International Student and Scholar Services


WS26 - Strategies for International Student and Scholar Advising

Monday, May 30
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Room: CCC, 405

Member Fee: $355.00 | Non-member Fee: $482.00

Examine challenges facing international students and scholars. Explore options, develop strategies, make connections, and build adaptive advising skills. Through practice and practical exploration, participants will return to their work setting with new ideas to connect, collaborate, and expand their work as international student and scholar advisers. Following this workshop, participants receive a NAFSA Core Education Program Certificate of Completion.

Learning Objectives:

Ashlee N. Milby

Center Director
ELS Language Centers / Portland
Portland, OR

Ashlee Milby is the Center Director and Designated School Official (DSO) at ELS Language Centers in Portland, OR. She also serves as a DSO trainer for ELS Educational Services training new DSOs. Milby helped open the Thousand Oaks Center in 2008 and was the Center Director there until early 2015 and then relocated to ELS Portland. Prior to becoming the Center Director she served as the International Student Adviser, DSO, and Homestay Coordinator. During that time, she developed a successful homestay program through networking, recruiting, and training families. As a member of NAFSA Trainer Corps, she presented at national and regional conferences for the past 4 years. Milby has also served as NAFSA Region XII Secretary and IEM REP. Milby studied education at Weber State University. She enjoys traveling, meeting new students, and watching them succeed.


Holly M. Nigorizawa

Program Director, CAIPS International Programs
University of California, San Francisco
San Francisco, California

Holly Nigorizawa has been in the field of international education for 12 years, and currently serves as the International Program Director for Career Advancement, International and Postdoctoral Services at UC San Francisco. She works primarily with J-1 scholars, but has also previously worked with international students. She is on NAFSA's ISSRP-Exchange Visitor Program subcommittee, is Region XII’s Education and Training Coordinator and has presented a variety of CEP programs. Holly’s passion is in teaching – she has created the curriculums for and launched Intercultural Studies, Ethnic Studies and professional development courses for students, scholars and staff.


Meghan Popick

Assistant Director of International Advisement
The Juilliard School
New York, New York

Meghan Popick is the Assistant Director of the Office of International Advisement at the Juilliard School in New York City. Prior to joining Juilliard in August of 2015, Meghan was an International Student Advisor in the Office of International Education (OIE) at Georgia Institute of Technology, and also served as the Regulatory Ombudsperson for Student Issues for NAFSA's Region 7. Thinking she wanted to be a study abroad advisor, Meghan began her career in International Education when she was hired as OIE's front desk staff in January of 2008. However, after a few months, Meghan became more interested in international student and scholar services, and in October of 2008, Meghan took the position of International Student Advising Assistant in Boston College's Office of International Student and Scholar Services (Chestnuthill, MA). After gaining three more years of experience and a master's degree, Meghan returned to Georgia Tech in December 2011. Meghan holds a master's degree in Higher Education Administration from Boston College and a bachelor’s degree in Biology and Spanish from Fairfield University (Fairfield, CT). She enjoys cooking, crosswords, the beach, and traveling. Meghan is excited to visit Denver for the first time for NAFSA's annual conference.


Susan Shea

Assistant Director
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, MA

Susan is currently the Assistant Director in the Office of International Students and Scholars at Boston College where she advises a population of 2,000 students and scholars from nearly 100 countries. Prior to starting at Boston College in 2003, Susan worked at EF International Language Schools first sending Americans on study abroad programs and later, assisting with implementation of SEVIS at EF schools throughout the United States. Susan earned her Bachelor’s degree in Human Development with a concentration in Spanish from Boston College and a Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from BC as well. She studied abroad in Spain and spent time visiting and working at EF schools throughout Europe. Susan has been a member of NAFSA's Trainer Corp since 2011 and has been presenting at NAFSA workshops and conferences since 2004.



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