Collegial Conversation
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July 22, 2021 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Registration Closed

International students often face struggles with feeling welcome and integrated on campus, especially during times of global uncertainty. Join a panel of programmatic specialists from different institution types for a discussion of practices, successes, and challenges in peer mentoring through virtual onboardings, orientations, or a buddy program.

The content is relevant to international student and scholar services, international enrollment management, advising, as well as senior international managers.

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Mingzhi Li, MA

Mingzhi Li
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech)
Mingzhi Li is the assistant director for international student programs. Prior to joining Virginia Tech’s Cranwell International Center, she worked at University of Minnesota for several years as an international student and scholar advisor doing advising, international student program management...

Mia Scavone, MA

Mia Scavone
MiraCosta Community College
Community College Rep, Region XII
Mia Scavone has served as the program director at the MiraCosta Community College International Office for 22 years. In this role, Mia is responsible for international student services, international partnerships, international admission and recruitment, study abroad programming, and supporting...

Andrew Van Lew, MA

andrew vanlew
University of Arkansas
Arkansas State Representative, Region III
Andrew Van Lew has been involved in international education since he began service in the Peace Corps in 2005. He currently works in the University of Arkansas' ISS Office, is pursuing his PhD in higher education and serves as the NAFSA Arkansas State Liaison. Andrew is a passionate advocate of...

Jingwen Yan, MEd

Jingwen Yan
Brandeis University
Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship Representative, Region XI
Jingwen Yan is originally from Jilin, China. Before she joined Brandeis in December 2016, Jingwen worked as a student success coach in the First Year Experience Office at Salem State University. She holds a bachelor of arts in English literature from Beijing's Jiaotong University, a master of arts...