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By Kashanna Fair


(Photo Credit: @scsuabroad on Instagram)

Map? Check. SmarTrip? Check. Hill appointments confirmed? Check. In March, at the 2016 NAFSA Advocacy Day, more than 100 NAFSA advocates, representing over 30 states and districts across the United States, came to Washington, D.C., to address topics integral to international education with their elected officials on Capitol Hill. Advocates shared the benefits of international students coming to the United States, the importance of American college students studying abroad, high-skilled immigration reform, and the need for betterment of U.S.-Cuba relations.

One particular group that came to Advocacy Day represented Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU). I had the opportunity to follow this dynamic group throughout the day. They were a diverse and energetic group of 10 students and four faculty members who came to meet their congressional delegation. Excited and talkative, the college students strategized how they were going to engage with their leaders. The group met with staff from the offices of Senator Richard Blumenthal and Representatives Rosa DeLauro and John Larson to discuss high-skilled immigration reform and legislation that would end the U.S. trade embargo and travel ban on Cuba.

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Internationalization is increasingly becoming a central tenet of university missions and successful institutions innovate unique solutions worthy of recognition. The NAFSA Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization is awarded each year to schools that set themselves apart with their efforts to increase international programming and offer global educational experiences to their students, faculty, and community. In 2014, NAFSA celebrated the 12th anniversary of the Simon Award, and in a panel held on Tuesday, November 18, in Washington, D.C., several presidents and chancellors discussed the ways in which their institutions rose above the rest to receive the award.


Ángel Cabrera is a former Fulbright scholar from Spain and the current president of George Mason University, a public university located in Fairfax, Virginia with more than 33,000 students. When asked about the internationalization successes that his university has seen, Cabrera said that his administration has placed emphasis on scaling up international education opportunities for a large number of students. “We had to make smart ways for students to study abroad,” he said. This has included many programs developed through the Global Problem Solving Consortium, an international partnership of eight universities that George Mason spearheaded.

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By Chad Goeden

Leading international education researcher and author Rajika Bhandari helped open NAFSA’s 2014 Online Conference by challenging participants to think critically about how “big data” can positively impact their work as international educators.

In her plenary address, “’Big Data’: The 21st Century Game-Changer in Global International Student Recruitment,” Bhandari illustrated the wealth of information that “big data” can provide by asking participants, “Did you know that [international] students from Kuwait, Bangladesh, and Venezuela have been increasing rapidly? Did you know that South Korean students are very interested in the fine and applied arts? And that Nigerian students favor the health sciences?”

Bhandari, who is deputy vice president of research and evaluation at the Institute of International Education (IIE), and director of IIE’s Center for Academic Mobility Research, brought to life the ways that institutions and campuses can successfully strategize about their decisionmaking processes by understanding and incorporating “big data” into conversations about context, benchmarking, and campus advocacy.

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Networking can seem like a daunting task, especially as a young professional. What can I say to impress a potential employer? How can I possibly describe my entire career and life aspirations in a 30-second “elevator” speech? How do I approach a member of the institution I have been longing to work with? The self-serving nature of networking and the pressure to impress is enough to leave anyone feeling queasy.

The truth of the matter is that if networking makes you feel squeamish, you probably aren’t doing it right. Networking should not be a guise for self-promotion. Rather, it should be an attempt to build a genuine relationship, making the experience as much about the other person as it is about you. Networking is hard work, but it should be a positive experience for all parties.

As a young professional in international education, networking is one of the most important things you can do to help advance your career. Knowing your goals, with whom to talk, timing, and what to say is an art—and an important one at that. Building connections in international education takes a network of colleagues and partners who can share advice and experience, and help you find solutions.

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Robin LernerWe recently posed this question to Robin Lerner, deputy assistant secretary for private sector exchange at the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and her staff.  As part of our regular agency liaison, NAFSA staff and David Elwell, chair of NAFSA’s International Student and Scholar Regulatory Practice Committee (ISS-RP), met with  Ms. Lerner to discuss her vision and plans for the Exchange Visitor Program, which she oversees, and to convey the needs and concerns of the academic community.

Ms. Lerner accepted NAFSA’s offer to host a teleconference so that she could engage with the academic community, and we hope that you will participate. It’s a great opportunity for members of the academic community who have an interest in the Exchange Visitor Program to learn how the program will be managed going forward.

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As institutions work to internationalize their campuses, gathering leaders from various offices to share ideas can be difficult. NAFSA webinars present a unique opportunity to bring multiple departments together to collaborate on university-wide issues related to international education.

“Your challenge on a big campus is how to get people involved and how to get them to take ownership of something that they don’t view as their responsibility,” said Joe Potts, associate dean of International Programs and director of International Students and Scholars at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.

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NAFSA Webinars“They are not asking new questions. They are not posing new problems,” says Megan Wang of Chinese students coming to the United States for undergraduate study. “It’s a question of scale. There are more of them than ever before.”

Wang is the associate director of undergraduate admission at the University of Southern California (USC), and she, like many other professionals working with international students and scholars, has seen a significant increase in the number of Chinese high school students applying to universities and colleges in the United States. She says that undergraduate applications to USC from China have increased steadily in the past few years, topping out at over 2,200 applicants. “I am hoping that it might start to stabilize,” she says, noting that further increases would not be surprising.

Wang will copresent a NAFSA webinar on September 12 titled “Today’s Chinese Student: What Really Matters.” Wang works mainly in admissions and recruitment while her copresenter, Sufei Li, organizes exchange programs for Chinese university students.

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I had the great pleasure of welcoming international education advocates representing 31 states and the District of Columbia, to Washington, DC, as part of NAFSA’s Advocacy Day last week.

There were many highlights to the program on the first day, including a new format for the newcomers briefing, which gave all first-time participants the opportunity to interact with colleagues from across the country to prepare for their meetings on the hill. During the general briefing, the Advocate of the Year Award was presented to DeDe Long of the University of Arkansas, for her work in engaging her elected officials and promoting policies that support international education and exchange.

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U.S. Capitol BuildingOnce again, I am inspired by the energy from our community of international education advocates. Last week nearly 100 of you from across the country came to Washington, D.C., for NAFSA’s Advocacy Day, and the excitement was contagious. We were particularly pleased to have with us this year a strong contingent of enthusiastic student advocates from Ramapo College of New Jersey.

Advocates had the great pleasure of hearing from Meredith McQuaid, Associate Vice President and Dean at the University of Minnesota and current NAFSA President and Chair of the Board of Directors. Meredith’s remarks energized participants for their meetings on “the Hill” and inspired everyone to stay involved in advocating for a more peaceful and just world once they get back home.

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