Exploring Downtown Los Angeles by Foot

April 20, 2017 | Topics: Annual Conference

By Kelly Zuniga

Compared to other city centers, downtown Los Angeles (DTLA) struggles to be a pedestrian-friendly area. Sure, the sidewalks are wide and new businesses attract clientele to the area, but it can still feel like a ghost town sometimes. My hopes and dreams for Los Angeles include a continuously evolving and booming city center. That’s why this week I’m encouraging you to help revolutionize the vibe of DTLA by... See More

Now More than Ever: Strong Professionals for a Strong Field of International Education

April 12, 2017 | Topics: Annual Conference

By Chanda Chen

IE professionals working togetherIn just a few weeks, we will kick off the NAFSA 2017 Annual Conference and Expo in Los Angeles. This year’s theme, "Expanding Community, Strengthening Connections," seems to be the perfect call to action for the challenges our field is facing during these extraordinary times. Our role as advocates for international education and as facilitators of intercultural understanding and global collaboration has become... See More

U.S. Airstrikes Must Be Turning Point in U.S. Syrian Refugee Policy

April 10, 2017 | Topics: Immigration Policy

By Heather Stewart

Agree or disagree about what action the United States should take in Syria, but the U.S. missile attack on Syria last week must be a turning point in U.S. Syrian refugees policy. It stands to reason that if the President of the United States could not turn a blind eye to an indiscriminate chemical attack that killed scores of civilians in... See More

Workshop Spotlight: Developing Evaluation Procedures for Students Without Academic Documentation

April 07, 2017 | Topics: Annual Conference

By Dawn Cepica

“The current refugee crisis is not a new phenomenon,” says Gruenewald. “Migrants seeking new venues for employment, immigrants seeking lands offering better opportunities, and refugees seeking a safer life, a life away from civil war and famine—all of these populations have been moving and migrating and running towards something while running away from something else for... See More

Only a Day Away: Day Trips from Los Angeles

April 04, 2017 | Topics: Annual Conference

By Kelly Zuniga

From cities to wilderness, Southern California has tons for NAFSA 2017 attendees to explore. Check out these fun day trips that will leave you feeling like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, “I’ve a feeling we’re not in [Los Angeles] anymore"... See More

A Guide to Eating in L.A.

March 16, 2017 | Topics: Annual Conference

By Kelly Zuniga

We, international education professionals, know that food is a key to discovering culture. If there is one facet of Los Angeles that speaks for our values, it is our culinary scene. L.A. is beaming with international dishes, often presented with... See More

Tips for Surviving in a Time of Immigration Uncertainty

By Dan Berger and Stephen Yale-Loehr

On March 6, the White House released a revised travel ban Executive Order that further highlights the uncertainty that international education professionals face in 2017. But before we dive into the revised order, let’s take a moment to discuss (as best we can) 12 frequently asked questions that have emerged since the original Executive Order was issued in January.... See More