Symposium on Leadership

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A NAFSA Signature Program offered by the International Education Leadership Knowledge Community.

Washington, DC
Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Leadership in Uncertain Times: Addressing a Changing International Education Environment

Symposium on LeadershipGlobally, the higher education sector has entered interesting times of uncertainty, where changes in national policies and attitudes on immigration, international student and faculty mobility and enrollment, even higher education’s objectives have created uncertainty for the senior international officer in how to respond effectually. A key learning objective of this Symposium on Leadership is to aid the senior international officer in developing the leadership skill of being responsive rather than reactive to these changes. Keynote and panel speakers from the United States and abroad will explore the various factors contributing to volatility in the field of international higher education. Through thoughtful analysis, rich discussion, and powerful examples, senior international officers and university leaders from around the world will hone fundamental, strategic leadership skills to guide their campuses through common challenges. Participants engage in roundtable breakout discussions to network and share opportunities and best practices.

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Early Bird by April 12
NAFSA Member: $319
Nonmember: $429

Regular/On Site after April 12
NAFSA Member: $379
Nonmember: $489


Symposium on LeadershipRegistration for this Signature Event will become available in March, and is separate from conference registration. Please refer to our NAFSA 2019 Annual Conference & Expo Registration page for general payment, cancellation, and refund information.

Symposium on Leadership registrants are encouraged to share information regarding other NAFSA Signature Programs for their colleagues in campus leadership, such as the Presidents and Provosts Summit or the Global Learning Lab.

Hotels and Travel

Registration for the Symposium on Leadership includes access to an exclusive hotel room block in the Marriott Marquis Washington, D.C. until March 22, 2019. Symposium attendees seeking to take advantage of this offer can indicate their interest by completing the "Reserve Now" form on the right sidebar of this page. Interested Symposium registrants will receive special hotel booking instructions. After March 22, and for other hotel listings, please refer to the Housing and Travel section of our NAFSA 2019 Annual Conference & Expo webpages.

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NAFSA thanks the Northern Ireland Bureau for its generous support of this event.