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Minority Serving Institution Global Education Summit

As part of Diversity Abroad’s commitment to building capacity for study abroad and comprehensive internationalization at minority serving institutions, Diversity Abroad will host the 3rd Annual MSI Global Education Summit geared towards academics, practitioners, and administrators at Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) who are working to internationalize their campuses. The MSI Global Education Summit is designed to enhance the institutional capacity of MSIs to integrate international education efforts into the current campus climate. The 2018 MSI Global Education Summit will be held April 7 & 8 in Miami, FL just prior to the 6th Annual Diversity Abroad Conference.


As international education becomes more ingrained into the fabric of higher education, many Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) are engaged in innovative activities to ensure their students have the skills and knowledge to be successful in the global market. This track explores innovative practices, research, program models and current trends from colleagues at MSIs or those who partner with MSIs on inbound and outbound international education.


  • Create a community of international education professionals from Minority Serving Institutions
  • Connect participants with the resources and tools needed to develop or enhance the effectiveness of their international education office and build capacity to increase global mobility of their students
  • To inspire participants to be active advocates for international education on their campuses


  • Presidents, Provosts, Deans, and other administrators from Minority Serving Institutions
  • Individuals at Minority Serving Institutions who lead or are interested in leading education abroad programs
  • International education and staff in student support services from Minority Serving Institutions
  • Agencies and organizations who are interested in collaborating with Minority Serving Institutions on internationalization efforts


12:00 - 2:00pm
MSI Registration Open

Check in for participants.

2:00 - 2:15pm
Welcome to the Summit

Introductory comments will include a brief overview of the panelists and speakers who have been invited to share their expertise, as well as tips for how to maximize attendees’ participation

2:15 - 3:45pm
Comprehensive Campus Internationalization: Framework & Roundtable Discussions

The 2018 MSI Global Education Summit is guided by The American Council on Education’s Model for Comprehensive Internationalization. Participants will have an opportunity to learn about how this model can be leveraged to create strategic plans for comprehensive internationalization at their respective Minority-Serving Institutions. Participants will also have an opportunity to share their institutional challenges and targeted areas for growth during a dynamic roundtable discussion on two of the key components of this model 1) Articulated Institutional Commitment and 2) Administrative Leadership, Structure, and Staffing. The discussion will conclude with a presentation of grant and fundraising opportunities to support internationalization efforts.


Anthony Pinder: American Council on Education

David Levin: U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

Tanyelle Richardson: U.S. Department of Education

3:45 - 4:30pm
Travel to The Wolfsonian Museum

Transportation will be arranged as we commute to an exciting off-site venue, the Wolfsonian Museum, located in the historic Art Deco District of Miami Beach.

4:30 - 5:45pm
Chat at the Wolfsonian (Off-Site)

Join us for an intimate dialogue to understand how institutional leaders' visions are shaped by personal global experiences and how they have committed to diversity, inclusion, and equity through their campus internationalization efforts (past and present) and, what types of leadership, administrative and staffing structures have supported these endeavors. Attendees will have an opportunity to engage with the panelists for deeper insights.


Dr. Makola M. Abdullah: Virginia State University

Dr. Eneida O. Roldan: Florida International University

6:00 - 7:00pm
MSI Global Education Networking Reception

Network and catch up with colleagues at MSIs or those who are interested in partnering with MSIs over Hors d’oeuvres and drinks.

7:30 - 8:30am
Networking Breakfast

Relax and rejuvenate with a light continental breakfast with opportunities for informal interactions with colleagues.

8:30 - 9:30am
Institutional Perspectives on Campus Internationalization: Strategies & Successes (Panel Presentation)

This interactive, moderated panel presentation and discussion will feature Senior International Officers and institutional leaders from a wide range of MSIs who will share key insights and practices for campus internationalization in relation to four areas of the ACE model: 1) Curriculum, Co-curriculum, and Learning Outcomes, 2) Faculty Policies and Practices, 3) Student Mobility and 6) Collaboration and Partnerships


Dr. Pamela Roy: Diversity Abroad


Dr. Hilary Landorf: Florida International University

Dr. 'Dimeji Togunde: Spelman College

Charles Sasaki: University of Hawaii - Windward Community College

9:30 - 10:45am
Creating or Enhancing Your Campus Internationalization Plan:Curriculum & Co-Curriculum, and Student Mobility (Breakout Groups)

Participants will select from one of the two thematic areas related to campus internationalization: curriculum/co-curriculum and/or student mobility. Facilitators will guide participants through a series of reflective activities and group discussions, fostering the cross pollination of ideas towards the development of an individualized action plan for each attendee.

10:45 - 11:00amCoffee/Tea Break
11:00 - 12:15pm
Creating or Enhancing Your Campus Internationalization Plan: Faculty Policies & Practices, and Collaboration & Partnerships (Breakout Groups)

Participants will then have an opportunity to select from two more thematic areas related to campus internationalization: faculty policies and practices, and collaborations and partnerships. Facilitators will foster group discussions about these two areas, sharing best practices and effective strategies.

12:15 - 12:30pm
Closing Remarks

Learn about how you can remain engaged in future professional development opportunities and resources to support your work at MSIs.

MSI Summit Registration

*To register for the Minority Serving Institution Summit please visit the Registration Page

Chat at the Wolfsonian

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Dr. Makola M. Abdullah
Virginia State University - President

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Dr. Eneida O. Roldan
Florida International University - Associate Dean for International Affairs for the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine and Chief Executive Officer of the Health Care Network


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Dr. Hilary Landorf
Florida International University - Executive Director of the Office of Global Learning Initiatives

Dr. ‘Dimeji Togunde
Spelman College - Associate Provost for Global Education

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Charles Sasaki
University of Hawaii – Windward Community College - Dean of Academic Affairs






Planning Committee

Rokhaya Fall
Rokhaya Fall
Spelman College

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Charles Sasaki
University of Hawaii

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David Levin
The Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

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Evie Morrison Myers
Prairie View A&M University

Laura Boudon
Laura Boudon
Florida International University

Ezequiel Peña
Ezequiel Peña
Our Lady of the Lake University

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Marylise Caussinus
Texas Southern University