“Working Without a Blueprint” – Supporting International Students & International Student Advisors

Supporting international students at our post-secondary institutions has always been a rewarding experience that comes with its fair share of challenges. These challenges had been steadily increasing as our international student population continued to rise prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.

It would be an understatement to say that there have been significant disruptions to this domain over the past 15 months. Many international student departments have found themselves striving to remain flexible and adaptable amid a lack of clarity across federal, provincial, and institutional policies moving forward. This lack of clarity impacts the mental health of our international student population as well as those working tirelessly to support them.

This webinar seeks to address important considerations relating to the mental health of these groups on campus via discussing the following topics:

  • Areas of need prior to the pandemic – what is still relevant?
  • Reflections on the past year – the evolution of our international student mental health needs over the pandemic
  • Current context – discussing how we have been trying to pivot and serve our students as the pandemic has evolved
  • Strategic decisions and moving forward – what have we learned?

Tenzing Kunga immigrated to Canada in 2006 having previously lived in Nepal and India. He pursued his post-secondary education at George Brown College and remained with the college working in various academic/corporate divisions. Tenzing joined the International Centre division at the college in 2013 and has spent the last 7+ years working closely with international students as an International Student Advisor. For the past year (just before the pandemic) Tenzing has been managing the International Student Integration & Support team.

Lyn-Marie Farley is a former international student from Barbados. Lyn completed her undergraduate and master’s degrees at the University of Guelph graduating with a Bachelor of Arts and MA (Leadership) respectively. Her journey in Student Affairs began as a student leader at Guelph; from there she continued onto the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University as professional staff supporting first year student transition in Housing and Residence Life. In 2016, Lyn’s passion for supporting international students led her to Ryerson as an International Student Advisor. She is currently the Senior Manager, International Student Support & Engagement.

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