Signature Initiatives

International Symposium

For over 20 years, the NASPA International Symposium has been organized prior to NASPA annual conference as a key venue for professional collaboration and exchange in the field of student affairs between international and American colleagues. A dynamic program features prominent speakers, panels of distinguished professionals from around the word, interactive roundtables, and an excellent opportunity to develop global networks and friendships. As we gather to discuss how we can best prepare our students for meaningful and fruitful lives, Symposium participants are invited to consider global perspectives in our field.  

The IEKC plays a key role with helping NASPA and the International Symposium Chairs organize this event.  Please contact Tiki Ayiku ([email protected]) for more information.

Live briefings

The IEKC hosts Live Briefings through the NASPA Online Learning Community on topics related to international education.  Any member of the IEKC can host a Live Briefing about a hot topic, best practice or interest related to international education.  Please contact Christine Gettings ([email protected]) for more information.

Best practice awards

The Best Practices in International Education Award seeks to recognize domestic and international colleagues and institutions for exceptional work related to international higher education. International and US programs will be honored for their commitment to advancing the dialogue and practice around international higher education in 4 different categories: Intercultural Awareness and Programming, International Programming, Student Abroad Programming and Student Affairs Professional Global Partnership.

This year’s award timeline is as follows:

Application Deadline: November 4, 2018
Winners will be announced in December 2018 and receive their awards at the International Symposium.  You do not have to attend the national conference or International Symposium in order to win.

Submit applications here: https://www.naspa.org/about/awards/knowledge-communities/best-practices-in-international-education-award  

For more information please contact John Howe ([email protected]) and Benjamin Cecil ([email protected]). 

International Exchanges

NASPA's international exchange program has been in existence since the mid-1990s. The program is designed to expose administrators to global practices of student affairs and services. The exchange program is reciprocal in nature where NASPA coordinates delegations from the USA to be hosted by institutions in other countries and NASPA sister associations coordinate delegations to visit the USA. Delegations typically consist of 3-5 senior level administrators and are one week in duration.  Please contact Jeanine Ward Roof for more information.