April 2013: Webinars

Over the past twelve months, NAFSA has hosted a number of webinars covering the following topics for the International Student and Scholar Services and International Enrollment Management communities:



1) Today's Chinese Student: What Really Matters
- Provided an update to our picture of today’s Chinese student through insights about cultural contexts, motivations, support systems, and aspirations.

2) International Student Adjustment
- Included insights on how to recognize and address adjustment challenges for international students, ranging from changes in lifestyle and interpersonal relationships to cultural differences.

3) Today's Chinese Student: Cultural Insights for Better Integration
- Discussed how today's Chinese students differ from those of the past and how group culture and shared experience impact cultural and social integration, and applied the basics of intercultural communication to bridge the cultural gap between U.S. and international students.

4) International Enrollment Management in Action
- Several campuses shared stories of strategic International Enrollment Management, what worked well, what they learned along the way, and what they would do differently.

5) Using Data as Insight in International Recruitment
- Learned how to drive international enrollment strategies and evidence decision-making using internal, external, and digital data.

6) Today's Chinese Student: Understanding the U.S. Classroom (coming on April 4, 2013)
- Provided best practices to help Chinese students address challenges, such as English language difficulties and unfamiliar classroom expectations, as well as how to support faculty in adjusting to the changing demographic of the U.S. classroom.



We are now considering future webinar topics. What are some hot topics would you like to see included?



Find more information on NAFSA's webinars at www.nafsa.org/webinars



April 2013: Webinars

Religion 101 webinars

It would be great to have a series that is a primer on various religious. I was thinking Islam, Christianity, and Buddhism off the top of my head... The webinar could address how the principles of the religion could appear in our international students' actions. On the Education Abroad side, it could address how receiving countries with a strong religious majority may impact the students stay. For example, being LGBTQ ...more »

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Successfullly Integrating Chinese Students

It would be very useful to have a compilation of successfully tested ideas for the effective integration of Chinese students into the campus community. It would help to have the ideas presented in terms of whether they had high staffing demand or low staffing demand, when in the semester they are best implemented and what ideas flow together to initiate and carry on the process of integration.

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Recruiting International Students from U.S. Community Colleges

I would like to see a webinar that talks about how to recruit international students from U.S. community colleges. Most community colleges seem to offer the same format to international as they do for Americans; setting up a table in the commons over lunch hour. How can we reach out to these students, attract them and maybe offer something of value to the community college as well. What are these students looking for, ...more »

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Using Social Media Across Cultural Boundaries

Social media is no longer a "new frontier." Perhaps more than any other medium of communication that preceded it, social media provides a platform to reach farther across broad physical and cultural boundaries than ever before. How we use social media is impacted by the culture from which it originates. The messages we send are likewise culturally transformed, or at least significantly filtered, by the culture of the ...more »

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Scholar Programming

A forum to share ideas and best practices on programming for the scholar, perhaps targeted to the J-1, population in light of ECA goals. Could include training for department administrators as related programming. Would be nice to share not only ideas, but survey results, assessments, costs, attendance, failures/lessons learned, etc. Mentoring programs? Alumni programs?...

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Creating and Updating an Immigration Institutional Policy

I like the recent e-publication on Institutional Policies. I think more dialogue on this would be useful. I would love to see more discussion on topics like: what immigrant visa categories do schools sponsor; how soon after hire do they sponsor; do they process in-house or with an outside lawyer; who pays the fees; do they charge fees for immig services; who pays nonimmigrant filing fees; etc

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Crisis Management for the International Student & Scholar Office

This webinar would address crisis management plans specific to the ISSS Office on a college campus or language center.

-What to do when an international student/scholar goes missing

-What to do in the event of an international student/scholar death

-What to do in the event of an arrest

-Natural disasters

-Mental Health emergency

-Serious injury

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