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2019 Annual Conference Schedule at a Glance

Tuesday, November 5

Time
Event / Session
Pre-Conference Workshop I
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Health, Safety, and Security: Basic Training 101
Half-day
Facilitators: Bill Bull, Vice President of Risk Management, CIEE
Colin McElroy, Director of Health, Safety, & Security, CIEE
Becca Auger, Operations Coordinator, Health & Safety, CIEE
1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Health, Safety, and Security: Advanced Training: The Stress Test on Preparedness
Half-day
Facilitators: Bill Bull, Vice President of Risk Management, CIEE
Colin McElroy, Director of Health, Safety, & Security, CIEE
Becca Auger, Operations Coordinator, Health & Safety, CIEE
Pre-Conference Workshop II
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Intercultural Intersections: Diversity and Inclusion as an Integral Part of Intercultural Development Workshop
Facilitators: Keshia Abraham, Ph.D., Director of Strategic Initiatives, CIEE
Quinton Redcliffe; Director of Diversity and Inclusion, CIEE
Brittani Smit, Manager of Student Life, CIEE – Cape Town Global Institute
Marion Tizon; Center Director, CIEE – Cusco, Peru

Wednesday, November 6

Time
Event / Session
Chair / Presenters
8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Registration and Welcome Desk
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Exhibit Hall
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Welcome Breakfast & Opening Plenary
Featured Speaker: Ritu Bhasin
Concurrent Sessions (Group 1)
10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Reflection and Articulation: Tools to Help Students Connect Study Abroad to Career Development

Details

The connection between study abroad, global internships, and career readiness continues to be an important topic of discussion - especially as the pool of students studying abroad becomes more diverse. In this workshop, presenters will provide examples for maximizing student learning through reflection and articulation. Because not all methods can be implemented at all institutions, session attendees will discuss how key concepts can be modified to work with the diverse population of study abroad students at their institution.

Chair: Joseph Halaas, University of Wisconsin - Madison School of Business

Presenters: Randeep Kullar, Academic Internship Council
Dana Tottenham, Emory University
10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Socio-economics, Inclusion, and Study Abroad

Details

This session examines the challenges of inclusion during study abroad, with a focus on the impact of student socio-economic circumstances and dynamics. Participants will explore the impact of accessible student life and academic resources and how the strategy of providing resources can openly differentiate, albeit unintentionally. In study abroad, there are still the ‘haves’ and the ‘have nots’ amongst increasingly diverse student cohorts. A review of examples from the field leads to the posit that academic support services and student life services need to consider and address the socio-economic gap not only in the accessibility domain of international education, but also the delivery domain of international education.

Chair: Ray Casserly, CIEE

Presenters: Keshia Abraham, CIEE
Quinton Redcliffe, CIEE
10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Get Out of My Way! Building Inclusive Study Abroad Experiences for Students with Disabilities

Details

Many study abroad professionals don’t fully understand what’s unique about studying abroad with a disability. In turn, they’re left to guess why some students don’t participate, or worse, get in the student’s way. Participants in this session will workshop the entire study abroad process from the perspective of a student with a disability by continuously asking, “is our approach student-centered?” Exploring the process and the relationship with campus partners and providers will provide participants with the tools needed to build a culture of inclusion for all students to study abroad at their institution.

Chair: Andrea Dvorak, Augsburg University

Presenters: Katie Lane, Augsburg University
Carden Olson, Augsburg University
10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Federal Funding Opportunities Through the Fulbright-Hays and Title VI Programs for Internationalization of College Campuses

Details

This session is designed to demystify the federal grant process for institutions and fellowship applicants and connect participants with the resources and tools needed to develop successful federal funding applications. Two Senior Program Officers for the U.S. Department of Education, as well as Fulbright-Hays grantees, will share best practices and tips when applying for international education federal funding.

Chair: Pamela Maimer, U.S. Department of Education

Presenters: Elizabeth Edmondson, Cornell University
Sandra Peters, Columbia University
Tanyelle Richardson, U.S. Department of Education
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Global Leadership League

Details

Join us for the 3rd Global Leadership League Annual Meeting. Learn more about, “The League” and how we help to advance women’s leadership in the global context. Bring colleagues and friends to discover how global educators expand, increase, and strengthen our accomplishments, skills, and networks.

Facilitator: Kate Moore, AIC
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Health, Safety, and Security Office Hours

Details

Bring your questions, concerns, and thoughts to the CIEE Health, Safety and Security team during our office hours. Have a question about campus safety in Prague? Internship placements in Santiago? Traveling with medications in Japan? We’ll be on hand to discuss CIEE’s policies, data, and experiences. Stop by for a 10-minute consult on any health, safety, and security issue on your mind.

Facilitators: Bill Bull, CIEE, Colin McElroy, CIEE
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Open Forum

Details

In this open forum we’ll discuss the issues related to managing study abroad offices, including dealing with financial constraints, human resources challenges, building campus support for international education, and managing crises. The format is free-flowing and participants are welcome to bring issues of their own that they would like to discuss with their peers.

Facilitator: Mary Ryan Dando, University of Colorado at Boulder
Concurrent Sessions (Group 2)
1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Sometimes the World Will Break Your Heart: Identity-Related Critical Incident Response and Reflective Learning

Details

What happens when a student has a negative experience abroad related to personal identity? Is this a common occurrence? What resources are available to help support students through social discrimination abroad? This session will address these issues from a variety of angles: from the perspective of a university crisis responder for education abroad programs; from student case studies of personal identity impacting a global experience; and from a newly developed Diversity Abroad Climate Survey regarding student identity and the study abroad experience. Participants will be equipped with new information about tools and resources to support students.

Chair: Autumn Tallman, University of Iowa

Presenters: Senait Chrisostomo, Diversity Abroad
Joelle Tolifero, Diversity Abroad
1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
“This Is the First Time I’ve Felt Like I Have Classmates.” A Guide to Providing Engaging Study Abroad Programs for the Diverse Population of Online Students

Details

Cultural competencies including adaptability and problem-solving skills are vitally important for students. Not all students, however, have the time and/or finances to spend a semester or even a summer on a study abroad program. This is especially true of online students. The online student population at Arizona State University continues to grow, especially within the W. P. Carey School of Business. With this in mind, short-term study abroad programming was developed so every student had the opportunity to have an international experience during their undergraduate education. In this session, presenters will discuss the steps taken to develop the first Global Intensive Experience (GIE) program working closely with the Study Abroad Office, School of Agribusiness, and a corporate partner.

Chair: Michelle Laws, Arizona State Univeristy

Presenters: Carrie Herrera Niesen, Arizona State University
Andrew Parady, Arizona State University
1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Equal Opportunities, Unique Experiences: Navigating Identities of Disability, Race, Gender, and Sexuality While Traveling Abroad

Details

Students with disabilities, identify as LGBTQIA+, and/or people of color have much to gain from international education and much to contribute. Presenters will describe practices for creating environments that engage those underrepresented in study abroad programs by reflecting on experiences of LGBTQIA+ people of color studying abroad and leading a group of university students with physical and sensory disabilities on a short-term program to Japan. Attendees will be challenged with the question, “how can we, as educators, hold ourselves accountable for educating ourselves and our colleagues on inclusion, oppression, and privilege?”

Chair: Ashley Holben, Mobility International USA

Presenters: Michael Schwartz, Syracuse University
Jacquis Watters, Columbia University
1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Building Empathy in STEM and Programs Abroad

Details

Traditionally, there has been a gap in teaching empathy to STEM majors. This session will explore the current state of STEM teaching and the developing shift toward adding empathy to the skill set needed for successful STEM careers. The presentation will also walk participants through strategies for teaching empathy through a change in pedagogy during study abroad programs and look at tools that facilitate intercultural learning and build empathy. Participants will examine the cultural shift that’s taking place in the field since the case has been made that empathy is actually advantageous to science.

Chair: Molly Stern, AFS Intercultural Programs

Presenters: Doug Dunston, University of St. Thomas
Camille George, University of St. Thomas
2:45 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Poster Session and Coffee Break

Details

African Americans in Contact: An Ethnographic Case Study of Cultural Sensitivity in Study Abroad
Marisa Gray, Morgan State University

Assessing the Intercultural Impact of Short-term Engineering Study Abroad Programs
Jill Churchill, Purdue University

Black Students and Study Abroad: An Open Discussion on Barriers and Increasing Access
Annastasia Williams, University of Texas-Knoxville
Nicole Kaforski, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Connecting Global Students with United Nations Opportunities
Samantha Lu, Columbia University

Creating Education Abroad Opportunities for Underrepresented Students in Tennessee Community Colleges
Anne-Marie McKee and Girija Shinde, Volunteer State Community College

Developing a Faculty-Led Travel Course: A Review of Lessons Learned
David Solomon and Alvin Malesky, Western Carolina University

Diversity in Historical Studies: History and Yoga in One-Course Approach
Rosemary Stanfield-Johnson, University of Minnesota Duluth

Enhancing Student Mobility: Summer Gateway Programs for STEM Majors
Hsiu-Zu Ho, Yeana Lam, and Sarah Abraham, University of California Education Abroad Program

Expectation versus Reality: Insights into the Transition Experiences of International Students
Olaide Agbeniga, University of Pretoria, South Africa

First-Generation, First-Abroad
Karla Aguilar, Division of Diversity and Community Engagement Global Student Fellows, University of Texas

From Campus to Study Abroad and Back: A Pedagogical Cycle Connecting Learning in the Classroom After Study Abroad
Luziris Pineda Turi and Maryam Emami, Rice University

From Study Abroad back to Campus: A Pedagogical Cycle Connecting Learning Abroad to Learning in the Classroom
Hélade Scutti Santos, Rice University

Gender Inclusivity for Faculty-led travel
Danielle Ficco, Washington & Jefferson College

Get Your Life! Encouraging and Supporting First-generation and Non-traditional Students to Study Abroad
Keisha Campbell, Marisa Gray, and Rhonda Shields, Morgan State University

Global Citizenship: My First European Experience
Shane Cavanaugh and Kristina Rouech, Central Michigan University

Incorporating student voices: utilizing student employees in projects related to diversity and inclusion
Brook Baslee, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Increasing STEM, Global and Cultural Competencies of Underrepresented Student Populations Through Study Abroad Programs in Spain and Australia
Neal Phillip, Bronx Community College

Introspective Lessons: HBCU Undergraduate Social Work Students Experiences in Havana, Cuba
Makeba Green, Bowie State University
Jennifer Delgado, Student at Bowie State University

Latinx Students and Study Abroad: Language Programs as a Gateway to International Education
Mirta Barrea-Marlys, Monmouth University

Learning, Innovation and Community: Africana/Black World Study Abroad and Scholarly Exchange
Robert Hanserd, Columbia College Chicago

Making Deeper Connections Through Culturally Relevant Study Abroad
Dirk N. Soma, Kauai Community College

Motivation of Study Abroad Programs Made by People of Color
Adia Boyd, NJIT

Moving the Classroom around the World: Faculty and Students Interested in the Curriculum Development of a Study Abroad Program Internationally
Sherita Tompkins, Jackson State University

Passageways to Multiple Cultural Understandings: Engaging Marginalized Students with People and ‘Place’ Abroad
Allison Freed, University of the Ozarks
Aerin Benavides, University of North Carolina Greensboro
Lacey Huffling, Georgia Southern University

Questioning abroad: Preparing Students to Navigate the Relationship Between Study Abroad and Sexual Orientation Identity Transformation
Ashley Trebisacci, Brandeis University

Required: Creativity and Guts; Building Bridges for Students of Color Underrepresented in Study Abroad
Metrice Harris-Weedman, PhD Education & Social Justice Doctoral Student at Lancaster University, UK

Resources to Connect with Diverse Communities Abroad
Stacy Benjamin-Wood, CIEE

Transgender and Non-Binary Perspectives in Study Abroad: Building Materials with and For Students in Global Contexts
Mara Flamm, The University of the Arts

Teaching Religion in Study Abroad Programs
Farah Cherif D'Ouezzan, Center for Cross-Cultural Learning, Rabat - Morocco

World Wide Global Health Career Model for Health Professions
Felecia M, Banks, Marguerite E. Neita, Priscilla Okunji, Chimene Castor, Sylvia Anderson, and Aunamesha Henley, Howard University

From first-generation abroad to re-entry, see how your colleagues are working to make study abroad a reality for all of today’s students. The Poster Fair and Coffee Break offers an opportunity for one-on-one meaningful discussions on innovative approaches for Opening Doors to Increase Diversity in Study Abroad!
Concurrent Sessions (Group 3)
3:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Cultural Heritage Preservation: Service-Learning with Unmanned Technologies in the Balkans

Details

The Balkans’ unique and diverse cultural heritage provides an ideal setting for student service- learning in political, cultural, and sociological studies. This session includes perspectives from three different organizations - one located in the U.S. and two located in the Republic of Kosovo. Participants will assess pedagogy for effective service-learning that addresses real-world needs and how to identify partners, necessary preparations, and essential logistics. Presenters will discuss ways to identify and enhance underserved university programs, engage faculty and connect with students, and bridge the divide between students in disciplines of technical and social sciences.

Chair: Sue Macchiarella, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University at Daytona Beach

Presenters: Mark Baskin, Rochester Institute of Technology, Kosovo
Dan Macchiarella, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Sali Shoshi, Cultural Heritage without Borders
Kaltrina Thaci, Cultural Heritage without Borders
3:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Living My Best Life: Strategies to Increase Study Abroad Participation

Details

How can institutions, especially Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs), increase the number of students going abroad? Although MSIs have a greater percentage of students of color, there is still a large disparity in the percentage of these students going abroad. Underrepresented students (students of color, first-generation college students, high financial need students, etc.) often face many challenges just to attend college. Once they are on campus, they may struggle to learn new systems and find available services. Participants will learn best practices for reaching, engaging, and communicating with underrepresented students about the benefits of study abroad.

Chair: Alisa Jackson, CIEE

Presenters: Ronice Johnson, North Carolina A &T State University
Stephanie Tilley, Prairie View A & M University
3:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Study Abroad as a Public Good: Identifying and Enhancing Students’ Professional Growth Through International Experience

Details

Underrepresented college students seek a return on their undergraduate education investment and place high value on experiences that bolster employability. In this session, participants will reflect upon career-enhancing opportunities available in study abroad and global internships and discover strategies to help students take advantage of these resume-boosting opportunities. The session will also cover methods to enhance equity and extend global education opportunities to students traditionally underrepresented in study or internships abroad.

Chair: Michelle Pickard, Institute on International Education

Presenters: Sandra Cortez - Lehman College, CUNY
Julie Fratrik - New York Institute of Technology
Theresa Gagnon - U.S. Department of State Bureau
Minhkhang Truong - Gilman Scholarship Alumni Ambassador
3:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Higher Ed Disruptors: A Comprehensive and Integrated Approach to Challenging a System of Inequities

Details

Through an integrated review and understanding of processes, resources, and partnerships within higher education, the system of inequities that prevents underrepresented students from studying abroad can be challenged. In this session, presenters will discuss the systemic issues within study abroad that deliberately impact access and engagement from historically underserved student populations. Through this lens, traditional ideas will be challenged, and participants will look closely at their understanding of, practices related to, and ability to build systems for increasing diverse student and community engagement. By identifying blind spots, considering nontraditional strategic partnerships, and discussing resource allocation, the systems of inequity in study abroad can be broken down.

Chair: Andra Jacques, University of California, San Diego

Presenters: Luis Legaspi, University of California, San Diego
Jay Minert, University of California, San Diego
Darin Smith-Gaddis, CAPA: The Global Education Network
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Meet CIEE Reception (Glasserie)
Transportation will be provided; all attendees are welcome

Thursday, November 7

Time
Event / Session
Chair / Presenters
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Registration and Welcome Desk
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Exhibit Hall
Concurrent Sessions (Group 4)
8:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Advising Latino and Hispanic Heritage Students who Study Abroad in Spanish-Speaking Locations

Details

Recommending study abroad in a Spanish-speaking country isn’t always an easy sell to Latino and Hispanic students. Will a student´s Spanish be accepted by locals in the host country? Are their language skills “good enough” for immersion in a new culture? Can a Latino student have a successful study abroad experience and forego the burden of representing their Hispanic community? In this session, presenters will identify key learning points for predeparture and in-country orientation using case studies on academics, cultural adaptation, and identity politics and racism. In addition, they’ll share examples of best practices from Chile, Argentina, and Spain.

Chair: Ryan Larsen, Western Washington University

Presenters: Aránzazu Borrachero, Queensborough Community College – CUNY
Eero Jesurun, CIEE
Kenneth Yanes, John Jay College of Criminal Justice - CUNY
8:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Intersectionality in Marketing and Recruiting: Defining “Underrepresented” in Study Abroad
Chair: Daniel Watson, University of Utah

Presenter: Anne Frey, Portland Community College
8:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
What’s Foucault Got to Do with It: Diverse Career Pathways for the International Educator

Details

International education is a field that attracts people who want to humanize international relations, foster community and inclusion, and promote mutual understanding across borders. This session will highlight diverse avenues and strategies for pursuing a rewarding, dynamic career in study abroad. The panelists will consider how theories, methods, and experiences from their graduate studies apply to their current work and engage the audience in a critical conversation on the merits of pursuing a doctorate or other credentials. The session will conclude with a facilitated dialogue for participants on career tips and recommended job search resources, in order to make informed decisions that best support their career goals.

Chair: Alexandra Wood, CIEE

Presenters: Christian A. Bracho, University of La Verne
Karleigh Koster, Indiana University Kelley School of Business
Martha McGivern, DePaul University
Grace Pai, Guttman Community College
8:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Outsider Within: Preparing and Supporting Black Students on their Study Abroad Journey

Details

Increasing diversity on college campuses has resulted in an increase in the number of students of color studying abroad. As institutions aim to increase the racial and ethnic diversity of students who go abroad, practitioners must find innovative ways to prepare students for what they may encounter. This session will encourage practitioners to take inclusive excellence beyond numbers and see study abroad through the lens of the Black student. By doing so, strategies will be unpacked that serve underrepresented students and provide them the tools to navigate across differences.

Chair: Porché Chiles, Wake Forest University

Presenters: Carla Fullwood, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Poster Session and Coffee Break

Details

African Americans in Contact: An Ethnographic Case Study of Cultural Sensitivity in Study Abroad
Marisa Gray, Morgan State University

Assessing the Intercultural Impact of Short-term Engineering Study Abroad Programs
Jill Churchill, Purdue University

Black Students and Study Abroad: An Open Discussion on Barriers and Increasing Access
Annastasia Williams, University of Texas-Knoxville
Nicole Kaforski, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Connecting Global Students with United Nations Opportunities
Samantha Lu, Columbia University

Creating Education Abroad Opportunities for Underrepresented Students in Tennessee Community Colleges
Anne-Marie McKee and Girija Shinde, Volunteer State Community College

Developing a Faculty-Led Travel Course: A Review of Lessons Learned
David Solomon and Alvin Malesky, Western Carolina University

Diversity in Historical Studies: History and Yoga in One-Course Approach
Rosemary Stanfield-Johnson, University of Minnesota Duluth

Enhancing Student Mobility: Summer Gateway Programs for STEM Majors
Hsiu-Zu Ho, Yeana Lam, and Sarah Abraham, University of California Education Abroad Program

Expectation versus Reality: Insights into the Transition Experiences of International Students
Olaide Agbeniga, University of Pretoria, South Africa

First-Generation, First-Abroad
Karla Aguilar, Division of Diversity and Community Engagement Global Student Fellows, University of Texas

From Campus to Study Abroad and Back: A Pedagogical Cycle Connecting Learning in the Classroom After Study Abroad
Luziris Pineda Turi and Maryam Emami, Rice University

From Study Abroad back to Campus: A Pedagogical Cycle Connecting Learning Abroad to Learning in the Classroom
Hélade Scutti Santos, Rice University

Gender Inclusivity for Faculty-led travel
Danielle Ficco, Washington & Jefferson College

Get Your Life! Encouraging and Supporting First-generation and Non-traditional Students to Study Abroad
Keisha Campbell, Marisa Gray, and Rhonda Shields, Morgan State University

Global Citizenship: My First European Experience
Shane Cavanaugh and Kristina Rouech, Central Michigan University

Incorporating student voices: utilizing student employees in projects related to diversity and inclusion
Brook Baslee, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Increasing STEM, Global and Cultural Competencies of Underrepresented Student Populations Through Study Abroad Programs in Spain and Australia
Neal Phillip, Bronx Community College

Introspective Lessons: HBCU Undergraduate Social Work Students Experiences in Havana, Cuba
Makeba Green, Bowie State University
Jennifer Delgado, Student at Bowie State University

Latinx Students and Study Abroad: Language Programs as a Gateway to International Education
Mirta Barrea-Marlys, Monmouth University

Learning, Innovation and Community: Africana/Black World Study Abroad and Scholarly Exchange
Robert Hanserd, Columbia College Chicago

Making Deeper Connections Through Culturally Relevant Study Abroad
Dirk N. Soma, Kauai Community College

Motivation of Study Abroad Programs Made by People of Color
Adia Boyd, NJIT

Moving the Classroom around the World: Faculty and Students Interested in the Curriculum Development of a Study Abroad Program Internationally
Sherita Tompkins, Jackson State University

Passageways to Multiple Cultural Understandings: Engaging Marginalized Students with People and ‘Place’ Abroad
Allison Freed, University of the Ozarks
Aerin Benavides, University of North Carolina Greensboro
Lacey Huffling, Georgia Southern University

Questioning abroad: Preparing Students to Navigate the Relationship Between Study Abroad and Sexual Orientation Identity Transformation
Ashley Trebisacci, Brandeis University

Required: Creativity and Guts; Building Bridges for Students of Color Underrepresented in Study Abroad
Metrice Harris-Weedman, PhD Education & Social Justice Doctoral Student at Lancaster University, UK

Resources to Connect with Diverse Communities Abroad
Stacy Benjamin-Wood, CIEE

Transgender and Non-Binary Perspectives in Study Abroad: Building Materials with and For Students in Global Contexts
Mara Flamm, The University of the Arts

Teaching Religion in Study Abroad Programs
Farah Cherif D'Ouezzan, Center for Cross-Cultural Learning, Rabat - Morocco

World Wide Global Health Career Model for Health Professions
Felecia M, Banks, Marguerite E. Neita, Priscilla Okunji, Chimene Castor, Sylvia Anderson, and Aunamesha Henley, Howard University

From first-generation abroad to re-entry, see how your colleagues are working to make study abroad a reality for all of today’s students. The Poster Fair and Coffee Break offers an opportunity for one-on-one meaningful discussions on innovative approaches for Opening Doors to Increase Diversity in Study Abroad!
Concurrent Sessions (Group 5)
10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Re-centering Study Abroad: Reflections on Study Abroad Programming in Africa

Details

Africa has generally been considered a non-traditional study abroad destination. This label seems to be validated by several factors, including the low number of study abroad programs available in Africa. As a result, fewer students study abroad in Africa, compared with those going to traditional destinations. Presumably, a lack of deep familiarity with the African continent and the comfort of risk-avoidance explain why study abroad advising tends to be oriented toward places which, for parents, sending institutions, and service providers, seem safer and more familiar than Africa. This panel proposes to re-center study abroad in Africa by engaging participants to critically reflect on advising and programming.

Chair: Serigne Ndiaye, CIEE

Presenters: Keshia Abraham, CIEE
Kwasi Gyasi-Gyamerah, CIEE
Makiah Lyons, Howard University
10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Study Abroad: Is It All About Me? Taking the ‘Self’ Out of the Center

Details

This thought-provoking session will encourage participants to consider reshaping the way they guide students to interact with and process the study abroad experience. Participants will gain insight into the student perspective based on feedback collected from study abroad returnees as well as useful vocabulary and techniques that can be used to discuss identity without creating a self-centered focus on study abroad. The goal of this session is to engage in discussion so practitioners can re-frame their approach to advising, or, at the very least, begin a conversation about why it may be necessary to do so.

Chair: Marina Montgomery, Howard University

Presenters: Tim Baird, CET Academic Programs
Noelle Baldwin, IES Abroad
10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Developing Innovative Sustainability and STEM-focused Study Abroad Programs Using a Collective Social Learning Model

Details

This session will describe the initiation of STEM and sustainability-focused study abroad programs in Spain, Australia, and India by underrepresented student groups at the City University of New York, using a collective social learning (CSL) model.

Chair: Neal Phillip, Bronx Community College

Presenters: Greg Bruce, City of Townsville, Australia
Antonia Ferriol, CIEE
Shaneza Rohoman, Bronx Community College/CUNY
Dereck Skeete, Medgar Evers College
10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Global Learning and Career Readiness: Enhancing Education Abroad Access for HBCU Students

Details

In this session, a faculty-student panel will share cross-disciplinary approaches used at an HBCU to enhance students’ access to study abroad. Approaches include: integrating study abroad programs into competency-based professional preparation and curricula; developing international field research programs that enhance the attractiveness of foreign service careers where minorities tend to be underrepresented; and linking study abroad to student engagement initiatives for first-year students. Participants will also examine the success of student-driven strategies to change their landscape as they navigate through study abroad.

Chair: Maxine Sample, Virginia State University

Presenters: Michelle Corley, Virginia State University
Tajaiana Menchion, Virginia State University
Jane Parker, Virginia State University
12:15 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions (Group 6)
2:15 p.m. -3:30 p.m.
Redefining The Narrative of Global Classrooms and Careers Through Expat Mentorship

Details

With the clear disparity of diverse representation in global classrooms and careers, first-generation students and students of color lack resources and roadmaps to study and thrive abroad. Through mentor-focused programs with expat communities of colors, students are able to engage with professionals who have experienced studying, working, and living abroad. By the end of this session, attendees will be able to reshape the narrative of the post-graduate impact of studying abroad as well as design mentor-focused programs for a diverse student body.

Chair: Sienna Brown, Las Morenas de España

Presenters: Aisha Cort, Howard University
Lori Tharps, Temple University
2:15 p.m. -3:30 p.m.
The Hidden Module: Confronting Inequity, Decolonization, and Privilege in Two Diverse Short-term Study Abroad Programs in Uganda

Details

This session includes a panel representing student, faculty, and program partner perspectives as they mine experiences from two programs in Uganda to achieve the following learning objectives/goals: 1. Explore methods to facilitate conversations about inequity, privilege, and anti-oppression. 2. Identify challenges of diverse study abroad programs, including handling prejudice, cultural insensitivity, and misunderstandings of participants. 3. Discuss the impact of reflection during diverse study abroad programs on student learning.

Chair: Mieka Smart, Michigan State University

Presenters: Amber Churchwell, Colby College
Teddy Ruge, Raintree Farms 
Laura Seay, Colby College
2:15 p.m. -3:30 p.m.
Designing with Identity in Mind: A Case Study on Two Deaf-centric Programs in Madrid and Cape Town

Details

This session will look at two innovative programs – one from Gallaudet University and the other from California State University – that were both awarded a CIEE Access Grant for their deaf-centric study abroad programs. Currently, providers and universities play a game of “catch up” trying to help a student with a disability go abroad. This is because most programs aren’t designed with these students in mind. This session will explore the inclusive and intentional design approach taken at Gallaudet and California State University to meet the needs of deaf students and provide the same access to cultural exploration and language immersion as their hearing peers. Participants will learn how these two models can be tailored to a variety of programs in order to reach student bodies with similar barriers to access.

Chair: Francisco Frisuelos-Krömer, CIEE

Presenters: Becca AbuRakia-Einhorn, Gallaudet University
Emily Hennessy, CIEE
Quinton Redcliffe, CIEE
Lissa Stapleton, California State University Northridge
2:15 p.m. -3:30 p.m.
Identity in Focus: Shifting Advising Practices Toward a More Diverse and Inclusive Student Experience

Details

As the field of international education focuses increasingly on diversity and inclusion, advisors and peer educators must do more than encourage diverse applicants to simply apply. Professionals must provide support and resources designed for underrepresented demographics to facilitate successful transitions abroad. This presentation addresses prevalent issues in designing content-based, predeparture services for underrepresented students including intersectionality, impact of location and identity on student experience, and potential difficulty from a position of privilege. Participants will also discuss ways students can best contextualize their unique identities and challenges within the confines of their host country and culture.

Chair: Julia Pons, CIEE

Presenters: Meredith Connelly, Tulane University
Julie Gamze, Tulane University
Mary Morrissey, CIEE
Concurrent Sessions (Group 7)
3:45 p.m -5:00 p.m.
Washington Update

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After a tumultuous political year, during which immigration issues continued to drive national debates, the race for president is in full swing. Join us as we discuss the latest changes to immigration policy and share where presidential candidates stand on critical issues of importance to the exchange community. We will also discuss the growing effort to ensure that Americans understand the positive impact of exchange programs on local communities in the U.S. As part of the latter issue, we will address the question – how can sponsors and facilitators involve greater numbers of urban and inland students in international exchange programs?

Chair: Ilir Zherka, Alliance for International Education
3:45 p.m -5:00 p.m.
Creating a Global Campus for Minority Serving Institutions - Improving Access to International Education

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New Jersey City University (NJCU), Leaders of the Free World (LFW), and Birthright AFRICA will discuss their work and offer insights on how colleges and universities can partner with organizations to leverage opportunities nationally and globally. This session will be an interactive group session for participants to brainstorm what a partnership and plan might look like. Participants will have the opportunity to articulate institutional partnership goals and identify potential opportunities and strategies for improving access to international education. Participants will come away with ideas they can apply to their institutions.

Chair: Ruby Maddox, Leaders of the Free World

Presenters: Tamara Cunningham, New Jersey City University
Walla Elsheikh, Birthright AFRICA
Lavar Thomas, Leaders of the Free World
Timothy White, New Jersey City University
3:45 p.m -5:00 p.m.
Impact Globally, Strategize Inclusively: Enhancing Access for Students with Disabilities

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The commitment to provide students from diverse backgrounds, including students with disabilities, the opportunity to study abroad raises many questions. Among those, how can institutions ensure effective and efficient inclusion for all students at all stages of a program? Program growth brings a diversity of participants and the need to plan inclusively. This session will look at how education abroad professionals can build a foundation of support for students with disabilities from recruitment to re-entry to continue attracting students with disabilities to international exchange and ensure their experience is on par with other students.

Chair: Monica Malhotra, Mobility International USA

Presenter: To be announced
3:45 p.m -5:00 p.m.
Start in the Middle: On-Site to Re-Entry & Back to Maximize Student Learning

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This interactive session starts with the premise that study abroad educators need to begin in the middle - on-site and re-entry - to more effectively achieve desired study abroad learning objectives. Using research and theoretical frameworks, presenters will introduce practical ideas to help students maximize their intercultural and career-related learning. These include both on-site and re-entry activities for intentional interventions and reflection. Presenters will share impactful strategies and techniques that can be adapted to any setting. Participants will depart with materials and ideas for immediate implementation.

Chair: Ann Lutterman-Aguilar, Augsburg University

Presenters: Ann Hubarrd, AIFS
Lisa Loberg, Loyola Marymount University
3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Health, Safety, and Security Office Hours

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Bring your questions, concerns, and thoughts to the CIEE Health, Safety and Security team during our office hours. Have a question about campus safety in Prague? Internship placements in Santiago? Traveling with medications in Japan? We’ll be on hand to discuss CIEE’s policies, data, and experiences. Stop by for a 10-minute consult on any health, safety, and security issue on your mind.

Facilitators: Bill Bull, CIEE, Colin McElroy, CIEE
7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Annual Reception (Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration)
Transportation will be provided; all attendees are welcome

Friday, November 8

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Event / Session
Chair / Presenters
8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Registration and Welcome Desk
8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Exhibit Hall
8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
CIEE Breakfast
Concurrent Sessions (Group 8)
10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
International Students Studying Abroad: Adapting to a New Reality

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According to the 2017 Open Doors Report, in the past decade more and more international students are studying at U.S. universities and taking part in study abroad programs. This new reality is impacting how professionals in the field address the expectations of students’ needs, leading to a reformulation of working habits and procedures. In this session, presenters will address the need to acknowledge and understand this trend (Open Doors does not have specific data around this group of students), and identify tools that will help educators better serve these students, while embracing the diversity, richness, and learning opportunities they bring to the student body.

Chair: Luísa Castro Caldas, CIEE

Presenters: Nigel Cossar, University of Pennsylvania
Student Presenter, TBA
10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Intercultural Competency at the Intersection of Virtual Spaces and Experiential Learning

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This session will identify how virtual-mediated learning combines with professional experiences to influence the development of intercultural competency among military-affiliated graduate students, an overlooked student population. What tools, technologies, and best practices can institutions employ to help ensure diverse voices feel engaged and supported in their pursuit of international education? This session will apply a critical lens and student perspectives, while giving participants tangible ways to foster an inclusive community. Through an examination of how one institution is expanding graduate program options in order to create inclusive environments for its active duty and veteran student populations, participants will have an opportunity to consider their respective student populations and ways they can foster inclusivity in curricular and co-curricular programing.

Chair: Terra Gargano, American University

Presenters: Sam Franco, American University
Melissa Sinclair, American University
Julia Ziegler, American University
10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Passport to Engagement: Illuminating the Way for Underrepresented Students in Study Abroad, Highlighting Business-students Case Study

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At the University of Cincinnati, a large, public, research university, various units have made strides in supporting and engaging traditionally underrepresented student populations in international experiences. Since the creation of the Business Fellows Canada program, 36% of underrepresented students studying business go on to participate in another study abroad experience as an upperclassman. Presenters will discuss strategies used to create a culture of study abroad. Attendees of this session will: identify barriers to racially diverse students participating in study abroad; understand strategies undertaken by various units at University of Cincinnati to increase underrepresented student participation and; determine action steps to increase participation of underrepresented students.

Chair: Lee Armstrong, University of Cincinnati

Presenters: Valda Bronston, University of Cincinnati
Selena Drake, University of Cincinnati
Pierre James, University of Cincinnati
10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Low Budget Solutions for High Impact Results: Strategies for Improving Access

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How can the field of education abroad address the needs of Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs), Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), and Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs) as they strive to increase study abroad participation? How can one-person offices improve study abroad recruitment efforts? How does one find resources that specifically address the needs of MSIs, HBCUs, and TCUs as they engage in global education? The Forum on Education Abroad convened a working group specifically to address these questions. In this session, presenters will discuss the working group’s charge, progress, what was learned, as well as examples from two institutions that have approached these issues.

Chair: Natalie Mello, The Forum on Education Abroad

Presenters: Evadean Myers, Prairie View A&M University
Leslyn Tonge, University of the Virgin Islands
Concurrent Sessions (Group 9)
11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Holistic, Developmental Advising: An Interactive Workshop

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In this interactive session, presenters from a wide range of institutions will introduce holistic, developmental advising and share how this approach positions their own underrepresented students to make the most of their international experience. Case studies will center on different areas of diversity: race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, LGBTQIA+, or students registered with their institution’s disability resource center. Participants will enhance advising skills in small groups and then discuss approaches in a facilitated, large-group setting. Participants will leave with an understanding of holistic, developmental advising for underrepresented students and ways to implement this approach at their own home institution.

Chair: Karin Chipman, Chatham University

Presenters: Danielle Genemore, Duquesne University
Kay Greene, Arcadia University Tuanqtip Klinbubpa-Neff, University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Building Cross Campus Collaboration to Support Diverse Populations Abroad

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This session will focus on strategies for leveraging cross-campus collaborations to support students of diverse backgrounds throughout the education abroad process. While increasing the participation of diverse populations in study abroad is a goal shared by universities across the country, relevant faculty, staff, and administrators often work in silos to achieve this outcome. In this session, participants will conduct an audit of operations, policies, and processes to identify barriers to study abroad faced by these students, while also considering whether their unit’s work is aligned with larger campus goals. They will then develop a plan to collaborate with colleagues who champion equitable access to study abroad at all levels in order to help neutralize barriers that prevent these students from accessing meaningful study abroad opportunities. 

Chair: Annie Gibson, Tulane University

Presenters: Carolyn Barber Pierre, Tulane University
Paula Nicole Brooke, Tulane University
Emily Capdeville, Tulane University
11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Mobile and App-Natives: Redefining Learning Strategies and Customize Experiences for an Entrepreneurial iGeneration

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Technology has undoubtedly changed the way students communicate and interact in today’s world as the iGeneration is the most tech-savvy of all to date. Since the iGeneration is fully immersed in a multi-tasking world scenario, U.S. study abroad professionals and international field staff recognize the need to identify and articulate a new set of strategic practices that may help embrace technology as a way to redefine international education. In this session, presenters will discuss different approaches and best practices to accommodate the needs of a digital-born generation while considering the importance of maintaining quality-based analog interactions.

Chair: Francisco Diez, CIEE

Presenter: Kevin Morrison, Macalester College
11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
It Takes More Than One Office: Working Collaboratively to Promote Reflection and Intentionality in Education Abroad

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How do we ensure that underrepresented students feel both welcomed and challenged while studying abroad? In line with the notion of “inclusive excellence,” this session will explore the ways in which reflection components can set a new tone on a program while carving out space for all students to contribute in new and meaningful ways, including those who have not historically gone abroad in large numbers. For maximum effectiveness, such work needs to be a thread throughout students’ experiences, on campus and abroad, and requires collaboration among key factors. This interactive session begins with a theoretical context and then explores concrete strategies for addressing students' needs.

Chair: Jill Burya, Columbia University

Presenters: Keshia Abraham, CIEE
Nick Gozik, Boston College

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