Bridging the Gap: A Conversation with Bertha Anderson from the CIS Ombudsman's Office
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This episode of the IE podcast is a conversation with Bertha Anderson, who is the Chief of Public Engagement for the Office of the Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman (CIS Ombudsman). 

Many international educators in the United States are familiar with the CIS Ombudsman's office, and NAFSA regularly liaises with this and other government agencies on behalf of advisers who facilitate the goals of international educational exchange while ensuring institutional and individual compliance with applicable laws and government policies. 

In this episode, Anderson discusses the mission of the CIS Ombudsman, how the office works with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), and her office’s policy priorities. She also shares about her own journey and experience in international education, what she enjoys most about her job, and what to expect from the CIS Ombudsman’s office this year.

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