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2017 Advocate of the Year

Fiona Grugan of the University of Arizona was presented with the 2017 Advocate of the Year Award by NAFSA President and Chair of the Board Elaine Meyer-Lee on March 14, 2017, in Washington, D.C., as part of NAFSA's 2017 Advocacy Day.

Advocacy Day 2017

On March 13-14, help move key legislation on Capitol Hill. Speak out for students, scholars, and policies that matter to you!

Action Alert: Urge your Senators to Welcome Refugees and Make Us Safer

Turning the most needy refugees away is not who we are as a country. Urge your Senators to cosponsor S. 240, a bill to overturn President Trump’s executive order that bans thoroughly-vetted refugees and citizens of seven nations in the Middle East and Africa from entering the United States. Personalized messages have the most impact on Capitol Hill, so please add to the sample letter your personal story of how this order is affecting you, your students, scholars, friends, and family.

Action Alert: Help Save DACA

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) immigration policy faces an uncertain future unless Congress acts. Urge your Senators to cosponsor the BRIDGE Act (S. 128), a bill that would protect young people brought to the United States as children without documentation and allow them to study and work in the United States for three years.

Action Alert: Travel to Cuba for All

Urge your Representatives to cosponsor the bipartisan Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act (H.R. 351). Take a minute to personalize the draft letter provided and explain why you support this bill, making it possible for Americans to travel freely to Cuba, as they can to any other country.


What is your vision for our world, our country, and our leaders? Watch the video on Connecting Our World and join the #IAdvocateFor campaign on Twitter.

NAFSA Educators for Cuba

NAFSA Educators for Cuba, a project of the NAFSA Cuba Engagement Initiative, provides policy leadership and targeted advocacy campaigns to end the U.S. trade embargo and travel ban on Cuba.

2016 Advocate of the Year

Emlyn Torres of Northwestern University was presented with the 2016 Advocate of the Year Award by NAFSA Vice President for Public Policy and Practice Stephen Ferst on March 14, 2016, in Washington, D.C., as part of NAFSA's 2016 Advocacy Day.

NAFSA Global Leader Awards

NAFSA's Global Leader Awards recognize members of Congress that are champions for international education and advance policies that create a more welcoming and globally engaged United States.

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