NAFSA's Diversity Impact Program pairs experienced international educators as mentors with program participants at the NAFSA Annual Conference and beyond.  

The primary responsibilities of program mentors at the annual conference features meeting their mentees and helping them develop connections with different knowledge communities, MIGS, and past program participants. In addition, participants will attend special conference programming at the annual conference such as a Diversity Impact Program networking event, a MIG luncheon, the annual business meeting, and the annual awards ceremony.

After the conference, mentors will stay in contact with mentees until the end of the program providing follow-up guidance and support for participants as they explore NAFSA's professional learning programs, integrate into their communities, and engage with the many benefits of NAFSA involvement.

Mentor Eligibility

To be considered as a mentor for the program, an applicant must:

  • Be an active NAFSA member
  • Demonstrate a strong interest in guiding program participants who work with underrepresented student populations
  • Be committed to fully engage in Diversity Impact Program learning outcomes and expectations

Mentor Expectations

In order to best serve their mentees, mentors will commit to the following:

  • Attendance at NAFSA Annual Conference and identified conference events, as funding allows (complimentary registration for special conference events provided)
  • Working with mentee to select helpful conference activities and connect with appropriate NAFSA groups
  • Communicate with mentee at least once a month
  • Support and provide mentee with guidance and encouragement
  • Keep time commitments
  • Actively participate in programming