International Student and Scholar Services


Wrestling With Reinstatement: Finding Solutions in Regulations and Guidance

Friday, June 3
11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Room: CCC, Mile High Ballroom 4AC

This session is designed for individuals who are ready to tackle some of the more complex situations regarding reinstatement. Presenters will discuss a range of topics dealing with obstacles to reinstatement, reinstatements for graduating students, and complex cases. Presenters will also focus on developing institutional policies and procedures.

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Kathleen C. Gasparian

Gasparian Immigration
New Orleans, LA

Kathleen Gasparian is the founder of Gasparian Immigration a boutique immigration law firm in New Orleans. She has served as the Chair and Treasurer of AILA’s Mid-South Chapter, as the chair of AILA’s national liaison committee to the Executive Office for Immigration Review, and as a Regulatory Ombudsperson for Scholar Issues for NAFSA Region III. She serves on the Board for the New Orleans Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, and as an Adjunct Professor of Immigration Law at Loyola University, New Orleans and at Tulane University. Kathleen has authored and co-authored a number of articles on immigration including “An Immigration Primer for Primary and Secondary Schools” in The Admissions Review, and “Adjustment of Status for the Atypical Entrant” in the 2012 Immigration Practice Pointers, published by AILA. Gambit, the alternative weekly in New Orleans, named her one of its “40 under 40” for her success as an attorney. In 2014, she founded a program to match immigrant children with pro bono legal representation - PB&J: Pro Bono and Juveniles, and she was recognized by Super Laywers, the Louisiana State Bar Association, and the National Organization for Women for her efforts.

Jenny Bowen

Associate Director
Indiana University-Bloomington Office of International Services
Bloomington, Indiana

Jenny Bowen has been involved in international student advising for more than 18 years at Indiana University. She studied abroad as a college student and has her Master's degree from Indiana University. Jenny has served in several NAFSA leadership positions, most recently as a member of the International Student and Scholar Regulatory Practice Committee (ending that term in 2015).

Christina M. Luther

Portland State University International Affairs
Portland, Oregon

Christina Luther is the Director of International Student and Scholar Services at Portland State University, where she is responsible for overseeing the advising of the F, J, and H populations. She is currently serving on NAFSA's International Student and Scholar Regulatory Practice Subcommittee. She has been leading NAFSA workshops at the local and regional level for most of the 17 years she has been advising. Christina served as the regional representative for NAFSA's Academy III in Region I and was the workshop chair for 5 years, including three regional and two bi-regional conferences. She was one of Region I's Regulatory Ombudsman for 6 years and served one term as the Workshop Dean for the F-1 Advising: Intermediate Core Education Program curriculum.


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