Fulbright is Headed to the 2023 NAFSA Annual Conference

NAFSA 2023

The NAFSA Annual Conference will be held in Washington, D.C. in 2023, and the Fulbright Program is excited to connect with you about Fulbright opportunities and to celebrate all of the alumni, advisers, and partners who make the program a success each year.

The Fulbright Pavilion

Meet representatives of the Fulbright Program at the Department of State’s pavilion, booth, P801. Meet with executive directors from Fulbright Commissions to learn about how your institution can collaborate with Fulbright or strengthen international partnerships.

Meet with Fulbright’s regional Diversity Coordinators to learn about opportunities for students, scholars, and administrators from all different backgrounds.

Fulbright representatives from the U.S. Department of State; Fulbright implementing partners IIE, World Learning, and Amideast; and other Fulbright stakeholders will be in attendance.

Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board

Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board Chair Donna Brazile will be making an appearance at the booth at some point between 2:00 PM and 3:30 PM on June 1. Please stop by within that window of time to have an opportunity to meet Chair Brazile.

Fulbright Commission Office Hours
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Norma Gonzalez
Executive Director
June 1, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Diana Basto
Executive Director
June 2, 8:30 AM - 11:15 AM
Károly Jókay
Executive Director
May 31, 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Paola Sartorio
Executive Director
June 1, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Rebecca Gefner
Executive Director
Meryem Hammam
Community Engagement Officer
May 31, 1:30 PM - 3:30 P
Mircea Dumitru
Executive Director
May 31, 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Randall Nadeau
Executive Director
May 31, 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Hermann Agis
Executive Director
June 1, 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Sandra Gross
Executive Director
May 31, 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Alan Feinstein
Executive Director
Edward Prados
Executive Director
June 1, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Rita Brunn
Executive Director
Sri Lanka
Sandarshi Gunawardena
Executive Director
May 31, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
United Kingdom
Jessica McIvor
Program Manager
May 31, 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Fulbright DEIA Coordinator Hours

Fulbright diversity and inclusion experts further the program’s diversity initiatives abroad and strengthen the program’s institutional capacity to support the success of Fulbrighters from traditionally underrepresented communities. These positions exist in three regions: Europe and Eurasia, East Asia and the Pacific, and the Western Hemisphere. Learn more about the diversity and inclusion experts. Visit the booth at the times below to learn more about them and Fulbright’s diversity and inclusion efforts.

Kelli Swazey, East Asia & the Pacific
Thursday, June 1st, 9:00 to 11:00 am
Delphine Perchec, Europe & Eurasia
Wednesday, May 31st, 8:30 to 10:30 am
Jeremy Gombin-Sperling, Western Hemisphere
Friday, June 2nd, 9:00 to 11:00 am

Connect with Fulbright Alums

Are you a Fulbright Alum attending NAFSA? We want to connect with you and promote your session or poster! Fill out this brief survey.

Visit the booth to receive a Fulbright Alum ribbon to adorn your NAFSA badge!


Meet at the pavilion (P801) on June 1 at 10:00 AM to connect with other Fulbright alums. Coffee and snacks will be served!


Complete two of the following challenges to get a special Fulbright gift!

  • Show your profile on the Fulbrighternetwork.com or sign up.
  • Show us that you mention Fulbright on your professional bio.
  • Show us Fulbright is part of your LinkedIn page.
  • Show us that you follow Fulbright on social media.
  • Bring a friend to learn more about Fulbright.

Featured Sessions

Learn more about the impact of the Fulbright program and hear about the work of Fulbright program alums. Make sure to add these sessions to your schedule so you don't miss a moment!

View the full list of Fulbright presentations and posters here.

Competing Globally: National Export Strategy to Strengthen U.S. International Education

May 31, 1:00 PM to 1:50 PM

  • Kendee Yamaguchi, Deputy Assistant Secretary for the U.S. Field, Global Markets
  • Rachel Canty, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Maureen McLaughlin, Senior Advisor to the Secretary and Director of International Affairs, U.S. Department of Education
  • Ethan Rosenzweig, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State

Join U.S. Departments of Commerce, State, Education, and Homeland Security to learn about the Administration’s National Export Strategy (NES) to strengthen U.S. international education, an interagency engagement that positions the U.S. to compete globally. Learn about key elements of the NES to promote the U.S. as a premier study destination.

Inclusion & Diversity: A Transatlantic Approach

May 31, 4:30 PM to 5:20PM

  • Bruno Castro, EU-US Higher Education Relations, European Commission
  • Erica Lutes, Executive Director, Fulbright Commission, Belgium
  • Justyna Janiszewska, Executive Director, Fulbright Commission, Poland
  • Manuel Gomez Herrero, Policy Officer, European Commission

This session explores approaches to fostering diversity, equality, and inclusion initiatives in international education in Europe and the United States. The speakers dive into examples of how the Fulbright program's mission to support mutual understanding can be a vehicle for social change through transatlantic collaboration with the European Union.

Students and Researchers at Risk

June 1, 3:00 PM - 3:50 PM

  • Magdalena Kachnowicz, Director Of The Department Of Programmes For Students, Polish National Agency For Academic Exchange
  • Dawid Kostecki, Sr., Director Of NAWA, Polish National Agency For Academic Exchange
  • Jessica Zychowicz, Executive Director, Fulbright Ukraine, IIE Kyiv, Fulbright Alum to Ukraine

Cooperation in the field of higher education is crucial during times of pandemic, war, and global climate change. This session presents best practices of the programs addressed to students at risk.

Tackling Global Challenges: Science Diplomacy In Fulbright Exchanges

June 2, 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM

  • Mary Kirk, Director, Office of Academic Exchanges, Department of State
  • Terhi S Molsa, CEO, Fulbright Finland Foundation
  • Luiz Valcov Loureiro, Executive Director, Fulbright Commission, Brazil
  • Sarah Staton, Deputy Director, Department of State, Fulbright Alum to Ecuador

Presenters discuss the critically important, expanding role of science diplomacy, as highlighted through Fulbright Program initiatives. Participants discuss how institutions and international educators can more actively contribute to science diplomacy and use new opportunities to build inclusion and tackle global challenges.

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