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FROM THE DESK OF
ESTHER D. BRIMMER, NAFSA Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer

Welcome to Washington, D.C.!
WELCOME TO THE NAFSA 2019 ANNUAL CONFERENCE & EXPO in

Washington, D.C.! The city is the nation's capital and a historic hometown
to strong supporters of international education. This year's conference
theme is "Global Leadership, Learning, and Change"-appropriate topics
to tackle in a city of politics and diplomacy, but also of ideas.

This is a city of
politics, policy,
history, ideas,
and innovation.
International
educators are
very much part
of this complex
community, and
we are excited
to have so many
of you here to
experience it.

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As we know from NAFSA's Economic Value Tool, Washington, D.C., welcomed 12,230
international students in the 2017-18 academic year. Being the locus of government
agencies, colleges and universities, media, embassies, and international organizations, it is
not surprising that many D.C. residents have an appreciation for international education.
Washington, D.C., is also the home of an innovative (possibly first in the country)
education abroad program for public middle and high school students.
In 2016, the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) system launched the DCPS
Study Abroad program for 8th and 11th grade students. The program provides everything,
including suitcases and passports, so that the opportunity really is cost-free for all
participants. In its first 2 years, the program sent more than 1,400 DCPS students abroad. In
2017 alone, students visited 15 countries on five continents. Students from neighborhoods
all over the city participated. Ninety-one percent were students of color and 85 percent were
from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.
A study by George Washington University's Graduate School of Education and Human
Development reports that, upon return, 55 percent of the program participants felt "more
open-minded." According to the students, one of the benefits was getting to know, and
staying in touch with, students from other parts of their own city who traveled with them.
The students benefited academically as well. In its most recent annual report (2017-18),
DCPS notes that 98 percent of DCPS Study Abroad alumni completed the SATs, with an
average score of 1030. Furthermore, the average number of college acceptances among this
group was 4.7, well above the district average of 2.9.
The study abroad program is one component of DCPS Global Education's work, which
includes academic and enrichment programming, world language instruction, and other
resources for use directly with students in classrooms. The team supports International
Baccalaureate schools at the elementary, middle, and high school levels, as well as three global
studies schools. It manages the 45-year-old Embassy Adoption Program in partnership with
a nonprofit called Washington Performing Arts. Such programs inspire hope for the future.
Even in Washington, D.C., where we often think globally and act globally, we also act locally.
This is a city of politics, policy, history, ideas, and innovation. International educators are
very much part of this complex community, and we are excited to have so many of you here
to experience it.
See you at the annual conference and around this great city!

INTERNATIONAL EDUCATOR M AY + J U N.2019



International Educator - May/June 2019

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of International Educator - May/June 2019

From the Desk of
In Brief
Global Spotlight: Iran
Quick Questions
Feature: Africa’s Education Evolution
Feature: Mental Health: At Home and Abroad
Feature: The Faces of International Education
Education Abroad
International Student Affairs
International Enrollment Management
International Education Leadership
Forum
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International Educator - May/June 2019 - International Student Affairs
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International Educator - May/June 2019 - International Enrollment Management
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International Educator - May/June 2019 - International Education Leadership
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