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

There are no open positions at this time.

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 sixth year, nearly 200 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 nine months.

  • The program runs from March - November
  • Mentor/mentee matches receive e-introductions by the end of March
  • Meet with your mentor/mentee at least four times by phone, Skype, or in-person between March to November
  • Bi-weekly emails are shared with all participants to suggest meeting ideas and topics
  • Applications will open in January

Interested in participating as a mentor or mentee? Email Region VIII.


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

Region VIII Rising Star Award

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!