Plenary Connections: Joyce Banda

April 26, 2018

By LaNitra Berger

Joyce Banda at NAFSA 2018I am thrilled that Joyce Banda, former president of the Republic of Malawi, will serve as one of this year’s plenary speakers at the NAFSA 2018 Annual Conference & Expo. Banda’s commitment to issues related to women and girls is crucial right now. Around the world, women and girls are systematically marginalized and prevented from accessing education and essential resources that allow them to... See More

NAFSA 2018: Philadelphia Neighborhoods and Universities

April 24, 2018

By Hailey Gouza

City HallIt is time for some Philadelphia geography! To keep up with the locals, it is essential you become familiar with the basic layout of this city and some of its eclectic and diverse neighborhoods. Philadelphia is laid out almost entirely on a grid system and is situated between two rivers: the Delaware to the east and the Schuylkill to the west. City Hall is located in the center of the city with two main streets intersecting: Broad Street, which runs north-south, and Market Street, which runs east-west. Thus, many locals... See More

NAFSA 2018: Celebrating 70 Years of Advancing International Education at the NAFSA Annual Conference

April 23, 2018

By Julie Sinclair

2018 is a special year for the NAFSA Annual Conference & Expo. 2018 marks the 70th anniversary of this incredible event. For 70 years, international education professionals have been attending this essential gathering of like-minded friends and colleagues. And while today’s technological, political, and social issues are very different and more complex than 70 years ago, our shared commitment remains: to serve students and scholars and build global understanding through international education and exchange... See More

Five Steps for Leading a Staff Training

April 18, 2018

By Angelyn Pinter

Staff TrainingYou and your team would benefit from learning best practices from other institutions, and you always mean to take the time to think through your processes and whether they meet your current needs. But somehow doing research and developing training materials never makes it to the top of your to-do list. Does this describe you? If only there was somewhere where you could get a presentation, resources, discussion questions, and activities on a variety of topics for... See More

NAFSA 2018: History and Monuments of Philadelphia

April 12, 2018

By Hailey Gouza

Love StatueBefore settlers from Europe arrived in the Americas, southeastern Pennsylvania and much of New Jersey and Delaware were inhabited by a group of Native Americans named the Lenni Lenape. This group was stationary and relied on agriculture, as well as hunting, gathering, and fishing. During the 17th century, the Lenni Lenape attempted to capitalize on the fur trade, selling to Dutch colonists to meet high demands from Europe. As a result of these interactions with European traders, populations of the... See More

NAFSA 2018 Workshop Spotlight: Navigating Diversity and Inclusion in Education Abroad

April 09, 2018

By Dena Neese

NAFSA 2018In my final post introducing new Current Topics Workshops this year, I highlight my conversation with Margaret McCullers, associate director of academic and special projects at the Institute for Study Abroad, Butler University. McCullers joined with Chelsea Kindred, Lindsay Calvert, LaNitra Berger, and Gretchen Cook-Anderson, to develop the new and timely workshop, Navigating Diversity and Inclusive Excellence in Education Abroad. In this workshop, participants will examine solutions to... See More

Tech Tricks and Tools for International Educators

April 04, 2018

By Elizabeth Mills

Technology allows students to reach us from anywhere and access the information they need in a timely manner. Going digital by implementing customer relationship management software, student databases, data analytics, and other technology tools have changed many processes in international education. Technology tools are exciting and seem promising. But which tools are the most helpful for managing the workload of... See More

NAFSA 2018: Day Trips From Philly

March 29, 2018

By Hailey Gouza

Ocean City, NJThe city of Philadelphia is a very lively and vibrant place with hundreds of attractions and alluring cuisines, so it is hard to imagine needing to leave the city. That said, locals and seasoned visitors know that southeastern Pennsylvania has much more to offer than big city living in Philadelphia. The greater Philadelphia area is filled with history, beauty, family fun, and more—all within about an hour. The best way to visit all of these attractions is by car, but public transport and... See More

NAFSA 2018 Workshop Spotlight: Conducting Ethical Research

March 26, 2018

By Dena Neese

More and more, international educators are being called upon to provide data and evidence to support the work that they do. To help meet this challenge, Peggy Shannon-Baker, PhD, and Sarah Rutherford have developed a new Current Topics Workshop (CTW), The International Educator as a Practitioner-Scholar: Conducting Ethical Research, that prepares international educators to implement ethical research-based decision-making into... See More

Build Your Brand in Time for Annual Conference

March 22, 2018

By Samantha Potempa

Personal BrandingWhen we first start in the field, it's difficult to stand out. International education is competitive, and many job candidates share the same skills and passions. To be successful, you must find that element about yourself that sets you apart and create a powerful brand around it. But how? You’ve probably heard generic advice such as you should network, follow your passion, and put your best foot forward. Nevertheless, it’s not easy to know where to start with... See More