Is Anyone Welcome Here? Slashing Legal Immigration Will Not Make America Great Again

August 14, 2017 | Topics: Immigration Policy

By Mary Giovagnoli

Last week, amidst much fanfare at the White House, Senators Tom Cotton and David Perdue introduced the Restoring American Immigration for a Strong Economy (RAISE) Act, a bill that dramatically restricts legal immigration to the United States. The President has enthusiastically endorsed the bill as a mechanism for protecting American jobs and restoring our economy, but the legislation is built on a series of falsehoods and myths about immigrants that have been spread and nurtured by anti-immigration supporters—many of whom are now in the Trump Administration—for years... See More

Five Years of DACA: DREAMing of a More Secure Future

June 15, 2017 | Topics: Immigration Policy

By Mary Giovagnoli

Five years ago today, former President Barack Obama announced the creation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, one of the most significant administrative immigration decisions of the past twenty years. With DACA, many undocumented young people who entered the United States before the age of 16 were given the opportunity to live in the United States, attend school, and work without fear of removal. Although it is a temporary reprieve, as DACA provides... See More

NAFSA 2017: Last-Minute Tips

May 26, 2017 | Topics: Annual Conference

By Kelly Zuniga

Hello fellow NAFSA 2017 attendees! The conference is only days away at this point. I hope you are as excited about attending as I am about welcoming you to Los Angeles. Many of you will start making your way to southern California later this week or early next week. Here are some last-minute tips for a smooth arrival. Some colleagues pointed out that transportation options at Los Angeles International (LAX) airport can be confusing. Hence, I would like to point out some important locations... See More

Members of Congress Welcome International Students and Scholars

May 25, 2017 | Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy

By Mary Giovagnoli

On May 23, 2017, Representative Gerald Connolly (VA-11) urged his colleagues in the House to remember the important contributions of international students and scholars, noting that in these troubled times, we must redouble our efforts to be a welcoming nation. Using NAFSA’s International Student Economic Value Tool, Connolly shared that in his district alone, “4,978 international students and families contributed $137 million to our local... See More

Get More Out of Your NAFSA 2017 Experience by Volunteering

May 24, 2017 | Topics: Annual Conference

By Kelly Zuniga

Volunteering at the NAFSA Annual Conference & Expo can be a truly rewarding experience! With the conference only a week away, some of you may be wondering if volunteering is right for you. In this post, I hope to motivate those of you who are on the fence to commit. Please kind in mind that the deadline to sign up online is Friday, May 26, which is coming up soon! Otherwise, you will need to stop by the Local Arrangements Team (LAT) office in Room 153A at the Los Angeles Convention Center to sign up. For those who have already committed, below you will find some helpful tips to make the most of your volunteering experience... See More

NAFSA’s Career Resources: In LA and All Year Round

May 22, 2017 | Topics: Annual Conference, Careers

By Megan C. Lawther McCarthy

Before we know it, we will be packing up and heading to beautiful Los Angeles for the NAFSA 2017 Annual Conference & Expo. Whether this is your first conference or your 51st, there is something in the NAFSA 2017 Career Center (rooms 308 and 309 of the Los Angeles Convention Center) for you... See More

Welcoming the Right Honourable Helen Clark to NAFSA 2017

April 24, 2017 | Topics: Annual Conference

By Esther Brimmer

I am delighted to share the news that the Right Honourable Helen Clark, former administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), will be the keynote speaker at the NAFSA 2017 Pathways to Peace Luncheon on Friday, June 2, 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. I first met Helen Clark in 2009 as I was starting my job as the... See More

Exploring Downtown Los Angeles by Foot

April 20, 2017 | Topics: Annual Conference

By Kelly Zuniga

Compared to other city centers, downtown Los Angeles (DTLA) struggles to be a pedestrian-friendly area. Sure, the sidewalks are wide and new businesses attract clientele to the area, but it can still feel like a ghost town sometimes. My hopes and dreams for Los Angeles include a continuously evolving and booming city center. That’s why this week I’m encouraging you to help revolutionize the vibe of DTLA by... See More

Now More than Ever: Strong Professionals for a Strong Field of International Education

April 12, 2017 | Topics: Annual Conference

By Chanda Chen

IE professionals working togetherIn just a few weeks, we will kick off the NAFSA 2017 Annual Conference and Expo in Los Angeles. This year’s theme, "Expanding Community, Strengthening Connections," seems to be the perfect call to action for the challenges our field is facing during these extraordinary times. Our role as advocates for international education and as facilitators of intercultural understanding and global collaboration has become... See More