Conference

Schedule: 

VIE hosts 2 conferences each year, one during the fall semester and one during the spring semester.

SPRING 2022

We are excited to announce that the registration for the VIE Spring 2022 Virtual Conference is now open ! We have a variety of sessions in Education Abroad, International Student & Scholar Services, and General Interest categories are planned throughout the week of April 4-8 from the 11 am – 2 pm timeframe.

REGISTER HERE

Mon Apr 4, 2022

11:00

Re-Establishing Normal: Considerations and Strategies for Re-Engaging International Education in a COVID-19 Endemic World

Todd Goen, Christopher Newport University 

Re-Establishing Normal: Considerations and Strategies for Re-Engaging International Education in a COVID-19 Endemic World

1:00

Speed Networking 

Kim Cossey & Newzaira Khan, Old Dominion University 

Tues Apr 5 2022

11:00

H1B Petitions and Navigating the Complexities of Filing for IT Staff

Alice Laubach, Old Dominion University 

In this presentation we will discuss the H1B filing process and how to navigate the challenges of filing for IT positions or other staff positions that require additional documentation to prove they are a specialty occupation.

12:00

Crash Counseling for International Students 

Newzaira Khan, Old Dominion University 

This session will discuss the needs of the international student population in regards to mental health and how to provide generalized therapy sessions for the international student population.

1:00

Marketing Education Abroad During a Global Pandemic: Lessons Learned & Open Discussion 

Lauren Devan, Randolph-Macon College

Drumming up interest in study abroad during a global pandemic may have felt like herding cats, but what can we learn from this experience and carry with us into the future as study abroad slowly makes a comeback? This session will discuss the marketing strategies of staff at Randolph-Macon College, including lessons learned, followed by an open discussion among session participants.

Wed Apr 6 2022

11:00

Scam Awareness and Support for your International Campus Community 

Christine Bodziak, George Mason University 

The financial and emotional toll of scams can adversely impact student and scholar success and wellbeing. Session attendees will learn why international students are particularly vulnerable to scams. This session will explore definitions, common scams, scam techniques, and understanding why scams work. Participants will learn how they can provide scam education outreach and support to their international campus community. Time will be allotted for participants to share their own resources and best practices.

12:00

Assisting International Student Navigate US Healthcare and Health Insurance 

Degi Betcher, Old Dominion University 

This session will discuss how to explain US healthcare and health insurance to international students. Provide tips on helping students to understand their benefits, EOBs, and how to resolve insurance issues.

1:00

Study Away is Great!

Logan Boydstun, Old Dominion University 

Covid forced our office to explore alternative ways to provide students with opportunities to experience other cultures and perspectives. In this presentation, I’ll be discussing the value of domestic programs, how they remove barriers for both students and program coordinators, and why our office intends to keep growing our study away portfolio.

Thurs Apr 7 2022

11:00

Oh, The Places They’ll Go: Post-Graduation and Employment Advising for F-1 Students

Danielle Lee Davis, Radford University

Unlike other university students, F-1s remain with their international student advisor well beyond graduation day. As they prepare to begin their job hunts, consider beginning new programs, and accidently run down the clock on their grace periods, they often turn to the international office for advice on how to proceed. This session will cover the new online I-765 filing option, common questions asked and obstacles faced by F-1 students, and how to leverage your university’s Career Center to best prepare these prospective employees for life after graduation.

 

12:00

Recruiting & Retaining International Employees

Eva Wong & Emily Bailey, College of William &  Mary 

This session will explore why is it important for universities to have a strategy to attract and retain international employees and how International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) can contribute to that strategy. Presenters will discuss challenges that universities are facing in recruiting and retaining international employees and present examples of how universities have tried to address these challenges. Attendees are also encouraged to share their ideas and experiences for increasing recruitment and retention at their institutions.

1:00

Mental Health and Wellbeing for International Students from Asia 

Yajie Mu & Soomin Park, George Mason University 

Asian students are the majority of the international student population. While the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the mental health and well-being of everyone to a certain degree, Asian international students have faced additional sources of stress and anxiety that were brought by countless incidents related to Asian hate

In this presentation, we are going to address the topic of mental health and wellbeing for Asian international students and some initiatives that have been taken at George Mason University to support our international students from Asia.

Fri Apr 8 2022

11:00

Education Abroad Open Forum

Sarah Moran, University of Mary Washington

Education Abroad Q&A and case study session.

12:00

ISSS Open Forum

Danielle Lee Davis, Radford University 

ISSS Q&A and case study session.

1:00

International Recruitment Open Forum

Lizzie Nguyen, Old Dominion University 

International Recruitment Q&A and case study session.

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FALL 2021

The Fall 2021 conference will be held virtually from December 6-10.  From Monday through Friday (December 6-10), sessions in Education Abroad, International Student & Scholar Services, and General Interest categories will be presented at 11am, 12pm, and 1pm.

Conference Registration

Fall 2021 virtual conference will not have a registration fee.  

Monday – December 6, 2021

  • 11:00 AM-12:00 PM – Employment-Based Immigration Advising Updates – Kristen Repyneck Dennis, Goldblum Pollins & Dennis
  • 12:00 PM -1:00 PM – Clarifying Financial Aid for Study Abroad: A VCU Case Study and Roundtable Discussion – Amy Miller, Stephanie Tignor & Evan Udowitch , Virginia Commonwealth University
  • 1:00 PM- 2:00 PM – Proverbs for Newbies: How to Thrive as a New Professional of Color in International Education – Keyana Pugh & Lauren Hill, Virginia Tech

Tuesday – December 7, 2021

  • 11:00 AM-12:00 PM – Open Discussion on Education Abroad – Sarah Moran, University of Mary Washington
  • 12:00 PM -1:00 PM – Why International Students’ Sense of Belonging is Important and How to Promote It– Hunter Swanson, Washington and Lee University
  • 1:00 PM- 2:00 PM – Empowering Teachers by Building Successful Online Learning Environments – Sherry Mazin, Dr. Christine Palumbo & Sandy Nguyen, iTEP International Test of English Proficiency

Wednesday – December 8, 2021

  • 11:00 AM-12:00 PM – Increasing J-1 Exchange Student Engagement with Social & Cultural Programming – Jaelen White & Maureen Deisinger, Virginia Tech
  • 1:00 PM- 2:00 PM – So you have your data…how do you show it? – Kim Cossey, Old Dominion University

Thursday – December 9, 2021

  • 11:00 AM-12:00 PM – Reexamining the Complexity of Change of Status to F-1 – Alice Laubach, Old Dominion University
  • 12:00 PM -1:00 PM – Engaging Families in International Education: A Necessary Precondition for Successful Outcomes? – Todd Lee Goen, Christopher Newport University
  • 1:00 PM- 2:00 PM – Open Forum for International Student Services – Danielle Davis, Radford University

Friday – December 10, 2021

  • 11:00 AM-12:00 PM – Designing Cross-Cultural Training – Newzaira Khan & Kim Cossey, Old Dominion University
  • 1:00 PM- 2:00 PM – Hot Topics in ISSS – Crystal Malik, McCandlish Holton

Information for Providers

If you are a provider and would like to host an informational drop-in Zoom session, please e-mail Ebony Majeed or Mark Rush.