What is a CIVSA region?
CIVSA is divided geographically into five regions, each of which is led by an elected Regional Director. The current geographic layout consists of four regions within the United States, while the fifth region is comprised of all other countries throughout the world. Currently, the Regional Director for Region Four also serves as the Regional Director for Region Five. Throughout the year, the Regional Director recruits new members within the geographic region, as well as plans and hosts regional events for their respective regions with the help of the Regional Leadership Team.
Why is there a new regional map?
As the association has continued to grow over time, the CIVSA Executive Board voted to review the current geographic regions – through a Regional Review Committee – in an effort to determine how to best serve membership. Between fiscal year 2015-16, the committee worked to gain a better understanding of each region, while considering how the regions impact members. In reviewing the current geographic layout, the committee determined that in order to better engage members within each region, it would be best to restructure the regions to better reflect the total number of members in each region, while taking into account geographic obstacles, such as distance. Click here to preview the new regional map.
Who decided on the regional update?
At the 2015 Annual Board Meeting, the CIVSA Board voted to establish an ad hoc Regional Review Committee. The committee’s primary focus was to determine whether or not the current regions needed to be restructured. The committee included the four Regional Directors and President-Elect. At the 2016 Annual Board Meeting, the committee presented their findings to the Board. After discussion, the Board voted to approve the proposal to restructure the association’s regions. As a result of the Board’s approval, the Regional Review Committee has been tasked with overseeing the implementation of the new regions for the start of the 2017 fiscal year.
How will these changes impact me?
Because some regions experienced minimal geographic changes, most members will see very little change. Other members may now belong to a new region. The biggest impact will be experienced by those members at institutions outside of the United States, as all countries are now incorporated into the five regions, with Canada split geographically to align with the U.S. regional map. Additionally, the 2017-18 slate of nominees will include five Regional Directors.
As a result of the new regions, the rotation of conferences and events will be updated. Instead of rotating among the newly formed regions, new rotational zones were established to ensure events come back to each part of the country more often.
The rotational schedule will be as follows:
CIVSA Annual Conference: 2016 – West, 2017 – East, 2018 – Central, 2019 – West, etc.
Student Development Institute: 2017 – West, 2018 – East, 2019 – Central, 2020 – West, etc.
When will we start using the new regional map?
At the 2017 CIVSA Annual Conference in Philadelphia, members will have an opportunity to meet with their existing or new region for the first time. The Regional Review Committee anticipates all regional updates and logistics to be complete by July 2017.
What are the benefits of the new regional layout?
One of the primary benefits of the restructured regional map is that members will be able to participate more easily in local regional activities. By accounting for geographic proximity, the association anticipates shorter commutes and smaller, more personalized events. In addition to more regional events and programming opportunities, another exciting benefit includes new leadership positions. This includes a Regional Director position, Regional Leadership Team member positions and regional event planners.
Also, the new regional layout allows us to simplify the rotation of conferences and events with the new rotational zones and brings annual events closer to each part of the country more often.
Where can I direct my questions?
If you have any questions about the association’s new regions, please contact CIVSA Headquarters at civsaHQ@civsa.org.