International Student and Scholar Services


WS08 - Campus and Community Programming

Sunday, May 29
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Room: CCC, 405

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

Improve your campus and community programming efforts by including theory-based practices, tried-and-true templates and resources, and strategies for effectively working with volunteers. Enhance your programming initiatives to reach your goals and maximize your potential. Following this workshop, participants receive a NAFSA Core Education Program Certificate of Completion.

Learning Objectives:

Gita Maharaja

Senior Academic Advisor/Adjunct Faculty
Duquesne University
Pittsburgh, PA

Dr. Gita Maharaja is a senior academic advisor and adjunct faculty at Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA. She received her Doctoral degree in Education with a focus on international education from Duquesne University. She has 27 years of experience in academic advisement of domestic and international students. In addition to advising, she has 26 years of teaching experience in courses related cross-cultural adjustment, intercultural competence, academic success of international students, and international business and economics. She also works in close collaboration with the ESL and International Programs Offices at the university to offer training to international and domestic students, faculty, and staff to enhance their intercultural competence. Dr. Maharaja is actively scholar involved in research related to the development of intercultural sensitivity and cross-cultural adaptability skills and had presented her work at several national and international conferences.


Tina Rousselot de Saint Ceran

Clemson University
Clemson, SC

Tina Rousselot de Saint Ceran is the Director of International Services at Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina where she oversees the F, J, H, and Permanent Residency processes and acculturation support programming for international students and scholars. Prior to joining Clemson University in the summer of 2012, Tina served as Coordinator of International Education managing both study abroad and international student programs at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN. Tina serves in various volunteer member leader roles as the South Carolina Association of International Educator's International Student and Scholar Services liaison,an active NAFSA Trainer Corps trainer, and the International Scholar Advising Network Leader. Tina holds a Bachelor's degree in Spanish from Austin Peay State University and is currently pursuing a Master's of Business Administration at Clemson University.


Emma Swift

Assistant Director, International Student Services
University of Vermont
Burlington, VT

Emma serves as the Assistant Director for International Student Services at the University of Vermont. In this role, she leads the international student services team for a rapidly-expanding international population of graduate, undergraduate, exchange, and pathway students. Emma is the PDSO for UVM and sets institutional policy, manages the departmental database, and provides leadership for programming and advising. She holds her undergraduate and Master's degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she also worked for three years in the office of International Student and Scholar Services as the primary advisor to international undergraduate students.


Kristina Thompson

Associate Director, ISSS
American University
Washington, DC

Kristina Thompson is the Associate Director of American University's office of International Student and Scholar Services, where she has worked since 2000. She has worked with F-1 and J-1 student immigration advising, J-1 scholar advising, coordination of international student orientation and cultural programming, and international student academic support and retention efforts. She also serves on the advisory board of AU's alternative break program, and in that role has traveled with students on student-led international social justice alternative break programs to Thailand, Honduras, Greece, India, Bangladesh, and Brazil. Prior to her work at AU, Kristina was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Bénin, West Africa. Her international education career began when she worked with the Humphrey Fellows program at the University of Minnesota. She received her Master’s degree in International Training and Education at American University.


Lorie Paulez

Director of Education Abroad
Georgia Institute of Technology

Lorie Johns Paulez, M.A. is the Director of Education Abroad at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia. She has worked in international education since 2000 for organizations and institutions in the US and in Spain. She holds a Master of Arts from New York University in Spanish Literature. Her experience includes education abroad policies and procedures, sending STEM students abroad, program development, recruitment and marketing, on-site program management, education abroad advising, health and safety, management of the education abroad office, campus programming, and intercultural communication training. Lorie has presented sessions and workshops at conferences, and has served in various advisory roles. She is currently a member of NAFSA Trainer Corps and serves on the NAFSA EA KC Subcommittee for Diversity and Inclusion in Education Abroad.



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