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The Region I Conference was held in Boise, Idaho on October 20-23rd at the Riverside Hotel. 

Registration Rates

Full Conference Registration Before Sep. 19 After Sep. 19
Member $240 $290
Nonmember $260 $310
Full-time student, retiree $100 $150
Exhibitor member $240 $290
Exhibitor nonmember $260 $310
Daily Conference Registration Before Sep. 19 After Sep. 19
Member $160 $190
Nonmember $220 $250
Full-time student, retiree $100 $150
One day presenters representing a government agency Free Free

Hotel Reservations and Room Rates

We are excited to welcome conference attendees to The Riverside Hotel in Boise! To make a reservation over the phone, attendees should call the hotel at 208-343-1871 and request reservations under the group name: NAFSA - Association of International Educators, Region 1.

To book your reservation online, please visit our booking link. Click here to make a reservation!

Room rates: $119/night (discounted room rate available until September 28th)

Note: The hotel has very limited ADA access, please indicate your needs when reserving rooms.

We cannot organize roommate for our conference attendees, however, those looking to connect with someone to share their room can feel free to post on our Facebook page that they are looking for a roommate. Please note that NAFSA, NAFSA Region 1 or any of the conference organizers will not assume responsibility for any accommodation issues.

Conference Schedule

Pre-Conference Workshops

The following Core Education Program (CEP) workshops will be offered at the 2015 Region I Conference:

Gala Auction

It’s Region 1’s biggest social event of the year! To ensure a rousing success (and lots of funds for travel grants) we’re seeking your auction donations! We’ll be doing the famous “State Baskets” this year, so donate something awesome from your state! Two auctions we’re starting this year include “My Favorite Book”: donate a copy of your all-time fave, and “Wine Tree”: everyone’s a winner! (Plus bubble wrap will be provided for the trip home!)

Please complete this form in order to let us know what items you’re donating. Either bring your items to the conference, or get them to any team member for transport.

Travel Grants

NAFSA Region I supports colleagues who wish to advance their professional development by attending regional conference activities by offering a travel grant that will help defray the costs of attendance. The amount of the award will vary year to year depend-ing on costs with a maximum award at $750. Deadline is September 21st. Learn more.

Air Travel to Boise

Alaska Airlines is offering at 7% discount on travel to Boise for the Regional Conference with travel dates between October 16 and 27 to allow for extra time before and/or after the conference. To get the discount, go to, select "Book" from the top menu bar and the "Flights" to reach the "Discounts" option field. Enter the discount code and begin looking for flights. The rates will include the discount.

Discount code: ECMW494

Plus, for every 40 people booking their flights with the discount code, one free ticket will be issued. The fare will be refunded to the lucky recipient(s). Important step: please be sure to register your flight when you book so that we can get credit for the flights and you can be entered to win! CLICK HERE!

This discount is available for flights originating from any Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air U.S. and Canadia city with the exception of Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, Hawaii, and Mexico. It is available for all Alaska Airlines published fares with the exception of companion and other promotional fares. Changes or cancellations afar ticketing are subject to a service charge. If you wish to book by telephone through the Group Desk, rather than online, call 800-445-4435. A $15 ticket fee will apply.

A free hotel shuttle is available form the airport to the hotel.

Awards Nominations

The Awards portion of the luncheon is a chance for us to recognize three individuals who have shown outstanding commitment to or achievement in the field international education within Region I. Please consider nominating a colleague for one of the following awards:

NAFSAn of the Year - Honors a current NAFSA member who has been active in NAFSA for five or more years. The individual may have served in a national leadership role, on the regional team, at regional or national conferences, as a mentor to colleagues, or in other noteworthy ways.

Outstanding Service to Region I - Honors a current NAFSA member whose outstanding service may have been for a specific project or may encompass different areas as with the NAFSAN of the year above. There is no required length of involvement in NAFSA.

Outstanding Community Volunteer - Honors a student or a community volunteer. This individual's contribution may have involved organizing and implementing international programs for the community, serving as a community resource for international students or campus staff, fostering international understanding with local schools or organizations, or educating others about international and intercultural issues. The honoree does not need to be a member of NAFSA.

Rising Star Award - The Rising Star Young Leader Award is given annually in recognition of a professional who has impacted the field of international education during the first five years of the recipient's area of work. The rising star will have demonstrated a commitment to internationalization and an ingenuity of thought that has the potential for having substantial and lasting influence upon global education. May or may not be a NAFSA member, Has served in their present area of expertise/specialization no more than 5 years, Shows passion and has made significant contributions to their department, unit, institution, organization, to the NAFSA community, and/or to the field of international education.

Please consider nominating those special people from within your NAFSA area of interest, state, province, or community who always rise to the challenge. And remember that you don't need to work on your nomination alone; if you've got a great idea for a nominee, contact your friends and colleagues and enlist their support in writing the nomination. Nominations should include a description of the nominee's service and the contact information of both the nominee and the nominator. Nominations should be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. PDT on Friday, October 2, and may be submitted via e-mail to [email protected].


Looking to get more involved in the conference? We are looking for volunteers for the registration and information desk and help during our auction and gala. If you're interested in volunteering, please contact Michelle Walters.

Session Proposals - Closed

Thanks to all of you who submitted proposals for the conference! The opportunity to submit proposals is now closed.

Future Conferences

Save-the-Dates of our future conferences!

  • 2016 - October 10-14, Anchorage Alaska