Plenary Connections: Bill Nye

February 27, 2018

By Joël A. Gallegos

Bill NyeAs all of us prepare to attend NAFSA's 70th Annual Conference & Expo in Philadelphia, we invariably begin to organize our calendars, set up meetings, and prepare for one of the most dynamic weeks over the course of any given year for many international educators here and abroad. This certainly includes preparing for and making time to attend all the plenaries. I am particularly excited this year that we will have the opportunity to hear from scientist and best-selling author Bill Nye on... See More

Philly Philly: #NAFSA2018 in Philadelphia!

February 26, 2018

By Hailey Gouza

Welcome to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania! The birthplace of America, the city of brotherly love, the cheesesteak capital, and most recently, home of the 2018 Super Bowl World Champions of Football. Philadelphia boasts big-city living with a small-town feel, thanks to its historical significance, rich cultural diversity, and world-class amenities. Philadelphia is where cobblestone streets meet towering skyscrapers; generation shop owners meet international business... See More

Laura W. Bush: A Model of a First Lady’s Diplomatic Reach

February 20, 2018

By Diana B. Carlin

Laura W. BushThe late Lady Bird Johnson, wife of U.S. President Lyndon Baines Johnson, wrote of the role of a U.S. First Lady: “The Constitution of the United States does not mention the First Lady. She is elected by one man only. The statute books assign her no duties; and yet, when she gets the job, a podium is there if she cares to use it. I did.” Another First Lady from Texas, Laura W. Bush, also chose to use the podium during the eight years of her husband’s presidency, and she continues to speak out on issues of importance to... See More

Lives in the Balance: Dreamers Deserve a Fair Deal, Not Unsteady Pillars

February 15, 2018

By Mary Giovagnoli

There’s been a lot of talk about the White House’s four pillars of immigration reform, a description that suggests a balanced and even-handed approach to tackling the many problems facing our immigration system. Unfortunately, there’s nothing balanced about President Trump’s immigration framework or the Republican proposal introduced by Senator Grassley that... See More

Budgeting Time for Immigration

January 29, 2018

By Heather Stewart

When President Trump terminated DACA in September he set in motion a series of events that has led to crisis and hardship for individual DACA recipients. With each day that passes, more DACA recipients lose their status and protection. It is a ticking time bomb of the administration’s own making, but rather than engage Congress in a bipartisan negotiation aimed at... See More

NAFSA Trainer Corps: Learning By Leading

December 14, 2017

By Chad Goeden

Have you ever taken part in a NAFSA Core Education Program (formerly Professional Practice) workshop? Have you ever attended an e-Learning course? If so, you have learned one of the most important professionals in the field of international education: a member of the NAFSA Trainer Corps. For more than two decades, the... See More

The NAFSA Challenge

December 13, 2017

By Elaine Meyer-Lee, EdD

Outreach is needed now more than ever. NAFSA has been instrumental in making sure your voice was heard this year, particularly through liaison programs such as Welcoming America, and expansion of outreach efforts through advisories, letters, training, and research. Now is the time to consider year-end giving and we hope you will include a gift that will support NAFSA’s role as a leading voice in connecting people and working for a welcoming world based on respect for all. International education is facing ... See More

Be a Part of the Exciting Changes Coming for the NAFSA 2018 Poster Fair

November 07, 2017

By Namiko Bagirimvano

Poster FairIf you’ve ever walked through the heart of the expo hall at the NAFSA Annual Conference, then you know how interesting and exciting the Poster Fair can be. Each year, the Poster Fair is one of the most popular events at the conference, drawing several thousand attendees and presenters for a fun mix of sights, sounds, and... See More

Your Board of Directors: Cultivating Trusted Advisers for Career and Life

October 24, 2017

By Aleksander Morawski, Samantha Potempa, and Jodi B. Simek

Trusted AdvisersThe first steps to becoming a seasoned international educator can be the most intimidating: attending that first professional conference; breaking the ice on message boards; presenting that first session or workshop. In the back of your mind, you are secretly thinking, “Wow, I hope I’m ready for this!” But these challenges become less daunting when you approach them armed with tools, resources, and a ‘board of directors’ to... See More