NAFSA 2021 Annual Conference & Expo

NAFSA: Association of International Educators, the world’s largest association dedicated to international education and exchange, invites you to the all-virtual NAFSA 2021 Annual Conference and Expo! Be a part of the most diverse and comprehensive global event attended by professionals from across the field.

Participate in any of 16 optional learning workshops to gain the critical skills you need to succeed.

Advanced Immigration Issues for Academic Medical Institutions

Tuesday, June 1, 9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. EDT
This workshop provides an examination of immigration options and institutional policies related to medical students, short-term and graduate medical education (GME) clinical trainees, medical researchers, physician-scientists, and faculty physicians. Participants explore the implications of these options and policies for their campus or institution.
Audience: International Student and Scholar Services
Fees: Member $225, Nonmember $300, Student Member $165
Workshop Code: WS01

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Building a Strategic Sponsored Student Recruitment Plan

Tuesday, June 1, 9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. EDT
Participants learn how to build a strategic sponsored student recruitment plan through data-driven market analysis. During the workshop, participants identify ways to empower staff to seek and initiate international engagement to meet their institution’s goals. The workshop also covers how to improve negotiations through a deeper understanding of cross-cultural communication and the request for proposal (RFP) process.
Audience: International Enrollment Management; International Education Leadership
Fees: Member $225, Nonmember $300, Student Member $165
Workshop Code: WS02

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Careers in International Education: Guidance for New Professionals

Tuesday, June 1, 9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. EDT
This workshop helps new international education professionals become familiar with the field, complete a professional autobiography, conduct a competency assessment, and create an action plan for a job search. Challenges related to COVID-19 are discussed in relation to the current state of the field. All participants receive the NAFSA publication Careers in International Education.
Audience: International Education Professionals
Fees: Member $225, Nonmember $300, Student Member $165
Workshop Code:WS03

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Getting Started with Virtual Exchange

Tuesday, June 1, 9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. EDT
This workshop provides an introduction to virtual exchange and exposes participants to the role that virtual exchange can play in driving campus internationalization efforts and its potential for broadening access to global learning experiences. Participants are guided through a “design your own program” exercise and receive advice and support from leading experts in the field of virtual exchange.
Audience: Education Abroad; Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship
Fees: Member $225, Nonmember $300, Student Member $165
Workshop Code: WS04

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Introduction to Global Operations for International Education Leaders

Tuesday, June 1, 9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. EDT
If international education professionals did not think about global operations before COVID-19, they do now. This workshop provides a primer on business support considerations for globally engaged institutions. Topics include tracking global activities, foreign regulatory compliance, employees working abroad, risk management, foreign taxation, and much more.
Audience: Education Abroad; International Education Leadership
Fees: Member $225, Nonmember $300, Student Member $165
Workshop Code: WS05

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Leading Racial Justice Through Our Work as International Educators

Tuesday, June 1, 9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. EDT
Recent civic, social, and community responses to systemic racism, police brutality, and racial injustice around the world demonstrate the need for higher education institutions and organizations to further their commitment to racial justice work. It is our responsibility as international educators to be present in these conversations. This workshop guides participants through an analysis of racial justice work within the field of international education and provides tools and strategies for international educators to engage in racial justice work.
Audience: International Education Professionals
Fees: Member $225, Nonmember $300, Student Member $165
Workshop Code: WS06

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Budget Modeling, Control Management, and Financial Sustainability in Internationalization

Tuesday, June 1, 1:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m. EDT
Declining funds and increasing enrollment volatility demand new budget and funding models for internationalization. This workshop provides participants from all areas of internationalization with the knowledge and tools they need to identify and change budget models, implement control management processes, and develop sustainable financial structures.
Audience: International Education Leadership
Fees: Member $225, Nonmember $300, Student Member $165
Workshop Code: WS07

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Building a Data Strategy in International Education

Tuesday, June 1, 1:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m. EDT
This workshop introduces international education professionals to central concepts in the collection and analysis of quantitative data for the dual purposes of advocating for international education and strategic decisionmaking. The workshop format is modeled on a graduate-level seminar, with time for discussion and hands-on learning.
Audience: Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship
Fees: Member $225, Nonmember $300, Student Member $165
Workshop Code: WS08

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Cultivating Inclusive Leadership and Innovation Skills for International Educators

Tuesday, June 1, 1:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m. EDT
Understanding your own leadership style preferences and the mindsets of innovation can improve achievement, productivity, and morale for you and your entire team, taking performance to the next level. This workshop empowers international education professionals to practice the intercultural and innovation skills they aim to cultivate in their work by helping them become fluent in multiple leadership styles and design thinking principles and tools, ultimately creating more inclusive and inspired work and learning environments.
Audience: International Education Professionals
Fees: Member $225, Nonmember $300, Student Member $165
Workshop Code: WS09

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Education Abroad Visa Advising

Tuesday, June 1, 1:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m. EDT This workshop provides clarity and guidance on the process of obtaining a visa for education abroad according to current requirements and limitations. Professionals from academic institutions, program providers, and travel organizations expand their knowledge and skills in navigating the complexities of visa advising in 2021. The focus of this workshop is for U.S. and international students applying for a visa from within the United States.
Audience: Education Abroad
Fees: Member $225, Nonmember $300, Student Member $165
Workshop Code: WS10

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Global Partnerships: Strategy, Action, and Innovation

Tuesday, June 1, 1:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m. EDT
Global partnerships are central to the internationalization of higher education. This workshop examines innovative strategies for cultivating new partnerships and deepening existing ones. Participants explore a variety of ways to measure and articulate the value of partnerships and examine how partnership management has changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Audience: Education Abroad; International Education Leadership
Fees: Member $225, Nonmember $300, Student Member $165
Workshop Code: WS11

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Preparing Labor Certification Applications for University Teaching Positions

Tuesday, June 1, 1:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m. EDT
Participants discuss essential issues in laying the groundwork for successful submission of Special Handling Labor Certification applications. Participants discuss how to properly complete critical sections of Form ETA-9141 and ETA Form 9089 and how to create and maintain a PERM audit file.
Audience: International Student and Scholar Services
Fees: Member $225, Nonmember $300, Student Member $165
Workshop Code: WS12

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The Hidden Power of International Alumni Relations

Wednesday, June 2, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. EDT
International alumni relations and philanthropy can facilitate supplementary revenues, support recruitment efforts, and enhance collaboration among campus units, university partners, and other external stakeholders abroad. This interactive workshop enables enrollment managers and international education leaders to learn from case studies and acquire strategies for strengthening international alumni relations at their own institutions.
Audience: International Education Leadership; International Enrollment Management
Fees: Member $180, Nonmember $250, Student Member $135
Workshop Code: WS13

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Developing Intercultural Agility and Cultural Responsiveness through Education Abroad

Wednesday, June 2, 2:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. EDT
This workshop demonstrates how education abroad professionals can serve as a cultural bridge when supporting a diverse student cohort during study abroad experiences. Through readings, group discussions, and case studies, participants explore the application of self-reflection, active listening, and cultural responsiveness in education abroad program design and implementation.
Audience: Education Abroad; Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship
Fees: Member $180, Nonmember $250, Student Member $135
Workshop Code: WS14

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Navigating the Complex Intersections of Admissions and Immigration Advising

Thursday, June 3, 10:00 a.m. –12:00 p.m. EDT
Using case studies, admissions and enrollment management professionals navigate the complexities of admissions counseling and regulatory advising. Participants examine immigration regulations and admissions policies related to international students. This workshop provides participants with tools and resources to support their daily work.
Audience: International Enrollment Management; International Student and Scholar Services
Fees: Member $180, Nonmember $250, Student Member $135
Workshop Code: WS15

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Managing International Student and Scholar Services in Times of Global Uncertainty

Thursday, June 3, 3:00 p.m. –5:00 p.m. EDT
In times of uncertainty, international educators must build resiliency and respond to the pressures of the day. In this workshop, international student and scholar services professionals reflect on recent institutional responses to COVID-19, share model practices, develop skills grounded in the International Education Professional Competencies, and practice putting the skills into action. All participants receive the publication NAFSA’s Toolkit for Managing in Times of Global Uncertainty.
Audience: International Student and Scholar Services
Fees: Member $180, Nonmember $250, Student Member $135
Workshop Code: WS16

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