NAFSA's Advocate of the Year Award is an annual award presented at NAFSA Advocacy Day to recognize an individual who has excelled in grassroots advocacy. The Advocate of the Year educates their elected officials on the value of international education and exchange, promotes public policies that will lead to a more welcoming and globally engaged United States, and inspires others to take action throughout the year.

2020 Advocate of the Year

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On May 11, NAFSA presented Shannon Bedo of Houston Baptist University the 2020 Advocate of the Year award.

Previous Winners

2019
Nora Cavazos
The University of Texas Medical Branch

2018
Renée Bishai
University of Arizona

2017
Fiona Grugan
University of Arizona

2016
Emlyn Torres
Northwestern University

2015
Katie Jabri
University of Minnesota

2014
Courtney Greene
Academic Programs International

2013
Ken Reade
Dartmouth College

2012
DeDe Long
University of Arkansas-Fayetteville

2011
David Wick
San Francisco State University

2010
Sal Longarino
Fordham University

2009
Susan Thompson
University of Nevada-Las Vegas

2008
Stephen Ferst
Rutgers University

2007
Bonnie Bissonette
Northcentral Technical College

2006
Adria Baker
Rice University