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TimeSession
8:00 - 5:00pmDAC Registration Open
9:00 - 12:00pmPRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS
If You Build It They Will Come: Strategic Study Abroad Marketing to Diverse Student Populations

The lure of strategic and targeted marketing tactics to recruit students of diverse identities and backgrounds may make sense on the surface level as institutions and/or organizations attempt to create much needed exposure and access to education abroad. However, does targeted outreach pose ethical dilemmas or press proverbial hot buttons? What standards of practice can be employed to navigate the marketing landscape for increased access to diverse student demographics?  This pre-conference workshop will engage participants in thought-provoking dialogue, providing them with strategies and practices to inventively harness communication and marketing tools to create high-impact opportunities for diverse students and innovative, principled marketing solutions that appeal to targeted student populations.

Presenters

Gretchen Cook-Anderson: IES Abroad

Engaging Local Students & Communities in Global Education

The metropolitan hub and surrounding suburbs of Miami, Florida are home to many vibrant immigrant and diasporic communities. Spanish is spoken by more than 20 percent of Florida’s population, with high usage in the Miami-Dade County area. Florida has one of the largest African-American populations in the country, and the second-highest Latino population on the east coast outside of New York state. This pre-conference workshop will engage participants in activities and discussion about best practices for working with immigrant student populations, and students from a wide variety of Diasporic backgrounds. It will also present a case study on the local Cuban and Haitian population and an opportunity to visit cultural and historical landmarks in Miami to engage with local communities, particularly in Little Havana, home to a majority of Cubans and Cuban Americans.

Developing and Aligning Education Abroad Diversity & Inclusion Strategies with Institutional Strategic Plans

Education abroad offices and provider organizations can benefit from formalizing their diversity and inclusion efforts into a cohesive plan to broaden access and engender inclusion in international education. This pre-conference workshop will examine the process for and components of engaging multiple stakeholders in the development of a diversity and inclusion strategy for education abroad, as well as strategies for implementing the plan with key partners at each phase of the process. Participants will be guided through a series of activities that will help them create an institution-specific diversity in international education strategic plan, including identifying key objectives, activities, and stakeholders (on campus and beyond), and developing a tentative timeline for the plan.

Presenters

Aaron I. Bruce: San Diego State University 

Inclusive Leadership: Micro-practices for Every Professional

As professionals working in the throngs of global and multicultural education, we have an integral role to play in modeling inclusive leadership from the inside out. How do we build a supportive and inclusive culture, not only for the diverse student body that we serve, but among colleagues? What are the hidden biases, assumptions, and stereotypes that unconsciously and consciously drive our behavior at work? This pre-conference workshop is designed for any professional interested in developing an inclusive leadership practice. Examples of tools and skill-building include: the Receive-Ask-Summarize-Appreciate (RASA) model for deep listening, the Redline/Greenline model for managing challenging emotions, and activities around unconscious bias. Participants will gain micro-practices to apply daily that will more likely lead to understanding, respect, and trust in the workplace.

Presenters

Lauren Moloney-Egnatios: University of California, Berkeley, International House

Jason Patent: University of California, Berkeley, International House

9:00 - 12:00pmDiversity Abroad Advisory Council Meeting
12:30 - 1:30pmAllies for Social Justice and Equality Lunch & Learn
12:30 - 1:30pmWomen of Color Empowerment and Leadership Lunch & Learn
2:00 - 3:45pmDEEP DIVE SESSIONS
Supporting Program Directors in Courageous Conversations with Students

Program directors must be equipped with the strategies and tools for engaging students to explore diverse social group identities in-country and help students reflect and adapt to their own changing identities while abroad. In this session, participants will learn how to lead or how to work with program directors so that they can lead safe, authentic and effective dialogues or ‘courageous conversations’ abroad so that all program directors and students can reach their fullest potential.

Presenters  

Malaika Marable Serrano: International Studies Abroad

Amy Exah: The University of Texas at Austin

Nayree Barnett: California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Pamela Roy: Diversity Abroad

Embracing Discomfort with Diversity: Unpacking our Identities to Do the Work

Sharing the responsibility for inclusive excellence requires all international educators to critically examine our identities, privileges, and experiences of oppression. This session guides participants to unpack their diverse identities through participatory exercises that challenge us to see how all our identities impact all aspects of our lives. From these shared experiences we will present examples of how we engage students and educators from all backgrounds (including White, cis-gender, heterosexual, able-bodied, able-minded, and others) in these conversations. Participants will leave with concrete ideas to broaden identity discussions and motivate all students and professionals to foster greater inclusive excellence in education abroad.

Presenters 

Neal McKinney: DePauw University

Trixie Cordova: Diversity Abroad

Michelle Tolan: Butler University

David Wick: Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Leveraging Funds to Boost Education Abroad- Case Studies from Public-Private Partnership Grantees

Innovation grant competitions support institutional capacity to advance the mission of internationalizing U.S. campuses. As seen through Partners of the Americas Grants, cooperative partnerships between the public and private sector allow for new opportunities to support piloting or expanding study abroad programs. This session is designed to provide professionals with best practices and resources to boost education abroad. The Partners of the Americas grantees will share their insights and tips for leveraging funds using seed funding from the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund or the Capacity Building Grant for U.S. Undergraduate Study Abroad grants.

Presenters 

Janira Romero Reyes: Partners of the Americas

Charles Sasaki: Windward Community College

Tasha Willis: California State University

This Is What Democracy Looks Like: Activism & Study Abroad

In this session, participants will gain insight on how to prepare U.S. student activists and advocates to navigate racial/identity-based social justice issues across different cultural contexts in their host country and in the U.S. The session will also address strategies and best practices for managing student expectations and safety around civic participation and protest abroad, and guiding students through re-entry into an ever-evolving U.S. social justice climate.

Presenters 

Kandice Rose: IES Abroad

Cori Hill: Southern Methodist University

Courtney Kroll: University of Washington Tacoma

Flor Macias Delgado: IES Abroad

Expanding Advising Vocabulary & Site Selection of Underrepresented Students in Education Abroad

Challenging the rhetoric behind traditional versus non-traditional study abroad sites. This session will highlight the impact that advisors have on reinforcing outdated practices or revolutionizing study abroad by incorporating the voices of the changing student demographic. Everyone is invited to join this conversation, especially, university practitioners and program providers!

Presenters 

MaRaina Montgomery: Howard University

Noelle A. McMahon: IES Abroad

Jacob Gross, Student Engagement Officer: ISEP Study Abroad

A Model for Making Global Learning Universal at Your Institution

Although we know meaningful engagement with diversity benefits all students, little has been done to create a framework that utilizes universal global learning to achieve inclusive excellence. In this session, Landorf and Doscher explore the collaborative leadership model they use at Florida International University that they detail in their forthcoming book, Making Global Learning Universal: Promoting Inclusion and Success for All Students (Stylus, January 2018). The model’s six components can be customized to meet the unique needs of any institution. Session participants reflect on how the components are or can be realized in multiple demographic and institutional contexts.

Presenters 

Stephanie Doscher: Florida International University

Hilary Landorf: Florida International University

Researching Underrepresentation in Education Abroad: Past, Present and Future Possibilities

As participation in education abroad has expanded, the need to understand the nuances of the many types of students who participate has increased. Although education abroad has evolved over time, and the definition of diversity has widened, the research on certain student populations has not kept pace. This session provides an overview of this research, shows the gaps, and suggests pathways to strengthen our understanding of underrepresentation in education abroad in order to enhance access and foster inclusive excellence.

Presenters 

Eduardo Contreras: University of Portland

Lily Lopez-McGee: Charles B. Rangel International Affairs program

David Comp: The University of Chicago Booth School of Business

4:00 - 5:00pmAssessment & Accountability - Evaluating Inclusive Practices and Policies Toward Strategic Change
4:00 - 5:00pmDiversity Abroad Updates & Engagement Opportunities
4:00 - 5:00pmNewcomers Orientation
5:30 - 7:00pmWelcome & Innovation Competition
7:00 - 8:30pmOpening Reception

TimeSession
7:30 - 8:30amTable Conversations Breakfast Networking
7:30 - 8:30amTask Force Meetings (Closed)
8:30 - 9:45amCONCURRENT SESSION
Universal Learning Through Virtual Programming & Co-Curricular Programs

Making universal learning accessible for all participants is a key imperative for many organizations and higher education institutions. This session will present multi-stakeholder perspectives on the best practices, models, tools and strategies for how to design universal co-curricular programs and/or virtual programming for meaningful cultural exchange or education abroad, including for individuals with limited mobility, high-financial need, online learners, and more.

Presenters

Katie Novy: Cultural Vistas

Desiree Williamson: The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), U.S. Department of State

Brandy Arellano: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - Center for Global Initiatives

Hilary C. Landorf: Florida International University - Office of Global Learning Initiatives; International & Intercultural Education

Eric M. Feldman: Florida International University - Global Learning Initiatives

Hazael Andrew: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - First Year Experience

 

Diversity & Inclusion in a US Context: Supporting Incoming International Students

As international educators, how do we work with inbound international & exchange students to facilitate meaningful global exchanges across the full range of diverse perspectives represented on our campuses in the US? To this end, we must consider the intersection of diversity & inclusion in global education in our efforts to support incoming international students in their transition to our US campuses. Utilizing an intersectional approach, this session will provide a “train-the-trainer” toolkit to help with the facilitation of conversations around campus climate and US perceptions related to systemically marginalized social identities. Participants will engage in workshop-style activities that can be adapted for use with colleagues and students. Facilitators will provide tangible resources and tools to utilize when supporting international students across various identities throughout the college experience. This session would benefit practitioners working in: International Student Services, Study Abroad, and Multicultural Affairs.

Presenters 

Jacquis Watters: Stevens Institute of Technology

Elizabeth Coder: Carnegie Mellon University Qatar

Stand & Deliver: Standing Against Hate and Delivering Support for Study Abroad Students

This session will draw from the geopolitical landscape of 2017 that has seen a more visible, if not higher, rise in incidents of discrimination and proliferation of “hate speech” incidents across America and Europe, with a particular focus on those incidents that take place on American university home institutions; as well as those occurring on international sites that host students of diverse backgrounds. Specially, we aim to address what support providers lend to students when hate incidents occur on their home institutions whilst they are abroad, as well as hate incidents faced by students from their program peers while abroad.

Presenters 

Ike J. Mohar: Foundation for International Education (FIE)/ University of Southampton

Katie Cohen: Samford University

Leadership for Inclusive Excellence: Moving Conversations from Quantity to Quality

Leaders committed to diversity and inclusion are often forced to focus solely on access and numbers. This session will demonstrate how the concept of Inclusive Excellence positions leaders to change the conversation to quality and student learning, which connects diversity, inclusion, and international education work back to core institutional missions. Participants will review presenter examples and develop plans for integrating inclusive excellence into their leadership strategy and tactics.

Presenters 

David Wick: Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

LaNitra Berger: George Mason University

Tonija Hope Navas: Howard University

Heather Barclay Hamir: Institute for Study Abroad, Butler University, The Alliance for Global Education

“Don’t Worry Mom, I’ll Be Okay!”: Supporting Minority Students Abroad

One of the most significant barriers facing students at Minority Serrving Institutions is the lack of family support for participation in education abroad. This session we will explore this topic and discuss ways the White House Initiative on HBCUs is addressing this barrier. In partnership with the HBCU-LEEA and the DOJ, the second half of the session will address one the top concerns amongst minorities - safety abroad - and how to have robust conversations with and prepare studens for health and safety abroad.

Presenters 

Tammi Fergusson: White House Initiative of HBCUs

Arthur McMahan: White House Initiative for HBCUs

Calvin Hodett: Community Oriented Policing Services Office

Curtis Johnson: Arkansas Baptist College

Sub-Saharan Africa: Partnership Possibilities and Student Mobility to the U.S.

Sub-Saharan Africa continues to be a place of untapped potential in the world of global affairs. As we continue to diversify our campuses and increase our global footprint, we must consider the possibilities on the continent. Two senior leaders will share their experiences in setting up and maintaining partnerships in several African countries as well as supporting African students who study in the U.S.

Presenters 

Shontay Delalue: Brown University

Shannon Marquez: Drexel University

Leveraging Internationalization Efforts with Underrepresented Students in K-12 & Higher Education

How is learning abroad a tool for marginalized and underrepresented students to critically think about the world outside of their own communities? How can professionals use strategic internationalization programming to break down barriers to facilitate those experiences? Internationalization is a concept that is understood differently at different levels, from K-12 through higher education, and yet, we can all benefit from each others knowledge and innovations. This session brings professionals from all arenas of education together to examine the intersection between K-12 and higher education focusing on how global learning impacts underrepresented students.

Presenters 

Abel Estrada: University of Colorado Boulder

Shayna Trujillo: Diversity Abroad

Rebecca LeBlond: Democracy Public Schools

9:45 - 10:30amExhibitor Fair
10:30 - 11:45amCONCURRENT SESSION
Exploring the Complexities of Advocating for Transgender, Gender Expansive & Intersex Students in Education Abroad

This session is designed to deepen conference attendees’ understanding about gender identity and how higher education professionals can better support TGI (Transgender, Gender Expansive, and Intersex) students from a place of care and compassion throughout the education abroad process. In addition to reviewing key terminology and concepts, this session will explore best practices on how to advocate for institutional and programmatic structures that support TGI students. Facilitators will use case studies to illuminate common challenges and introduce relevant resources to ensure the successful inclusion of TGI students in education abroad programs.

Presenters

Glynis Kincaid: University of California Davis - Study Abroad

Jason Kouba: Academic Programs International

Cathy Wu: University of California Davis - Study Abroad

Game Time: Engaging Athletes Abroad

Do you want to see more student-athletes go abroad? Join the Diversity Abroad Athletes task force to develop a game plan for mentoring student-athletes and collaborating with coaches. Presenters will share models for increasing international opportunities for athletes such as short term or Faculty-Led programs and even leveraging NCAA Foreign Tours. Ultimately, the goal is to increase cross-campus collaboration with the Athletics department, to give agency to this diverse group and engage athletes abroad. Game time!

Presenters 

Tara Michael: Global Players

Chris Haynes: Education Abroad

Susie Duke: Institute for Global Engagement

Eboni Preston-Laurent: US Lacrosse

A Fork in the Road (Map): Assessment to Navigate Change

Join us for a conversation to look at the story of the University of Minnesota and our cross campus approach towards diversity and inclusion. This case study will examine how Diversity Abroad's Access, Inclusion, Diversity & Equity Roadmap has or has not worked on our campus. We will identify gaps in our current programming as well as an audit of the work that we are currently working on, resulting in current and future collaborations between the Office of Equity and Diversity and the Learning Abroad Center to help students shape their experience and development before, during and after their study abroad experience.

Presenters 

Bradley Titus: Learning Abroad Center, University of Minnesota

Martha Johnson: University of Minnesota

Shakeer Abdullah: University of Minnesota

1st Generation Latinx Students Abroad: Critical Race Analysis and Recommendations

Presenters describe their research and application of Yosso’s (2005) Critical Race Theory based Community Cultural Wealth model on 1st Gen Latinx students studying abroad in a heritage location. This framework helps us recognize how the inherent capital possessed by 1st Gen Latinx students impacts their experiences, shapes their identities, and influences their development. Participants will examine policy and practice changes that will allow all students to leverage their unique strengths for academic and professional success.

Presenters 

Tasha Willis: California State University, Los Angeles

David Wick: Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterrey

Helping All Students Access the World: Florida International University’s Work with Students with Disabilities

In 2016-2017, the number of Florida International University (FIU) students studying abroad increased to over 1,000 FIU students. FIU encourages students to study abroad and take advantage of these high-impact learning opportunities. How do we work with students with diverse abilities to ensure that they are able to take advantage of these opportunities as well? What are best practices in assisting these students to study abroad?

Presenters 

Laura Boudon: Florida International University

Amanda Niguidula: Florida International University

Liz Marston: Florida International University

Alexis McKenney: Temple University

Turn Up the Volume: Digital Storytelling of Underrepresented Students in Education Abroad

Everyone returns home from a global experience with a story to tell, but as international educators, we need to provide a suitable, safe, and enduring space for doing so. Digital storytelling -- a complex process that helps students to structure their reflection into meaningful stories with a gained sense of agency from self-authoring their story-- can be a powerful tool for students to identify unique moments and share remarkable insights gleaned from their education abroad experience. Come learn why these narratives can be inspiring, and even transformative, when voiced by students from backgrounds, orientations, and abilities historically underrepresented in study abroad.

Presenters 

Skyller Walkes: Texas State University

Lisa Calevi: University of Oregon

Carol Sumner: Arizona State University

Why Building a Village to Promote Access and Foster Inclusion is Agenda Item #1

Are our academic institutions and international education organizations incorporating a diversity of background, thoughts and experiences into the design of international programs? Probably not. Establishing successful international programs that speak to diverse constituencies starts with building a diverse community of faculty, administrators, and IEO professionals. By bringing a wide range of expertise to the table and thinking about equity and inclusion from a structural perspective, we stand a greater chance of increasing enrollment and enhancing support services on study abroad programs in ways that foster inclusion and student success. This session will explore how institutions and organizations can develop policies and systems that promote collaboration, enhance inclusiveness, and generate strategically valuable relationships from step one to build a pipeline of accessible and equitable programs.

Presenters 

Darin Smith-Gaddis: CAPA The Global Education Network

Eduardo Contreras: University of Portland

Lily Lopez-McGee: Howard University

12:00 - 1:30pmWelcome Lunch with Student Panel
1:45 - 2:10pmBIG IDEA TALK
Advising for Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Using Alumni Experiences to Support Inbound Students

Students bring a multitude of lived experiences to their studies. To better help students plan for, organize, direct and support the collective mixture of differences and similarities they will bring to their learning, The School for International Training is compiling an interactive resource in the form of an Equity Diversity and Inclusion Alumni mentor project. The project views diversity using four of the categories outlined in Edward Hubbard’s Diversity Scorecard – situational, structural, behavioral, and global diversity.

Presenters 

Eric Wirth: The School for International Training

Michelle Cromwell: Regis College

It Takes a Village: Building Abroad Pipelines with an Ecosystems Approach

Global education is no longer a niche subject. Diverse sectors now see the enormous potential that exists in today's youth, and are coming together to support students’ skills and awareness of global competence. Through this Big Idea Talk, attendees will learn how to assess the global readiness of their own communities and how to build a truly self-sustaining ecosystem of global competence.

Presenters 

Christopher Ahearn: Reach the World

Colin Teague: Reach the World

Diversity Office-administered Short-term Study Abroad Programs Attract Many First-Time Travelers

Institutional strategy and commitment to diversify study abroad participants, powerful cross-campus collaboration, and deliberate student recruitment activities can produce rewarding outcomes. Learn about initiatives designed by Indiana University Bloomington’s diversity office and its partner units to increase the participation of first generation, low-income and/or minority students in study abroad programs. Particular emphases are given to interdisciplinary short-term programs tailored to meet the academic interests and fiscal needs of students while providing well-rounded pre-travel and overseas support.

Presenters 

Ochmaa Escue: Indiana University Bloomington

Increasing Global Engineering Preparedness: Engineering-based Entrepreneurship for Societal Impact

In today’s global market, low-income students, especially underrepresented minorities and female undergraduate engineering students, face many challenges including competing for jobs with little to no global competencies. Studies show that study abroad experience improves students’ chances of global leadership placement with increased pay package, and provides greater competitive advantage when looking for jobs in the global job market. This Big Idea Talk will discuss the success of NSF grant-funded GEPS program at the University of Pittsburgh, in relation to access/enrollment, retention, global leadership development, and workforce placement.

Presenters 

Sylvanus Wosu: University of Pittsburgh

Steven Abramowitch: University of Pittsburgh

Ethnography, Identities, and Global Citizenry

How can we develop school curricula conducive to gain global competence? How can teachers and students become aware of their own ethnocentric attitudes and move beyond them to foster a culture of understanding, respect, and inclusivity? This Big Idea Talk will present a pedagogical initiative using the Global Competence Model, in which students apply ethnographic methods and experiential learning. Using the City of Miami as a laboratory, students discover the multiple facets of cultural and historical identities socially constructed, connecting their own history with the history of the city and the history of Latin America.

Presenters 

Laura Massa: Palmer Trinity School

Connecting Campus to the K-12 Community

The University of Wisconsin – Madison connects the world to Wisconsin classrooms through the Cross-Cultural Classroom Connections program, a cyber pen-pal program between students studying abroad and area K-12 classrooms that serves to promote global understanding. This Big Idea Talk will present this model and highlight challenges and successes with the program.

Presenters 

Susan Lochner Atkinson: University of Wisconsin-Madison

Building Global Classrooms at Historically Black Colleges & Universities

Embracing technology to improve global learning at Minority Serving Institutions is a growing need as students strive to become more competitive in the job market. To bridge the gap between international education and access for minority students, technology is being used to provide cultural understanding, create more authentic learning environments, and improve capabilities for communication across borders that actively engage students with global issues. This Big Idea Talk will highlight strategies and assessment tools used to initiate and sustain technology towards the improvement of global learning outcomes for diverse students.

Presenters 

Vivian Shannon-Ramsey: Salisbury University

Makeba Green: Bowie State University

Carl Algood: Bowie State University

2:20 - 2:45pmBIG IDEA TALK
Inclusive Marketing: How to Interrogate Our Narratives for Truth, Justice, and Power

An effective marketing campaign is audience-driven, on message, accurate, and operative. In international education, however, those touchstones do not always align and often result in marketing campaigns that are exclusive, artificial, and ineffective. As both international educators and marketers - in today’s holistic marketing environment, everyone is a marketer - how do we resolve these discrepancies in order to build inclusive and powerful marketing practices? In this Big Idea Talk, you will learn how to challenge the myths we perpetuate and truly embed inclusive practices into your marketing campaigns.

Presenters 

Shanna Van Beek: Elon University Global Education Center

Angela Broyles: Semester at Sea

Rethinking Service-learning and Internships Abroad: Tools for Recruiting Underrepresented Students

Service-learning and internship opportunities are effective recruiting tools for expanding cohort diversity abroad. This Big Idea Talk will focus on how these two components of study abroad programming can be: 1) a continuum of community-building in underrepresented communities, and 2) propellers into competitive graduate studies or employment opportunities for diverse students. Attendees will receive information on best practices for the development of such programs.

Presenters 

Hernando Sevilla-Garcia: IES Abroad

Brittany Lashley: University of Maryland, College Park

Got Community? International Experiences to Unexpected Destinations for Campus Groups New to Education Abroad

Are you looking for creative ways to support and finance some of the most diverse student groups on your campus in having an international experience? Registered Student Organizations (RSOs) represent some of the most diverse communities on campus with untapped potential. This Big Idea Talk profiles the University of Massachusetts Amherst's evolving partership between education abroad, student services and RSOs in creating low-cost, high impact shortterm experiences abroad. Six years ago the institution's Cape Verdean Student Association piloted a service trip for their members, an approach that linked three offices on campus to provide student organizations, with opportunities to develop safe and well-organized shortterm experiences in communities abroad. The processes continue to be refined and now serve for any RSO proposing an overseas program.

Presenters 

Carol Lebold: International Programs, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Lydia Washington: Center for Student Development, University of Massachusetts

Sidonio D Ferreira: University of Massachusetts

 

Increasing Diversity in Fulbright Student & Scholar Programs: Alumni Perspectives

The Fulbright Program plays an important role in promoting the mutual understanding of people throughout the world; International Education professionals can help build the capacity for a more diverse Fulbright scholarship applicant pool through their work on campus. Come listen to three Fulbright alums from the 2013 International Education Administrators Seminar discuss their experience in the U.K. and how they are working to increase the number of students and scholars from diverse backgrounds to apply for Fulbright awards.

Presenters 

Torian Lee, Director: Xavier University of Louisiana

Sentwali Bakari: University of Colorado Colorado Springs

Andrew M. Sobiesuo: College of Charleston

Accessibility & Inclusion Initiatives for Neurodiverse Learning on Study Abroad

Access, inclusion, and diversity are inherent ingredients in ensuring an intentional, student-based experiential learning program; as program administrators and staff, it is our responsibility to have an inclusion strategy that addresses various access and diversity issues throughout a student’s time on program, from initial inquiry to re-entry. Having carefully designed systems in place, and a well-trained and prepared team – at all levels – is the indicator for how well an organization responds to diverse needs of students. This Big Idea Talk will provide an overview of the The Experiment in International Living’s efforts to support increased neurodiversity on program.

Presenters 

Karen Ross: The Experiment in International Living

Kelly O'Ryan: Landmark College

Marni Goodman: The Experiment in International Living

Black Women Abroad: Transferable Lessons from the UK Student Experience

The Big Idea Talk will explore identity shifts among U.S. black female students who study abroad in the UK (multiple cities). The topic will scrutinize the very particular ways in which race has evolved in these distinct contexts, and how such lessons can be strategically applied to enhance study abroad pre-departure and onsite advising across student racial identity and location.

Presenters 

Gretchen Cook-Anderson: IES Abroad

Kimberley Aparisio: London

Kandice Rose: IES Abroad

A New Approach to Orientation: Workshops, Online Modules, and The Pre-departure Conference

When the typical orientation sessions fail to be efficient and effective, innovation is necessary to better prepare outgoing study abroad students for their international experiences. This Big Idea Talk will discuss the different yet similarly spirited pre-departure programs offered by North Carolina State University and The University of South Carolina that are designed to give students not only the "have to give them" information but crucial information based on their individual identities. Examples of modules include workshops, handbooks, online orientation videos, and a pre-departure conference.

Presenters 

Keara DeKay: University of South Carolina - Columbia

Aimee Call: North Carolina State University

2:45 - 3:15pmExhibitor Fair
3:15 - 4:30pmPlenary
4:45 - 6:00pmPOSTER COMMUNITY & RECEPTION
The Intersection of Identity and Experience: Latinx Students and Study Abroad

To help all students benefit fully from the study abroad experience, international education professionals must explore how students’ cultural identity intersects with their immersion experiences abroad. To this end, this poster examines different facets of Latinx students’ experiences at various stages of the study abroad process (intention, pre-departure, during and post-experience). Findings from three very different institutional contexts (i.e., small, midwestern women’s predominantly white institution, metropolitan majority-minority women’s college, midsize pacific mixed-gender university) suggest that even before study abroad, Latinx students have different expectations, support structures and self-identities than majority-identified students. Perhaps not surprisingly, then, results also indicate distinct experiences and outcomes of study abroad for Latinx students. With this understanding how can we better support Latinx students in pre- and post advising?

Presenters

Karen Chambers: Saint Mary's College

Janelle Peifer: Agnes Scott College

Susan Goldstein: University of Redlands

Elaine Meyer Lee: Agnes Scott College

Immersion in India: Short Term Investment, Long Term Impact

As the population demographic in the United States increases in diversity, the need for health professionals to enhance their cultural competence is paramount. In response, faculty in higher education have developed short term study abroad programs, often described as “immersion” experiences. These experiences provide participants with a broadened world view of culture, as well as increased flexibility and cultural awareness. However, few studies have reported changes on an objective measure related to cultural growth, or the long-term impact. This mixed methods study does both! Our results have the potential to convince stakeholders of a long-term investment in global learning.

Presenters

Elizabeth Clark: Adventist University of Health Sciences

Jennifer Collins: Adventist University of Health Sciences

If Study Abroad for Deaf Students Is So Terrible, Why Don't Statistics Show It?

This poster will describe the NTID Deaf Italy Study Abroad program model (direct instruction, as opposed to interpreted instruction) that addresses access needs of deaf students. Study abroad for deaf students can be expensive, but it can also be affordable depending on the type of program. This poster will identify effective strategies and actions in addressing accessibility which can potentially support the needs of study abroad programs for deaf students.

Presenters

Pamela R. Conley: National Technical Institute for the Deaf

No Mirror Image: Preparing Students for Study Abroad

The session tackles the issue of sending or taking students abroad with little or no preparation for what to expect in racially and culturally diverse environments. International education practitioners must themselves be familiar with the host country and university, the nuances that exist on the ground, the cultural differences and considerations and the general way in which systems work and policies are executed in these locations. These considerations can make the difference between a successful and a disastrous study abroad experience. Expectations must be tempered and students prepared (as much as is possible) for the realities that exist outside of their home university and country.

Presenter

Althea Gordon: The University of the West Indies

Untapped Potential: Increasing Study Abroad Enrollment with Focused Fraternity Outreach

A global education is a crucial part of today’s job market and students want increased options to individualize their experiences. Despite this, men are a minority when it comes to studying abroad. This poster will explain how to encourage fraternity men to study abroad, special considerations when working with them, and ways to support them while overseas and upon returning home.

Presenters

Grahaeme Hesp: Foundation for International Education (FIE)

Global May Uganda: A Collaborative Focus on Human Security

Since 2015, the College of Arts and Sciences at The Ohio State University has collaborated with The School of International Training on a three-week education abroad program focused on human security in Uganda. This poster will describe how this highly-subsidized program draws a diverse group of students from across the university to examine both the history and contemporary threats and responses to human security from multiple perspectives: urban, rural, educational, political, environmental and professional.

Presenters

Garett Heysel: The Ohio State University

Salomé Fouts: The Ohio State University

Charlie Gbur: The Ohio State University

Charlotte Mafumbo: School of International Training

Diversity as a Student Learning Outcome: Achieving Measurable Results

Education abroad programs are rich with opportunities for studying the topic of diversity. CAPA The Global Education Network has taken steps to integrate topics of access and inclusion into its programs and curriculum worldwide. This poster offers a timeline and overview of the ways in which diversity has been integrated into CAPA programs through coursework and co- and extra-curricular activities. In addition, the poster will address the quantitative and qualitative ways in which the organization is currently assessing its student learning outcome of diversity by displaying data from end-of-term evaluations and course assessments.

Presenter

Nora Larkin: CAPA The Global Education Network

Recognizing the Impact of Study Abroad on Women

Nearly two-thirds of study abroad participants are women, yet few studies have researched their specific experience in-depth. In fact, the discussion focuses on the marginalization of men and strategies to expand their enrollment. While it is significant to consider the equitability of study abroad enrollment there have been missed opportunities to critically examine the experience of women. This poster will describe the results of a mixed methods survey indicating significant gains in the global competency of women that studied abroad. It also presents recommendations for future research, program development, and career integration emphasizing the benefits of study abroad for women.

Presenters

Jennifer Petrie: University of Pittsburgh

Bryan Schultz: University of Pittsburgh

Dr. Audrey Murrell: University of Pittsburgh

Impactful Study Abroad Opportunities for First Generation Students

Utilizing a cohort model and capitalizing on relationships with campus partners and International Studies Abroad, Arizona State University's Planning Scholars program supports first generation students in their pursuit of a study abroad experience. This poster will describe the program and cohort model, share successes and challenges of three cohorts, and present a vision of where the program is headed.

Presenters

Carmen Pitz: Arizona State University

Abby Miller: International Studies Abroad (ISA)

Global Health Immersion Programs: Creating Pipelines for a Diverse Healthcare Workforce

We need a diverse global healthcare workforce! This poster will describe the program model between Morehouse School of Medicine, Children Family Health International, and International Studies Abroad and the strategies that have appealed to “underrepresented” students in this program towards increased access in the health care sector, domestically and abroad.

Presenters

Moira Rogers: Children Family Health International

Malaika Marable Serrano: International Studies Abroad (ISA)

Robin Young: Children Family Health International

Chivon V. B. Stubbs: Morehouse School of Medicine

Two Perspectives on Launching and Implementing Diversity Initiatives and Programming

Semester at Sea has developed the Institute for Shipboard Education Advisory Committee (IDAC) to assess current practices, identify needs and address these needs. IES launched an Initiative to Diversify Education Abroad (IDEA) to creatively address the relatively low participation of students of diverse identities in study and intern abroad experiences. This poster will give an overview of how these collaborations were developed to improve diversity and inclusion efforts for both organizations and the resulting outcomes of this collaboration.

Presenters

Laura Roth: Institute for Shipboard Education/Semester at Sea

Hernando Sevilla-Garcia: IES Abroad

Candace Patrick: Institute for Shipboard Education/Semester at Sea

Roadmap to Reengagement: A Case Study on U.S. Education Abroad to Mexico

This poster will showcase how U.S. and Mexican institutions together are fast-tracking efforts to make Mexico-based study abroad programs more accessible to U.S. students. Proven strategies to increase mobility to Mexico will be presented as a case study, with a focus on health and safety, marketing and campus engagement.

Presenter

Daniel Siefken: University of Texas at Austin

All Equal?: The Influence of Finances on Minority Students' Participation in Study Abroad

This poster explores how student finances relate to a persistent ethnicity gap in study abroad participation. It will present findings on how loan and grant funding influences study abroad participation among students representing five ethnicities (Asian American, African American, Hispanic, White, and students from multiple ethnicities), as well as implications for equity, access and policy around how students finance study abroad.

Presenter

Melissa Whatley: University of Georgia

Student Athletes Abroad: A New Playing Field

Clemson Abroad has successfully worked with four varsity sports teams to create opportunities for student athletes to study abroad in cases when they would not have otherwise had the chance. This poster will highlight the collaboration between Clemson Abroad and the Clemson University Athletic Department, and present unique challenges when working with student athletes. Come to the poster community and reception to meet and interact with National Champion Clemson Football players to hear first-hand about their recent service-learning experience in Haiti.

Presenters

Meredith Wilson: Clemson University

Joshua Hudson: Clemson Abroad

Researching Abroad: Revitalizing and Redefining Global Education

In a world of study abroads, international internships, and volun-tourism, organizations often focus on providing the ultimate cultural experience through guided tours, strategic food stops, and promises of an expanded worldview. But a select group of students are choosing another experience: international research, independent of organized programs. This poster will highlight this exemplary program, how to leverage student scholars as new recruiters in global education, and why increased support for student scholars is paramount for global integration.

Presenter

Anjali Martin: University of Pittsburgh

Hosting Inclusive Study Abroad Advising & Events

This poster will address the logistics and benefits associated with holding inclusive advising and events for students traditionally underrepresented in study abroad.

Presenter

Bailey Lee: University of South Carolina

Navigating Identity via Community Engagement and Conservation Efforts in Bocas del Toro, Panamá

This poster will describe the field techniques that are employed for promoting and supporting student navigation of identity while on an environmental study abroad program in Bocas del Toro, Panamá.

Presenters

Cinda Scott: The School for Field Studies

James Cramer: The School for Field Studies

What You’re Doing Wrong Marketing Diversity to Gen Z

Know you need to make your marketing materials more inclusive, but not sure where to start? This poster will present key learning from CISabroad’s case study about marketing diversity and inclusion authentically to Gen Z, including the scoop on Gen Z’s relationship with brands, and best practices and strategies for improving your marketing materials.

Presenter

Jennifer Weisgerber: CISabroad

Study-Abroad Stories: Mapping Global Footprints for Recruitment, Marketing, and Fundraising

Students share their study abroad experiences, however institutions seldom innovatively capture/disseminate data to use as recruitment, marketing and fundraising tools. Regis’ Center for Global Connections partnered with its Office of Inclusive Excellence to create Study-Abroad Stories: Mapping Global Footprints. It is an interactive storytelling and data-sharing resource, which highlights multimedia and statistical data of the curricular, geographic, and student reflection aspects of the study abroad experience. The project uses walking tours, curated lists, thematic maps, and place-based narratives to share the study aboard experience. This poster will describe this innovative information-sharing model which is key to shifting strategies for recruitment, marketing and fundraising in the 21 Century.

Presenters

Michelle Cromwell: Regis College

David Crisci: Regis College

6:00 - 8:00pmRestaurant Meet-ups

TimeSession
7:30 - 8:30amProfessional Pathways in Global Education Forum
8:45 - 9:45amPlenary
9:45 - 10:30amExhibitor Fair
10:30 - 11:30amCONCURRENT SESSION
Study Abroad @ Home

A small portion of students study abroad, yet we are enrolling increasing numbers of international students in American schools. Learn how to turn a demographic divide into an opportunity for intercultural exchange right here in the United States.

Presenters 

Lorelle Babwah Brennen: Morehead-Cain Foundation

Bridget Fletcher: Pratt School of Engineering, Duke University

Globalizing the EDI Curriculum: Best Practices for Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

In an increasingly global world, it is our social responsibility to cultivate environments for sustained engagement around diversity, equity, and inclusion. Globalizing an EDI Curriculum, one that is both locally relevant and takes into account socio political differences is essential to achieving this goal. In this session NYU’s Office of Global Programs alongside key partners, will share our collaborative curriculum development process in an effort to implement a global EDI curriculum at several sites for faculty and staff during the fall of 2017. Our hope is to share our findings, learning objects and theories used to ground our pedagogy, with others across the field.

Presenters 

Krystal McLeod: New York University

Monroe France: New York University

“Losing (or Gaining) My Religion”: Religious Journeys Abroad

Religion can be a vital piece of a student’s identity, and can serve to support or limit students while studying abroad. While some students might “stay” at their religious level (including lack of religion), others might choose to explore other options--or be forced to if they cannot find their community or tradition. This experience, intentional or not, can disorient students and deter them from applying to study abroad. Ultimately, exploring religion can introduce students to new insights and experiences, especially in a new community and culture; institutions should better understand the role of religion in the study abroad experience so as to help students achieve a more successful experience.

Presenters 

Vivian-Lee Nyitray: University of California

Daniella Lubey: University of San Francisco

Lillian Read: Institute for Study Abroad, Butler University

Ira Kirschner: Rothberg International School

Creating Faculty Communities of Practice to Move Diversity Initiatives Forward

Faculty Learning Communities are considered a student-centered approach to active learning around a central theme. Education Abroad practitioners can leverage this framework to create robust faculty-led program development opportunities that engage underrepresented student populations. During this session, participants will experience a community of practice simulation and hear the perspectives of co-creators, facilitators, and participants from the University of Maryland, College Park, Colorado State University, and International Studies Abroad.

Presenters 

Aimee Jones: Colorado State University

Malaika Marable Serrano: International Studies Abroad

Taylor Woodman: University of Maryland

Access, Inclusion, Diversity & Equity Roadmap - Health & Safety

Health and safety are critical components of education abroad (pre-departure planning and preparation, during the education abroad experience, and upon re-entry). Considerations for diverse students are essential when developing inclusive health and safety policies and procedures. This pre-conference workshop will provide participants with the tools, knowledge, and insight to create or enhance their education abroad health and safety protocols and practices, with foci on mental health, racism and other forms of discrimination, and sexuality. It will also equip participants with advising strategies and opportunities to engage with colleagues around applying standards of good practices.

Reconceptualizing Study Abroad: Perspectives from Two Minority Serving Community Colleges

In 2016-17, two Minority Serving Institution Community Colleges – one small and rural, another large and urban – launched their first study abroad programs. This session will focus on the ways that Pima Community College (Arizona) and Windward Community College (Hawaii) intentionally developed their study abroad programs for inclusion, relevance, impact, and participation. The session will also address the ways that institutions might design their own study abroad programs to tackle inherent philosophical differences between domestic and international diversity education and approaches.

Presenters 

Charles Sasaki: Windward Community College

Daisy Rodriguez Pitel: Pima Community College

Diversifying International Education from the Board Room

This session explores the importance of international educators serving on the advising and governing boards of international education organizations and how this work can positively impact diversity and inclusion practices and outcomes in the field. Presenters will discuss the process of being appointed to a board, the responsibilities of a board member and how their work has influenced their organization’s to this end.

Presenter 

Torian Lee: Xavier University of Louisiana

Andrew Sobeisuo: College of Charleston

LaNitra M. Berger: George Mason University

Amir Reza: Babson College

11:45 - 12:45pmTask Force Town Hall
12:45 - 2:30pmAwards Lunch
2:45 - 3:45pmCONCURRENT SESSION
Building Inclusive Campuses: Opportunities for Integration through Historical Contexts

When it comes to working with international students, much emphasis is placed on acclimating them to the culture of their respective school. Rarely are they exposed to life beyond their campus community or the deeper complexities surrounding race, gender, and class. What happens when they do? What occurs when a program is specifically designed to attract a diverse cohort of students (international and domestic) to engage each other in a foundational way around the meanings of freedom and social justice? These and other questions will be explored during this session.

Presenters 

Robert Bennett III: The Ohio State University

Megan McCarthy: The Ohio State University

Renee Bishai: The Ohio State University

Daniel ThomasL: The Ohio State University

Study Abroad for Underrepresented Communities: Real Examples of Campus Engagement

The U.S. Department of State’s Gilman Scholarship helps underrepresented groups overcome the financial barrier to study abroad but numerous barriers still exist in encouraging students of the value of an international experience. Hear strategies & best practices developed from hundreds of advisors & thousands of alumni on engaging U.S. students, along with two institutional case studies.

Presenters 

Randi Butler: Institute of International Education (IIE)

Ediz Kaykayoglu: Kent State University

LaNitra Berger: George Mason University

Brandon Bell: Elon University

First Gen & Study Abroad Offices: Building a Healthy Relationship

Strong campus partnerships are essential for Study Abroad professionals hoping to expand study abroad access and for First Generation Student Support Service professionals hoping to provide high-impact experiences for their students. This interactive session will explore strategies for building strong partnerships between First Generation Student serving offices and Study Abroad offices. Participants will be asked to share challenges and ideas from their own experiences, participate in group discussion, and begin to create their own outreach/partnership development plan for their office. The skills developed will be highly transferable for any campus partnership building efforts.

Presenters 

Alissa Lane: Grand Valley State University

Kathryn Timm: The University of Utah

Care Allen: Grand Valley State University

Advancing Student Learning Abroad through High Impact Practices

High Impact Educational Practices are beneficial for students from many backgrounds, but especially for students of color, first generation in college, non-traditional college age, and low-income students. What are these practices, how can we incorporate more of them into study abroad program design, and how can we measure their effectiveness? This session provides an overview of current research on High-Impact Educational Practices and showcases models for their inclusion into study abroad programming. Presenters will discuss the role of real-life problem solving, collaborative assignments, and, especially, eportfolios to advance not just student learning abroad but also career readiness.

Presenters 

Paloma Rodriguez: University of Florida

Dawn Michele Whitehead: AAC&U Association of American Colleges and Universities

When Race and Rural Identity Intersect: Considerations for Study Abroad

A student’s willingness to consider study abroad as part of their college experience can be significantly influenced not only by race but also by geography and locality. This session will explore the particular needs of students of color who come from close-knit rural communities, a factor that can limit their awareness of study abroad and can affect the nature of the support mechanisms they have at home to assist them in pursuing the experience. The session will provide context for understanding the needs of these students as well as practical ideas for developing outreach and support on campus.

Presenters 

Maria Doyle: University of West Georgia

Joseph Aguirre: Sheridan College

Hernando Sevilla-Garcia: IES Abroad

Targeting Diversity: Strategic Approaches to Marketing and Delivering Your Faculty-Led Programs

This session will discuss a variety of processes, thought leadership, and other tools and ideas to help deliberately build diversity, equity and cultural intelligence into course recruitment. We discuss building key allies from within and without your organizations to develop and enhance your custom offerings while helping you align the many moving parts of successful faculty-led programming for diverse student bodies.

Presenters 

Andrew Wallis: Whittier College

Katie Hunter Perkins: California Lutheran University

Darin Smith-Gaddis: CAPA The Global Education Network

Global Nationalism Rising: What it Means for Underrepresented Students Abroad

As the US continues the long and arduous task of confronting and grappling with hate, the rise of global nationalism has gripped many nations home to long-standing study abroad locations and destinations. The tumultuous social climate following events such as the UK’s Brexit vote, the rise of France’s National Party with Marine Le Pen at the helm, the attack on African students at Indian universities – have impacted the social and political stability of many nations. The implications for incoming students – specifically students from traditionally underrepresented populations can make them targets of hate.

Presenters 

Nkenge Ransom-Friday: SIT Graduate Institute/SIT Study Abroad

Mary Kay Sigda: SIT Graduate Institute/SIT Study Abroad

4:30 - 6:00pmFarewell Happy Hour (No Host)

TimeSession
12:00 - 2:00pmMSI Registration Open
2:00 - 2:15pmWelcome to the Summit
2:30 - 3:45pmMSI Round Table Discussions
4:30 - 5:45pmChat at the Wolfsonian with MSI Presidents (Off-Site)
6:00 - 7:00pmMSI Global Education Networking Reception

TimeSession
7:30 - 8:30amNetworking Breakfast
8:30 - 9:00amA Framework for MSI Campus Internationalization (Keynote Address)
9:00 - 9:30amInstitutional Perspectives on Campus Internationalization: Strategies & Successes (Panel Presentation)
9:30 - 10:45amCreating or Enhancing Your Campus Internationalization Plan:Goal Setting and Defining Key Activities (Breakout Groups)
10:45 - 11:00amCoffee/Tea Break
11:00 - 12:15pmCreating or Enhancing Your Campus Internationalization Plan: Identify Stakeholders and Action Steps (Breakout Groups)
12:15 - 12:30pmClosing Remarks

TimeSession
12:00 - 3:00pmCommunity Building Activity
3:00 - 6:30pmGSLS Registration Open
6:30 - 8:00pmReception

TimeSession
7:30 - 12:00pmGSLS Registration Open
9:00 - 9:15am Welcome
9:15 - 10:15amKeynote Address
10:15 - 10:30amBreak
10:30 - 11:45amSession: Life Maps for Social Change
12:00 - 1:15pmLunch
1:30 - 3:00pmSession: Role of Identity in Education Abroad
3:00 - 3:30pmBreak & Meditation (Optional)
3:30 - 5:00pmSession: Intercultural Competencies
5:00 - 5:30pmFree Time
5:30 - 7:00pmWelcome & Innovation
Competition
7:00 - 8:30pmOpening Reception

TimeSession
8:30 - 9:45amSession: Career Support and Exploration
9:45 - 10:30amExhibitor Fair
10:30 - 11:45amSession: Professionals Panel
11:45 - 11:55amGroup Photo
12:00 - 1:30pmLunch & Student Panel
1:45 - 2:10pmBig Idea Talk
2:20 - 2:45pmBig Idea Talk
2:45 - 3:30pmExhibitor Fair
3:30 - 4:30pmCareer Fair
4:45 - 6:00pm Poster Community & Reception

TimeSession
8:45 - 9:45amPlenary
10:00 - 11:15amSession: Transition from Student to Professional - Developing Your Personal Brand
11:15 - 12:30pmSession: Paying it Forward
12:45 - 2:30pmAwards Lunch

DESCRIPTIONS

Concurrent Session

Concurrent sessions are either 60-minutes or 75-minutes sessions on topics related to diversity and inclusion in global education.

Deep Dive Session

A deep dive session provides an opportunity for the presenter(s) to involve participants in interaction through hands-on activities and discussions. Deep Dive Sessions are 105 minutes, including breaks and time for action planning.

Poster Community

The Poster Community is intended to encourage conference attendees to learn about current work in diversity and inclusion in global education through interactive dialogue and visual representations (infographics, pictures, graphs, etc.). Poster presenters will present their work concurrently during a 75-minute interactive session.

Big Ideas Talks

Big Idea Talks are brief, 10-minute presentations that allow conference attendees to hear innovative ideas from experts in the field. These talks will include a moderator (provided by Diversity Abroad) who will facilitate 15 minutes of Q & A to address audience questions (25 minutes total).