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Assistant Vice Chancellor: Claudine Michel

Office Administration

Director: Simran Singh
Business Officer: Nancy Doan
Administrative Assistant: Christina Chilin

Student Services

Student Advisors: Nicole Morgan and  Carli Fowler
  • Questions regarding maintaining F-1 or J-1 student status, including deferring or extending I-20/DS-2019 program dates, requests to drop below full-time enrollment, on-campus and off-campus employment, especially the OPT application process, reinstatement of immigration status following disciplinary action or leaves of absence.

Scholar Services

Immigration Counselor: Tanya Plant
  • Recruitment processes for permanent staff positions (requiring at least a Bachelor’s degree) or for tenure-track / full-time lecturer teaching positions, questions about the Green Card or Labor Certification or U.S. Citizenship processes,questions about completing or updating the I-9 form for a Foreign National hire
J-1 Visiting Scholar (non-student) Services:

J-1 Scholar Advisors: Jason Hopkins and  Mavel M. Marina

  • Questions related to J-1 Visiting Scholars including beginning a new program, extending a current program, transferring in or out, travel and re-entry, adding new dependents, J-2 employment, J-1 health insurance requirements and compliance.

Cultural Programs and Marketing: Chryss Yost
  • English Language & American Culture Summer Workshop, International Student Orientation, corporate partners