NAFSA 2020 Annual Conference & Expo

After careful consideration, and in deep concern for the health and safety of our attendees, the NAFSA board of directors has decided to cancel the 2020 NAFSA Annual Conference & Expo scheduled to take place on May 24-29 in St. Louis, Missouri.

Enhance your engagement in the field

Deepen your knowledge as you reflect on this year's conference theme: Innovate, Influence, Impact. Choose from three curated programming tracks that feature conference sessions, spotlight presenters, and NAFSA Pavilion events.
Attend programming in any or all of the tracks to broaden your conception of the possibilities in the international education field.

Explore Themed Programs

After registration opens on March 2, you can add the program to your schedule in the online planner.

Innovate - Sponsored by University of Missouri-Saint Louis
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This track features examples of how international educators are responding to challenges and opportunities in innovative ways. Speakers and sessions look at innovations in programs, curricula, research approaches and strategies, and new communication technologies.

Breaking Down Barriers: Innovative Approaches to Cross-Cultural Dialogue and Inclusion
Tuesday, May 26: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Educate and Empower: Advising Tools for Informed Student Decisionmaking
Wednesday, May 27: 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

Innovative Funding Solutions for International Master's Students
Wednesday, May 27: 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

Creative Partnerships: University of Missouri-St. Louis and Middle East Partnerships
Wednesday, May 27: 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.

Emerging Technologies and Data-Driven Approaches to Improve Global Recruitment
Wednesday, May 27: 2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

Alternate Advising Strategies with Videos and More
Thursday, May 28: 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.

Creating Innovative Partnerships to Educate Generation Z Students for Global Citizenship
Thursday, May 28: 1:00 p.m.-1:25 p.m.

China's Greater Bay Area: Opportunities for Innovation in International Education
Thursday, May 28: 2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

Spotlight Presentation: "Innovation for Social Impact" by Silvia Figuiera
Thursday, May 28: 2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

Spurring Innovation and Economic Development through International Education
Friday, May 29: 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

Influence

This track highlights how international educators influence and inspire their peers and future generations, provide leadership, use links to local communities, promote social justice on campus, and work with private sector groups to further international interchange.

Small Budget, Powerful Impact: Creative Tools and Techniques for Marketers
Tuesday, May 26: 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.

Cultivating Campus Allies for International Student Success
Tuesday, May 26: 2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

#WeAreWelcomeHere: Journeys to the United States and International Education
Wednesday, May 27: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Spotlight Presentation: "Facilitating Youth Engagement in Sustainable Development" by Kehkashan Basu
Wednesday, May 27, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Why Personalization and Customer Experience Are the Next Big Thing
Wednesday, May 27: 1:00 p.m.-1:25 p.m.

Spinning the Narrative: Empowering Black Women to Study Abroad
Wednesday, May 27: 1:30 p.m.-1:55 p.m.

Utilizing Students as Social Media Influencers for Education Abroad
Thursday, May 28: 1:30 p.m.-1:55 p.m.

Balancing (Institutional) Storytelling with (Individual) Authenticity in International Education Marketing
Thursday, May 28: 2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

Impactful Engagement: Influencing Decisionmakers On and Off Campus to Advocate for International Education
Thursday, May 26, 2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

Tweaking the Advising Model for the Generation Z Era
Friday, May 29: 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

Impact - Sponsored by Missouri State University Office of International Programs
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This track showcases the impact of international educators, at home and abroad. Sessions in this track advance ideas and trends to scale for global and local impact and explore ways to impact decisionmaking using data, advocacy, and dialogue.

Supporting Underrepresented Students Utilizing a Social Justice Lens
Tuesday, May 26: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Engaging Academics as Internationalization Multipliers: A European Case Study
Tuesday, May 26: 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.

Enhancing Access for International Students with Disabilities
Wednesday, May 27: 8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m.

Disability Inclusion in U.S. Institutions: Best Practices and Fulbright Experiences
Wednesday, May 27: 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

Diversity and Inclusion: Using International Education to Achieve Gender Parity
Wednesday, May 27: 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

Using Data to Advance Equity in Education Abroad
Wednesday, May 27: 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

Engaging African Higher Education Institutions for Internationalization: Transforming Challenges into Opportunities
Wednesday, May 27: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Digital Libraries Address Textbook Shortage in African Educational System
Wednesday, May 27: 2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

Beyond the Binary: Supporting LGBTQIA Students Abroad
Thursday, May 28: 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.

Spotlight Presentation: "The Walk of Immigrants" by Saul Flores
Thursday, May 28: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Advocating for International Student and Scholar Services Advising to Improve Persistence and Engagement
Thursday, May 28: 2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

Catalysts for Comprehensive Campus Internationalization: Leveraging Study Abroad Experiences
Friday, May 29: 8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m.