Student Team Staff Receives Two Awards at the 2017 NAFSA Regional Conference

Program Manager Amanda Yusko and Immigration Coordinator Camila LeMaster Esquivel of the Office of International Affairs each received prestigious awards at this year’s NAFSA (Association of International Educators) Regional Conference for Region VI, which consists of Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky.

Yusko took home the 2017 George Hertrich Advocacy Award in recognition of her outstanding leadership and scholarship. To be nominated for this award, contenders must be active in NAFSA, exhibit a disposition to assist other colleagues and advocate the cause of international education.

Yusko has taken a leadership role at NAFSA at the regional and national level in her positions as membership chair/secretary, Ohio State representative and chair of Region VI. In her role as program manager at the Office of International Affairs, Yusko leads and motivates the team of immigration coordinators to successfully run immigration check-in and counsel more than 6,000 international students throughout the year. She also has been a strong advocate on behalf of international students.  For example, when the executive order restricting travel for non-immigrants and immigrants who are nationals from certain countries, Yusko showed support by coordinating information sessions for international students to hear from and speak with immigration attorneys and counselors.

Esquivel was awarded the 2017 Dorothy Brickman Award for Outstanding New Professional, which is presented to an individual who has been in this field for less than three years and who has made significant contributions to their office or to the field of international education.

Esquivel has exhibited these characteristics during her short time as an immigration coordinator. She began her position in May of 2016 and very quickly was advising more than 20 students in one afternoon. Esquivel not only goes above and beyond in her advising responsibilities, but she also helped significantly improve the immigration check-in process with her organizational skills and efficiency.

The Office of International Affairs is proud to have two of our members recognized for their efforts.