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Event Date Event Time Registration Deadline Registration
April 20 - 21, 2021 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Registration Closed
Advocacy Day

Advocacy Day 2021

Update: Advocacy Day has reached maximum capacity. Please sign up for Connecting Our World emails to engage in other meaningful ways. Thank you for your interest!

The global coronavirus pandemic and the 2020 general election will impact international education in significant and lasting ways. Be a powerful voice to support and sustain the field! Join NAFSA for its first-ever all-virtual Advocacy Day for insider-analysis of the political landscape in Washington and the messages, asks, and tactics that will best serve the students, scholars, and policies that matter to you.

This year’s format features exclusive pre-recorded, on-demand training and a half-day of live, virtual training and strategizing with NAFSA policy experts and your peers. Following that, you will be fully prepared to engage with your lawmakers—from the comfort of your (home) office. As always, NAFSA will arrange personal meetings with your elected officials or their staff in both the Senate and House of Representatives but new this year, these meetings will be conducted virtually.


Advocacy Day has reached maximum capacity and registration is now closed.

This two day event will be:

  • Day 1: April 20, 2021, 2:00 p.m. ET - 5:00 p.m. ET
  • Day 2: April 21, 2021, 9:30 a.m. ET - 4:30 p.m. ET

Advocate of the Year

shannon bedo

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 2021 award has closed. Stay tuned for our announcement at Advocacy Day!

Meet NAFSA's 2020 Advocate of the Year: Shannon Bedo of Houston Baptist University.

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.”