Rick Steves: Travel as a Political Act

June 02, 2011 | Topics: Annual Conference

By vcar1

Rick Steves wants Americans to get over themselves. In a lively discussion Wednesday evening at the Pan Pacific Hotel in Vancouver, Steves discussed his belief that travel expands our world view and shapes how we address the social and political... See More

Social Panel Inspires International Educators to Become Agents of Change

June 02, 2011 | Topics: Annual Conference

By Carolyn Valliere

What drives social entrepreneurs to make a difference in the world? Wednesday’s plenary panel moderated by Belle Puri, award-winning journalist of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), posed this question to panelists Hammad Bassam Hammad, cofounder and president of Inspire Dreams; Kristin Hayden, founder and executive director of OneWorld Now!; and Jessica Lax, social entrepreneur in residence at Causeway WorkCentre and cofounder of the Otesha Project.

When asked what inspired the panelists to start their individual ventures, each had their own personal “aha moments” but all agreed they had first-hand experience while travelling abroad with a particular social crisis and each were compelled to come up with a solution and an actionable plan to solve the problem. Jessica Lax explained her decision to start the Otesha Project after visiting Kenya: "It wasn’t even a conscious decision but an emotional response--it was something I had to do."

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Exploring India: Democracy, Diversity, Divinity

June 01, 2011 | Topics: Annual Conference

By Lisa Schock

India conjures up many images but she is so much more than the land of the untouchables, snake charmers, or the Taj Mahal. On Wednesday morning, guest speaker Sunaina Singh, distinguished professor of English at Osmania University in Hyderabad,... See More

Al-Mutawa Shares Inspiration for THE 99

June 01, 2011 | Topics: Annual Conference

By Lisa Schock

Opening plenary speaker Naif Al-Mutawa on Tuesday shared with thousands of NAFSA 2011 Annual Conference & Expo participants the life experiences and convictions that led him to develop THE 99, the comic book series that focuses on... See More

“Don’t Put the Dean on the Homepage”

June 01, 2011 | Topics: Annual Conference

By Eric White

Your university's Web site is often the first point of contact that potential students have with you: two-thirds of students say that the Web is their primary tool for deciding where to study. Andrew Crisp, cofounder of Carrington Crisp, spoke at an overflowing session about the importance of thinking of your organization as a brand. A message from the dean is often not what students are looking for when they first come to your site.

The Wednesday afternoon session, The Power of Marketing: Standing Out in the Crowded e-World and Beyond, covered many of the key features of an effective Web site. Andrew Crisp stressed that schools need to remember their audience when creating their site, and provide the information that matters the most to the audience. He cited the top three things that students look for:

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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

Sense of Possibility!

May 26, 2011 | Topics: Annual Conference

By Kristin Hayden

In the final installment of our series featuring our 2011 plenary speakers, Kristin Hayden discusses the power of transformational experiences to open doors for young people to explore their fullest potential.

When I speak about transformational experiences, I mean those life experiences that shift the trajectory of our lives. For me, studying abroad in apartheid South Africa at the age of 15 was one of those transformational experiences that sparked this journey toward the creation of OneWorld Now! Of course, the other influences were my mother, an educator, and my father, a civil rights manager, that helped shaped my world and fuel my passion for social justice and international education. I was lucky that both of my parents had studied abroad in college and therefore encouraged me to do the same in high school. The youth with whom I work today rarely have that kind of support.

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Street Food Vendors and Cheap Eats in Vancouver

May 26, 2011 | Topics: Annual Conference

By Carol Zachs

I had promised a follow-up post with some advice on cheap eats and street food, but it looks like some of my fellow Vancouverites have beaten me to it with some great responses to the "Where to Eat in Vancouver" post. So instead, I've summarized their responses and added a few of my own recommendations.

Street Food

Thanks to a new initiative from the city of Vancouver, the downtown core is slowly being taken over by street food vendors. Here are a few favorites:

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