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.


June 8, 2021

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: Laura Valeri, New York University & NAFSA Region X, Advocacy Coordinator, Linda “Toby” Tobash, The Korea Society & NAFSA Region X, Secretary, and Melissa Zuroff, New York University & NAFSA Region X, Regulatory Ombudsperson for Student Issues

May 11, 2021

Social Justice from a Global Perspective

In the current era, global social justice movements remind us that we must think and act with an eye toward history and the historical entanglements of racism, violence, capitalism, and colonization. When worldwide calls for political and social justice dominate, it is just as important to understand that what we are witnessing and experiencing is not unprecedented or, indeed, unexpected. That they are happening now, to us—all at once—reveals the urgency and the need for structural change and reparative justice. At our meeting in May, we will be hearing from Dr. Sonya Donaldson at NJCU about this timely and important topic that affects us all, so that we may be better equipped to engage in dialogue with our students when they approach us about these issues. Feel free to come prepared with questions or comments for a Q&A with Dr. Donaldson after her talk.

April 13, 2021

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 2020, reflecting Fall 2019. 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

March 9, 2021

Hot Topics with SEVP Field Representatives

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: NY/NJ SEVP Field Representatives, Sophia Ng, Krista Gard, and Alexandra Chow

February 9, 2021

Contacts & Conversations: A Chance to Network Amongst Peers

It’s been almost a year since we’ve held our membership meetings in-person, and our virtual meetings have so far not offered much opportunity for networking. We hope to remedy this at February’s meeting, where much of the second hour will consist of breaking participants out into small breakout rooms to chat with one another about the challenges your institution has faced during the pandemic, thoughts on how the new administration will impact higher education, or any other topic of interest. There will also be a special presentation from Sprintax an organization that helps international students file their taxes.

January 12, 2021

Two Hour Extended Immigration Roundtable: Regulation vs. Reality

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! There will also be a short break for a special presentation from LifeClass.

December 8, 2020

World Education Services (WES) Research Report

At this meeting, WES Research Manager, Bryce Loo will present research to members based on surveys of prospective international students and higher education professionals from June and August 2020 about the impact of Covid-19.

Chair: Bryce, K. Loo, Research Manager, WES

November 10, 2020

Mental Health and Emotional Wellness for International Students

At this meeting, we will be hearing from Justin A. Chen, MD, MPH who is the Founder and Executive Director of MGH Center for Cross-Cultural Student Emotional Wellness in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He will be offering insight to help our member institutions promote the emotional health and psychological resilience of our international student population.

Speaker: Justin A. Chen, MD, MPH Founder and Executive Director of MGH Center for Cross-Cultural Student Emotional Wellness

October 13, 2020

One To World Annual Meeting

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. This year’s keynote speaker, Miriam Feldblum, will begin the meeting reflecting on the future of international student education in the U.S., and explore the stakes for higher education, and the ways that colleges and universities can advocate for international students and inclusive immigration policies.

Keynote Speaker: Miriam Feldblum, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration

September 8, 2020

Beginning the Academic Year During the Ongoing Pandemic: Current Challenges and Silver Linings

Chairs: Laura Arthur, Director, ISSO, Drew University & Gale Lynch, Senior Director for Global Engagement & ISS, The New School