NAFSA 2018 Annual Conference Program - 49
Why and How Intercultural
Competence Affects International
Education Success (IEL)
This session highlights the correlation
between the intercultural competence
of program staff and successful
international education program
outcomes. Presenters share key research
demonstrating the importance of, and
strategies for, assessing and developing
intercultural competence. Specific
activities that can be used at different
levels of competence are highlighted.
Chair and Presenter: Karen Lokkesmoe,
PhD, Leadership Across Meridians
TUESDAY, MAY 29, 2018
Using Summer Programs to Support
International Student Recruitment and
North American Association of
Summer Sessions representatives
discuss the role of summer programs
in facilitating international engagement
and access to U.S. higher education.
The presenters address issues affecting
international student success and the
ways in which summer programs can
be a part of an effective institutional
strategy to recruit and retain students.
Chair and Presenter: Jessica
Madrigal, University of ColoradoBoulder
Presenters: Christopher Cofer,
Syracuse University; Elizabeth HollandHough Beasley, Rutgers University
LAURA W. BUSH
Laura W. Bush, former first lady of the United States, is an advocate for literacy, education, and
As first lady, Bush advocated for the importance of literacy and education to advance opportunity
for America's young people and foster healthy families and communities. She highlighted the
need for preparing children to become lifelong learners, convening a White House Summit on
Early Childhood Cognitive Development in 2001 and creating the National Book Festival in
4:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
LAURA W. BUSH
Sponsored in part by:
Today, as chair of the Bush Institute's Women's Initiative, she promotes access to education,
healthcare, and economic opportunity for women and girls around the world. The Women's
Initiative programs are preparing and empowering the next generation of women leaders in North
Africa and the Middle East, and working to ensure the expansion and protection of women's rights
in Afghanistan. The programs also aim to engage and support first ladies from around the world to
effectively use their unique platforms to advance issues for women and girls in their countries.
Bush is the author of the best-selling memoir Spoken from the Heart and best-selling children's book
Our Great Big Backyard. She also wrote the foreword to We Are Afghan Women: Voices of Hope.
Bush was born in Midland, Texas. She holds a bachelor of science degree in education from
Southern Methodist University and a master's degree in library science from the University of Texas.
Presiding: Elaine Meyer-Lee, EdD, President of the Association and Chair of the Board, NAFSA:
Association of International Educators
Remarks: Esther Brimmer, DPhil, Executive Director and CEO, NAFSA: Association of
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