As a member of the Advocacy Subcommittee of Georgia Association for International Education (GAIE), Clayton State University Associate Director of the International Student Services Office (ISSO) Brett Reichert recently met with Governor Nathan Deal in conjunction with the events of this year’s International Education Week.
Reichert, Georgia Tech’s Rebecca Bacon, and Georgia State University’s Amanda Marie Rohan-Rawaan, the Advocacy Subcommittee of GAIE, worked with the Governor’s Office to request, write and win approval for a Gubernatorial Proclamation in honor of International Education Week, Nov. 14 to Nov. 18. International Education Week is an annual event; a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the Department of Education. Colleges and universities across the country plan events on their campuses to highlight the growing importance of international education from both inbound (international students in the U.S.) and outbound (study abroad) perspectives. The program encourages campuses nationwide to plan relevant events to highlight the value, impact and importance of international education.
The Governor’s proclamation is hosted for the public to view on the Clayton State website at: http://adminservices.clayton.edu/isso/iew-proclamation.pdf.
The GAIE Advocacy Subcommittee also works to educate peers and elected officials on important issues in the field. For example, according to the National Association of International Educators (NAFSA), international students and their dependents spent $20.23 billion in the U.S. economy, of which $429 million was spent in Georgia in 2010/2011. NAFSA members also strive to promote foreign language and study abroad programs, which are essential to keeping American university graduates competitive and marketable in an increasingly global economy.
A unit of the University System of Georgia, Clayton State University is an outstanding comprehensive metropolitan university located 15 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta.