Education Abroad (EA)

90-minute Conference Session

Advocacy Day #NAFSAAD

Wednesday, October 19
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Room: Ballroom D

Each year in March, NAFSA offers Advocacy Day, a two-day event that features experiential learning about public policy and advocacy.  The goal of this session is to encourage greater participation in Advocacy Day by Region XI members, but also to empower all international educators to understand their role in public policy and advocacy every day.  Professional staff will share their experience with Advocacy Day, as will students from Clark University using video interviews.

Learning Objectives:

Amanda Connolly

Associate Director
Clark University

Amanda Connolly is the Associate Director of the International Students and Scholars Office at Clark University, where she began work in July 2015. She is currently serving as Region XI's representative to NAFSA's International Student and Scholar Services Knowledge Community (KC-ISSS). At Clark, Amanda primarily advises graduate and English Language students, but works with the occasional undergrad or international scholar. Prior to Clark, Amanda was a Program Manager for a program focused on increasing enrollment and support services for international students in biomedical PhD programs at Vanderbilt University and served as International Services Advisor at Clemson University.


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Whitney Sullivan

International Student and Scholar Advisor
Tufts University

Whitney Sullivan is an International Student and Scholar Advisor at Tufts University. She earned her Master's in Intercultural Relations at Lesley University in May 2014. She has lived abroad in Austria and Uruguay, and she thoroughly enjoys working with international student and scholars (and not just on the immigration stuff!). Whitney enjoys yoga and ultimate frisbee in her free time.


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Nicole Kurker-Stewart

Director of the International Center
University of Hartford International Studies

Nicole Kurker-Stewart currently serves as the Director of the International Center at the University of Hartford, overseeing education abroad and international student and scholar services. She is the Connecticut State Representative for NAFSA, and is a member of the NAFSA Trainer Corps. Nicole also teaches Spanish at Quinnipiac University, and conducts faculty-led trips abroad to Spain and England. She enjoys traveling and learning about other cultures, as well as playing the piano and reading. Nicole holds a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish and History from Quinnipiac University, and a Master’s degree in Spanish Linguistics from Middlebury College.


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