America’s Got Global Talent!

October 28, 2011 | Topics: Immigration Policy

By Rachel Banks

Every fall, winners are announced for prestigious awards like the MacArthur Foundation Fellowships (colloquially referred to as “Genius Grants”) and the Nobel Prizes. The lists of recipients each year highlight a well-spring of talent based in the United States. They also highlight just how often global mobility and immigration play a role in sustaining this stellar track record of accomplishment.... See More

Partners in the Fight for Immigration Reform that Moves America Forward

September 29, 2011 | Topics: Immigration Policy

By Heather Stewart

When it comes to advocating for comprehensive immigration reform, we often see only the difficult politics and the slow pace of progress. But sometimes we get a glimpse of hope, some concrete evidence that our efforts are making a difference, that we are being heard, and that others are taking up the cause and amplifying the energy and volume around this critical issue.... See More

Fight for DREAM Act Continues in Maryland

September 01, 2011 | Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy, Immigration Policy

By Jody K. Olsen, PhD

A Montgomery County, Maryland, high school principal and close friend told me in March of the number of top graduating seniors at her school who were undocumented and thus being denied access to many colleges nationally and required to pay out-of-state tuition at public universities in the state they and their parents called home.  The tuition difference was $10,000 to $16,000, making college unaffordable for most. They had worked so hard academically and dreamed of giving their talents back to Maryland.... See More

The Art of the Possible: My Day at the White House

August 10, 2011 | Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy, Immigration Policy

By Lisa A. Nutt

I’m a big fan of quotes, sayings, proverbs, and all types of words of wisdom. I actually have a wall of them in my office and a running list that I add to almost daily. One of my favorites is “politics is the art of the possible.” That expression best captures how I feel after having attended President Obama’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge White House convening last week, along with representatives of 194 other colleges and universities from all corners of the country. There is nothing like being in a room with like-minded individuals—at the White House.... See More

Eleven NAFSA Members Making a Difference in Their Communities: These are Their Stories

August 04, 2011 | Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy

By Kari Lantos

As I am writing this, eleven NAFSA members across the country are hard at work embodying the phrase “all politics is local.” I met with all of them for the first time in June, when they came to NAFSA headquarters in Washington, DC for a one-day training session to develop and fine-tune their advocacy skills – this was the official inaugural kick-off of NAFSA’s Grassroots Leadership Program.

We started this program in response to the growing need for training and resources to help international educators address public policy challenges they face in their states and communities. The eleven members of the inaugural cohort have developed work plans with local and state-wide objectives on issues such as how to internationalize their campuses and local communities, expand opportunities for study abroad (specifically to underrepresented populations like science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, or STEM students), and to increase foreign language learning and study abroad opportunities in K-12 schools. Next summer, after the participants have completed the program, these toolkits will be available for download on Connecting Our World.

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