This is my inaugural trip to St. Louis – my first time in Missouri, in the heart of the Midwest of the US. Fitting that it is for NAFSA, the country’s largest annual international education conference. NAFSA 2013 has taken downtown St. Louis by storm with over 8,000 attendees from more than 120 countries. If you work in international education, this is the place to be.
Last night’s Opening Plenary Address was given by none other than Kofi Annan, Noble Peace Laureate and former Secretary-General of the United Nations. The room was packed and it was an inspiring presentation. He urged us all to do more, to listen to young people, to engage, to be global citizens. For the most part, the audience was captivated. NAFSA 2013 is an exciting place to be. International educators are generally pretty optimistic folks, usually focusing on the future and the potential for what could be.
I will be here through Friday morning tweeting and blogging about #NAFSA13. I would love to connect with readers and potential guest bloggers. You can connect with me on Twitter @mary_churchill or through NAFSA’s very impressive on-site Conference Connection Message Center.
So, if you are one of the 8,000+, why don't you meet me in St. Louis!