International Students, Skilled Immigrants and Comprehensive Immigration Reform

November 10, 2009 | Topics: Immigration Policy

By Marlene M. Johnson and Stuart Anderson

Looking ahead to next year, it has become increasingly important that concerns about the economy not deter lawmakers from ensuring that reforms to attract and retain highly educated, highly skilled foreign nationals are included in comprehensive immigration reform legislation. Illegal immigration issues have dominated the debate, but the reality is that without addressing our broken legal immigration system, we will short-change ourselves in the long run. Keeping the United States a welcoming place for talented students and workers from around the world will be crucial to our economic recovery and our future ability to innovate, compete, and thrive in the global economy. ... See More

NYT Columnist Nicholas Kristof Will Join International Educators in Kansas City for NAFSA 2010 Conference

October 19, 2009 | Topics: Annual Conference

By Ursula Oaks

New York Times columnist and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Nicholas Kristof will speak at NAFSA's 2010 Annual Conference & Expo in Kansas City next year. Kristof will address conference attendees on Wednesday, June 2, at the Kansas City Convention Center. This will be a very unique opportunity for international educators to hear from an extraordinary thought leader and human rights activist.

Last month, Kristof and his wife, former New York Times writer Sheryl WuDunn, published a book about what they have called "the cause of our century."Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide has been hailed as a moving and action-inspiring account of the plight of women in many parts of the world. The Washington Post called the book "a call to arms, a call for help, a call for contributions, but also a call for volunteers. It asks us to open our eyes to this enormous humanitarian issue."

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