NAFSA Advocacy Day

March 18-19, 2019
Washington, D.C.

At NAFSA's Advocacy Day, speak out for students, scholars, and policies that matter to you! After a day of training and strategizing, you will head to Capitol Hill with all the tools you need to educate Congress on how international education impacts your state and district and why we need a more globally engaged and welcoming United States. Personal meetings will be scheduled for you with your elected officials and their staff in both the Senate and House of Representatives. 

Please note that space is limited and cancellations with refunds are available through Wednesday, January 23, 2019.


  • If you would still like to be involved, sign up for alerts at our online home for advocacy: Use our Take Action Center to reach out to your members of Congress and our Advocacy Toolkits to schedule a meeting at your local congressional office, request a floor statement, or invite a member of Congress to your institution.
  • If you received a travel grant from your NAFSA regional leadership team and have not yet registered for the event, please contact Katie O'Connell (; 202.737.3699 ext. 4420) by Tuesday, February 5.

Event Schedule

View the 2019 Advocacy Day schedule.

FAQs & How to Prepare


The Mayflower Hotel
1127 Connecticut Ave. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20036

Book your hotel

Deadline: February 22, 2019 or until the room block is full.

A limited number of double and single rooms with complimentary Wi-Fi are available at a discounted group rate of $299/night (before taxes and fees) at The Mayflower Hotel. To book your hotel room, visit this reservation page or call 877-212-5752, and reference the 2019 NAFSA Advocacy Day room block.


Use our template letter to request approval from your supervisor to attend Advocacy Day.

Advocate of the Year

The Advocate of the Year Award recognizes a NAFSA member who exhibits excellence in international education advocacy, inspiring others to make a difference by engaging with elected officials and promoting policies that support creating a more welcoming and globally engaged United States.

Meet NAFSA's 2019 Advocate of the Year: Nora Cavazos of The University of Texas Medical Branch.


“It’s empowering and valuable and a tangible reminder that our voices need to be heard.”

“I would definitely recommend colleagues to attend so our institution gains multiple resources to build a team of local advocates, maintain and cultivate relationships, and stay informed.”

“I was nervous before the training, but afterwards felt completely prepared and confident in the meetings and made sure our voice was heard! It was great to participate in our democracy and learn how accessible our Congressional leaders are.”

“It provided great insight to how politics affects our work.”

“I think it’s great citizenship 101, plus an excellent skill set for work on our campuses.”

“Advocacy Day is a great way to connect what I do every day to the bigger issues surrounding immigration reform.”

“Great opportunity to talk about why what I do matters. It was much easier and less intimidating than I thought.”

“I really enjoy it and want to be here every year! It is a great opportunity and professional development.”


Katie O'Connell
202.737.3699 ext. 4420

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