International Student and Scholar Services


WS12 - J-1 Advising for Beginners

Sunday, May 29
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Room: CCC, 503

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

Develop an understanding of J-1 advising and regulatory issues including eligibility, DS-2019 issuance, health insurance, maintenance of status, extension, transfer, 212(e), repeat participation, and employment. SEVIS is discussed in relation to advising practices and procedures. Following this workshop, participants receive a NAFSA Core Education Program Certificate of Completion.

Learning Objectives:

Dacia L. Gauer

Associate Director
Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD

Dacia Gauer is Associate Director of the Office of International Services at Johns Hopkins University. She has been in the field of international education for almost 10 years, primarily as an international student and scholar advisor. In her current position, Dacia advises F and J students and H-1B employees. Her interest in international education began after college when she took a job teaching ESL to primary school students in Thailand. Dacia has a B.A. in History from Loyola University in Maryland and an M.A. in International Education from the SIT Graduate Institute.


Machelle Allman

Assistant Director
University of Washington International Services
Seattle, WA

Machelle has devoted her entire professional career of 20 years to international education. After 5 years in international admissions, she switched focus to international student advising and has served students in private colleges, community colleges, and a large research institution. She has served in leadership positions at the state and regional levels, and currently serve at the national level as one of Region 1's Regulatory Ombuds. She presents and trains frequently on regulatory and other advising topics, including F1 regulations, employment issues, and best practices in international student advising. She is Assistant Director of International Student Services at the University of Washington in Seattle.


Marlene Arnold

Senior International Student Advisor
University of Denver
Denver, CO

Marlene Arnold is a Senior International Student Advisor in the Office of International Student and Scholar Services at the University of Denver. Marlene has been in the field of international education for 15 years, and has experienced working in universities of different sizes and types. Marlene previously worked at Duke University, The Ohio State University, and Franklin University. Marlene has presented at regional and national NAFSA conferences, as well as the CO/WY International Educator’s meeting. Marlene has also served as Region II’s KC-ISSS Regional Liaison. She is currently in her second term in NAFSA’s Trainer Corps. Marlene holds a B.A. in French from Wake Forest University and an M.A. in International Education from the School for International Training (SIT Graduate Institute). Marlene enjoys supporting international educators and connecting them with resources and with colleagues in the field of international education.



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