Sustainability SIG

Sustainability SIG

With growing awareness and concern around climate change, population growth, resource depletion, and global inequities - and the growing number of students studying abroad - NAFSA is increasingly becoming a key player both in terms of its global environmental and social impacts and its potential to create positive change.

The Sustainability SIG is a forum for international education professionals to come together to discuss, learn about, and address the environmental and social impacts inherent in how we create and manage programs as well as opportunities we have to educate our students on these issues.

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Network Leader

Kathryn Bell
Yale University

Courtney De Vries
University of Washington

Founded May 2009

Recent Discussions

  • Looking for Sustainability SIG Rep to NAFSA Luncheon(1)
  • Looking for Sustainability SIG Rep to NAFSA Luncheon
  • Pathways to Peace Luncheon, May 30

What's New

Now Taking Applications for NAFSA's 2015 Diversity Impact Program

January 28, 2015
NAFSA is currently taking applications for its 2015 Diversity Impact Program which focuses on international education professionals from tribal colleges and universities; historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs); Hispanic-serving institutions (HSIs); and community colleges and associates colleges. Please note that this year's program is an expansion of last year's Impact Scholarship program which now includes many benefits such as complimentary NAFSA membership and annual conference registration, as well as yearlong mentoring and professional learning opportunities.

Please consider acting as a program mentor to help us spread the word about this exciting diversity program which rewards professionals working with underserved student populations and helps to diversify the field of international education. The application deadline is April 1, 2015.

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