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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. read less

Ailsa Lamont: “A Window of Opportunity” to Address the Climate Crisis
May 12 2022
Ailsa Lamont: “A Window of Opportunity” to Address the Climate Crisis
Conversations around sustainability in international education have increased in recent years, and there is a growing contingent of international educators who are mobilizing for action to address the climate crisis.One key voice is Ailsa Lamont, who is the director of Pomegranate Global, an international education consulting group that offers a range of climate action services. Based in Australia, Ailsa currently serves as president of CANIE, the Climate Action Network for International Educators, which she co-founded in 2020. She is also one of NAFSA’s 2020-2021 Senior Fellows, a group that wrote the white paper titled Sustainability in International Education.In this episode of the IE Podcast, we spoke with Ailsa about: her background in international education and interest in climate change, and how they intersect; the biggest misconceptions and assumptions people in international education have about the climate crisis; the challenges when it comes to sustainability in international education, as well as the opportunities to address those challenges; and practical ways international educators can make a difference in addressing the climate crisis on their campuses.More information and resources:CANIEPomegranate GlobalSustainability in International Education“Environmental Sustainability and Internationalization: Challenges and Opportunities”“Creating a Path Forward: International Education, Climate Change, and Sustainability”
Putting the “Social” in Social Justice with LaNitra Berger
Feb 11 2022
Putting the “Social” in Social Justice with LaNitra Berger
There is growing momentum in international education around advancing social justice, and these issues are rightly at the forefront of the important discussions happening across the field. Longtime NAFSA member LaNitra Berger, PhD, edited the book on it: Social Justice and International Education.In this episode of the IE podcast, Berger discusses how advancing social justice in international education became a passion of hers;changes she’s seen in the field over the course of her career;the role international students play in the dialogue around racism; andbig and small ways to advance social justice in international education—from daily work on campuses to an overarching national strategy.Then, Berger answers questions from attendees at NAFSA’s recent Summit for Diversity and Internationalization, and she shares more with us about the intersection of art history and international education.NAFSA Resources:Social Justice and International Education“International Students are Critical to Fighting Two Pandemics: COVID-19 and Systemic Racism” blog post“Centering Social Justice: NAFSA Resources to Advance Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion”Additional Resources:Irma Stern and the Racial Paradox of South African Modern Art: Audacities of ColorIrma Stern book launch video“Art, Race and the Future: A Conversation with LaNitra Berger,” Parenting for the Future podcast A Conversation with Maaza Mengiste