November 2014: Best Ways to Engage International Students in Leadership Programs

Are we equipping young people with the skills they need to succeed in today’s interconnected world? This was a question posed by Kofi Annan, former secretary-general of the United Nations and Nobel laureate, during his opening plenary speech at NAFSA’s 2013 Annual Conference in St. Louis.


  • 1. How does your office partner with campus leadership programs to help recruit international students?

  • 2. Many institutions have leadership programs, is anyone collecting data on the benefits of international students participating?



Campaign: November 2014: Best Ways to Engage International Students in Leadership Programs

Increasing Intl. Student Engagement Through Leadership Developme

Many institutions of higher education recognize leadership as a vital component of a well-rounded college education. For international students, leadership development can be a key component in helping them to be actively engaged on campus (e.g., thus increasing retention, building networks, etc.). It definitely has a snow ball effect—students who participate in leadership programs will be more motivated to seek out other ...more »

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Engaging by sharing culture

I have found that giving students opportunities to share their culture with others is a great way to get them involved. Their culture and country is something that they have expertise in and can be confident in sharing/teaching others about. I would also like to develop an International Student Leadership Conference for the west coast. Working with students from other schools would be inspiring and help to build a network. ...more »

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Campus leadership involvement leading to skills for job seeking

Often I encouraged international students to get involved with campus leadership programs as a way to develop skill sets for their future career. Marketing the program in a way that students, international and domestic, understand they are learning skills that will help shape a career is pretty powerful and participation makes for great resume material.

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