2023 Ohio State Meeting

Date: Friday, April 28th

Time: 9:00 AM until 3:30 PM EDT


Ohio Dominican University

1216 Sunbury Road

Columbus, OH 43219

United States

Conference Registration

Online registration is available now until Wednesday, April 26th at 11:59pm.

Onsite registration will also be available at the event. 

Registration costs are below:

Registration Type

Online Registration Onsite Registration
Member $55 $75
Nonmember $75 $100
Student Member $40 $55

Program and Schedule

9:00 AM to 10:00 AM Registration and Networking Breakfast

10:00 AM to 10:55 AM Concurrent Sessions I

Mind the Gap: Bridging Student Development and Global Education


Given our unique position at the crossroads of student, international, and academic affairs, we must adjust the way we work within our university communities in a post-COVID world. As education abroad professionals, we examine how we can utilize a student development framework to make our programming and advising practices more inclusive and supportive.

Aaron Klein, Assistant Director, Industry Connections, The Ohio State University 
Katie Ryan, Regional Director, University Relations AP
Heather Schieman, Assistant Director, The Universitv of Dayton 

That's Not Even in the Regs!


Do financial documents need to be less than six months old? Do schools have to use SEVIS transfer forms? Do you need to look at a passport before creating an 1-20? Explore some standard practices that are often thought to be based in regulation but are not, and discuss how to create policies that work for your own campus. 

Josh Whitson, Assistant Dean and Director of International Student & Scholar Services, Oberlin College & Conservatory 

11:00 AM to 11:55 AM Concurrent Sessions II

My Fulbright Experience: IEA Taiwan

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Participating in the Fulbright International Education Administrators Seminar is a funded professional development experience available to professionals in the field of international education. Hear more about the program details, the application process and personal experience of the program. 

Crystal Craycraft, Regional Director, University Relations, AIFS Abroad 

The Secret Sauce for Building a Culture of Trust and Compliance


Tried everything to get your faculty-led program directors to understand the critical importance of risk management policies and protocols? Do they still grumble about having to attend your mandatory trainings? Learn how to earn their respect and compliance by framing the conversation squarely within the legal ramifications they face as program directors and how to best protect themselves. Even the most independent faculty member will become cooperative once they realize how they benefit from adhering to policy! 

Candace Chenoweth, Director, Global Engagement Office, The College of Wooster 

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM Lunch

Keynote Speaker: Abby Conder Lussier, 2023 NAFSA Advocate of the Year

1:05 PM to 2:00 PM Concurrent Sessions III

Focus on the J-1 Student Intern Category: Rebuilding and Expanding 
the J-1 Student Intern Program at CWRU 


The J-1 student intern is a unique visa category. It is designed to bring international students who are pursuing a degree abroad to the US for research, training, or internships. This session will discuss what CWRU is doing to rebuild a J-1 student intern program after the program vvas paused during COVID. The session will explore best practices, processes, regulatory issues, and challenges and opportunities. 

Emily Aronson, Associate Director, International Student SeNices, Case
Western ReseNe Universitv 

Bridging the Gap: Translating Experiential Learning into Career Skills


Many students will describe their study abroad experiences as "life-changing" - but what does that mean? How can students leverage their international experiences outside of the world of study abroad? This interactive session will discuss how international educators can help students connect their experiences abroad with their personal and professional development. Sharing strategies used by both a one-person study abroad office and a provider, we will introduce ideas for implementing resume workshops, guiding students through an exploration of career values, and assessing skills gained while abroad. Together, we will workshop ways to engage students in critical reflection to translate their life-changing moments into evidence of career readiness. 

Michelle Dippold, Assistant Director, Curriculum & Academics, WorldStrides Higher Education 


2:05 PM to 3:00 PM Concurrent Sessions IV

How to Advocate and Checkmate!

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Between a rook and a hard place with your Members of Congress? Need to get something off your chess? Join NAFSA's 2023 Advocate of the Year, Abby 
Conder Lussier
, for pun-filled advocacy tips! Just like a chess board, US 
immigration policy has a checkered past. In this session, you'll learn about current policy priorities, winning advocacy strategies, and how to level-up from 
pawn to queen, day and knight! 

Abby Conder Lussier, International Student and Scholar Advisor, 
Ohio University 

The A1B1C1's of English Language Assessment: Using CEFR as a Guide to Future-Proof Prociency Requirements for Admission


The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) is an internationally recognized standard for language proficiency assessment. While some higher education institutions have taken an approach to accepting any recognized assessment aligned to CEFR, many continue to continue to list individual assessments and required score ranges, which in turn need to be regularly updated as assessments adjust their scoring or new assessments come to market. This session will begin with an overview of the CEFR and learner outcomes at the various levels. We will then explore the current state of English proficiency. 

Exhibitor and Sponsor Information

Bronze Sponsor - $150 (5 available)
Includes thank you at event (indicating who, if anyone, is attending from the sponsoring organization), logo and link to sponsor profile on conference site/app, option to have an info sheet on a table in the main hall for interested attendees to take

Coffee Break Sponsor - $300 (1 available)
Includes all benefits of the bronze sponsorship, along with special recognition and signage at the coffee break.


**Please note, sponsors will also need to purchase a registration for any attendees from their organization.