International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS)

90-minute Conference Session

It's Not Science! Dissecting the DS-2019

Wednesday, October 19
8:15 AM - 9:45 AM
Room: Aquidneck

Which J-1 category should I use? Is that government funding? Issuing an initial DS-2019 for an incoming exchange visitor can present surprising challenges for the RO/ARO. In this interactive session, presenters and the audience can share their best practices for the initial DS-2019 process, and how we define certain parts of the form that may be open to interpretation.   

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Rae Alexander

Director
University of Connecticut

Rae has worked as an advisor to international students and exchange visitors for ten years, first at a small liberal arts college in Maine and for the last seven years at the University of Connecticut. A native Mainer, she has lived in Austria, Germany and the Netherlands. She most enjoys advising on immigration matters and loves that no day on the job is the same! >

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Melissa Scher

Immigration Specialist II
University of Massachusetts Medical School

Melissa Scher
Immigration Specialist II
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Immigration professional with over ten years of experience in the field of international student and scholar advising as well as experience in corporate immigration law.

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Ruth Brigham

Senior Assistant Director
Brandeis University

Ruth has been on staff at the International Students and Scholars' Office at Brandeis University since 2001, and is the Senior Assistant Director. She is the primary advisor for J-1 students and J-1 scholars. Prior to Brandeis, Ruth was the director and a teacher in an ESL program and served on the board of directors for ACCESS, an organization in Boston’s Chinatown. She enjoys advising and getting to know Brandeis students and scholars from around the world. Ruth holds a BS in French and minor in Spanish, and a MA in TEFL and Intercultural Studies.

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Sarah Joughin

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