International Educator - January/February 2017 - 10

INSIGHTS
By Charlotte West

An interview with Marlene Johnson

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ERVING AS NAFSA's executive director and CEO since 1998, Marlene Johnson will be retiring at the
end of December 2016 after nearly 20 years of service to NAFSA and the larger international education
community. During her tenure, the association's membership grew from approximately 4,000 members
to more than 10,000 and she spearheaded NAFSA's public policy efforts in areas such as immigration reform
and U.S.-Cuba relations.

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What do you see as your major
accomplishments during your time
at NAFSA and what is your proudest
achievement?
There are probably three things that are most impactful. One
is NAFSA's public policy profile. The board's decision to move
beyond government relations to a broader public policy role
has set NAFSA apart. We have an active Cuba initiative, which
I am very proud of, both in terms of our advocacy for lifting the
embargo and for our programming to encourage more active
partnerships between U.S. and Cuban institutions.
The second one is that we've built a cohesive membership and
management structure where the role of the members for creating
knowledge and connecting us to the field has remained very strong.
At the same time, the execution of many of the programs that used
to be done exclusively by volunteers is done by staff. And as part
of that, we have become a financially independent organization,
which allows us to speak honestly on our public policy work.
And thirdly we have developed a very strong relationship
with the regulatory side of government agencies, both with the
Department of State and with the Department of Homeland
Security (DHS). I have served on the DHS Higher Education
Academic Advisory Council, which has been a tremendously
effective vehicle for NAFSA to advance our own recommendations on regulatory changes.

There will also be a continued growth in the acceptance of
global learning as a goal for all programs. Mobility is not the goal.
The goal is that all of our students have a better understanding
of the world and their place in it. That is a huge demand for our
faculty because they need to be thinking in new ways about how
to introduce those global concepts and other cultural perspectives
into the classroom.
One of the things that's also been exciting to be a part of is
the growing role of international education leaders on their campuses. They are playing a much more active role in the broader
context of their institution than was true 20 years ago.

Where do you see international education heading in the
next several years? What are the biggest challenges and
opportunities that international educators will face?
One of the big changes that is happening as we speak is the
extraordinary growth in student mobility in the world. When I
came to NAFSA most of the mobility was coming from other
places to the United States and Europe. There was very little
mobility within other regions, but today virtually every part of
the world is participating in student mobility in both directions.
The other thing that we in the United States have to keep in
mind is that right now our international student participation is
dominated by five countries. It's important that U.S. institutions
make efforts to diversify the recruiting of students from outside
those five countries.

How do you plan to stay connected to the international
education field post NAFSA?
I serve on two boards that have an international focus. One of
them is the Kakenya Center for Excellence, a school for girls in
southern Kenya. The founder, Kakenya Ntaiya, was a speaker at
our conference in Los Angeles. It's a very exciting opportunity
for me to work at a different level of building capacity for education for girls. I also am a new member on the board of the
Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA), a human rights
organization focused on the Western hemisphere. NAFSA has
collaborated with WOLA on public policy work.

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What issues should NAFSA and the wider international
education community continue to advocate for in the
coming years?
It's really important that NAFSA and all of higher education
continue to articulate the importance of being engaged in the
world. Higher education leaders and NAFSA as an organization
should remind our fellow citizens that openness to the world is
an essential part of who we are as Americans. I think it's also
essential that we continue to work hard toward comprehensive,
commonsense immigration reform. It says so much about the
kind of society we want to be, but this is a difficult moment
in history and it's urgent that higher education and NAFSA be
vigilant in staying the course on that issue.

CHARLOTTE WEST is a freelance writer in Lima, Peru. Her last article
for International Educator was "Going Social" in the International
Enrollment Supplement to the September/October 2016 issue.



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of International Educator - January/February 2017

From the Editor
In Brief
Voices
Act Globally
Tradition and History
Health and Insurance
Education Abroad
International Enrollment
View From Out Here
In Focus
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International Educator - January/February 2017 - From the Editor
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International Educator - January/February 2017 - In Brief
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International Educator - January/February 2017 - Voices
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