NAFSA Trainer Corps: Learning By Leading

December 14, 2017 | Topics: Professional Learning

By Chad Goeden

Have you ever taken part in a NAFSA Core Education Program (formerly Professional Practice) workshop? Have you ever attended an e-Learning course? If so, you have learned one of the most important professionals in the field of international education: a member of the NAFSA Trainer Corps. For more than two decades, the NAFSA Trainer Corps program has led the way in advancing the field of international higher education. Trainer Corps members have played a key role in developing critical professional competencies in themselves and...... See More

The NAFSA Challenge

December 13, 2017 | Topics: NAFSA

By Elaine Meyer-Lee, EdD

Outreach is needed now more than ever. NAFSA has been instrumental in making sure your voice was heard this year, particularly through liaison programs such as Welcoming America, and expansion of outreach efforts through advisories, letters, training, and research. Now is the time to consider year-end giving and we hope you will include a gift that will support NAFSA’s role as a leading voice in connecting people and working for a welcoming world based on respect for all. International education is facing ... See More

Your Board of Directors: Cultivating Trusted Advisers for Career and Life

October 24, 2017 | Topics: Careers

By Aleksander Morawski, Samantha Potempa, and Jodi B. Simek

Trusted AdvisersThe first steps to becoming a seasoned international educator can be the most intimidating: attending that first professional conference; breaking the ice on message boards; presenting that first session or workshop. In the back of your mind, you are secretly thinking, “Wow, I hope I’m ready for this!” But these challenges become less daunting when you approach them armed with tools, resources, and a ‘board of directors’ to... See More

Learn. Grow. Lead. NAFSA Membership Opens the Door to Leadership Opportunities

October 06, 2017 | Topics: Leadership

By Mariama Boney and Salvador Chairez

As we move forward in the new academic year, one goal many of you may have is to get more involved in the field outside of your day-to-day work. One of the best ways to do that is as a NAFSA member leader. Volunteer leadership starts with NAFSA membership. All NAFSA members in good standing are eligible to apply for... See More

Together for Peace

September 21, 2017 | Topics: Peace and Civil Society

By Mary Giovagnoli

September 21 is United Nations International Day of Peace, a day in our harried lives in which we are literally asked to pause for a minute at noon to ponder the notion of peace. Since 1981, communities around the world have used this day to highlight the need to rise above our differences and focus on creating a world without war, fear, or prejudice. For many in the NAFSA community, the work of international education is devoted to exactly that: creating the space for intercultural dialogue and understanding, recognizing that our community extends beyond our borders, and welcoming those who have different ideas and experiences into... See More

Why the Fate of DACA Depends on a Clean Dream Act

September 18, 2017 | Topics: Immigration Policy

By Mary Giovagnoli

NAFSA's Career PrintOn September 5, the Trump administration ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, phasing it out over the next six months to press Congress to act on a legislative solution before March 5, 2018. From that day forward, DACA expirations will not be renewed; roughly 1400 individuals will lose their DACA protection each day. The vast majority of DACA recipients have no other avenue to remain in the country legally, which means the expiration of DACA puts them at risk of... See More

Living in Midair: Life as an Undocumented Youth

August 17, 2017 | Topics: Immigration Policy

By Lina Maria Lenis Gonzalez

Dreamer ProtestingIn life, there are some experiences that others can try to relate to and genuinely feel sympathy and compassion for but never truly understand unless they’ve lived those experiences themselves. Being undocumented in the land of the free and home of the brave is one of those experiences and marks you forever. For twelve years, I felt like I was living in midair—I considered myself American, but my feet could never touch the ground because the government I so admired didn’t consider me one of its own. Although by textbook... See More

Is Anyone Welcome Here? Slashing Legal Immigration Will Not Make America Great Again

August 14, 2017 | Topics: Immigration Policy

By Mary Giovagnoli

Last week, amidst much fanfare at the White House, Senators Tom Cotton and David Perdue introduced the Restoring American Immigration for a Strong Economy (RAISE) Act, a bill that dramatically restricts legal immigration to the United States. The President has enthusiastically endorsed the bill as a mechanism for protecting American jobs and restoring our economy, but the legislation is built on a series of falsehoods and myths about immigrants that have been spread and nurtured by anti-immigration supporters—many of whom are now in the Trump Administration—for years... See More