Networking on the Go with NAFSA

October 31, 2016 | Topics: Careers

By Samantha Potempa and Jodi Simek

Networking is one of the most impactful ways you can build your professional expertise and effectiveness. But networking can sometimes take a backseat to some of the more immediate or urgent demands that we encounter in our jobs. ... See More

Post-Conference Glow: 16 Follow-Up Tips and Tricks

October 26, 2016 | Topics: Careers, Regional Conferences

By Lesley Robinson

I have nine NAFSA Annual Conferences under my belt, and only now do I feel like I have my post-conference routine down. For me, the NAFSA Annual Conference is always an exhilarating whirlwind of thought-provoking sessions, reception invitations, exhibit hall strategizing, business card collecting, and extreme networking.... See More

How Teaching Adults Overseas is an Inspirational Educational Journey

October 25, 2016 | Topics: Global Learning

By Adam DiFrisco

Who inspires you? Is it a parent, a partner, a friend? Maybe even a celebrity? As people, it’s natural for us to look for role models and people who inspire us. As educators and as teachers, we are often that role model and inspire others. But sometimes the opposite is true as well. We are inspired by our students. We are reinvigorated by their enthusiasm, their hard work, and their dedication. It has happened to me, and it has made all the difference in my learning and teaching abilities. ... See More

Two Career Challenges That Don’t Have to be Roadblocks

September 14, 2016 | Topics: Careers

By Ellen H. Badger and Shawna Szabo

Throughout your career, you will be faced with unavoidable realities that may disrupt your journey. Rather than having these realities affect you in a negative way, why not turn lemons into lemonade? Transforming a possibly negative situation into a positive one is not easy, but it is a skill that certainly can be learned.... See More

Conflict at Work? Use Pre-departure Wisdom to Guide Your Next Move

September 07, 2016 | Topics: Careers

By Samantha Martin

Are you in conflict at your office? We’ve all been there. Something got unexpectedly pushed onto our plate, something was said, someone clammed up, someone lashed out, something got dropped, someone was overlooked, something went unnoticed, etc. And, we take offense.... See More

Unpacking Trump’s Immigration Speech: Let’s Report the Facts

September 02, 2016 | Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy, Immigration Policy

By Lisa Rosenberg

The United States must foster policies and practices that welcome international students to our institutions of higher education. Misstating the facts about immigrants in this country not only distorts the policy debate, but also makes those who are born outside our borders less likely to feel they are welcome here and that their contributions are... See More

Using NAFSA’s International Education Professional Competencies for Team Development and Hiring Purposes: Part 2

August 31, 2016 | Topics: Careers

By Sora H. Friedman

Earlier this year, I kicked off this two-part blog series examining how NAFSA’s International Education (IE) Professional Competencies can be used for team development and hiring with a post providing background about the competencies and asking IE supervisors and hiring managers to provide feedback (via online survey) on how they are using the competencies in their own work.

Additionally, during the NAFSA 2016 conference in Denver, I led a presentation in the NAFSA 2016 Career Center considering how the competencies can be used as a tool to assess team skills, strengths, weaknesses, and gaps in order to assist with the professional development of current staff and to plan for future hiring searches. My goal with each was to engage with as many people as possible about how they have used the tool within their own offices. Here’s what I learned.

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Voting Rights Restored in Texas and Wisconsin

August 04, 2016 | Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy

By Lisa Rosenberg

Adding to the string of recent victories for supporters of voting rights, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals struck key provisions of North Carolina’s discriminatory Voter ID law. The court said, “The new provisions target African Americans with almost surgical precision” and “impose cures for problems that did not exist.” Echoing decisions in previous cases, such as... See More