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 »
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?
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 »
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.