Innovating for a New Global Landscape

Thank you for your interest in this year’s Northern CA District virtual conference series! Given the unique challenges of the past year, the Northern CA District is committed to providing ample opportunities for professional development, sharing best practices, and networking--all offered at no cost to attendees. We look forward to engaging virtually in March 2021.


As the field of international education navigates unprecedented challenges combined with tightening budgets, the Northern CA District is committed to making our events and opportunities as accessible as possible. With this in mind, registration for all 2021 conference series events will be offered at no cost to attendees.

Register Now

Registration is now open! Please complete the form in order to get access to the Conference Hub and all content.

At-A-Glance Conference Schedule

Conference Hub

All content for the 2021 Conference Series is centralized using Socio, an event management platform. Once you complete the registration form, you will receive an email with instructions on how to access the Conference Hub. In the Hub, you will be able to access all conference content, including:

  • Detailed schedule with descriptions and link access to all virtual events (live links will be added closer to the event date). Simply log into the Conference Hub, click on the session you want to attend, and follow the link to get there!
  • Personalized agenda for adding the events you are interested in
  • Profiles on speakers and sponsors
  • Conference Lounge: virtual space used as a venue for a variety of events, as well as live 24/7 to drop in and connect with other professionals at any time throughout the conference series Job board with local job postings
  • ...and more!

Content will be continued to be added to the Conference Hub as we near the beginning of the Conference Series.

Diya Abdo, PhD

Diya Abdo
Opening Keynote Speaker, Region XII Northern CA District Conference
Diya Abdo, PhD, is the director of the The Center for New North Carolinians at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. A second-generation Palestinian refugee, born and raised in Jordan, Abdo’s teaching, research, and scholarship focus on Arab women writers and Arab and Islamic feminisms with...

Abby Falik

Abby Falik
Closing Keynote Speaker, Region XII Northern CA District Conference
Abby Falik is an award-winning social entrepreneur. A recognized expert on social innovation and the changing landscape of education, Falik has been featured in Forbes, NPR, The Washington Post, and The New York Times. In 2018 she was named one of Goldman Sachs' 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs...

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 this event, please reach out to the Northern District team.