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2020 Community College Global Education Forum


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. 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, March 14 & 15, 2020 in conjunction with the 8th Annual Diversity Abroad Conference. The Community College 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 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.


12:00 - 5:00pmRegistration Open
4:00 - 4:30pmWelcome & Introductions
4:30 - 5:30pmKeynote Address & Reflection
6:00 - 8:30pmWelcome Reception

7:300 - 5:30pmRegistration Open
7:30–8:15amBreakfast & Learning Partner Connections
8:15-9:15amContent Session Block #1
9:15-10:00amThink Tank Session Block #1
10:00-10:20amLighting Round of Innovative Practices
10:25-11:10amThink Tank Session Block #2
11:20am-12:20pmThink Tank: Reporting Out
12:20-12:45pmReflection, Goal Setting & Closing Comments


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

Community College Global Education Forum Planning Committee

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