MAIE Annual Conference 2021

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Vision 2030 and Education Reform in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Fahad Nazer, Spokesperson for the Embassy of Saudi Arabia to the United States, addresses educational reform in Saudi Arabia, followed by the MAIE annual business meeting.

Thursday, March 25, 11:30am

  • Opening Keynote: Chris O'Shaughnessy

    Monday, March 22, 1:00pm

    Chris O'Shaughnessy | Author, Comedian, Storyteller

    Tracy Nakajima | MAIE Chair

    Jim Crawley | MAIE Treasurer

    To open our 2021 virtual conference, MAIE is thrilled to welcome back 2018 keynote speaker Chris O'Shaughnessy! Christopher O’Shaughnessy is a passionate and versatile speaker, comedian, and author who uses a unique blend of story-telling, humor, and provocative insight to engage a wide array of people on topics associated with globalization and cross-cultural understanding. Chris is enlisted by organizations large and small ranging from international schools and educational institutions to government agencies and businesses across the globe. He has worked in, lived in, or traveled to more than 100 countries and brings first hand experience of an ever-globalizing world to his audiences.

  • Annual Business Meeting & Featured Address: Vision 2030 and Education Reform in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

    Thursday, March 25, 11:30am

    Fahad Nazer | Spokesperson for the Embassy of Saudi Arabia to the United States

    Tracy Nakajima | MAIE Chair

    Jim Crawley | MAIE Treasurer

    Fahad Nazer is the spokesperson for the Embassy of Saudi Arabia to the United States. He was appointed to this role on January 18, 2019.

    Prior to this appointment, Nazer served as a political analyst for JTG, Inc. and a terrorism analyst at Array Information Technology Inc. He is a former non-resident fellow at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington and previously served as an International Fellow at the National Council on U.S. Arab Relations. Additionally, Nazer was a frequent columnist for the daily newspaper Arab News, and his publications have appeared in Foreign Affairs, The New York Times, CNN, Foreign Policy, YaleGlobal Online, The National Interest, and Newsweek.

    Nazer earned his BA in political science from New York University and an M.A in political science from Saint John's University in New York City. He has also completed the credit and examination requirements of the PhD program in political science at the Catholic University of America in Washington.

  • What's Next? Predictions for Academic Visas in 2021

    ISSS

    Monday, March 22, 2:15pm

    Brooke Stokdyk | Michigan State University

    Scott Cooper | Fragomen Worldwide

    Scott Manley | University of Michigan

    We all just experienced the wildest, most unpredictable year imaginable in 2020. What does 2021 have in store for us? Our panelists will try to predict what we are likely to see for F-1 visas, J-1 visas, H-1B visas, and more.

  • SEVP at a Glance

    ISSS

    Monday, March 22, 3:30pm

    Beth Tinkham | SEVP

    Daniel Morris | SEVP

    In this presentation we will cover the latest news concerning international students and schools, notifications and follow up on program initiatives, tips and reminders about SEVIS passwords, facts and figures showcasing SEVP’s response to COVID-19 inquiries, and additional helpful resources.

    This session will be conducted via Microsoft Teams; please register and submit questions, and a link will be emailed prior to the session.

  • Engaging Community for Short-term International Student Programs

    EA, TLS

    Tuesday, March 23, 9:00am

    Qing Xia | Michigan State University

    Sara Bano | North Dakota University

    This session will share community engagement practices for two short-term summer programs for international students in the US. One program is in public health, and the other is nursing education. Both program evaluations show that community-engaged activities enhance student learning and the relationship between university and community organizations. Lastly, building relationships with the community increases university capacity in offering high-quality programs to international students.

  • K-12 Roundtable: Introductions and Discussion

    K12, IEM

    Tuesday, March 23, 10:15am

    Joelle Williams | Grand Rapids Christian Schools

    Jim Crawley | Hope College

    We welcome all attendees working with international students at the secondary education level to join us for this session. This will be an informal time of introductions and conversation: about MAIE and our schools.

  • Building an Effective Recruiting Communication Plan

    K12, IEM, CC

    Tuesday, March 23, 10:15am

    Tara Braun | Calvin University

    Thinking about an effective communication plan can be complicated. Learn some tips to identify audiences, communicate as a sales person, and plan ahead.

  • From Pivoting to Planning with Purpose: A Discussion about Virtual International Internships

    EA

    Tuesday, March 23, 11:30am

    Raven McKenzie | University of Michigan

    Jennifer Evanuik | Central Michigan University

    Kelly Nelson | University of Michigan

    Marko Schubert | Central Michigan University

    Join us for interactive small and large group discussions about the state of virtual internships. During this session attendees will have the opportunity to explore several aspects of virtual internships with fellow international education professionals, from sourcing strategies to funding opportunities and more!

  • Bringing the World to Campus: Engaging Students in an International Education at Home

    TLS

    Tuesday, March 23, 11:30am

    Rachel Wright | University of Michigan

    COVID-19 has dramatically decreased student mobility across borders: universities have been forced to abruptly halt study abroad programs while national governments have imposed limitations on international student entry. In the midst of this uncertainty, how can staff members support students who had planned to leave the U.S. for intercultural experiences, as well as students whose academic programs or financial constraints prevent them from studying abroad altogether? In this presentation, we will discuss how administrators and staff members can creatively assist students in internationalizing their own academic and co-curricular pathways while on campus. Using the University of Michigan’s International Institute as a case study, we will highlight ways to consolidate campus resources and course offerings in a way that is accessible to students, as well as strategies for developing meaningful partnerships to empower them to take ownership of their education and envision themselves as members of a broader global community even when they can’t physically be in another part of the world.

  • Lessons learned from COVID-19: looking to the future

    ISSS

    Tuesday, March 23, 1:00pm

    Laure Bordas-Isner | Wayne State University

    Allison Piippo | Eastern Michigan University

    This roundtable session, organized into breakout groups, will focus on how the lessons that International Education professionals have learned from the effects of COVID-19 can be applied to post-crisis processes and procedures. The presenters will first share their relevant experiences. Then, in breakout rooms, participants will be able to share their experience adapting to remote work, reinventing programming, establishing new means of communication with students, redesigning orientation, and rethinking document collection methods.
    The last part of this session will focus on sharing the lessons the participants have learned from the past year and what IE offices might continue to do post-COVID to improve the services they provide to the international community .

  • Year in Review: J-1 Visa Policy and Practice

    ISSS

    Tuesday, March 23, 2:15pm

    Brooke Stokdyk | Michigan State University

    Scott Manley | University of Michigan

    Leydi Egan | Michigan State University

    Lindsay Barron | Central Michigan University

    While the Department of State’s responses to the pandemic didn’t generate splashy headlines or multiple lawsuits, there were still plenty of changes to J-1 policy and practice in 2020. Our panelists from MSU, U of M, and CMU will review everything that happened with J-1 student and scholar visas over the past year and share how each institution adapted along the way.

  • Governmant Q and A

    ISSS

    Tuesday, March 23, 3:30pm

    SEVP

    CBP

    Department of State

    Representatives from SEVP, Customs and Border Protection, and the Department of State will be available to answer your agency-specific questions about F and J visas. There is certainly no shortage of questions at the moment, so be sure to submit your questions early! The question submission form is available at the top of this page or on the conference main page.

  • The Post-COVID Future of International Student Recruitment

    ISSS, EA, IEM, CC

    Wednesday, March 24, 9:00am

    Rachel Martin | Unibuddy

    University admissions and international recruitment teams in the U.S. quickly learned to become agile, embrace innovation and think outside the box when it comes to student recruitment in 2020.

    This was critical even more so for international student recruitment. So what does the future hold for 2021 and international education here in the U.S.?

    Digital is here to stay and the higher education community has accepted this new reality, virtual events included. But in 2021, many predict that we won’t be forced to rely on digital events forever, but blending them with in-person activities may just be the secret sauce that’ll bump your post-COVID recruitment strategy to the next level.

    Peer-to-peer connections that happen online are the way of the post-COVID future because the issue of accessibility is gaining traction.

    Join our session to learn about winning strategies many institutions are adopting to stay ahead of the curve.

  • Health Care and Health Insurance for International Students and Scholars

    ISSS

    Wednesday, March 24, 10:15am

    Brooke Stokdyk | Michigan State University

    Jessica Scott-Nehls | Michigan State University

    Erin Kramer | Michigan State University

    Rachel Ko & Hannah Wellman | Michigan State University

    The COVID pandemic has highlighted both the need for international students and scholars to have quality health insurance coverage and the many barriers that exist preventing students and scholars from accessing appropriate coverage. We will look at market changes prompted by the pandemic, hot topics like Public Charge, and recommend ways you can better protect the students and scholars at your institution.

  • Making Study Abroad Accessible to Students with Disabilities:

    EA

    Wednesday, March 24, 10:15am

    Callie Rouse | University of Michigan

    Natalie Ridgway | University of Michigan

    How do we run accessible programming for students with disabilities? The process starts long before students get on a plane. In this session, we will discuss steps your office can take to be more welcoming to students with disabilities and reduce barriers to access.

  • Study MI Website - An Update

    EA, K12, IEM, CC

    Wednesday, March 24, 11:30am

    Jim Crawley | Hope College

    Tara Braun | Calvin University

    Ling Zhang | Central Michigan University

    Marty Bennett | SMIE Consulting

    A "Study Michigan" website is under development. So far, close to half of Michigan's higher education institutions have committed to participate. The intention is that this is the first step toward have an active MI consortium of schools. We are in the top 10 nationally for incoming, and outgoing, students, yet we are one of the only leading states to not have a state consortium. Join the session for an update on the development of the website.

  • The Psychology of Short Term Study Abroad: Making it work for Annie Anxious, Henry Homebody, Andrew Adrenaline, Nancy Know it All, Danny Downer and other members of the “perfect team.”

    EA, CC, TLS

    Wednesday, March 24, 1:00pm

    Jim Bensley | Northwestern Michigan College

    Short-term study abroad is often a compilation of students put together from a specific course, an academic discipline or even a general call for interest. Spending up to three weeks in a unique country with individuals who may or may not be familiar with each other can be dramatically different from teaching in a traditional classroom. Join us for an interactive session on how to build a cohesive team, address issues that arise, seek additional help, and, most of all, encourage students to develop the confidence to travel and engage in international opportunities throughout their lives. Understanding what best ignites team synergy, as well as ways to deal with students who are homesick, disappointed with initial expectations, have a desire to experience anything and everything 24/7, and those who may be fearful of unique cultural eccentricities will make you a better team leader while getting the most from your time on the ground.

  • Change is the only constant: Suggestions and lessons learned from implementing the Terra Dotta modern applicant (EA) and new student experiences (ISSS)

    ISSS, EA

    Wednesday, March 24, 2:15pm

    Tyler Morkin | Central Michigan University

    Marko Schubert | Central Michigan University

    Change is never easy, especially when it comes to technology. This is why many Education Abroad and ISSS offices that use Terra Dotta may have had mixed feelings when it was announced the current software platform would eventually be phased out in favor of the modern applicant/new student experience. The Education Abroad and ISSS units within Central Michigan University’s Office of Global Engagement had similar mixed feelings, but recently undertook the challenge of making the transition. This session will highlight some of the lessons learned throughout that process and provide some practical tips for other offices who may have to navigate this change in the near future.

  • International Recruitment for Newcomers I

    IEM

    Wednesday, March 24, 2:15pm

    Jim Crawley | Hope College

    The set of two sessions is for international admissions professionals who are new to the field in the last 1-2 years. Topics to be covered include an institutional self-evaluation, armchair and active recruitment, and good practices related to evaluating applications. Credential evaluation will not be included in this session.

  • Connecting the UN Sustainable Development Goals to Education Abroad

    EA

    Thursday, March 25, 9:00am

    Opal Leeman Bartzis | Michigan State University

    Attendees will become acquainted with the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their application to education abroad through this session. Institutional examples from across the country will demonstrate the ways the SDGs are increasingly being incorporated into education abroad program content development and operational delivery. Michigan State University’s plans to map the SDGs to faculty-directed programs and build their consideration into new program processes will also be explored.

  • Pandemic Admissions: Obtaining and Verifying Credentials in 2021

    IEM

    Thursday, March 25, 10:15am

    Katerina Roskina | China Credential Services

    Karin Christoph-Brown | One Earth International Credential

    This peer-led roundtable discussion will focus on current COVID-related credential challenges and ideas for credential policy flexibility and creativity while maintaining documentation process integrity and guarding against fraud. Bring your questions and concerns, share your ideas and best practices - we're in this together!

  • Key Phrases to Elevate Your Advising

    ISSS

    Thursday, March 25, 10:15am

    Kaitlin Loomis | University of Michigan

    Nicholas Dunn | University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

    Reflect on your personal advising style and explore ways to add impact and clarity when advising on health, travel, status and more. Some of the best go-to phrases compiled from advisors with different communication styles and personalities will be shared so, whether it’s your 50th CPT this week or your 5th CPT ever, you’ll walk away with new language to elevate your advising game.

  • Year in Review: F-1 Visa Policy and Practice

    ISSS

    Thursday, March 25, 2:15pm

    Brooke Stokdyk | Michigan State University

    Scott Manley | University of Michigan

    Christine Bilfinger | Michigan State University

    Tyler Morkin | Central Michigan University

    At last year’s MAIE conference, SEVP’s March 9th F-1 Policy Guidance was a mere 48 hours old. Our panelists from MSU, U of M, and CMU will review everything that has happened in the F-1 program since that time and share how each institution adapted to the rapidly-changing landscape over the past year.

  • Networking Throughout Campus and Beyond

    ISSS, EA, K12, IEM, CC

    Thursday, March 25, 3:30pm

    Tara Braun | Calvin University

    Christopher Voss | Kalamazoo Valley Community College

    There are hidden networking opportunities throughout campus to assist in reaching international enrollment goals. This session will review how to identify and collaborate with several offices on and off campus that will create mutual benefits. Real working examples will also be shared.

  • Employment and Training Opportunities for F-1 Students

    ISSS

    Friday, March 26, 9:00am

    Beth Tinkham | SEVP

    Daniel Morris | SEVP

    In this session we will cover all forms of F-1 student employment, including on- and off-campus employment, curricular practical training (CPT), optional practical training (OPT), and STEM OPT. We will also discuss special considerations for students engaged in employment or practical training and share some helpful resources.

    This session will be conducted via Microsoft Teams; please register and submit questions, and a link will be emailed prior to the session.

  • VE/COIL A Model for Integrating Intercultural Competencies in Curricula

    TLS

    Friday, March 26, 10:15am

    Yovana S. Veerasamy

    Virtual Exchange/Collaborative Online International Learning (VE/COIL) has gained traction during the COVID-19 pandemic. It emerged as a rapid response to help maintain intercultural competencies in curricula while avoiding physical mobility. VE/COIL leverages technology to ensure international collaboration and exchange happens in a meaningful way. Selecting targeted competencies, and measuring learning outcomes can also pave the way for it to be used to enhance internationalization at home in the long run

  • Outdoor Adventures for International Students

    ISSS

    Friday, March 26, 10:15am

    Ann Capela | Wayne State University

    Why the emphasis on outdoors activities in an urban university setting?

    Discovering the Great Michigan Outdoors: nature is a common language and a common culture.

    Outdoor adventures for physical and emotional wellness while having a great time!

    · Your body and mind in motion

    · Exercise that does NOT feel like exercise

    · Making new friends

    · Working as a team

    · Develop an appreciation for nature and the environment

    · Do something new – go bird watching or try kayaking

    · Experience a sense of belonging

    · Create awesome memories of your time while studying in Michigan

  • Student Development at the secondary education level: 3 program examples

    K12

    Friday, March 26, 11:30am

    Joelle Williams | Grand Rapids Christian Schools

    Supporting international students in grades 5-12 requires focused, intentional mentoring. Join us for several case studies and discussion about how to support student growth toward a healthy emotional, social, academic, and home life.

  • What the Biden Team means for Employment-based Visas and Immigration

    ISSS

    Friday, March 26, 1:00pm

    Moni Gill | Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy LLC

    David Muusz | University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

    Lee Ryder | Western Michigan University

    Will new management of the same team result in a making the series in employment-related visas and immigration in the higher ed and research league? Can they make up for the last four losing seasons? The session line up will include all stars in employment immigration from Michigan higher ed institutions and a designated attorney hitter.

  • International Recruitment for Newcomers II

    IEM

    Friday, March 26, 2:15pm

    Jim Crawley | Hope College

    The set of two sessions is for international admissions professionals who are new to the field in the last 1-2 years. Topics to be covered include an institutional self-evaluation, armchair and active recruitment, and good practices related to evaluating applications. Credential evaluation will not be included in this session.

  • Resuming Study Abroad: Considerations in a Pandemic

    EA

    Friday, March 26, 3:30pm

    Dianne DeSalvo | Central Michigan University

    Patrick Morgan | University of Michigan

    Margaret Wiedenhoeft | Kalamazoo College

    As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, students remain interested in going abroad. Institutions are discussing when, to which destinations, and under what conditions study abroad can resume, even before the vaccine is widely available. A small private college, and a medium and large public institution will discuss the issues under consideration and the processes each are following to make these important decisions.

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