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FRONTLINES

For Our Well-Being
and Prosperity
As Americans, each of us seeks leaders
who have a positive vision of securing our
individual well-being as well as that of society as a whole. As international educators,
we believe that our economic prosperity
depends upon cross-cultural literacy, mutual understanding and cooperation, and
a welcoming United States. We therefore
support candidates who understand that
globalization demands that U.S. workers
have cross-cultural skills to remain competitive in the twenty-first century. Our elected
officials must embrace policies to improve
global literacy, knowing that it is necessary
for the United States to create products and
services that are in demand worldwide.
Our future leaders must also recognize
that protecting the health of our citizens and
our planet mandates cross-cultural cooperation and collaboration. Epidemics don't
recognize global borders, our climate is
shared by all, and when a catastrophic natural
disaster strikes anywhere in the world, it often
takes a global effort to rebuild and recover.
Isolation diminishes us, and we seek leaders
who recognize we are stronger together.
As a nation, our own security is threatened by global unrest. As international
educators, we know that we are more secure
if we replace fear of the "other" with a willingness to understand the world's languages
and cultures, religions, and beliefs. We believe that enlightened foreign policy and
diplomacy enhance our national security
and contribute to the global fight against terrorism more than saber rattling and military
might. We know that when war and extreme
poverty far from our shores lead to hopelessness and desperation, we advance our own
stability and security when we offer a home
and an education to the displaced. We seek
leaders who understand that we can take appropriate measures to ensure our country's
security while welcoming those most at risk
from war and violence. Right now, Syrian
refugees are among those who most need
our assistance. We therefore seek leaders
willing to increase the U.S. commitment to
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We must not endure the hypocrisy of accepting an immigration system
that, if in place generations ago, would have prevented many of our
parents or grandparents from living and working in this country.
resettle Syrian refugees, commensurate with
Canada's commitment of at least 100,000;
who are willing to streamline the visa process for Syrian students; and who are willing
to invest in education for displaced students
who remain in neighboring countries.

For Our Values
As citizens of one of the most diverse countries in the world, we have often struggled to
appreciate and understand each other's differences and provide opportunities for all.
Yet part of what makes us extraordinary is
that with each generation, the vast majority
of us strive to become more welcoming, more
understanding, and less fearful. We must demand leaders who value diversity, rather than
fan the flame of hatred; who respect our tradition as a nation of immigrants, rather than
pander to our lesser instincts of xenophobia
and racism; and who deliberate and collaborate, rather than demagogue and dictate. Our
leaders must work to alleviate the current
climate of heightened suspicion that permeates our workplaces, our shopping malls,
our airports, our universities, and even our
elementary schools. Besides extinguishing
the rhetoric that sends an unwelcoming and
uninformed signal to the world, our leaders
must take concrete actions to demonstrate
our commitment to creating a more welcoming and globally engaged United States.
One of the most reliable political indicators of a United States that is welcoming is
support for commonsense immigration solutions. We must not endure the hypocrisy
of accepting an immigration system that, if
in place generations ago, would have prevented many of our parents or grandparents
from living and working in this country. The
next president and Congress must:
n Champion comprehensive immigration
reform that allows individuals freedom of
movement and reflects our values as a nation.
n Work together to restart the process of
ensuring citizenship for DREAMers, individuals who were brought to the United

States as children, attended school here, and
identify themselves as American.
Recent positive steps toward normalizing
relations with Cuba have begun the process
of repairing our relationship with our close
hemispheric neighbor, while preserving our
belief that citizens of the United States should
have the freedom to travel. Our future leaders
must continue to build on that positive momentum by supporting legislation that would
end the travel ban and trade embargo that still
exist, and that make Cuba the only country in
the world that the U.S. government prevents
its citizens from visiting without restrictions.
This has an impact not only on our own freedom of movement, but also is the right policy
for the Cuban people and to advance our nation's relations in the hemisphere.
We understand that who we elect as our
leaders in government tells the rest of the
world what we think about them, and about
each other. We must strive to elevate the level
of our political discourse so it reflects our aspirations to be united in our respect for all
people. Intolerance and divisiveness threaten
to unravel the fabric of our country, which
derives its strength from our myriad cultures,
ideas, and traditions. We will vote for leaders
who will not embrace hatred, pander to fear,
or let superficial differences of skin color or
native language divide us. We will vote for
leaders who believe our country is strongest
when it fosters openness, cooperation, and
collaboration. We will vote for leaders who
understand that we are stronger together, and
that our history as a nation that welcomes immigrants has been key to our success. We will
elect leaders who focus on the importance of
diversity and inclusion, and understand that
humility, rather than arrogance, is the best
way to ensure our mutual security. Only then
can we aspire to the promise of an America
that can help lead all of us to a more secure
and prosperous world.
IE
MARLENE M. JOHNSON is CEO and executive
director of NAFSA: Association of International
Educators.



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
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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 - Going Social
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International Educator - September/October 2016 - Advice from the Field
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International Educator - September/October 2016 - Using Social Media to Recruit Chinese Students
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