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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.


Gretchen Cook-Anderson: IES Abroad

Wagaye Johannes: Institute of International Education (IIE)

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.

Schedule of Activities:

8:30am - Welcome & Introductions

8:45am - “Engaging the Diaspora & Local Communities in Higher Education” (Panel Presentation with Q&A)

  • Dawn Whitehead: Association of American Colleges & Universities

  • Eduardo Chavez: Miami Dade College

  • Nicolas Andre: Florida International University

  • Lillian Manzor: University of Miami

10:00am - Depart JW Marquis by Bus to Little Havana

10:30am - Case Study: Guided Walking Tour of Little Havana

  • Corinna Moebius & Ralph De La Portilla, Little Havana Tours LLC

11:30am  - Group Reflection & Action Steps

12:00pm - Lunch at El Cristo Restaurant (Family Style; Provided)

1:00pm - Departures for JW Marquis arrive by 1:15pm

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.


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.


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 - 1:30pm
Allies for Social Justice and Equality Lunch & Learn (Registration Required)

This lunch and learn opportunity will feature a panel of social justice community organizers, and activists who will share the ways in which they have infused social justice principles and practices into their programming, campus or organizational culture(s), and/or work environments(s).

Lunch and learn participants will:

  • Engage with strategies for becoming an ally,

  • Describe methods to enhance existing skills for those who are already allies, and

  • Present strategies for participants to reflect on their own institutions and how to best engage in social justice advocacy and allyship

This opportunity is a must for those committed to social justice and equality for all. We all have a role to play in creating a socially-just world – be a part of the change!

Neal McKinney: DePauw University

Wakumi Douglas: S.O.U.L. Sisters Leadership Collective

Monroe France: New York University

12:30 - 1:30pm
Women of Color Empowerment and Leadership Lunch & Learn (Registration Required)

Intended for professionals and graduate students who self-identify as women of color and/or allies for women of color, this lunch includes an intimate opportunity to connect with colleagues, and listen to and be inspired by dynamic speakers as they share their leadership journey, experiences and strategies for success in global education.

Ochmaa Escue: Indiana University Bloomington

Dr. Barbara Edwards: Florida Memorial University
Monique Quesada: U.S. Department of State
Gretchen Cook-Anderson: IES Abroad

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.


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.


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.


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.


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!


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.


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.


Eduardo Contreras: University of Portland

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

David Comp: Columbia College Chicago

2:00 - 5:00pmExhibitor Fair
4:00 - 5:00pm
Assessment & Accountability - Evaluating Inclusive Practices and Policies Toward Strategic Change

How can Education Abroad Offices move beyond the tacit commitment to diversity & inclusion efforts, and develop an inclusive climate that both welcomes students from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds and also effectively supports their successful participation and transformational learning throughout? Learn about Diversity Abroad’s innovative approach to assessing the overall climate of inclusion throughout the education abroad process through the Access, Inclusion, and Diversity (AID) Roadmap.

4:00 - 5:00pm
Diversity Abroad Updates & Engagement Opportunities

Interested in learning about how to maximize Diversity Abroad resources to meet your diversity & inclusion goals? This session will provide a short overview of organizational resources & updates, membership, and opportunities to stay engaged with Diversity Abroad.

4:00 - 5:00pm
Newcomers Orientation

First time attending the Diversity Abroad Conference? Find out how to make the most of your conference experience.

4:00 - 5:00pm
Why You Should Go Abroad: Exploring Global Opportunities for High School Students (Closed)

This introductory session to the benefits of global opportunities is available to local high school students in the Miami area. Diversity Abroad believes it is so important for more diverse and underserved students in the U.S. pursue opportunities such as studying, interning, or volunteering abroad.  Students are invited to explore the many reasons why global learning is beneficial for everyone, and the ways they can get started even at the high school level.


Jenny Doder: Academic Programs International (API)

Abel Estrada: University of Colorado Boulder

Kristin Labs: Butler University

Rebecca LeBlond: Democracy Prep Public Schools

Muslims Abroad


Ifrah Akhtar, Undergraduate Student - Rutgers University

Conversation Simulation Gaming to Support Diverse Students in Study Abroad


Julia Sylla, NSLI-Y - American Council of International Education

Anna Stewart, Senior Program Officer - American Council of International Education

Retention and Leadership Through Diversity Innovation


Virginia Hosono, Director Study Abroad and International Travel - University of Louisville

Kimber Guinn, Study Abroad Advisor - University of Louisville

Dom McShan, Program Director, Cultural Center - University of Louisville

It's a Whole New Ballgame Now


Tara Michael, Director of Program Development - Global Players Study Abroad for Student-Athletes

Journey to Food Justice & Community


Michele Stumpe, Founder - Children of Conservation

The Amandla Project


Alex Stone, Executive Director & Founder - The Amandla Project

How Identities Travel: Words of Wisdom from People Like You


Becky Githinji, Undergraduate Student - Macalester College

Dylan Jekels, Undergraduate Student - Macalester College

Myhana Kerr, Undergraduate Student - Macalester College

Aarohi Narain, Undergraduate Student - Macalester College

Find your EDGEs with Engineering, Diversity, Global Experiences and Service!


Tojan Rahhal, Director of Diversity and Outreach Initiatives, Adunct Assistant Professor Biomedical Engineering - University of Missouri-Columbia

Miguel E. Ayllon, Interim Director of Study Abroad and Interim Assistant Director, International Center - University of Missouri-Columbia

7:00 - 8:30pm
Opening Reception

Join us as we kick off the annual Diversity Abroad Conference with opportunities to meet and/or reconnect with colleagues!

7:00 - 5:00pmRegistration Open
7:30 - 8:30am
Breakfast Table Conversations & Gilman Top Producers Recognition

Network with conference attendees over continental breakfast, including an announcement of the Benjamin A Gilman International Scholarship Top Producing Institutions from the U.S. Department of State.


Jennifer Lawson: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs - U.S. Department of State U.S. Department of State

7:30 - 8:30am
Task Force Meetings (Closed)

Members of the Diversity Abroad Network Task Forces are invited to meet as a group to discuss initiatives.

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.


Katie Novy: Cultural Vistas

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

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

Eric 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.


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.


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

Olivia Ghiz: College of Charleston

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.


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 Serving 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 students for health and safety abroad.


Tammi Fergusson: White House Initiative of HBCUs

Arthur McMahan: White House Initiative for HBCUs

Jacques Battiste: Xavier University of Louisiana

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.


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.


Abel Estrada: University of Colorado Boulder

Shayna Trujillo: Diversity Abroad

Rebecca LeBlond: Democracy Public Schools

Daisy Rodriguez Pitel: Pima Community College

9:45 - 10:30amExhibitor Fair & Refreshment Break
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.


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!


Tara Michael: Global Players

Chris Haynes: Education Abroad - University of South Florida

Susie Duke: Institute for Global Engagement - Grinnell College

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.


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.


Tasha Willis: California State University, Los Angeles

David Wick: Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterrey

Jacqueline Rivera: California State University, Los Angeles

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?


Laura Boudon: Florida International University

Amanda Niguidula: Florida International University

Carlos Castillo: 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.


Skyller Walkes: Texas State University

Lisa Calevi: University of Oregon

Barbara Edwards: Florida Memorial 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.


Darin Smith-Gaddis: CAPA The Global Education Network

Eduardo Contreras: University of Portland

Lily Lopez-McGee: Howard University

12:00 - 1:30pm
Welcome Lunch with Student Panel

Building on the annual tradition, a panel of diverse students will share their powerful stories and experiences abroad during lunch. Come listen to their narratives and connect with other students.

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.


Eric Wirth: The School for International Training

Michelle Cromwell: Regis College

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 partnership between education abroad, student services and RSOs in creating low-cost, high impact short term 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 short term experiences in communities abroad. The processes continue to be refined and now serve for any RSO proposing an overseas program.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Keara DeKay: University of South Carolina - Columbia

Aimee Call: North Carolina State University

2:45 - 3:15pmExhibitor Fair
3:15 - 4:30pm
Plenary: Leveraging Diversity & Inclusion For Organizational Success

The field of international education is at the midst of exploring what diversity and inclusive excellence means for our sector. As such, perspectives from professionals who have worked on similar initiatives but from different industries is both insightful and inspiring. Hear from a diversity leader on her organization’s diversity story and strategies and pitfalls to avoid as international education offices and organizations work toward implementing diversity and inclusion practices and policies into their work. Learn more about the speaker and the plenary presentation here.


Juliana Faus - PwC

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?


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.


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.


Pamela R. Conley: National Technical Institute for the Deaf

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.


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.


Garett Heysel: The Ohio State University

Salomé Fouts: The Ohio State University

Charlie Gbur: The Ohio State University

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.


Ashley Hiers: 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.


Jennifer Petrie: University of Pittsburgh

Bryan Schultz: 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.


Carmen Pitz: Arizona State University

Malaika Marable Serrano: International Studies Abroad

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.


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.


Christian Fredericks: 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Cinda Scott: The School for Field Studies

Megan Telzrow: The School for Field Studies

Amy Barkhouse: 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.


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.


Michelle Cromwell: Regis College

David Crisci: Regis College

Sources of Social Support Associated with International Student Belonging

America is a melting pot of people from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds. For many young people born and raised in another country, adapting to American university culture can be a great challenge. We know social support is critical for social and emotional adjustment, but what sources of social support are most critical for international student adjustment: faculty, domestic students, or international students? This poster will explore results from a recent study on sources of social support and belonging for international students (N = 280) attending 31 colleges and universities across the US.


Jintong Liu: Wake Forest University

Who I Am? Where I Am? Understanding Sense of Belonging for Indian International LGBQ Students in U.S. Higher Education

In order to build skills for global market place success, we must facilitate a strong sense of belonging on campus for international students, not in spite of their diverse identities but because of these identities. A sense of belonging (SB) is critical for successful acclimation and academic success and is acknowledged in many cultures across the world (Strayhorn, 2012). Compared to current identity development theories, SB provides a more culturally inclusive framework for how we as educators and researchers can understand and enhance support for the diverse identities our students are exploring during their time on campus. As the fastest growing international student population. In order for our students to be equipped with the best skills and tools, we as scholars need to decolonize our theories and metrics used to measure success. As a scholar practitioner, I bring over a decade of professional work to build programs founded in intersectionality to support underrepresented students. In 2008, I co-conducted the first ever national survey of Desi/South Asian LGBTQ people in U.S. higher education and have explored the cross-sections of race, gender, sexuality, class, HIV status, immigration history and language in shaping student’s experiences in U.S. higher education. Recently, I spoke with representatives from over twenty countries about strategies for supporting LGBTQ students in study abroad and international program contexts as a plenary speaker for ISEP’s annual conference. As an immigrant, gender queer QTPOC, first-generation college student and scholar, I would be honored to be recognized by Diversity Abroad.


Raja Gopal Bhattar: Univesity of California, Los Angeles

6:00 - 8:00pm
Restaurant Meet-ups

Join a small group of conference attendees for an intimate opportunity to meet or reconnect with colleagues and to engage in dialogue about what’s going on in the field while enjoying dinner at a local venue.

7:00 - 8:30pm
Tell Them We Are Rising Film Screening

Directed by award-winning documentary filmmaker Stanley Nelson, Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities examines the impact Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) have had on American history, culture, and national identity.

7:00 - 12:00pmRegistration Open
7:30 - 8:30am
Professional Pathways in Global Education Forum

The Professional Pathways in Global Education Forum provides an opportunity for conference attendees to hear from seasoned professionals representing four sectors of global education: Education Abroad Office, Third Party Provider, Incoming International Student Support Services, and Social Entrepreneurship. An expert panel of diverse backgrounds will provide insight into the job market outlook for each of the aforementioned sectors, with focus on the specific skills and experiences employers are seeking in applicants. Following the moderated panel, attendees will join table conversations with key representatives from each industry to foster meaningful connections and answer industry-specific questions. As part of this session, attendees will receive a resource sheet outlining the top tips for career advancement in each sector. Whether or not a job search is in your future, this session will include key perspectives on how to continue growing as a Global Education professional.

8:45 - 9:45am
Plenary: Untapping Potential in the 21st Century Higher Education Landscape

Many higher education professionals are grappling with the new reality of a changing student demographic, a shifting landscape that brings both challenges and opportunities. Hear from one higher education leader-- who has successfully led institutions serving traditionally underserved students--in a discussion on strategies for success in working to ensure increased enrollment of students from diverse backgrounds.

9:45 - 10:30amExhibitor Fair & Refreshment Break
Investing in Our Future: Helping Students of Color Navigate the Study Abroad Experience

Global education is an investment and must be seen as one. How can we shift the mindset from study abroad being an expense to an investment? In this session, professionals from four different industries will address this question. Our session leaders will also discuss tips for effective preparation before students leave the country; the keys to success and immersion while aboard that will lead to inclusive programming; and suggestions for how to direct this diverse pipeline of students into the global workforce.


Lee Rivers: Institute of International Education

Torian Richardson: Tsinghua University (Beijing), Harvard Business School alumnus

Tasha Willis: California State University

David Levin: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

A Holistic Approach to Achieving Racial Equity & Inclusive Excellence in Global Education

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.


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.


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.


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 session 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.


Erica Ledesma: Diversity Abroad Network

Robert Peterson: Morehouse College & Diversity Abroad Fellow

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.


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.


Torian Lee: Xavier University of Louisiana

Andrew Sobeisuo: College of Charleston

LaNitra M. Berger: George Mason University

Amir Reza: Babson College

11:45 - 12:45pm
Task Force Town Hall

During these town hall sessions, members of the Diversity in Global Education Task Forces will share remarks about the state of the field as it relates to the task force theme and facilitate a discussion with attendees to identify areas of focus moving forward. Participating task forces include:

  • Racially/Ethnically Diverse Students
  • First-Generation College Students & First Abroad
  • Access for Disabilities Abroad
  • LGBTQI+ Students
  • Minority Serving Institutions
  • Faculty Development
Racially/Ethnically Diverse Students


Brandon Gregory Bell: Elon University

Tonal Simmons: Kalamazoo College

First-Generation College Students & First Abroad


Aaron Faucher: CISabroad

Ashley Prather Spinelli: ACCENT Study Abroad

Krista Buda Bethel: Northwestern University

Heather St. Germaine: Hampshire College

Jorge A. Martinez: Fordham University

Access for Disabilities Abroad


Randi Butler: Institute of International Education

Lauren Schuller: Bentley University

LGBTQI+ Students


Manuel Colón: Peace Corps

Maria Segala: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Nicholas Vasiloff: Kent State University

Glynis Kincaid: University of California, Davis

Minority-Serving Institutions


Robert Peterson: Diversity Abroad

Maxine Sample: Virginia State University

Liz Vocasek: Florida Atlantic University

Faculty Development


Karey Fuhs: Northwestern University

April Stroud: Mount Holyoke College

12:45 - 2:30pm
Awards Lunch

Celebrate our collective achievements as a field as we honor recipients of the Excellence in Diversity & Inclusion in International Education Awards and hear from the first-ever student recipients of the Academic Achievement for Research in Diversity & Inclusion in Global Education Award.

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.


Robert Bennett III: The Ohio State University

Megan Lawther: 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.


Randi Butler: Institute of International Education (IIE)

Ediz Kaykayoglu: Central Washington 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.


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.


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.


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.


Andrew Wallis: Whittier College

Katie Hunter Perkins: Exchange and Study Away

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.


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

DuBois Jennings: Susquehanna University

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

Join us to connect and celebrate with colleagues.

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.

12:00 - 6:30pmGSLS Registration Open
6:30 - 8:00pmReception

7:30 - 12:00pmGSLS Registration Open
9:00 - 9:15am Welcome
9:15 - 10:15amKeynote Address
10:15 - 10:30amBreak
10:30 - 11:45am
Life Maps for Social Change

Life Maps for Social Change is a creative, visual opportunity to reflect on our lives, our identities and the experiences that have been particularly meaningful in shaping our commitment as student leaders in global, international, multicultural and social justice education. The exercise emphasizes a “journey” and experiences over time, and is helpful in seeing the impact of moments in your personal and academic life and on current perceptions. This exercise is to help us think about, illustrate and learn about the paths that have led us to this moment in our lives; that inform our leadership approach and the values we hold as leaders.  


Monroe Francis: New York University

Krystal McLeod: Office of Global Programs at New York University

12:00 - 1:15pmLunch
1:30 - 3:00pm
Your Diversity Abroad: The Role of Identity in Study Abroad

Are there specific moments from your study abroad experience where you remember feeling a certain way about your identity? Did you have a chance to think about how the intersectionality of your different identities influenced your experience abroad? The first part of this session will give participants the opportunity to reflect on their experiences and share how their identity influenced their experience abroad in a large group discussion. Participants will start to answer questions like, how do you feel now and how does this experience impact your ability to relate to others on campus?

The second part of the session provides space for students to collaborate with one another in groups and develop recommendations on how faculty, staff, and administrators at colleges and universities can better serve and support students from diverse backgrounds in international experiences. Students will have the opportunity to lead the conversation and develop tangible recommendations for marketing & outreach, pre-departure, in-country, and re-entry student support.


Susy Gomez: Florida International University

Aaron Bruce: San Diego State University

3:00 - 3:30pmBreak & Meditation (Optional)
3:30 - 5:00pm
Navigating Our Identities at Home: Reflections on Intercultural Competency and Leadership

As you navigate the return to life stateside, your new intercultural identity begins to intersect with the numerous identities you hold within your personal, campus, and local communities.  This session will introduce intercultural learning and cultural competency models to help participants begin to identify and unpack leadership skills earned or enhanced during their time abroad.  

Participants will craft a personal leadership mission statement based on critical reflection of individual core values and define the influence international experience has on shaping their unique leadership identity. Participants will then examine how intercultural competency informs leadership style and define the top five practices for successful leadership.  Participants will leave the session with a better understanding of how intercultural competency contributes to successful leadership and how to articulate their specific core values and international experience to support their personal leadership mission.


Chelsea Kindred: API Abroad

5:00 - 5:30pmFree Time
5:30 - 7:00pmWelcome & Innovation Competition
7:00 - 8:30pm
Opening Reception

Join us as we kick off the annual Diversity Abroad Conference with opportunities to meet and/or reconnect with colleagues!

8:30 - 9:45am
Career Support Breakout Sessions

Students will have the opportunity choose two tracks from which they will gain insight from professionals on topics that will help them explore different resources and opportunities to grow professionally. These breakout sessions offer students a unique opportunity to gather information from industry professionals as they continue to explore ways to market their international experiences as they build their careers.


Resume Review

Updating your resume to include your study abroad experience is just one piece. But how have you formatted your resume for your intended field? Students will have the opportunity to get resume support from career and international education professionals to ensure they receive sound advice from experts who know what it takes to make your resume stand out.


Angela Manginelli: AIFS Abroad

Post-Graduate Career Confirmation

This session is ideal for soon-to-be graduates who aren’t interested in starting a full-time job quite yet, and want to ensure that the industry or field they wish to pursue is really the best fit for their interests. We will review the benefits of pursuing a competitive fellowship, considerations when choosing a graduate degree program, and other ways you can work towards confirming, changing, or strengthen your professional experiences.    


Lily Lopez-McGee: Howard University

How to Identify Professional Opportunities

For students preparing to graduate this spring, it can be daunting to complete all the necessary coursework and enjoy your final days on campus while simultaneously searching for full-time employment. This session will provide you with practice tips on where to start, how to stay organized in your job search, and ways to maximize your networks to get you started on the right foot.


Neal McKinney: DePauw University

9:45 - 10:30amExhibitor Fair & Refreshment Break
10:30 - 11:45am
Leveraging Global Experiences To Enhance Your Career: Professionals Panel

Students will hear from a panel of professionals in a variety of sectors to learn more about how global experiences can enhance one’s career prospects, and the ways in which global competencies inform their everyday work across a broad range of industries.


Moderator: Joanne Garce Rodriguez: New York University

Melyna Loo: Florida Crystals/American Sugar Refining

11:45 - 11:55amGroup Photo
12:00 - 1:30pm
Lunch & Student Panel

Building on the annual tradition, a panel of diverse students will share their powerful stories and experiences abroad during lunch. Come listen to their narratives and connect with other students.

1:45 - 2:10pmBig Idea Talk
2:20 - 2:45pmBig Idea Talk
2:45 - 3:30pmExhibitor Fair
3:30 - 4:30pm
Career Reception

Students will have the opportunity to network with professionals across a broad variety of sectors.

4:45 - 6:00pm Poster Community & Reception

8:45 - 9:45am
Plenary: Untapping Potential in the 21st Century Higher Education Landscape

Many higher education professionals are grappling with the new reality of a changing student demographic, a shifting landscape that brings both challenges and opportunities. Hear from one higher education leader-- who has successfully led institutions serving traditionally underserved students--in a discussion on strategies for success in working to ensure increased enrollment of students from diverse backgrounds.

10:00 - 11:15am
Transforming from College to Careers

As students begin the transition from undergraduate to post-graduate professionals pursuing advanced degrees or career opportunities, it’s important to know that maintaining a sense of professionalism goes a long way. From respectful email etiquette, to exercising a mindful social media presence and establishing yourself successfully in your first professional position, there are a lot factors to consider as students begin transitioning from student to a working or aspiring professional.

During this interactive session, students will explore some basic tips and tools to help reassess how they present themselves and their brand through small group activities, including peer interviewing. Students will gain practical advice on how to transition to the working world post-graduation and devise ways to maximize their existing networks, as well as opportunities for growth to broaden their personal and professional goals.


Neal McKinney: DePauw University

Angela Manginelli: AIFS Abroad

11:15 - 12:30pm
More than Paying it Forward: Making an Impact on your Campus and Beyond

There is an inherent expectation of students from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds who have gone abroad to talk to their friends and family about their experience, whether it’s in a formal position with the study abroad office or in informal conversations with peers. It’s helpful for all students to share their experience abroad, but especially for diverse students since other students on campus “like you” may not know how to start the process of going abroad, how to take advantage of coursework in their major that’s taught abroad, or what the benefits of study abroad might be. So how do you not only start the conversation, but also create an initiative to assist a diverse group to venture abroad?

This session will help students think about ways to talk about study abroad and workshop innovative ideas to engage new populations of underrepresented students. Students will have a chance to pitch their designs in front of other participants to gain feedback and collaborate to implement new concepts once they return to their respective campuses and communities.


Trixie Cordova: Diversity Abroad

Lorelle Babwah-Brennen: Diversity Abroad

Becky Phan: University of South Alabama

12:45 - 2:30pm
Awards Lunch

Celebrate our collective achievements as a field as we honor recipients of the Excellence in Diversity & Inclusion in International Education Awards and hear from the first-ever student recipients of the Academic Achievement for Research in Diversity & Inclusion in Global Education Award.


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).