NAFSA Region VIII is one of NAFSA's 11 geographic regions. Each region is governed by an elected chair and a team of representatives from the various NAFSA professional sections and educator groups.

Leadership Team

Want to learn more about Region VIII? Have a specific question for someone on the team? Meet the Region VIII Leadership Team.

Open Positions

We are currently accepting applications for the following positions on the Region VIII Leadership Team. Descriptions of each open role may be found hereSubmit your application today! 

  • Treasurer
  • Communications Coordinator

Professional Development

Region VIII offers professional development for all international education practitioners in the region through the annual regional conference and on-demand workshops.


Various networking groups throughout Region VIII provide local resources and support. Formal and informal networking opportunities are available throughout the year, including conference events and no-host happy hours.

NAFSA Region VIII Mentor Program

Now in its seventh year, around 250 members of NAFSA Region VIII have participated in the Region VIII Mentor program. The regional team is committed to connecting members of the region on an annual basis in a formal mentor-mentee pairing for eight months.

Interested in learning more about the Region VIII Mentor Program? Please visit our mentorship webpage.


Every year at our region's annual conference we recognize individuals who are making significant contributions to the field of international education and exchange. We welcome nominations for both of our regional awards throughout the year. Learn more and submit a nomination today.

Outstanding Contribution to Region VIII

This award recognizes an individual who has been a mentor in the field, and who has contributed in tangible ways at the regional and/or national levels to further international exchange and competencies. Nominees must have been active members in Region VIII for at least 5 years and must have been in the field of international education for at least 10 years.

Region VIII Rising Star Award

This award recognizes the accomplishments of someone who has been in the field five years or less; has demonstrated commitment through professional or volunteer activities; and may be active at the regional or national level. This person's approach and leadership have the potential for substantial and lasting influence on international education.

Grants and Scholarships

Region VIII awards travel grants to help offset the costs of attending the annual regional conference and Advocacy Day.  Grants typically cover registration fees, accommodations, and/or travel expenses.  Apply today!