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.

Spring Conference

Thank you to the 400+ people from all over the country who signed up for our Spring 2021 District Conference Series. We had 20+ sessions, 2 keynotes, and multiple networking sessions over the month of March, and we couldn't have done it without our stellar Northern California District community! Planning for a Spring 2022 hybrid conference series over the month of March 2022 is underway now.

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.

Fall 2021 Schedule (Pacific Time):
September 21, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.: Hybrid Workplace Culture
October 19, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.: Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion for International Students
November 16, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.: Finding Purpose in Career - Register for the Zoom link here
December 21, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.: Global Holidays

2020 Northern CA District Needs Assessment Report

View the Summary Report.

A Needs Assessment survey was sent out to the NAFSA Northern CA District international education community, through the District listserv and various social media channels. A total of 56 surveys were completed and returned. Topics included:

  • Demographic information
  • Current challenges/needs
  • Plans/ideas for the future

This survey will help NAFSA to plan and provide relevant resources, information, events, and professional development opportunities in 2021.


The NAFSA Region XII Northern District Mini-Grant Program has been created with the purpose of advancing international education and the professional development of international educators in the Northern District. Two $500 Mini-Grants are available each year. Both mini-grants for 2020 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