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International Educator magazine
NAFSA's International Educator podcast brings you a new episode each month, covering trends in the field of international education, news in context, thought leadership, and more. Read IE anytime at nafsa.org/ie.
Sea Change: A Conversation About Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Within International Education
Nov 4 2021
Sea Change: A Conversation About Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Within International Education
Efforts to diversify the field of international education have accelerated over the past few years, and Ogonna Owu, MA, and Gretchen Cook-Anderson, MA, have had front-row seats to the changes and challenges. In this episode of the IE podcast, Owu and Cook-Anderson discuss positive changes in the field in the areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion; the areas still in need of improvement; how employers can attract and retain staff from underrepresented backgrounds; why diversifying the field of professionals is important for getting a more diverse student population to participate in study abroad; and more.Find more information on:The NAFSA RISE FellowshipNAFSA Award for Impact in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in International EducationNAFSA resources for inclusion, diversity, equity, and access
Nov 4 2021
Waste Management: Maximizing Impact in the International Office
In this episode of the International Educator podcast, we talk with David Di Maria, EdD, author of the recent NAFSA publication Achieving More With Less: Lean Management in the International Student Office.Di Maria discusses the eight most common types of waste found in most international offices; how to identify and eliminate waste; challenges to implementing new processes; how to know when the time is right to make changes; and how many concepts of wastefulness are consistent across cultures and industries.Learn more in Achieving More With Less: Lean Management in the International Student Office, available in the NAFSA shop, and watch Di Maria's author talk about the book.
Oct 18 2021
"I Don't Know What Will Happen Next": An Afghan Scholar Studying in the United States Shares His Story
Like so many around the world, NAFSA has been watching events unfold in Afghanistan over recent months and weeks, as the United States has withdrawn from the country. This episode of the IE podcast features a conversation with a scholar from Afghanistan who is pursuing a master's degree at a university in the United States. He shares his experience of watching developments in the situation in Afghanistan while studying in the United States, his concerns for his family and the Afghan people, his own encounter with the Taliban, his views on the future, and more.Regulatory updates, resources, and other information related to Afghanistan and Afghan students and scholars:NAFSA: "Information Resources for Assisting Afghan Students and Scholars"IIE: Afghanistan Crisis Response New York Times: "How to Help Afghan Refugees and the Relief Effort" Scholars at Risk letter to U.S. Secretary of State Anthony BlinkenEditor's note: Due to security concerns, we have omitted the student's name and several other identifying details.
Sep 10 2021
International Alumni 101: Working with International Alumni in Internationalization Efforts
In this episode of the IE podcast, Sandra Rincón, MSc, and Gretchen Dobson, EdD, co-authors of Engaging International Alumni as Strategic Partners, give a primer on how international educators can include international alumni as key stakeholders in internationalization efforts.As higher education institutions around the world continue to reimagine their internationalization strategies, international educators are tapping into an often underused recruitment tool: international alumni. With an understanding of the cultures of both their home countries and the countries where they chose to study, international alumni can uniquely convey their personal experience to prospective students.Learn more in Engaging International Alumni as Strategic Partners, available in the NAFSA Shop.
Aug 6 2021
Spring Regulatory Agenda: 5 Key Takeaways and Changes Worth Celebrating
In this episode of the IE podcast, NAFSA's Director, Regulatory Practice Liaison Steve Springer breaks down the 2021 Spring Regulatory Agenda. In addition to giving important context for this edition of the agenda, we discuss five key takeaways, including the withdrawal of proposed changes to duration of status, SEVP fees, reforms to practical training, and more. Overall, this edition turns away from restrictionist policies and is more supportive of international education, says Springer—changes that were not anticipated this soon from the Biden administration but are nonetheless worth celebrating. We also talk about the recent improvements and positive signs in stakeholder engagement from many government agencies. For more details about the regulatory agenda, visit NAFSA's Adviser's Manual.
Jul 6 2021
The Personal Side of Professional Development: Two Stories of Personal Connections in Action
Networking, mentoring, and learning from peers are hallmarks of the field of international education. These elements also play an important role in career development and professional growth. Hear from two pairs of NAFSA members—one a mentor-mentee relationship, the other a peer-peer connection—about how the personal side of professional development has made a difference in their lives. Read more in the June issue of IE at nafsa.org/ie.
Jun 11 2021
Biden's First 100 Days: What International Educators Should Know
As the Biden administration marked 100 days in office on April 30, the milestone took place during a whirlwind week for U.S. State Department announcements, travel advisories, and other updates and happenings that affect international students and scholars in the United States.In this episode of the International Educator podcast, Dan Berger, an immigration attorney based in Massachusetts, gives his perspective on the first few months of the Biden administration and the implications for the field. He also discusses what international educators can expect from government agencies in the next few months, the negative effects of uncertainty, and his wish list for the rest of 2021.
May 5 2021
International Students Working on the COVID-19 Frontlines
International Educator spoke with two medical professionals—one from China via Canada, the other from Brazil—who are working on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Hear their stories of professional and personal challenges and what it's been like to work in medicine during this historic time. (Read the stories of six other international students and scholars at nafsa.org/ie.)
Apr 8 2021
Interview with a Campus CFO: What to Know About Budgets
Amid a year of budget tightening, revenue shortfalls, and staff stretched thin, international offices are feeling the effects of decreased international student enrollment and the COVID-19 pandemic. In this environment, understanding the budget workings and processes on campus can help international educators get a realistic picture of their financial footing. International Educator spoke with Lynne Schaefer, MBA, who has more than 30 years of experience in finance at higher education institutions and is currently vice president for finance and administration at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County (UMBC). Schaefer shares what international educators need to know about the budget process, who really makes decisions about competing priorities, common misconceptions about finance on campus, and more.
Mar 4 2021
The Biden Administration and International Education: “Strong Steps in the Right Direction”
Following a challenging 4 years for international education in the United States and a contentious election season, many professionals in the field were relieved when Joe Biden was sworn in as president. In his first few weeks in office, there has been a steady stream of executive orders and other actions from the White House. What do they mean for international education? And what else does NAFSA hope to see from the Biden administration and Congress? To put the news in context, International Educator spoke with Jill Allen Murray, MPA, NAFSA’s deputy executive director of public policy, about her team’s to-do list for the new administration and signs of hope less than a month into Biden’s presidency. (Read the interview here.)
Feb 4 2021
Pathways to Leadership
There is no one-size-fits-all pathway to leadership, and that is especially true across the field of international education. International Educator asked nine leaders in the field about their leadership journey, turning points in their careers, qualities they think good leaders should cultivate, and skills that will be critical as international educators and institutions emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic. (Read the full story.)
Jan 7 2021
Ravi Shankar: Looking Back to Reimagine the Future
Ravi Shankar has served as the president and chair of NAFSA’s board of directors since January 2019, the culmination of decades of involvement as a NAFSA member and member-leader. Bringing his deep experience in international education, Shankar reflects on 2020 and what’s in store for the field for 2021 and beyond—including how NAFSA’s revised Strategic Plan frames the organization’s vision for the future. Shankar says the updates, which center on three themes of educate, advocate, and innovate, were considered and made in real time as COVID-19 swept the globe, rendering profound effects on international education. Currently the assistant vice provost and director of international services at the University of Rochester, Shankar will end his term the president and chair of NAFSA’s board of directors this month. (Read the story.)
Dec 10 2020
Cross-Training Staff Leads to Cross-Department Wins
At a time when many institutions face both budget cuts and staff reductions, international education leaders have had to ask their teams to perform different tasks, take on new responsibilities, shift workloads, and increase flexibility. Cross-training not only provides an important professional development opportunity for international educators but also contributes to the sustainability of the international office by promoting efficiency and making the best use of resources. An added bonus: In addition to breaking down silos within international offices, cross-training between the international office and the rest of the institution makes internationalization efforts on campus more sustainable. (Read the story.)
Nov 5 2020
Edward Alden on the Intersection of Economics, Foreign Policy, and International Education
Edward Alden, MA, is an author, journalist, and professor, as well as the Bernard L. Schwartz senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. Specializing in U.S. economic competitiveness, trade, and immigration policy, Alden sees how economics and foreign policy intersect with higher education. International Educator spoke with Alden about the long-standing bipartisan support for international students in the United States, the country’s eroding competitive edge compared with other top destination countries, U.S.-China relations and the implications for international education, and more. (Read the story.)
Oct 9 2020
Meet the First #YouAreWelcomeHere Scholars
What began as a social media movement to welcome international students to the United States has become a tangible commitment to bring those students to U.S. campuses. Meet five recipients of the inaugural #YouAreWelcomeHere scholarships. (Read the story.)
Sep 10 2020
Five Black Voices on the Importance of Discussing Racism with International Students
Since late May, as protests against racism and police brutality spread across the United States, conversations in the public and private spheres have spurred many international educators to confront their own biases and actions. International Educator spoke with five professionals in the field to discuss their experiences as Black international educators and why talking to international students about racism is important. Listen to the podcast to hear from Kaloki Nabutola, PhD; Andrew Gordon; Tonija Hope Navas, PhD; Michael Reid; and Jewell Green Winn, EdD. (Read the story.)
Aug 6 2020
Navigating Transitions: A Conversation with a Career Coach
As international educators continue to experience unprecedented uncertainty, they are undergoing change on multiple levels: in their personal lives, in their communities, in their careers and professional lives, and as global citizens. How can the international education community deal with these changes on a collective and individual level, as well as consider what might be next for themselves and the field? International Educator spoke with life and career coach Elisabeth Kingsley, MBA, about this uncertainty and the opportunities that the COVID-19 pandemic and the current movement related to racial justice offer in this collective moment, as well as ways to be in “the neutral zone” together. (Read the story.)
Jul 9 2020