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2020 Community College Global Education Forum

Overview

Community colleges play an integral role in educating post-secondary students and preparing them to thrive in our global and interconnected society. Approximately 34 percent of undergraduates in the United States attend community colleges, and enrolled students increasingly identify as students of color, students who are first in their families to attend college, and students with high financial need. Given the increased understanding of the academic, interpersonal and career benefits gained by participating in global educational programs, it’s essential that students who attend a community college have equitable access to the same benefits their peers attending 4-year colleges and universities do. 

Diversity Abroad is proud to launch the inaugural Community College Global Education Forum, being held in New Orleans, Louisiana in conjunction with the 8th Annual Diversity Abroad Conference. The Community College Global Education Forum will bring together faculty, administrators and practitioners from community colleges and their stakeholders to explore how  global programs — such as education abroad and other types of international engagement — can be leveraged to support the academic success, interpersonal growth and career readiness of students at community colleges.

The Community College Global Education Forum is a unique space to network, share good practices and chart a path to increase capacity for internationalization and to create equitable access to the benefits of international education at community colleges.

Intended Audience

The target audience for the Community College Forum will be community college professionals who primarily work in the following roles/units:

  • Education Abroad
  • International Student and Scholar Services
  • Diversity, Inclusion and Multicultural Affairs 
  • Student Success
  • Education Abroad Program Leaders
  • Faculty 
  • Transfer Students 

Additionally professionals from government agencies and other organizations who have a commitment to supporting the success of community college students.

Schedule

Schedule To Be Updated

TimeSession
12:00 - 5:00pmRegistration Open
4:00 - 4:30pm
Welcome & Introductions

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.

4:30 - 5:30pm
Fireside Chat & Reflections

A moderated panel discussion, the Fireside Chat will bring together distinguished leaders from Community Colleges, who have or are currently developing, innovative strategies in providing equitable access to global education opportunities.

6:30 - 8:00pm
Community College & Career Integration Welcome Reception

TimeSession
7:300 - 5:30pmRegistration Open
7:30–8:15am
Breakfast & Learning Partner Connections

Rejuvenate with a light continental breakfast with opportunities to engage with colleagues on emerging and relevant issues related to global education and community colleges.

8:15-9:15am
What Does Diversity & Inclusion Within Global Education Mean for Community Colleges?

Community colleges play an integral role in educating postsecondary students and preparing them to thrive in our global and interconnected society. Approximately 34 percent of undergraduates in the United States attend community colleges, and enrolled students increasingly identify as students of color, students who are first in their families to attend college, and students with high financial need. This session will provide information and discuss notable trends/data points that will dive bring insight to the importance of diversity and inclusion within global education at Community Colleges.

9:15-10:00am
Think Tank: Increasing Engagement in Education Abroad for Community Colleges (Pt. 1)

This session will allow participants to take a deep dive into exploring meaningful engagement and best practices at community colleges around the following topics: Faculty Engagement, Engaging Diverse Student Populations, Buy-in from External Stakeholders, and Professional Development & Training.

10:00-10:20am
Lighting Round of Promising Practices

Leaders at various community colleges will share promising practices from their respective institutions that have helped them to diversify education abroad. Topics they will be speaking on will include: Understanding and engaging your diverse student population, working with faculty and partnerships off campus, and funding opportunities.

Facilitators

Anne Frey: Portland Community College

Anne Haberkern: Portland Community College

10:25-11:10am
Think Tank: Increasing Engagement in Education Abroad for Community Colleges (Pt. 2)

Inspired by the promising practices shared during the Lightning Round, the second Think-Tank session will continue building upon the concepts developed within the first session with the hopes of finalizing the 3-5 recommendations to share at the end of the seminar.

11:10-11:20amBreak
11:20am-12:20pmReporting Out
12:20-12:45pm
Reflection, Goal Setting, & Closing Comments

Comments from attendees and Diversity Abroad will conclude the seminar. Facilitators will also provide time for closure and personal goal setting through a reflection activity. A publication will follow. You may be contacted to provide anecdotal statements or for permission to use your photo for the published document.

Registration

For more information about pricing for the Community College Global Education Forum please visit the Registration Page

Community College Global Education Forum Planning Committee

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Liza Carbajo
Miami Dade College

Fabiola Riobe
Fabiola Riobe
State University of New York at Rockland Community College

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

Wayne Wheeler
American Assoication of Community Colleges