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

November 23, 2015

By NAFSA

#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

Finding Inspiration and Innovation at NAFSA’s Strategic Retreat for Education Abroad Leaders

September 08, 2015

By Amanda Kelso

This past July I had the opportunity to attend NAFSA’s Strategic Retreat for Education Abroad Leaders in Washington, D.C. Like most full-time administrators, my days are filled with a steady stream of e-mails, meetings, and crises (both big and small), making it a struggle to reflect on and discuss big-picture ideas. The prospect of a two-day retreat with colleagues to focus on and discuss strategy was appealing.... See More

No Rest for Voting Rights Advocates

August 05, 2015

By Lisa Rosenberg

As we mark the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act tomorrow, it would be natural to assume that securing the right to vote for people of color could be crossed off America’s to-do list. Instead, it has become clear that the law’s roots are beginning to wither, threatening the integrity of the principles on which our democracy was founded.... See More

Listen to Your Mother

June 24, 2015

By Carol Crosby

When I review students’ résumés, I usually find action statements similar to these: manage staff, attend weekly meetings, and tutored students in algebra and calculus. You might say, “What is wrong with this?”

Well, if I am a recruiter and have over 300 résumés to sort through to hire one person, I am not interested in hiring just anyone. I want to hire the one person who will bring their best to the job, the person who will go above and beyond the job description, the person who will give me more than the other 299 applicants.

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Six Ridiculously Easy Ways to Make Networking Less Awkward

May 22, 2015

By Nicolle Merrill

We all know that networking is key to getting the things that we want—new jobs, new ideas, new partnerships. Yet when I ask students or colleagues about their networking efforts their answers fall somewhere between “networking is so awkward” and “OMG I hate it.”... See More

Memorial Day Weekend in Boston

May 22, 2015

By Clare O'Brien

If you have the opportunity to arrive in Boston before the NAFSA conference starts, there will be plenty of things for you to see and do over the Memorial Day weekend. Here are a few suggestions:... See More

Using Social Media to Enhance Career Development

May 21, 2015

By Tiffany Harrison & Kayla Patterson

With over 200 million monthly Instagram users, 288 million Twitter users, and 347 million active LinkedIn accounts, it’s safe to say that social networking is here to stay.... See More