Social Justice Advocate Bryan Stevenson to Speak at NAFSA 2016 International Education Conference and Expo in Denver




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WASHINGTON, November 10, 2015 – Bryan Stevenson, a visionary legal scholar, advocate and champion for social justice will deliver Wednesday’s plenary address at the NAFSA: Association of International Educators 2016 Annual Conference and Expo. As founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, an organization committed to fair and just treatment for all people in the American legal system, Stevenson leads multiple nationwide efforts against poverty, mass incarceration and racial inequality.

“With racial and social disparities making headlines around the world, we must work to find creative sustainable solutions for these issues,” said Marlene M. Johnson, NAFSA Executive Director & CEO. “We are extremely pleased that conference attendees will hear from Bryan Stevenson, an acclaimed public interest attorney whose legal successes continue to set precedence. NAFSA works to advance public policies that will reclaim the values that make this nation a land of opportunity, equality and freedom for all. Stevenson’s commitment to these values and his success in achieving results will serve to inspire our global community and empower them to take action.”

As an attorney, Stevenson has successfully argued cases on social justice and human rights in the context of criminal justice reform in the United States Supreme Court. He recently won a historic ruling that made unconstitutional mandatory life sentences without parole for children under the age of 17. A MacArthur Fellow, Stevenson serves on President Obama’s recently formed task force on 21st century policing. He is the author of the New York Times best-seller, Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption - named one of TIME magazine’s Top 10 Nonfiction Books for 2014. Stevenson also teaches as a professor of clinical law at New York University and holds a J.D. from Harvard School of Law as well as honorary degrees from several universities, including Yale University, the University of Pennsylvania and Georgetown University School of Law.

Bryan Stevenson will address the NAFSA conference on June 1, 2016 in Denver. Learn more about the speakers as they are announced at

About the NAFSA Conference
NAFSA’s 68th Annual Conference and Expo is the world’s largest gathering of professionals in international education with an expected 10,000 attendees from more than 100 countries. The conference offers a wide array of learning and networking opportunities for international educators, and features more than 200 sessions and workshops focusing on the most crucial topics in international education and exchange and global learning.

A major highlight of the conference is the International Education Expo Hall, which features more than 400 exhibitors representing hundreds of organizations from around the world, including colleges and universities; study abroad and intensive-English programs; embassies and government agencies; and more. The conference theme for 2016 is “Building Capacity for Global Learning.” It will be held in Denver, May 31 - June 3, 2016.

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With more than 10,000 members, NAFSA: Association of International Educators is the world’s largest nonprofit association dedicated to international education. Visit us at To learn more about our advocacy efforts on behalf of international education, visit

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