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QUICK QUESTIONS

A Running Start
NAFSA welcomed Esther Brimmer, DPhil, as its new CEO and executive director in January 2017. Prior to joining
NAFSA, Brimmer held three appointments at the U.S. Department of State, serving most recently as the assistant secretary for International Organization Affairs. She has also drawn on her foreign policy expertise as a faculty member at
institutions such as George Washington University, Johns Hopkins University, and the College of Europe in Belgium.

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You've been personally and
professionally invested in international
relations, foreign policy, and academia
long before taking over as NAFSA
executive director. Could you recount
one or two highlights from your
career in international relations and
education and talk about how this will
inform your leadership at NAFSA?
One highlight for me was a program
called Teaching Respect for All, which
was eventually adopted by the United
Nations Educational, Scientific and
Cultural Organization (UNESCO). I was
looking for a way to work with countries to build on the
power of education to help large multiethnic societies.
We ended up working on a major initiative in Brazil,
which led to a UNESCO worldwide survey of best practices on teaching respect at the secondary-school level.
That developed into a curriculum that schools could
use. One of the lessons I learned was that projects may
have uses you didn't initially think of.
Another career highlight for me was a speech I gave
in 2009. The United States was elected to the United
Nations Human Rights Council for the first time under
the Obama administration and I had the honor of giving
the first speech. What was interesting was that afterwards, we talked with other countries that wanted to
work with the United States because of the issues we'd
raised in the speech. The lesson for me was that you
can create partnerships by finding shared values and
principles you can build upon.

other people, and maintaining an open and welcoming
society. We must defend those values, especially in this
very charged environment. Because of the increased
acrimony on the international stage, it's important to
remember that it is the people who have gotten to know
friends in other countries-who appreciate the histories,
cultures, and societies-who will be an important part
of finding more peaceful solutions.

Given your background in international relations
and foreign policy, what role do you think
international education can play in today's
politically charged environment?
First, we need to remind ourselves of the values that
NAFSA promotes and defends. We champion and value
the importance of learning, scholarship, respect for

Do you have a specific message you'd like to share
with NAFSA members?
One of NAFSA's great strengths is its capacity to bring
together excited, engaged members from many countries
around issues of mutual interest. This rich network is a
very impressive asset. I look forward to meeting people
and getting to know them at the annual conference. ■

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What are you focusing on during your first year in
your new position? After that, what is your vision for
NAFSA in the coming years?
There will be a lot of learning during this first year. My
job right now is getting to know NAFSA, appreciating
the incredible association that our members have built,
understanding the work of our very professional team in
Washington, D.C., and getting to know the many international education leaders around the world.
As an organization, we must talk about is the importance of knowledge and learning in the public sphere.
There are also ongoing issues about equitable access and
the financing of higher education. We must also ensure
that more people and societies benefit from the incredible learning that comes from an international education
experience.
We must also make sure that NAFSA members have
the right training and tools needed at different points
in their careers. In the longer term, my vision is that
NAFSA remains central to the issues, priorities, and
opportunities important to people in the United States
and from around the world for whom international
education is both a career and a calling.



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of International Educator - May/June 2017

From the Editor
Frontlines
In Brief
Global Spotlight: Middle East
Quick Questions
High Tech, High Engagement
Principled, Pragmatic, Impactful
What Happens to Study Abroad Students
Campus Profi le: Internationalization at the University of Tampa
Campus Spotlight: Internationalization at East Carolina University
Education Abroad
International Enrollment
International Student Affair
Partnering
A View From Out Here
Forum
In Focus
International Educator - May/June 2017 - Cover1
International Educator - May/June 2017 - Cover2
International Educator - May/June 2017 - 1
International Educator - May/June 2017 - From the Editor
International Educator - May/June 2017 - 3
International Educator - May/June 2017 - Frontlines
International Educator - May/June 2017 - 5
International Educator - May/June 2017 - 6
International Educator - May/June 2017 - 7
International Educator - May/June 2017 - In Brief
International Educator - May/June 2017 - 9
International Educator - May/June 2017 - 10
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International Educator - May/June 2017 - Global Spotlight: Middle East
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International Educator - May/June 2017 - Quick Questions
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International Educator - May/June 2017 - High Tech, High Engagement
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International Educator - May/June 2017 - Principled, Pragmatic, Impactful
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International Educator - May/June 2017 - What Happens to Study Abroad Students
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International Educator - May/June 2017 - Campus Profi le: Internationalization at the University of Tampa
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International Educator - May/June 2017 - Campus Spotlight: Internationalization at East Carolina University
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International Educator - May/June 2017 - Education Abroad
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International Educator - May/June 2017 - International Enrollment
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International Educator - May/June 2017 - 67
International Educator - May/June 2017 - International Student Affair
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International Educator - May/June 2017 - 71
International Educator - May/June 2017 - Partnering
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International Educator - May/June 2017 - 75
International Educator - May/June 2017 - A View From Out Here
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International Educator - May/June 2017 - 78
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International Educator - May/June 2017 - Forum
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