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The Power of Shared Moments

I loved the image evoked by a NAFSA leader who wrote that seeing familiar names pop up in the chat box during eConnection was like running into friends in the hallways at the annual conference. I was surprised and delighted by the emotional power of seeing participants exchanging greetings through
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Lessons Learned After 9/11 Can Guide Us Through the COVID-19 Crisis

There were just three of us on the plane from Minnesota to Washington, DC, one week after September 11, 2001. The Pentagon and the World Trade Center had been attacked, and the "20th hijacker" arrested in connection with the attacks had been taking flight training courses in Minnesota, where I was
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Join Us for the 2020 NAFSA eConnection

At this time of the year, all of us would be busy preparing for and looking forward to the NAFSA Annual Conference & Expo to reconnect with old friends and make new connections. It is disappointing that we are not able to gather in St. Louis and celebrate our accomplishments. But it has provided an
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NAFSA eConnection: Bringing our Community Together

Necessity is indeed the mother of invention. Although deeply disappointed that the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis means that we cannot host our traditional in-person annual conference, I am thrilled to see a new special NAFSA program take shape. The 2020 NAFSA eConnection will be an online program
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Anti-Asian Sentiment in the Age of Pandemic

As a community, we are all struggling with the impact of the global coronavirus pandemic. First and foremost, we are concerned for the safety and well-being of our students, whose access to education has been compromised, graduation ceremonies canceled, and career paths altered as unemployment
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Plenary Connections: Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein

Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein challenges us to defend human rights. I am eager to hear his perspectives on realizing the vision to which NAFSA aspires in our Strategic Plan: "enlightened international relations, a globally engaged citizenry, and a more peaceful world." Having served 4 years as the United
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To Look Ahead, I Look Back

With the move from print to a fully digital International Educator, the one thing I thought I wouldn't miss was writing each issue's letter from the editor. As I've written about before, I tended to encounter writer's block when I sat down to write those notes. But with our inaugural all-digital
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Trendspotting 2020: Populism and Xenophobia

The following is an excerpt from "Trendspotting 2020: Perspectives of Leaders in the Field" from the January 2020 issue of International Educator. Watching and interpreting future trends can help international educators define priorities and improve impact. But as Nobel Laureate Niels Bohr said,
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