Award recognizes excellence in organizing and advocacy for international education
WASHINGTON, March 25, 2013 - Ken Reade, associate director of the Office of Visa and Immigration Services at Dartmouth College, was presented with NAFSA’s 2013 Advocate of the Year Award for his accomplishments in international education and immigration grassroots advocacy by NAFSA President and Chair Fanta Aw.
The Advocate of the Year Award is presented annually to a member of NAFSA: Association of International Educators who has excelled in grassroots advocacy by encouraging local and national dialogue in support of policies that advance international education and by inspiring others to become advocates.
Reade is an active advocate for international education. He fosters and maintains relationships with New Hampshire elected officials, serves in NAFSA advocacy leadership positions, presents at NAFSA conferences on federal policies affecting international education, organizes local communities to participate in national advocacy campaigns, regularly attends NAFSA’s annual Advocacy Day in Washington, DC, and inspires his peers to get involved.
For the past nine months, Reade has been working with his elected officials, news media and Dartmouth faculty and leadership to build support for a new immigration process in the United States as part of NAFSA’s Grassroots Leadership Program. Reade is one of eight NAFSA members in the program who are from battleground states that are home to members of Congress who are influential on immigration policy.
On March 6, Reade arranged for congressional staff from the entire New Hampshire delegation – Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D), Senator Kelly Ayotte (R), Representative Carol Shea-Porter (D) and Representative Ann McLane Kuster (D) – to speak at a forum as part of a state meeting of NAFSA: Association of International Educators.
“I love reminding people about the history of immigration in this country. If you believe we need to severely restrict the number of immigrants coming into the United States, you’re always going to be on the wrong side of history,” said Reade.
On receiving the award, Reade said: “This is what I do and what I believe in. I studied abroad in the past and I work with international students all the time. Here at Dartmouth, we’ve got international doctors, researchers, faculty, and students who are contributing positively to our local community and the state of New Hampshire. I am thankful for the chance to help make that happen.”