NAFSA is a non-profit professional organization for professionals in all areas of international education including education abroad advising and administration, international student advising, campus internationalization, admissions, outreach, overseas advising and English as a Second Language (ESL) administration.
“I’ve been a member of NAFSA for many years,” said Fuller. “I want to learn more about what is going on in the international community, and open doors to the leadership side of the NAFSA realm.”
As of 2010, the organization served approximately 10,000 educators worldwide, representing nearly 3,000 higher education institutions.
“In previous roles I had been a part of the Training Corps,” Fuller said. “I feel like it’s a good time to reestablish those connections because you’re in some way meeting every member of NAFSA. I want to get Finlandia’s name out there and get my name back out there in the community.”
One of the NAFSA Trainer Corps main duties is to put together national and regional conference discussions and sessions to help attendees learn about what is going on in the international education community.
“During the application process (for the Trainer Corps) the organization is looking for members that are a part of and know different communities,” said Fuller. “I’ve been on the study abroad side, the recruiting side and the international activites side, so that experience makes it so that I can speak on multiple topics at these conferences.”
Additionally, the NAFSA policy and advocacy group goes to Washington D.C. every year to help lawmakers see the effect their policies and laws have on the international education environment.Cat Fuller, Global Initiatives, International, NAFSA, NAFSA Trainer Corps, Study Abroad