Region VII Awards
Do you have a colleague who is doing amazing work in international education? Consider submitting a nomination for one of our four regional awards.
Nomination details can be found under each award description. The deadline for all award nominations is TBD. We look forward to receiving your nominations!
Questions? Please contact NAFSA Region VII Past Chair, Liz Dille.
Sylvia Shortt Memorial Community Volunteer Award
Purpose: to recognize important and significant contributions of unpaid volunteers, who support international initiatives both on campus and within the local communities in Region VII. View past recipients.
In recognition of her years of service, and dedication to the region and the field of International Education, NAFSA Region VII has renamed the community volunteer award to honor Sylvia Shortt.
Sylvia was employed for 31 years at the University of West Georgia and retired as the Associate Director of International Services and Programs in December 2012 but continued her association with the University serving as a Volunteer Alumni Coordinator for the UWG Alumni Association. Sylvia was a recognized leader in numerous national, regional, state, and local professional organizations throughout her career and following her retirement. She was a founding member of the Georgia College Counseling Association, instrumental in developing the American College Counseling Association, and served for many years, even after her retirement on the NAFSA Region VII Team as the Conference Planner. Sylvia was considered a mentor by many higher education professionals and known as the “American” Mother to hundreds of international students.
Sylvia Shortt passed on December 17, 2020 in Athens, GA following a brief illness.
New Professional Award
Purpose: to recognize an individual in the region who has made an outstanding contribution to international education through his or her enthusiasm, potential for leadership, and actual accomplishments in his or her institution or community and Region VII. The award was established in 1989 by the Region VII Team. View past recipients.
- Nomination Deadline: TBD
- Questions? Please contact NAFSA Region VII Past Chair, Liz Dille.
- Recipient of the New Professional Award is nominated by the Region VII team for the NAFSA Rising Star Young Leader Award.
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in International Education Award
Purpose: Created in 2020, this award recognizes an international education professional in the region whose work fosters inclusive practices, promotes diversity, or advances equitable systems at their institution.