Special Event

NAFSA International Education Week (IEW) Campus ConnectionNAFSA's new International Education Week (IEW) Campus Connection presented a full week of virtual programming in recognition of International Education Week, November 16 – 20, 2020. IEW Campus Connection featured keynote speakers on topics such as social justice, internationalization, and cutting-edge research on trends in international education, as well as NAFSA's annual Simon Award presentations and higher education internationalization presidential panel. Programming also featured an in-depth, expert analysis of the U.S. presidential election and the implications for international education.

Monday, November 16

Our Future: The Next Four Years

1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. (EST)
Examine the outcome of the 2020 U.S. election and how it will impact international education, diplomacy, and engagement with the world. This panel featured foreign policy expert, Richard Fontaine and higher-education expert Karin Fischer. Fontaine, who served under George W. Bush and as an advisor to Senator John McCain, and Fischer, a journalist with a focus on international education, will provide an insider’s view of what may come from elected officials in the next four years. In addition, NAFSA released the latest analysis and data from the International Student Economic Value Tool.

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Tuesday, November 17

Social Justice & International Education: Exploring the Intersections

10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (EST)
Over the years, higher education institutions have played a vital role in resolving conflict through education, training, and research. This program brought together educators, scholars, and practitioners who are doing innovative work promoting social justice, confronting inequality, and fostering social responsibility in a global context. An acclaimed journalist, author, and social advocate, Michele Norris fostered important dialogue on current events, social issues, and the power to make change. She served as the keynote for this special event.
Sponsor: Education in Ireland

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Wednesday, November 18

NAFSA Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization Presidential Panel and Award Recognition

1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. (EST)
Recognize the achievements of the 2020 NAFSA Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization winners. This annual gathering of leaders from Simon Award-winning institutions highlighted innovative approaches to campus internationalization, discussed challenges facing higher education institutions today, and emphasized the importance of continuing this work at this unique time in history.
Sponsor: Sodexo

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Thursday, November 19

Perspectives on Engaging Today’s Students

1:00 p.m. (EST)
Discover innovative and creative approaches for engagement with students. Convene with international educators for a panel on Supporting Students in Times of Global Uncertainty. The panelists reflected on 2020's upheaval and shared how they have weathered changing landscapes, what new approaches for student engagement will continue after the pandemic, who have emerged as critical allies, and why they continue to be optimistic about the future of international education.

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Friday, November 20

Fall 2020 NAFSA Research Symposium: A Critical Discussion of Theories, Methodologies, and Practices in International Education

9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. (EST)
Learn from original, unpublished projects and discuss research problems in the field of international education and related disciplines. The Research Symposium is relevant for all international educators interested in connecting research to practice—students, post-docs, administrators, faculty members, and senior leaders.

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International Education Research Virtual Poster Fair

Discover a wide variety of recent and emerging research projects that involve assessment, evaluation, and other types of research relevant to the field of international education. Posters were available to view all week, and poster presenters participated in a live Q&A. During the Q&A event, poster presenters and attendees had the unique opportunity to discuss the topics presented.


NAFSA thanks Education in Ireland and Sodexo for their generous support.

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