Learn. Grow. Lead. NAFSA Membership Opens the Door to Leadership Opportunities

October 06, 2017

By Mariama Boney and Salvador Chairez

As we move forward in the new academic year, one goal many of you may have is to get more involved in the field outside of your day-to-day work. One of the best ways to do that is as a NAFSA member leader. Volunteer leadership starts with NAFSA membership. All NAFSA members in good standing are eligible to apply for... See More

Together for Peace

September 21, 2017

By Mary Giovagnoli

September 21 is United Nations International Day of Peace, a day in our harried lives in which we are literally asked to pause for a minute at noon to ponder the notion of peace. Since 1981, communities around the world have used this day to highlight the need to rise above our differences and focus on creating a world without war, fear, or prejudice. For many in the NAFSA community, the work of international education is devoted to exactly that: creating the space for intercultural dialogue and understanding, recognizing that our community extends beyond our borders, and welcoming those who have different ideas and experiences into... See More

Why the Fate of DACA Depends on a Clean Dream Act

September 18, 2017

By Mary Giovagnoli

On September 5, the Trump administration ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, phasing it out over the next six months to press Congress to act on a legislative solution before March 5, 2018. From that day forward, DACA expirations will not be renewed; roughly 1400 individuals will lose their DACA protection each day. The vast majority of DACA recipients have no other avenue to remain in the country legally, which means the expiration of DACA puts them at risk of... See More

Living in Midair: Life as an Undocumented Youth

August 17, 2017

By Lina Maria Lenis Gonzalez

Dreamer ProtestingIn life, there are some experiences that others can try to relate to and genuinely feel sympathy and compassion for but never truly understand unless they’ve lived those experiences themselves. Being undocumented in the land of the free and home of the brave is one of those experiences and marks you forever. For twelve years, I felt like I was living in midair—I considered myself American, but my feet could never touch the ground because the government I so admired didn’t consider me one of its own. Although by textbook... See More

Is Anyone Welcome Here? Slashing Legal Immigration Will Not Make America Great Again

August 14, 2017

By Mary Giovagnoli

Last week, amidst much fanfare at the White House, Senators Tom Cotton and David Perdue introduced the Restoring American Immigration for a Strong Economy (RAISE) Act, a bill that dramatically restricts legal immigration to the United States. The President has enthusiastically endorsed the bill as a mechanism for protecting American jobs and restoring our economy, but the legislation is built on a series of falsehoods and myths about immigrants that have been spread and nurtured by anti-immigration supporters—many of whom are now in the Trump Administration—for years... See More

NAFSA’s Career Print: Paving the Way to Professional Success

August 03, 2017

By Sheila Schulte

This is truly an exciting time to work in international education. The ever-expanding scope and impact of the work of international educators is vital in today’s globally interconnected world. But as the field grows, matures, and professionalizes, it also creates a more competitive work environment. Whether you are searching for your first job or are a seasoned professional, it is important to reflect on a couple of key questions when looking for work in international education... See More

Five Years of DACA: DREAMing of a More Secure Future

June 15, 2017

By Mary Giovagnoli

Five years ago today, former President Barack Obama announced the creation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, one of the most significant administrative immigration decisions of the past twenty years. With DACA, many undocumented young people who entered the United States before the age of 16 were given the opportunity to live in the United States, attend school, and work without fear of removal. Although it is a temporary reprieve, as DACA provides... See More

NAFSA 2017: Last-Minute Tips

May 26, 2017

By Kelly Zuniga

Hello fellow NAFSA 2017 attendees! The conference is only days away at this point. I hope you are as excited about attending as I am about welcoming you to Los Angeles. Many of you will start making your way to southern California later this week or early next week. Here are some last-minute tips for a smooth arrival. Some colleagues pointed out that transportation options at Los Angeles International (LAX) airport can be confusing. Hence, I would like to point out some important locations... See More

Members of Congress Welcome International Students and Scholars

May 25, 2017

By Mary Giovagnoli

On May 23, 2017, Representative Gerald Connolly (VA-11) urged his colleagues in the House to remember the important contributions of international students and scholars, noting that in these troubled times, we must redouble our efforts to be a welcoming nation. Using NAFSA’s International Student Economic Value Tool, Connolly shared that in his district alone, “4,978 international students and families contributed $137 million to our local... See More

Get More Out of Your NAFSA 2017 Experience by Volunteering

May 24, 2017

By Kelly Zuniga

Volunteering at the NAFSA Annual Conference & Expo can be a truly rewarding experience! With the conference only a week away, some of you may be wondering if volunteering is right for you. In this post, I hope to motivate those of you who are on the fence to commit. Please kind in mind that the deadline to sign up online is Friday, May 26, which is coming up soon! Otherwise, you will need to stop by the Local Arrangements Team (LAT) office in Room 153A at the Los Angeles Convention Center to sign up. For those who have already committed, below you will find some helpful tips to make the most of your volunteering experience... See More