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

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