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2021 International Advisors Seminar

Zoom Webinars: Thursday May 13, 2021
2pm to 3:30pm (Eastern Time)

Speakers: Terrence L. Olsen (“Terry”) (Discussion Leader), Peter Ganser, Mark Gunter, Evelyn J. McGinty, Dennis Miller, Eliza Plous and many more to be announced

Discounted Price $79

Deadline: Registrations received after 11:59pm ET, May 11 are not guaranteed attendance.

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Each call features an hour of analysis, strategy and practice tips, followed by questions and answers from participants.


FIRST Zoom Session on March 25:

Reopening of U.S. Colleges/Universities for Fall 2021

  • Consulate re-openings—What to expect, and how to plan accordingly
  • Visa Issuances/Border Entries—air & land—Contact Consulate, Or Airport CBP, Or both?
  • National Interest Exception(s)—To be, or not to be?
  • Hybrid School Environments—Drafting plans, and revising them
  • Maintenance of Residence & Living Conditions for International Students who could not, or cannot return to their home country
  • What changes adopted during 2020 should be terminated, and what changes adopted during 2020 should be institutionalized

SECOND Zoom Session on April 22:

International Advisors Role Beyond the first 100 Days of Biden

  • PDSO/DSO & RO/ARO certification & training — Will there be mandated training courses? Will background checks be required? Can training prevent lawsuits?
  • Site visits & reports — Differences between phone site visits as compared to in-person site visits — and how to prepare for SEVP Field Representative reports.
  • USCIS & DOS forms — When should these forms be completed by the International Student Advisor, and when should they not. Discussion of risk, liability, and lawsuits.
  • Harmless error — Will this return, and to what extent it will return. What is really harmless?
  • Planning for Uncertainty — The Pandemic has demonstrated that you cannot plan enough for the unknown. How to plan, and prepare for the unknown?

THIRD Zoom Session on May 13:

Innovative Campus-based Virtual Learning Programs & Cultural Diversity”

  • HBCUs — Past, Present & Future International Outreach Efforts & Beyond.
  • Virtual Exchange programs — How to effectively use them in a hybrid school environment, and how to keep using them into “beyond” hybrid models.
  • Zoom Recruitment & Education — How much should be done by the school? How much should be done via consultants? How much can be done via volunteer assistance?
  • CPT without leaving your room — Different approaches to CPT training, and leveraging it best for the student.
  • Building international internship partnerships — How to think outside of the box. How to do something different than everyone else. How to be unique & effective without going beyond budget.


Terrence L. Olsen (“Terry”) (Discussion Leader) Terry L. Olsen, Esq. practices Immigration & Nationality Law, and International Law. Mr. Olsen has served, and continues to serve the international community, and his clients’ interests in the United States, and internationally. He is also currently the PDSO, and RO for Meharry Medical College. He is the Chair of the Tax Law Section of the Tennessee Bar Association, and is former Chair of the Immigration Law Section of the Tennessee Bar Association—having served as Chair of the TBA’s Immigration Section for approximately five terms since 2009, and has served twice as Chair of the International Law Section of the Tennessee Bar Association. He has given immigration law seminars at the following universities: University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, University of Tennessee at Knoxville, Southern Adventist University, Bryan College, Dalton State College, Oakwood University, the University of Alabama at Huntsville, Sewanee: The University of the South, National Taiwan University, and National Chung Hsing University.

Peter Ganser Peter Ganser is the Immigration Attorney/Consultant and Foreign Affairs Expert. Mr. Ganser, who recently retired as a Foreign Service Officer, has over seventeen years of experience working as a consular officer and diplomat for the U.S. Government in Brazil, Iraq, Italy, Malawi, Pakistan, Zimbabwe, and Samoa. During his postings as a Vice Consul/Consul/Consul General, Peter interviewed tens of thousands of visa applicants and adjudicated visas for immigrants, business executives, students, workers, and tourists wishing to travel to, work in, or live in the United States. Peter also has considerable expertise in the area of international adoptions and has dealt with USCIS, Congress, foreign diplomats and private attorneys on a full spectrum of immigration matters. Prior to his career in the U.S. Foreign Service, Peter was a commissioned officer in the U.S. Coast Guard where he served in operational and management positions including service as a Judge Advocate General (JAG) and as the Coast Guard’s Advisor to the U.S. Embassy in Bolivia.

Mark Gunter Mark Gunter has been serving diverse and underrepresented groups for twenty-seven years at Tennessee State University. He began his career at TSU in 1994 directing a grant sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture that aided African American farmers and their families. In 2000, he became the Director of Minority Student Affairs assisting ethnically underrepresented students at TSU. He transitioned into international student services in 2008 as the Director of International & Multicultural Affairs. In his current position as the Director for International Student & Scholar Services, he serves as the University’s Primary Designated School Official for the F-1 Student Program and the Responsible Officer for the BridgeUSA Program. Mr. Gunter served as the Chair for the Tennessee Association of International Educators, 2017-2019, currently serves on the Study Tennessee Board and is a member of the National Association of Foreign Student Advisors. He strives to ensure that all TSU students are exposed to culturally enriching programs and have access to global education opportunities.

Evelyn J. McGinty Evelyn J. McGinty is currently employed at Prairie View A&M University as PDSO/Senior International Student Advisor II, Office of International Student Services. She has over 29 years of service with the University. For the past 24+ years she has served as the PDSO in International Student Services.

Dennis Miller Dennis Miller is the Director of the Bryan Center for International Development in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He also serves as the Executive Director for External Relations at Bryan College. Mr. Miller has organized more than 600 educational, business, legal, humanitarian and social assistance projects and initiatives in Central and Eastern Europe since 1991. His first international project was with the Czechoslovak Ministry of Industry where he set up a program to train 120 Slovak and Czech top executives in the United States over a four-year period. In 1994 he developed a training program in Moscow for the Russian Air Force that included training in management, efficiency skills and leadership skills. For American global experts Mr. Miller has organized talks that include a Managing Director in the Merchant Banking Division of Goldman Sachs & Company, Head of the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking of Persons of the U.S. State Department, Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of Coca-Cola, Consolidated, CIA Operations Officer - Central Asia, Director of CNN - Cable Network News, U.S. Bosnian War Crimes Investigator, Managing Director of the World Trade Chicago, Manager of the Public Sector Services Practice of Emerging Markets Group - Washington, D.C., Member of the Advisory Committee of the Republican National Committee and Senior Fellow at the Alexis de Tocqueville Institution.

Eliza Plous Eliza Plous is the Faculty Immigration Coordinator | ARO/DSO, International Student & Scholar Services at Loyola University Chicago. As Faculty Immigration Coordinator (ARO/DSO) at Loyola University Chicago, she acts as liaison between her academic departments, external legal partners, and international faculty, staff, and scholars on J-1 and H-1B visas (and the occasional O-1 or TN, too). She also advises F-1 graduate students in our Health Sciences programs. Her experience in international education includes international student and scholar advising, host home program coordination, F-1 and J-1 orientation design and facilitation, cultural programming, international undergraduate admission and recruitment (mainly in Asia), ESL instruction, and much more.

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