International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS)


F-1 Advising: Secondary Students - (WS45)

Thursday, June 1
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
LACC, Room 513

Member Fee: $300.00 | Non-member Fee: $429.00

This workshop contains specific content that secondary school designated school officials (DSOs) need to best assist F-1 students. Learn the rules that affect your F-1 students and your role in serving them. Gain key compliance information for the DSO’s role, learn how to respond to common requests of F-1 secondary school students, and receive up-to-date written materials for future reference.

Learning Objectives:

Ali Soltanshahi

Director, ISSS
Vanderbilt University

Ali Soltanshahi serves as director of ISSS at Vanderbilt University. He has been in the field of International Education since 2001 and has served as a retention, immigration and orientation advisor at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, advisor to international students, scholars and their dependents and manager of student services at Iowa State University. Soltanshahi has served various leadership roles with NAFSA at state, regional and national levels.


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Laura Nelson

International Program Director
Western Christian High School

Laura Nelson has been in the field of Secondary Education for 15 years with more than 10 of those years working with international students. Mrs. Nelson is the Director of the International Program at Western Christian Schools a K-12 program that currently serves 135 international students from grades 6-12. Along with her duties in the international program, Mrs. Nelson is also one of the Vice Principals at the high school. Mrs. Nelson has traveled extensively to countries where current and former students are from. Recently, Laura Nelson was elected to serve as the K-12 Representative for NAFSA Region XII. Laura has also recently formed a K-12 consortium where school officials meet together to discuss current topics related specifically to K-12 international students and the unique issues that are part of international education at that level. Laura has been married to her husband, Michael for 37 years, has two children and six grandchildren. She resides in the city of Upland, CA.


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