Conferences

2022 FAIE Annual Conference

Save the Date!!!

To be held at the University of Central Florida, February 17-18, 2022.

More information to be posted soon!


2021 FAIE Annual Conference

The 2021 FAIE Annual Conference will be held virtually on February 25-26th.

Conference registration is closed.

Conference Fees:

Preconference Workshops (Held on Thursday): $225
FAIE 2021 Virtual Conference: $15

2021 FAIE Virtual Conference: *Pay it Forward* Ticket:

International education had a tough year in 2020, and we don’t want finances to stand in the way of attending this year’s 2021 FAIE Virtual Conference. This year, those attending the conference can anonymously purchase extra tickets on behalf of Florida international educator colleagues. By completing this form, you will be considered to receive a “pay it forward” ticket which will provide you with complimentary registration (please note that this does not include pre-conference workshops). As tickets become available, we will notify you by email if you are eligible.

Click here for the “Pay it Forward” Ticket Request Form

Conference Schedule

Thursday, February 25- Workshops and Opening Reception

Pre-Conference Workshop: F1-Beginner 8am – 5pm Eastern (1 hour lunch)

A must-have training for the new designated school official (DSO) to jump-start their career. The workshop offers new advisers a key foundation for understanding the compliance role of the DSO. Participants will benefit from a solid combination of specific knowledge that can be applied to common scenarios as well as understanding how and where to find the regulations for further reading and research. The workshop materials serve as current resources for referral when the DSO is back in the office confronting the daily tasks of advising F-1 students.

Pre-Conference Workshop: F1-Intermediate 8am – 5pm Eastern (1 hour lunch)

As a seasoned F-1 Adviser, you have learned that most student advising cases are not as straight forward as they initially seem. This workshop allows you to walk through nuanced situations and learn how to integrate federal regulations with your campus’ own rules to build sound institutional policies that create accurate and consistent advising. Take a deeper dive into student advising through case studies and learn model practices so you can apply them to your own campus.

Opening Reception 5:15pm – 6:15pm Eastern

Join us for your choice of online fun including trivia, a Talent Show and Tell, and some informal networking! Whether you have a competitive streak, a flair for cup stacking, a really cute pet, or just want to chat with some other attendees, we’d love to see you there!

Special thanks goes to our sponsor: Insurance for Students (IFS)

Friday, February 26 – Virtual Conference

9:00 – 9:30 am (all hours are in Eastern time) – Opening and Business Meeting

9:00 – 4:30 am – Exhibitor Hours

9:40 – 10:40 am – Sessions

  • Pear Deck and Interactive Presentations: Keep both in-person and online students engaged throughout lessons! (K-12)
    Presenter: Jessica Boylan, Language Instructor/International Student Advisor, The Bolles School
  • Using Extended Reality (XR) to Replicate an International Site Visit Experience (Study Abroad)
    Presenter: Michael Kung, Director of Global Education, College of Design, Construction and Planning, University of Florida
  • Self-Care Tips for the Weary (Virtual) International Recruiter (Admissions)
    Presenters: Terra Good, Director of International Admissions, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University; Robert Branigan, Associate Director of International Admissions, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • Collaboration Central: Tools to Build Strong Connections with Campus Partners (Student/Scholar Advising)
    Presenters: Chelsea Holmes, DSO, International Program Advisor, University of Central Florida; Nicole Stelter, DSO, International Program Advisor, University of Central Florida
  • Connecting, Sharing and Growing: Virtual Town-Halls (Shared Interest)
    Presenters: Sarah Urbiss, Senior University Relations Manager, SAI Programs
  • SEVP Update with Field Representatives Ashley Gassner, Meghan Lane-Holbert, and Cecilia Jeffus (Govt)

10:40 – 11:10 am – Dedicated Expo Time

11:10 – 12:10 pm – Sessions

  • Creating Connections in a Virtual World (Study Abroad)
    Presenters: Snow White Student Programs Coordinator University of South Florida; Paula Parks Carrillo Graduate Assistant for Education Abroad University of South Florida
  • Is That Foreign Institution OK? Accreditation and Recognition Outside the U.S. (Admissions)
    Presenter: Kurt Baumbach, Director of Evaluation and Translation Services, Academic Evaluation Services, Inc.
  • Dynamic Emails in ISSM: Fun with MailChimp (Student/Scholar Advising/Shared Interest)
    Presenters: Jeanne de Simon, International Student Advisor, University of West Florida; Sara Brake, Program Manager, University of West Florida
  • Foreign language anxiety among international students in U.S. universities (TESOL/ELP)
    Konstancja Szymanska, Assistant Director for International Recruitment, Partnerships and Engagement/ Ph.D. Candidate in Educational Leadership Florida Atlantic University
  • PIVOT!: Adapting to and Succeeding in Virtual Programming (Shared Interest)
    Presenters: Laura Dean, Intercultural Programs Coordinator, Center for Global Engagement, Florida State University; Michelle Lawson, J-1 Scholar Advisor / Student Program Coordinator, Center for Global Engagement, Florida State University,

12:30 – 1:30 pm Keynote Speaker- Chris Richardson

Keynote Presentation: The Insiders And You: Immigration Truths from a Former Visa Officer and U.S. Diplomat.

Read his bio here.

1:40 – 2:40 pm Sessions

  • An Innovative Institutional Model for Virtual Study Abroad (Study Abroad)
    Dr. Alejandra Parra Executive Director, FIU Global Mobility Office of International Student and Scholar Services and Education Abroad Florida International University; Hilary Landorf, Ph.D. Executive Director, Office of Global Learning Initiatives Associate Professor, International & Intercultural Education Florida International University
  • From Lunch in the FIELD to Feast in the FIELD (K-12)
    Dale Miller, EdD, Coordinator/Global Scholars and Student Academic Success Services, NSU University School; Moya Marks, Head of Upper, Bolles School/Jacksonville
  • 21st Century Student Advising From an Intercultural Competence Lens (Student/Scholar Advising)
    Ramesh Gore, Graduate Assistant for International Affairs & the Razor’s Edge Global Scholar’s Program, Nova Southeastern University
  • Opening Access and Maintaining Engagement: Using a Learning Management System in Student-Facing International Programming (Shared Interest)
    Presenter: Carly Vogelsang, Coordinator Office of Global Learning, University of Florida
  • Smoother Sailing? Recent Immigration Changes Affecting Higher Education and the Road Ahead with Attorney David Ware, Attorney April Bentley, and Kristen Hagen, Associate Director at Florida State University (Student/Scholar Advising/Shared Interest/Admissions)

2:40 – 3:10 pm Dedicated Expo Time

3:10 – 4:10 pm Sessions

  • J-1 Update with the Office of Private Sector Exchange Designation (Govt)
  • Virtual Viva: Remote Cultural Engagement and Learning (Study Abroad)
    Presenters: Clau Casteneda, University Relations Associate, SAI Programs; Sarah Urbiss, Senior University Relations Manager, SAI Programs
  • Developing Emails and Building a Communication Plan to Reach Prospective Students (Admissions)
    Presenters: Ashley Zahradnick, Account Manager, InternationalStudent.com; and Lia Brenneman, Assistant Director, University of Florida English Language Institute
  • New International Student Organizations: Overcoming Challenges and Forging Partnerships (Even in a Pandemic!) (Student/Scholar Advising)
    Presenter: Jeanne de Simon, International Student Advisor, University of West Florida; Bernadine Allala, Interim President of the African Student Union, University of West Florida; Brenna Wright, International Affairs Graduate Assistant, University of West Florida; Ashleigh Passafume, Events Chair of the Indian Student Association, International Affairs Intern (Fall 2020), University of West Florida
  • Dismantling the Native-Speaker Fallacy to Create More Equitable Practices (TESOL/ELP)
    Presenter: Christine Voight, Instructor, Skills Coordinator, and Materials Coordinator, UF English Language Institute

4:20 – 5:00 pm Closing and Networking

Connect with your district coordinators and other professionals in your area at our Closing and Networking. This is a great opportunity to combine tracks, debrief about the conference, and look ahead with each other. We will also award prizes for our challenge winners and wrap up the day’s activities.

Sponsor and Exhibitor Information:

FAIE invites you to sponsor and exhibit at the 2021 FAIE Annual Conference. By joining us virtually, you will have the opportunity to connect your organization to international educators across the state of Florida.

To purchase an exhibitor booth or sponsorship, please enter the code FAIE2021VIRTUAL into the code section on the registration form, and then you will be able to make your selection.