Region V 2020 Virtual Event

This year, due to public health concerns, Region V will be hosting a free virtual conference. We invite you to join us from wherever you may be to connect, network, learn and enjoy.

View the Region V Update on Region V’s affairs as well as information about new initiatives and award recipients.

View a recording of the sessions on the NAFSA Region V YouTube channel. 

Wednesday, October 21

Newcomer Welcome

Date & Time: October 21, 3:00-4:00PM CDT

We welcome newcomers to the field and to NAFSA Region V! Join this event for a friendly and casual way to meet with Region V leaders, the Academy Class of 2020, and as a place to get more familiar with the field, the conference, and your peers! We can’t wait to see you there!
Knowledge Community: All newcomers welcome
Hosts: Region V leaders, NAFSA Academy coaches for 2020 and 2021, and the NAFSA Academy class of 2020

Thursday, October 22

Leveraging Partnerships to Increase Underrepresented Student Participation in Education Abroad: Pre-, Mid-, and Post-COVID-19

Date & Time: October 22, 9:00AM-10:00AM CDT
Learn about innovative ways to work with providers, campus partners, and external organizations to promote, increase, and support the participation of underrepresented students in international endeavors.
Knowledge Community: EA, Diversity & Inclusion
Presenters: Lily Andrules, Associate Regional Manager, The Education Abroad Network; Raven McKenzie, International Programs Advisor/Counselor, University of Michigan; Hernando Sevilla-Garcia, Diversity Relations Manager, IES Abroad

View recording of this session. 

Communicating with Internal and External Partners During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Date & Time: October 22, 9:00AM-10:00AM CDT
What a year! Many of us have had to reinvent the way we communicate with essential partners on campus and abroad during this pandemic. Join us for panel discussion with other IEL leaders about how and when communication took place, how your international office was involved in campus decision making in spring and for this fall, and what changes you have made for future communication. Learning objectives include exploring best practices in pandemic emergency response, engaging in campus planning, coordinating academic plans with international partners, and developing strategies for moving forward.
Knowledge Community: IEL
Presenters: Amy Conger, Associate Vice Provost and Director of Global Engagement, University of Michigan; Jenna Graff, Director, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh; Kemi Onajole, Director, Illinois Institute of Technology

View recording of this session.

Illinois State Meeting

Date & Time: October 22, 10:30-11:30AM CDT
Receive updates from International Educators of Illinois on the annual conference, upcoming events and speakers, information from the state reps, and more. IEI is dedicated to providing high quality programs and services to the international educators in Illinois.

Michigan State Meeting

Date & Time: October 22, 10:30-11:30AM CDT
Join leaders from the Michigan Association of International Educations (MAIE) to hear about state initiatives and updates.

Wisconsin State Meeting

Date & Time: October 22, 10:30-11:30AM CDT
Join leaders from Wisconsin Association of International Educators (WAIE) to hear about state updates. For questions, contact Katerina Roskina.

Education Abroad (EA) and COVID: A New Era for Study Abroad Roundtable

Date & Time: October 22, 1:00 - 2:00PM CDT
This round table discussion is open to Education Abroad professionals and will cover a variety of topics as they relate to COVID-19: policy, health and safety, program development and virtual international learning.  Please join us for what will surely be a lively discussion.

International Enrollment Management (IEM) Roundtable

Date & Time: October 22, 1:00 - 2:00PM CDT
Bring your trickiest or most unusual credentials for a game of Stump the Credential Evaluator! Then stay for an open format, peer-led discussion related to documentation challenges and electronic verification in international admission. Directly following the roundtable, continue the conversation with Susan Whipple (Marquette University) and Jim Crawley (Hope College) for a discussion of international student recruitment in the time of COVID-19.

Recruitment and Admission in the Time of COVID-19

Date & Time: October 22, 2:15 - 3:30PM CDT
Travel restrictions and budget cuts have severely impacted “business as usual”. Schools and universities are closed, tests are cancelled but the enrollment cycle continues. How can universities adapt new technologies, use “old” recruitment techniques and remain competitive while operating on shoestring budgets? How are new rubrics for national exams, test cancellations, deferrals and lower enrollments impacting the next admission cycle and altering our work? Come prepared to explore options, share your institution’s plans and learn new strategies for enrollment in the current climate.
Presenters: Jim Crawley, Director of Global Recruitment, Hope College; Susan Whipple, Assistant Director, Marquette University

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Government Session and Immigration Hot Topic Debrief

Date & Time: October 22, 2:30 - 3:30PM CDT
Region V Ombudspersons, KCISSS Representative and Subject Matter Expert analyze current and upcoming immigration hot topics/issues, including but not limited to those discussed during various Regional Conference Government Sessions. Consider watching the NAFSA pre-recorded sessions (linked below) in advance of this debrief to have a more productive conversation. 
2020 NAFSA Virtual Regional Agency-Focused Pre-Recorded Session
Knowledge Community: ISSS

Marketing and Communications Member Interest Group (MIG) Meeting

Date & Time: October 22, 3:30-5:00pm CDT
The Marketing and Communications MIG Open Meeting provides a forum where professionals and newcomers to the field come together to discuss and explore current trends in marketing and communications in international education, and to share knowledge, best practices, and access to resources. Hosted by Co-Chairs Abby Baric (IES Abroad) and Janka Pieper (Northwestern).
Contact Persons: Janka Pieper, Abby Baric

China Member Interest Group (MIG) Meeting

Date & Time: October 22, 3:30-5:00pm CDT
NAFSA China MIG Open Meeting will be held in a virtual roundtable format for international education professionals with a China connection to discuss current challenges in recruiting, admitting and providing services to students from China, and other China-related topics. Bring your questions to colleagues from other institutions and organizations, share best practices and resources, and network with other professionals who share your challenges and/or interests. Hosted by NAFSA China MIG Vice-Chair Katerina Roskina (China Credential Services).
Contact Person: Katerina Roskina

Friday, October 23

Tools for Building a Virtual Orientation During a Pandemic

Date & Time: October 23, 9:00AM - 10:00AM CDT
In the last several months, institutions had to quickly transition traditional in-person activities online, including orientations for new, incoming international students. In this session, representatives from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will provide an overview of different approaches to virtual orientations for new international students and provide tips for integrating these approaches into an institution's own student engagement plan. Attendees will walk away with best practices and resources for creating their own virtual orientations, which can be modified for any situation or scaled for any institution size. Participants in the session will also be encouraged to share their own experiences and ask questions of the presenters.
Knowledge Community: ISSS
Presenters: Florence Adibu, International Training & Programs Specialist, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Marta Schneider, Assistant Director for Global Communication, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

View recording of this session.

Strategies for Student Engagement in Hyflex and Online Courses: Perspectives From ESL and Study Abroad Programming

Date & Time: October 23, 9:00AM - 10:00AM CDT
This session will present strategies for using technology to create engaging student learning experiences, including activities for synchronous classes, asynchronous collaboration, and independent reflection. We'll share our experiences offering online study abroad courses and HyFlex ESL courses, and will welcome participants to learn from one another by posing questions and sharing their own experiences.
Knowledge Community: EA/TLS

Ellen Rosenwinkel, Registrar and Director of Education Technology, IES Abroad; 
Melissa Vervinck, Director of the ESL Institute, Oakland University

View recording of this session.

Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship (TLS) Roundtable

Date & Time: October 23, 10:30 - 11:30AM CDT
You are invited to join an informal roundtable on Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship in International Education. We will begin with an "About TLS" overview, highlighting national and regional NAFSA resources for your work as a teacher and scholar. We will devote time for sharing ideas on how we are adapting global learning this year in our teaching and programs, as we design and innovate during the pandemic. We will also brainstorm ways to support one another in Region V through resource sharing, on-going conversations and more.

International Education Leadership (IEL) Roundtable: Crisis Management, Leadership, and Finding Strength of Our Campus Community During the Pandemic

Date & Time: October 23, 10:30 - 11:30AM CDT
This is a round table discussion on the campus crisis management and leadership during this unprecedented time of a global pandemic. We will discuss the challenges of our campus community and also find strength to build resilience during these difficult times. We will facilitate a discussion on what are some of the steps intuitions have taken for international and education abroad students, how internal changes in policies, staffing, etc. occurred, and what we can share and learn from each other in terms of best practices moving forward.

Region V Rainbow SIG Meeting

Date and Time: October 23, 12:00-1:00 PM CDT 
Come talk with members of the Rainbow SIG!
Contact Person: Michael Ziadat

Technology Member Interest Group (MIG) Meeting

Date & Time: October 23, 1:00-2:00 PM CDT
The mission of the NAFSA Tech MIG is to promote the use and adoption of technology throughout the world of international education, through outreach, support, resources and discussions across all mediums. Hosted by Tech MIG Co-Chair Whitney Bennett (Northwestern).
Contact Person: Whitney Bennett

Internships, Service Learning, and Research Abroad Member Interest Group (MIG)

Date & Time: October 23, 1:00PM CDT
Contact Person: Jennifer Evanuik

NAFSA Advocacy Webinar - Home Stretch: International Education and the 2020 Election

Date & Time: October 23, 1:00 - 2:00 PM CDT
Contact Person: Emlyn Torres

Register now and join NAFSA advocates in this webinar, hosted by Regions III and V to find out ways you can still make a difference in the 2020 election, and staying engaged for the long haul. Learn how to flex your advocacy muscles in different contexts to advance international education policy on your campus and beyond.