IFLE News Blast - NAFSA Conference 2015

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IFLE at NAFSA 2015

International and Foreign Language Education Deputy Assistant Secretary Mohamed Abdel-Kader and Advanced Training and Research Division Director Cheryl Gibbs participated in the 2015 NAFSA conference in Boston this May. Mohamed and Cheryl interacted with international education colleagues and offered their perspectives during panel sessions on issues that are critical to expanding and enhancing world language learning and international opportunities for students.

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Deputy Assistant Secretary Abdel-Kader presented at the session Mission Critical: Global Engagement as a Priority for the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of Education, and White House alongside White House Director for Global Engagement Sarah K. Heck and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Meghann Curtis (left). The three senior government officials discussed current efforts by the federal government to improve students’ global competencies and enhance national security through global engagement.

Cheryl Gibbs chaired the session Unblocking the View for Minorities in International Education alongside colleagues from U.S. universities with different types of student populations. Participants discussed the barriers that limit or prevent minority-serving institutions and/or minority students from participating in international education opportunities, and offered successful strategies for navigating and removing these barriers. Audience members shared a variety of solutions they have discovered in their own work.

NAFSA 2015. Copyright 2015 Len Spoden Photography.
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Secretary Duncan's Message to NAFSA

In a video message on May 8th, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan thanked NAFSA members and international educators everywhere for their hard work and dedication to developing globally competent students and leaders. 


Duncan also discussed the Department of Education’s efforts to support international education and ensure that future generations are well-prepared to succeed in our increasingly interconnected world.

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