The geography of Region I is such that members can drive to any of the six states for a meeting and return home the same day. Region I's leaders aim to provide members with a forum to address regional issues while providing specialized professional development and networking opportunities.The Region I Annual Conference, held each November, is the region’s signature event of the year. Some highlights from Region I include:
The Region I Advisory Board includes both a European Director and a Canada Director. For many years the representative from Canada traveled to the advisory board meetings from Montreal. Region I Directors have also attended the Canadian student affairs conferences. In 2011, Region I held a conference in Lugano, Switzerland: “Si possiamo!: Integrating Residential Communities in International Environments" was hosted by Franklin College in Switzerland.
The inaugural UBUNTU Institute was held in 2017 as a pre-conference institute for the Region I Annual Conference in Springfield, MA. The institute provided an opportunity for Region I professionals of color to connect and engage as leaders in the region. The inaugural institute had 50 attendees.
Region I began holding an undergraduate pre-conference workshop before its Regional Annual Conference in 2002. The pre-conference workshop evolved into Student Affairs Leaders of Tomorrow, or SALT, and is attended by 60-100 juniors and seniors each year.
Since 2000, Region I has held a silent auction to raise funds for SALT attendees, award plaques, and registration fees for award winners. The auction has an annual fundraising goal of $10,000. The fundraising record for the Silent Auction was set in 2012, when the auction brought in $15,000 for the region.