International Enrollment Management


WS40 - Introduction to U.S. Immigration Concepts for Educators

Tuesday, May 31
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Room: CCC, 402

Member Fee: $300.00 | Non-member Fee: $429.00

This workshop provides a comprehensive overview of how professionals working with international students and scholars in the United States can best support these individuals. Learn to differentiate between the most common U.S. visa types, and examine how international students obtain and maintain their immigration status for the duration of their time in the United States. Following this workshop, participants receive a NAFSA Core Education Program Certificate of Completion.

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Kathy Sparaco

Senior Director, Division of Student Success
Suffolk University
Boston, Massachusetts

Kathy Sparaco directs the Center for International Programs and Services (CIPS) at Suffolk University. CIPS is a central international office that supports students, faculty, and staff with support and services to further Suffolk's global mission. She maintains an office culture that is both high touch and high tech in meeting the needs of over 1700 international students, scholars as well as study abroad . Kathy has been a dedicated international educator for most of her career. Her dissertation, The Development of an International Student Advisor: A Grounded Theory Study, focused on the professional development and identity of international student advisors in contemporary U.S. higher education.


Sandra Spadoni

Director of International Student Advising
Green River College
Auburn, WA

Sandra currently serves as the Director of International Student Advising at Green River College in Auburn, Washington. She was born in Washington State and has traveled around the world, including living in Poland, Russia and Zambia. She earned her undergraduate degree in Foreign Service at Georgetown University, her master's in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages at American University, and is currently completing her doctoral program in Educational Leadership at the University of Washington Tacoma. She has experience advising international students at the University of Chicago and University of Washington Tacoma as well as teaching English and working in immigration law.


Tana D. Ruegamer

Advisor to International Students & Scholars
Harvard University
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Most recently, Tana Ruegamer joined Harvard University's International Office in October, 2012. Previously, she worked at Bentley University’s Center for International Students and Scholars as the Assistant Director. During her time at Bentley, she also took part in the Fulbright for International Education Administrators Program to Korea. Prior to her employment at Bentley, she worked for over four years at Boston University in the International Students and Scholars Office and with international students at Lesley University and CIEE. Tana graduated with a master’s degree in Intercultural Relations from Lesley University in 2005. She was the Teaching Learning & Scholarship knowledge community representative for Region XI.


Ujjaini Sahasrabudhe

Director of Graduate Admission
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA

An expert in credential evaluation, Ujjaini directs the Office of Graduate Admission at the University of Southern California, an institution with one of the highest international student populations in the United States. She has a master’s degree in social and multicultural education from California State University-Long Beach. Much of Ujjaini’s work has focused on international higher education and she has presented her work at various academic and professional conferences, including those of the NAGAP, Comparative and International Education Society (CIES), NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, NAFSA: Association of International Educators, and the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE).



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