International Student and Scholar Services


WS09 - F-1 Student Advising for Beginners

Sunday, May 29
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Room: CCC, 501

Member Fee: $398.00 | Non-member Fee: $502.00

Learn how to handle the most common requests made of new U.S. Designated School Officials (DSOs). Topics covered include issuing I-20s, maintaining status, employment, practical training, travel and reentry, and program extensions. SEVIS is discussed in relation to international student advising practices and procedures. Following this workshop, participants receive a NAFSA Core Education Program Certificate of Completion.

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Julie Wilbers

International Services Manager
University of Colorado-Denver Office of International Affairs
Denver, Colorado

Julie Wilbers is the International Services Manager in ISSS at the University of Colorado Denver where she advises international students and scholars in F-1, J-1, TN, O-1, E-3, and B-1 status. She also files H-1B petitions and employment-based permanent residency applications. Recently, she has presented on "Using a Portfolio Staffing Model in International Education: Lessons Learned" and "Exploring immigration Options for Students in Non-Traditional and Intermittent Academic Programs." Julie joined CU Denver after gaining solid experience working with international students at Florida International University's Biscayne Bay Campus. Her professional experience includes teaching at the university level and preparing credential evaluations for foreign nationals. Her honors include selection as a Fulbright Scholar in Germany from 2004-2005. Julie holds an M.A. in Global and Sociocultural Studies from Florida International University and a B.A. in German and International Affairs from Xavier University.


Shama Ali

Coordinator of International Student & Scholar Services
Creighton University Global Engagement Office
Omaha, NE

Shama Ali serves as the Coordinator of International Student & Scholar Services in the Global Engagement Office at Creighton University, a private Jesuit University serving approximately 250 international students and exchange visitors each year. Shama has been in the field of International Education for 19 years and has been a member of NAFSA since 1999. She has experience working at a small private university and working at a large state University with 1500 international students and scholars. She has a Masters in Educational Administration and in Educational Psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Being a member of the NAFSA Trainer Corps, Shama has led/presented/assisted several NAFSA workshops including : F-1 for Beginners: F-1 Regulation-the Second Step, J-1 Advising for Beginners, Fundamentals of Intercultural Communication, and Campus and Community Programming. Shama has served on the NAFSA Region II team as the KCISSS Representative and as the Nebraska State Representative and also co-authored the NAFSA curriculum for the F-1 Regulation Intermediate workshop in 2008.


Lisa M. Kosiewicz Doran

International Student Specialist
Colorado College
Colorado Springs, Colorado

Lisa Kosiewicz Doran currently serves as the International Student Specialist in the Office of International Programs at Colorado College, a small, private, liberal arts institution which currently hosts approximately 175 international students and exchange visitors each year. Prior to relocating from California to Colorado with her family, she held a variety of positions in the area of international student and scholar services at several San Francisco Bay Area institutions, including serving as: the Director of the International Student and Scholar Services office at the University of San Francisco (USF), the SEVIS Coordinator for the University of California-Berkeley’s Services for International Students and Scholars office, the International Student Advisor for U.C. Berkeley Extension's English Language Program, and the Admissions/Student Services Coordinator for the English Center for International Women at Mills College. Lisa has enjoyed working in the field of international education for over 26 years and she appreciates opportunities to assist people who are new to the field. She has been an active NAFSA member and has served in several leadership roles within NAFSA Region XII and the Region XII Northern District. Lisa has also been a presenter at local, regional and national NAFSA conferences and she is currently a member of the NAFSA Trainer Corps. Lisa helped co-write the curriculum, and has served as the Workshop Dean, for NAFSA's “F-1 Student Advising for Beginners” workshop. In 2009, she and several colleagues developed and presented the NAFSA webinar, “Regs to Riches: Develop Your Wealth of Knowledge Analyzing Ambiguous Regulations”. Lisa has an M.A. degree in International and Multicultural Education from the University of San Francisco.



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