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10:00am-12:00pm CSTPre-conference Workshops
Leading by Example: Cultivating Innovation & Belonging Within the Workplace

Whether you manage a large team or a staff of one, creating a sense of belonging in the workplace requires leadership by example and disruptions to the status quo. More than ever, we need bold leaders committed to diversity and belonging. This workshop will explore leadership strategies and practices central to cultivating workplace inclusivity and global innovation.

 

Presenters

  • Monroe France, Associate Vice President, Global Engagement and Inclusive Leadership – NYU
  • Lisa M. Coleman, PhD, Senior Vice President, Global Inclusion and Strategic Innovation – NYU
A Full Court Press: Addressing Racism as a Global Phenomenon and Developing an Anti-Racist Orientation

In all facets of international and domestic spheres of education, anti-racist praxis is being identified as an imperative to holistic student development. Creating learning environments that proactively seek to dismantle systemic racism is the first step in progressing towards greater inclusion and equity for students and within our workplaces

The participants of this active-learning workshop will acquire a foundational understanding of race and anti-racism as we explore the impact of imperialism and racism in the global context. Through intergroup activity, structured dialogue and action-planning, participants will leave with actionable steps to advance their intercultural knowledge and their organization’s ability to better serve diverse populations.

 

Presenters

  • Brandon Bell, M.Ed, Diversity and Inclusion – North American Region – Syngenta
If You Build It They Will Come: Intentional Marketing For Engaging First Generation College Students in Study Abroad

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

 

Presenters

  • Gretchen Cook-Anderson, Assistant Vice President of Diversity Recruiting & Advising – IES Abroad
Developing and Implementing Inclusive Advising Practices in Education Abroad

Culturally-relevant and inclusive advising is essential to making education abroad accessible and effective for historically under-represented students. This workshop is designed to give early to mid-career advisors specific guidance on how to develop strengths-based advising practices. These approaches will allow advisors to reimagine and refine their role and relationship before, during, and after participation in education abroad. Workshop participants will leave with models and tools for integrating identity-related topics into all aspects of individual and group-based advising. Topics will include: practicing advisor authenticity, minimizing bias, building trust and credibility, allyship, and collaborative partnering. Participants will actively engage in group discussions, share good practices for advising historically under-represented students, and develop an individual plan for how to improve advising at their institutions or organizations.

 

Presenters

  • Lisa Johnson, Assistant Dean for International Study - Smith College 
  • LaSharon McLean Perez, Assistant Director, Education Abroad - University of California, Riverside
  • David Wick, EdD, Assistant Professor, MA in International Educational Management Program - Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey
  • Jennifer Velez, MA candidate, International Education Management - Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey
  • Angela Luedke, Graduate Student - Middlebury Institute for International Studies

"Munch" & Learns

TimeSession
10:00-11:00am CST
Leveraging Global Programs to Support First Generation Students Success

Developed for professionals who work in student success, diversity & inclusion and other student affairs units, this session will focus on the role global programs can play in supporting the academic success, interpersonal growth and career readiness of first-generation college students. Further the session will highlight the important role non-international education professionals play in ensuring first generation college students have equitable access to the benefits of global programs.

Moderator

  • Charles Lu, PhD – Director, Office of Academic Support & Instructional Services (OASIS) – University of California, San Diego

Panelists

  • Adriana Smith, Assistant Director of International Programs – Presbyterian College & Author of “Studying Abroad for Black Women”
  • Helen Wormington – Executive Director, Division of Diversity & Community Engagement, UT-Austin
  • James Dabney, PhD – Director, Posse New Orleans
11:00am-12:00pm CST
Women of Color Leadership & Empowerment

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

Moderator

  • Asabe Poloma, PhD – Associate Dean of The College for International Students; Director, Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship – Brown University

Panelists

  • Dr. Toya Barnes-Teamer, Principal – HCM Strategists; Former Vice President for Student Success – Dillard University
  • Dr. Allison Davis-White Eyes, Director of Community Diversity Relations – Oregon State University
  • Rosine Pema Sanga – Director of International Relations for the Office of Mayor LaToya Cantrell, New Orleans LA
12:00-1:00pm CST
New Professionals in International Education

Intended for professionals with zero to three years experience in the field of international education. This session will focus on helping new professionals, in particular, professionals from diverse backgrounds enter the field of international education and/or move up in their current careers. There will be a panel of experienced international education professionals.

Moderator

  • LaTesha Charbonnet Gonzales, Program Director, Intensive English Language Program Division of International Education – University of New Orleans

Panelists

  • Hernando Sevilla-Garcia, Senior Diversity Relations Manager – IES Abroad
  • Allegra Laing, Associate Director for Global Diversity and Inclusion – Elon University
  • Louise Yahiaoui, Education Abroad Specialist – The Ohio State University
1:00-2:00pm CST
Leading Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion in International Education

Developed for professionals with roles focused on Diversity & Inclusion in Education Abroad or Diversity & Inclusion in other units that support global programming, this session will focus on leadership development, generating ideas to foster our collective capacity to prioritize diversity & inclusion within our work spaces, and creating space to share challenges & successes with peers. The session will highlight the important role Education Abroad professionals play in ensuring diversity and inclusion opportunities in the field of International Education.

 

Moderator:

  • Christina Thompson, Director of Partnership Development & Diversity Initiatives – Barcelona SAE

Presenters:

  • Tara Harvey, PhD - Founder & Chief Intercultural Educator - True North Intercultural
  • Kwabena Boateng - Chair - HBCU Africa Homecoming Ghana 2020

TimeSession
10:00-11:00am CSTExhibitor Hour
11:00am-12:00pm CSTWelcome & Innovation Competition
12:00-12:15pm CST
Coffee & Beignets Break

Some say the coffee break was invented in New Orleans! Take a break, grab some coffee and a snack, and check in on the latest resources from Diversity Abroad.

12:15-1:15pm CSTConcurrent Session Block #1
"Where I Already Am Is The Mainstream..." Education Abroad 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.

 

Presenters:

  • Keshia Abraham - Abraham Consulting Agency
  • Daisy Rodriguez Pitel - Pima Community College
  • Marisa A. Gray - Morgan State University
  • Maraina Montgomery - Howard University
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.

 

Presenters:

  • Shelly Alfaro - International Studies Abroad (ISA)
  • Emma May - University of California - Santa Cruz
  • Candice Ricks - International Studies Abroad (ISA)
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.

 

Presenters:

  • Ashley Arvanites- UC Davis
  • Hannah Olevson - Academic Programs International (API)
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 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.

 

Presenter:

  • Arielle Gousse - Diversity Abroad
Where Do Asian-Americans Fit In?: 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!

 

Presenters:

  • Lauren Chow - Babson College
  • Clare Overmann - Institute of International Education
  • Brett Chin - California Lutheran University
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.

 

Presenters:

  • Gretchen Cook-Anderson- IES Abroad
  • Jamie Weaver - Penn State University
  • Stephanie Tilley - Prarie View A&M University
1:15-1:30pm CST
Coffee & Beignets Break

Some say the coffee break was invented in New Orleans! Take a break, grab some coffee and a snack, and check in on the latest resources from Diversity Abroad.

1:30-2:30pm CSTLagniappe Chats

TimeSession
10:00-11:15am CSTDeep 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.

 

Presenters:

  • Clau Castaneda - SAI Programs
  • Roger Adkins - Earlham College, Center for Global and Career Education
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.

 

Presenters:

  • 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.

 

Presenters:

  • Holly Hudson - Texas A&M University
  • Kelly Brannan Trail - University of Dayton
  • Arielle Gousse - Diversity Abroad
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?

 

Presenters:

  • Andra Jacques - UC San Diego
  • Luis Legaspi - UC San Diego
  • Jay Minert - UC San Diego
  • Darin Smith-Gaddis - CAPA The Global Education Network
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.

 

Presenters:

  • Lisa Johnson - Smith College
  • DuBois Jennings - Education New Zealand | Manapou ki te Ao
  • 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.

 

Presenters:

  • 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.

 

Presenters:

  • Asabe Poloma - Brown University
  • Gabriella Santoro - University of Connecticut
  • Vivian Yamoah - Towson University
11:15-11:30am CSTWelcome Remarks, IES Abroad followed by a Coffee & Beignets Break
11:30am-12:30pm CSTConcurrent Session Block #2
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.

 

Presenters:

  • 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 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.

 

Presenters:

  • Hanni Geist - German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
  • Alexis McKenney - Temple University
  • Laura Vesga Villalba - University of San Francisco
  • Jessica Lindoerfer - Landmark College
Global Education and the Impact of COVID-19: Student Perspectives

Engage with the Diversity Abroad team to learn about survey tools available for understanding student perspectives as it relates to the state of global education. Joined by a student speaker this session will provide an overview of two surveys implemented by Diversity Abroad (The COVID-19 snapshot survey & the Education Abroad Student Experience Survey) and a fireside chat regarding the impact of COVID-19 on global education from the student's perspective. Participants will walk away with insight from a student, recommendations for supporting diverse students during this time, and an understanding of the Diversity Abroad tools available.

 

Presenters:

  • Joelle Tolifero - Diversity Abroad
  • Ruby Shields - Diversity Abroad
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.

 

Presenters:

  • Katherine Allinson - Universities UK International
  • Dominique Montagnese - Steunpunt Including Higher Education (SIHO)
  • Andrew J Gordon - Diversity Abroad
12:30-12:40pm CST
Coffee & Beignets Break

Some say the coffee break was invented in New Orleans! Take a break, grab some coffee and a snack, and check in on the latest resources from Diversity Abroad.

12:40-12:45pm CST2020 Innovation Competition Winners Announced
12:45-1:45pm CSTPlenary: Being Antiracist in a Global Education Context with Dr. Ibram X. Kendi
1:45-2:00pm CST
Coffee & Beignets Break

Some say the coffee break was invented in New Orleans! Take a break, grab some coffee and a snack, and check in on the latest resources from Diversity Abroad.

2:00-2:45pm CSTLagniappe Chats
2:45-3:00pm CST
Coffee & Beignets Break

Some say the coffee break was invented in New Orleans! Take a break, grab some coffee and a snack, and check in on the latest resources from Diversity Abroad.

3:00-4:00pm CSTExhibitor Hour
3:00-4:00pm CSTPartner Talks
CAPA: The Global Education Network — Re-Imagining Education Abroad: a Conversation with CAPA President John Christian

Join us for a conversation with CAPA President John Christian hosted by Darin Smith-Gaddis, CAPA’s Regional Manager of Institutional Relations and Equity and Inclusion Initiatives, on the future of education abroad. Darin and John will discuss how to create effective strategies for global learning during and following the pandemic, and collaborative approaches to increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion through improvements in access to global experiences.

 

Presenter:

  • Darin Smith-Gaddis, Regional Manager of Institutional Relations, Equity and Inclusion Initiatives
U.S. Department of State: Get Updates on Academic Exchange and Study Abroad Programs

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) works to build friendly, peaceful relations between the people of the United States and the people of other countries through academic, cultural, sports, and professional exchanges, as well as public -private partnerships. ECA leads public diplomacy outreach efforts for the U.S. Department of State through our exchange programs. Join us to get key updates on the Fulbright Scholar, Student and Specialist Program, the Critical Language Scholarship, the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship and the Capacity Building Program for Study Abroad, also known as IDEAS (Increase & Diversify Education Abroad for U.S. Students).

University of New Orleans — Pass the Mic: Amplifying Voices of #StudyAbroadSoBlack and Addressing Student Anxiety

It's no secret that one of the most powerful recruitment tools for study abroad is word of mouth.  But whose mouth are we often letting dominate the conversation?  This session explores amplifying melanated voices via the co-opting of Howard University's #studyabroadsoblack movement.  We will also discuss the anxieties that many students face when considering study abroad for the first time—and how students can be empowered to speak out and create a sense of community by addressing their fears head on.  

 

Presenters:

  • Robyn W. Guillen, Coordinator: Glories of France and UNO-Rome, University of New Orleans
  • Jennifer Torres, Coordinator: UNO-Japan, University of New Orleans
  • Carmin Wong, Graduate Assistant, Division of International Education and MFA Candidate, University of New Orleans
IES Abroad – Making A World of Difference with Diversity Training for Global Staff, Faculty & Homestay Families

At IES Abroad, shifting demographics and a years-long commitment to inclusive living and learning experiences have changed the way we address diversity, equity, inclusion and antiracism both in the US and abroad. In recognizing the influence social identity has on students while abroad, we developed and launched a global diversity training program that’s providing international faculty, staff, and homestay families a deeper understanding of today’s multifaceted U.S. college students and how they are impacted by key societal topics like  the Me Too Movement, Black Lives Matter, mental health, microaggressions, and trigger warnings. In this Diversity Abroad Partner Talk, you’ll hear how IES Abroad developed and initiated this important global training effort and, most importantly, how we believe our phased approach will enhance our student’s study abroad experience. 

Presenters:

  • Hernando Sevilla-Garcia, Senior Diversity Relations Manager
  • Dominique Wilburn, Crisis Management Coordinator

TimeSession
10:00-11:00am CSTPlenary: Walk the Talk with Dr. Tia Brown McNair
11:00-11:15am CSTWelcome Remarks, Bureau of Educational & Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State followed by a Coffee & Beignets Break
11:15am-12:15pm CSTConcurrent Session Block #3
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.

 

Presenters:

  • Gretchen Cook-Anderson - IES Abroad
  • Natalia Garcia Caballos - IES Abroad
  • Rohkaya Fall - Spelman College
  • Gretchen Young - Wheaton College
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.

 

Presenters:

  • Paula Hentz - Stetson University
  • Pamela Cappas-Toro - Stetson University
  • Andy Eisen - Stetson University
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.

 

Presenters:

  • Todd Karr - University of New Mexico
  • Christina Brooks - Institute for Study Abroad
  • Kerry Uniyal - Institute for Study Abroad
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.

 

Presenters:

  • Randeep Kullar - UC Berkeley
  • Kory Saunders - North Carolina State University
  • Kandice Rose - IES Abroad
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.

 

Presenters:

  • Nasha Lewis - College of William & Mary
  • Dafina Diabete - Lincoln 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.

 

Presenters:

  • Jessica Lindoerfer - Landmark College
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 and membership, as well as important updates and opportunities to stay engaged with Diversity Abroad throughout the year.

 

Presenter

Christopher LeGrant - Diversity Abroad

12:15-12:30pm CST
Coffee & Beignets Break

Some say the coffee break was invented in New Orleans! Take a break, grab some coffee and a snack, and check in on the latest resources from Diversity Abroad.

12:30-1:30pm CSTPlenary: Gilman Top Producer Announcement & Lessons from Gilman Top Producers Panel
1:30-2:30pm CSTLagniappe Chats
2:15-2:30pm CST
Coffee & Beignets Break

Some say the coffee break was invented in New Orleans! Take a break, grab some coffee and a snack, and check in on the latest resources from Diversity Abroad.

2:30-3:30pm CSTConcurrent Session Block #4
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.

 

Presenters:

  • Jessika Macias - The Experiment in International Living, a program of World Learning
  • Imani Farley - JP Morgan Chase & Co Global Philanthropy
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.

 

Presenters:

  • Monica Malhotra - Mobility International USA
  • Jill Grana - IREX
  • Annette Whatley - University of Texas at Austin - Texas Global
  • David Levin - U.S. Department of State
(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.

 

Presenters:

  • Janelle Papay Decato - Elon University
  • Stacy Benjamin - CIEE
  • Bill Burress - Elon 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!

 

Presenters:

  • Coryn Shiflet - University System of Georgia
  • Rachana Bhatt - University System of Georgia
  • Carolina Robinson - The University of Alabama
Data Matters for Access, Equity, & Inclusion in Education Abroad

Seeking to support underrepresented student identities, how can education abroad professionals use data to enhance program development, create advising resources and expand access? This session presents a case study from 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.

 

Presenters:

  • Conrad Zeutenhorst - University of Maryland, College Park

TimeSession
10:00-11:00am CSTConcurrent Session Block #5
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.

 

Presenters:

  • Paula Hentz - Stetson University
  • Matthew Yates - University of Connecticut
  • Enrique Morales-Diaz - Westfield State University
  • Francine A'Ness - Dartmouth College
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.

 

Presenters:

  • David Saide - University of California, San Diego
  • Ashley Arvanites - University of California, Davis
  • Tyler Young - Tulane University
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.

 

Presenters:

  • Adriana Smith - Presbyterian College
  • Christina Thompson - Barcelona Study Abroad Experience (SAE)
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

 

Presenters:

  • Mary Alice Soriero - CEA Study Abroad
  • Lucila (Luci) Loera-Herrera - Washington State University
  • Rafael Pruneda Benavides - Washington State University
Fighting the Funding Gap for High School Study Abroad

The Diversity Abroad High School Task Force will discuss financial need, share case studies of different funding models for high school study abroad programs, and propose creative solutions for addressing the funding gap. Attendees will be encouraged to reflect on and share what resources might be available for high school study abroad in their own respective communities. The goals of this session include, but are not limited to; providing professionals engaged in this work with practical and creative solutions, and consequently with hope, as they endeavor to address the existing funding gap for high school study abroad.

 

Presenters:

  • Anna Stewart - American Councils for International Education
  • Kayla Dorsey-Twumasi - Boston Public Schools
  • Kristiana Graves - Wellesley College
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.

 

Presenters:

  • Mariette Thomas - Loyola University New Orleans
  • Aley Bedair - ISA-Veritas
  • Leticia Kahya - San Diego State University
11:00-11:15am CSTWelcome Remarks, University of New Orleans followed by a Coffee & Beignets Break
11:15am-12:15pm CST2020 EDIIE Awards Presentation
12:15-12:30pm CST
Coffee & Beignets Break

Some say the coffee break was invented in New Orleans! Take a break, grab some coffee and a snack, and check in on the latest resources from Diversity Abroad.

12:30-1:30pm CSTConcurrent Session Block #6
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.

 

Presenters:

  • Jennifer Crystle - Marymount University
  • Seth Weil - CEA Abroad
  • Sadi Foltz - CEA Abroad
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.

 

Presenters:

  • Ed Tuari - Education New Zealand
  • Hailey Suina - Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA)
  • Angel Geller - Lincoln Public Schools
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!

 

Presenters:

  • Adela Garabal Gómez - The Hague University of Applied Sciences
  • Mariëtte Harlaar - The Hague University of Applied Sciences
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.

 

Presenters:

  • Julie Baer - Institute of International Education
  • Daniel Blake - University of Pennsylvania
  • Jewell Winn - Tennessee State University
  • Perzen Akolawala - Lone Star College System
Strategizing to Increase Black Male Participation in International Education Programs

We know international experience can offer a new frame of reference for our students. For African-American male students, international experience offers a reprieve from the U.S. historical context of Black racial identity. Yet, only 2% of African-American men participate in Study Abroad. In this session we will cover:

  • How to empower and engage Black men/minority males in international education opportunities.
  • How to develop creative marketing and outreach strategies to recruit men of color in study abroad.
  • Understanding existing barriers for men of color to become involved in international education.
  • How to create innovative programming and curriculum to engage men of color.
  • How to work with external programs to increase institutional programming for men of color (nonprofits, Secondary, schools, partner schools).

Presenters:

  • Ruby Maddox - Leaders of the Free World
  • Kimberly Boulden - Augsburg University
  • Vincent Harris - Male Success Initiative (California State University, Fullerton)
1:30-1:45pm CST
Coffee & Beignets Break

Some say the coffee break was invented in New Orleans! Take a break, grab some coffee and a snack, and check in on the latest resources from Diversity Abroad.

1:45-2:45pm CSTLagniappe Chats
2:45-3:45pm CSTExhibitor Hour
5:00-5:30pm CSTCelebrate Music from New Orleans with Big Sam's Funky Nation!

TimeSession
11:15-11:30am CSTWelcome Remarks, Education in Ireland followed by a Coffee & Beignets Break
11:30am-12:00pm CSTCritical Issues Sessions
Utilizing Your Unique Perspective as a Key for Professional Growth

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.

 

Presenter:

  • Monica Malhotra - Mobility International USA
Ending Gendered Workplace Thought in International Education

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.

 

Presenter:

  • Lindsey Sitler - The University of Maryland, College Park
From Dream to Reality: First-Generation Study Abroad

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.

 

Presenter:

  • Angie Klimko - Washington State University - TRIO Student Support Services
Missing Abroad: Latinx Students at Hispanic-Serving Institutions in Study 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.

 

Presenter:

  • Hernando Sevilla-Garcia - IES Abroad
The Colonial Present: Cultural Imperialism in International Education

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?

 

Presenter:

  • Asabe Poloma - Brown University
Pursuing Reciprocity: Ethical Engagement with Global Partners

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.

 

Presenter:

  • Brittani Smit - Arcadia University
12:00-1:00pm CSTPoster Community
Andiamo! Let's Explore LGBTQ+ Culture in Italy

Italy consistently ranks as one of the most popular destinations for education abroad students. Learn ways to connect students to the local LGBTQ+ culture and prepare them for what to expect in terms of attitudes, culture, and safety in Italy. Join this poster session for a dialogue on events, organizations, regulations, regional differences, and more.

 

Presenter:

  • Clau Castaneda - SAI Programs
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.

 

Presenters:

  • 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.

 

Presenters:

  • 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.

 

Presenter:

  • 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!

 

Presenter:

  • 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).

 

Presenter:

  • 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.

 

Presenters:

  • April Jones - Tuskegee University
  • Rhonda Collier - Tuskegee University
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.

 

Presenter:

  • Katie Lopez - University of Michigan, School of Social Work
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.

 

Presenters:

  • Daniella Lubey - University of San Francisco
  • Erasmo Mendez - Fordham 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.

 

Presenter:

  • Anuja Parikh - University of South Carolina
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.

 

Presenters:

  • Quiana Rivers - London Metropolitan University
  • Marissa Pierre - ISEP Study Abroad
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.

 

Presenters:

  • Liz Sinclair - Critical Language Scholarship Program
  • Natalie Spencer
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.

 

Presenter:

  • Kristina Skotte - Hult International Business School
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.

 

Presenter:

  • Noah Goldblatt - Champlain College
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!

 

Presenter:

  • Ashley Holben - Mobility International USA
1:00-1:15pm CSTClosing Remarks - Andrew Gordon, CEO & Founder, Diversity Abroad

Think Forward Summit - Systemic Racism & the Field of Global Education

TimeSession
10:00-11:30am CST
Championing Equity & Inclusion: Confronting Our Fears About Engaging in Racial Equity Work

The field of International Education is poised to undertake a serious commitment to undoing racial injustices that permeate the field and the larger Higher Education sector. This work will require each of us to consider our roles, take responsibility within our scope of influence, and prioritize racial equity in our institutions/organizations. In order to champion racial equity, we must examine the fears and unconscious biases that may be holding us back. This session will create space for this essential conversation and critical self-reflection.

 

Moderator

Erica Ledesma - Diversity Abroad

Panelists

  • David W. Robinson-Morris, PH.D., Director, The Center for Equity, Justice, & the Human Spirit - Xavier University of New Orleans
  • Kati Bell, EdD, Senior International Officer and Global Education Office Director - Dominican University of California
  • Rikke Kolbech Gudiksen, Project Manager - DIS Abroad
Moving Beyond Performative Allyship - Dismantling Systemic Racism in Global Education

As our global communities continue to advocate for collective action against systemic racism, there has been an increase in expressions of solidarity for this important cause. Within Global Education, how can we do our part to dismantle systems that perpetuate racism without participating in performative allyship? What does real action entail in order for the field to make progress?

 

Moderator

Arielle Gousse - Diversity Abroad

Panelists

  • Cristina Alfaro, Ph.D., Interim Associate Vice President for International Affairs & Professor of Dual Language Education - San Diego State University
  • Kelechi A. Kalu, Ph.D., Department of Political Science - University of California, Riverside
  • Elaine Meyer-Lee, Ed.D., Senior Vice President & Provost - Goucher College
12:00-1:30pm CST
Racism, Xenophobia, and the International Student Experience

International Students bring valuable perspectives to our campuses and are an integral part of the student community. While not new, there has been a noticeable increase in racist and xenophobic attacks directed towards International Students on campuses in the United States and beyond. In this session, presenters will explore this reality and focus on opportunities for global educators to foster communities of belonging where International Students are positioned to thrive.

 

Moderator

Joelle Tolifero - Diversity Abroad

Panelists

  • Shontay Delalue, Ph.D., Vice President for Institutional Equity and Diversity - Brown University
  • Felix Wang, PhD, Senior Associate Executive Director of Center for Global Engagement - James Madison University
  • Andrew Gordon, CEO & Founder - Diversity Abroad
A Global View on Systemic Racism (Latin America, Pacifica, Europe)

Systemic Racism is a global phenomenon that impacts students and professionals alike around the world. As we strive towards a more equitable future, what can we learn from global movements to combat systemic racism that can be applied within our own local contexts? This session will explore historical and modern-day realities of racism from a global perspective, with a focus on the following regions: Latin America, Pacifica, and Europe.

 

Moderator

Wagaye Johannes - Diversity Abroad

Panelists

  • Dr Zainab Khan, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Outcomes & Inclusion) - London Metropolitan University
  • Angela Maria de Randolpho Paiva, PhD, Associate Vice-President for Academic Affairs - Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro
  • Dr. Darryn Russell, Assistant Vice-Chancellor Māori, Pacific and Equity - University of Canterbury & Chair of Te Kāhui Amokura

TimeSession
10:00-11:15am CST
Think Forward Summit Wrap-Up: A More Equitable Future

Join Diversity Abroad and expert panelists as we look forward to a more equitable future within international education. This session will provide summative comments on the Virtual Diversity Abroad Conference and the Think Forward Summit, outline Diversity Abroad’s actionable goals related to racial equity for the coming year, and provide an open forum for attendees to share innovative ideas towards this end.

Moderator

Andrew Gordon, CEO & Founder - Diversity Abroad

Panelists

  • Camila Nardozzi, Director for the Office of International - Education - Harvard University
  • Eduardo Contreras, Ed.D., Assistant Provost for International Education, Diversity and Inclusion - University of Portland
  • Sherif Barsoum, Associate Vice President of the Office of Global Services - NYU