These programs, sponsored by the Graduate School, are intended to highlight and address a wide range of academic and social concerns faced by international students currently studying at Syracuse University and potentially working in the United States after graduation.

Spring 2018 Workshops

A Two-Way Street: Improving Communication with International Teaching Assistants with the students of ENL 610: Oral Communication in Teaching.

  • Tuesday, April 10, 2:15-3:15 p.m., Tolley Humanities Bldg. 102
  • Wednesday, April 11, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Tolley Humanities Bldg. 102
  • Thursday, April 12, 3:45-4:45 p.m., Hall of Languages 101

Communication is a two-way street; both native and non-native English speakers can play in a role in reducing miscommunication with each other. Often, people assume that the only way to reduce miscommunication is for International Teaching Assistants to improve their English proficiency. We developed this presentation with the belief that International Teaching Assistants should not shoulder the entire burden of improving communication with native English speakers.

In this two-part workshop, we will discuss 1) what it is like to communicate with students and professors as an international Teaching Assistant, and 2) what native English speakers can do to more effectively communicate with international TAs and graduate students. After each workshop, we will seek audience feedback, asking: 1) what was effective about this workshop, and 2) what might we change for the future to make a greater impact in our effort to reduce the communication challenges that occur between international teaching assistants and professors and students. Click here to register.

Communication, miscommunication, misunderstandings and other fun disasters! with Martha Garcia-Murillo, School of Information Studies. Friday, February 23, 3:30-5:30 p.m., Lyman Hall 312.

  • In this workshop Prof. Martha Garcia-Murillo comes back to facilitate a workshop on communication. Through several activities you will learn how to communicate effectively with your peers, teachers, and boss as well as recognize the different ways in which you can make an persuasive argument. Join us for this fun and energetic workshop! Refreshments provided courtesy of the GSO! Click here to register.

Fall 2017 Workshops

Creativity and Problem-Solving Workshop with Prof. Martha Garcia-Murillo, School of Information Studies. Friday, September 22, 3:30-5:30 p.m., Hinds Hall 347 (Katzer Collaboratory)

  • The Graduate School launches its 2017-18 International Graduate Student Workshop series with a program on creativity and problem-solving led by iSchool professor Martha Garcia-Murillo. One of the most important skills you will need to develop for your academic life and professional career is the ability to devise creative ways of solving problems. In this workshop, you’ll learn about creativity and then test your skills with a board game — where you can change the rules. While the program is designed with the international graduate student in mind, U.S. students are strongly encouraged to join in! Participants will receive a free board game. Refreshments provided courtesy of the GSO! Click here to register. (Please do not attempt to register by replying to this email with a meeting request.)

What Every International Student Should Know About U.S. Employment with Dan Beaudry. Thursday, October 12, 5:00-6:30 p.m., Maxwell Auditorium, Maxwell Hall

  • Interested in hearing how H-1B sponsorship happens from the inside?  Dan Beaudry, author of Power Ties: The International Student’s Guide to Finding a Job in the United States and former head of campus recruiting at, shares the potent job search system used by many international students to find U.S. employment. H-1B’s are won in ways you likely don’t expect. What you’ll discover in this presentation may surprise you:
    • Learn how to secure H-1B sponsorship at companies that have a policy against sponsoring H-1B visas.
    • Learn why 80 percent of open jobs are never advertised—and how to find them before anyone else.
    • Learn why human resources is often an obstacle instead of a conduit to finding a U.S. job—and how to bypass it.
    • Learn why submitting résumés online is not an effective use of your time—and how you can better invest that time.

Sponsored by Career Services and the Graduate School. Click here to register.