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  • The IFSA You Belong Here Initiative

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    The IFSA You Belong Here Initiative

    July 1, 2020 Today, Heather Barclay Hamir, Ph.D., IFSA President and CEO, sent the message below to all IFSA employees. We felt it was so important to share it, in its entirety, with you. Dear IFSA Team, Over the past weeks since I last wrote, I have been thinking deeply about how IFSA will act…

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  • Inclusion Matters Now More Than Ever

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    Inclusion Matters Now More Than Ever

    June 4, 2020 Since 2016, IFSA has proudly and unequivocally stated our commitment to Inclusive Excellence. It has always been the first of our four organizational commitments because we understand that it is the foundation for all of them. For students to pursue their individual educational goals, engage meaningfully with people whose cultures differ from their own, and experience the lifelong impact of education abroad…

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  • Helping Australia Recover from the Bushfires

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    Helping Australia Recover from the Bushfires

    February 10, 2020 While much of the U.S. battles blizzards and ice storms in the winter months, Australia is experiencing summer and its hottest months. Along with that comes an annual fire season, typically from December to March, when areas of the Australian outback are most susceptible to wildfires, or bushfires. This season’s bushfires in…

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  • An Interview with Diana Arízaga, Director of IFSA Mexico Programs

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    An Interview with Diana Arízaga, Director of IFSA Mexico Programs

    September 18, 2019 How long have you lived in Mexico? Tell us more about your story. I have lived in Mexico for 16 years. I moved to Mérida from Lansing, MI, where I was working at MSU’s international programs office. I started in International Education at 21 in Madrid, working for the CSU-system. There is…

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  • Remembering IFSA Founder Tom Roberts

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    Remembering IFSA Founder Tom Roberts

    July 19, 2019 Always the jokester, Tom shows off his NAFSA name badge along with “First Timer” and “Student” ribbons at the 2018 NAFSA Annual Conference in Philadelphia. We are saddened to report that Tom Roberts, one of IFSA’s founders and a well-known figure in the field of international education, passed away on Friday, July…

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  • The Importance of Swim Fins

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    The Importance of Swim Fins

    June 19, 2019 Heather Barclay Hamir Labels have power. We know this when it comes to titles, gendered language, or derogatory terms. Some become positive or negative over time, others remain constant, and still others become inadequate and fall out of use. In education abroad, like any other profession, we have labels. As we work…

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  • Vanderbilt Launches Immersion Program

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    Vanderbilt Launches Immersion Program

    November 13, 2018 Vanderbilt University just launched a program that is the first of its kind. Incoming first years are required to complete an Immersion Vanderbilt project. Students can begin planning their experience via one of four pathways: International, Civic & Professional, Creative Expression, or Research. We spoke with Carolyn Floyd, the Associate Director of…

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  • Butler University Holds Inaugural Study Abroad Fair

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    Butler University Holds Inaugural Study Abroad Fair

    October 16, 2018 Butler University held its first study abroad fair in recent memory this fall.  A faculty member promoting his program in London reported that there had not been a study abroad fair in his 30-year time at Butler.  According to Calie Florek, a Study Abroad Advisor at Butler’s Center for Global Education, 40 percent of students study abroad during their…

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  • An Interview with Jana Žalská Director of IFSA Prague Programs

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    An Interview with Jana Žalská Director of IFSA Prague Programs

    October 10, 2018 Jana Žalská, IFSA’s Resident Director in Prague recently completing her Ed.D. in Mathematics Education from Charles University. She holds a Professional Masters in Mathematics Education from the Illinois Institute of Technology, a M.Sc. in Mathematics and Economics from Masaryk University in Brno. We spoke with her about education, Prague, culture, and identity.…

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  • IFSA President and CEO Elected to NAFSA Board

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    IFSA President and CEO Elected to NAFSA Board

    September 28, 2018 IFSA’s President and CEO, Dr. Heather Barclay Hamir, was elected to sit on the NAFSA: Association of International Educators board of directors. “I am honored to be elected to NAFSA’s Board of Directors,” says Barclay Hamir. “NAFSA plays a crucial role within international education, and has been an important part of my…

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