International Education Town Hall
NAFSA Town Halls

NAFSA provided an expert overview of the short- and long- term impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on international education and how NAFSA is engaging policy and advocacy to support the field at this critical time.

Speakers will offer an up-to-the-minute analysis of the current political landscape on Capitol Hill, including the recently announced immigration ban, and report out the status of recent and future Congressional COVID-19 relief packages. Panelists will detail NAFSA’s four major asks of Congress, describe lessons learned from a grassroots advocacy success story, and share with participants how to move these asks forward.

The success of policy and advocacy efforts to revive and restore the international education field will be greatly bolstered by an informed and active constituency. Don’t miss this chance to add your voice and professional expertise to this important forum!

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Esther D. Brimmer, DPhil

NAFSA CEO Esther D. Brimmer, DPhil
NAFSA: Association of International Educators
Executive Director and CEO
Esther Brimmer, DPhil, serves as the executive director and chief executive officer of NAFSA: Association of International Educators. Dr. Brimmer’s distinguished career includes three appointments within the U.S. Department of State, serving most recently as the assistant secretary for international...

Jill Allen Murray, MPA

Jill Allen Murray
NAFSA: Association of International Educators
Deputy Executive Director, Public Policy
Jill Allen Murray is Deputy Executive Director, Public Policy at NAFSA: Association of International Educators where she leads the organization’s public policy engagement, including congressional, administrative, media and constituent advocacy strategy and implementation. Prior to joining NAFSA, Ms...

Rachel Banks

Rachel Banks
NAFSA: Association of International Educators
Senior Director, Public Policy & Legislative Strategy
Rachel Banks is senior director for public policy and legislative strategy at NAFSA. Her portfolio focuses primarily on advocating for U.S. government policies that attract international student and scholars to study or conduct research in the United States, and oversees the production of NAFSA’s...

Nora Cavazos

nora cavazos
University of Texas
Advocacy Representative, Region III
Nora received the NAFSA Advocate of the Year Award in 2019.