Open Forum on international education set for March 2

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Open Forum on international education set for March 2

A delegation of Ohio University students and staff who will be heading to Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C., in March is collecting feedback about international education and what it means for the OHIO community.

On Friday, March 2, an Open Forum will be held to give students, faculty, staff and area residents the opportunity to share their thoughts and experiences related to international education. The forum will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. in the Baker University Center Multicultural Center Multipurpose Room.

Diane Cahill, interim director of International Student and Faculty Services, explained that the NAFSA: International Educators 2018 Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C., will feature a day of training and strategizing on March 19. On March 20, the NAFSA representatives, which will include students and staff from OHIO, will head to Capitol Hill to talk with Congress about how international education impacts our state and our community, and why we need a more globally engaged and welcoming United States, Cahill said.

“NAFSA will also be scheduling personal meetings for us with Ohio’s elected officials and/or their staff in both the Senate and House of Representatives,” Cahill said.

OHIO’s representatives for Advocacy Day have been asked to bring stories on how international education makes a positive impact on OHIO’s campus, the city of Athens, Athens County, and Ohio and ultimately helps to create American jobs. These stories will help staff members and members of Congress make a connection with the issues for which they are advocating. 

At the Friday, March 2 Open Forum, the OHIO community will be asked to share the following items:

  1. Stories from international students or scholars who faced unnecessary obstacles to get to the United States, and/or who made a positive impact in a classroom, community, research lab or business.

  2. Examples of students who have gone back to their home countries and created a business or became a leader and maintained positive ties with the United States.

  3. Stories from students about how a study abroad experience gave them new global skills to succeed in their studies and future careers.

  4. Any additional local data and statistics about OHIO’s international programs.

Additional information about Advocacy Day can be found on this NAFSA website.

Those who cannot attend the Open Forum are also encouraged to email their feedback to or For additional information, please contact International Student and Faculty Services at 740-593-4330.