Who Should Attend?
This webinar will benefit those who may come in contact with federal agents on their campus, as well as those who shape policies and procedures for handling such visits and calls. These include DSOs and PDSOs, university counsel, campus security officials, ROs, and AROs. Both new professionals and experienced international educators will gain knowledge from this webinar.
Why Should You Attend?
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) recently launched Project Campus Sentinel and began visiting DSOs and schools throughout the United States with the apparent goal of visiting every school that hosts international students. It is now no longer a matter of if your campus will be contacted but when. The government is closely analyzing the data you provide, paying attention to your international students and faculty, and planning visits. By having policies and procedures in place and educating all stakeholders, you can best manage contact from federal agents.
In this webinar, our expert presenters discuss which federal agencies are making site visits and calls, including ICE, USCIS, DOS, and the FBI. They share from their many years of experience working on campuses and in the legal profession to help you learn what to do when a federal agent is sitting in your office and which information you are required by law to share. Come away with strategies for building positive relationships with federal agents and dealing with difficult situations, as well as tips on developing and adapting policies and procedures for your campus.
Participants will be able to:
- Understand which federal agencies are contacting campuses and why;
- Learn how to best manage interactions and establish relationships with federal agents; and
- Gain insights on developing and adapting policies and procedures for your campus.
Director, International Student & Scholar Services
Binghamton University, State University of New York
Ellen Badger has been the director of international student and scholar services at Binghamton University, State University of New York, for more than 25 years. In her position, Badger leads a staff of nine who provide programs and services to more than 2,100 F-1 and J-1 international students, scholars, and faculty. Binghamton is a 2004 recipient of the NAFSA Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization.
Badger has served on the NAFSA Board of Directors twice and has held a number of leadership positions in NAFSA on both the regional and national level. She is a frequent presenter at NAFSA annual and regional conferences. Her professional areas of interest include federal regulations, undocumented students, staff development, and office management. She is a coauthor of the NAFSA resource “How Can I Prepare for a Contact from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)?”
Partner and Managing Attorney - Troy Office
Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, PLLC
Scott Cooper serves as immigration counsel to public and private universities, national research institutions, cultural institutions, and foundations. He represents professionals, faculty, and researchers from around the country. Prior to his career in law, Cooper worked in higher education administration, last serving as an associate dean for the University of Illinois Medical Center. In this capacity, he served as the university’s RO and DSO.
He is a past chair of the Michigan Chapter of AILA, a member of the executive committee of the Greater Chicago Chapter of AILA, and former chair of the Immigration and Nationality Law Committee of the Chicago Bar Association. Cooper is also a past chair of the Michigan Association of International Educators and of NAFSA Region V. He co-chaired NAFSA’s annual conference and served as a member of NAFSA’s former national Government Regulations Advisory Committee. He has been a contributing author and editor of publications, including NAFSA’s Adviser’s Manual and the CUPA Journal, and was lead author of Immigration Briefings on the topic of exchange visitors.
Kathleen C. Gasparian, Esq.
Senior Associate, David Ware & Associates, LLC
Kathleen Gasparian earned her law degree in 2002 from Loyola University New Orleans