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

Technology and the Changing Landscape for Education Abroad Leaders

July 06, 2016 | Topics: Leadership

By Mandy Reinig

During the course of my time interviewing senior international officers (SIOs), senior education abroad professions, and various recipients of the Education Abroad Knowledge Community Lily von Klemperer (LvK) award, one of the common themes that has emerged is the change in technology they have seen, even in the last 5 or 10 years. These changes have had several interesting ramifications on the field as a whole, as well as these individuals.... See More

Honor Excellence in International Education – 2016 NAFSA National Awards for Leadership

December 16, 2015 | Topics: Leadership

By Ivor Emmanuel

As the chair of the NAFSA Awards Subcommittee these last two years, I have had the privilege of reading nomination statements for a number of noteworthy colleagues. These statements are truly inspiring, and they give us the opportunity to get to know these distinguished individuals through a different lens. These award recommendations also serve as a reminder of the value of our work to the people we serve and the profession at large. There is no better way to write this blog than to share some of the comments included in these nomination statements.... See More

NAFSA's EA Visa Helpers Take to DC

March 20, 2015 | Topics: Education Abroad, Leadership

By María José Angel Mex

As an early Christmas present last year, I was appointed by NAFSA as a consular affairs liaison to the Italian consulate in Houston, Texas. At the time, I had an idea of what my responsibilities would be, but I knew I still had a lot to learn. This proved to be true earlier this year when I attended NAFSA's consular affairs liaison (CAL) training in Washington D.C, along with the 40 other members of the  CAL Subcommittee.... See More

The Role of the NAFSA Membership Committee

March 19, 2015 | Topics: Leadership

By Leah Newell

My name is Leah Newell. 2015 begins the second year of my serving as chair of the NAFSA Membership Committee.

Wait! Don’t leave! I know you are busy and probably have NO interest in the exciting topic of “The Role of the Membership Committee.” However, give me 5 minutes of your time and I promise you will gain some valuable information. Remember, if you know more, you can do more! So here we go.

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Honor Excellence in International Education - NAFSA National Awards for Leadership

January 15, 2015 | Topics: Leadership

By Ivor Emmanuel

Through my many connections with NAFSA colleagues spanning over 30 years, I have come to appreciate the deep sense of meaning and commitment that so many international education professionals have brought to our profession. Through countless hours they have given of themselves, not only on their campus, but also to the association and our field at large.... See More

Why Giving to NAFSA is Important

December 09, 2014 | Topics: Leadership

By Fanta Aw

As I complete my first term as President and Chair of the Board of Directors, I wish to express my deep gratitude to all for your commitment to the association and the important work of international education. It has been an honor serving the association and together, through NAFSA, we have achieved a great deal over the past 2 years.... See More

Plenary Connections: Tawakkol Karman

November 24, 2014 | Topics: Annual Conference, Leadership

By Elaine Meyer-Lee, EdD

I am delighted that NAFSA will feature Nobel Peace Prize winner Tawakkol Karman as the Closing Plenary speaker at the 2015 Annual Conference and Expo in Boston, Massachusetts, this May. Like many of us, I was inspired in 2011 when I first learned of Karman's role in Yemen's revolution and her longer history in nonviolent struggle for the safety of women and for women's rights to full participation in peacebuilding work.... See More

Plenary Connections: Child Soldier

November 13, 2014 | Topics: Annual Conference, Leadership

By Jesse Lutabingwa

I am extremely pleased that Ishmael Beah, a Sierra Leonean author and human rights activist, will be one of the plenary speakers at the NAFSA 2015 Annual Conference & Expo in Boston. As a young boy, Beah survived a rebel attack during a civil war that killed his parents and two brothers. At the age of 13, he became a child soldier for the government army and fought for more than two years before being rescued by UNICEF.... See More

Plenary Connections: Shiza Shahid

November 10, 2014 | Topics: Annual Conference, Leadership

By Kavita Pandit, PhD

Recently, NAFSA announced that Shiza Shahid, co-founder and ambassador of the Malala Fund as a plenary speaker at the 2015 NAFSA Annual Conference in Boston. Ms. Shahid has been an outspoken advocate for the empowerment of girls through increased access to education ever since she was a young woman growing up in Pakistan.... See More