Laura W. Bush

Annual Conference & ExpoNAFSA 2019 Proposals

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

4:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

Laura W. Bush, former first lady of the United States, is an advocate for literacy, education, and human rights.

As first lady, Mrs. Bush advocated the importance of literacy and education to advance opportunity for America’s young people and foster healthy families and communities. She highlighted the need for preparing children to become lifelong learners, convening a White House Summit on Early Childhood Cognitive Development in 2001 and creating the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.

Today, as chair of the Mrs. Bush Institute’s Women’s Initiative, she promotes access to education, healthcare, and economic opportunity for women and girls around the world. The Women’s Initiative programs are preparing and empowering the next generation of women leaders in North Africa and the Middle East, and working to ensure the expansion and protection of women’s rights in Afghanistan. The programs also aim to engage and support first ladies from around the world to effectively use their unique platforms to advance issues for women and girls in their countries.

Mrs. Bush is the author of the best-selling memoir Spoken from the Heart and best-selling children’s book Our Great Big Backyard. She also wrote the foreword to We Are Afghan Women: Voices of Hope.

Mrs. Bush was born in Midland, Texas. She holds a bachelor of science degree in education from Southern Methodist University and a master’s degree in library science from the University of Texas.

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NAFSA thanks Education in Ireland for their generous support.