NAFSA 2020 Annual Conference & Expo

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

The Spotlight Presenters series features diverse voices from within and beyond the field of international education. This year’s Spotlight presenters will explore the NAFSA 2020 theme, Innovate, Influence, Impact.

carol camp yeakey

Carol Camp Yeakey, PhD

Challenges in American Higher Education: In Pursuit of the Public Good

Day/Time: Tuesday, May 26 | 2:30 p.m.– 3:30 p.m

Carol Camp Yeakey’s presentation examines some of the major challenges confronting American higher education today. These interrelated issues are global, federal, and municipal at the same time. In her presentation, Camp Yeakey discusses how colleges and universities faced with institutional discrimination, inadequate funding, unequal access and affordability or internal and external competition, can confront their public good missions and continue to advance social justice on - and beyond - their campuses.

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Christina Pope

Christina Pope

Strategies for More Welcoming & Inclusive Communities

Day/Time: Wednesday, May 27 | 10:00 a.m.– 11:00 a.m.

Welcoming America leads a movement of inclusive communities that are making everyone who lives there, including immigrants, feel they belong. The organization supports initiatives that reduce divisions and generate greater civic, social, and economic participation among new and longtime residents alike. Christina discusses Welcoming America’s approach and how you can be part of the movement.

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samantha ramirez-herrera

Samantha Ramirez-Herrera

Borderless Dreams

Day/Time: Wednesday, May 27 | 11:30 a.m.– 12:30 p.m

Creative entrepreneur, activist and immigrant DREAMer Samantha Ramirez-Herrera shares her compelling journey growing up undocumented and forging forward despite of the challenges she faced from language barriers, economic obstacles, cultural differences, immigration policies, and lack of resources for higher education. She offers her perspective on courage, resilience and the power of stories and imagination in fighting for social and economic justice.

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kehkashan basu

Kehkashan Basu

Facilitating Youth Engagement in Sustainable Development (Influence track)

Day/Time: Wednesday, May 27 | 1:00 p.m.– 2:00 p.m.

Young people are amongst the largest stakeholders of civil society and their involvement is critical in the sustainable development process. Ms. Basu’s presentation showcases the example of social innovation enterprise, Green Hope Foundation, and how she uses Education for Sustainable Development as a transformative tool to empower young people from across the world in finding local solutions to global issues of climate change, gender inequality, biodiversity conservation and sustainable consumption.

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Travis Sheridan

Travis Sheridan

The Healing Power of Innovation: Social Justice, Leadership & Collaboration (Innovation track)

Day/Time: Wednesday, May 27 | 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Innovation is a process to improve the human condition. One city does not hold the solution, but multiple cities each hold a piece. The key is for everyone to recognize what pieces they hold, how to share them across geographies and effectively articulate the collective impact. Innovation won’t just change economies, it will change lives.

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Saul Flores

Saul Flores

The Walk of Immigrants (Impact track)

Day/Time: Thursday, May 28 | 1:00 p.m.– 2:00 p.m.

Saul spent three months walking, hitchhiking, and sleeping on the ground and in hiding places, from Ecuador to North Carolina. He walked 5,328 miles through ten countries and nine border crossings to document how grueling and dangerous the journey of immigrants to the United States can be and to raise money for an elementary school in Mexico. Attendees relive The Walk of the Immigrants along with Saul and create a deeper understanding of the struggles, hardships, joy, and hope that immigrants experience on their journey.

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Silvia Figuiera

Silvia Figuiera, PhD

Innovation for Social Impact (Innovation track)

Day/Time: Thursday, May 28 | 2:30 p.m.– 3:30 p.m.

Engineering is about improving life. At Santa Clara University we want our engineering students to understand that their engineering skills are powerful and can be used to improve life in impoverished areas. By working with a real community and delivering tools to empower underserved people, our students have a chance to use their skills to contribute to society. In this presentation, Figuiera discusses how the Frugal Innovation Hub at Santa Clara University connects students and faculty with innovative humanitarian projects around the world for global and local impact.

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