Plenary Connections – Isabel Wilkerson

November 03, 2016 | Topics: Annual Conference

By Meredith McQuaid

The 2016 presidential election is upon us as I write this. It has been a time of division and rancor in the country; strong words have been uttered and published – the pain from which will take a long time and great effort to heal. But these sentiments are not new, nor are the possible consequences insurmountable. We have stories from men and women of today, and from decades past to remind us that we have been here before – and that we still have a great deal of work to do.... See More

We Cannot be Bystanders - We Must Vote!

November 02, 2016 | Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy

By Fanta Aw

On October 31 at 3:56 p.m., I reported to the designated voting center to cast my early vote. Given what is at stake during this election for both my adopted country the United States, and for the world, I was not about to take any chances and miss my opportunity to exercise my right to vote. As I entered the civic center this beautiful Monday, I found close to a hundred people in the polling area poised to cast their vote. It brought a smile to my face, warmed my heart, and sustained my hope for this country.... See More

Networking on the Go with NAFSA

October 31, 2016 | Topics: Careers

By Samantha Potempa and Jodi Simek

Networking is one of the most impactful ways you can build your professional expertise and effectiveness. But networking can sometimes take a backseat to some of the more immediate or urgent demands that we encounter in our jobs. ... See More

Post-Conference Glow: 16 Follow-Up Tips and Tricks

October 26, 2016 | Topics: Careers, Regional Conferences

By Lesley Robinson

I have nine NAFSA Annual Conferences under my belt, and only now do I feel like I have my post-conference routine down. For me, the NAFSA Annual Conference is always an exhilarating whirlwind of thought-provoking sessions, reception invitations, exhibit hall strategizing, business card collecting, and extreme networking.... See More

How Teaching Adults Overseas is an Inspirational Educational Journey

October 25, 2016 | Topics: Global Learning

By Adam DiFrisco

Who inspires you? Is it a parent, a partner, a friend? Maybe even a celebrity? As people, it’s natural for us to look for role models and people who inspire us. As educators and as teachers, we are often that role model and inspire others. But sometimes the opposite is true as well. We are inspired by our students. We are reinvigorated by their enthusiasm, their hard work, and their dedication. It has happened to me, and it has made all the difference in my learning and teaching abilities. ... See More

How to Dialogue with the “Other”

October 21, 2016 | Topics: Internationalization

By Heather MacCleoud

Civil discourse and constructive dialogue seem to have vanished from our collective experience. As the political debates get uglier and become increasingly excruciating to even pay attention to, I thought it would be helpful to share some of the... See More

Two Career Challenges That Don’t Have to be Roadblocks

September 14, 2016 | Topics: Careers

By Ellen H. Badger and Shawna Szabo

Throughout your career, you will be faced with unavoidable realities that may disrupt your journey. Rather than having these realities affect you in a negative way, why not turn lemons into lemonade? Transforming a possibly negative situation into a positive one is not easy, but it is a skill that certainly can be learned.... See More

Conflict at Work? Use Pre-departure Wisdom to Guide Your Next Move

September 07, 2016 | Topics: Careers

By Samantha Martin

Are you in conflict at your office? We’ve all been there. Something got unexpectedly pushed onto our plate, something was said, someone clammed up, someone lashed out, something got dropped, someone was overlooked, something went unnoticed, etc. And, we take offense.... See More

Unpacking Trump’s Immigration Speech: Let’s Report the Facts

September 02, 2016 | Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy, Immigration Policy

By Lisa Rosenberg

The United States must foster policies and practices that welcome international students to our institutions of higher education. Misstating the facts about immigrants in this country not only distorts the policy debate, but also makes those who are born outside our borders less likely to feel they are welcome here and that their contributions are... See More