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2014 Workshops have completed and registration is closed. Have recommendations for future workshops? Let MIE know!

Welcome to the Minnesota International Educators annual workshops page. MIE invites you to participate in one or several of the workshops offered this spring. This year's workshops cover topics from immigration regulations to study abroad to intercultural competency. See all workshops and their descriptions below and on the registration page. Tickets are available for purchase online via the button below. Be sure to register soon, as space is limited in most sessions.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Eventbrite - Minnesota International Educators 2014 Workshops

Registration Deadline

Registration will be open until March 13th, 2014. On-site registration will be available at the check-in table beginning at 7:30 am on March 14th. If you have any questions about the workshops or MIE, please do not hesitate to contact Beth Standaert.


McNally Smith College of Music, 19 Exchange Street East, St. Paul, MN 55101


Friday, March 14, 2014


Registration for the half-day workshops is $55 per workshop. Participants can register for one or several workshops, depending on the schedule. For instance, participants can register for a half-day workshop on F-1 for beginners in the morning, and another half-day workshop of your choice in the afternoon.

Workshop Cancellation Policy

*100% refund- 4 weeks prior by 4pm- via email

*50% refund- 4 to 2 weeks prior by 4pm- via email

*No refund- 2 weeks prior to event- via email


7:30am - 8:00am Registration Opens (Coffee and snacks will be available)
8:00am-11:30am Morning Sessions
12:30pm-4:00pm Afternoon Sessions


F-1 for Beginners

This session will review beginning advising concepts for international student advisors, academic counselors, career coaches, and others who work with students on F-1 visas. Additionally, this workshop will provide an overview of the federal regulatory and SEVIS structure, basic regulations that impact F-1 students, and the pivotal role of the DSO in the advising process.

Presenters: Aaron Colhapp, Macalester College, & Bruce Gawtry, Macalester College/University of Minnesota

Time: 8:00am-11:30am

Cost: $55

Location: Auditorium

Intercultural Competency 101

Global leadership and cultural competency are crucial to success in any field, especially in the world of international education. Since culture is constantly shifting, it has become more important to explore our cultural background and socializations, so we can begin to define how we interact with difference. This highly interactive workshop will explore the concept of intercultural competency, social identity and stereotypes/assumptions. We will explore participants cultural journeys and attitudes and challenge concepts/triggers. Participants will leave with skills and tools to encourage intercultural competency and social change.

Presenters: Sarah Napoli-Rangel, Director of Accessibility and Inclusion, Inver Hills Community College

Time: 8:00am-11:30am

Cost: $55

Location: Room 70

Study Abroad for Beginners

This session is designed to provide an introduction to Education Abroad programming and will focus on short-term study trips. Specific topics will include faculty-led versus 3rd party provider programs, risk management, site visits, visa processing, learning objectives, evaluation techniques, and promoting Study Abroad at your institution.

Presenter: Katie Davidson, Iowa State University Veterinary School

Time: 12:30pm-4:00pm

Cost: $55

Location: Room 204

H-1B Employment and the HR Office

This session will provide an overview of the H-1B program and the process for the employer and the prospective employee. The different aspects of hiring college graduates and those who have not completed their degree program will be addressed. Additionally, there will be discussion about the employment of students who are seeking employment under Optional Practical Training and later movement to becoming an H-1B. We will conclude with a general Q & A regarding HR topics related to immigration.

Presenter: (Skype Presentation) Chuck Pratt, Community Relations Officer, USCIS

Time: 12:30pm-4:00pm

Cost: $55

Location: Room 202

Strategic Programming

Get the inside track on strategic programming in international education from Orientation and First-Year Experience to student organization events, educational workshops, engagement activities, and even staff and faculty training. Whether you have a non-existent budget or a substantial one, your campus CAN have successful programming.

Presenters: Doni Casula, Minnesota State University Mankato, & Oscar Gonzalez, Latino Affairs Academic Support Advisor

Time: 12:30pm-4:00pm

Cost: $55

Location: Room 70



McNally Smith College of Music
19 Exchange Street East
Saint Paul, MN 55101