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Thursday, October 21

Time (ET) Session
12:00 - 2:30pm Virtual Pre-conference Workshops
Supporting Students from Asia Through an Equity Lens

Students from Asia account for 70% of the international students and scholars enrolled in U.S. higher education institutions. In light of the increase in anti-Asian racism in the United States, U.S. campuses increasingly are looking to address how they can support their international students from Asia. This workshop will explore the diversity and inclusion lens that students bring with them to the United States as well as unpack the history of AAPI identity in the United States and the role the model minority myth plays in U.S. higher education. Participants will walk away with a greater understanding of how to better serve our Asian international students and strategies for collaborating across campus and with local communities.



  • David Chih, Ph.D. – Director, Asian American Cultural Center – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Kei Mamiya – Assistant Director, Holmes Cultural Diversity Center Division of Access, Diversity, and Inclusion – Mississippi State University
  • Joy Phaphouvaninh – Director, Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange – University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Global Activism and Global Engagement - Understanding Students Today

The past year has seen a rise in global activism from students around the world. This workshop will examine global social movements, such as the Black Lives Movement among others, and the role that they can serve to engage the “glocal perspective” as part of active global learning and understanding the realities and passions of students’ today, including those of minoritized populations.



  • Christina Thompson – Director of Partnership Development & Diversity Initiatives – Barcelona SAE
  • Kory Saunders – Assistant Director for Strategic Marketing, Diversity & Inclusion – North Carolina State University
  • Caroline Zeiher – International Coordinator Summer Faculty-Directed Programs – Arizona State University
3:00 - 5:00pm Virtual Networking: Meet Diversity Abroad

Friday, October 22

Time (ET) Session
12:00 - 2:30pm Virtual Pre-Conference Workshops
The Role of Leadership: Strategies to Advocate for Justice, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

A discussion of how to identify structural inequities in the workplace and how those of us in leadership positions can advance more inclusive policies and practices to affect real change. Participants will have the opportunity to reflect on their own sphere of influence and walk away with practical tools and strategies to use when they return to the office.


  • Eduardo Contreras, Ed.D – Assistant Provost for International Education, Diversity and Inclusion – University of Portland
  • Brandon Bell – Diversity and Inclusion, North American Region – Syngenta
How Liberation Pedagogies Can Recenter Global Learning Toward Justice, Accountability, and Healing

Global learning is often predicated on better understanding difference and finding meaningful connections across culture and geography. The problem, though, is that many of us aren’t quite sure how to do this given our own complex identities, the long-standing inequities we travel through, and our fraught political context domestically. This workshop will help us situate global learning within these debates and offer skills and tools for practitioners to practice and take back to their contexts.

Some of the questions we will ask include: Is travel required for global learning? Is global learning inherent with travel? How can postcolonial theories and liberation pedagogies help us grapple with these issues? This workshop will outline key frameworks to help answer these questions and help us get more comfortable with discomfort. Let us speak with more clarity and courage about the complex world we live in and travel through.


  • Anu Taranath, Ph.D. – Teaching Professor – University of Washington | Racial Equity Consultant & Facilitator – Dr. Anu Consulting
  • Sumie Song, Ph.D. – Director of Global Education – North Park University
Health, Safety, and Security in an Unjust World

Risk Management in International Education is typically siloed from initiatives in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. This workshop will bridge that separation by taking a critical look at how health, safety, and security programming (ex: pre-departure orientations; in-country safety briefings; ad hoc risk management) can unintentionally exacerbate bias and stereotyping. Furthermore, this workshop will introduce the concept of psychological safety and why this additional tenant in Risk Management is of particular importance for supporting historically under-represented students.


  • Adelene Africa, Ph.D. – Program Director, Bing Overseas Studies Program in Cape Town, South Africa – Stanford University
  • Julie Anne Friend, J.D. – Director, Office of Global Safety and Security & Instructor, School of Education and Social Policy – Northwestern University
  • Lizzy Monroe – Associate Director, Learning and Development – Diversity Abroad
3:30 - 4:30pm Virtual Munch and Learns
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 lunch includes an intimate opportunity to connect with colleagues, and listen to and be inspired by dynamic speakers as they share their leadership journey, experiences and strategies for success in global education.



  • Dafina Blacksher Diabate, Ed.D. – Director, International Programs – Lincoln University


  • Cynthia Neal Spence, Ph.D. – Associate Professor of Sociology & Director of the UNCF/Mellon Programs – Spelman College
  • Liza Carbajo – Executive Director – Miami-Dade College
  • Melissa Lee – Founder & CEO – The GREEN Program
In the Age of Wellness: Mental Wellbeing in a Post- Pandemic World

Self-care strategies and mental wellbeing have been forefront of this past year – whether it is supporting students, taking care of families, or ourselves. As we return to campus and the office, how are we supporting our students, our colleagues with their wellbeing? This workshop will explore strategies, best practices and collaboration to recognize signals for help and to create space and support for those in need.



  • Hanni Geist – Senior Manager, University Relations – German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)


  • Maraina Montgomery – Director for Study Abroad – University of Portland
  • Barbara Lindeman – Director of International Health, Safety & Security – University of Missouri
Pivoting in Uncertain Times: Opportunities for Innovation and New Collaborations

What’s in a name? Intended for senior administrations, join this discussion on how international education offices have pivoted to stay relevant. Who are the new collaborators on and off campus? What new innovations are taking place? What lessons can we carry forward as travel begins to open up, to advance equity and inclusion within global programming?



  • Kati Bell, Ed.D. – Senior International Officer & Associate Professor of Business – Dominican University of California


  • Stephanie Doscher, Ed.D – Director, Office of Collaborative Online International Learning – Florida International University
  • Joanna Regulska, Ph.D. – Vice Provost & Dean of Global Affairs & Professor of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies – UC Davis
  • Andrew Gordon – CEO & Founder – Diversity Abroad
Global Education as a Tool for Civic Engagement

Studies show that those who participate in such experiences tend to be more civically engaged throughout their lives. Using Atlanta as a backdrop, this Munch & Learn will discuss how global education can serve as a catalyst for civic engagement. How can we prepare and engage students involved in global experiences to understand civic participation in their local contexts and reflect how that is similar/different to back home? And how do we prepare them for life long civic engagement?



  • Marisa Atencio, Ed.D. – Assistant Dean of Students & Director of Global Education – Oglethorpe University


  • Ana Carolina Cassiano – Head of Education Development – AFS Intercultural Programs
  • Pushpa Parekh, Ph.D. – Director, African Diaspora and the World Program & Professor, English Department – Spelman College
  • Eric Hartman, Ph.D. – Executive Director, Center for Peace and Global Citizenship – Haverford College
3:00 - 5:00pm Virtual Networking: Meet Diversity Abroad

Schedule subject to change. Check back for updates throughout the summer.

Monday, October 25

Time (ET) Session
8:00 - 5:00pm On-SiteRegistration Open
9:00 - 12:00pm Hybrid Virtual Networking & Exhibit Hall
1:00 - 2:15pm Hybrid Opening Plenary
Setting the Stage: Defining Global Inclusion

Dr. Robert Livingston is a Harvard social psychologist and a leading expert on the science underlying bias and racism in organizations. For two decades, he has served as a diversity consultant to scores of Fortune 500 companies, public-sector agencies, and non-profit organizations. Prior to joining the Harvard Kennedy School in 2015, he held full-time faculty positions at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, and the University of Sussex, where he was Professor and Chair of the Organizational Behaviour area as well as the founder and faculty director of Centre for Leadership, Ethics, and Diversity (LEAD).

His research on race, implicit bias, leadership, and social justice has been published in top-tier academic journals such as the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Academy of Management Journal, Psychological Science, and Leadership Quarterly. Dr. Livingston’s work has also been featured in popular press outlets such as The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Harvard Business Review. His article “How to Promote Racial Equity in the Workplace” was the winner of the 2020 Warren Bennis Prize, awarded to the best article on leadership published in Harvard Business Review each year.

Dr. Livingston’s groundbreaking and influential approach to combating racism is detailed in his book The Conversation: How Seeking and Speaking the Truth about Racism Can Radically Transform Individuals and Organizations published by Penguin Random House in February 2021.

2:30 - 3:15pm Virtual Newcomers Orientation
2:30 - 3:15pm Virtual About Diversity Abroad Membership
3:15 - 3:30pm Hybrid Break
3:30 - 4:30pm Virtual Inclusion Lounge
5:00 - 7:00pm On-SiteWelcome Reception

Tuesday, October 26

Time (ET) Session
8:00 - 9:00am On-SiteLight Breakfast
9:00 - 11:00am Hybrid Virtual Networking & Exhibit Hall
11:00 - 12:15pm Virtual Deep Dives
DEI Through Dignity: Developing Learner Agency for Positive Social Change

Learn to create a culture of belonging and inclusion using autonomy-supportive and values-based strategies that engage learners, promote efficacy, and leverage motivation. A graduate student panel from our Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) will share their identity transformation as writers and agents of positive social change. This session will convey practices that intentionally ensure DEI through dignity. Join this interactive workshop and explore how to meet the needs of traditionally underserved learners!


  • Dionne Clabaugh - Pacific Oaks College
  • Jamie Valenzuela-Mumau - Pacific Oaks College
Developing Collaborative and Strategic Partnership Between DEI and International Education

How can universities and organizations be instrumental in advancing social justice through international education? How can transformative global learning be designed with strategic intentionality, institutional commitment, and unit coordination? How can partnerships between diversity and inclusion and global engagement be established? Presenters from a higher education institution and a global exchange organization will share best practices in prioritizing and integrating diversity and inclusion in designing and implementing various global programs to achieve inclusive student success.


  • JY Zhou - Stockton University
  • Valerie Hayes - Stockton University
  • Hanni Geist - German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
Diversity and Inclusion in International Activities and Learning Outcomes

Cross-border academic mobility has been emphasized for decades as the essential mode to promote internationalization and/ or global academic engagement. Changing immigration policies and global budgetary pressures on higher education amid COVID-19 generate debates on rethinking academic global engagement as a more inclusive policy. As a result, it is essential to understand diversity and inclusion in international activities and learning outcomes as a benefit for the entire academic community. This session will explore the role of administration leadership and faculty in promoting Global Engagement and Home and how to promote diversity and inclusion in international activities and learning outcomes.


  • Alina Pap - Seton Hall University
  • Teboho Moja - New York University
Don't Forget...Disability is Diversity TOO!

How do you avoid the "aw shucks" moment when a disability accommodation email pops up for your international exchange experience? Join us as we explore the conversations and best practices to build inclusion of disability as an essential dimension of diversity on your campus. Situating intersecting identities of students, we will provide practitioners with conversation starters for their campuses to recognize, disability is diversity TOO!


  • Johileny Meran - Mobility International USA (MIUSA)
  • Lamont Sellers - Appalachian State University
  • Melanie Gangle - University of Portland
Establishing an Antiracist Action Plan for Education Abroad

Education abroad practitioners have an opportunity to dismantle racist behaviors and policies and build more equitable and antiracist practices. This session will offer an antiracist action plan for practitioners to consider for themselves and for their work to create more equitable office policies, programs for students, and institution-wide initiatives.


  • Eduardo Contreras - University of Portland
  • Maraina Montgomery - University of Portland
  • Hernando Sevilla-Garcia - IES Abroad
Growth Mindset: Creating space for failure in global learning

This session will provide an overview of the theoretical framework of fixed and growth mindsets and how this relates to global learning when engaging outgoing and incoming students. Building upon this understanding, we will connect intercultural skills and reframe failure as a step towards achieving intercultural competency goals.


  • Daniel Diaz - Guilford College
  • Olivia Jones - North Carolina Central University
  • Christina Thompson - Barcelona Study Abroad Experience (SAE)
Intersections of IE & DEI: Intercultural Learning as a Bridge

This session will explore how intercultural learning can serve as a bridge at the intersection of international education and diversity, equity, and inclusion work. There are many assumptions, misconceptions, and questions about what intercultural learning is and isn't, and how it intersects (or doesn't) with DEI work. Together we'll explore these tensions, and the overlaps. In addition, the presenters will share a framework they use to take an inclusive, equitable approach to intercultural learning.


  • Tara Harvey - True North Intercultural
  • Terrence Harewood - Synergistic Transformations, LLC
Out and About: LGBTQ+ inclusivity for staff and student belonging

Many employers now encourage employees to bring their "full selves" to work without much reflection on how to make this a reality. Additionally, higher education administrators are increasingly encouraged to be forthcoming with students regarding their own minoritized identities, to foster belonging for students with these shared identities. Looking specifically at LGBTQ+ staff, this frequently puts responsibility on individual employees, instead of confronting hetero-cis-normative office practices and policies that make coming out difficult. How can institutions create a culture that feels not only safe but welcoming for employees to be out at work? In creating this environment, colleges and universities can not only increase the wellbeing of their employees but also that of students in providing examples that show how being out isn't an obstacle to success.

12:15 - 12:30pm Hybrid Break
12:30 - 1:30pm Virtual E-Poster Community
You Belong Here: Creating a Framework for Internal Inclusive Excellence

How can we engage our global community to elevate organizational practices impacting our staff? IFSA launched the You Belong Here initiative, including a Staff/Board Working Group, as part of our organizational commitment to Inclusive Excellence. This e-poster shares insights from the first year of the Staff/Board Group's operations, and the experiences to develop and live a framework that is focused on staff engagement, dialogue and action on topics critical to hiring, retention and more.


  • Jessica Auxier - Institute for Study Abroad (IFSA)
  • Francesco Burzacca - Institute for Study Abroad (IFSA)
International Experiences for UK Disadvantaged Students

This e-poster will offer the perspective of a UK university working with students from disadvantaged areas and how to share international opportunities with them. We will explore how we work with both students and partners to create these international experiences (summer schools).


  • Alizee Cordes - Teesside University
Student Roadmap for Bringing their Whole Selves to Study Abroad

This e-poster session explores how we can better prepare students of diverse backgrounds and identities to reflect on the identities they bring to their abroad experience, how they may be perceived by people in the communities they will study abroad in and tips for successfully navigating their experience abroad. We'll look at one model for helping students bring their whole selves to study abroad and collaborate in improving it.


  • Keri Dooley - AFS-USA
  • Melissa Rossi - AFS-USA
  • Justin DeAndrade - AFS-USA
  • Ian Loumos - AFS-USA
Engaging Educators in Conversations about Race through K-12 Virtual Exchange

Our e-poster features a case study on Empatico's Empathy Across the USA virtual exchange program. Our presentation will discuss barriers to K-12 virtual exchange programs for underrepresented students, as well as the factors that contribute and/or hinder the development of competencies needed to facilitate productive conversations about race and racial differences. The e-poster will share implications for practice for educators, program developers, and education researchers.


  • Stephanie Gonzalez - The George Washington University
  • Laura Engel - The George Washington University
Going "Glocal": Decolonizing global learning through virtual faculty-led courses

The COVID pandemic disrupted international travel but intensified global learning. Using Agnes Scott College as a case study, this e-poster enables participants to trace the innovative transformation of a required first-year global travel course into an inclusive and accessible virtual experience. Participants will gain insights into faculty development, online course design, and creative partnerships with providers and will leave with a basic toolkit for adapting this model at their home institutions.


  • Gundolf Graml - Agnes Scott College
  • Regine Jackson - Agnes Scott College
  • Philip Ojo - Agnes Scott College
Advancing Inclusion through Short Term International Programs

Short courses present opportunities for broadening access and contributing to creative pedagogies of higher education. Within our e-poster presentation, we will reflect on experiences of breaking new ground through overseas delivery, starting with a Berlin-based program for non-traditional students exploring how experiential learning links to students' own perspectives. Next, we present the UN Refugee Agency scheme, offering summer school places to refugees fleeing persecution and conflict. Finally, we explore an annual program ("Dialogues on Disability"), where disabled students can become drivers for policy change.


  • Alexander Heinz - King's College London
  • Matt Doherty - King's College London
Virtual Advising and Support: Reducing barriers and reaching more students

As we return to an in-person or hybrid workplace, we know that our students and advising will never be the same. What have we learned from our time working remotely to support and advise a diverse student population? This e-poster by Diversity Abroad Taskforce members will highlight tools and practices from the Virtual Advising Toolkit that education abroad offices can use to address barriers to equity in global education advising, outreach and programming.


  • Jodi Hicks - Chapman University
  • Erin Kelly-Weber - San Jose State University
  • Meisha Swaby - Northeastern University
Pass the Baton: How your travel inspires the next generation

We are all role models for someone, whether at home, at school, or in our local communities. This e-poster will explore the impact that an individual's' travel can have on the next generation through inspiration, confidence-building, and representation. It will discuss challenges of the "starting line", particularly for young people from underrepresented backgrounds, but illuminate opportunities within study abroad and full-degree programs, and the impact these examples have, not only on travelers but those around them.


  • Jadon Joyner - London Metropolitan University
Community and Trust-Building: Student programming in a time of uncertainty

The global pandemic resulted in significant disruptions to daily life and suspended long-term planning in a way that caught many of us off guard. When rallies protesting the killing of unarmed Black individuals spread across the U.S, the task of implementing meaningful programming for students became even more complex. This e-poster presents two fellowship programs' unique approaches to building spaces of trust for participants to process their experiences, creating community with their peers, and more.


  • Lily Lopex-McGee - Howard University
Utilizing STEM Courses to Prepare Students for a Globalized Workforce

Although rare, successful internationalization in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) classrooms can have significant impact on professional skill development. This e-poster will highlight a promising practice at the University of Florida: As demonstrated through the globalized curriculum in multiple upper-division classrooms, exposure to international communities enhances student understanding and implementation of inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility.


  • Diba Mani - University of Florida
Dialogues on Difference: Engaging staff in critical inclusive excellence discussion

How can we engage our global community of practitioners in a meaningful way to reflect on the dynamics of power, privilege, and the experiences of marginalized groups? IFSA launched the Dialogues on Difference initiative as part of our organizational commitment to Inclusive Excellence. This e-poster shares insights from the first year of this initiative and how this will enhance our work with the diverse identities of our students.


  • Sian Munro - Institute for Study Abroad (IFSA)
  • Nikki Bruckmann - Institute for Study Abroad (IFSA)
University Administrators Serving International Students During Social and Organizational Change

Social changes manifest in a variety of ways; understanding what they are and how they affect international students is vital for adapting services and communication strategies to best reach students. This e-poster will share findings from a study that investigated how university administrators served international students at a private, nonprofit, four-year university in the northeastern United States, and what challenges they faced in providing and communicating with international students about supports services during a period of social and organizational change.


  • Luda Patokina - Hofstra University
Disruptive Collaboration and Branding: Increasing access via virtual study abroad

Loyola Marymount University's Global Internship Program has connected over 50 students with remote summer internships in cities like Dublin and Beijing using an innovative program and recruitment model which matrices institutional career development and study abroad capabilities. Through cross-functional branding and strategic partnerships, institutions can use non-traditional remote programming to create new entry-points to global learning for students of diverse and underrepresented communities. Visit this e-poster to learn how!


  • Wilson Potts - Loyola Marymount University
#CultivatingInclusion: How to foster belonging in digitally-collaborative community action-plans?

How do we foster a sense of belonging, reframing capacity building as an ideal environment for envisioning innovation? This e-poster will outline need-finding strategies with diverse populations, communities, and stakeholder-learners to develop equitable policies and organizational solution-systems. We will also explore digital design and facilitation tools, resource process, and developing community plans for diverse learning communities.


  • Leesa Riviere - Fielding Graduate University
The Study Abroad Program Approval Process: Is inclusion a consideration?

How do institutions decide what our 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 e-poster presents findings from a national baseline research study on these processes.


  • Kerry Stamp - Vassar College
Addressing Climate and Inclusion Through Local Partnerships in Nepal

This e-poster session will present a case study and model for launching a sustainable development program which centers local partnerships, local mission, local participation, and a local funding sponsorship. Attendees will dive into the pedagogy and development of The GREEN Program: Microgrid Systems for Rural Development in Nepal program, highlighting local academics, industry, students, and funding sources as we work toward a more sustainable future through inclusive international education.


  • Megan Swanick - The GREEN Program
Getting Started with Grassroots Driven Diversity Equity and Inclusion Strategies

Getting started with Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion efforts can be challenging — especially considering that these efforts may be outside your scope of work. Come explore ways that the Office of International Education at Georgia Tech put together a grassroots effort to educate ourselves and start making changes to better serve students and colleagues.


  • Ashlee Toomey-Flinn - Georgia Institute of Technology
Hmong American College Students' Motivations for Studying Abroad on Hmong Studies Programs

What factors influence Hmong American college student decisions to participate in Hmong Studies study abroad programs? This e-poster session will present the findings from a study using Critical Race Theory as a framework to understand why Hmong American college students participate in Hmong Studies study abroad programs in countries with Hmong diaspora. The findings from this study, found that the following factors: exploration of Hmong identity, learning/using the Hmong language, and the role of a significant other (people and/or community groups), all influenced Hmong American college student decisions to study abroad on programs located in countries with Hmong diaspora.


  • Pashoua Vang - Columbia University
1:30 - 1:45pm Hybrid Break
1:45 - 2:45pm Virtual Concurrent Session Block #1
Achieving Equity in Virtual Global Learning

With the emergence of innovative virtual global learning over the past year, the field is positioned to support a greater number of students in having access to global educational opportunities. However, how are we ensuring that these opportunities are equitable for all? This session will share examples of best practices used to achieve equity in virtual learning that are used by faculty and staff alike.


  • Gretchen Cook-Anderson - IES Abroad
  • Stephanie Doscher - Florida International University
  • Fabiola Riobe - SUNY Rockland Community College
Empowering Women of Color in STEM: A global equity imperative

When it comes to the world of science, women are in the minority globally and this under-representation occurs in every region in the world. Although women make up nearly half of the workforce globally, they constitute only 26% of STEM workers. Similarly, African Americans account for 6% of professionals currently employed in a STEM-related career. The underrepresentation of people of color & minorities (in STEM) has become a crisis of significant proportions globally. What are the root causes from a global perspective? While gains have been made, there is still a long road ahead and COVID-19 threatened to throw any progress off course. Learn how education initiatives are changing the key factors perpetuating this crisis and how the architectural design of STEM learning environments can improve equity and empower the next generation of diverse leaders.


  • Lori Day - bKL Architecture
  • Danielle Tillman - bKL Architecture
  • Tamara Pearson - Spelman College
  • Janeen Harrell - American Institute of Architects (AIA)
Accessibility Abroad: A proactive planning process

Within the broad spectrum of disabilities, accommodations and perceptions differ in designing accessible and inclusive in-person and virtual study abroad programs. Using Agnes Scott College as a case study, this session details how the collaboration between the Center for Global Learning, the Office of Accessible Education, and the Wellness Center enables students with disabilities to communicate their needs and ensures their participation within the cultural, legal, and infrastructural limitations of the destination.


  • Clementine Hakizimana - Agnes Scott College
  • Kelsey Bohlke - Agnes Scott College
  • Anna Lachkaya - Agnes Scott College
Socially Responsive Internationalization: A contemporary leadership framework for IHE practitioners

As most traditional mobility-based internationalization models continue to be significantly curbed by the pandemic, international education leaders are forced to re-prioritize their efforts toward sustainable on-campus programs and curricular changes. This session outlines a framework for socially responsive and inclusive leadership for meaningful, holistic, and equitable student engagement and learning. Attendees will reflect deeply on the role of inclusive and community-centered leadership practices in offering formative international and global learning to all students.


  • Tim Jansa - Gateway International Group
  • Donna Anderson - University of Montana, Missoula
  • LaNitra Berger - George Mason University
Proverbs for Newbies: Thriving as a new professional of color

Are you a professional of color who is new to the field of International Education? Whether you are looking for your first job, are in a new position, or transitioned from another career, join us! Meet other newbies to discuss how navigating your identity and institutional culture can help you thrive as a professional.


  • Keyana Pugh - Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • Lauren Hill - Maryland Institute College of Art
International Student Career Development: Expectations and realities

U.S. higher education has welcomed international students for decades, yet disparities continually arise in support for international students' career development and post-graduation pathways. In this session, we will highlight various obstacles international students face in career development through a review of recent data. We will discuss ways of supporting and advocating for international students navigating career planning complexities. We will share examples from our institution and encourage conversation among attendees as well.


  • Jane Sitter - University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • Liz Hwang - University of Minnesota Twin Cities
All in the Mix: Achieving intercultural diversity through collaboration

This session will explore the collaborative partnerships, strategies, and programming styles of various departments at Georgia State University working to build inclusivity and equity among international and underrepresented student populations. We explain how, in alignment with the university's strategic plan, to merge departmental missions and goals to help international and underrepresented student groups establish close connections and develop intercultural competency. The benefits of such departmental and organizational collaboration will be discussed.


  • Meng Sun - Georgia State University
  • William Britto - Georgia State University
Lessons Learned: Passport scholarships and increasing access to study abroad

Looking ahead to the end of the pandemic, Study Abroad professionals are employing tools, like passport scholarship initiatives, to keep students enthusiastic about international experiences. This session will explore lessons learned from institutions using passport scholarship initiatives as a way to motivate students and increase study abroad access among underserved populations. Relevance of the passport initiatives and potential funding sources post-COVID pandemic will also be discussed. Perspectives from public and private institutions will be presented.


  • Amanda El-Kadi - University of Georgia
  • Yana Cornish - University of Georgia
  • Anne Hayes - Bennett College
  • Jessica Renard - University of West Georgia
DA Taskforce: Career Advancement & Belonging
2:45 - 3:00pm Hybrid Break
3:00 - 4:00pm Hybrid Plenary
Global Inclusion in Practice: Creating Equity in Global Health
4:00 - 4:30pm Hybrid Break
4:30 - 5:30pm Virtual Concurrent Session Block #2
Disrupting Destination Single Stories: Experiences of BIPOC study abroad professionals

New Zealand is type-cast as an "adventure-land" or "mythical" destination. Though enticing for some, 'single-storying' destinations unconsciously creates barriers for folx who have not historically been represented as study abroad students and feeds the implicit bias of advisors, inadvertently dissuading BIPOC students from selecting New Zealand. By gaining an accurate understanding of social, historical and cultural contexts of destinations, advisors can diversify student bodies and destinations, sharing compelling reasons for all students beyond basic type-cast assumptions.


  • Lewis Gibson - Education New Zealand
  • Malaika Serrano - Guild Education
  • Brittany Lashley - University of Maryland
Researching Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Virtual Exchange

Virtual Exchange (VE) combines the deep impact of intercultural dialogue and exchange with the broad reach of digital technology. As the VE field matures, there is a need to consider diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in these programs including challenges such as marginalization and underrepresentation of some learner communities. This panel will bring together researchers currently investigating DEI issues and power imbalances in VE and its role in social justice from three unique perspectives.


  • Kyle Kastler - The Aspen Institute
  • Maria Ines Marino - Florida International University
  • Kwesi Ewoodzie - Culture Beyond Borders
  • Laura Engel - The George Washington University
Overcoming the Financial Barriers to Studying Abroad: Strategies and opportunities

How often are students prevented from studying abroad due to financial concerns? Could scholarship efforts be unintentionally perpetuating myths about the cost of an international experience? This session will share a comprehensive institutional data project, which uncovers the complex financial identities of our students and also facilitates recruitment through targeted, tailored messaging regarding study abroad affordability. It will also discuss how promoting financial literacy is an effective strategy to empower students to study abroad.


  • Lisa Loberg - Loyola Marymount University
  • Macy Jeffery Ring - University of California, Riverside
  • Josh Hege - Loyola Marymount University
  • Kim Petok - Loyola Marymount University
Representation Matters! Building Engagement with Alumni: Partnerships that yield results

Leveraging the enthusiasm and insights of program alumni is important to reaching students from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds, but how do you build trusting relationships, develop programming, and create partnerships with alumni that reach a wider, more diverse audience of students? This session seeks to use case studies modeled by Fulbright U.S. Program alumni to explore these questions and find ways alumni can be understood, empowered, and leveraged to yield measurable and obtainable results.


  • Lee Rivers - Institute of International Education
  • LaNitra Berger - The George Mason University
  • Pandora White - Schreiner University
  • Ashleigh Brown-Grier - Howard University
Building Strategic Campus Partnerships to Support DEI and Study Abroad

Join representatives from the Office of International Education and Development at Appalachian State University for a working session on building relationships proactively to promote inclusion and diversity on your campus and in study abroad. Learn how to identify strategic partners on your campus and the surrounding community. Develop innovative ideas to get outside your normal silo to foster diversified thinking across campus, which will also keep your office at the table in important discussions.


  • Mallory Sadler - Appalachian State University
  • Dawn Arnold - Appalachian State University
  • Lindsay Pepper - Appalachian State University
Diverse, Underrepresented, and Under-Resourced Populations Interning Abroad

International, underrepresented and under-resourced student populations looking to advance academically and professionally amidst a crisis have found themselves turning to their universities for resources to do so; however, many universities find themselves under-equipped and unsure how to address these needs. We will look into the best practices from two universities in two countries to understand how to better serve underrepresented populations going abroad and provide insights on approaches to fund under-resourced populations to intern overseas.


  • Sabrina Starke - Absolute Internship
  • William Hyndman - Florida A&M University
  • Dario Guescini - George Brown College
Leveraging Education Abroad to Diversify the Federal Workforce

This session will bring together representatives from different U.S. government agencies striving to diversify the federal workforce. Speakers will discuss how expanding access to global education can contribute to a more inclusive pipeline to the federal workforce and support the U.S. government's goals for diversity, equity, and inclusion.

DA Taskforce: Faculty Development
5:30 - 6:30pm Virtual Inclusion Lounge
7:00 - 8:30pm On-SiteRestaurant Hop

Wednesday, October 27

Time (ET) Session
9:00 - 11:00am Hybrid Virtual Networking & Exhibit Hall
11:00 - 12:00pm Virtual Concurrent Session Block #3
Atlanta as a Global Hub: Designing for internship inclusion and innovation

Through partnerships, ATL Global Hub launched as a virtual internship platform that integrated alumni engagement, digital skill-building and team projects for undergraduates. An "Equity in the Workplace" panel served as an anchor for the global internship program. Hear directly from Atlanta business leaders, university alumni, and students engaged in the experience. Consider how design elements that strengthen equitable experiences and virtual internship success apply to various institutions and global city hubs.



  • Cliff Chan - Emory University
  • Dana Tottenham - University of Texas at Austin
  • Kate Moore - Global Career Center


Exploring Identity Abroad: Perspectives from international exchange alumni with disabilities

Going abroad often challenges us to explore identity in surprising ways. In this session, international exchange alumni will reflect on their experiences abroad, touching on the dynamics and interplay of disability, nationality, race, ethnicity, gender, and more. Their stories demonstrate how international exchange can help us better understand our own identities and sense of community.



  • Ashley Holben - Mobility International USA (MIUSA)
  • Johileny Merán - Mobility International USA (MIUSA)
How to Build an Antiracist DEI Study Abroad Program

Bridging the gap between U.S. and European views on DEI, two program directors, one in early stages of DEI program development and one with long experience delivering antiracist programs, share strategies for including diverse social identities in structuring program design, curriculum, and resources, with special focus on student engagement and on barriers that Study Abroad professionals encounter. Participants will take away student testimonies, theories, tools, and building blocks to design antiracist DEI study abroad programs.



  • Christine Kelly-Vereda - Consortium for Advanced Studies Abroad
  • Susan Sánchez-Casal - Tufts University
Diversifying the Global Education Pipeline: From high school to postgraduate

Research from the McKinsey Global Institute shows that by 2025, 45% of the world's largest companies will probably be based in emerging markets. However, only 6% of Americans who study abroad are black. According to a CNN report, black professionals in 2018 held just 3.3% of all executive or senior leadership roles. This panel will discuss strategies for diversifying the international education and global leadership pipeline from high school through the postgraduate level.



  • Ruby Maddox - Leaders of the Free World
  • Lavar Thomas - Leaders of the Free World
  • Jerome Moore - Black Youth Abroad
  • Tamara Cunningham - New Jersey City University
Local and Global: Intersection of multicultural affairs and global education

Join colleagues from diverse professional backgrounds to explore tangible approaches for global inclusion through the intersection of multicultural affairs, international programs/study abroad, and global studies.



  • Wesley Milner - Western Carolina University
  • Dana Patterson - Western Carolina University
  • Ingrid Bego - Western Carolina University
Strengthening Student Well-Being in Times of COVID19: A Flemish example

An important condition for a successful study progress and an essential value for inclusive higher education is paying attention to the mental well-being of students. During the pandemic, the mental well-being of students is under pressure. The Support Center Inclusive Higher Education (SIHO) at the University of Applied Sciences, Belgium, is coordinating the project "Strengthening Student Well-Being" with Flemish higher education institutions and student unions, and will be sharing its experience while moderating discussions on the topic.



  • Valérie Van Hees - Arteveld University of Applied Sciences
  • Dominique Montagnese - Arteveld University of Applied Sciences
Creating Community for Asian Students in Times of Crisis

The pandemic has highlighted challenges that our Asian international students face on our campuses. From Anti-Asian rhetoric to hate crimes, to military coups in their home countries, our students have had to navigate cultural adjustment with additional layers of insecurity, fear, and even trauma. This session will highlight key issues from Asian students on our campus (particularly Chinese and Burmese students), give voice to their perspectives, and provide a framework for collective campus support.



  • Cari Vanderkar - California Polytechnic State University
  • Ning Zhang - California Polytechnic State University
Reshaping Global Learning at HBCU's

This session will explore the legacy of excellence at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and the role of international education in their history. We will also look ahead to discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic has and will continue to reshape the future of global learning at HBCUs.

DA Taskforce: Student Support and Advising
12:15 - 1:30pm Virtual Plenary
Plenary Global Inclusion in Practice: The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship
1:30 - 2:00pm Virtual Break
2:00 - 2:45pm Virtual Concurrent Session Block #4 (Critical Issues)
Diversifying Pre-college Study Abroad: The importance of starting early

This session will share research that explores whether or not a study abroad experience before college can ease and enhance students of color's transition to and experience within college. Data suggests that students of color comprise a significantly small portion of youth who study abroad before college. This research provides strong justifications for increasing access to secondary school study abroad experiences for students of color as a way to achieve educational equity.


  • Kristiana Graves Floss - Wellesley College
Confessions From Your Token Black Colleague

This session provides an opportunity for leaders to pivot away from their typical focus on the return of investment and actually experience what it is like to work in environments where you are the minority. My call to action is that leaders do something that is not often done in business settings, to feel empathy.


  • Tali Lavarry - Yum Yum Morale
Inclusive Recruitment and Intentional Outreach: Making digital strategies personable

Fellowship and study abroad providers and advisors alike must adapt their outreach efforts to be more dynamic, meet students and young people where they are, and make information easier to digest. While the pandemic has caused many disruptions to the business-as-usual of many of our programs and offices, it has given us a unique opportunity to explore communication tools and marketing strategies. This session will present a few of those ideas.


  • Lily Lopez-McGee - Howard University
We Need To Talk About GPA

Throughout the pandemic, world events and calls from our students have asked us to reflect on how accessible Education Abroad really is. As the field prepares for programming post-pandemic, we must continue this reflection. One item not always discussed is how GPA minimums exclude students from applying. So, let's talk about it! Join us for an interactive session where we explore the impact of GPA minimums and cultivate alternative paths around how we use GPA.


  • Lillian Read - Institute for Study Abroad (IFSA)
  • Jeremy Gombin-Sperling - Fulbright Americas Program
First To Go Abroad: Building global initiatives for first-generation students

As Loyola Marymount University's Study Abroad and First To Go Program come together to plan for yet another year of their "First To Go Abroad" program, they aim to offer their reflections and praxis-based recommendations on the myriad of ways first-generation advocates can push the boundaries of what we know about first-generation college student access to immersive global education.


  • Pamela Underwood - Loyola Marymount University
  • Alexia Pineda - Loyola Marymount University
Incorporating Inclusive Language to Improve Diversity in Applicant Pools

What would the international education field look like if, in job postings, the phrase "experience studying, living and working abroad" was replaced with "intercultural skills and experience working with diverse and historically underrepresented students"? This session probes how our field can improve attracting diverse applicant pools by examining biases in job ads and problematic terms/phrases. This session will workshop a 'before' and 'after' hiring process and a 'call to action' to reduce barriers.


  • Coryn Shiflet - Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Dawn Harris Wooten - URep Abroad
Reconciling International Education's Racist Past

To realize the potential of international education as a tool for anti-racism, we must fist confront how our field has historically perpetuated inequities. This session will look specifically at race to better understand where and how white supremacy has guided policies and practices in the field of international education. Using this knowledge, we will discuss how we can fully transition the field of international education from being part of the problem, to becoming part of the solution.


  • Erich Dietrich - New York University Steinhardt
  • Cheikh Thiam - School for International Training
Supporting Trans Students Studying Abroad

Many students encounter new perceptions and experiences of their identities while traveling overseas. Since many of our identities are socially constructed, this can be a formative part of experiential learning in study abroad. But when might these encounters become dangerous to the physical and mental health of our students? Join this Critical Issue to learn best practices for how we can support our trans students in affirming all genders while acknowledging the realities of destinations with policies and cultural norms that may reinforce gender binaries and transphobia.


  • Melissa Chambers - WorldStrides
  • Lindsey Sitler - University of Maryland
Hot Topics in International Student Services & Support

Join the Diversity Abroad International Student Services & Support Task Force and explore lessons learned over the past year, provide insights as to plans for the coming year, and discuss innovations in relation to various task force topics including mental health for international students and gathering data to support international students.  The Task Force will also offer a Q&A with conference attendees to discuss and foster a collaborative knowledge sharing space.


  • Rayna Tagalicod - University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • Marnie Nelson - University of Nebraska at Lincoln
  • Cat Marte - American International Recruitment Council (AIRC)
  • Amy Bello - University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
2:45 - 3:00pm Hybrid Break
3:00 - 4:15pm Virtual Plenary
Global Inclusion in Practice: Plenary
4:15 - 4:30pm Hybrid Break
4:30 - 5:15pm Virtual Inclusion Lounge
5:15 - 6:00pm Hybrid Break
6:00 - 7:30pm Hybrid EDIIE Awards & Gala Dinner

Thursday, October 28

Time (ET) Session
8:00 - 9:00am On-Site Breakfast Networking
9:00 - 10:00am Hybrid Virtual Networking & Exhibit Hall
10:00 - 10:45am Virtual Inclusion Lounge
10:45 - 11:00am Hybrid Break
11:00 - 12:00pm Virtual Concurrent Session Block #5
Expanding the Conversation: Centering DEI onsite in Europe

How can we comprehensively advance DEI in study abroad knowing that in order to inspire new learning, these concepts must be translated and re-framed among different cultural and historical realities onsite? How can our global education programs create learning pathways where outgoing U.S.-based definitions are enriched by and contrasted with host country perspectives? In what ways can we entwine these perspectives with continued faculty development and innovative curricular approaches to foster collaborative strategic approaches underlying this shift? This session will provide case studies and frameworks to help answer these questions.


  • Julia Carnine - Dickinson College
  • Katie DeGuzman - Dickinson College
  • Helle Rytkønen - DIS - Study Abroad in Scandinavia
  • Nedra Sandiford - Dickinson College
Creating "Safer Zones" in Study Abroad Experiences: Joint sending and host institutions initiatives

How can we identify proactive measures and resources which address equity, diversity and inclusion? An institutional commitment to staff trainings, clear policy communication, and evaluation of current student profiles is essential. In this session, we will address the critical partnership between sending institutions and host programs, and discuss important considerations necessary in adequately supporting students on a successful experience abroad. Together, let’s create ‘safer’ zones which allow students to engage in safely expressing the intersectionality of their salient identities. Intentional preparation of students and staff in pre-departure and in-country phases is required to help guide students through this process, allowing them to consider their positionality and frame (and perhaps develop) their identities at home and abroad.


  • Bridget Demorest - Syracuse University
  • Ariadne Ferro - Syracuse University
  • Neil Savoy - Syracuse University
  • Alejandra Barahona - Veritas Study Abroad
Internships Abroad: A lever for diversity and 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. This session will explore 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.


  • Lisa Fleury - Vassar-Wesleyan Program in Paris
  • Jon Hutchinson - EUSA Internships
  • Celine Garelli- State University of New York at Oswego
  • Kelsey Gillett - State University of New York at Oswego
Winning International Students' Trust through Ethical and Transparent Recruiting

Ongoing incidents of civil unrest, racism, bigotry, and xenophobia in the U.S. continue to raise concerns for international students considering a U.S. education. Recruiters and enrollment professionals are also struggling with unanswered questions on the ethics of recruiting in turbulent times: What do international students need to know before studying in the U.S? How can we combat negative perceptions and communicate honestly, empathetically, and welcomingly? This session discusses ethical international student recruitment practices.


  • Catherine Marte - American International Recruitment Council
  • Charles Harcourt - Cazenovia College
#AmINext: The disappearance of Black female faculty, administrators and staff

Bringing together their collective experience that nearly totals a century of working in higher education, these administrators bring voice to their disappearance and that of colleagues from institutions that now deem them "no longer fitting the culture." How do we address this issue to develop intentionally diverse and inclusive environments that cultivate and sustain the leadership of Black women in higher education?


  • Dana Walton-Macaulay - City of Portland Independent Police Review
  • Khalilah Shabazz - Purdue University
Human Centered Advising: Designing simple solutions to complex student 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 student challenges that arise on-site and in program advising. During this session, we will introduce a framework called "empathy mapping". 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.


  • Jojo Rubnitz - KAHAL
  • Maddy Sweeney - Semester at Sea
  • Kallan Picha - Semester at Sea
Georgia State University: Advancing inclusive education

Georgia State University leads the nation in preparing students for success, gaining national acclaim for eliminating achievement gaps based on race, ethnicity, and income. This panel of senior university leadership will discuss its vision to advance inclusiveness, and the importance of designing a broad portfolio of global education programs to better prepare students for graduation. Presenters will highlight strategies for student success, campus-wide DEI plans, and efforts to increase access in global education.


  • Wolfgang Schlör - Georgia State University
  • Allison Calhoun-Brown - Georgia State University
  • Curtis D. Byrd - Georgia State University
Learning and Development Opportunities with Diversity Abroad

How will you continue to center DEI in global education beyond this conference? Diversity Abroad offers three certificate programs focused on developing the knowledge, skills, and confidence to champion diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. Join us for this session to learn more about the following opportunities:

International Education Diversity & Inclusion Certificate Program: Diversity abroad's flagship certificate program. Developed in collaboration with leaders in the fields of diversity & inclusion, international education, and student affairs, this program focuses on interpersonal growth, emerging trends, and the acquisition of competencies to affect sustainable institutional change. Global

Global Inclusive Leadership Certificate: This program provides current undergraduate and recent graduate students the opportunity to develop foundational knowledge of diversity, equity, and inclusion as a complement to leadership skills needed to thrive in internships, professional roles, and building their own ventures.

DA Taskforce: Marketing Outreach & Recruitment
12:00 - 12:30pm Hybrid Break
12:30 - 1:30pm Virtual Concurrent Session Block #6
The Crown Deconstructed: Reconciling the romanticized in U.S.-U.K. study abroad

This session will challenge the study abroad 'love story' between the U.S. and U.K., confronting the uncomfortable realities of romanticized shared histories and an interwoven present, in the momentum of Black Lives Matter and justice of George Floyd. Through contrasting narratives of speakers from both sides of the Atlantic, we will address how study abroad has contributed to this glorification and present a call-to-action for expanding identities to advance a more complete narrative of diverse nations.



  • Helen Long'a Tongu - London Metropolitan University
  • Jennifer Wilkinson - London Metropolitan University
  • Jadon Joyner - London Metropolitan University
  • Meghan Godding - London Metropolitan University
Taking Ownership: Racial injustice as a white issue

To create belonging in a workplace, we must understand how allyship is both used and experienced. This session will account for experiences from an international education lens but is valuable across all fields in addressing racial injustices, vulnerability, and belonging in the workplace. Interact with professionals and leave with tangible resources to promote equitable hiring practices, make space for all identities, foster a sense of belonging among professionals, and take ownership through action.



  • Hanni Geist - German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
  • Anna Hayes - UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School
  • Daniella Lubey - University of San Francisco
  • McKenna Hughes - Chapman University
Cross-Campus Collaboration to Support Mental Health in Underrepresented Students Abroad

It is essential that institutions provide high-impact practices that facilitate underrepresented students' success both in the U.S. and abroad. This session, focusing on mental health and wellness support, will provide practical resources and steps to successfully collaborate across campuses to provide culturally responsive, holistic mental health and wellness advising of underrepresented generation-z students before, during, and after a global experience.



  • Chelsea Cavlovic - University of Pittsburgh
  • Dareen Basma - Carnegie Mellon University
  • Rick Moslen - University of Pittsburgh
Integrating Social and Cultural Programming in Pathway Program Advising

International students are often seen as a homogeneous population on campuses. Presenters highlight intentional and personalized social and cultural programming strategies for a very diverse international population in a pathway program. Presenters will share evidence-based strategies linked to contributing to retention, program completion, student engagement, and a sense of belonging.



  • Nicole Inclan - University of Central Florida
  • Olga Bedoya - University of Central Florida
  • Anthony Massey - University of Central Florida
Racial Affinity Groups Abroad: A pedagogical tool toward equity

As students of color enter into study abroad spaces, they are often one of a few. How can leaders of trips that engage with race-related content or programs with diverse student identities ensure that all students are able to feel confident in their voice being heard and their body being safe, not only in the host country but also in spaces with their peers? Group leaders from a faculty-led program will tell you how this was accomplished in Ghana.



  • Vivie Nguyen - University of Puget Sound
  • LaToya Brackett - University of Puget Sound
Addressing Elephants in the Room: Creating belonging at work

In community with three Black Women leaders, we invite attendees to join our sister circle to discuss "elephants in the room" or inequalities that are not often addressed in International Education professional spaces. We will discuss the shortfall of personal commitment, problem with diversity strategic planning, and the need to recognize the invisible work of BIPOC (Black and Indigenous People of Color) colleagues to create a true culture of belonging.



  • Christina Thompson - Barcelona Study Abroad Experience (SAE)
  • Kory Saunders - North Carolina State University
  • Malaika Serrano - Guild Education
International Internships: A unique ROI for underrepresented students

Access to internship opportunities often proves to be more challenging for students of color, first-generation students, and students from lower socio-economic backgrounds. Yet, not only does including students with different national identifies, life circumstances, and cultural points of view greatly benefit any organization, but also participating in these kinds of global internship experiences can be the quickest way for underrepresented students to leapfrog socio-economic circumstance and break out of the cycle of 'under-employment' post-graduation. In this session, we will uncover the underlying benefits of interning abroad versus studying abroad and why this choice may make a better return on investment for underrepresented students' long-term career success.



  • Sean Williams - Tufts University
  • Cynthia Engel - CEA Study Abroad
Preparing International Students to Succeed in a Globally Diverse Workforce

Many international students remain in the US after graduation in order to work. With recent corporate shifts to expand initiatives in diversity, equity, and inclusion, how can conversations around equity expand to include global perspectives rather than exclude those who may not have US-centric language to discuss diversity, equity, and inclusion? How can higher education and international education support international students in navigating logistical and cultural challenges when staying in the US?

DA Taskforce: Fundamentals of Diversity Equity and Inclusion
1:30 - 2:00pm Hybrid Break
2:00 - 3:15pm Hybrid Closing Plenary
Global Inclusion in Practice: Food Security, Sustainability, & Climate Change
5:00 - 6:00pm Virtual Musical Guest

Schedule subject to change. Check back for updates throughout the summer.

Friday, October 29

Time (ET) Session Title
8:00 - 9:00am On-Site Light Breakfast Networking
9:00 - 10:00am Virtual Plenary 1
The Future of Global Education Post-Pandemic

In this panel, senior global education leaders from the Global North and Global South will reflect on the future of global higher education and discuss interventions needed to transform our institutions to ensure greater inclusivity and more equitable practices, policies, and cultures.

10:15 - 11:15am Virtual Plenary 2
The Future of Higher Education in a Globally Diverse World

This fireside chat welcomes leaders of higher education institutions to discuss the future of higher education. How are these institutions addressing today’s challenges and preparing the next generation to live, work, and engage in a globally inclusive world?

11:30 - 12:30pm Virtual Plenary 3
The Role of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in a Global Workforce

What is the role of global diversity, equity, and inclusion competence in the workforce and how are we preparing our students for an ever-evolving professional landscape? Senior leaders from the private and public sector will share their perspectives on the growing trends and challenges in investing in diversity, equity, and inclusion in an increasingly global workforce.

12:30 - 1:30pm On-Site Networking

Schedule subject to change. Check back for updates throughout the summer.

Check back soon for information on the 2021 Global Student Leadership Summit.


Concurrent Session

Concurrent sessions are 60-minute interactive sessions that include panel discussion and slide presentations. Presenters are encouraged to collaborate with colleagues and professionals from different campus units/offices and/or with colleagues from other institutions for greater consideration. Presenters are encouraged to develop a tool/resource/framework that can be shared with the attendees.

Deep Dive Session

Deep Dive sessions provide an opportunity for participants to interact with the session content through hands-on activities and discussions. Deep Dive sessions are 75 minutes, including a 30-45 minute presentation with the additional time remaining for real-time engagement including breakout sessions. Presenters must develop a tool/resource/framework that can be shared with the attendees. For example, hiring sessions (sample interview rubric to mitigate inclusive bias, sample rubric for evaluating best practices).


The e-posters encourage conference attendees to explore emerging themes in global education, diversity, and inclusion through interactive dialogue and visual representations (infographics, pictures, graphs, etc.). Topics may encompass a broad range of topics such as multicultural student experiences, promising practices, case studies, and research. Presenters will have the opportunity to submit a 5 minute video presentation of their poster that will be accessible to attendees during the 60-minute session. Real-time engagement with attendees will be limited.

Critical Issues

The 30-minute Critical Issues sessions are live sessions to explore critical issues related to the overarching track. Optional to include slides in the presentation. Real time engagement with attendees through polls and Q&A chat. Presenters are encouraged to develop a tool/resource/framework that can be shared with the attendees.

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