MEDIA ADVISORY: World’s Largest International Education Conference Heading to Los Angeles




Rebecca Morgan, 202.737.3699 x4449,


NAFSA's 69th Annual Conference and Expo, Expanding Community, Strengthening Connections, is the world's largest gathering of professionals in international education. The conference features a daily plenary speaker who will bring global expertise to a particular subject vital to building a more globally engaged citizenry and a more peaceful world. Learn more at, and follow along on social media with #NAFSA17.


Tuesday, May 30 – Friday, June 2, 2017


Los Angeles Convention Center

1201 South Figueroa Street

Los Angeles, California 90015

2017 PLENARY KEYNOTE SPEAKERS | Below is the list of keynote speakers—find out more about these plenary speakers at

o Isabel Wilkerson, award-winning journalist and New York Times bestselling author

o Kareem Adbul-Jabbar, six-time NBA champion and bestselling author

o Shirin Ebadi, author, human rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner

o Abigail E. Disney, award-winning filmmaker and philanthropist

CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS | Below is a sampling of sessions—hundreds more can be found at

o Ozomatli, the Grammy Award-winning and social activist six-piece band, will perform at the opening celebration on Tuesday, May 30 at 5:30 p.m. at the L.A. LIVE.

o NAFSA’s inaugural Africa Forum, held Wednesday, May 31 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., will explore issues related to international partnerships and cooperation with Africa. Global Dialogue Program fellows and partners along with other African higher education leaders will share innovative practices in the region and provide insight on how to develop sustainable and successful internationalization strategies and partnerships.

o At a Town Hall with the study abroad branch of the U.S. Department of State, Tuesday, May 30 from 1 – 2 p.m., discover the State Department’s current and future initiatives, funding opportunities and website resources for study abroad.

o Results from NAFSA’s Research on Pathway Programs in the United States will be discussed during a session on Tuesday, May 30 from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Learn about the perceptions of international educators regarding rationales and considerations for third-party pathway partnerships.

o The session Policymaking in International Education: The View from Washington, which will be held Wednesday, May 31 from 1:15 – 2:15 p.m., will deconstruct the federal policy climate for international education and exchange and the impact of recent political activity on programs of concern to international education professionals. Join four policy experts as they discuss funding on a tight budget, immigration reform, the new administration, Congress and more.

o The presentation 100,000 Strong in the Americas: Opportunities for New Funding to Partner in the Americas, held Wednesday, May 31 at the NAFSA Pavilion from 10 – 10:30 a.m., will feature representatives of the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund and successful Innovation Fund grant winners. Additionally, the winners of the Marlene M. Johnson round will be announced.

o At the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP): Current Issues session, held Friday, June 2 from 10 – 11:15 a.m., learn more about the policies and procedures employed by U.S. Customs and Border Protection in admitting international students and scholars into the United States, including current trends and anticipated developments for the year ahead. Officials from CBP have been invited to participate.

o The International Education Expo Hall will feature exhibitors representing hundreds of organizations from around the world, including colleges and universities, study abroad and Intensive-English programs, embassies, government agencies and more. Plan ahead with an online map of the Expo Hall.


The NAFSA Media Pass includes admission to the 2017 NAFSA Annual Conference and Expo from Tuesday, May 30 through Friday, June 2 for the daily plenary speeches, opening and closing celebrations, International Education Expo Hall and concurrent sessions. Conference workshops, private events, special events that require pre-registration or payment of a fee and meetings of NAFSA leadership and member groups are closed to the news media.

Media check-in begins at 7:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 30 at the conference registration area, located in the South Lobby of the Los Angeles Convention Center. Reporters will need to provide photo a I.D. at check-in and will not be issued credentials prior to 7:00 a.m. on Tuesday. Advance online registration for the media is now open. Reporters wishing to cover the conference are encouraged to contact Kolbie Blume at in advance of their arrival.