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On April 26, 2021 USCIS announced a continuation of the March 2020 Guidance. You can read the full April 2021 guidance HERE. Below is the summary:Summary of March 2020 Guidance for Continuing StudentsAs stated in the March 2020 guidance, Active F and M students will be permitted to temporarily count online classes toward a full course of study in excess of the regulatory limits stated in 8 C.F.R. § 214.2(f)(6)(i)(G) and 8 C.F.R. § 214.2(m)(9)(v) for the 2021-22 academic year. The March 2020 guidance applies to continuing F and M nonimmigrant students who were in valid F-1 or M-1 nonimmigrant status on March 9, 2020, including those previously enrolled in entirely online classes who are outside of the United States and seeking to re-enter the country for the 2021-22 academic year. Students actively enrolled at a U.S. school on March 9, 2020, who subsequently took courses online while outside of the country can re-enter the United States, even if their school is engaged solely in distance learning."Summary of March 2020 Guidance for Initial StudentsIn accordance with the March 2020 guidance, new or Initial F and M students who were not previously enrolled in a program of study on March 9, 2020, will not be able to enter the United States as a nonimmigrant student for the 2021-22 academic year if their course of study is 100 percent online. A new student should be allowed to enter the United States if they are engaged in a hybrid program, with some requirement for in-person learning. Consistent with this restriction, DSOs should not issue a Form I-20, “Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status,” for a student in new or Initial status who is outside of the United States and plans to take classes at an SEVP-certified educational institution that is operating fully online. 

Hello Colleagues,

The Office of International Education is seeking a Faculty Lead for Study Abroad for the coming academic year. We encourage all interested part-time and full-time faculty to apply. Please see the attached Job Description and Summary. Dates of assignment are from August to May and compensation will be $10,000 total ($1,000 per month). Hours per month will be based on faculty’s non-instructional rate.

To be considered, please submit your interest on our Study Abroad Faculty Lead Forms by Thursday May 27,2021. You will need to be logged into your PCCD account in order to apply.

When you login, you will be asked to submit:

A Statement: Up to 1,000 words on the value of study abroad programs at PCCD and how you can contribute if selected for this position
Resume (pdf/word)
Cover Letter (pdf/word)

It is anticipated that interviews for selected candidates will be held the week of June 7th – June 11th.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

 

Thomas Torres-Gil

Director of International Services & Student Support

Peralta Community College District

333 East 8th Street Oakland CA 94606 

ttorresgil@peralta.edu

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Congratulations Nha Le!

It was bittersweet to learn that Nha Le would retire after twenty years serving Peralta students. I met Nha when she came to our office in early 2010 as a Staff Assistant and I was fortunate enough to work with her until she decided to start a new chapter in her life. Nha Le worked tirelessly to improve our students experiences and ensure they felt welcomed through her present and thoughtful advising. Her hard work and efforts were rewarded when she became an International Student Support Specialist and admitted thousands of students to our colleges. I know I will miss her warmth, calming presence, and bright smile. To celebrate Nha’s retirement, our staff has provided messages about what Nha meant to them:Karla David:"Nha was my admissions partner at the OIE and was always like a sister to me. (PLEASE COME BACK NHA!! hahhah)"Matthew Jones:   "Nha Le was a selfless coworker and friend who placed the needs, beliefs, and values of others above her own. She personally challenged me to love and serve others the way they would want and I am a better person for knowing her. Nha Le will be dearly missed."Annie Liu:“Nha has inspired a countless number of students during her time at Peralta and built many lifelong familial relationships with her students and colleagues. Her reputation knows no boundaries - I’ve seen new international students, who came in for their student orientations, that had already knew about Nha from either former students or family friends back home. I’ve also seen former students stop by her office with their success stories, spouses and children to thank Nha for being there for them at the beginning of their journeys when they needed her the most. “I could not have done this without you” was a common phrase we heard at the office. I hope that I can carry on Nha’s spirit in our office to continue to serve future Peralta international students with the same level of dedication, love, and commitment that she had shown our students in the past.”Todd Shima:"Nha is a great mentor to me. Nha's strength and resiliency of life and love is unparalleled to almost anyone I've come into contact with throughout my life. Nha has a heart of gold and even picks out the best noodle spots in Oakland. Nha is always someone I can talk to and it is without saying, she will be missed in our office." Michael Goldberg:"I appreciated your warm welcome and patience when I started in my position.  And then you elevated me to the good position of "neighbor".   Your dedication to students was clear.  You will be greatly missed, especially when there is a return to the office. Stay well.  Michael”Drew Gephart:"Nha is a very kind person who served our students wholeheartedly. Her impact on students' lives was powerful and she will be greatly missed in the office. However, always welcome back to enjoy some time with her Peralta Family!!!"Congrats Nha Le!!~Thomas Torres-Gil, Director of International Education

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Monday, November 16th
International Education Week started with a Study Abroad Panel of former students and faculty sharing their experiences who went abroad. Devyn shared about her experinece in Japan, and a recent trip to Peru, Cole shared about his China study abroad experience, and faculty members Andrea Lee (Dance in Ghana), Petra Maria (Cosmetology in London) and Simon Chan (Business in China and Japan) shared about the value of their programs.To view the recording, or to share with others, please click here.Also, to view the latest Open Doors report through the Institute of International Education, please click here, and be sure to select Associate’s Colleges as the Institution Type. And here is the link to the study abroad playlist on YouTube!For more information on Peralta’s Study Abroad Programs, please visit https://web.peralta.edu/international/study-abroad

Tuesday, November 17th
Started in 1961 by President John Kennedy, the US Peace Corps has sent more than 240,000 Americans to volunteer in 142 countries.  Prior to the COVID-19 evacuations of all volunteers in March 2020, more than 7,000 were serving in 61 countries. The US Peace Corps panel was led by Kerry Carmichael, Peace Corps regional recruiter and a returned peace corps volunteer (RPCV) who served in Ecuador.  Three RPCVs--BCC political science instructor Charlotte Lee, BCC graduate Sara Vargas, and David Nash-Mendez shared their experiences in Romania, Panama, and Macedonia.  All described their work assignments, living arrangements, and adaptation to their new cultures.  Learn more about Peace Corps here https://www.peacecorps.gov/ or contact Kerry Carmichael kcarmichael2@peacecorps.gov COA political science professor Robert Brem in a lecture titled An Overview: world systems & alternative futures analysis as an approach to understanding the 21st century modern world system provided a different way of looking at comparative governments.  Noting that governments can change over time, he provided numerous examples of how people have structured communities and systems since the Garden of Eden.  Drawing from the disciplines of political science, psychology, philosophy, and history Robert weaved together a narrative of peoples in the past from hunter gather to farmer to urban dweller.  Having laid the framework of where humans have been, Robert will lead us into the future of possibilities in Part 2. 
Wednesday, November 18th
Wednesday we held a virtual film screening of the PBS Documentary, SOFTIE, which follows political activist Boniface “Softie” Mwangi, a daring and audacious political activist who decides to run for political office in Kenya after several years of fighting injustice in his country. But running a clean campaign against corrupt opponents with idealism as his only weapon proves challenging. – Watch Trailer Here: https://youtu.be/c7jWeXqWJy8. Following the film we had a discussion
 I especially appreciated hearing Harizon’s perspective as a Kenyan int’l grad student and staff member. He’s a great storyteller and should definitely take on more speaking engagements.
AqiylaPOV Films
Friday, November 20th
CET Academic Programs presented on their virtual and study abroad programs for faculty interested in developing these experiences to their courses. Please watch the Recording HereAnd Lastly, an international Student Panel was held where 2 former PCCD international students shared their experiences at PCCD and what helped them prepare to transfer on to a 4-year University. Watch Recording Here

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It has been almost ten years since Mang-Ling Cho first came to the Peralta Colleges. She arrived as a student whose goals included, like many of our international students, transferring to the University of California system to earn a Bachelor’s degree. During most of these last ten years our office has had the pleasure of getting to know her as she worked first as a peer advisor and eventually as a full-time staff in our international office.

Many of you may not know that as a student, she founded the International Student Association (ISA) in 2012/2013 at Berkeley City College and she continued to play an active role in it over the years as a staff. Mang-Ling was also one of our first peer advisors to work at the BCC international office when it opened part-time in 2013. Over the years she was instrumental in building and opening GPS – the system where our international students apply – and OpenCCC International. Mang-Ling has contributed in so many ways to improve our international student experiences and we wouldn’t be where we are without her.

Our team congratulated and thanked Mang-Ling during a goodbye Zoom call for all she has done over this past decade as she accepted a full-time position at Foothill College. We will miss her and know she will continue to make a positive impact in all she does.

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