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2020 Region 8 Conference

The 2020 NACADA Region 8 Conference has been cancelled. 

Because of increased travel restrictions and the March 11 declaration of a COVID-19 pandemic by the World Health Organization, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the Region 8 Conference in Victoria, BC, Canada. We understand the logistical inconveniences that may arise as a result of this decision and regret the disruption as many are additionally dealing with COVID-19 implications on their campuses and in their homes.

We will be in contact with all who had registered for the conference as well as those who had registered and cancelled earlier to provide more information on refunds.

The hotels will continue to honor the block rate and work with you during the duration of your stay. To cancel your rooms, please contact the hotel immediately. Both hotels understand our situation and are working with us and our participants during this cancellation process

If you are in Victoria now, please be reassured that all three of the hotels will honour their NACADA rates. If you have not left your home base yet, please cancel your hotels immediately. The 24 hour cancellation policy still applies  

The Parkside Hotel & Spa | Call 250-940-1200 or 1-855-616-3557
Double Tree by Hilton Hotel & Suites Victoria | Call 800-222-TREE or 250-940-3100
Hotel Grand Pacific | Call 800-663-7550

For more information about the cancellations and refunds, please visit here.

We understand that you will have questions. Please direct them to or call 785-532-5717. Our volunteer conference chairs and region chairs will direct you to the Executive Office. 

If you are already in Victoria, please join us for the Garden Party Reception at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. 

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Keynote Speakers  


Mehvash Ali | Director of Academic Support Center (ASC) and First Year Experience (FYE) at the American University of Sharjah (AUS)

Mehvash Ali is the Director of Academic Support Center (ASC) and First Year Experience (FYE) at the American University of Sharjah (AUS). Ali, a licensed clinical psychologist, is an instructor in introductory psychology, abnormal psychology, and biopsychology at AUS. She is currently serving as chair of the NACADA Global Initiatives Committee and co-leading the International Visiting Advisor Program with Susan Corner from the University of Victoria. She is a member of the Inclusion and Engagement Committee, the Region Review Work Group, and the Academic Advising Consultant and Speaker Service in NACADA. She held the International Perspectives seat on the NACADA Professional Development Committee (2015-2017) and helped develop the NACADA Advising Core Competencies in that role. Ali has also served on the Board of Directors for South Asian Public Health Association in the USA.

We are fortunate to have the opportunity to meet and learn from Ali at the conference. She will present the keynote address on Friday, as well as a Preconference Workshop: Psychological Intervention Skills in Academic Advising. (Register for the Preconference Workshop when you register.) Learn more about NACADA's Visiting Advisor Program during Ali's concurrent session. 



Devi Mucina | Associate professor and the director of the Indigenous Governance Program at the University of Victoria

Devi Mucina, an Ubuntu African, is an associate professor and the director of the Indigenous Governance Program at the University of Victoria. Guided by Indigenous Ubuntu philosophies, his academic interests and current research focus on Indigenous men and fathering beyond imposed colonial masculinities; Indigenous men in elite sports; and contemplating how Indigenous spiritual mask dancing shapes Indigenous masculinities. At the center of his research are questions about how Indigenous communities are renewing and decolonizing Indigenous masculinities by grounding holistic relational engagements with intimate partners, families, communities, lands and bodies of waters. His other research explores the impact of parental and familial members’ incarceration on children and questions the risk factors this creates for their future incarceration from an Indigenous intersectional theoretical framework.

We are excited to introduce you to Mucina on Saturday as he will provide the keynote address at lunch.

For conference schedule, hotel information, travel tips, and more, click the links to the right!

2020 Region 8 Election Results

Congratulations to the following newly-elected 2020-2022 Region 8 Steering Committee members:
Alberta Liaison – Brianna Harvie | Mt Royal University
Montana Liaison – Anne Anderson | Miles Community College
Washington Liaison – Gina Bolin | City University of Seattle

Congratulations to the newly-appointed 2020-2022 Region 8 Steering Committee member: 
Idaho Liaison – Erica Compton | College of Western Idaho

R8 Talks!


R8 Talks is a monthly community-building opportunity for Region 8. Click the logo for information on the upcoming R8 Talks

January | Financials in Region 8

Learn from R8's Budget Coordinator Nick Fleury about the region’s structured budget; goals, projects, & initiatives in 2020; and how to access funding for professional development in our upcoming R8 Talks! happening TOMORROW Jan. 8 at 11:30am Pacific.



Make It Happen.
Make It Matter.

March 12-14, 2020
Victoria, BC Canada

Call for Proposals - closed

Registration Information

Hotel Information

Travel Information



Preconference Workshops

Volunteer Signup

Exhibitor Opportunities

Sponsorships & Donations-US

Sponsorships & Donations-Canada

Service Project
Need2 Suicide Prevention, Education & Support

Past/Future Conference

Conference Co-Chairs

Janine Mayers
University of Victoria

Melana Mar
University of Victoria
(250) 853-3512

See the entire committee!