NAFSA International Education Town Hall

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

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International Education Week (IEW) is a time of celebration for the NAFSA community. This special International Education Town Hall for IEW 2018 focused on the latest innovations, partnerships, and diversification initiatives from across the field.

NAFSA’s Vice President for Professional Development and Education Ravi Shankar highlighted and discussed specific examples, including those shared by participants. He was joined by his colleague Adam Goodman to offer insights on strategies to keep resilient as we face challenges in our daily work.

NAFSA's International Education Town Hall events are a series of online forums designed to bring together the international education community in a time of uncertainty and change. This town hall focuses on:

  • Innovation, partnerships, and diversity initiatives across the field;
  • Insights and strategies on resilience; and
  • Resources and model practices to respond to the changing environment.

NAFSA International Education Town Hall events are free and open to the extended international education community.


Ravi ShankarRavi Shankar
Northwestern University
Ravi Shankar is the director of the International Office at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and vice president for professional development and engagement on NAFSA’s Board of Directors. His NAFSA member-leader experience began in Region V as a community college representative. He has also served as KCISSS representative; regulatory representative; Region V chair; a member of the Membership Committee; chair of the NAFSA Task Force on Online Case Management Tool (currently known as IssueNet); a member of NAFSA’s Diversity Statement Task Force; member-at-large on the Leadership Development Committee; and chair of the Leadership Development Committee. His area of specialization includes intercultural communication, program development, and nonimmigrant regulation. In January 2019, Ravi will become the President and Chair of NAFSA’s Board of Directors.

Adam GoodmanAdam J. Goodman, PhD
Northwestern University
Adam Goodman is an award-winning educator, researcher, and trusted adviser to leaders of companies, nonprofit groups and other organizations. He directs Northwestern University’s Center for Leadership and is a clinical professor in the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science. An active consultant today and for more than 25 years, he has advised more than 100 chief executive offiers, senior officers, executive teams, and boards of directors, and given hundreds of invited speeches and workshops in the United States and around the world. His current research is focused on leadership and teamwork assessment using enterprise-level software, as well as training programs for leadership coaching. Past work includes development work with more than 30 leadership programs around the world, design of national model leadership programs, development of six Leadership Questions® (an assessment and learning tool), and a national survey of public sector leaders.