17th Annual Conference
Evolution & Revolution: Solutions in Action
March 1-5, 2021
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.
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
Check out our GoAbroad blog post for four reasons why it’s important to keep focusing on your professional development.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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