If Not You, Who? If Not Now, When?

July 19, 2012 | Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy, Education Abroad

By Jennifer Fritz

I was nervous when I walked towards room 351 BC of the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston to present at the session, “Advocacy Snapshots: From Idea to Action.” Although I had presented at two regional conferences recently, I was still a bit apprehensive. Then I stepped in front of the room, looked at the audience and saw fellow advocates. I also saw friends…friends I had never met, that were all there for the same fundamental reason I was…to advocate.... See More

Shedding More Light, Less Heat, on Comprehensive Immigration Reform

July 11, 2012 | Topics: Immigration Policy

By Heather Stewart

What are we going to do about U.S. immigration policy? That question is back in the spotlight again after a whirlwind two weeks for the issue. First, the Obama Administration announced that it would end the deportations of undocumented young people who would be eligible for relief under the DREAM Act. Then, last week, the Supreme Court struck down three of four key elements of the controversial anti-immigrant law passed in 2010 by the state of Arizona.... See More

Remembering Congressman Donald M. Payne

March 07, 2012 | Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy, Foreign Policy

By Victor C Johnson

Congressman Don Payne, who represented Newark, New Jersey, in the U.S. House of Representatives for more than 20 years, died March 6 of colon cancer. His death represents the passing of yet another member of a unique generation of members of Congress who respected the institution and sought election to it because they took policy seriously and saw it as a means of doing good for people both in America and... See More

We Have a Listening Problem If We Aren’t Learning Foreign Languages

February 15, 2012 | Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy

By Victor C. Johnson

I wanted to join the conversation about Larry Summers’s remarkable statement in a recent New York Times opinion piece about why we don’t need to learn foreign languages anymore.

Mr. Summers advances two reasons why, 25 years from now, we won’t need to know how to speak other people’s languages. First, we will all have an app for that. Well, maybe. I read in the New York Times a few days ago that they have an app now for flirting in bars, so I guess anything is possible. May he and I both live long enough to know.

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Shifting the Dialogue: Caution about War Equals Strength, Not Weakness

February 07, 2012 | Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy

By Jill Welch

The criticism aimed at President Obama’s nominee for Secretary of Defense, former Senator Chuck Hagel, for possible reluctance to use force highlights a deeply troubling and largely unnoticed problem in our public psyche. We have slowly, and unknowingly, slipped into a mindset of perpetual war. Peace has become such an anomaly that we have forgotten that the use of force was once viewed as a last resort.... See More

Resolve to Educate and Advocate in 2012

January 30, 2012 | Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy

By Kari Lantos

Like many of you, I tuned in to watch the State of the Union address last week. One thing that struck me was when President Obama said that “no matter what party they belong to, I bet most Americans are thinking the same thing right now: Nothing will get done this year, or next year, or maybe even the year after that, because Washington is broken.” This made me think about the work we will need to do together to support international education in the coming year.... See More

With State of the Union Address, President Takes Key Step Toward a National Conversation on Immigration Reform

By Victor C. Johnson

In November, NAFSA released a statement calling on President Obama to lead a national conversation on immigration reform. The president took an important step in that direction in last night’s State of the Union address.

The President has spent most of his first term responding to the immigration opponents’ position that they will not talk about immigration reform until enforcement is beefed up and the border is secured. He has deported record numbers of illegal immigrants and devoted unprecedented resources to our southwest border. Last night, the President cashed in that investment.

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The Importance of Staffers

January 05, 2012 | Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy

By Rebecca Bacon

As any professional knows, hard work gets you far, but networking gets you even farther. At a recent visit to the Capitol Building in Atlanta, my colleagues and I had the privilege to meet briefly with the Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, to celebrate the signing of the International Education Week Proclamation in our state. My colleagues and I, who serve on an advocacy subcommittee for the Georgia Association of International Educators, had just spent a jovial hour chatting over coffee and planning our subcommittee duties for the new year before we headed to the Capitol for our photo shoot with the Governor. ... See More

Why I Attended Advocacy Day: My Student with One Name

December 14, 2011 | Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy

By Ashley Johnson

I have numerous international students sit across my desk daily--all with different backgrounds and stories to tell. Sometimes, as immigration advisors, we are accused of being too focused on the paperwork, the regulations, and the tiny-to-large fires to put out. I would have to admit that this is true. Most of the time, as hard as we try, it is easy to forget the human, non-paper aspect of what we do. Sound familiar?... See More