Visiting Kakenya’s School

July 28, 2014 | Topics: Leadership

By Marlene M. Johnson

For the past few years, I have served on the U.S. board of Kakenya's Center for Excellence (KCE), helping raise financial support and providing Kakenya with guidance as she implements her vision to educate the girls of Enoosaen. Visiting the... See More

A Message from Your Membership Committee Chair

June 21, 2012 | Topics: Leadership

By Yocasta Brens-Watson

My involvement with NAFSA began when I became director of international services at Philadelphia University (at the time it was still known as Philadelphia College of Textiles & Science). I was fresh out of graduate school and had only a vague idea of what I was doing. At that time, my boss gave me the names of three individuals in Region VIII whom he insisted I meet. They in turn put me in touch with the Philadelphia Area International Educators Network (PAIEN).... See More

The "Ides of March" Are Approaching...

February 28, 2012 | Topics: Leadership

By Elena Anderson-De Lay

March 15 did not turn out well for Julius Caesar, but for you, it could open the door to a unique professional development opportunity. I know you are sitting there wondering how you could make a difference in your field. You are looking for an opportunity to share ideas and to support other professionals in what they do. It could be that you just want to be more resourceful to your students, scholars, colleagues, and clients.... See More

Academy for International Education Class 9!

November 21, 2011 | Topics: Leadership

By Krista McCallum Beatty, Chair, Academy 9

NAFSA is now accepting applications for the Academy for International Education Class 9, which will begin in January 2012. Academy trainees receive coaching from an experienced NAFSAn, training in a variety of areas in international education, a wide range networking opportunities, broadened awareness of professional resources, and increased knowledge of the field of international education. In a way, the Academy serves as a sort of ‘jump start’ for professionals new to the field of international education.... See More

Riding Into the Wind - The NAFSA Leadership Cycle

November 01, 2011 | Topics: Leadership

By Chris Murphy

During several of the meetings at the Region VII conference in Mobile, Alabama, but particularly at the first-timers meeting (which drew an impressive 110 attendees), regional team leaders, especially Jeff Hutcheson, current chair, Heather Housley, chair-elect, and immediate past chair, Brad Sekulich, stressed the importance to NAFSA's continuing success of an active and vital membership that is willing to take on various leadership roles. In my nearly nine years with the NAFSA staff, I have seen countless examples of this theme play out throughout the NAFSA member leadership structure—individuals, taking their turns to rise through the ranks and lead, while others, having spent significant time and energy as leaders, rotate off teams to allow a new cadre of leaders to have their terms as committee members, chairs, executive committee members, board members, etc.... See More

Special Congratulations to the 2011 Cassandra Pyle Award Recipient

June 01, 2011 | Topics: Annual Conference, Leadership

By Meredith M. McQuaid

On behalf of NAFSA's Board of Directors, we are honored to announce the recipient of the 2011 Cassandra Pyle Award for Leadership and Collaboration in International Education and Exchange, NAFSA's highest honor, which recognizes the contributions of a senior international educator to global international exchange. Please join me in congratulating Ambassador Julia Chang Bloch, president of the US-China Education Trust (USCET), who has long been a champion of advancing educational ties between the United States and Asia.... See More

Stories from the Peace Corps: Family, Acceptance, and a Cow’s Head

May 05, 2011 | Topics: Education Abroad, Leadership

By Jody K. Olsen

When do Peace Corps Volunteers know that they really belong? When does that moment come that we look back and say: “Wow, I was just one of the kids.” Over the years, I have asked Volunteers this question, and I’ve heard in their answers that surprise and wonderment of suddenly seeing themselves absorbed into others’ lives.

Anna had been in the Dominican Republic for about a year when she went back to the States for a couple of weeks. When she said good-bye before leaving, she knew that she loved her host mom and her mom’s friends and they her, but often the women’s conversations grew quiet or ceased when Anna walked toward the gossip bench where they sat. Even her host mom became more reserved.

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