Honor Excellence in International Education – 2016 NAFSA National Awards for Leadership

December 16, 2015

By Ivor Emmanuel

As the chair of the NAFSA Awards Subcommittee these last two years, I have had the privilege of reading nomination statements for a number of noteworthy colleagues. These statements are truly inspiring, and they give us the opportunity to get to know these distinguished individuals through a different lens. These award recommendations also serve as a reminder of the value of our work to the people we serve and the profession at large. There is no better way to write this blog than to share some of the comments included in these nomination statements.... See More

Why I’m Excited About the NAFSA 2016 Annual Conference

December 15, 2015

By Inge Steglitz

As chair of the NAFSA 2016 Annual Conference & Expo Annual Conference Committee (ACC), I have had the distinct honor of working with ACC content chair Sara Thurston and an outstanding ACC team to develop a rich and diverse range of educational opportunities for NAFSA 2016 that will make this year's program in Denver, Colorado, one of the best ever. ... See More

The Meaning of One Person, One Vote

December 10, 2015

By Lisa Rosenberg

Yesterday, the Supreme Court heard arguments in a case that questioned whether everyone in a state’s congressional district has a right to representation, or if only eligible voters in that district do. Following the civil rights struggle for... See More

End of Year Campaign

December 09, 2015

By Fanta Aw

Last week, we blogged about the importance of NAFSA’s Diversity Impact Program. Today, I want to reinforce that message.... See More

#GivingTuesday 2015

December 01, 2015

By Fanta Aw

NAFSA remains an inclusive and diverse association committed to hearing and acting on the many dialogues that are part of our association. Being committed to inclusion and openness requires that we are vigilant about engaging with others and intentional about hearing their voices. That is why I am asking for your support of NAFSA’s Diversity Impact Program through today’s #GivingTuesday online giving campaign.... See More

Plenary Connections: Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

November 30, 2015

By Diana Carlin

NAFSA 2016 offers a full slate of outstanding plenary speakers. But one in particular is of special interest to me for both personal and professional reasons. When I read the introduction to Gayle Tzemach Lemmon's book, The Dressmaker of Khair Khana, describing the first time she arrived in Kabul, Afghanistan, I immediately identified with the sights, sounds, smells, and experience of wearing and keeping on a headscarf along with the anxiety of getting through the arrival process.... See More

Give Back with #GivingTuesday and NAFSA's Diversity Impact Program

November 23, 2015


#GivingTuesday is a day to celebrate generosity and to give back. Founded in 2012 by the 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation, it has grown into a global movement engaging 30,000 organizations worldwide every year. NAFSA participated in the #GivingTuesday movement for the first time in 2014. Our efforts helped contribute to the more than $45 million in donations contributed in a single day last year.... See More

Plenary Connections: Bryan Stevenson

November 16, 2015

By Meredith McQuaid

If you have not yet had the chance to hear Bryan Stevenson, founder and CEO of the Equal Justice Initiative, and author of Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, prepare to be utterly inspired when he speaks at NAFSA's 2016 Annual Conference & Expo in Denver. And, if you have had the chance to hear him speak before, then you will likely be one of the first to grab a seat near the front of the auditorium.... See More

Plenary Connections: David Brooks

November 03, 2015

By Debra Stewart

The recent announcement of David Brooks as the opening plenary speaker at the NAFSA 2016 Annual Conference & Expo is great news for all NAFSAns. As a member of the NAFSA board attending recent NAFSA annual conferences, I’ve been struck by the extraordinary caliber of NAFSA’s plenary speakers. From my 14 years experience as president of a partner organization, the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS), I know that successful conferences depend critically on compelling plenary speakers. At CGS, we were honored to have David Brooks as a plenary speaker more than once at our annual meetings and each time Mr. Brooks earned rave reviews from attendees.... See More