Symposium Events

OIS hosts one large Symposium every year and monthly, online Lunch Series events throughout the year to help educate and train the Pitt faculty and staff about important issues related to immigration and our Pitt international community.


The next Symposium will be held on October 8, 2021 online. This event will have the following concurrent sessions in the morning:

  • Introduction to OIS and Immigration - In this session, OIS staff will give a brief overview of the structure and responsibilities of the Office of International Services. We will also give a brief overview of general immigration terms and the legalities affecting our international populations. This session is geared toward administrators who have had little experience working with Pitt's international scholars or for those administrators who want a refresher on the broader picture of OIS and Immigration.
  • Green Card Options and Policies - OIS staff will review what permanent residency options exist for international Pitt faculty and staff, including departmental responsibilities and cost. We will also discuss how a department can create their own policies for who they will support for permanent residency and what ‘support’ means.
  • Visa Pathways: Employment in Academia - From working while in college, employment visas to the green card process, this session will take you through common visa options that may be available to your international staff and faculty. This session will provide insight on common visa pathways as well as how to determine the most appropriate visa options for your position and employee.
  • #YouAreWelcomeHere - You may have seen the You Are Welcome Here hashtag on signature lines and/or UCIS websites. This is a national movement, began in 2016, which has grown to more than 400 U.S. institutions and which today has a focus on providing scholarships to international student leaders. OIS Director Delo Blough was part of the group that initiated the hashtag movement. She will talk about its origins and the unfortunate need to keep the sentiment alive today.

Click here to register for the Symposium.

Lunch Series

We will have monthly, online trainings over lunch each month. Our schedule for the 2021-2022 year is below. If the session has a link, that is the recording of the event.  Click here to register for any of the Lunch Series sessions.

  • August 11 - Fall Topics
  • September 8 - Enrollment Requirements for International Students
  • October 8 - Symposium (see above)
  • November 10 - Culture Shock and Mental Health Resources
  • December 8 - Introduction to Permanent Residency
  • January 12 - Pre-Arrival Checklists for Students and Scholars
  • February 9 - Introduction to H-1B Processing
  • March 9 - Appreciation Lunch
  • April 13 - Student Employment and Graduation
  • May 11 - Introduction to J-1 and Orientation
  • June 8 - Job Codes and Prevailing Wages