The Art of Advising Artists


March 20, 2019
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET

Advising student artists often comes with unique challenges. This NAFSA Collegial Conversation will discuss various models and common issues that arise when advising international artists, from CPT policies to OPT considerations to filing for O-1s. Join expert panelists as they share best practices when advising student artists.

Our panelists will engage in a question-and-answer session on:

  • Creating a CPT policy for your campus
  • OPT challenges and documenting employment days
  • Advising on post-OPT options, including the O-1

Join the conversation


Cory OwenCory Owen, EdD
The Juilliard School
Cory Owen, EdD, has almost 15 years of experience in the field of international education. She is currently the assistant dean of International Advisement & Diversity Initiatives at The Juilliard School where over 30% of the students are international. In this role, she oversees the visa compliance for the international community, while also supporting the entire campus through diversity and inclusion work. Beyond her work at Juilliard, she has served NAFSA in numerous capacities on both the regional and national level. She was awarded the NAFSA Region III award for Distinguished Service to International Education in 2012. She has also been the recipient of Fulbright International Educator Administrators grants to Germany in 2012 and to Korea in 2017.

Erika RohrbachErika Rohrbach
Fashion Institute of Technology, SUNY
Erika is the director of international student services at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. She is a past chair of NAFSA Region X, where she also served as a regulatory ombudsperson. Currently, she serves as diversity adviser on NAFSA's Membership Committee, where she's worked on diversity and inclusion and with NAFSA's Member Interest Groups; she has also served on the International Student and Scholar Services Regulatory Practice Travel Subcommittee. A recipient of Region X's James O'Driscoll Distinguished Service Award, she's an alumna of the Fulbright International Education Administrators program in Japan.

Yoko AndersonYoko Anderson
School for Visual Arts
Yoko Anderson is the senior international student advisor at the School of Visual Arts (SVA), an independent college of art and design in New York City with 2100 international students comprising 47% of the student body. Yoko has been in the field of international education for over 15 years, primarily serving visual and performing arts students. In her current role at SVA, she advises undergraduate and graduate students with F-1 and J-1 regulations. She also has a passion for developing and running programs that promote cross-cultural connection and understanding among international and domestic students. At SVA, one of her programs connects students to the local NYC community through art-based community service projects. Yoko has served as US co-chair for the NAFSA Japan MIG. The Reentry Workshop for International Students was presented and chosen as the Regional Highlight at the NAFSA 2009 Bi-Regional Conference. Originally from Japan, she now lives in Brooklyn with her husband and son.

Jenny BrydonJenny J. Brydon
Rice University
Jenny Brydon is senior manager for international advising and programs at Rice University where she has worked for more than five years. Brydon’s responsibilities include overseeing all international music and architecture students, undergraduate students, and J-1 Exchange Visitor scholars. Prior to Rice, Brydon worked in international student and scholar services as well as other areas of student affairs, including new student orientation, parent programs, and student activities. She has a strong passion for supporting students, and furthering the goals of international education. Brydon is also a 2019 NAFSA Academy Coach and just completed her term as Houston Forum Chair.