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.

SEVP Updates and Q&A Webinar

August 5, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. PDT

This event was postponed due to changes in ICE guidance, and is now confirmed for August 5 at 1:00 p.m. PDT.

Join Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) Northern California representatives Tiffany Coyne, Lamberto Glory, and Ronald E. McPeak, who will provide insight on recent policy guidance, current program initiatives, seasonal reminders, and helpful resources.

Please RSVP for the webinar in order to reserve your spot. The SEVP representatives will not be able to take pre-submitted questions, but can answer live questions during the event. The webinar will be recorded and posted here for those who are unable to attend the live event.

The SEVP representatives have also provided the following links regarding Fall 2020 guidance, for your reference:

Online Orientation Panel

May 20, 2020 | 1:00 p.m. - 2:20 p.m. PST

BA-PIER and NAFSA Northern CA District hosted an interactive panel discussing the development, implementation, and execution of online orientation programs for incoming international students. During this webinar, we heard from international education professionals who have experience in coordinating online orientation at their institutions. The panelists shared their expertise, demonstrated their orientation models, and discussed in detail the process of developing the online program. Thank you to everyone who tuned in!

In case you missed it, watch the panel recording.

Spring Conference

The 2020 NAFSA Northern CA District Conference has been cancelled due to concerns surrounding COVID-19. We hope that this will allow attendees to focus on supporting their institutions. Please read additional information about the conference, as well as updates on alternative ways we are supporting the district and sharing conference material.

SEVP Updates and Q&A Webinar, March 2020

This webinar was hosted on Thursday, March 26, 2020. The NAFSA Northern District members are joined by Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) Northern California representatives Tiffany Coyne, Lamberto Glory, and Ron McPeak for SEVP updates and an open Q&A session.

View the recording of the webinar to gain insight on recent SEVP policy guidance, current program initiatives, seasonal reminders and helpful resources.

COVID-19 Resources

Best Practice Share-out

Share best practices across the district by filling out this short Google Form to share how your office, organization, or school has responded to the COVID-19 outbreak. You can then view the results to see how international education professionals across Northern California are dealing with these challenging times.

Open-sourced Resources and Tools

We know that this is a time of great uncertainty, and have gathered a list of resources and tools to help provide guidance and support for the rapidly evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. If you have any other websites or resources that you think would be helpful to the international education community, please add them to the Google doc list to share information with your fellow professionals.


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!