Looking at Los Angeles From Different Angles

May 12, 2017 | Topics: Annual Conference

By Kelly Zuniga

This week, I feel inspired to write about two neighborhoods in Los Angeles that I’d like to explore more. Without further ado, let’s dive in. For a while now, Highland Park has been deemed the new Echo Park. That is to say, the neighborhood where hipsters and seekers of trendy restaurants flock to live and hang out on the... See More

Welcoming the Right Honourable Helen Clark to NAFSA 2017

April 24, 2017 | Topics: Annual Conference

By Esther Brimmer

I am delighted to share the news that the Right Honourable Helen Clark, former administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), will be the keynote speaker at the NAFSA 2017 Pathways to Peace Luncheon on Friday, June 2, 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. I first met Helen Clark in 2009 as I was starting my job as the... See More

Exploring Downtown Los Angeles by Foot

April 20, 2017 | Topics: Annual Conference

By Kelly Zuniga

Compared to other city centers, downtown Los Angeles (DTLA) struggles to be a pedestrian-friendly area. Sure, the sidewalks are wide and new businesses attract clientele to the area, but it can still feel like a ghost town sometimes. My hopes and dreams for Los Angeles include a continuously evolving and booming city center. That’s why this week I’m encouraging you to help revolutionize the vibe of DTLA by... See More

Now More than Ever: Strong Professionals for a Strong Field of International Education

April 12, 2017 | Topics: Annual Conference

By Chanda Chen

IE professionals working togetherIn just a few weeks, we will kick off the NAFSA 2017 Annual Conference and Expo in Los Angeles. This year’s theme, "Expanding Community, Strengthening Connections," seems to be the perfect call to action for the challenges our field is facing during these extraordinary times. Our role as advocates for international education and as facilitators of intercultural understanding and global collaboration has become... See More

U.S. Airstrikes Must Be Turning Point in U.S. Syrian Refugee Policy

April 10, 2017 | Topics: Immigration Policy

By Heather Stewart

Agree or disagree about what action the United States should take in Syria, but the U.S. missile attack on Syria last week must be a turning point in U.S. Syrian refugees policy. It stands to reason that if the President of the United States could not turn a blind eye to an indiscriminate chemical attack that killed scores of civilians in... See More

Workshop Spotlight: Developing Evaluation Procedures for Students Without Academic Documentation

April 07, 2017 | Topics: Annual Conference

By Dawn Cepica

“The current refugee crisis is not a new phenomenon,” says Gruenewald. “Migrants seeking new venues for employment, immigrants seeking lands offering better opportunities, and refugees seeking a safer life, a life away from civil war and famine—all of these populations have been moving and migrating and running towards something while running away from something else for... See More

Only a Day Away: Day Trips from Los Angeles

April 04, 2017 | Topics: Annual Conference

By Kelly Zuniga

From cities to wilderness, Southern California has tons for NAFSA 2017 attendees to explore. Check out these fun day trips that will leave you feeling like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, “I’ve a feeling we’re not in [Los Angeles] anymore"... See More