Texas A&M hosts conference to advance international education

Published on 2/20/2020 5:40:34 PM
Education Abroad and International Student Services are teaming up to host the NAFSA: Association of International Educators Texas State Conference at Texas A&M University on Feb. 27-28, 2020, in the Memorial Student Center. The conference offers training, discussion, and networking opportunities to international education professionals at colleges and universities across the Lone Star State.

More than 100 participants are expected to attend and will share ideas about various topics and issues affecting international education, including tightened immigration regulations, academic integrity standards, and collaborating across campus to enhance inclusivity.

“We are delighted to host the NAFSA: Association of International Educators Texas State Conference,” said Holly Hudson, executive director of Education Abroad at Texas A&M. “The conference provides us with an opportunity to share how our university’s commitment to global engagement aligns with the mission of NAFSA – supporting international education to develop globally competent citizens and foster understanding and respect among people of diverse backgrounds and perspectives.”

Special guests and speakers include Michael J. Benedik, vice provost and chief international officer at Texas A&M, and Jose Luis Zelaya, an educational consultant and motivational speaker who earned bachelor’s (’11), master’s (M.Ed. ’14) and doctoral (urban education (Ph.D. ’19) degrees at Texas A&M. Zelaya will talk about his incredible immigrant journey to the U.S. at age 13, and how education has shaped his life and his plans for the future.

Throughout the conference, attendees will also enjoy student performances from the Aggie Wranglers, Nepalese Student Association, and the China Hong Dance Society. Reveille is also expected to make a special appearance.

Katy Lane ‘02, ‘10 (M.S.), associate director of Education Abroad at Texas A&M, is currently serving as the South Texas representative for NASFA Region III and is heading up the efforts to plan and host the event.