International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS)


F-1 Advising: Secondary Students - (WS38)

Thursday, May 31
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Marriott, Room 403

Member Fee: $299.00 | 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:

Karl Bryan

Counselor, PDSO
Craig High School

Karl Bryan is a school counselor and PDSO at Craig High School in Janesville, Wisconsin. He advises students in the Janesville International Education Program. Bryan is responsible for F-1 documentation both on the front-end when new students apply to his school, and on the back-end when they transfer to college. In the middle, Bryan helps international students acclimate to the U.S. high school environment and navigate the college admission process. He is the author of the NAFSA publication, U.S. High Schools: A Cultural Guide for International Students. Previously, he taught and counseled international students in Russia, United Arab Emirates, and China.


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Joshua D. Clark

Director of External Relations
Hawaii Preparatory Academy

Joshua Clark is the Director of External Relations at Hawai'i Preparatory Academy, a coeducational boarding and day high school located on the Island of Hawai'i. He has worked at boarding schools for the past 17 years, including schools in Arizona, Maine, and now Hawai'i. He has extensive experience with international recruiting and is the PDSO for HPA. He has served on the National Association of Independent Schools Global Advisory Board for the 2016-2017 academic year, and was inducted into the NAFSA Secondary School Trainer Corps at the NAFSA 2017 Annual Conference in Los Angeles.


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Genevieve Dunlap Cook

University of Pittsburgh

Genevieve Cook is the director of the Office of International Services at the University of Pittsburgh. She began her career in international education in 1999 at Carnegie Mellon University, initially working with F1 and J1 students, and then J1 scholars. She joined Pitt in 2006 as an immigration specialist, expanding her immigration advising to include H1B, O1, and employment based permanent residency options for higher education. She later served as assistant director, then associate director of OIS.

Genevieve earned a BA in anthropology and a certificate of Latin American studies from the University of Pittsburgh. She received her MPM with a concentration in leadership in higher education from Carnegie Mellon University. Genevieve has been an active member of NAFSA: Association of International Educators since 2000. She served in the Region VIII Chair Stream from 2015-2017, and previously held positions as the Region VIII KCISSS representative and the NAFSA State Whip for Pennsylvania. She is a member of NAFSA’s Trainer Corps and has presented at regional and annual NAFSA conferences.


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