Faculty and Staff Workshops

The Reves Center provides W&M faculty and staff workshops that offer knowledge, skills, and resources for supporting W&M’s diverse international community. If you have suggestions for workshops, please contact [[m|ywong,Eva Wong]].

Fall 2018

Pathways to Permanent Residency

Thursday, October 11, 10-11am, Reves Room (1st floor of the Reves Center)

Interested in learning about the different pathways to US permanent residency (greencard)? Join us for this informational session presented by the law firm McCandlish Holton. This session will cover the most common  pathways to permanent residency in the US with a focus on employment based permanent residency sponsorship. Register for the event.

W&M Permanent Residency Sponsorship Policy

Thursday, October 11, 11-11:45am, Reves Room (1st floor of the Reves Center)

W&M is expanding access to permanent residency (greencard) sponsorship for international faculty and staff of the university. Join Steve Sechrist, Director of ISSP; John Poma, Assistant Vice President for Human Resources; and Sharron Gatling, Assistant Director, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, for an information session about the updated policy. The session will cover policy & procedure, eligibility, costs, and timelines.

Helping International Students in Our Classrooms

Thursday, October 25, 11:30am-12:30pm, Reves Room (1st floor of the Reves Center)
Presenter: Jennifer A. Bommelje-Butler, English Language Program Instructor

This workshop is designed to provide tips and discussion about classroom practices that support international students. The workshop will include a brainstorming activity, discussion, and short presentation. We will offer tips on how to better support international student learning in and out of the classroom and share more information about English language resources available at W&M. Feel free to bring your lunch! Register for the event.

Crash Course Chinese

Tuesday, October 30, 11am-12:30pm, Reves Room (1st floor of the Reves Center)
Presenters: Mian Cheng and Diou Dai, W&M Confucius Institute Volunteer Teachers


Every year more and more international students and scholars join the W&M community, with Chinese students and scholars making up the largest proportion of this population. To better educate and relate with Chinese international students and scholars, the Reves Center is offering a brief workshop on the basics of Chinese language. Topics will include the Chinese naming culture, basic pronunciation, character composition, and simple greetings. Register for the event.

Previous Workshops
Crash Course Chinese


Every year more and more international students and scholars join the W&M community, with Chinese students and scholars making up the largest proportion of this population. To better educate and relate with Chinese international students and scholars, the Reves Center is offering a brief workshop on the basics of Chinese language. Topics will include the Chinese naming culture, basic pronunciation, character composition, and simple greetings.

Supporting W&M’s International Community

Presenter: Office of International Students, Scholars, and Programs Staff

W&M has a diverse community of international students, scholars, faculty, staff, and families. Who are they? Learn about the different groups represented on campus and discover Reves resources on how to better support them. Bring your lunch, we’ll provide the desserts.

Becoming a US Citizen

Presenter: Helen Konrad, Esq., immigration attorney with McCandlish Holton, PC.

Interested in becoming a US citizen? Or do you have family and friends going through the process and would like to understand it better? This session will outline the eligibility criteria for naturalization, the process, potential pitfalls and complications, and situations where you may want to hire an immigration attorney.