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12:00–5:00pmRegistration Open
12:00–3:00pmDiversity Abroad Advisory Council Meeting (Closed)
3:00-6:00pmCareer Integration - hosted by University of Minnesota, CAPA: The Global Network, and CET Academic Programs (Part 1 of 2) (pre-registration required)
4:00-8:30pmWelcome for Strategic Leadership Forum
4:00-8:30pmWelcome for Community College Global Education Forum

7:00–5:30pmRegistration Open
7:30am-12:30pmCommunity College Global Education Forum
7:30am-12:45pm Strategic Leadership Forum - Inclusive Support for International Students
9:00am-12:00pmCareer Integration - hosted by University of Minnesota, CAPA: The Global Network, and CET Academic Programs (Part 2 of 2) (pre-registration required)
9:00am-12:00pmPre-Conference Workshops (pre-registration required)
1:00pm-3:00pmDeep Dives
A Discussion: Resources and Support Surrounding Gender Identity Abroad

What questions do we need to ask ourselves and our offices to ensure that we are best supporting transgender, gender non-binary, and gender non-conforming students? This session will dive deep into complex and nuanced questions surrounding gender identity and gender expression in education abroad. Through interactive discussion and engaging activities, participants will explore topics such as advising communication materials, overseas housing placements, and international travel logistics.


Clau Castaneda - SAI Programs

Roger Adkins - Earlham College

Empowerment through StoryCrafting: Eye for Diversity

This practice-based and interactive workshop will provide professionals within international education a snapshot and a taste of an interactive session with StoryCrafting (as conducted at The Hague University, The Netherlands): an inclusive and empowering dialogical approach. It will be geared to you, as an inclusive internationalization professional, to provide you with tools and strategies to help students find their inner voice and define their leadership towards career readiness while abroad, through “identity learning” and mind-shifting, moving from a 1st to a 2nd Story, following the Transformation through Writing Model and U- theory.

Experience StoryCrafting & feel empowered!


Adela Garabal Gómez - The Hague University of Applied Sciences

Mariëtte Harlaar - The Hague University of Applied Sciences

Jenny Sullivan - Rochester Institute of Technology

Dara Levy (Student) - Rochester Institute of Technology

Too Woke to Tokenize: Re-Envisioning Marketing to Students of Color

International Education is changing and diverse student representation is increasing within marketing and other opportunities, however, IE institutions/organizations may unknowingly be contributing to a long history of tokenism. In this session, we'll explore the roots of tokenism in diversity advertising, how its impacted people of color today, and share best practices of how we can re-approach marketing to move away from tokenism and towards inclusion.


Stephen Gonzalez - University of Michigan

Christina Thompson - Barcelona SAE

Better Together? Identity-based Programs for Students Underrepresented in Study Abroad

What are some unique opportunities presented by international education programs which bring together students sharing common identities? What lessons can we draw from identity-focused programs to support students who do not choose these types of programs and vice versa? This session will explore themes of identity, community, intersectionality, and more through the lenses of two unique programs, including a CIEE Access Grant-winning program centering around Black Deaf experiences; and a cross-disability outbound leadership program.


Ashley Holben - Mobility International USA

Maegan Shanks - Gallaudet University

Utilizing Diversity Abroad's AIDE Roadmap to Advance Inclusion Efforts

The Diversity Abroad AIDE Roadmap is a framework for assessing diversity participation in study abroad. Presenters from Diversity Abroad and two universities will share their experiences with the Roadmap, providing Access, Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity information, implementation strategies, and lessons learned. Participants will have an opportunity to develop individual action plans.


Holly Hudson - Texas A&M University

Kelly Brannan Trail - University of Dayton

Arielle Gousse - Diversity Abroad

Balancing Social Identity and Cultural Sensitivity: Professional Development for All

As study abroad participation diversifies, student feedback describing acts of micro-aggressions and even overt acts of prejudice and discrimination abroad is increasing. Simultaneously, overseas resident staff and US faculty leading programs are struggling to find ways to connect and support a generation that is more diverse and eager to talk about issues of social justice and privilege. This presentation will share programming and training examples of how to navigate this phenomena on education abroad programs.


Lisa Johnson - Smith College

DuBois Jennings - IFSA

Ebony Ellis - University of Michigan

Fiona Pearson - IFSA

Making Publishing Accessible: Adding Scholar to Your Practitioner Title

Diverse perspectives are missing from education abroad scholarship, and while many education abroad practitioners aren't trained researchers there is a need for their work to reach broader audiences. Especially for those working to make education abroad more accessible and inclusive, highlighting such work can ensure international educators are better equipped to support students from underrepresented backgrounds. This skills-focused session covers the basics of publication and provide space for participants to begin developing their research agendas.


Lily Lopez-McGee - Howard University

Eduardo Contreras - University of Portland

David Wick - Middlebury Institute of International Studies

Tasha Willis - California State University, Los Angeles

Bridging the Gap: Diversity and Intercultural Competency in International Student Programming

How do we amplify the rhetoric of intercultural competency in one direction to all directions so to facilitate greater interaction between international/exchange students and local students? This session will discuss the relevance of intercultural competency for both domestic and international students in order to bridge the gap between local and global interactions as well as how to integrate intercultural competency into existing institutional priorities and goals.


Asabe Poloma - Brown University

Gabriella Santoro - University of Connecticut

Vivian Yamoah - Towson University

Speed Advising: Appreciative Advising in Action

How deep can you really go into a student's intersecting identities in 15 minutes? Actually, pretty far with Appreciative Advising. During this engaging session we practice the art of this model. We will be preparing, taking action, giving feedback, and reflecting about this practice to implement in and out of short advising appointments. This session will be highly interactive and involve direct practice that will help you to reach that next level with your advisees.


Caroline Zeiher - Arizona State University

Abel Estrada - University of Colorado, Boulder

2:00pm-4:30pmExhibit Hall Open
3:15-4:15 pm
State of Diversity Abroad: Updates & Engagement Opportunities

Diversity Abroad continues to grow and has been working on exciting new services and resources over the past year. This session will provide a short overview of organizational resources, membership as well as important updates and opportunities to stay engaged with Diversity Abroad throughout the year.


Christopher LeGrant: Partnership Development Manager - Diversity Abroad

3:15-4:15 pm
What Can Membership Do For You? Leveraging the Benefits for Success

Interested in exploring strategies for maximizing Diversity Abroad member resources & benefits to meet your diversity and inclusion goals? Whether you are new to Diversity Abroad's consortium or a veteran member, this session will provide an overview of key resources, professional development offerings, and engagement opportunities available to you as a Diversity Abroad Member.


Arielle Gousse: Senior Program Coordinator, Professional Services - Diversity Abroad

3:15–4:15pm Newcomers Orientation & Reception
4:30–6:30pm Welcome & Innovation Competition
6:30–8:00pmOpening Reception

7:30–4:30pm Registration Open
7:30–8:30amTask Force Meetings (Closed)
8:00am-4:00pmExhibit Hall Open
8:00–8:30amCoffee with Exhibitors
8:30-9:45amConcurrent Sessions
Gen Z-ing: Diverse Students and the Co-Creation of Outreach Initiatives

We know from market research that Generation Z has a passion for contributing, collaborating, and co-creating. This innovative and entrepreneurial generation yearns to be directly involved as drivers in initiatives and content that are related to their interests, aspirations and intersectional identities. Join us to learn how to utilize a co-creating approach when designing inclusive outreach materials and multimedia resources, as well as pre-departure content for students of diverse and underrepresented backgrounds.


Gretchen Cook-Anderson: IES Abroad

Jamie Weaver: Penn State University

"Where I Already Am Is The Mainstream..." EducationAbroad at MSIs

As Toni Morrison posits, it is often "inconceivable" to consider spaces and places where people of color "are already the mainstream." Our presentation centers on the experience of advising, course planning and program design where students of color are the majority.While some within the field of international education have been very intentional about engaging with "MSIs" what does the field know about these institutions and what study abroad looks like from their/our vantage point.


Keshia Abraham: CIEE

Daisy Rodriguez Pitel: Pima Community College

Marisa A. Gray: Morgan State University

Widening Participation in Outward Mobility: A Three Country Perspective

Students who go abroad get better degrees and better jobs. Yet students from less-advantaged groups are underrepresented in mobility. Speakers from Belgium, the USA, and the UK will look at efforts in each nation to address this participation gap. They will provide an overview of current activities, and flag recommendations, toolkits and case studies of good practice for attendees to use at their own institutions.


Katherine Allinson: Universities UK International

Dominique Montagnese: Support Center Inclusive Higher Education (SIHO)

Andrew J Gordon: Diversity Abroad

Engaging Diverse Stakeholders to Support Inclusive Reentry Programming

Effective reentry engagement is a collaborative endeavor, involving various stakeholders across campus and organizational units. How can we best advocate for programmatic support from these diverse stakeholders capitalizing on existing resources and partnering to develop new initiatives? This session will provide innovative solutions and tangible examples from a variety of case studies to identify, collaborate, and maintain long-term partnerships to support a diverse population of returned students.


Ashley Arvanites: UC Davis

Chelsea Kindred: Academic Programs International (API)

Education Abroad Advisors as Opportunity Architects

In a collaborative discussion, presenters will take a critical look at how education abroad professionals serve as "Opportunity Architects." Opportunity Architects are people who can identify a person's passion, help foster the individual's potential, give them the confidence, and connect them to an opportunity that shifts their life path. Attendees will be able to pinpoint different areas in which they can provide access to inclusive opportunities for students throughout their global learning experiences.


Shelly Alfaro: International Studies Abroad (ISA)

Emma May: University of California - Santa Cruz

Nadeen Black: SIT Graduate Institute

A Hard Look: Confronting the Homogeneity of Education Abroad Professionals

Increasing access, participation, and inclusivity for traditionally underrepresented (and often minoritized) student populations requires education abroad professionals to address the realities of a majority homogeneous field. How can institutional and departmental leadership challenge this conundrum and advance discussion with a variety of stakeholders around the impact of minoritized identities in education abroad? In this interactive session, participants will engage in small group discussion and learn strategies that strengthen diversity and inclusion in the field.


Ashley Brookes: Wake Forest University

Porshe Chiles: Wake Forest University

Kelia Hubbard: Wake Foreset University

A New Mission in Education Abroad: Inclusive Advising for Veterans

Veterans are diverse, possess proven leadership skills, and maintain higher GPAs than traditional students. Yet they remain outside most advisor foci due to complex financial structures, academic requirements, and cultural gaps between international educators and Veteran families. This session will help participants build action plans to work inclusively with Veterans and dependents by addressing VA terminology, relevant infrastructures, current Post 9/11 benefit requirements, and how to assist military-connected students apply benefits to education abroad.


Allison Cash Spiro: NAFSA: Association of International Educators

Michelle Tolan Tomasi: IFSA Butler

Sarah Westmoreland: University of Colorado Boulder

Laura Thornes: Colorado State University

Supporting Neurodiverse Students in the International Internship Process

Finding and securing an international internship can prove to be a difficult task for a student on their own, and this process can be even more difficult and present unique challenges for neurodiverse students. This session will address the internship preparation process from the standpoint of a program provider and U.S university partner. We will present international internship best practices, and how this process can be adapted to assist neurodiverse students.


Jennifer Crystle: Marymount University

Seth Weil: CEA Abroad

Sadi Foltz: CEA Abroad

Human Centered Advising: Designing Simple Solutions to Complex Study Abroad Scenarios

Join an interactive, design-thinking workshop to explore the needs of students from a variety of diverse backgrounds and design creative solutions to complex challenges that arise on-site, in program advising and operations. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of the students they work with and workshop ideas to solve a variety of student scenarios concerning religious observance, students with physical disabilities, LGBTQ+ students, and racial minority students. The session will also explore scenarios addressing study abroad department or provider needs to address increasing number of priorities such as higher enrollment, health and safety, and risk management with limited resources and staff.


Becca Flyer: KAHAL: Your Jewish Home Abroad

Keara DeKay: CIS Abroad

Alex Jakubowski: KAHAL: Your Jewish Home Abroad

9:45-10:30amExhibitor Fair with Refreshments
10:30-11:30amConcurrent Sessions
(In)rollment and (In)clusion: Changing Application Processes to Emphasize Inclusive Practices

Despite best intentions around diversity and inclusion goals, offices may be stuck with the same application processes cycle after cycle. This session provides colleagues, new and veteran, an overview of approaches and resources to advance diversity and inclusion goals through the application process. Presenters from Elon University and CIEE highlight lessons learned from the evolution of their applications and elevate conversation about how application processes and criteria shape application numbers.


Janelle Papay Decato: Elon University

Allegra Laing: Elon University

Stacy Benjamin: CIEE

Bill Burress: Elon University

Establishing a Relationship of Significance with your Advancement Office

Is your office having trouble getting a seat at the Advancement table at your institution? Is your company considering growing your Alumni network? This session will provide methods, best practices, and examples for developing relationships with the Advancement Office that could support your programs and students. Attendees will obtain tips on how to engage effectively and advocate for their financial objectives.


Nasha Lewis: William & Mary

Dafina Diabete: Lincoln University

From Course Internationalization to Study Abroad at an HSI

The At Home in the World (AHITW) course internationalization program supports faculty in redesigning courses that prepare students for international experiences at home and abroad. This program opens international education to all students broadening students' worldviews regardless of whether they will go on to study abroad. Presenters will provide an example of how AHITW engaged students in international initiatives in a Violence Prevention and Intervention course and present course internationalization examples involving faculty-led study abroad.


Ezequiel Peña: Our Lady of the Lake University

Kathryn Anderson: Our Lady of the Lake University

From 1st Gen College Student to World-Traveler: Curating a Cohort Program

First Generation students, often the family's academic trailblazers, are recently reported as being a third of university student populations.This increased number of First Gen students however doesn't correlate to more of them studying abroad.This talk describing how a single university created a cohort study abroad group, will describe the programming, detail recruitment & advising and finalize with how the in-country academic structure & mentoring all contribute to the successful orchestration of this program


Mary Alice Soriero: CEA Study Abroad

Lucila (Luci) Loera-Herrera: Washington State University

Rafael Pruneda Benavides: Washington State University

Religion & Study Abroad: Health, Safety and Security Implications

Students studying abroad come from a broad range of religious traditions. Religion is likewise an important element in many of the societies where students study. What are the impacts of religious beliefs, or lack thereof, on students' well-being abroad? This session explores the topic of religious identity and its impact on students' health, safety and security abroad. The session, presented by members of the Diversity Abroad Religious Identity Task Force, will not focus on one religion or location specifically, but will ground workshop content in specific examples from various religious perspectives.


Mariette Thomas: A. B. Freeman School of Business, Tulane University

Aley Bedair: ISA-Veritas

Leticia Kahya: San Diego State University

Critical Issues
Career Advancement of Diverse Professionals
Moderator: Dr. Dafina Blacksher Diabate, Director of International Programs - Lincoln University
Ending Gendered Workplace Thought in International Education


Lindsey Sitler: The University of Maryland, College Park

Coming out in the workplace can be a difficult process- coming out as an identity that colleagues may need educated on seems outright impossible. I will discuss my own personal experiences of coming out as a non-binary trans person, the perceptions of gender, and the role of allyship not just for students but colleagues in an international culture focused industry.

Sense of Belonging - Retention of Diverse Professionals in International Education


Arielle Gousse: Diversity Abroad 

Gain insights into the results of Diversity Abroad’s 2019 Survey of Diversity & Inclusion Among International Educators. As we continue to increase outreach and support for diverse students going abroad, this survey allows us to explore the support efforts for diverse professionals in international education specifically their sense of belonging, retention and advancement within the field.

Utilizing Your Unique Perspective as a Key for Professional Growth


Monica Malhotra: Mobility International USA (MIUSA)

Diverse professionals, including professionals with disabilities, have many unique experiences to share within the international education field. Come learn about professional opportunities to not only benefit yourself, but to also further advance the field at the same time.

Decolonizing International Education & Exchange Programming: Reciprocity & Privilege
Moderator: Eduardo Contreras, Assistant Provost for International Education, Diversity & Inclusion - University of Portland
Critical Literacy and Reflective Questioning: Deepening Critical Consciousness and Reciprocity


Jill Manske: Michigan State University

As we embrace increasing diversity among both study abroad participants and destinations, international educators have the opportunity -- and the responsibility -- to shift programs to be more critically conscious, ultimately towards dismantling oppressive systems and structures that have been prevalent. This session will introduce effective yet accessible reflective questioning methods derived from principles of critical literacy, which attendees can practice and integrate into new or existing programs in order to deepen reciprocal exchange and learning.

The Colonial Present: Cultural Imperialism in International Education


Asabe Poloma: Brown University

Through intercultural exchange programs and institutional partnerships, global education acts as a site of interplay between cultural and educational values. What cultural values are transmitted and reflected in prevalent international and institutional internationalization strategies? How do those values perpetuate continuity between the colonial past and current global hierarchies that continues to reproduce a Eurocentric ideology? What possibilities does a critical and postcolonial analysis offer for decolonizing international education frameworks and practices?

Stop Selling a False Narrative....Decolonizing the Study Abroad Discourse


Nicole Webster: Pennsylvania State University

An understanding of decolonizing actions must begin in the mind, focusing on the creative and consistent way that decolonized thinking shapes and empowers the mind. Within the study abroad discourse, we often create false narratives (whether it be consciously or unconsciously) that preserve colonial attitudes such as power and privilege.Within this discussion, participants will learn to assess the impact of colonialization within the study abroad context.

Diverse Cohorts Abroad: Navigating Challenges & Opportunities
Moderator: Alea Cot, Assistant Provost for International Education - University of New Orleans
Curating A Diaspora Journey in the Year of Return


Delia Gillis: University of Central Missouri

This session allows you to follow us for one year exploring three different opportunities that were used to create diverse study abroad experiences for primarily first generation, low income and minority students, but also resulted in a remarkably creative year of professional development that includeda month long program in Spain, a faculty-led study tour in Jamaica, a cultural excursion in Toronto Canada and a semester long exchange in Ghana.

From Dream to Reality: First-Generation Study Abroad


Angie Klimko: Washington State University - TRIO Student Support Services

This session will add to strategies to dismantle barriers related to student success by informing participants about a successful first-generation study abroad program that was implemented at Washington State University in 2014. The success of the 1st Gen Abroad program is due to the partnerships built across student affairs and academic affairs and the diverse backgrounds of our committee and traveling advisors. To date we've had 110 first-generation students participate in this study abroad experience.

Missing Abroad: Latinx Students at Hispanic-Serving Institutions in Study Abroad


Hernando Sevilla-Garcia: IES Abroad

Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) are those colleges and universities that enroll a minimum of 25% Latinx students. However, even though these institutions enroll a disproportionate number of Latinx students, they only account for approximately 7% of all Latinx students going abroad. Thus, this session explores the resources, individual challenges, and institutional obstacles that play a role in enrollment of Latinx students HSIs in study abroad programs.

Global Perspectives on Identity, Diversity, & Intersectionality
Moderator: Brandon Bell, Assistant Director of the Center for Race, Ethnicity & Diversity Education - Elon University
Black Atlantics: Teaching the Atlantic Slave Trade in Study Abroad


Yumi Pak California State University, San Bernardino

In "Challenging Negative Stereotyping and Monolithic Constructions Through Caribbean Studies," Camille Hernandez-Ramdwar writes that she wants her students to "address their subjectivity and their own context. The questions [she] want[s] them to be asking are: who am I? Who am I in relation to others? Who and where am I in time and space?" (78). How might study abroad programs utilize histories of slavery, colonialism and structural oppressions to aid our students in doing so?

Performing Adab: Re-negotiating Identity(ies), Positionality, and Access in Amman, Jordan


Shahreena Shahrani: The Ohio State University

Inspired by Anzaldúa's autohistoria-teoria and the Arab concept of adab, this presentation describes the processes undertaken by a student-researcher to re-negotiate positionality and access in Amman, Jordan. It offers insights on how minority students and professionals can respectfully navigate context-specific perceptions of race, ethnicity, gender, and class while studying and conducting research in the region. This presentation also brings attention to the need for greater training on racial dynamics in Arabic study abroad programs.

Pursuing Reciprocity: Ethical Engagement with Global Partners


Brittani Smit: Arcadia University

In this session, examples of decolonized programming that amplifies indigenous voices and engages reciprocally with marginalized communities will be presented, along with suggestions for reframing the marketing of locations that are posited as "developing" relative to so-called "developed" countries. This approach to decolonizing international education equips students to truly be ethical global citizens and incorporates stakeholders both in the US and abroad in the process.

11:45am-1:15pmLunch & Learns
2:30-3:45pmConcurrent Sessions
Increasing Underrepresented Student Participation Abroad through Innovative Program Design

This session will offer an example of an innovative approach to increasing study abroad access to underrepresented students. Through intentional program design and recruitment targeting transfer, first-gen, and low-income students, Stetson University was able to bring a group of 8 diverse participants to the Dominican Republic. In this session, you will learn about the program's funding model, course design, and hear the experiences directly from the professors and one of the student participants.


Paula Hentz: Stetson University

Pamela Cappas-Toro: Stetson University

Andy Eisen: Stetson University

Navigating Non-binary and Transgender Student Expectations & Host Culture Realities

Come explore issues impacting transgender, gender-non conforming, and non-binary students. LGBTQI+ issues are often discussed as a monolith without recognizing the unique needs and characteristics of the "T". Through case studies and group discussions, we will focus on how the international education community can support this student population in achieving their goals while also setting realistic expectations. We will walk through effective resources and how to construct more inclusive global education programming.


Marissa Mitchell: Dickinson College

Lauren Chow: Babson College

Alexandria Waters: CET Academic Programs

Kyndall Cox: CIEE

Kate Osmond: St. Edward's University

Internships Abroad: A Lever for Diversity Inclusion

This session will explore best practices in effectively communicating to our diverse students how professional and personal skills gained in Academic internships abroad translate into a key element for future employability. How International Education Offices, Diversity and Inclusion Offices and Career Development offices can work together to develop tools to enable cultural, professional and academic (self)-evaluation, before, during and after study abroad to increase diversity inclusion.


Jon Hutchinson: EUSA - Academic Internship Experts

Lisa Fleury: Vassar-Wesleyan Program in Paris

Kelsey Gillett: State University of New York at Oswego

Higher Ed Disruptors: An Approach to Challenging an Inequitable System

Many of us find that an increase in diverse program offerings, specialized workshops and scholarships doesn't necessarily result in an increase in participation by underserved students in study abroad. So where are we missing the mark? The roadblocks to access by these populations stem from a deeply entrenched thread of inequities woven into the fabric of the higher education system. How do we, as practitioners, begin to unravel the system?


Andra Jacques: UC San Diego

Luis Legaspi: UC San Diego

Jay Minert: UC San Diego

Darin Smith-Gaddis: CAPA The Global Education Network

Critical Thought to Graduate Student Study Abroad Participation

Many studies have highlighted the benefits of study abroad for minority undergraduate students, however, limited research and conversations center on minority graduate students, specifically black students. This session will unpack the influence of study abroad on black graduate students. Do these benefits align with graduate school academic programs and more importantly the importance of black graduate students' participation in study abroad experiences and the necessity for them to be a part of this discourse.


Nicole Webster: Pennsylvania State University

Janelle Rahyns: Yale-NUS College

Building the New Normal: Creating an Inclusive Office Culture

In the predominantly white field of international education, those who identify as professionals of color are many times the only or one of very few in their offices. This often brings challenges and opportunities for growth in the office culture. In this session we will discuss how professionals of color can navigate a workplace that was not developed with inclusivity in mind as well as discuss best practices for creating a more inclusive work culture.


Randeep Kullar: Academic Internship Council/CIEE

Kory Saunders: North Carolina State University

Kandice Rose: IES Abroad

Keara DeKay - CIS Abroad

Strategizing to increase Black Male Participation in International Education Programs

According to the Institute of International Education, less than 6% of American college students who study abroad are Black and less than 2% of those participants are Black males. During this session we will share the cultural, financial, and social barriers we have encountered as researchers, educators, and advocates of increasing minority male study abroad participation. Sharing these tips we hope to provide guidance for campuses across the country who struggle with diversifying their enrollment.


Ruby Maddox: Leaders of the Free World

Kimberly Boulden: Augsburg University

Vincent Harris: Male Success Initiative (California State University, Fullerton)

Beyond Access for International Students with Disabilities

International students with disabilities are protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other disability-related laws, but access for these students must go beyond the ADA when considering their unique needs in a cross-cultural context. Learn about the nuances for international students with disabilities studying on a U.S. campus and proactive strategies to support these students towards their academic and professional goals.


Monica Malhotra Mobility International USA

Jill Grana: IREX

Annette Whatley: University of Texas at Austin - Texas Global

David Levin: U.S. Department of State

From Research to Practice - Building Study Abroad Support at MSIs

This session brings together researchers and practitioners to provide insights on study abroad trends specific to minority serving institutions (MSIs). The panelists will provide data that can be used for benchmarking and to help institutions understand profiles of students engaging in study abroad by each MSI type, discuss best practices to increase study abroad, and explore strategies to overcome institutional and student challenges to studying abroad.


Julie Baer: Institute of International Education

Daniel Blake: University of Pennsylvania

Jewell Winn: Tennessee State University

Perzen Akolawala: Lone Star College System

4:15-5:15pmCollegial Connections Reception (Closed Event)
London Met: Meeting the Needs of the UK's Most Diverse Student Population

Join London Metropolitan University - the most diverse university in the UK - to hear about how they are meeting the needs of the communities they serve, including how they are giving back to their city and ensuring the institution’s social mission continues to have impact in a cosmopolitan, modern capital.

5:30-7:15pmAwards Gala & Dinner

7:00am–12:00pmRegistration Open
7:45–9:00amBreakfast: Gilman Top Producer Announcement & Lessons from Gilman Top Producers Panel
7:45–11:30amExhibit Hall Open
9:00–10:00am Poster Session, Exhibitor Fair & Refreshment Break
Struggling to Stay Student-Focused: A Diverse Faculty-Led Program to Ghana

In this session a faculty member from African-American Studies and the Director of International Programs will share the struggles of creating a first ever short-term faculty-led study abroad to West Africa. Particularly, they will discuss how transparency and collaboration were pivotal in being student-focused. The main goal was to ensure that ANY student interested in the trip, would be able to attend. Staying student-focused created several obstacles. Come hear what it took to overcome them.


LaToya Brackett: University of Puget Sound

Makenna Hess-Fletcher: University of Puget Sound

Sammie Walimaki: University of Puget Sound

Daniel Espinoza: University of Puget Sound

Global Professionals: Designing Innovative Programs

Now more than ever, it is critical that we expose our students to other cultures and help them gain a global perspective in their professions. Xavier University of Louisiana is an institution which is helping close the disparity gap for minority students abroad, and we will share our tactics for success.


Giti Farudi: Xavier University of Louisiana

Karen Lee: Xavier University of Louisiana

Beyond the Grand Tour: Designing Inclusive Faculty-led Study Abroad Courses

Short-term faculty-led courses are a rapidly growing form of study abroad. While students usually go through some form of intercultural pre-departure orientation, the academic part of these experiences remains beholden to more traditional, normative combinations of traveling and learning. This session describes how Agnes Scott's faculty development workshops center inclusion and diversity from course design to student placement and to risk management. Attendees will leave with a toolkit for implementing practices at their home institution.


Gundolf Graml: Agnes Scott College

Clementine Hakizimana: Agnes Scott College

Study Abroad at an HSI: Supporting Student Success Initiatives

This doctoral research study collected quantitative data at a Hispanic-Serving Institution in Northern California in order to determine if study abroad programming, as a high-impact educational practice (HIP), had any correlation with the campus's efforts to improve graduation completion and retention rates, and to eliminate equity gaps amongst its historically underserved student populations.


Jennifer Gruber: California State University, Chico

Pathways Abroad for Students with Intellectual Disabilities

Every day students with intellectual disabilities participate in classes, extracurricular activities and social life alongside non-disabled students in university settings. Why not international exchange? Explore the current landscape of Comprehensive Transition Programs (CTPs) that support students with intellectual disabilities in higher education across the U.S. Then find examples of students who have studied or volunteered abroad and the strategies that made their experiences inclusive. Finally, learn how YOU can get involved in these pioneering programs!


Ashley Holben: Mobility International USA

Beyond the Buzzwords: Inclusive Excellence in Educator Hiring and Training

Looking through a lens of equity and inclusion focusing on racial identity and whiteness, "Beyond the Buzzwords" examines The Experiment in International Living's practices in hiring and training program leaders on short-term exchanges abroad for secondary school students. Drawing upon principles of experiential learning, identity development abroad, and social justice education theories, the framework comprises three core areas: access (diversity of the educator cohort), awareness (critical identity self-reflection), and action (equitable and inclusive practices).


Chelsea Johnson: The Experiment in International Living

Culturally Responsive Teaching Strategies Suitable for HBCUs Study Abroad Programs

Are you an educator at an MSI that has interest in learning how to engage student learning and motivation to study abroad?Join this session to learn culturally responsive teaching and learning strategies that are effective with engagement of minority students.


April Jones: Tuskegee University

Rhonda Collier: Tuskegee University

Realities, Opportunities, and Challenges of Gender Inclusive Housing Abroad

It is important to consider the host country's cultural attitude towards gender identity. With at home university policies that support gender inclusive housing, this session will provide an insight into university specific policies, challenges and possibility of gender inclusive housing on campus and specifically abroad. Specific experiential case studies will be discussed and guided with session facilitators.


Daniella Lubey: University of San Francisco

Erasmo Mendez: Fordham University

Building Collaboration: Partnering With External Entities to Address Internal Challenges

Short-term student research projects are an easy opportunity to make progress on long-term goals and open up communication channels across campus. Hear from project stakeholders (study away professional, chief diversity officer, and graduate students) about their experience collaborating over 14 weeks, what they learned from each other, and how you can use their experience to tackle your own projects, bridge silos, and build more productive relationships on your campus.


Jon Mayfield: ArtCenter College of Design

Aaron Bruce: ArtCenter College of Design

Sparking the Dialogue: Brave Conversations with Globally Minded Students

How can you create opportunities for brave conversations between domestic and international students? This poster presentation will examine ways to create a culture for students to reflect on diversity and inclusion. In creating a space for students to understand the context of how we at NC State define diversity and inclusion, students examine their personal definitions with those of the university. Thus, we encourage our students to build community, acknowledge and respect everyone's lived experiences.


Maura McCarthy: North Carolina State University

Kory Saunders: North Carolina State University

Students with Disabilities Want to Go Abroad, too!

Many say, "no way! I don't know what to do." Many just give up. But, the time and effort needed to secure the resources and support to include students with disabilities into study abroad programs makes it worth the effort. Read the story and engage in discussions about the challenges and success experienced at one university over a 4-year period that resulted in having not just one, but five students with disabilities study abroad.


Alexis McKenney: Temple University

Started from the Bottom, Where Do We Go from Here?

In 2017, following an honorable mention from the 1st Diversity Abroad Innovation Competition, DePauw University launched the Global Access Initiative Challenge scholarship, providing dedicated funds to students of color who participate in two international study experiences. Three years later, the GAIC scholarship has successfully supported two cohorts, but faces uncertainty about its future. This session will share insights/lessons learned about building a scholarship from the ground up, and discuss developing systemic sustainability for future cohorts.


Neal McKinney: DePauw University

A Program Model Reaching the "Never Have I Ever" Students

"Never Have I Ever..." thought studying abroad was a possibility for my college major or been part of the majority. This session reviews the steps for creating a study abroad program that reached students traditionally underrepresented in STEM fields for a fully-funded study abroad experience. Traveling through the program creation timeline, we unpack various layers of diversity, identify meaningful campus collaborations and explain funding opportunities for diversity and inclusion study abroad programs.


Kimberly Mulligan: Auburn University, College of Sciences and Mathematics

Lauren Roalkvan: Auburn University

Using PRISM to Engage and Educate Students from an HBCU

Participatory Research Intervention/Integration Service to Mankind (PRISM)
The conceived model includes incorporating student research experiences, advising, mentoring and professional development through community-based research, service-learning, and formal coursework.
Components include: 1) advising student-led pre-professional organizations; 2) teaching experiential courses on community-based participatory research methods and ethics class; and 3) supervising selected students on a service-learning study abroad capstone.


Veronica Oates: Tennessee State Univesity

Rhonda Mitchell: Tennessee State University

Leveraging Faculty to Increase Study Abroad Participation Amongst Underrepresented Students

Increasing study abroad participation among underrepresented students is a conversation common to EA offices today. However, with over 70% of IE professionals having a homogeneous racial background, how can IE staff recruit minority students if they aren't leading by example? Drawing from the pool of diverse faculty on campus can aid IE offices in recruiting. Faculty members are in a unique position to create intentional programming and play an integral role in reaching underrepresented populations.


Anuja Parikh: University of South Carolina

Missing Populations in Study Abroad: Students with Kids

As International Educators, we aspire to build programs that meet the needs of our students and their identities. However, there is a population most of us miss. Nearly one quarter of college students have dependents, or children, that they are caring for as they pursue a degree. This session will discuss students who have children, the barriers that prevent their participation in our programs, and highlight campus structures that have enabled them to study abroad.


Noah Goldblatt: Champlain College

Marketing Education Abroad Opportunities Through the #BlackTravelMovement

Cultivating new relationships and epic explorations throughout the world has broadened the horizons of many, and possibly even your own. Freedoms are constantly redefined for people of color, and travel has become a conduit for exercising those freedoms. Instagram, specifically, has created a highlight of international exploration through "The Black Travel Movement." Join us on a journey of researching international travel necessities for students of color using social media engagement tactics and data.


Quiana Rivers: London Metropolitan University

Marissa Pierre: ISEP Study Abroad

A Social Justice Curriculum for English Language Learners

In my work as an ESL teacher and department chair over the past two years, I designed an exemplar ESL curriculum for high school students. This curriculum is rooted in social justice theory and is also tied to the Common Core standards as well as to the WIDA Can Do descriptors. This curriculum develops students in all four language domains while exploring topics of identity, immigration, gentrification, workplace bias, etc.


Kristina Skotte: Hult International Business School

Engaging Alumni for Inclusive Student Support Resources

Alumni experience is often acknowledged as an important tool for both recruiting and supporting diverse participants in study abroad. But how can this experience be shared in an authentic and effective way? Since 2015, the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program's Alumni Support Network has facilitated unmediated conversations between participants and alumni of shared backgrounds and identities for additional support before, during, and after their experiences abroad. Join this conversation to learn about these experiences.


Liz Sinclair: Critical Language Scholarship Program

Natalie Spencer: Critical Language Scholarship Program

The Study Abroad Program Approval Process: Is Inclusion a Consideration?

How do institutions decide what our own study abroad programs look like and which partner/provider programs we will permit students to pursue? What are the criteria for approving a program? Who is (not) involved in this process?
The program approval process determines the opportunities available to students and in turn impacts both access to study abroad and the student experience. This poster presents findings from a national baseline research study on these processes.


Kerry Stamp: Vassar College, Office of International Programs

Trans Passport Day: Advising & Programming to Support Trans/Non-Binary Folks

When properly trained, international education advisors can provide important guidance for LGBTQIA students traveling abroad. Additionally, these advisors are well-positioned to support transgender and non-binary students in obtaining updated identification documents such as passports. Learn how colleagues from an LGBTQIA center and a study abroad office collaborated to train international advisors to work with LGBTQIA students. The panel will also discuss the creation of the Trans Visibility Passport Day to support transgender and non-binary individuals.


Katie Lopez: University of Michigan School of Social Work

Development of Biodiversity Training Opportunities for Students in the US and Central Africa

The central African Biodiversity Alliance is an international consortium spanning three continents. Through NSF funding, the alliance has built an integrated research and educational program focused on conserving biodiversity in the face of climate change. In addition to professional development and bioinformatics workshops, this program has offered immersive field schools to US and African students that have provided a bridge between continents, languages and cultures. These field schools have engaged a highly diverse US student body from a wide range of institutions and promoted international collaboration and reciprocity between students and faculty.


Nicola Anthony: University of New Orleans

Diversity Abroad's Inclusive Excellence Program | From Passion, to Process, to Progress!

Based on Diversity Abroad's AIDE Roadmap Guidelines, the AIDE Roadmap Assessment evaluates diversity, equity, and inclusion practices and policies within education abroad offices and provider organizations and is an essential tool in facilitating positive growth towards diversity and inclusion goals. Institutions and organizations may access the full Assessment through enrollment in Diversity Abroad’s Inclusive Excellence Program, a comprehensive and collaborative program which guides education abroad offices and organizations through the AIDE Roadmap, recognizes their success, and promotes continued growth, operational effectiveness, and progress toward inclusive excellence.


Arielle Gousse: Diversity Abroad

Erica Ledesma: Diversity Abroad

10:15–11:15amConcurrent Sessions
Supporting Rural Students Through Study Abroad

Rural areas cover 97% of land in the USA yet the needs of the rural student are rarely addressed, especially in education abroad. In this session we will explore who rural students are, where they come from, and where in the world they choose to study abroad. We will also discuss how to best support rural students from the advising process to on-site support and how to facilitate the return to their home campus.


Christina Brooks: Institute for Study Abroad

Todd Karr: University of New Mexico

Kerry Uniyal: Institute for Study Abroad

Where Are All the Asian-Americans in International Education?: Sparking Dialogues

Asian-Americans often fall through the cracks in discussions of diversity and inclusion; the international education profession is no exception. This interactive session will explore the question of why there are so few Asian-American professionals in international education, what this means for framing conversations around race/ethnicity as a whole, and how we can begin to address this underrepresentation going forward. Purposeful dialogue and creative solutions require multiple perspectives: all are welcome and encouraged to attend!


Lauren Chow: Babson College

Clare Overmann: Institute of International Education

Brett Chin: California Lutheran University

Institutional Partnerships and Practices that Promote Global Study

Developing strong partnerships between study abroad and support offices such as TRIO is crucial to empowering first-generation/high financial need students to pursue global study opportunities. During this interactive session, attendees will explore collaborative strategies such as a first-time travelers' workshop, cross-unit departmental advising, pre-departure & onsite budgeting tools, and innovative technological resources including video testimonials. Take-aways from the session include creating an action plan for harnessing intra-institutional partnerships in order to promote global education.


Dana Currier: University of Chicago

Sarah Wagner: University of Pittsburgh

Brooke Baslee: Illinois Abroad & Global Exchange, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Althea Counts: University of South Carolina

The Inside Outsider: Integrating the Insights of On-site Third Culture and Staff of Color Into Inclusion Strategies

How can diverse on-site staff uniquely contribute to supporting identities abroad? The University of Minnesota has found the engagement of on-site staff of color or from a third culture particularly powerful in diversity and inclusion training and student support. In this session, two long-time residents of Spain who are not Spanish will share how their own personal experiences have proven an asset in supporting diverse students negotiating complex identities abroad and increased their empathy and effectiveness.


Bradley Titus: University of Minnesota

Yukiko Okazaki: University of Minnesota Study and Intern in Toledo

Saúl Oliveros Lerin:  University of Minnesota Study and Intern in Madrid

Access, Equity and Opportunity: Creating A Visual Storytelling Campaign

Based on the marketing campaign for the Higher Education in the Dominican Republic: Access, Equity and Opportunity education abroad program at The Ohio State University, this session will explore how to reach diverse populations within Generation Z through videography and photography, how to create a college campus-wide marketing plan and the importance of repurposing content for future use.


Hannah Hackworth: The Ohio State University

Joshua Edmonds: The Ohio State University

Sly Worthy: The Ohio State University

Non-White Privilege: An Exploration of this New Awareness Abroad

As marginalized members of American society, students of color often feel limited in their privilege and access daily. However, while abroad, HBCU students along with their peers of color from other institutions, often report that their perspectives on privilege, access, and equity are challenged and enhanced as a result of having experienced a foreign country. This session will explore the concept of privilege and its impact from the perspective of non-white students who study abroad.


MaRaina Montgomery: Howard University

Enhancing Study Abroad for Students on the Autism Spectrum

Participants will learn about successful study abroad design elements for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The session will explore the specific needs of students with ASD in a study abroad context. Features that can be added to any international program will be discussed. Presenters will share their experience designing a three-week, faculty-led program specifically for students with ASD. Participants will have the opportunity to share experiences and brainstorm ideas for their own institutions.


Jessica Lindoerfer: Landmark College

Peg Alden: Landmark College

Building the Global Education Pipeline: The Case for Early Exposure

The Experiment, an international education provider, and The Fellowship Initiative, a youth leadership and mentoring organization, discuss their successful collaboration in creating international program experiences for 275 young men of color. The session delves into the value of such opportunities for students K-12 as a way to strengthen the high school-to-college pathway for underserved youth, and how educators and institutions can support this pipeline to spur systemic change.


Jessika Macias: The Experiment in International Living

Imani Farley: JP Morgan Chase & Co Global Philanthropy

"Study Away" in New Orleans and Ghana: An HBCU/PWI Collaboration

Two HBCUs and one PWI collaboratively built a "study away" program to New Orleans and Ghana designed to reach a traditionally underserved students. Through cooperative goal-setting and planning, faculty and administrators built a program at breakneck speed. 15 students and four faculty explored the human experience related to the African diaspora with an emphasis on cultural ties between Louisiana and West Africa. Hurricanes to contracts, travel delays to home stays, there were many lessons learned.


Patrick McMurdo: Global Education Oregon

Cynthia Bryant: Southern University and A & M College

Akwasi B. (AB) Assensoh: University of Oregon

Yvette Alex-Assensoh: University of Oregon

11:30am-12:45pmConcurrent Sessions
Unsafe vs Uncomfortable: Helping Diverse Students Discern in Homestays Abroad

Homestays abroad are not controlled environments, but brave spaces where students can explore and compare host culture norms, traditions, lifestyle and language. Increasingly, colleagues abroad are charged with helping students better discern nuanced meaning and impact of identity and diversity during homestays when often viewing the world through their US cultural lens. Learn and discuss ways to empower students to differentiate unsafe from uncomfortable and directness from discrimination in homestay family environments.


Gretchen Cook-Anderson: IES Abroad

Natalia Garcia Caballos: IES Abroad

Dimeji Togunde: Spelman College

Gretchen Young: Wheaton College


Intercultural Intersections: Faculty of Color who Lead Programs Abroad

This session will focus on the experiences of faculty of color who lead study abroad programs and their motivations for engaging in international learning programs. The presenters surveyed faculty of color at various institutions across the country and will present the findings for the audience.Audience members will have the opportunity to discuss the findings as well as share effective strategies for supporting faculty of color who lead programs at their institution/organization.


Paula Hentz: Stetson University

Matthew Yates: University of Connecticut

The Perfect Match: Study Abroad with a Disability

Due to the increase in students with disabilities studying abroad, additional attention is needed to provide the necessary support prior to, during, and after their programs. This interactive session will equip participants with the knowledge and tools needed to increase or improve support currently being provided to students with disabilities seeking to participate in an international program, examining individual or institutional practices which may lessen or contribute to roadblocks that they experience in their programs.


Hanni Geist: German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

Alexis McKenney: Temple University

Laura Vesga Villalba: University of San Francisco

Jessica Lindoerfer: Landmark College

A Seat at the Table: Ensuring Your Space in International Education

Are you a professional of color looking for career advancement? Are you a hiring manager looking to diversify your team? Join us for a candid conversation about creating inclusive and equitable work environments. By infusing Bolman and Deal's Four Frames of Leadership with Diversity Abroad's AIDE Roadmap, this session will equip professionals with the necessary tools to effectively form dynamic coalitions, engage stakeholders, and secure a seat at the table.


Sharde Johnson: CIEE

Kyndall Cox: CIEE

Noelle Baldwin: IES Abroad

Savon Jackson: CET Academic Programs

Lesson from New Zealand: Ensuring Indigenous Inclusion in International Education

Inclusion and diversity are two key pillars of international education, yet Native American and indigenous students are underrepresented in study abroad and can be unintentionally excluded from outreach efforts. Join this panel session and hear from two future leaders about their experience studying abroad as Native American women in New Zealand and through discussion, explore best practice in indigenous inclusion in study abroad outreach and marketing efforts.


Ed Tuari: Education New Zealand

Hailey Suina: Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA)

Angel Geller: Lincoln Public Schools

Don't Leave $$ on the Table: Strategic Funding for MSIs

As funding is often the main deterrent for underrepresented student participation in education abroad, the MSI Taskforce has conducted research on strategic funding practices implemented by a diverse range of MSIs.Attend this session to expand your knowledge and gain a deeper understanding of effective funding models.Highlights include collaborative partnerships, sustainable pathways, and high underrepresented student engagement in education abroad.


Daisy Rodriguez Pitel: Pima Community College

Dr. Maria Czyzewska: Texas State University

Surmounting the Silo: Inclusive International and Education Abroad Student Programming

Education abroad and international student programming is often carried out separately and silos students and offices on campus, neglecting many potential synergies between these populations. This session will present examples and facilitate dialogue on developing and implementing impactful and inclusive programming for international students and education abroad students at U.S. institutions through hands-on activities and collaborative conversations. Participants will brainstorm new ideas and create an action plan for programming that fosters inclusion and diversity.


David Saide: University of California, San Diego

Ashley Arvanites: University of California, Davis

Tyler Young: Tulane University

The Relationship between Study Abroad, Minoritized Populations and Student Success

Does study abroad improve student success, especially for minoritized students? Yes! Come and learn about CASSIE (Consortium for the Analysis of Student Success through International Education).We will share research results indicating education abroad is connected to academic success for students across a variety of demographic and socio-economic groups.We find underrepresented groups who studied abroad show the largest gains in degree completion.Join the discussion on using data to better advocate for students!


Coryn Shiflet: University System of Georgia

Rachana Bhatt: University System of Georgia

Carolina Robinson: The University of Alabama

Spinning the Narrative: Empowering Black Women to Study Abroad

This session will explore the question: How can we support black women to study abroad despite the historical and sociocultural challenges? Presenters share personal narratives while exploring theoretical frameworks, such as the black feminist theory, and an adapted strength-based advising method.Through interactive discussions and activities, participants will gain an understanding of how best to spin the narrative from lack of opportunity to study abroad to empowerment and support black women in these experiences.


Adriana Smith: Presbyterian College

Christina Thompson: Barcelona Study Abroad Experience (SAE)

12:45–2:15pmLunch & Plenary
2:30–3:45pmConcurrent Sessions
Fighting the Funding Gap for High School Study Abroad

Let's be frank, studying abroad is financially intimidating for many high school students, and their supporting stakeholders. To increase access and to diversify the population of high-schoolers who study abroad, professionals must address the funding gap. The Diversity Abroad High School Task Force will discuss how to identify financial need, and share different funding models and creative strategies for targeting this gap. The goal of this session is to offer professionals both solutions and hope.


Anna Stewart:American Councils for International Education

Kayla Dorsey-Twumasi: Boston Public Schools

Kristiana Graves: Wellesley College

Go or No-The Decision Process of Black Study Abroad Students

National studies show that only about 5% of students who study abroad are African-American. Consistently money and culture have been used to explain this gap; however, this group has traveled long before data mining, social media, and study abroad offices caught wind. Join us as we explorethe ways in which historical factors mixed with current attitudes and behaviors of Gen Z impact the decision making process and advising of Black students.


Candace Ricks: International Studies Abroad

Charis Tucker: Mary Baldwin University

Reconsidering Health & Safety: Supporting Wellness for all Student Identities

Education Abroad practitioners rightly devote immense time and resources to health & safety. Student identity is rarely central to these efforts. We propose reimagining health and safety as holistic student wellness and present models for partnering with students to develop skills for managing their wellness at home and abroad. Participants will examine our models and determine which approaches they will adapt to better support wellness for all student identities throughout the EA process.


David Wick: Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Julie Santos: Occidental College

Marissa Mitchell: Dickinson College

Home Away from Home? Diversity and Integration of International Students

Participants in this session will explore approaches to international student integration and programming from four different institutions.Presenters from Ireland, Scotland, and the U.S. will also discuss how the concept of diversity differs from one cultural context to another and how this shapes the experience of international students both on campus and abroad.Participants will also be invited to share their experiences to facilitate robust dialogue about this very important topic.


Christian Wilwohl: SUNY New Patlz

Katherine Martin: University of Limerick

Jeff Sullivan: Northeastern University

Sean O'Rourke: University of Dundee

Marketing That Serves the Underserved: A Business Case for Diversity

As university campuses across the country become more diverse, our traditional marketing strategies must be examined and revised to attract underrepresented students to education abroad. As a result, it is absolutely imperative for education abroad professionals to have an understanding of marketing principles and frameworks to adequately promote education abroad opportunities to a broad and inclusive base of students.


Tyler Young: Tulane University

Daniel Watson: University of Utah

Data Matters for Access, Equity, & Inclusion in Education Abroad

In seeking to supportunderrepresented student identities, how can education abroad professionals use data to enhance program development, create advising resources and expand access? This session presents two case studies from CIS Abroad and the University of Maryland on data collection to expand support for LGBTQ+ students and students with disabilities. We share good practices for transforming qualitative data into advising resources for students that advance diversity and inclusion in our field.


Conrad Zeutenhorst: University of Maryland, College Park

Keara DeKay: CIS Abroad

What Can Membership Do For You? Leveraging the Benefits for Success

Interested in exploring strategies for maximizing Diversity Abroad member resources & benefits to meet your diversity and inclusion goals? Whether you are new to Diversity Abroad's consortium or a veteran member, this session will provide an overview of key resources, professional development offerings, and engagmeent opportunities available to you as a Diversity Abroad Member.


Arielle Gousse: Senior Program Coordinator, Professional Services - Diversity Abroad

Action-Planning Session

The goal of the Action Planning Session is to support attendees with unpacking the conference content and provide structured time to map out action items for implementation at their home institutions/organizations. Discussion will be facilitated by members of the conference planning committee and will include opportunities to engage with colleagues in table groups organized around common institutional characteristics.


Helena Gillespie, Academic Director of Widening Participation & Senior Lecturer in Education - University of East Anglia 

Rikke Kolbech, Project Manager - DIS Abroad

Unlocking Student Success with Diversity Abroad

Join the Diversity Abroad Team to learn about the latest tools to help students navigate each phase of the global education experience. This session will provide a in-depth look at the various resources available on our flagship website, DiversityAbroad.com and introduce attendees to Abroad360, an innovate student success platform that includes micro-learning & advising modules, online workshops, and Country Diversity & Inclusion Guides.

Christopher Le Grant, Partnerships Manager, Diversity Abroad
Joelle Tolifero, Associate Director Student Services, Diversity Abroad

4:00–5:30pmFarewell Happy Hour (No-Host)

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

Participants will be welcomed to the third annual Strategic Leadership Forum, focusing on Inclusive Support for International Students, in conjunction with the eighth Diversity Abroad Annual Conference. Participants will be placed in Learning Partner groups for later activities.

Andrew Gordon: Diversity Abroad
Kati Bell: Dominican University

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

A plenary address will be delivered with space for “fireside reflections” with participants to kick off our two-day event.


Speaker: Dr. Kelechi A. Kalu, Professor of Political Science & Founding Vice Provost, International Affairs

University of California, Riverside

6:00 - 8:30pmWelcome Dinner

7:00 – 5:30pmRegistration Open
7:30 - 8:15amBreakfast & Learning Partner Connections
8:15 - 9:15am
Exemplar & Promising Practices for Inter-Office Collaboration

As the world becomes ever more interconnected and the demographics of students change to reflect new flows of global migration, campus leaders are faced with the task of increasing access, fostering inclusion, and preparing their students to thrive in our global society, both while they are enrolled as students and after. This panel will explore how diversity offices and international offices have strategically partnered to foster inclusive environments for international students. Topics that will be considered include:

  • How can we build in measures of success for international students?
  • What types of challenges exist in breaking down barriers to international student integration?
  • What are examples of collaboration among offices to create a welcoming environment for international students in a campus community?
9:15 - 10:00 am
Think Tank: Identifying Opportunities for Better Engagement of International Students in the U.S. (Pt. 1)

Across the country there are a variety of promising practices for how the campus community can strategically collaborate to reach the goals of their individual units as well as the campus as a whole. This session will allow participants to take a deep dive into exploring collaborative opportunities to increase inclusion for international students on their respective campuses. Participants will group together to focus on one of the four outcome areas.

The outcome areas to be discussed are as follows:

  • Learning outcomes and measures of success for international students
  • U.S. cultural education: breaking through the Hollywood, USA stereotypes
  • Classroom and faculty interventions
  • Bridging the areas of cross-cultural and social justice agendas
10:00 - 10:20am
Lightning Round: Innovative Practices for Inclusive Support of International Students

Presenters will share selected innovative practices from their institutions in a “lightning round” style between think tank sessions to highlight creative solutions that are currently being implemented.

10:25 - 11:10am
Think Tank: Identifying Opportunities for Better Engagement of International Students in the US (Pt. 2)

Participants will continue their group discussions of one of the four outcome areas. They will discuss recommendations and prepare an informal group presentation for after the break. Instructions and assistance from the facilitators will be provided.

11:10 - 11:20amBreak
11:20am - 12:20pm
Think Tank: Reporting Out

Each of the Learning Partner groups will have 10-15 minutes to present and respond to questions and feedback from the larger group. 

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.


Andrew Gordon - Diversity Abroad

Kati Bell - Dominican University

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

7:300 - 5:30pmRegistration Open
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.

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.

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.

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.


Anne Frey: Portland Community College

Anne Haberkern: Portland Community College

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.

11:20am-12:20pmReporting Out
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.

12:00-5:00pmRegistration Open
Pre-Conference Kick-off: How to Navigate GSLS and DAC

Welcome to The Global Student Leadership Summit! This session is an opportunity to get to know the GSLS  team and students present at the conference, set expectations, craft individual and community goals, and prepare for the upcoming sessions/review logistics. This will be the first gathering directly before the GSLS keynote and opening reception.

5:30-6:30pmKeynote Address
6:30-8:00pmGSLS Reception & Group Photo

7:30am-12:00pmRegistration Open
9:00-9:15amBrief Opening Remarks
Critical Conversations on Personal Identity in Education Abroad

Understanding identity and how it has impacted a student’s global experience is essential to being able to leverage those experiences for leadership and career readiness. Day 1 of GSLS will focus on diving deep into critical conversations. The morning will provide a safe space for critical reflection on outcomes of international experience and the impact students’ diverse identities had on that experience, examine identity in relationship to international experience, and unpack moments of challenge and triumph abroad.


Neal McKinney - DePauw University

Jacquis Watters - Columbia University

10:30am-12:30pmPersonal Identity Concurrent Sessions
Identity, Social Change, and Peacebuilding

Through international education, students become more effective communicators, more engaged citizens and learn to think critically about the relationships between local and global issues. These skills are vital in building peace and advocating for social change in a world of conflict. Through this session, students will gain a deeper understanding of the role of identity in socialization and its importance in achieving social change, justice, and equity. 



Cheyenne Boyce - Confucius Institute U.S. Center

Deepening Empathy with Critical Reflection

During this session students will be given tools to critically reflect on their social and professional identities and the impact of changing contexts on those identities. This reflection will encourage students to become more aware of shared and diverse personal and cultural expression, which serves to deepen empathy and build community. With these tools, students will be encouraged to consider ways to integrate global experience into professional identity and visibility.


Laree Strickland - Former Peace Corps Volunteer

Time to Unpack: Reflecting on Social, Personal & Perceived Identities Abroad

Did the social and personal identities you consider to be the strongest here in the US end up being the strongest while you were abroad? Were certain elements of your identity brought to the forefront during your global experience? In this session, you will explore the various components that make up your unique identity and how your experience abroad impacted your personal growth.


Ruby Shields - Diversity Abroad

12:30-1:30pmLunch (on your own)
Critical Conversations on Leadership Identity in Education Abroad

In complement to the morning, this afternoon session will introduce the concepts of leadership identity and provide space for participants to establish their own leadership potential. Participants will examine the relationship between international experience and leadership, using diverse identities as a lens.



LaTesha Charbonnet Gonzales - University of New Orleans 

Irene Ziegler - University of New Orleans

Carmin Wong - University of New Orleans

Nina Balan - University of New Orleans

2:30-3:30pmLeadership Identity Concurrent Sessions
The Blueprint for a Successful Career

Is the perception of your personal brand consistent with its intended portrayal? During this interactive session, the presenter will guide participants through the ABC’s of professional presence. This session will provide an overview of emotional intelligence and provide practical strategies as well as a blueprint to better understand how your appearance, behaviors, and communication reflect your personal brand.



Will Bagget - Emergent Executives LLC

Change, ExChange, or Drain: #LeadershipStylesMatter

Have you ever analyzed your leadership skills? Do you know how to properly identify your leadership style? Leadership styles and behaviors are paramount in any organization or institution. Transformative leaders invoke change in their followers and transform them into leaders. Transactional leaders exchange instruction for production and create strong followers. In this session you will discover why knowing your leadership style and behavior is a key ingredient to systematic growth in any organization.



Demestress Williams - Benedict College

Everyday Leadership: Harnessing the Potential of Your Unique Leadership Identity

This session will explore how your unique leadership identity has been impacted by international experience and everyday opportunities to demonstrate leadership. We will craft an action plan for ongoing commitment to leadership using 5 distinct leadership principles and creatively consider the collective impact that results from engaged and everyday leadership.



Chelsea Kindred - Academic Programs International (API)

Using your Study Abroad Experience to Market Yourself to Employers

This session is an opportunity for students to reflect on their study abroad experience in order to determine the many qualities learned, positive gains received and skills acquired. Packaging all of this to market themselves to potential employers. Students often do not realize all that they have learned through their study abroad experience. By mindfully reflecting on this experience participants will have the chance to unearth all that was learned during study abroad. Students have a chance to creatively craft their narrative which will make it compelling for potential employers to hire them.



Quinton Redcliffe - CIEE

Keshia Abraham - CIEE

3:30-4:30pmBreak/Recharge & Exhibitor Resource Fair
4:30-6:30pmWelcome & Innovation Competition
6:30-8:30pmOpening Reception

8:00am-4:00pmExhibit Hall Open
Developing Your Talent at Home to Benefit You Abroad

This interactive session is designed to focus students’ attention on optimizing their talents at home so that they can have a competitive advantage in their future career abroad. Led by a team of experienced professionals representing various U.S. federal agencies, presenters will first discuss ways to strengthen their marketability and skill set at home. Participants will then engage with leaders to discuss how those skills and tools can directly tie into careers and programs abroad. 



Barbara Alston Alston - State Department

Darrell Stewart - Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Cristalynne Dupree - AmeriCorps VISTA

Natalie Felton - Peace Corps

Tammi Fergusson - White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities

10:30-11:45amCareer Concurrent Sessions
Maximizing Your Skillset: Elevator Pitches, Interviews, and Leveling Up

During this session the goal is for participants to define their international experience outcomes within a career advancement context. Presenters will provide a space for students to craft an international experience elevator pitch and identify skills they earned or strengthened during their time abroad in order to develop their global brand, as well as practice networking/interviewing/resume writing where international experience is emphasized. 



Angela Manginelli - AIFS Abroad

Mapping an Internationally Focused Career: What It Looks Like and How to Get There

You went abroad and now you want to make sure your career path has an international slant. What can an internationally focused career look like for your major? What programs exist to grant exposure to working internationally? Representatives from Howard University’s Diplomatic Fellowships and the U.S. Peace Corps will lead participants in a dynamic session on how to leverage the study abroad/international experience into other exciting international opportunities and careers.


This session will help GSLS participants understand the wide range of career paths in international affairs, learn about funded volunteer and internship opportunities, and gain expert advice on how to set yourself up for success for a career in the international affairs sector. 



Lily Lopez-McGee - Howard University

Natalie Felton - Peace Corps

It’s Not ALL About The Résumé But IT IS About the Résumé

This workshop will provide participants with solid information on the structure of a strong, relevant, and persuasive résumé that integrates your international experience and some on-the-spot feedback that, taken together, make for highly competitive, globally minded job candidates in an ever-tougher hiring landscape. IMPORTANT: Bring two paper copies of your résumé to the workshop!



Bob Brown - University of New Orleans

11:45am - 1:15pmLunch (on your own)
1:20 - 2:20pmPlenary
2:30 - 5:00pm
Exploring Future Opportunities: Global Industry Tables

Organizations, institutions, and service providers will gather in order to provide a space for participants in GSLS to engage in networking and pitch practice and to make connections for future job opportunities. Representatives will be present from a variety of career fields and will be available to interact with students. This is an opportunity for all students to gain valuable networking skills and practice interacting with professionals after engaging in career development throughout the day.

5:00 - 5:30pmBreak
5:30-7:30pmAwards Gala & Dinner

7:45-9:00amBreakfast: Gilman Top Producer Announcement & Lessons from Gilman Top Producers Panel
9:00am- 10:00amPoster Session + Exhbitor Fair + Light Refreshments
10:15am - 11:15amPaying it Forward Concurrent Sessions
Leadership for the Future: Lessons From Studying Abroad

Studying abroad represents a challenge for all students, but for Native American and indigenous students these challenges are especially unique. Join this Q&A panel and hear from two future leaders about how their time studying abroad as Native American women in New Zealand and learning from Māori has enhanced their leadership skills and empowered them to return to their communities equipped to tackle some of the challenges faced.



Ed Tuari - Rautaki Māori, Education New Zealand

Angel Geller - Lincoln Public Schools

Hailey Suina - Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA)

Paying It Forward: Benefits of Creating Inclusive Programming for Diverse Students Abroad

The goal of this session is for students to see the power they have in influencing positive institutional change. Through highlighting aspects of the student-designed program from inception to reality, both triumphs and difficulties, the presenter aims to encourage students to seek opportunities that allow engagement with their institutions in creating initiatives for inclusive student support and programming. The information that students have from lived experiences is extremely valuable and allows them to see where they may improve and continue to grow institutional programs.



Ewan Johnson - Temple University

Rosemary Carlson - Temple University

11: 30am - 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. 


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. 



Ruby Shields - Diversity Abroad 

Joelle Tolifero - Diversity Abroad

12:45pm - 2:15pmLunch & Plenary
2:30 - 3:45 pm
Conference Reflections: Major Takeaways and Action Plan

The Global Student Leadership Summit is a space for reflection and growth, and part of engaging in a learning experience like GSLS is being able to process and debrief individually and with your peers. This session will provide a space for conference reflections including a written evaluation to center students’ thoughts before a guided discussion. Discussion will center on previous sessions, engagement with the larger Diversity Abroad Conference, how we as a community met our shared goals/expectations, and how we will act to increase Diversity in global education moving forward after engaging in this experience.



Ewan Johnson - Temple University

Neal McKinney - DePauw University

Ruby Shields - Diversity Abroad

Joelle Tolifero - Diversity Abroad


Concurrent Session

Concurrent sessions must involve a minimum of two and up to four presenters in the presentation. Concurrent sessions are either 60-minutes or 75-minutes sessions which will be determined by the Conference Planning Committee. Presenters are encouraged to collaborate with colleagues and professionals from different campus units/offices and/or with colleagues from other institutions, both U.S. and non-U.S., for greater consideration.

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 120 minutes, including breaks and time for action planning. Deep Dive session submissions are expected to include a chair and have no more than three (3) additional presenters.

Poster Community

The Poster Community is intended to encourage conference attendees to explore emerging themes in global education, diversity, and inclusion through interactive dialogue and visual representations (infographics, pictures, graphs, etc.). Proposals may encompass a broad range of topics such as: Multicultural Student Experiences, Promising Practices/Case Studies, and research. Presenters will present their work concurrently during a 60-minute interactive session.

Critical Issues

Critical Issues will involve multiple 10-12 minute presentations related to one of the overarching themes. Accepted presentations will be assigned to a moderated Critical Issues Session (50 minutes total). Moderators (identified by Diversity Abroad) will facilitate 15 minutes of Q & A to address audience questions after all 3 presentations are finished. Presenters must develop a tool/reading list/resource/framework that can be shared with the attendees. For example, a session focused on inclusive hiring may include a sample interview rubric to mitigate bias.

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