A NAFSA Signature Program offered by the International Education Leadership Knowledge Community.
Leadership in Uncertain Times: Addressing a Changing International Education Environment
Globally, the higher education sector has entered interesting times of uncertainty, where changes in national policies and attitudes on immigration, international student and faculty mobility and enrollment, even higher education’s objectives have created uncertainty for the senior international officer in how to respond effectually. A key learning objective of this Symposium on Leadership is to aid the senior international officer in developing the leadership skill of being responsive rather than reactive to these changes. Keynote and panel speakers from the United States and abroad will explore the various factors contributing to volatility in the field of international higher education. Through thoughtful analysis, rich discussion, and powerful examples, senior international officers and university leaders from around the world will hone fundamental, strategic leadership skills to guide their campuses through common challenges. Participants engage in roundtable breakout discussions to network and share opportunities and best practices.
Early-bird pricing ends April 12, 2019.
Registration for this Signature Event is separate from conference registration. Please refer to our NAFSA 2019 Annual Conference & Expo Registration page for general payment, cancellation, and refund information.
Symposium on Leadership registrants are encouraged to share information regarding other NAFSA Signature Programs for their colleagues in campus leadership, such as the Presidents and Provosts Summit or the Global Learning Lab.
Hotels and Travel
Registration for the Symposium on Leadership includes access to an exclusive hotel room block in the Marriott Marquis Washington, D.C. until March 22, 2019. Symposium attendees seeking to take advantage of this offer can indicate their interest by completing the "Reserve Now" form on the right sidebar of this page. Interested Symposium registrants will receive special hotel booking instructions. After March 22, and for other hotel listings, please refer to the Housing and Travel section of our NAFSA 2019 Annual Conference & Expo webpages.
|Tuesday, May 28|
|7:30 a.m.-8:00 a.m.||
Check-in and Breakfast
|8:00 a.m.-8:15 a.m.||
Welcome and Introductions
|8:15 a.m.-9:15 a.m.||
James P. Honan, EdD, senior lecturer on education and co-chair of the Institute for Educational Management (IEM), Graduate School of Education, Harvard University, will offer leadership strategies for navigating volatility in international education.
|9:15 a.m.-10:30 a.m.||
Perspectives in Higher Education
This session will feature a dynamic Q&A interview with thought leaders who explore the state of the field from varied perspectives, including industry and workforce development, government and policy, as well as institutional strategy and management. Confirmed panelists include Tanya I. Garcia, PhD, associate director of postsecondary policy research and associate research professor (Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce); David Phinnemore, PhD, professor of European politics, Jean Monnet chair in European political science and dean of education in the faculty of arts, humanities and social sciences (Queen’s University Belfast); and Ben Kennedy, founder and CEO (Kennedy & Company).
|10:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m.||
Roundtable Discussions: Applying Leadership and Management Tools
Participants reflect and share how concepts and principles of leadership might be applied on their campuses.
|11:00 a.m.-11:45 a.m.||
Lessons Learned: Voices from the Field
Senior international officers will share experiences and case studies from their own institutions in an interactive format.Panelists include Kate Jennings, director, international student services (Vancouver Island University); Daria Kozlova, PhD, first vice rector (ITMO University); and Samira Pardanani, executive director for international education (Shoreline Community College).
|11:45 a.m.-12:25 p.m.||
Roundtable Discussions: Case Study Exercise
Confer with peers to develop solutions to the leadership challenges shared by senior international officer panelists.
|12:25 p.m.-12:30 p.m.||
Final Comments and Wrap-Up
NAFSA thanks the Northern Ireland Bureau for its generous support of this event.