International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS)

90-minute Conference Session

Best Practices Working with Undocumented and DACA-mented Students

Wednesday, October 19
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Room: Rose Island II

Do you work with undocumented students wanting to study abroad? What support can and should schools provide for undocumented and DACA-mented students? Separate facts from myths and learn how to support their access to education abroad. We have a nice mix of a study abroad adviser, an immigration adviser and an attorney to talk about new developments in the courts.  We will also have a DACA student share his personal experience in making the decision to go to college and later participate in study abroad.

Learning Objectives:

Megan E. Kludt

Curran & Berger LLP

Megan Kludt is an attorney specializing in complex immigration cases in the areas of business, academia, scientific research, and the arts. She has given presentations at academic institutions, spoken at local panels and been a guest lecturer at Smith College and UMass. Ms. Kludt has been on the AILA National Board of Publications Committee since 2014 and has co-authored and edited publications on a variety of immigration topics. She is a member of American Immigration Lawyers Association, the Massachusetts Bar Association, and the state bars of Massachusetts, Michigan and the U.S. District Courts for the state of Massachusetts.


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Constance Whitehead Hanks

Associate Director Study Abroad Programs
Clark University

My name is Constance (Connie) Whitehead Hanks, Associate Director of Study Abroad at Clark University. I received my BA from Connecticut College and my MS in Communications from Clark University. I have taught students ages K-12, non-traditional learners, and English as a second language. Still, I find that facilitating experiential opportunities for students across cultures is the most personally rewarding field of education. Supporting the students as they learn to problem-solve, adapt, negotiate differences, learn languages, gain in independence and self-confidence, and reflect is both an honor and a privilege. Our students become leaders in global understanding.


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Erin Gustafson

Senior Adviser
Yale Office of International Students & Scholars

Erin Gustafson serves as a Senior Adviser of Yale's Office of International Students and Scholars as a DSO, ARO and Student SEVIS Coordinator. Erin's responsibilities include advising on F-1 and J-1 immigration issues including extensions, leaves of absence, changes of education level, transfers, reduced course load requests, and academic withdrawals. She also currently serves as NAFSA Region XI's Chair Stream. Erin has been in the field since 2006.


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