About the membership meetings

Membership meetings offer professional development and peer support to One To World’s members in the greater New York/New Jersey metropolitan area. These meetings constitute the single most valuable forum in the NY metropolitan area for international educators to exchange ideas, share best practices, and network with colleagues.

All membership meetings take place on the second Tuesday of each month on Zoom Time: 9a.m. – 11a.m. (ET). The first hour consists of a discussion of immigration-related issues with Immigration and Regulations Roundtable experts, Goldstein and Cheung LLP, Helen Leonard, New York University, and Regina Degnan, Columbia University. The second hour is devoted to diverse topics of importance to international educators and to promote best practices in the field.


September 14, 2021

Return or Remain: What Does Fall 2021 Look Like?

At our first meeting of the year, we will revisit our discussion from Fall 2020 to discuss updates related to the ongoing pandemic and how our member universities are moving forward with returning to campus. 


Chairs: Salvatore Longarino, Fordham University; Sun Hee Choi, Touro College; Ellen Navarro, Wagner College; Stephen Ferst, College of Staten Island, CUNY

October 12, 2021

One To World Annual Meeting - "Strategies for Addressing & Prioritizing the Emotional & Mental Wellness of Your International Students"

This meeting brings together our membership, supporters, Board of Directors and staff to share out organization updates from the previous year and announce board election results. 


Keynote Speaker: Patricia A. Burak, Assistant Professor, Syracuse University
2020 NAFSA Life Membership Award Recipient

November 9, 2021

NAFSA Regional Conference Debrief

If you are not able to attend this year’s regional conference, join our meeting and hear some of what you missed! We’ll hear some of the highlights from our colleagues who took part in sessions either as presenters or attendees.

Chairs: Laura Valeri, New York University; Ingrid Lagrasta-Khovova, New York University; Nicole Burlinson, Stevens Institute of Technology

December 14, 2021

2-Hour Extended Immigration & Regulation Updates

Immigration rules and regulations are constantly evolving especially during this uncertain time. This session will provide an extended time to discuss the issues with our knowledgeable advisors!

Chairs: Helen Leonard, New York University; Regina Degnan, Columbia University; Michael Goldstein, Goldstein & Cheung; Melissa Zuroff, New York University

January 11, 2022

Hot Topics with Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) Officers

Officers from the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) will join the meeting to answer pressing member questions about their roles and other relevant updates.

Chairs: Colleen Weiss, NAFSA Region X Scholar Issues RegBud, Columbia University
Melissa Zuroff, NAFSA Region X Student Issues RegBud, New York University
Sophia Ng, Immigration & Customs Enforcement, Student & Exchange Visitor Program
Krista Gard, Immigration & Customs Enforcement, Student & Exchange Visitor Program

February 8, 2022

International Student Sentiment in a Post-Pandemic Landscape

Manuel Peinado, Head of Client Partnerships – Americas at QS, will present the results of the 2021 US International Student Survey: New expectations for higher education amid crisis. Encompassing over 34,000 prospective students interested in studying in the US, the survey examines: the impact of COVID-19 on international student mobility, new expectations around earning a degree in the US, graduate outcomes and employability for international students, marketing and communicating to international students, and how international students make decisions about where to study.

Chair: Manuel Peinado, Head of Client Partnerships – Americas at QS

March 8, 2022

IIE Open Doors Report: A New York Metro Area Special Analysis

Don’t miss this special analysis of international student and scholar trends in the New York Metropolitan Area from Open Doors 2021, reflecting Fall 2020. An IIE officer will discuss the unique characteristics of international students in our area before the start of COVID 19. Learn how our population differs in interesting ways from the national norms. 

Speaker: Natalya Andrejko, Research Officer, IIE

April 12, 2022

Culture Shock & Helping International Students Integrate During Their Time In the U.S.

This session will offer insight into examples of culture shock and adjustments international students might struggle with while in the U.S. and how universities can remedy that through activities and programs held right on campus. This is a great opportunity to learn about what other institutions are offering and how some activities might be replicated on your campus.

Speakers: Ling Jin, Assistant Director, International House, Duke University; Emma Swift, Associate Director, Office of International Education, University of Vermont

May 10, 2022

World Education Services (WES) Research Report

At this meeting, Bryce Loo will present research to members based on surveys of on internationally educated immigrants applying for U.S. higher education.

Chair: WES Associate Director of Research, Bryce Loo

June 14, 2022

NAFSA Annual Conference Debrief

If you are not able to attend this year’s virtual conference, join our final One To World meeting of the academic year and hear some of what you missed! We’ll hear some of the highlights from our colleagues who took part in sessions either as presenters or attendees.


Chairs: TBC