Plenary Connections: Tawakkol Karman

November 24, 2014 | Topics: Annual Conference, Leadership

By Elaine Meyer-Lee, EdD

I am delighted that NAFSA will feature Nobel Peace Prize winner Tawakkol Karman as the Closing Plenary speaker at the 2015 Annual Conference and Expo in Boston, Massachusetts, this May. Like many of us, I was inspired in 2011 when I first learned of Karman's role in Yemen's revolution and her longer history in nonviolent struggle for the safety of women and for women's rights to full participation in peacebuilding work.... See More

Plenary Connections: Child Soldier

November 13, 2014 | Topics: Annual Conference, Leadership

By Jesse Lutabingwa

I am extremely pleased that Ishmael Beah, a Sierra Leonean author and human rights activist, will be one of the plenary speakers at the NAFSA 2015 Annual Conference & Expo in Boston. As a young boy, Beah survived a rebel attack during a civil war that killed his parents and two brothers. At the age of 13, he became a child soldier for the government army and fought for more than two years before being rescued by UNICEF.... See More

Plenary Connections: Shiza Shahid

November 10, 2014 | Topics: Annual Conference, Leadership

By Kavita Pandit, PhD

Recently, NAFSA announced that Shiza Shahid, co-founder and ambassador of the Malala Fund as a plenary speaker at the 2015 NAFSA Annual Conference in Boston. Ms. Shahid has been an outspoken advocate for the empowerment of girls through increased access to education ever since she was a young woman growing up in Pakistan.... See More

Special Congratulations to the 2011 Cassandra Pyle Award Recipient

June 01, 2011 | Topics: Annual Conference, Leadership

By Meredith M. McQuaid

On behalf of NAFSA's Board of Directors, we are honored to announce the recipient of the 2011 Cassandra Pyle Award for Leadership and Collaboration in International Education and Exchange, NAFSA's highest honor, which recognizes the contributions of a senior international educator to global international exchange. Please join me in congratulating Ambassador Julia Chang Bloch, president of the US-China Education Trust (USCET), who has long been a champion of advancing educational ties between the United States and Asia.... See More

NAFSA Announces 2011 National Award Recipients

April 21, 2011 | Topics: Annual Conference, Leadership

By John Pearson

I would like to congratulate the recipients of NAFSA’s prestigious annual awards and those honored with life membership. The 2011 national award recipients are Joan Rosalie Dassin, Anita Gaines, James S. Frey, Patti Jones, and Martha Wailes. They will all be recognized NAFSA's 2011 Annual Conference & Expo in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The Cassandra Pyle Award will be presented during the Opening Plenary on Tuesday, May 31 from 4:15 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. and the  recipients of the Martha Houlihan Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Field of International Education, the Homer Higbee Award for Distinguished Service to NAFSA, and Life Membership will be recognized during the Wednesday plenary on June 1 from 10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. as well as on the Circle of Excellence at Vancouver Convention Center.... See More

Take the Time to Nominate a Colleague Today!

January 10, 2011 | Topics: Annual Conference, Leadership

By Suzanne Marlay

Receiving Life Membership at the annual conference in Kansas City last June was certainly a highlight of my career as an international educator. It was humbling, yet thrilling, to be recognized by colleagues for my contributions to the advancement of NAFSA’s goals and those of international education and exchange. I was particularly touched to learn how I had influenced the lives of other professionals through my mentoring and training.... See More