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 12, 2023

How To Get More Involved with Advocacy through "Connecting Our World"

We’re kicking off our first membership meeting of 2023 with an important topic so we can all set goals early for the academic year. Please join us as we talk about all things advocacy!

We will be discussing:

– Updates from most recent meetups from July and August 2023

– Interest in avenues for Advocacy at the congressional and federal level

– How to communicate effectively with governmental officials

– Past success stories from members

– Advocacy goals in the coming year

Chairs: Alexis Akagawa, Columbia University, NAFSA Advocate of the Year 2023 & Keith Edholm, Fordham University, Region X Advocacy Coordinator

October 10, 2023 (In-Person)

One To World Annual Meeting - NYU Wasserman Center

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.

Our Keynote Speaker, Karin Fischer will be joining us virtually and speaking about “Tomorrow’s international student.” The last decade and a half were a period of comparative stability for international education, but American colleges could be at a critical inflection point when it comes to international students. Covid, global competition, demographic shifts, economic headwinds — all could affect the students who come to the United States to study from around the world. What changes could we expect in global student mobility, and what are the implications for the colleges that host international students? Please come prepared with questions!

Keynote Speaker: Karin Fischer, The Chronicle of Higher Education

November 14, 2023

NAFSA Bi-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: Seong Hwan Jeong, Columbia University; Noa Watkins, New York University; Alison Cho, Bennington College; Stacey DiMarino, Columbia University; Siani Smith, Pratt Institute

December 12, 2023

2-Hour Extended Immigration & Regulation Updates

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

January 9, 2024

International Students and Social Security Numbers

At our first meeting of 2024, we'll be

hearing from Everett Lo, Regional Communications Director of the Social

Security Administration. He will be sharing important updates for international

students regarding the process for applying for a social security number and

other useful resources.


Speaker: Everett Lo, Regional Communications Director, Social Security Administration

February 13, 2024

Open Doors 2023 International Exchange in the New York City Metro Area

Don’t miss this special analysis of international student and scholar trends in the New York Metropolitan Area from Open Doors 2023, reflecting academic year 2022/23. Mirka Martel, Head of Research, Evaluation & Learning at IIE, will discuss the unique characteristics of international students in our area. Learn how our population differs in interesting ways from the national norms and how the region’s international student populations has changed since COVID-19.

Chaired By: Mirka Martel, Head of Research & Evaluation at the Institute of International Education (IIE)

March 12, 2024

World Education Services Report: Refugees & Displaced Students in Higher Education

Join us for a presentation from World Education Services (WES), a non-profit social enterprise that supports the educational, economic, and social inclusion of immigrants, refugees, and international students. In this session you will learn about existing programs and policies at the intersection of higher education, workforce, and refugee resettlement.

Chairs: Fatima Sanz, Senior Policy Manager & Isabel Schroeder, Program Manager at World Education Services

April 9, 2024 (IN-PERSON)

Carpe Global: Internationalization & Global Perspectives "At Home"

Join us either in-person or virtually this month for an opportunity to gather with your colleagues! We will be hearing from Jay Harris, Founder & Creative Director of Carpe Global, a platform that features international resources and opportunities to empower people with global interests.

Chair: Jay Harris, Founder & CEO, Carpe Global

May 14, 2024

Advocacy in Albany Debrief

Advocacy is our priority this year! We welcome back Ethan Edholm from Fordham University and Alexis Akagawa from Columbia University to share out successes from last month’s advocacy day trip to Albany to meet with NY state officials. We will also hear from Simone Long from Columbia University and Marisa Silva from One To World about their experience on this trip. We plan to make this an annual visit, and also encourage our NJ schools to host a similar experience in Trenton.


Alexis Akagawa, Columbia University
Simone Long, Columbia University
Ethan Edholm, Fordham University
Marisa Silva, One To World

June 11, 2024

NAFSA Annual Conference Debrief

If you are not able to attend this year’s 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