Voting Rights Restored in Texas and Wisconsin

In a victory for representative democracy in the United States, a federal appeals court in Texas found that the state’s strict voter ID law had a discriminatory impact on African American, Hispanic and poor voters. The ruling ordered a lower court to implement a remedy that would allow 600,000 Texans to vote in November, even though they do not have the identification required by the state law. According to the majority, “It would be untenable to permit a law with a discriminatory effect to remain in operation.” It went on to note that while the state has a legitimate interest in preventing voter fraud—the justification given for the strict voter ID laws Texas attempted to put into place—“the articulation of a legitimate interest is not a magic incantation a state can utter to avoid a finding” a discriminatory impact. This follows a decision earlier in the week in which a federal judge declared voters in Wisconsin who did not have the identification required by Wisconsin law would be able to vote as long as they were willing to sign an affidavit swearing to their identity.  The judged called the remedy a “safety net” to ensure citizens were able to participate in the upcoming elections. A more responsive and participatory government depends on every citizen being able to exercise his or her right to vote. Citizens who are wrongly disenfranchised have no remedy to get their vote back; once an election is over, that fundamental right is lost. Yet, in the lead up to the 2016 elections, citizens’ right to vote has been under threat in many jurisdictions across the country. While this weeks’ decisions in Wisconsin and Texas are not an indication that the trend toward making it harder to vote is reversing (strict voter ID laws are still in place in North Carolina and Virginia), it is perhaps a hopeful sign that hundreds of thousands of voters can now be assured their votes will count in November.

In a victory for representative democracy in the United States, a federal appeals court in Texas found that the state’s strict voter ID law had a discriminatory impact on African American, Hispanic and poor voters. The ruling ordered a lower court to implement a remedy that would allow 600,000 Texans to vote in November, even though they do not have the identification required by the state law. According to the majority, “It would be untenable to permit a law with a discriminatory effect to remain in operation.” It went on to note that while the state has a legitimate interest in preventing voter fraud—the justification given for the strict voter ID laws Texas attempted to put into place—“the articulation of a legitimate interest is not a magic incantation a state can utter to avoid a finding” a discriminatory impact. This follows a decision earlier in the week in which a federal judge declared voters in Wisconsin who did not have the identification required by Wisconsin law would be able to vote as long as they were willing to sign an affidavit swearing to their identity.  The judged called the remedy a “safety net” to ensure citizens were able to participate in the upcoming elections. A more responsive and participatory government depends on every citizen being able to exercise his or her right to vote. Citizens who are wrongly disenfranchised have no remedy to get their vote back; once an election is over, that fundamental right is lost. Yet, in the lead up to the 2016 elections, citizens’ right to vote has been under threat in many jurisdictions across the country. While this weeks’ decisions in Wisconsin and Texas are not an indication that the trend toward making it harder to vote is reversing (strict voter ID laws are still in place in North Carolina and Virginia), it is perhaps a hopeful sign that hundreds of thousands of voters can now be assured their votes will count in November.

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Allianz Travel Trends 2016

Allianz Travel Trends 2016 Did you know that Allianz Travel Insurance comes out with a yearly study about current travel trends for Americans? I didn’t know that either until recently. But this year’s Allianz Travel Insurance Vacation Confidence Index is pretty interesting, much more so than the name would suggest 😉 Allianz Travel Insurance Vacation Confidence […] The post Allianz Travel Trends 2016 appeared first on Maria Abroad .

Allianz Travel Trends 2016 Did you know that Allianz Travel Insurance comes out with a yearly study about current travel trends for Americans? I didn’t know that either until recently. But this year’s Allianz Travel Insurance Vacation Confidence Index is pretty interesting, much more so than the name would suggest 😉 Allianz Travel Insurance Vacation Confidence […] The post Allianz Travel Trends 2016 appeared first on Maria Abroad .

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Chelsie’s Weekend in Paris

We made it back safely to London today and we are happy to be back! When we first landed in Paris, we knew the language barrier would be tough, but most people we spoke to knew some English. Because we landed at night in a city we’ve never been, it felt creepy, but that feeling never really subsided. Once we got to our very first hostel, we were greeted by the guys behind the desk and they were very friendly and helpful and spoke English fluently. Our room was small but nice and free breakfast was included. Our very first hostel stay was a positive experience! On Saturday we spent the whole day doing typical touristy stuff. We did a free walking tour and learned so much history on France and some of the monuments and landmarks. While on the tour, we met a girl from Pennsylvania! We spent the afternoon with her eating lunch and visiting the Eiffel Tower! The Eiffel Tower exceeded my expectations. It was amazing.   This entire trip is going by quicker and quicker each week. I can’t believe we start our last week with Sodexo tomorrow! It will definitely be bittersweet. Then it’s off to Italy for our last week! After being away in Paris made coming back to London feel so familiar and homey.   Chelsie Bartlett  

We made it back safely to London today and we are happy to be back! When we first landed in Paris, we knew the language barrier would be tough, but most people we spoke to knew some English. Because we landed at night in a city we’ve never been, it felt creepy, but that feeling never really subsided. Once we got to our very first hostel, we were greeted by the guys behind the desk and they were very friendly and helpful and spoke English fluently. Our room was small but nice and free breakfast was included. Our very first hostel stay was a positive experience! On Saturday we spent the whole day doing typical touristy stuff. We did a free walking tour and learned so much history on France and some of the monuments and landmarks. While on the tour, we met a girl from Pennsylvania! We spent the afternoon with her eating lunch and visiting the Eiffel Tower! The Eiffel Tower exceeded my expectations. It was amazing.   This entire trip is going by quicker and quicker each week. I can’t believe we start our last week with Sodexo tomorrow! It will definitely be bittersweet. Then it’s off to Italy for our last week! After being away in Paris made coming back to London feel so familiar and homey.   Chelsie Bartlett  

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My Experience as a Sodexo Intern – Julia Foglio

There is just one full week left and much more to learn but as of now, working as an intern for Sodexo has given me a clearer look on what I wish to accomplish in my future career. Next week I will be meeting and shadowing the Research Analysis at this site. I hope to better understand what it will be like to work for this company and what kind of research happens behind the scenes. This field isn’t entirely what I wish to do but everyone has a starting point. I would have to say the “learning experience” doesn’t happen in the office. It is when you get on the wrong tube line, spill hot coffee all over your lap on the air plane, get lost in a foreign city and order what you can’t even pronounce on the menu is where you begin to learn. Learn that it’s okay to be out of your comfort zone and understand how to take control of a situation. I’d have to say this is an experience of a lifetime.

There is just one full week left and much more to learn but as of now, working as an intern for Sodexo has given me a clearer look on what I wish to accomplish in my future career. Next week I will be meeting and shadowing the Research Analysis at this site. I hope to better understand what it will be like to work for this company and what kind of research happens behind the scenes. This field isn’t entirely what I wish to do but everyone has a starting point. I would have to say the “learning experience” doesn’t happen in the office. It is when you get on the wrong tube line, spill hot coffee all over your lap on the air plane, get lost in a foreign city and order what you can’t even pronounce on the menu is where you begin to learn. Learn that it’s okay to be out of your comfort zone and understand how to take control of a situation. I’d have to say this is an experience of a lifetime.

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Julia Foglio on a Weekend in Paris

Bonjour, We are back in beautiful Ravens court and I couldn’t be more excited. The feeling is similar to a home away from home. The flight to and from Paris felt like it only took two minutes and the view was amazing. As for Paris itself, I was in high alert from the second I got off the plane. There are a lot of people everywhere and the language barrier was the hardest thing to work through. We went on a beautiful tour of Paris and I learned more there then I ever did in history class. Who knew the Eiffel Tower was originally made to be up for 20 years?! Another thing I was surprised about was the Mona Lisa was in Paris and I always thought it was in Italy! Well, all in all Paris was amazing to see but I’m glad we did it for a weekend trip and not a full week. Only one more week of the internship which I will truly miss! Then we are off to amazing Italy for a week. There has been nothing but lessons learned and memories made. Thanks Sodexo!    Julia Foglio

Bonjour, We are back in beautiful Ravens court and I couldn’t be more excited. The feeling is similar to a home away from home. The flight to and from Paris felt like it only took two minutes and the view was amazing. As for Paris itself, I was in high alert from the second I got off the plane. There are a lot of people everywhere and the language barrier was the hardest thing to work through. We went on a beautiful tour of Paris and I learned more there then I ever did in history class. Who knew the Eiffel Tower was originally made to be up for 20 years?! Another thing I was surprised about was the Mona Lisa was in Paris and I always thought it was in Italy! Well, all in all Paris was amazing to see but I’m glad we did it for a weekend trip and not a full week. Only one more week of the internship which I will truly miss! Then we are off to amazing Italy for a week. There has been nothing but lessons learned and memories made. Thanks Sodexo!    Julia Foglio

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Book of the Month: Beginning French (Review + Author Interview)

Book of the Month: Beginning French (Review + Author Interview) Disclaimer: Some links may be affiliate links July 14 is the French version of Independence Day. On La Fête de la Fédération, France is turning Blue-White-Red, as fireworks sparkle over the Eiffel Tower and the Marseillaise is heard blaring from TVs and radios. Fitting to today, I […] The post Book of the Month: Beginning French (Review + Author Interview) appeared first on Maria Abroad .

Book of the Month: Beginning French (Review + Author Interview) Disclaimer: Some links may be affiliate links July 14 is the French version of Independence Day. On La Fête de la Fédération, France is turning Blue-White-Red, as fireworks sparkle over the Eiffel Tower and the Marseillaise is heard blaring from TVs and radios. Fitting to today, I […] The post Book of the Month: Beginning French (Review + Author Interview) appeared first on Maria Abroad .

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Off the Beaten Track D.C.

Summer is one of the best times to visit our nation’s capital. Travelers from all over the world come to enjoy the city’s monumental history, world-class museums, and diverse dining options, many of which can be enjoyed al fresco on a warm summer night. Whether you’re coming to town for NAFSA’s Management Development Program or the Strategic Retreat for Education Abroad Leaders this summer, it’s important to enjoy all of the culture D.C. has to offer. Here are some “insider tips” on how to experience the city, whether you are using our convenient bike share program , the extensive metro and bus system , or just going on foot! 14th Street and U Street Within walking distance of your hotel, the 14th Street corridor is a popular dining and nightlife district with cuisine from all around the world . I’m originally from South Carolina, so Ted’s Bulletin on 14th Street, with their country-fried steak, homemade pop tarts, and breakfast served all day, makes me feel right at home. If you’re looking to try something new, I’ve become quite a fan of Ethiopian food. While D.C. has many Ethiopian restaurants, it’s hard to beat Dukem on U Street with its outdoor seating area and unbeatable doro wat. While you’re visiting this area, don’t forget to check out Meridian Hill Park , the Duke Ellington statue, and the many live music venues. Yards Park If you’re looking to blend in with the locals, the newly developed Yards Park is a spot most tourists haven’t discovered yet. Situated along the Anacostia River, the park has gorgeous sunset views. The park offers a Friday night concert series, sunset yoga, and lots of other free activities . If breweries are your thing, be sure to check out nearby Blue Jacket , a popular spot to grab a drink after a Nationals baseball game or have a meal after strolling in the park. The Navy Yard station on the green line is the closest Metro station at New Jersey and M Streets, SE, just two blocks away. Dupont Circle There’s much to see and do in this neighborhood. Dupont Circle’s iconic fountain will let you know you’re in the right place. After visiting the fountain, take a self-guided walking tour along Massachusetts Avenue of Embassy Row and travel to Australia, South Africa, and more in only two miles. If you prefer art to embassies, make sure to stop by The Phillips Collection , America’s first museum of modern art. Afterwards, stick your nose in a book and fill up on delicious food all in one place at Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe – a local haunt for book lovers and foodies alike. If you have more time, be sure to visit The National Geographic Museum , D.C.’s Spanish Steps , and I would never advise against a visit to the nearby Smithsonian’s National Zoo . Our baby panda, Bei Bei , never disappoints. The red line on the Metro stops at Dupont Circle and continue riding to Woodley Park to visit the zoo. The National Mall While you’re probably familiar with the big players in this area like the Washington Monument, Smithsonian’s Natural History Museum , and the White House, I’d like to share some of my lesser known favorites. The United States Botanic Garden , right next door to the Capitol Building, has a huge greenhouse with a canopy walk, allowing you to get a bird’s eye view of the space. The newly renovated Renwick Gallery , across from the White House, always features the most exciting and innovative art. Jazz in the Garden , located in the Sculpture Garden of the National Gallery of Art , has to be my favorite Friday afternoon activity in the District. Performances begin at 5:00 p.m. , but be sure to get there a little early to grab a great spot and enjoy the sangria for sale at the Pavilion Café. All of these attractions are part of the Smithsonian museum system and, therefore, free to everyone. Eastern Market and Capitol Hill Visit D.C.’s historic Capitol Hill neighborhood and check out our largest farmer’s market all in on spot. With both indoor and outdoor spaces, Eastern Market has something for everyone. Vendors sell everything from antique furniture; produce and other foods; vintage clothing; and local arts and crafts. One of my favorite spots in the Eastern Market area is Capitol Hill Books , a used book store that’s literally overflowing with its wares. While you’re in the neighborhood, don’t miss the shops and restaurants on Barracks Row , beaux arts architecture at Union Station , or the larger-than-life Supreme Court. The Library of Congress , which houses Thomas Jefferson’s original library, is a favorite for this bookworm! Georgetown Georgetown has something for everyone . If you’re a little adventurous and want to take in all D.C.’s landmark views by water, stop by the Key Bridge Boathouse to rent a kayak and cruise down the Potomac. If you prefer to admire the river from dry land, check out the Washington Harbor , which is dotted with delicious restaurants like Farmers Fishers Bakers . If you have a sweet tooth like me, you’ll also appreciate Georgetown Cupcake . You might recognize them from a reality show focused on the store. Georgetown is definitely one of D.C.’s most scenic neighborhoods, so let yourself get lost on a side street. I’m sure you’ll end up somewhere fabulous.

Summer is one of the best times to visit our nation’s capital. Travelers from all over the world come to enjoy the city’s monumental history, world-class museums, and diverse dining options, many of which can be enjoyed al fresco on a warm summer night. Whether you’re coming to town for NAFSA’s Management Development Program or the Strategic Retreat for Education Abroad Leaders this summer, it’s important to enjoy all of the culture D.C. has to offer. Here are some “insider tips” on how to experience the city, whether you are using our convenient bike share program , the extensive metro and bus system , or just going on foot! 14th Street and U Street Within walking distance of your hotel, the 14th Street corridor is a popular dining and nightlife district with cuisine from all around the world . I’m originally from South Carolina, so Ted’s Bulletin on 14th Street, with their country-fried steak, homemade pop tarts, and breakfast served all day, makes me feel right at home. If you’re looking to try something new, I’ve become quite a fan of Ethiopian food. While D.C. has many Ethiopian restaurants, it’s hard to beat Dukem on U Street with its outdoor seating area and unbeatable doro wat. While you’re visiting this area, don’t forget to check out Meridian Hill Park , the Duke Ellington statue, and the many live music venues. Yards Park If you’re looking to blend in with the locals, the newly developed Yards Park is a spot most tourists haven’t discovered yet. Situated along the Anacostia River, the park has gorgeous sunset views. The park offers a Friday night concert series, sunset yoga, and lots of other free activities . If breweries are your thing, be sure to check out nearby Blue Jacket , a popular spot to grab a drink after a Nationals baseball game or have a meal after strolling in the park. The Navy Yard station on the green line is the closest Metro station at New Jersey and M Streets, SE, just two blocks away. Dupont Circle There’s much to see and do in this neighborhood. Dupont Circle’s iconic fountain will let you know you’re in the right place. After visiting the fountain, take a self-guided walking tour along Massachusetts Avenue of Embassy Row and travel to Australia, South Africa, and more in only two miles. If you prefer art to embassies, make sure to stop by The Phillips Collection , America’s first museum of modern art. Afterwards, stick your nose in a book and fill up on delicious food all in one place at Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe – a local haunt for book lovers and foodies alike. If you have more time, be sure to visit The National Geographic Museum , D.C.’s Spanish Steps , and I would never advise against a visit to the nearby Smithsonian’s National Zoo . Our baby panda, Bei Bei , never disappoints. The red line on the Metro stops at Dupont Circle and continue riding to Woodley Park to visit the zoo. The National Mall While you’re probably familiar with the big players in this area like the Washington Monument, Smithsonian’s Natural History Museum , and the White House, I’d like to share some of my lesser known favorites. The United States Botanic Garden , right next door to the Capitol Building, has a huge greenhouse with a canopy walk, allowing you to get a bird’s eye view of the space. The newly renovated Renwick Gallery , across from the White House, always features the most exciting and innovative art. Jazz in the Garden , located in the Sculpture Garden of the National Gallery of Art , has to be my favorite Friday afternoon activity in the District. Performances begin at 5:00 p.m. , but be sure to get there a little early to grab a great spot and enjoy the sangria for sale at the Pavilion Café. All of these attractions are part of the Smithsonian museum system and, therefore, free to everyone. Eastern Market and Capitol Hill Visit D.C.’s historic Capitol Hill neighborhood and check out our largest farmer’s market all in on spot. With both indoor and outdoor spaces, Eastern Market has something for everyone. Vendors sell everything from antique furniture; produce and other foods; vintage clothing; and local arts and crafts. One of my favorite spots in the Eastern Market area is Capitol Hill Books , a used book store that’s literally overflowing with its wares. While you’re in the neighborhood, don’t miss the shops and restaurants on Barracks Row , beaux arts architecture at Union Station , or the larger-than-life Supreme Court. The Library of Congress , which houses Thomas Jefferson’s original library, is a favorite for this bookworm! Georgetown Georgetown has something for everyone . If you’re a little adventurous and want to take in all D.C.’s landmark views by water, stop by the Key Bridge Boathouse to rent a kayak and cruise down the Potomac. If you prefer to admire the river from dry land, check out the Washington Harbor , which is dotted with delicious restaurants like Farmers Fishers Bakers . If you have a sweet tooth like me, you’ll also appreciate Georgetown Cupcake . You might recognize them from a reality show focused on the store. Georgetown is definitely one of D.C.’s most scenic neighborhoods, so let yourself get lost on a side street. I’m sure you’ll end up somewhere fabulous.

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Sodexo Interns in London

Julia Foglio and Chelsie Bartlett are interning for the month of July at Sodexo in London.  Read about their experiences. Julia wrote: Good morning! It’s officially been 10 days in London! It is flying by so fast with work and going to all the sights. As for the internship they have assigned me with a lot of different types of research on several different topics. My favorite assignment has to be going to cultural destinations and reporting on the eye of the customer. So far, I visited some of the competitors of Sodexo which are located in the British museum and the Somerset house as well as stopping in on some of the work Sodexo takes part in like the Bateaux at London.   This is where they took Chelsie and I on the dinner cruise for afternoon tea. We also visited the Chelsea Flower Show next to Hampton Court Palace. Aside from work, we have been traveling all over London. Just this past weekend, we took a ride on the London eye, visited the Wax Museum, and a very long market on Portobello Road. When we first arrived it was definitely a shocking change from the everyday life I was used to.   I’d like to say that I have perfected the routes on the tube, but I find a new one every day to get to work easier! I don’t favor public transportation, but I have recently learned that London is trying to get rid of cars all together. There is a charge to even enter the city and drive throughout London. I believe it is 10lbs. Another change (which is for the better) is that Chelsie and I have been walking anywhere from 5 to 9 miles a day. This trip is one of a life time. Attached are some photos of our adventures. Chelsie wrote: Just wanted to update you on our first week! We have learned and done so much already. Work has been fun – it’s different every day! We get to visit popular venues that Sodexo or our competitors work with along with research and small projects in the office. It took a few days to adjust to the time difference and we are navigating the tube rather well now! I can’t believe we are beginning our second week already! Attached you should find a few pictures of us around London!

Julia Foglio and Chelsie Bartlett are interning for the month of July at Sodexo in London.  Read about their experiences. Julia wrote: Good morning! It’s officially been 10 days in London! It is flying by so fast with work and going to all the sights. As for the internship they have assigned me with a lot of different types of research on several different topics. My favorite assignment has to be going to cultural destinations and reporting on the eye of the customer. So far, I visited some of the competitors of Sodexo which are located in the British museum and the Somerset house as well as stopping in on some of the work Sodexo takes part in like the Bateaux at London.   This is where they took Chelsie and I on the dinner cruise for afternoon tea. We also visited the Chelsea Flower Show next to Hampton Court Palace. Aside from work, we have been traveling all over London. Just this past weekend, we took a ride on the London eye, visited the Wax Museum, and a very long market on Portobello Road. When we first arrived it was definitely a shocking change from the everyday life I was used to.   I’d like to say that I have perfected the routes on the tube, but I find a new one every day to get to work easier! I don’t favor public transportation, but I have recently learned that London is trying to get rid of cars all together. There is a charge to even enter the city and drive throughout London. I believe it is 10lbs. Another change (which is for the better) is that Chelsie and I have been walking anywhere from 5 to 9 miles a day. This trip is one of a life time. Attached are some photos of our adventures. Chelsie wrote: Just wanted to update you on our first week! We have learned and done so much already. Work has been fun – it’s different every day! We get to visit popular venues that Sodexo or our competitors work with along with research and small projects in the office. It took a few days to adjust to the time difference and we are navigating the tube rather well now! I can’t believe we are beginning our second week already! Attached you should find a few pictures of us around London!

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Packing List For Your Weekend Getaway

Packing List For Your Weekend Getaway Packing is what I used to dread the most about traveling. Almost as much as unpacking. I would procrastinate till the last minute, shove some clothes into a bag at the last minute and ALWAYS forget something. Socks, under ware, bra, bikini… you name it and I have forgotten […] The post Packing List For Your Weekend Getaway appeared first on Maria Abroad .

Packing List For Your Weekend Getaway Packing is what I used to dread the most about traveling. Almost as much as unpacking. I would procrastinate till the last minute, shove some clothes into a bag at the last minute and ALWAYS forget something. Socks, under ware, bra, bikini… you name it and I have forgotten […] The post Packing List For Your Weekend Getaway appeared first on Maria Abroad .

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Pack Your Bag for Portland, Learning and Fun Await

By Josh Davis and Yoko Honda For the first time, NAFSA will host the Management Development Program in Portland, Oregon, July 25-27, 2016. This interactive, two-and-a-half-day program provides participants with key international education management skills and excellent networking opportunities for professionals in the field. Participants will also meet like-minded colleagues from around the world and have the opportunity to explore all that Portland has to offer. Must See International Rose Test Garden Explore more than 550 different rose varieties, enjoy stunning views of the downtown skyline and Cascade Mountains, and find out why Portland is known as the “City of Roses.” Music on Main Enjoy a free concert every Wednesday during the summer in downtown Portland beginning at 5:00 p.m. The ArtBar & Bistro serves seasonal food and drinks beginning at 4:30 p.m. Powell’s City of Books The largest independent new and used bookstore in the United States spans a full city block in downtown Portland. Browse more than 1.5 million books in 3,500 different sections. Voodoo Doughnuts Open 24 hours a day, this doughnut shop serves up unique toppings, including maple bacon; cookies and peanut butter; and your favorite childhood cereals. Extended Stay If you’re able to stay a few extra days, here’s what’s going on later in the week. Oregon Brewers Festival | July 27-30 Join nearly 80,000 craft beer aficionados for one of the nation’s longest-running craft beer festivals. Choose samples from more than 80 breweries, and enjoy the backdrop of the Portland skyline along the banks of the Willamette River. Last Thursday | July 27 Last Thursday is a unique art exhibit that spans a 15-block stretch along Northeast Alberta Street. All types of artwork fill the streets from 6:00-9:00 p.m. Portland Saturday Market | July 30 Explore the largest outdoor arts and crafts market in Portland. More than 200 vendors show off their work every Saturday and Sunday. Additional Attractions Places to visit Dining in Portland Portland calendar of events Register now for the Management Development Program Josh Davis is the assistant director of the Office of International Student and Scholar Services at Portland State University. Yoko Honda is international student life advisor at Portland State University.

By Josh Davis and Yoko Honda For the first time, NAFSA will host the Management Development Program in Portland, Oregon, July 25-27, 2016. This interactive, two-and-a-half-day program provides participants with key international education management skills and excellent networking opportunities for professionals in the field. Participants will also meet like-minded colleagues from around the world and have the opportunity to explore all that Portland has to offer. Must See International Rose Test Garden Explore more than 550 different rose varieties, enjoy stunning views of the downtown skyline and Cascade Mountains, and find out why Portland is known as the “City of Roses.” Music on Main Enjoy a free concert every Wednesday during the summer in downtown Portland beginning at 5:00 p.m. The ArtBar & Bistro serves seasonal food and drinks beginning at 4:30 p.m. Powell’s City of Books The largest independent new and used bookstore in the United States spans a full city block in downtown Portland. Browse more than 1.5 million books in 3,500 different sections. Voodoo Doughnuts Open 24 hours a day, this doughnut shop serves up unique toppings, including maple bacon; cookies and peanut butter; and your favorite childhood cereals. Extended Stay If you’re able to stay a few extra days, here’s what’s going on later in the week. Oregon Brewers Festival | July 27-30 Join nearly 80,000 craft beer aficionados for one of the nation’s longest-running craft beer festivals. Choose samples from more than 80 breweries, and enjoy the backdrop of the Portland skyline along the banks of the Willamette River. Last Thursday | July 27 Last Thursday is a unique art exhibit that spans a 15-block stretch along Northeast Alberta Street. All types of artwork fill the streets from 6:00-9:00 p.m. Portland Saturday Market | July 30 Explore the largest outdoor arts and crafts market in Portland. More than 200 vendors show off their work every Saturday and Sunday. Additional Attractions Places to visit Dining in Portland Portland calendar of events Register now for the Management Development Program Josh Davis is the assistant director of the Office of International Student and Scholar Services at Portland State University. Yoko Honda is international student life advisor at Portland State University.

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