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On March 11, 2016, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security published the final 24-month science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) optional practical training (OPT) rule. The change went into effect on May 10, 2016. As a result, campuses across the nation are adjusting their student advising and processes to accommodate new STEM OPT applications.
As a follow-up to the NAFSA e-Learning Seminar, STEM OPT Update: Implications and Preparations for Changes, international education experts will share policies and procedures implemented at various institutions. Presenters will discuss the challenges they’ve faced in this transition process, and how they’ve overcome them.
Join this live NAFSA e-Learning Seminar to learn from expert designated school officials (DSOs) about their successful STEM OPT policies and practices. Steve Springer, NAFSA’s Director of Regulatory Practice Liaison, will also provide an update on NAFSA’s related liaison efforts.
After attending this NAFSA e-Learning Seminar, participants will be able to:
- Discuss model practices implemented by different types of institutions;
- Collaborate with employers to fulfill new requirements;
- Clarify policy and advising questions.
The content will be relevant to those working in international student services and career services.
Georgia Institute of Technology
Katie Tudini is the assistant director of international student and scholar services in the Office of International Education at the Georgia Institute of Technology. In her role, she leads the administration of the F-1 and J-1 student programs and a team of international student advisers. Tudini holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from the State University of New York at Fredonia and a master's degree in higher education administration from Canisius College.
New York University
Helen Leonard has been advising international students for more than 20 years. She is the assistant director for admitted student services, overseeing the issuance of more than 6,000 initial I-20 and DS-2019s annually. Leonard has served as a member of the NAFSA Trainer Corps and has presented numerous workshops and conference sessions. She currently serves as the Region X regulatory ombud for student issues and received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from New York University.
Bob White is a principal in the Immigration Practice Group of Masuda Funai in Schaumburg, Illinois. For more than 23 years, White has advised and worked with companies from a variety of industries in obtaining business nonimmigrant and immigrant visas and green card status for employees, managers, and executives. He represents and defends companies in U.S. Department of Labor H-1B labor condition application audits and Immigration and Customs Enforcement form I-9 audits, and counsels in avoiding the penalties often incurred in these actions. White is a member of the leadership team and a Regulatory Ombudsman for Scholars for NAFSA Region V.