Event Date Event Time Registration Deadline Registration
March 16 - 17, 2020 10:00 am - 5:00 pm TBD Registration Closed

Event Update

After careful consideration NAFSA has decided to cancel Advocacy Day 2020. The rapidly evolving coronavirus situation, the public health risks posed by traveling and gathering as a group, and the current uncertainty surrounding access to Capitol Hill offices, we simply cannot ask you to travel to Washington at this time. Registration fees will be refunded for all participants. The offical event cancellation letter may be useful in seeking refunds for transportation costs. Thank you for understanding. NAFSA looks forward to continuing to working with our advocates to effect change together in the near future and throughout the year.

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March 16-17, 2020

Advocacy Day

Advocacy Day 2020 registration has ended. But advocacy is a year-round endeavor! Be sure to sign up for NAFSA's advocacy updates and action alerts at www.ConnectingOurWorld.org. Contact Erica Stewart to learn more.

At NAFSA's Advocacy Day, speak out for students, scholars, and policies that matter to you! After a day of training and strategizing, you will head to Capitol Hill with all the tools you need to educate Congress on how international education impacts your state and district and why we need a more globally engaged and welcoming United States. Personal meetings will be scheduled for you with your elected officials and their staff in both the Senate and House of Representatives.

Advocate of the Year

Nora Cavazos

The Advocate of the Year Award recognizes a NAFSA member who exhibits excellence in international education advocacy, inspiring others to make a difference by engaging with elected officials and promoting policies that support creating a more welcoming and globally engaged United States.

The nomination period for the 2020 award has ended. The announcement will be made in March. 

Meet NAFSA's 2019 Advocate of the Year: Nora Cavazos of The University of Texas Medical Branch. Learn about her personal journey from reluctance to activism in the February issue of NAFSA's International Educator magazine.

FAQs and How to Prepare


“It’s empowering and valuable and a tangible reminder that our voices need to be heard.”

“I would definitely recommend colleagues to attend so our institution gains multiple resources to build a team of local advocates, maintain and cultivate relationships, and stay informed.”

“I was nervous before the training, but afterwards felt completely prepared and confident in the meetings and made sure our voice was heard! It was great to participate in our democracy and learn how accessible our Congressional leaders are.”

“It provided great insight to how politics affects our work.”

“I think it’s great citizenship 101, plus an excellent skill set for work on our campuses.”

“Advocacy Day is a great way to connect what I do every day to the bigger issues surrounding immigration reform.”

“Great opportunity to talk about why what I do matters. It was much easier and less intimidating than I thought.”

“I really enjoy it and want to be here every year! It is a great opportunity and professional development.”