17th Annual Conference
Evolution & Revolution: Solutions in Action
March 1-5, 2021
Virtual

International Educators are in uncharted territory. Never have we faced such challenges, and never has our work been more important. The pandemic has forced us to adapt, innovate, and improve, to demonstrate resilience, and to support each other. Though there may be impediments to travel, connecting the world is critical.

As we celebrate the 20th anniversary of The Forum’s founding, let’s reflect on what we’ve learned over the past two decades, and how recent events charge us to change in the twenty years to come. Join us for dynamic dialogue on the evolution of our work and the revolution needed to thrive in the uncertain times ahead. Now is the time to think big, present bold ideas, and offer innovative solutions.

Sessions

View from above desk showing person's arms, writing in a notebook, in front of a screen during a virtual meeting

All sessions fell into one of the following 10 focus areas:

  • Ethics & Ethical Partnerships
  • Equity, Diversity & Inclusion
  • Health, Safety & Well-Being
  • Mission, Goals, Strategy & Advocacy
  • Professional Development & Training
  • Program Development & Management
  • Research & Data Collection
  • Student Learning & Development
  • Sustainability
  • Technology

Check out our GoAbroad blog post for four reasons why it’s important to keep focusing on your professional development.

 

Plenary Speakers

Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco served as our Opening Plenary Speaker on Monday, March 1. Selected by President Obama as the fifth inaugural poet in U.S. history, Richard was the youngest and the first Latino, immigrant, and gay person to serve in such a role. Listen to Richard recite the poem he wrote for President Obama’s inauguration.

Award-winning author and Emerson College professor Jerald Walker joined us on Friday, March 5 as our Closing Plenary Speaker. Jerald read from his essay, “We Are Americans,” from his memoir, Street Shadows: A Memoir of Race, Rebellion, and Redemption, and take questions from attendees.

Plenary Speakers Richard Blanco and Jerald Walker

 

Pre- & Post-Conference Workshops & Events

In addition to the more than 50 sessions, The Forum offered 7 pre- and post-conference workshops and events on Friday, February 26, and Monday, March 8.

 

Networking

During these challenging times, community is everything. We understand that connecting with fellow attendees can be difficult, which is why we offered new ways to get to know your colleagues at the Annual Conference that included virtual team trivia, a two-part wine and art tour of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, MA, book club, community connection hours, and language lunchrooms.

 

We partnered with Go Overseas to share four reasons to attend this year’s conference!

 

Milestone Anniversary

As we celebrated the 20th anniversary of The Forum’s founding, we reflected on what we’ve learned over the past two decades, and how recent events charge us to change in the 20 years to come.

 

Sponsorship & Exhibit Opportunities

The Forum offered a limited number of sponsorship and advertising opportunities as a service to our attendees. Thank to our sponsors and exhibitors!

 

Conference Committee

Special thanks to our stellar Conference Committee for their guidance in preparing for the 17th Annual Conference.

Michael Sandy, Bridgewater State University, chair
Elizabeth Strong, Missouri State University, past chair
Jill Petersen Adams, Oxford College of Emory University
Wendy Baker, University of South Florida
Corey Blackmar, Emerson College
Thomas Buntru, Universidad de Monterrey, Forum Board of Directors
Claire Cox, Griffith College
Maria Dietrich, Northampton Community College
Stina Dufour, New York University
Susie Duke, Grinnell College
Jillian Low, CRCC Asia
Annette Mares-Duran, University of New Mexico, Forum Council
Melquin Ramos, Southbridge Access
Diana Rosales, CEDEI
Adam Rubin, AWR International
Bianca Schonberg, University of Houston-Clear Lake, Forum Council
Stephanie Tilley, Prairie View A&M
Allison Wright, Texas Tech University

 

Many thanks to our sponsors and exhibitors for 2021

Gold

EDUCATION IN IRELAND

Education in Ireland

 IES ABROAD

IES Abroad

 


Silver

OUI-IOHE

CAIE

OUI-IOHE CAEI

 


Bronze

APA Paris Diversity Abroad ACIE Carleton Global Engagement
EF College Study Tours IIE Boren Awards Limerick
Middlebury On Call International Critical Language Scholarship
UPCES ACG University of Melbourne Learning Abroad Center University of Minnesota
Hebrew University Jerusalem

Exhibitors

Education in Ireland IES ABROAD
The PIE News CARLETON GLOBAL ENGAGEMENT PROGRAMS
Academic Programs Abroad GILMAN INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
American Councils for International Education ACADEMIC PROGRAMS INTERNATIONAL (API)
EF College Study Tours ON-CALL INTERNATIONAL
Institute for International Education/ Boren Awards AMERICAN COLLEGE OF THESSALONIKI
Middlebury Schools Abroad THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF GREECE
Study in Spain c/o ICEX UNIVERSITY OF LIMERICK
The University of Melbourne WAYNE STATE UNIVERSITY – JUNIOR YEAR IN MUNICH
University of Nicosia Global Semesters STUDY IN GERMANY / DAAD
CEA Study Abroad UNIVERSITY COLLEGE DUBLIN
Study Abroad Association SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY ABROAD
ISDSI
(INTERNATIONAL SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT STUDIES INSTITUTE)
STUDENTUNIVERSE
Undergraduate Program in Central European Studies
(UPCES) Study Abroad CERGE-EI
CRITICAL LANGUAGE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
IFSA (Institute for Study Abroad) DANTE ALIGHIERI SIENA
Dublin City University THE HEBREW UNIVERSITY OF JERUSALEM
The International Coalition CAIE