A Fond Farewell

December 19, 2016 | Topics: NAFSA

By Marlene M. Johnson

As I retire from my position as executive director and CEO of NAFSA, I wanted to take a moment to thank you so very much for allowing me the opportunity to lead such an outstanding organization. NAFSA has been and always will be committed to... See More

DREAMing of a Bipartisan New Year

December 12, 2016 | Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy, Immigration Policy

By Heather Stewart

In a year-end bipartisan near miracle, Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL) and Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) have come together to propose a bill to provide protection for young immigrants who have been granted or are eligible for protection from deportation under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. DACA is an executive order implemented by the Obama administration. Because it is an executive order, and not a bill... See More

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: A Personal Hero

December 01, 2016 | Topics: Annual Conference, Diversity and Inclusion

By Marlene M. Johnson

For the last 30 plus years, my favorite memorabilia item has been a basketball, signed by the Los Angeles Lakers, and handed to me by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. The event was the pregame ceremony at an exhibition game between the Lakers and the Milwaukee Bucks sponsored by Minnesota-based Republic Airlines. Republic CEO Steven Wolf and I (then Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota) were walking to the center court when Steve asked me which center I’d like to receive a ball from. Even then, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s leadership was in full bloom and I was thrilled to feel it up close.... See More

Trump’s Claims Undermine Trust in Democracy

November 29, 2016 | Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy

By Lisa Rosenberg

President-elect Donald Trump’s fabricated claims that undocumented immigrants have voted in numbers large enough to sway the popular vote undermines citizens’ trust in our democracy, undercuts the legitimacy of U.S. democracy abroad, and demonizes undocumented immigrants while... See More

Today is #GivingTuesday

November 29, 2016 | Topics: Diversity and Inclusion

By Fanta Aw

#GivingTuesday is today. I urge you to join me in supporting NAFSA’s Diversity Impact Program with your donation. You have often heard me talk about the importance of inclusion and diversity in our... See More

Implementing Strengths-Based Professional Development in Your Office

November 21, 2016 | Topics: Annual Conference, Careers

By Melissa Vivian

Earlier this year at the NAFSA 2016 Annual Conference & Expo in Denver, I had the opportunity to speak with my NAFSA colleagues about Gallup Education’s Clifton StrengthsFinder, an assessment tool designed to help individuals and organizations identify what it is that they do best and how to boost that greatness in others.

This year’s conference marked the second time I’ve had the pleasure of speaking about StrengthsFinder assessments. In 2015, our StrengthsFinder “primer” covered the theory behind the practice of taking a strengths focus in your career. For 2016, we moved the conversation further to the practical application of strengths for professional team development.

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Creating a Squeaky Clean Social Media Profile

November 09, 2016 | Topics: Careers

By Mandy Reinig

The job search process can be long and tedious. What many job seekers don’t realize is that it can also be an embarrassing and a humbling process, especially if they do not clean up their social media channels prior to their job search.... See More

Why Study Abroad Matters…

November 04, 2016 | Topics: Education Abroad

By Mark Farmer

As former Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said, “In the 21st century, a quality education is an international education.” The global skills, knowledge, and experiences that are gained while studying abroad have a profound impact on a student’s ability to compete and collaborate with graduates from around the world and produce a... See More