The Fair was hosted by the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, Japan, under the direction of Rosie Edmond & Jonathan Lembright (Regional Education Advising Coordinators – REACs of EducationUSA).
Presenters in the 4-hour Fair talked about opportunities for LGBT students to come to the U.S. to study at colleges and universities. Topics included scholarships, professional associations, student programs and many other services available to LGBT students in and outside of US campuses.
The Fair’s opening remarks were made by Ambassador David Huebner, US Ambassador to New Zealand & Samoa (U.S. Embassy, Wellington). Closing remarks were made by Consul General Patrick J. Linehan, who is U.S. Consul General at Osaka-Kobe (Japan).
LL.M. Roadmap author (George Edwards) presented on this topic: Rights of LGBT International Students Enrolled in U.S. Colleges & Universities: International Human Rights Law, U.S. Federal Law, and State & Local Law Protections. (A handout of his presentation is attached below in this blog entry.) Many faculty and staff at other U.S. schools presented on a range of topics.
Discussion was lively throughout the Fair, with professors, staff, students, government officials from Portland to Perth to Penang, and many cities and countries in between.
The fair was scheduled based on Tokyo time 8:00 a.m. to noon 4 September 2013. However, given the many time zones of
The Fair's schedule was:
Opening remarks: David Huebner, US Ambassador to New Zealand & Samoa (U.S. Embassy, Wellington)
First session: Why LGBT students should choose the US for study and what to expect from LGBT friendly institutions.
Presenter: Shane Windmeyer - Campus Pride
Second session: How to choose an LGBT friendly institution-
Presenter: Barbara Nichols, EducationUSA Adviser, Penang, Malaysia
Third session: Opportunities in a US campus for LGBT students
Fourth session: Opportunities at graduate schools
Presenter: Aimee Akimoff - Willamette University Business School
Fifth session: Human Rights of LGBT Students in the US – International Law & U.S. Law
Presenter: George Edwards, Professor of Law & Director, Program in International Human Rights Law, Indiana
University Robert H McKinney School of Law (Author of LL.M. Roadmap: An International Students' Guide to U.S. Law School Programs)
Closing Remarks: Patrick J. Linehan, U.S. Consul General at Osaka-Kobe (Japan).
U.S. schools that participated included:
- University of Virginia
- Willamette University
- Indiana University Robert H McKinney School of Law
- California State University
- Northridge Southwestern Oregon Community College
- Clark University
- University of Connecticut
- University of Pittsburgh
- University of Colorado
- George Washington University
- American University
- University of Minnesota
- University of Illinois at Chicago
- International Language Institute of Massachusetts
Special thanks to Marty Bennett for providing the updated EducationUSA Logo!