By Dan Berger and Stephen Yale-Loehr

On March 6, the White House released a revised travel ban Executive Order that further highlights the uncertainty that international education professionals face in 2017. But before we dive into the revised order, let’s take a moment to discuss (as best we can) 12 frequently asked questions that have emerged since the original Executive Order was issued in January.

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By Dawn Cepica

The NAFSA Annual Conference & Expo provides a unique opportunity for professionals from around the world to gather as the largest community of international educators to listen, learn, network and connect with one another. The Current Topics Workshops (CTWs) are a great way to gain relevant knowledge and walk away with practical applications to further enhance professional growth and development.

As this year’s Annual Conference Committee Workshop Coordinator, I am excited to highlight three CTWs that will surely expand your community and strengthen connections at your various institutions and campuses.

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By Kelly Zuniga

To list all of the attractions in Los Angeles would be an impossible task. Instead, I will share a sample of what this city has to offer. Let’s begin with an overview of transportation and end with a preview of attractions.


Airport to Downtown

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is the major international airport in Los Angeles. One option for getting to downtown from LAX is to book a shared shuttle ride through SuperShuttle. The ride, per person, can cost as low as $15-17 when using the discount code E4RXN on the SuperShuttle website. Other forms of direct transportation include ride sharing apps (Lyft or Uber), hailing a taxi at the airport, or ExecuCar.

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By Richard Papale

On February 22, NAFSA Executive Director and CEO Esther D. Brimmer, DPhil, gave the keynote address at the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA) annual conference. With the befitting title, “The Best of Times, the Worst of Times,” Brimmer emphasized that the work, unity, and resilience of international educators is more important than ever as we look to the challenges and opportunities ahead.

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Registration and housing for the international education event of the year is now open. Starting planning your NAFSA 2017 experience today!

Learn more about the NAFSA 2017 Annual Conference & Expo, May 28-June 2 in Los Angeles, CA by visiting www.nafsa.org/losangeles.

By Kelly Zuniga

A city frequently seen on the big screen, Los Angeles is always represented but often misunderstood. This city by the sea is an eclectic mix of geography, food, people, and scenes. If you can get past the initial shock of traffic and the smog-filled horizon – which makes for beautiful sunsets by the way – then you may never want to leave. As a native Angeleno, I am excited to introduce you to my beautiful and dynamic city.

Over the next few months, I look forward to helping you prepare for the NAFSA 2017 Annual Conference & Expo in Los Angeles, California. My hope is for your stay to be enjoyable, but ultimately, my goal is to convert you into an L.A. enthusiast. I will start by introducing you to the conference venue, and as the weeks go by, I will offer tips for how to take full advantage of this marvelous city.

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By Lars Heikensten

Dr. Shirin Ebadi was the first female Nobel Peace Prize Laureate from the Islamic world.

The lawyer Shirin Ebadi was Iran’s first female judge. After Ayatollah Khomeini’s revolution in 1979 she was dismissed. Ebadi opened a legal practice and began defending people who were being persecuted by the authorities. In the year 2000, she was imprisoned herself for having criticized her country’s hierocracy (rule of government by priests or ecclesiastics).

Shirin Ebadi took up the struggle for fundamental human rights and especially the rights of women and children. She took part in the establishment of organizations that placed these issues on the agenda, and wrote books proposing amendments to Iran’s succession and divorce laws. She also wanted to withdraw political power from the clergy and advocated for the separation of religion and state.

In its choice of Ebadi, the Committee for the Nobel Peace Prize expressed a wish to reduce the tensions between the Islamic and the Western world following the terrorist attack on the United States on September 11, 2001. At the same time, the Committee wished to extend a helping hand to the Iranian reform movement. Shirin Ebadi underlines herself that she sees no contradiction between Islam and fundamental human rights.

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By Dan Berger

After the recent executive orders from President Trump, this blog provides some tips on advising in the face of uncertainty.

There are detailed, practical resources produced by NAFSA that will continue to be updated. NAFSA also cites other reputable resources available for you to use and refer to. This is more critical than ever because of the amount of misinformation and rumors circulating.

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Edited by Ellen H. Badger

This month’s Advice From The Field column is authored by Sheena Maria Connell, a NAFSA volunteer leader and assistant director of international student and scholar services at the University of the Incarnate Word. Sheena shares strategies for making the best possible first impression.

Q: I’m a pro at my program elevator pitch, but I struggle with my personal elevator pitch. How can I cultivate and practice my personal pitch to be as effective as my program pitch?

A: Sheena Connell

Struggling with a personal elevator pitch stems from lacking confidence in your “product” or not knowing your “product” well enough. To perfect your personal pitch, do your research…on you.

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By Rose Mary Valencia

Did you know that the host city for the the NAFSA 2017 Annual Conference & Expo, Los Angeles, was rated the number one U.S. city in Lonely Planet’s Best Travel in 2017? It’s true! Read all about this vibrant, sunny, and diverse locale.

This wonderful conference city isn’t the only thing to look forward to at this year’s conference. The 2017 Annual Conference Committee (ACC) has planned an incredible educational program, and the NAFSA 2017 Expo Hall will be bustling with more than 300 exhibitors from around the world.

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