Building Conference Connections

March 25, 2016

By Samantha Potempa

As the NAFSA 2016 Annual Conference & Expo approaches, it’s time to start thinking about what you want to accomplish. Whether you are new to the field or a seasoned professional, networking should always make your to-do list. Networking with other international educators will provide you with some of the best takeaways from the conference; you will increase your knowledge, build your reputation, and expand your sphere of personal and professional connections. Here are some helpful pointers on building and managing the connections you make at NAFSA 2016.... See More

Plenary Connections: Kailash Satyarthi

March 16, 2016

By Diana Carlin

Most of us will never have the opportunity to attend a Nobel Peace Prize ceremony. All of us attending NAFSA conferences, however, have had the good fortune to hear Nobel Laureates speak at plenary sessions. If you are like me, you were inspired by words from past Laureates such as Shirin Ebadi or Wangari Matthai--two of my favorites.

This year in Denver, we are again fortunate to have a Nobel Peace Prize winner on the plenary schedule. The Friday event will feature 2014 Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi who shared the prize with Malala Yousafzai.

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Where to Eat in Denver

March 15, 2016

By Michele Friedmann

Denver’s culinary scene is as impressive as the surrounding snow-capped mountains! From laid-back pubs to upscale restaurants and European-inspired eateries, the city will satisfy everyone’s taste buds. ... See More

Building Group Consensus

March 14, 2016

By Ellen H. Badger, Editor

Welcome to the third edition of Advice From the Field, a monthly online column that offers trusted career and professional development advice for international educators at all levels. This month we get helpful tips from an experienced international education professional on how to build consensus for group decision making.... See More

Positive Momentum Builds to Restore Relations with Cuba

March 07, 2016

By Alan Fleming

U.S. academic travel to Cuba was decimated by severe executive branch directives in 2004. Consequently, most study abroad programs conducted by American institutions in Cuba shuttered, effectively abandoning one of the only avenues of understanding and collaboration that existed between our two countries.

The resulting 92% plummet in U.S. students studying in Cuba proved nearly fatal for Cuban exchange programs. The few programs that managed to remain open following the restrictions limped forward until January 2011, when NAFSA: Association of International Educators, the academic exchange community, and the larger coalition won a historic advocacy victory with the Obama Administration’s executive action to restore academic travel.

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Welcome to Denver

February 24, 2016

By Michele Friedmann

There is a lot to love about Colorado, from purple mountain majesties to 300 days of sunshine a year. There are very few people who visit and don’t find a reason to stay. Which explains why Colorado saw the seventh-highest increase in population out of all 50 states, and the Denver metro area is consistently ranked as one of the fastest growing areas in the region. The state slogan, “Colorado Above All,” rings true for many!... See More

Build Your Career through Volunteering

December 18, 2015

By Ellen Badger, Editor

Welcome to the first edition of Advice From the Field, a new monthly online column that offers trusted career and professional development advice for international education professionals at all levels. Informed by NAFSA’s Phase II Member Interest Group, each column will explore real questions from NAFSA members in the field looking to further their personal and professional development.... See More

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