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Enhancing Communication with International Students in the Age of Anxiety

Friday, June 2
10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
LACC, Room 408B

Communicating with international students during these times is complex. What messages must international educators convey? What are ways to reach students and the campus community to build support, trust, and space to listen? The presenters share experiences and strategies. Participants engage in small group discussion and create a communication roadmap.

Learning Objectives:

Nancy E. Young

International Educational Planner
Clark College International Programs

Nancy E. Young is an enthusiastic, experienced, and committed international educator. She is the author of The Handbook of International Student Advising third edition with Gary Althen.

Nancy wrote the University of Minnesota report "Seeking Best Practices for Integrating International and Domestic Students,” which introduces a definition of integration encompassing international education. She chaired a standing-room only session on integration at the NAFSA 2015 conference.

Nancy has presented over 70 workshops and sessions at an array of professional association conferences, on topics ranging from nonresident tax guidance to making difficult decisions to interpreting F-1 regulations.

Nancy is passionate about international education and has rich experience in the field. She has held several positions in NAFSA including:
trainer corps, F-1 regulatory committee, the IELKC mid-career representative, and the Region 1 TLS representative.

Nancy has led several volunteer teams, including an ad hoc tax committee within NAFSA that created the 1040NREZ form, resulting in an IRS award to NAFSA.

She has written extensively for the international education field, including interviews with NAFSA past presidents, self-care, and how to plan for crisis response.

Nancy earned an MA in Intercultural Relations through the Intercultural Communication Institute and has an MA specializing in Creative Writing from Rutgers University.

Nancy is currently working on a book and consulting! Nancy served as associate director of student services at NYU's Office of International Student and Scholar Services. Nancy also worked at the New Jersey Institute of Technology and in a one-person office at Hendrix College, a residential liberal arts college. She worked at Clark (community) College as the International Educational Planner. Primarily working with international students, Nancy has advised scholars and students wishing to study abroad .

Nancy is committed to advocacy, training, and putting theory into practice to create more understanding and justice in the world.


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Dulce Amor L. Dorado

Director, International Students & Programs Office
University of California-San Diego International Center

Dulce Amor L. Dorado is the Director of the International Students & Programs Office at UC San Diego. She received her bachelor's degree in Political Science and minor in Japanese Studies from UC San Diego. Her career in international education has included teaching English at a high school in Japan, advising study abroad students at California State University San Marcos, advising international students in the English language programs at San Diego State University and Cal State San Marcos, and presenting at NAFSA national and regional conferences on issues of recruitment, engagement, academic performance, regulatory compliance, cultural assimilation, and retention of international students.


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James Dorsett

Michigan State University Office for International Students & Scholars

James Dorsett is director of the Office for International Students & Scholars at Michigan State University. A NAFSA member since 1996, James has also worked in international education at the International Students and Scholars Office at Iowa State University, Wayne State University, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. James has served NAFSA nationally on the chair stream of the Knowledge Community for International Student and Scholar Services (KCISSS), the Leadership Development Committee, and was dean of the Management Basics for International Educators professional practice workshop. In 2008, James was curriculum lead writer for the redeveloped F-1 Student Advising for Beginners professional practice workshop. He has presented sessions and workshops at NAFSA annual conferences and in Regions IV, V, and VI, in addition to serving as chair, regulatory ombudsperson, and Academy mentor for Region V. James has lived and worked in The Netherlands, Germany, and Russia.


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Gifty Ako-Adounvo

Assistant Vice Provost
The Ohio State University-Columbus

Gifty Ako-Adounvo is the Assistant Vice Provost for Global Strategies and International Affairs at the Ohio State University. She provides leadership to help facilitate international opportunities for Ohio State's students, faculty and staff. She is responsible for overseeing education abroad, international student and scholar services, communications, business operations, evaluation and assessment, international education outreach and the development of international agreements and partnerships. Among other contributions, she has served as the International Education Leadership representative for NAFSA Region VI, organized IEL Colloquia. Prior to joining Ohio State's Office of International Affairs she served on the faculty of the departments of Classics and African American & African Studies at Ohio State.


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