Tuesday, December 7, 2021

PIER Zoom Meeting - Advisor Check-in! - Dec 8th

Join us for a PIER Zoom Meeting - Advisor Check-in! scheduled for next Wednesday, December 8th from 12 PM - 1 PM.

Topic: This is a casual meeting to discuss F-1 and J-1 international student and scholar hot topics, concerns and trends. As the end of the year approaches it would be great to connect with all of you and celebrate!
If you are interested in doing a presentation at a future meeting on a topic related to international education please reach out to us. We would love to hear your ideas! 

Members please check your email for a Zoom link!

Friday, October 8, 2021

2021-2022 PIER Government Agency Panel Meeting

Our annual PIER Government Agency Panel meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, October, 27st from 10 AM – 12 PM. We are very excited to offer a hybrid meeting, with the option to attend either in person or online! We are scheduled to have panel representatives from Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Student & Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), ICE Officer of the Principal Legal Advisor (OPLA), Customs & Border Protection (CBP), and the State Department.

Please RSVP here as soon as possible to let us know if you will attend virtually or in person. Due to COVID protocols, attendance at the San Diego Law Enforcement Coordination Center (LECC) will be limited to 30 participants (not including presenters). Please also make sure to submit any questions you have by next Wednesday. More details TBA!


UPDATE: Due to a small number of people wanting to attend in person, we have decided this meeting will now be entirely virtual. More details to follow.


Friday, October 1, 2021

EnglishUSA Stakeholders Conference

The EnglishUSA Stakeholders Conference will take place virtually this year October 7-8, 2021. This event will include a variety of sessions, and EnglishUSA will provide updates from areas around the world. Opening remarks will be given by U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Assistant Secretary for Partnership and Engagement, Eva Millona.

Click here for program and registration information.

Friday, September 24, 2021

Remembering Eric Abutin

The message below is sent on behalf of Melissa Diaz of National University. The deadline for the E-card has been extended through Monday, September 27th. 


Good Afternoon,


It is with a very heavy heart that we reach out to inform the PIER community of the unexpected passing of Eric Abutin on Monday, September 6th.


Eric was an all-around wonderful person. He was a great colleague, mentor, leader and friend. He was extremely patient, super positive and would always go above and beyond to support students and colleagues alike. Eric was a member of PIER for many years and served on the PIER board at different capacities.  He also hosted many PIER meetings at NU and assisted with the coordination of many PIER workshops held at the National University campuses.  He cared very much for the PIER community and friendships developed along the way.


He was a man of many talents and passions and we were fortunate to have been a part of his journey. He made quite an impact and difference in the lives of his colleagues and the students he served. He was a class act, truly one of a kind and he will be greatly missed.

Information regarding Eric’s Services: https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/bonita-ca/eric-abutin-10341023

All are welcome. His wife confirmed that masks will be required.


We also have an electronic card circulating for those who would like to send their condolences to his family: https://www.groupgreeting.com/sign/881db7d51e4d1fb

Card will be sent electronically on Friday, September 24th at 1pm.


Take Care,


Melissa Diaz

Director, International Affairs

National University

E: mdiaz@nu.edu