina Robinson, Region VII Development Coordinator.

Region VII Virtual Program Grants

Region VII will offer 25 grants in the form of complimentary registration to the 2020 Virtual Program - Navigating Change with Purpose & Vision. A number of the Region VII leadership team members are also donating complimentary registrations to add to the pool of grants that will be awarded.

Special consideration will be given to individuals:

  • from two-year colleges and/or Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority Serving Institutions, including Hispanic serving institutions and Tribal Colleges;
  • first time attendees;
  • from institutions with significant budgetary constraints;
  • directly impacted by COVID-19 layoffs and furloughs

In most, if not all, cases, grants will be awarded to those who have not previously received a grant or award from Region VII. Priority will be given to applicants who work or reside in Region VII.

There are several states within Region VII that will also offer grants. Please reach out to your state representative for more information.

Virtual Program Grant Awardees Receive

  • Waiver of the virtual program registration fee
  • Recognition by Region VII


  • Applications are now available here.
  • Deadline to submit completed application: October 2, 2020
    • Once live, if you have difficulty using the application link, you may request a PDF application form from Angie Edwards.

Important Dates

  • October 16, 2020: Notification of award via email with registration instructions

Case Study Competition

The Case Study Competition is going virtual this year! Graduate students and new professionals in their first three years of service to the international education field are encouraged to demonstrate their knowledge and experience by forming 2-person teams to participate in a case study competition addressing challenges faced by IE professionals. Various experienced IE leaders from the Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship & International Education Leadership Knowledge Communities will serve as informal mentors. Teams will virtually present their 10-minute presentations to three to four judges who will have the opportunity to ask questions and decide on a winning team.

There are only openings for six teams this year, so please be sure to register early to secure your spot!

All participating teams receive a certificate of recognition. The winning team will be announced at the Region VII Business Awards and Business Meeting and receives:

  • Complimentary early-bird registration to the NAFSA Region VII 2021 conference in Puerto Rico, courtesy of our sponsor
  • Award plaque and certificate

View the registration form for additional details. Questions can be directed to Aaron Clevenger.

The schedule of the competition's digital debut follows:

  • Case Study Competition Kick-Off: Monday, November 9, 10:30 am – 11:30 am
  • TLS Case Study Competition: Wednesday, November 11, 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm (each team will have a 20-minute block for presentations and questions)
  • Region VII Business Awards and Business Meeting (award announcement): Friday, November 13, 10:45 am – 11:45 am

Register for the Case Study Competition

Virtual Book Club

Book Club Title: Woodlawn: One Hope. One Dream. One Way.

Book Club Description: Please join us as we discuss Woodlawn: One Hope. One Dream. One Way, which is “the true story of football coach Tandy Gerelds, a star running back, and the healing of a city.” Author Todd Gerelds will join us to discuss his book which captures some of Birmingham’s history. No time to read the book? Watch the feature film and then join the conversation! 

Book Club Discussion: Tuesday, November 10 from 4:00-5:00 p.m. EST via the Region VII Virtual Program (more info to come!)

Region VII Award Nominations

Each year during the annual business meeting, Region VII recognizes the contributions of community volunteers and outstanding colleagues who exemplify excellence in international education. The annual awards are as follows: Community Volunteer Award; International Excellence Award; New Professional Award. Award descriptions and online nomination forms are here.

Future Conferences

  • 2021: San Juan, Puerto Rico (October 17-20)
  • 2022: Charlotte, North Carolina (November 6-9)
  • 2023: Birmingham, Alabama

Past Conferences