Recent discussions emphasizing the importance of cultural activities for exchange visitors have raised questions among Responsible Officers. What are our legal obligations in this area? How can we ensure compliance? What kinds of cultural activities contribute to robust exchange programs? How best to keep records about these activities and report them to the U.S. Department of State (DOS)?
Michael Freeman, Dana Bleau, Esq., and Steve Springer will provide tangible solutions for ensuring the best cultural programming experiences possible by reaching out to intentionally meet the needs of the different exchange visitor profiles and provide appropriate, compliant programming for each. The presenters will also cover how to keep the records that you will need for your annual report.
Invite your OISS director, departmental liaison, international student adviser, and other colleagues to join this webinar. Sharing NAFSA webinars is a cost-effective method of staying abreast of the hottest topics facing the field today. Show the webinar in a room with a projector, and you can invite as many attendees as you wish for the price of one registration!
- Refresh your knowledge of legal and regulatory requirements.
- Gain insight into the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs' emphasis on the cultural component.
- Develop strategies for creating robust cultural activities for your exchange visitors.
- Learn what you are required to report and what records you need to keep.
Dana R. Bleau, JD
University of Arizona
Dana Bleau graduated from the University of Arizona in 1998, earning a BA in political science. In 2002, she earned her JD from Quinnipiac University. She is currently the director of international faculty and scholars at the University of Arizona, where she is charged with handling all employment-based immigration matters as well as managing the Exchange Visitor Program for research scholars, professors, and specialists. Bleau is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the Arizona Women Lawyers Association.
University of Arkansas
Michael Freeman began his career in international student and scholar advising as a volunteer in the Advising Center at Stephen F. Austin State University. He then participated in the University of Houston internship program before starting his first full-time employment at the University of Arkansas in 1985. He is now the director of international students and scholars, primarily responsible for advising researchers and faculty desiring to pursue permanent residence in the United States through employment at the University of Arkansas. He is the Responsible Officer and Principle Designated School Official for the University.
NAFSA: Association of International Educators
Steve Springer is director of regulatory practice liaison for NAFSA, where he manages NAFSA's engagement with federal agencies concerning regulatory practice issues, among other duties. Prior to joining the NAFSA staff he worked as an immigration attorney, representing higher education institutions and their faculty, staff, and students, and worked in-house managing immigration services for several major research universities. He is active in the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), serving on its Students and Scholars and USCIS Transformation Committees. He served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Poland.