Region XI Virtual Conference Events
ISSS Advising in an Era of Uncertainty
Date & Time: September 30, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00
Description: In an era of unprecedented uncertainty, advisers are often faced with advising where there are no clear answers. This session will review the role of the adviser, ways to seek advise through NAFSA resources and colleagues, how to best involve outside resources such as congressional offices and courts, and most important, how to deal with the uncertainty ourselves.
- Dan Berger, Partner, Attorney, Curran, Berger & Kludt
- Elizabeth Capuano, Advisor to International Students and Scholars, Harvard University
- Janet Ray, Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Director of International Student Success/PDSO/RO, Providence
Turnkey Global Partnerships
Date & Time: October 1, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
CIEE maintains 30+ campus locations globally for students to begin their education on remote campuses and continue abroad when travel is more accessible. Eight U.S. institutions utilized this structure enrolling 1,300+ international students who studied on campuses in China and South Korea. The fast-paced adoption resolved visa and travel challenges and maintained enrollment. Intead and CIEE will discuss how offering students this flexibility can preserve institutions’ relationships with prospective and enrolled students. MCPHS will discuss their experience making a global campus option work in South Korea with just a few months lead time due to COVID-19.
- Ben Waxman, CEO, Intead
- Seamus Harreys, Vice Global President of Global Enrollment, CIEE
- Ita Duron, Executive Director of Global Strategies & International Programs, MCPHS
Competition or Complementary?: The Role of Virtual Programs in Education Abroad
Date & Time: October 7, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Description: What is virtual study abroad? Is it here to stay? How can it possibly measure up to an in-person experience? Is it competition or complementary to existing programs?
The world of education abroad has quickly pivoted to include virtual opportunities. While some question the place and value of online programs in study abroad, others are energized by the opportunity and excited by its future potential. Regardless of where you are on the spectrum, one thing is clear: there are still many questions yet to be fully answered and still much to be discussed and developed. Before the session, participants will watch a short pre-workshop video from the facilitators and complete a think-sheet to prepare. View the pre-workshop slides.
- Abigail Cavazos, Siena College
- Peter McGovern, EdOdyssey
Region XI Business Meeting
Date & Time: October 8, 4-5 p.m.
Description: Join the NAFSA team for our annual regional business meeting. You will hear updates from each member of the regional team, we will give you an update about our regional finances, and tell you what's in store as we head into next year. Bring your questions, suggestions, and friendly faces!
Bonus - every person that attends will be entered into a raffle to win a mystery prize! The winner will be announced at our Closing Ceremony on October 29th, so be sure to tune in to win.
NAFSA Academy In The Time of COVID
Date & Time: October 13, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Participants in the NAFSA Academy 17 Region XI Cohort share their learning plans and projects they have been working on as participants in the NAFSA academy. They will also reflect upon the challenges and opportunities that they faced this year during COVID and the benefits of participating in such a professional development opportunity during this challenging time.
- Kara Witherill, Shorelight
- Jason Serrano, Suny New Paltz (Region X)
- Mirabelle Tseng, Worcester Poly Tech
- Loren Scott, Middlebury College
- Po-Wei Weng, the Cambridge School of Weston
- Sidiq Soulemana, Wagner College (Region X)
MIG/SIG Networking Lunch
Date & Time: October 14, 12-1 p.m.
Description: You are invited to a networking session with your NAFSA Region XI colleagues to learn about NAFSA Region XI's Member Interest Groups (MIGs) and Subject Interest Groups (SIGs). Bring your lunch and join us for an hour of conversation!
Social: NAFSA Bingo Night
Date & Time: October 15, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Description: Escape the home office doldrums and join your NAFSA Region XI colleagues for a chance to win a virtual State Basket (our twist on one of our favorite conference traditions) at B-I-N-G-O! Costumes and crazy attire highly recommended!
Unity in Community: Leveraging the International Education Office to Foster Student Engagement and Support Institutional Enrollment in Uncertain Times
Date & Time: October 20, 3:00-4:00 p.m.
The trend of deferring college, choosing a gap year, or taking a Leave of Absence has been growing in popularity in the U.S. over the last few years, but this year, as a result of the pandemic and its associated complications with travel, thousands of domestic and international students were unexpectedly faced with the decision to choose or abandon their college plans without support or a clear path forward. With higher education institutions tackling the enrollment crisis this fall and beyond, now is the time for creativity, innovation, and for international offices to showcase our value with our innate ability to foster community.
This session will explore education abroad program designs from both public and private institutions as well as a provider for purposes of increasing retention and enrollment, providing an alternative and accessible path forward for students, and preserving the internationalization mission on campus. Presenters will then facilitate a discussion about the role of educators in creating and preserving global communities of learners. This session is intended for all international education audiences.
- Corey Blackmar, Associate Director, Internationalization Initiatives, Emerson College
- Ian Lim-Bonner, IEP Campus Consultant, Plymouth State University
- Laura Smith, University Relations and Customized Groups Manager, Kaya Responsible Travel
The Virtual Connection: Communication with Stakeholders During the Pandemic
Date & Time: October 21, 3-4pm
Communicating about immigration has always been challenging, but never more so than during the pandemic. We must engage electronically and virtually to ensure our campuses are up to date on the constantly changing immigration rules, policies and guidance that impact our international students, scholars, faculty and staff. This session will explore how to identify key stakeholders and effectively communicate with them, especially during the COVID-19 crisis.
- Nia DeYounge, Associate Director, Center for International Students and Scholars, Bentley University
- Susan Ellison, Director, Office of Visa and Immigration Services, Dartmouth College
- Tana Ruegamer, Director & Advisor, Slater International Center, Wellesley College
Study Abroad Student Leadership: Pandemic Edition
Date & Time: October 28, 11am - 12pm
Student leaders (ambassadors, peer mentors, etc.) are central to the advising, programming, and outreach efforts of many study abroad offices and organizations. But what does a student leader’s role look like in the midst of a pandemic? Is it worthwhile to have a student leadership team during this time? How can student leaders continue to engage with their peers, their study abroad office, and program provider virtually? These are some of the questions we will explore together during this interactive session.
- Hannah Parten, Study Abroad Advisor, Wesleyan University
- Emily Nagel, Regional Director for University Relations and Outreach, API Abroad
Closing Ceremony and Awards
Date & Time: October 29, 4-5 p.m.
Description: Join us for our final event of the Region XI Virtual Conference! We will present our regional awards to deserving colleagues, announce the new NAFSA Region XI team members, and sprinkle a few other fun surprises throughout the hour.
We hope you will join us to connect and celebrate our first (and hopefully last) fully virtual conference!