Each year, the fall season is marked as a time for NAFSAns across the United States to convene for professional development and networking at fall Regional Conferences. To assess the prospect of in-person conferences in 2021, NAFSA staff conducted extensive research, reviewed NAFSA regional leader feedback, and consulted liability experts. Based on our findings, and especially the deep concern for the safety of our community, the NAFSA Board of Directors has concluded that we will not convene our constituents in person for fall Regional Conferences. This was a challenging decision especially as we see the vaccine rollout continue, though our commitment to the health and safety of our community remains steadfast.

NAFSA remains committed to NAFSA’s new strategic plan of educate, advocate, and innovate. In this spirit of innovation, NAFSA’s Regions are pleased to share that the fall season will remain a convening space for NAFSAns across the United States through the NAFSA All-Region Summit, a combined virtual event! Housed on one platform, NAFSAns will gather virtually to take part in unique regional offerings, as well as engage in shared networking and activities on October 4 through 22. Attendees will access region-specific content by logging onto the platform for their designated days and selecting their region from the main landing page. This first-ever combined online event will broaden learning and engagement across all regions. Attendees will have access to all regional offerings throughout the October dates, so learning and professional development is not limited to one region.

Additional information about Region IV’s content will be posted on this page as it becomes available. To learn more about the NAFSA All-Region Summit, visit the event homepage.

Region IV - Schedule at a Glance

Thursday, October 7, 2021

3:00 PM    3:50 PM        Welcome Region IV & State Meetings
4:00 PM    5:00 PM        EA Pricing Models- From Home School Tuition to Beyond
4:00 PM    5:00 PM        International Students’ Emotional Wellness - Creating Community and Effective Strategies
5:00 PM    6:00 PM        Permanent Resident Strategies for Postdoctoral Scholars and Junior Researchers
5:00 PM    6:00 PM        Student recruitment in a post COVID world
6:00 PM    7:30 PM        Happy Hour!
 

Friday, October 8, 2021

10:00 AM    11:00 AM      Building your social and cultural capacity through identity and networking
11:00 AM    12:00 PM      New to International Education: 10 Practical Resources & Tips
12:00 PM    1:00 PM        How Study Missouri Run the World?
12:00 PM    1:00 PM        Pathway Programs and the International Student Recruitment Portfolio
1:00 PM      2:00 PM        Reimagining Networking Through 50 Shades of Gray
1:00 PM      2:00 PM        Scammed: Helping International Students Recognize and Recover
2:00 PM      3:00 PM        Awards Ceremony, Business Meeting, & Adieu

*All times are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)

NAFSA REGION IV: All-Region Summit Grants 2021

NAFSA Region IV All-Region Summit Grants are financial support for Region IV international educators with demonstrated need.   

The general grants cover the cost of full All-Region Summit registration.

There will be 5 grants issued for the All-Region Summit, 1 for each state in Region IV (Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, and South Dakota.)

All-Region Summit grants cover the full Summit registration but do not cover costs for special events or workshops.

Individuals awarded a grant will receive a special registration code to use when they register for the Summit.

If you are interested in applying for a grant, please submit your application here.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2021 at 11:59PM CDT

Please contact Greg Wymer ([email protected]), Past Chair - Region IV, if you have any questions.

If you are chosen for a grant you will be contacted by NAFSA Region IV Leadership with the registration code sometime during the week of September 27th.