International Students Focus – Meeting Notes

July 30th, 2015

Meeting agenda

First of all, thanks for the warm welcome. Impressive team: the expertise and experience that you bring to the table, together with the passion for the international students agenda.

For tomorrow’s meeting, I need your help:  

Please take 20-30 minutes and reflect on what it will make Cincinnati a most attractive employment for International Students: what will be the top three things you will do, based on your experience.

As you do that, please put them on paper (attached template), and be prepared to talk them for 3-5 minutes.

And for the ideas “way out there”, please feel free to add them as part of the alternative challenge (if money and resources were unlimited).

International Students Inclusion Program

Objective: Making Cincinnati a most attractive employment place for International Students

Today’s approach :

–          A dedicated Career Fair for International Students

–          Potential inclusion of International Students on existing College Career Fairs

Please think of what will you do. Be prepared to present these ideas – try to stay in within 3 minutes

Challenge (How might we):

How might we make Cincinnati a most attractive employment place for International students?

  1. Action 1
  2. Action 2
  3. Action 3

Alternative challenge (identify “How high is high”)

If money and resources were unlimited, how might we make Cincinnati a most attractive place for International students?

  1. Action 1

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Meeting Discussion and Key Next Steps

Key Themes for “How might we make Cincinnati a most attractive employment place for International students? “

 

  1. Educate companies on the hiring and retention processes. Make the business case for hiring international students.
  2. Create a framework for the immigration/legal assistance to employers who need it for hiring International Students.
  3. Develop an infrastructure to help welcome and retain international students. This infrastructure is a collaboration between colleges and universities, business, lawyers, chambers, workforce development agencies. This infrastructure would include advocacy efforts (convincing companies of the importance of hiring international students), networking efforts (connecting international students to other international students and local residents), and connecting the university, business, and workforce development communities.
  4. Communicate success stories: Students and employers telling their stories.
  5. Focus on the college career fairs that target US students, and engineer an experience that should work for the International Students

 

 

 

International Students Inclusion Program – Ron Cushing

Objective: Making Cincinnati a most attractive employment place for International Students

Today’s approach :

A dedicated Career Fair for International Students

Potential inclusion of International Students on existing College Career Fairs

Please think of what will you do. Be prepared to present these ideas – try to stay in within 3 minutes

Challenge (How might we):

How might we make Cincinnati a most attractive employment place for International students?

Action 1 Match Job Seekers with Employers who will hire international visitors

Action 2 Provide immigration/legal assistance to employers who need it.

Action 3 Supply support services (housing; finding schools; childcare, etc.) for international families relocating to Cincinnati

 

Alternative challenge (identify “How high is high”)

If money and resources were unlimited, how might we make Cincinnati a most attractive place for International students?

Action 1 –have dedicated staff to handle all the above.

 

 

 

International Students Inclusion Program – Bryan Wright

Objective: Making Cincinnati a most attractive employment place for International Students

Today’s approach :

A dedicated Career Fair for International Students

Potential inclusion of International Students on existing College Career Fairs

Please think of what will you do. Be prepared to present these ideas – try to stay in within 3 minutes

Challenge (How might we):

How might we make Cincinnati a most attractive employment place for International students?

We have to develop an infrastructure to help welcome and retain international students. This infrastructure should consist of colleges/universities, business, lawyers, chambers, workforce development agencies. This infrastructure would include advocacy efforts (convincing companies of the importance of hiring international students), networking efforts (connecting international students to other international students and local residents), and connecting the university, business, and workforce development communities.

Marketing at a global level. It is important to share data highlighting the positive aspects and opportunities in the region as well as showcase the great things the city/region has to offer: parks, entertainment, networking, YP’s, etc. This also includes students telling their stories and projecting their stories globally.

Educate companies on the hiring and retention processes. Make the business case for hiring international students.

Create a one-stop shop, a concierge service (perhaps through the proposed New Center for Cincinnatians proposed through the Mayor’s Task Force on Immigration), for international students to connect students, companies, lawyers, and schools to the items mentioned above.

Schools in the Cincinnati region should connect with and engage state and national level agencies like DOE and DOS. DOS engages with foreign governments and hosts events to attract international students. We should connect with the state initiative Ohio G.R.E.A.T.

 

 

Alternative challenge (identify “How high is high”)

If money and resources were unlimited, how might we make Cincinnati a most attractive place for International students?

Action 1

 

 

International Students Inclusion Program – Eleodor Sotropa

Objective: Making Cincinnati a most attractive employment place for International Students

Today’s approach:

A dedicated Career Fair for International Students

Potential inclusion of International Students on existing College Career Fairs

Please think of what will you do. Be prepared to present these ideas – try to stay in within 3 minutes

Challenge (How might we):

How might we make Cincinnati a most attractive employment place for International students?

“Be unique”: Create the “memorable identity” for the program,  with associated communication materials for students, employers, colleges and community

“Intercept and leverage the demand forces”: Extend the team of volunteers to International students and Cincinnati professionals

“Make a little, sell a little, learn a lot”: Focus on key demand for International students and communicate a success story associated with that focus area

International Students Inclusion Program – German Faraoni

Objective: Making Cincinnati a most attractive employment place for International Students

Today’s approach :

A dedicated Career Fair for International Students

Potential inclusion of International Students on existing College Career Fairs

Please think of what will you do. Be prepared to present these ideas – try to stay in within 3 minutes

Challenge (How might we):

How might we make Cincinnati a most attractive employment place for International students?

Not an action but a decision to narrow down scope and be focused: Decide first if our audience is F1 students in Cinci/NKY, F1 students from particular areas in the country, or any F1 student in the US.

Action 1: understand the top 2 problems the scoped “Intl Students” audience has and address them (e.g. a welcome package that has real help getting a local driving license, cell phone and other services if needed, free local public transportation or enable a lease or car purchase, health coverage, etc, etc   —  some of these things exist already! It’s just bundling them in a comprehensive way)

Action 2: don’t have a separate standalone Career Fair but ‘qualify’ each University’s Career Fairs with a ‘standard’ set of requirements which will be publicly announced and reflected in Universities websites and other places. Example: Best Standard: University brings immigration lawyers prior and during the fair, does special education to employers prior and during the fair on immigration rules, does special tracking of intl students top talent to ensure they get a local job if they desire, etc, etc. Basic Standard: the Intl Students Departments in each university have a table in each fair that would orient the intl students that come to the fair, etc, etc

Action 3: I couldn’t think of a strong unique 3rd one  J  I rather refine and make Action 1 and 2 very solid

 

Alternative challenge (identify “How high is high”)

If money and resources were unlimited, how might we make Cincinnati a most attractive place for International students?

Idea: make the student go through a ‘funnel’ which outcome / result is they graduate having a small start-up company on their hands

While F1 intl students are studying in Cinci/NKY area, start from year 1 channeling them through a prog that would end when they graduate and the outcome is their own start-up. From year 1 (they start undergrad or grad) to year ‘n’ (for undergrad is 4 or 5 years, for grad could be 2 to 4 years) work with them assigning Business, Finance, IT and Marketing resources (people and small funding) so that they build their business idea and when they finish they have a ‘small startup company’ on their hands. The threshold for such company needs to be $300,000 in value so they would qualify for EB1. The condition to put all the money on them is the start-up has to be Cinci/NKY based. And how to know from the hundreds or thousands of intl students who to fund? There should be a board that includes city, university and ‘angel’ venture capitalists that would jointly evaluate who to pick.