International Educator - September/October 2016 - 4

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FRONTLINES
By Marlene M. Johnson

International Educators Seek
Candidates Who Reflect Our Values
THE 2016 CAMPAIGN has been dominated more by voter outrage than the electorate's vision for

As
international
educators, our
students are
our priority.
We must
choose
leaders who
understand the
importance
of education
abroad and
international
learning.

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the future of the United States. As voters, however, it is not too late to cast aside the flame-throwing
rhetoric, the knee-jerk reactions, and the superficial sound bites. When we go to the polls-which
we must, if we are eligible-the candidates we support should reflect a positive vision of what our
country can be, for us, and for future generations. We cannot allow candidates to use the politics of
fear to manipulate voters into violating the very values that make America worthy of respect among
ourselves and the world: values of tolerance and understanding; diversity and inclusion of all faiths,
ethnicities, and backgrounds; and aspirations of a truly educated citizenry. The leaders we select
at all levels of government should stand for ideals that represent the best of America. For those
of us involved in international education, such ideals include a United States that is committed to
fostering an educated, peaceful, and secure world. An America that sees itself as connected to the
global community is a core and constant value in the field of international education, necessary
to foster enlightened global engagement, move nations toward greater prosperity, and promote
mutual understanding and cooperation. The candidates we select on November 8 must articulate
and advance those values to secure the future we envision for our country and our world.
For Our Students and Our Future
As international educators, our students are our priority.
We must choose leaders who understand the importance
of education abroad and international learning. They must
be willing to support efforts to increase the number and
diversity of U.S. students who have the transformative opportunities afforded by international education. They must
ensure, also, that the United States is welcoming to international students by increasing-rather than limiting-their
opportunities to study, live, and work in the United States.
International educators know that with fewer than 10
percent of college graduates benefitting from study abroad
each year, we risk creating an international education divide as potentially damaging to our students' chances as the
digital divide of decades past. Isolating our students from
the languages, cultures, and beliefs of the rest of the world
puts them at risk of falling behind in an increasingly global
society. Students of color and those with limited financial
means are disproportionately denied the study abroad opportunities that would prepare them to participate and
compete in a global marketplace, and our elected leaders

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must support ways to close the international education gap.
Finding ways to create more internationally literate
U.S. students is not an intractable challenge. It simply requires leadership. To ensure international education is not
a privilege for the elite but an opportunity for all, the next
president and Congress must:
n Prioritize study abroad and other international learning
experiences in each annual budget.
n Advocate for the establishment of a federal program,
such as the Senator Paul Simon Study Abroad Program, to
incentivize higher education institutions to increase and
diversify study abroad opportunities.
n Support innovative programs such as the 100,000
Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund, to encourage
public-private partnerships to advance study abroad.
Because even the most comprehensive policies to advance international education will not guarantee all U.S.
students study abroad, our leaders must also:
n Embrace policies that provide U.S. students with multiple opportunities to gain the skills and knowledge they
need to thrive in an interconnected world.



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of International Educator - September/October 2016

Frontlines
In Brief
Insights
Collaborating with Africa
Rice University Finds a Natural Partner in Brazil
Virginia Commonwealth University Students Live and Learn Engagement
At Wake Forest University, Intercultural Skills Start with Faculty
Foreign Student Affairs
In Focus
Going Social
Advice from the Field
Using Social Media to Recruit Chinese Students
International Educator - September/October 2016 - Cover1
International Educator - September/October 2016 - Cover2
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International Educator - September/October 2016 - Frontlines
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International Educator - September/October 2016 - In Brief
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International Educator - September/October 2016 - Rice University Finds a Natural Partner in Brazil
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International Educator - September/October 2016 - Virginia Commonwealth University Students Live and Learn Engagement
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International Educator - September/October 2016 - At Wake Forest University, Intercultural Skills Start with Faculty
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International Educator - September/October 2016 - Foreign Student Affairs
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International Educator - September/October 2016 - In Focus
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International Educator - September/October 2016 - SCover1
International Educator - September/October 2016 - SCover2
International Educator - September/October 2016 - S1
International Educator - September/October 2016 - Going Social
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International Educator - September/October 2016 - S5
International Educator - September/October 2016 - Advice from the Field
International Educator - September/October 2016 - S7
International Educator - September/October 2016 - Using Social Media to Recruit Chinese Students
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