March 10 & 11, 2022

Given the unique challenges of the past two years, the Northern CA District is committed to providing ample opportunities for professional development, sharing best practices, and networking for an affordable cost. This year we will be hosting a hybrid conference. There will be a mix of virtual sessions and professional development, as well as in-person & remote networking events! It will be a great opportunity to pursue professional development, share best practices, network, and support one another.


As the field of international education navigates unprecedented challenges combined with tightening budgets, the Northern CA District remains committed to making our events and opportunities as accessible as possible. With this in mind, registration fees for the 2022 conference will be capped at $20, and registration will be provided at no cost to conference session presenters.

NAFSA Member: $15.00

NAFSA Nonmember: $20.00

Please register by March 8, 2022 at 5pm PT.

NOTE: If you are a confirmed speaker or potential sponsor, please contact us to receive your registration codes in advance of finalizing your registration.

Conference Schedule and Format

This year's conference will take place over the span of two days in a hybrid model. The conference will follow the general schedule below. 

Thursday, March 10

  • 12:00 - 4:00 pm PT Virtual Sessions via SocioApp
  • 5:30 - 7:00 pm PT In-person Networking Events

Friday, March 11

  • 9:00 am - 1:00 pm PT Virtual Sessions via SocioApp

Conference At-a-Glance Schedule

Virtual Sessions

All of the content-related presentations will take place virtually via Zoom, which attendees can access through SocioApp either live or through recordings later. We will also offer a virtual town hall discussion, designed as a virtual networking opportunity to connect attendees across various knowledge communities. The virtual events will take place on the afternoon of 3/10, and the morning of 3/11.

In-Person Networking*

In addition, we are offering three simultaneous in-person networking events in Sacramento, San Jose, and Oakland during the evening of March 10, 2022. We encourage attendees to join for their event of choice, if you are able. During registration, attendees can express interest in the particular in-person networking event they may wish to attend. 

*Please note: NAFSA takes your health and safety seriously. We will be doing our best to make sure you feel as safe as possible during these in-person events. Guests will be required to provide proof of vaccination status and wear masks.


Keynote Speaker

Joanna Regulska, Ph.D.

Vice Provost and Dean of Global Affairs

Professor of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies

University of California, Davis

Joanna Regulska, vice provost and dean of Global Affairs and professor of gender, sexuality and women’s studies at the University of California, Davis, has led large-scale programs that transform institutions, establish partnerships, and substantially improve global services, for over 30 years. In 2021, Regulska was named an inaugural member of the National Academy for International Education. A respected scholar, Regulska’s research concentrates on women’s political activism, grassroots mobilization, decentralization, democracy and democratization, with a focus on Europe and the Caucasus.

Career Conversations

This year, instead of just focusing on resume review, you will be able to sign up for a career conversation with a seasoned professional in the field of international education! In this meeting, your conversation could consist of an informational interview (learn about their career path and current role/responsibilities), you could seek advice on how to break into the field or progress your career, or receive feedback on your resume. Whether you are new to the field, looking for a transition in your career, or just yearning for more growth and professional development, consider meeting with an experienced IE professional in these Career Conversations. These conversations will take place throughout the two-day conference and are planned as 30-minute one-on-one interactions. Sign up for your Career Conversation once you have registered via the SocioApp!

Sponsorship Inquiries

The NAFSA Northern CA Conference Series is a unique chance to share your organization or company with international education professionals local to the Northern California region. If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities for these events, please reach out to the Northern District team.