International education programs bring quantitative and qualitative benefits to our communities, engage our students in meaningful interactions, and help us learn more about the world in which we must compete and thrive.
Communicating the relevance and value of international education (IE) with clarity is crucial if we are to meet increasing challenges and respond to questions regarding the growth and sustainability of the field.
Today, every IE professional must be able to address the following:
- How can you make a compelling case for the benefits of international education programs and global learning?
- How can our field respond to mounting anti-international rhetoric and policy?
- What are the tangible outcomes of international education in the United States?
- How can you demonstrate that international education is an asset on your campus and in your community?
- How can you gain key allies in explaining the importance of international education?
This NAFSA e-Learning Seminar, presented during International Education Week, will provide participants with concrete tools and strategies to demonstrate and promote the vital role of international education.
Experienced presenters from across the international education community will reflect on the new challenges of championing international education. They will provide insights that will address obstacles and opportunities for IE in an evolving educational landscape.
After attending this NAFSA e-Learning Seminar, participants will be able to:
- Build a compelling case incorporating stakeholder goals to successfully demonstrate the value of IE programs and the contributions of international students and faculty to the quality of your institutions’ programs;
- Communicate effectively the benefits of international education to internal as well as external stakeholders; and
- Identify specific strategies for collaboration across departments at institutions to achieve common IE goals.
The content will be relevant to professionals working in the field of international education.
Gonzalo R. Bruce, PhD
Boise State University
Gonzalo Bruce is assistant provost for the Center for Global Education at Boise State University. In this capacity, he serves as senior international officer and provides leadership in areas of strategic internationalization; international recruitment and admissions; study abroad; English as a second language and international student services. He has more than 17 years of work experience in leadership roles in international education at higher education institutions in the United States and Chile. A Fulbright scholar, Bruce earned a PhD in higher education administration from The Ohio State University and an MA from the Graduate School of Public Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh.
Tonija Hope Navas
Tonija Hope Navas is deputy director of the Ralph Bunche International Affairs Center at Howard University. Prior to joining Howard University, Navas served as the executive director of the Baoba Fund for Racial Equity-North America, a Brazilian foundation, and before that worked at Phelps Stokes, a Washington, D.C.-based international nongovernmental organization. Navas received her BA in Latin American studies and history from Macalester College and her MA in tourism administration with a specialization in international education from George Washington University. Navas speaks Spanish and Portuguese, and is deeply committed to increasing the participation of students of color in study abroad.
Forsyth Technical Community College
Carol Hayes is the program coordinator for the Global Scholar of Distinction Program, as well as an instructor in communication and humanities at Forsyth Technical Community College in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She works with World View of University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill to secure resources for faculty training and professional development; recruits and advises students for the new program; and works with faculty across the curriculum to globalize new courses. Hayes received an MA in professional communication from Clemson University.
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Build Your Competencies
NAFSA International Education Professional Competencies 2.0 outline the abilities, skills, and foundational knowledge necessary for successful international educators. Learn more about NAFSA Competencies 2.0.
This learning content targets the competency categories of Communications and Relationship Cultivation.