Serving International Educators in Northern California

Welcome to the Region XII Northern District!

Our goal is to provide you with information throughout the year to keep you current on what's happening in international education in our district, region, nation, and world.

If you have any suggestions or feedback on how the Northern District can better serve you, please feel free to contact us.

To promote communication within the Northern District, we maintain an e-mail list to be able to reach out to you with important professional development and networking opportunities as well as and updates throughout the year.

NAFSA membership is not required. Join the listserv today!

We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you at international education events.

2022 Spring Conference: Bridging Distance, Sharing Purpose

We are excited to announce this year's NAFSA Northern CA Conference on March 10-11, 2022. There will be a mix of virtual sessions and professional development, as well as in-person and virtual networking events! It will be a great opportunity to pursue professional development, share best practices, network, and support one another. As always, we aim to keep the conference accessible through low registration fees as well as a variety of locations for our in-person gatherings. Registration will be available soon, and in the meantime we are accepting conference proposals until January 17th. Conference Registration will be no cost for all presenters! Visit the conference webpage for additional information.

Visit the conference webpage for additional information.

Hot Topic Tuesdays

Hot Topic Tuesdays take place on the 3rd Tuesday of the month. They are opportunities for international educators to come together, network, and discuss relevant trends and best practices with one another. Each meeting will revolve around a particular topic and a facilitator will guide the discussion by asking targeted questions to get people thinking and engaging with one another. Participants may be encouraged (but not required!) to do something in advance of the meeting (such as read a particular article, watch a TedTalk, listen to a podcast, attend a webinar, etc.) based on the topic, which will guide the discussion questions.

Spring 2022 Schedule (Pacific Time):

  • February 15, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.: Social Media and Communication in the International Office
  • March 15, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.: Conference Debrief and Takeaways - Register HERE
  • April 19, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.: Day in the Life of an International Educator - Register HERE

2021 Northern CA District Needs Assessment Report

View the Summary Report.

A new Needs Assessment survey for 2021 was sent out to the NAFSA Northern CA District international education community, through the District listserv and various social media channels. A total of 36 surveys were completed and returned. Topics included:

  • Demographic information
  • Current challenges/needs
  • Plans/ideas for the future
  • Conference Preferences
  • Interest in a potential mentorship program

This survey will help NAFSA to plan and provide relevant resources, information, events, and professional development opportunities in 2022.


The Northern California District awards mini-grants of up to $500 for innovative educational projects for educators, campuses, communities, or the Northern District at large. Projects may be workshops, materials creation, special events, trainings, and other innovative and creative projects that advance international education and/or the professional development of international educators in Region XII Northern District. Project proposals may relate to NAFSA knowledge communities, SIGs, MIGs, districts, or other interest groups. Creativity is encouraged. Two $500 Mini-Grants are available each year. Both mini-grants for 2022 are currently available. 

Learn more and apply now


Region XII History

Interested in learning more about the history of Region XII and that of NAFSA, as well as the origins of international education?
If so, read our wealth of informative articles.

Do you know of other resources that would be interesting to Region XII members? Please let us know!

Past Events