Announcements and Updates
Tufts International Community
Welcoming the New International Center Director:
Dear Tufts community,
We are very pleased to welcome Andrew Shiotani as the new Director of the Tufts International Center. Andrew assumes leadership from Jane Etish-Andrews, who retired after 35 years of service on October 31. As Director of the International Center, he will oversee the team providing immigration and student services to over 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students and close to 300 faculty and research scholars at all of Tufts’ schools.
Andrew joins us from the University of Oregon in Eugene, where he has served since 2013, most recently as Associate Director of International Student and Scholar Services supervising a team that provided immigration support and programs for 3,000 international students. Andrew brings extensive advising, strategic planning and management experience in international student and scholar services to Tufts. As we complete the transition to a single, university-wide Tufts International Center, Andrew will lead our efforts to expand and deepen programs that support international students, faculty and scholars in fulfilling immigration requirements, as well as in adjusting and integrating to Tufts successfully.
Prior to his tenure at the University of Oregon, Andrew was Program Coordinator of the Office of Global Engagement at the Seattle University, and Associate Director of the Office of International Services at Teachers College Columbia University in New York City, where he also was an Adjunct Instructor in International and Comparative Education. Andrew holds a BS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, an MA in East Asian Studies from Harvard University and M.Phil. in Comparative Education from Teachers College Columbia University.
Andrew will begin on January 30, and will be reachable at Andrew.email@example.com. Please join me in welcoming him to the Tufts community and the International Center team.
Senior International Officer and Associate Provost
Oliver Chapman Nominations:
The I-Club and the I-Center are now open to receiving nominations for the Oliver Chapman Leadership and Community Service Award. This award is given to a senior who has demonstrated involvement in the international community either at Tufts, in the local community or internationally. Ideally, the nominee should be a person who has reached out to others and who has had an impact on the lives of Tufts students or to a group or community outside of Tufts. The nominee should demonstrate a love for humanity through their community activity. This award is unique because the achievements of the recipient are recognized and awarded by their peers.
Nominations are due on Wednesday, February 13th
The Award is presented at the annual Parade of Nations Extravaganza on Saturday, March 2, 2019.
To nominate go to:
On June 26, 2018 the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) upheld Presidential Proclamation 9645, commonly known as The Travel Ban. The ban restricts travel to the United States for nationals of seven countries (Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela, and Yemen). The power point provides general information on the implications of the SCOTUS decision.
On August 9, 2018 a new policy regarding unlawful presence for F-1 and J-1 visa holders in the United Status will take effect. F-1 and J-1 visa holders who fall out of status and remain in the US will begin to accrue time in unlawful presence. This may have significant implications on re-entering the US in the future. The power point provides an overview of unlawful presence as well as the policy changes on unlawful presence classification for F-1 and J-1 visa holders who fall out of status. For case specific questions please reach out to the Tufts International Center by email at InternationalCenter@tufts.edu or to your student/scholar advisor.
I-Center events are open to the community. Please see the calendar here.
For Students and Scholars
- Welcome to Boston from Mayor Walsh and the City of Boston
- Office of the Provost: Executive Order on Immigration
- Delays in OPT Processing
- Memo for Department Administrators About the J-1 Intern Category
- Tufts Senior International Officer: Diana Chigas
- Executive Order on Immigration Updates, Advice, and Resources
- To stay connected after graduation, sign up for Tufts Alumni Online Community!