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Call to Advocacy All Year

By the WAIE Leadership Team

As Wisconsin has been identified as a target state for advocacy for international education, our efforts as international educators are now more critical than ever.
In July, NAFSA’s Advocacy Team members, Bonnie Bissonette and Mark Farmer, along with Emlyn Torres (Region V Advocacy Coordinator), facilitated a What's Up, Wisconsin? (WUW) call that focused on the importance of advocacy from all of us, all year long.
Emlyn and Bonnie helped us think about how we walk the fine line of being advocates, but not getting political, especially when we think about our institutions and not speaking on behalf of them if we are not empowered to do so. We also talked about the importance of pushing our representatives in government to do things like sponsor bills, make floor speeches and tweet about our issues. We need to be the “local messengers.” We need to follow up with them, too, when they do talk about our issues.

Call to Action
NAFSA is still looking for stories of international students to showcase here. Please, please consider reaching out (or having NAFSA help) to a current or former international student to help showcase the impact they make. 
Also consider who can be advocates and allies within the community and local and state governments.
You can reach out to Mark or Emlyn here:
Emlyn Torres|Region V Advocacy Coordinator
NAFSA: Association of International Educators 
Twitter: @emlyn_torres  

Mark Farmer | Director, Higher Education & Public Policy
NAFSA: Association of International Educators

2019 WAIE Grant for NAFSA Advocacy Day 

Apply now through December 7, 2018.

The Wisconsin Association of International Educators Inc. is pleased to present our Advocacy Day Grant! Advocacy Days will be held on March 18-19, 2019 in Washington DC. Information about the event can be found here

The WAIE Advocacy Day Grant will provide up to $1,000 for reimbursement of expenses accrued by participating in NAFSA's Advocacy Days. If expenses less than $1,000 are accrued, the grant awarded will equal the total of the accrued expenses. If expenses equal to or greater than $1,000 are accrued, the full $1,000 grant will be awarded. The award will be given by check following participation in NAFSA's Advocacy Days. 

The deadline to submit a grant application is December 7th, 2018. Notification of the decision will be given by January 7th, 2019. Applicants must be WAIE members and reside in Wisconsin. If you are not a WAIE member, please join now by completing the WAIE Membership  Application . WAIE membership is free and your email address will be added to a WAIE list-serv through which job announcements, events, and updates in the field of international education are shared. 

To apply for WAIE grant assistance to attend NAFSA's Advocacy Days, please complete and submit the Advocacy Day Grant Application


Past WAIE Grant Recipients for NAFSA Advocacy Day in Washington, D. C.

The Wisconsin Association of International Educators Inc. has proudly awarded a number of grants to WAIE members to attend NAFSA Advocacy Days in Washington, DC. The WAIE Advocacy Day Grant typically provides up to $1,200 for reimbursement of expenses accrued by participating in NAFSA's Advocacy Days. More information about the event can be found here. Grant recipients and WAIE members who have attended NAFSA Advocacy Days have shared their thoughts and reflections.
Attended 2018 NAFSA Advocacy Days
WAIE 2018 NAFSA Advocacy Days Grant Recipient
Attended 2018 NAFSA Advocacy Days
Attended 2018 NAFSA Advocacy Days
Attended 2018 NAFSA Advocacy Days
Attended 2015 NAFSA Advocacy Days
WI Group Advocacy Day 2018     Advocacy Day- Capitol
Maria Morawski, ECE, with WI Senator Tammy Baldwin
Great member level meeting with @tammybaldwin and one of her constituents, Maria Morawski #nafsaA