What Happens at the Regional Level?
Many opportunities for involvement, association activities, and leadership are found at the regional level. Each region is governed by an elected chair and a team composed of representatives of the knowledge communities and interest groups. Many states and metropolitan areas hold regular NAFSA meetings. The regions sponsor frequent workshops on topics of special interest and annual conferences.
Annually in the fall, the 11 NAFSA regions hold their conferences. These are excellent opportunities to network with accomplished colleagues and to stay current with the latest trends. View dates and locations for this year's conferences.
Find Your Region
Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands
Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia
Regional Affairs Committee
The Regional Affairs Committee are the past chairs of the 11 regions and ensure the development and dissemination of knowledge needed by professionals engaged on regional leadership teams and in regional events and offerings. Regional Affairs Committee members:
- Assess needs of regional leaders and design processes, guidelines, tools, training, etc. to serve them.
- Facilitate the development of sound business and leadership practices in the regions, consistent with the fiduciary obligations of the association—fiscal, legal, and ethical.
- Encourage members in the regions to provide their information in the member skills database for consideration for task forces and leadership positions for which they have particular expertise.
*Members who reside outside the United States are encouraged to participate in professional development activities that take place at the regional and national levels and to become involved in NAFSA's volunteer leadership. NAFSA also works collaboratively with sister organizations in other countries and world regions that promote international education and exchange.
Regional Cohort Coaches
Each Regional Executive Team Cohort is led by a Regional Cohort Coach. The Regional Cohort Coaches are volunteer member leaders that are appointed by NAFSA members and confirmed by NAFSA’s Vice President for Professional Development and Engagement. A key qualification to be a Cohort Coach is successful completion of at least one term as a member of the cohort they are leading.
The Coaches work with their cohort to foster collegiality, share perspectives and advice as a former Regional Executive Team member, promote the sharing of best practices between regions, and provide on-going support and professional development.