NAFSA Collegial Conversation – Optimizing Your Use of Social Media

By: Jeramy Johnson, API Vice President of Development, API Texas

Yesterday I participated in the closest thing I’ve ever experienced to a White House press conference – a NAFSA Collegial Conversation. This is basically a large, open group chat (with a moderator to keep questions in que and orderly). I was joined by my good friend and colleague Mandy Reinig of Penn St. Altoona, and was supposed to be accompanied by another awesome colleague Julie Schwietert Collazo of Matador Network, but she was unable to attend (hopefully next time, because she’s a GREAT resource!).

A sampling of the conversation

OH. MY. GOODNESS. Now, I’ve presented on social media to colleagues and at other NAFSA events and conferences, but this felt like a different beast. It was really fun, and we had great participation, questions, repsonses… it was very collegial indeed. In fact, according to NAFSA it set a record for the highest attendance and participation rate of any Collegial Conversation to date! It was a whole new experience to try to answer so many questions coming in rapid succession in a coherent manner (that is up for debate ;). That being said, I’d totally do it again!

To read the transcript from the event, visit the NAFSA resource center at

NAFSA: Association of International Educators is a member organization promoting international education and providing professional development opportunities to the field. Hundreds of NAFSA members volunteer to serve the association and thousands advocate for international education. To learn more about the organization and membership benefits, visit the NAFSA website.

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  1. Cryinnnnnnng inside that I didn’t participate or watch this 🙁 At least there is a transcript from the event. Congrats on the fabulous work!! 🙂

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