Reflecting on the 2018 Successes of NAFSA’s Campaign to Defend International Students and Scholars

December 17, 2018

By Esther D. Brimmer, DPhil

International Student CampaignAs we approach the end of 2018 and focus on planning for both a new year and a new Congress, I would like to take a moment to reflect on the progress NAFSA has made to defend international students and scholars. Facing new international student enrollment declines and the harmful, anti-immigrant and anti-global policies and rhetoric from the Trump Administration, NAFSA launched a new campaign earlier this year. The goal of this multi-year campaign is to improve and strengthen key policy makers’ opinions and... See More

PSLs, Hayrides, and Career Development

November 06, 2018

By Dawn Harris Wooten

Career DevelopmentAs manager of NAFSA's Career Center and @NAFSAJobs, November is about much more than pumpkin spice lattes (PSLs), fall foliage, and Black Friday deals. November is National Career Development Month, an opportunity for career development organizations to highlight all of the great career-focused resources they provide. To celebrate National Career Development Month, NAFSA will be publishing a series of career-oriented blog posts focused on the... See More

Right To Vote: A Privilege That I Don’t Take For Granted

November 05, 2018

By Jason Lau

I appreciated my Chinese heritage. I was born and raised in Hong Kong, a Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China, also known as one of the four Asian Tigers, or Little Dragons. Hong Kong is the world's 7th largest trading economy and serves as a major service economy in the region. I am always fond of Hong Kong’s free economy and sharing our economic success stories, and I am very proud to be... See More

The NAFSA Academy: Finding Your Time to Lead

October 18, 2018

By Earl Lee

NAFSA AcademyWhen I first entered international education, I wanted to learn all I could about the field. I knew that NAFSA was the premier association for international educators, so I made it my go-to resource. I constantly searched the NAFSA website and NAFSA’s social media feeds to see what tools might help me be successful in my new position. It didn’t take very long to realize that I needed to apply for... See More

International Education is Not a Partisan Issue - and Congress Agrees

June 07, 2018

By Katie O’Connell

Committee HearingNAFSA’s Deputy Executive Director for Public Policy Jill Welch testified before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Border Security and Immigration yesterday. The hearing, “Student Visa Integrity: Protecting Educational Opportunity and National Security,” was chaired by Senator John Cornyn (R-TX). Representing NAFSA’s 10,000 members, Jill Welch acted as an expert witness on the importance of international... See More

Last Minute Tips for NAFSA 2018

May 22, 2018

By Hailey Gouza

It is hard to believe that NAFSA 2018 is just around the corner, and it’s almost time to check in for your big trip to Philly! Here are some last-minute tips to help you prepare for the event, as well as for your stay in the City of... See More

Happy Hour and Fun Things To Do

May 14, 2018

By Hailey Gouza

With only a few more weeks until NAFSA 2018, many of us are finalizing schedules, setting up meeting arrangements, and booking reservations. While your conference planning is underway, don’t forget to save some time to explore Philadelphia with colleagues old and new. No need to dive into a guide book or scroll through Google, below are tons of happy hour recommendations... See More

As Enrollment Declines, Members of Congress Speak Out for International Students

May 09, 2018

By Katie O’Connell

‘Tis the season for fall enrollment deadlines for U.S. colleges and universities. This is the time of year when many accepted students must choose which U.S. college or university to commit to for the fall. For international students, they are deciding whether to come to a school in the United States or study in a country with more welcoming policies and... See More

Conquering the Professional Norm: Budgeting, Communication, and Meetings

May 02, 2018

By Megan C. Lawther McCarthy

Whether you’ve had years of managerial experience or you are new to being a manager, three work responsibilities have become the professional norm: budgeting, communication, and meetings. Navigating these daily tasks can be demanding as you tackle unforeseen situations while remaining composed in providing support to your staff and responding to campus stakeholders. All managers can benefit from tips and... See More