International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS)


U.S. Department of State and Exchange Visitors: Current Issues

Wednesday, May 31
11:45 AM - 12:45 PM
LACC, Room 151

Presenters and officials from the U.S. Department of State (DOS) Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs discuss current issues, trends, and best practices related to hosting J-1 students and scholars at academic institutions. Officials from DOS have been invited to participate.

Learning Objectives:

Richard Porter

Director of International Student and Scholar Services
Texas Tech University Office of International Affairs

Richard Porter holds a doctoral degree in Higher Education Leadership and lived and worked at a university in Japan for 6 years. His dissertation research related to Japan study abroad trends. He served as the PI for the Texas Tech University (TTU) TeamUp grant proposal and traveled to Japan in 2017 to establish partnerships with Japanese universities. He is currently the Director of International Student and Scholars Services at TTU and is the author of a workshop on labor certification for university teaching positions. He has served in a variety of NAFSA ISSS national and regional leadership roles and chaired and presented a variety of sessions and workshops.


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Asenath Dande

Associate Director for Facultyand Scholar Services
Rutgers University-New BrunswickCenter for Global Services

Asenath Dande is a seasoned practitioner with 20 years of experience in the field of International Education and a NAFSA member. She is currently the Chair of the Exchange Visitor Program Subcommittee. For 10 years, Asenath has been the Associate Director for international faculty and scholar services at Rutgers University, overseeing the J-1, H-1B and permanent residency operations. Previously, she worked at The Juilliard School for 4.5 years as the Director of the International Advisement Office prior to joining the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (Currently Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences). Asenath has volunteered her time to NAFSA in various capacities, previously as a member of the Policy & Practice International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) Subcommittee as the point person for employment-based petitions and as a Trainer Corps member. She has given both Academic H-1B and Pathways to Permanent Residency workshops at NAFSA national conferences. Most recently, for two years, she was the Workshop Dean for Pathways to Permanent Residency up until 12/31/2014. She is also a regular contributor to the Scholar listserve.


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