Symposium on Leadership

NAFSA’s Symposium on Leadership is a half-day Signature Program that convenes senior international officers (SIOs) and campus internationalization leaders from around the world.

The Symposium on Leadership is a NAFSA Signature Program presented by the International Education Leadership Knowledge Community (IEL KC) for an audience of senior international officers (SIOs) and campus internationalization leaders. Delivered annually, each Symposium centers around a theme of particular relevance to the international leader in that year.

2021 Symposium

The 2021 Symposium on Leadership will take place on June 3. The theme is "Future-Proof International Education: Successful Leadership for the Next Decade."

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2020 Symposium

The 2020 Symposium on Leadership was scheduled to take place on May 26 in St. Louis, MO. The theme was "Beyond Geopolitics: Successful International Education Leadership for the Next Decade."

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2019 Symposium

The 2019 Symposium on Leadership took place in Washington, DC and explored the theme of "Leadership in Uncertain Times: Addressing a Changing International Education Environment."

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Symposium Resources

The Symposia Series is a compilation of articles summarizing key issues explored in each Symposium on Leadership.