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 VII’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.

Session Proposals

The NAFSA Region VII leadership is seeking proposals for the NAFSA All-Region Summit, taking place on October 4-22, 2021 that reflect the best thinking in the field, informed by theory, research, and practice and cognizant of diversity and inclusion.

Presenting at a conference is an invaluable professional development experience for you and an opportunity to support your colleagues by sharing knowledge and advancing the field of international education.

Please note that accepted Region VII proposals will be presented during the Region VII Track on Wednesday, October 20th and Thursday, October 21st.

The session proposal form is now open (must log in with your NAFSA account)! Deadline to submit a proposal is June 18,2021.

You can find more information about the proposal timeline and criteria for acceptance on the NAFSA All-Region Summit site.

We look forward to seeing your proposals!

Session Ideas Generator

Do you have a session idea and need a co-presenter? Do you want to present and are hoping to join up with someone with a session idea? Our "Ideas Generator" allows you to easily submit basic information about yourself, area of interest, and topic, and then connect with others in our region looking to present and partner on a session proposal. Submit the Session Ideas Generator Form today to get connected!

Conference Grants

Region VII will offer conference grants in the form of free early-bird registration for the 2021 All-Region Summit! Visit the grants page for more information.

Region VII Awards

Do you have a colleague who is doing amazing work in international education? Consider submitting a nomination for one of our four regional awards: Community Volunteer Award, International Excellence Award, New Professional Award, and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Higher Education Award. Read detailed descriptions of each award and the nomination forms.

Available Team Member Positions

NAFSA leadership and volunteers are essential to sustaining Region VII's strength and experience in the field of international education. The Region VII team is comprised of leaders who volunteer their time to ensure we have an excellent, representative and diverse annual regional conference. Stepping up to a leadership position is also a great way to further your professional development and personal growth. Please consider joining our team! The following positions are open for applications (for more information and to apply by July 16, click here):

  • Chair-Elect-Elect
  • Development Coordinator
  • Local Arrangements Committee Co-Chair
  • Regulatory Ombudsperson for Student Issues
  • KC Education Abroad Liaison
  • KC International Enrollment Management Liaison

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