9:00 AM - 12:15 PM WORKSHOPS F-1 Basics (All day) by Katherine Haan, Mischa Kasperan The F-1 basics workshop is designed to help the newcomers join the field of international educators. If you have been in the field for a year or more, this session will also help you evaluate and enrich your knowledge through shared best practices and case studies. Participants will learn about SEVIS, fundamental immigration knowledge and terms, forms, enrollment and F-1 student status requirements, CPT, OPT, STEM and other employment authorizations, and regulation changes and best practices during the COVID-19 pandemic. This workshop will polish the learnt theory in practical application and exercises. Participants will leave with several resources for immigration and student advising.
J-1 Advising (All day) by Marc Davidson, Eliza Plous Are you involved in managing your campus's J-1 Exchange Visitor population? This session falls somewhere between "Beginner" and "Intermediate." We will focus on the J-1 categories of Student, Student Intern, Research Scholar, Professor, and Short-Term Scholar, as these are the categories commonly found on college campuses. Whether you are an experienced J-1 student/scholar advisor or have just found yourself in charge of your school's J-1 population, this workshop will cover a lot of ground. Our goal is to make sure you end the session with a firmer understanding of the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program in a higher ed setting, an awareness of the ways the regulations differ between J-1s and F-1s, and examples of issues that may arise on the job. We look forward to becoming your resources for all things J-1!
Fundamentals of Credential Evaluation (Half day) by Jenna Feeback, Robert Morley This half-day workshop focuses on the fundamentals of credential evaluation. Topics covered will include institutional policies, a survey of resources in international credential evaluation, basics of credential evaluation, credit conversion, grade conversion, and GPA calculation. The workshop will also cover US education systems and their relationship with the level and equivalency of foreign credentials. Study Abroad 101 (Half day) byMichaela Kendall, Carmen Hernandez, Sara McGuinn This workshop will focus on all aspects involved in preparing students to study abroad including student advising, pre-departure activities, and re-entry activities. We will cover different types of study abroad program models and identify which programs may be better suited for specific students or student populations.
J-1 Advising (All day) by Marc Davidson, Eliza Plous Advising Methods in Study Abroad (Half day) by Lauren Mock, Carmen Hernandez, Sara McGuinn When it comes to advising students, there is no such thing as one-size-fits-all! This workshop will introduce various approaches to education abroad advising, incorporating student development and academic advising theory. Participants will discuss how theories can be applied based on diverse influencing factors, such as student development goals, office structure, and institutional philosophy. In addition, participants will explore how theories can be similarly or differently applied in both university and provider settings.
4:45 PM - 5:15 PM HAPPY HOUR NETWORKING: TRIVIA! One of our Gold sponsors, Via TRM, is hosting an Irish-themed trivia session on St. Patrick’s Day, Thursday, March 17, at 4:45pm. Zoom in, try your hand at the trivia, and the top three finishers will receive prizes from Via, including gourmet coffee mugs and coffee shop gift cards. Are you feeling lucky? Join the event here.
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