#GivingTuesday is early this leap year, so save the date for November 29. NAFSA will once again participate in the #GivingTuesday campaign in support of the NAFSA Diversity Impact Program.

Founded in 2012 as an international day of giving, this special day celebrates generosity as the holiday season begins. NAFSA will join with more than 30,000 organizations worldwide to support the #GivingTuesday movement.

All funds raised by NAFSA will support the NAFSA Diversity Impact Program, which fosters diversity, both professionally and institutionally, within the field of international education. The Diversity Impact Program provides international education professionals from tribal colleges and universities; historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs); Hispanic-serving institutions (HSIs); and community colleges and associates colleges, with complimentary registration to the NAFSA Annual Conference & Expo, yearlong mentoring, and access to professional development opportunities.

NAFSA believes diversity enriches individuals, organizations, and society. Toward this end, the NAFSA Diversity Impact Program supports professionals from underrepresented institutions by helping them expand capacity, grow study abroad, and increase student global competencies. The goal is to build diversity within international education, both in the development of professionals and by assisting these institutions in their efforts promoting internationalization on their campuses.

“‘Diversity’ (however one may define it) is at the core of what NAFSAns do and are,” says Ebony C. Majeed, a 2014 Diversity Impact Program participant. “Being able to interact with a diverse membership is simply a microcosm of our daily roles. It allows us to have a continuous reminder of our purpose in the field of international education. Diversity in membership keeps us on our toes for the people we serve.”

Your support matters. It ensures access to a pathway that guides participants to future leadership roles, so mark your calendars and give on November 29 to support the NAFSA Diversity Impact Program!