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Institute on Centering Justice in Short-Term Faculty-Led Programs

Friday, November 5, 2021, 12:00 AM

Institute on Centering Justice in Short-Term Faculty-Led Programs

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Friday, November 5, 2021
Cambridge, MA

Throughout the pandemic, education abroad professionals have grappled with complex questions:

  • How do we make education abroad more sustainable and advance the UN SDGs?
  • Have we done enough to address issues of diversity, equity, inclusion, and access in education abroad?
  • What responsibilities do we have to our partner and host communities all over the world?

One of the shifts that needs to take place whether we are faculty, administrator, scholar or practitioner is that we center justice in our work. We can do that by working across campus and across the communities in which we interact and intersect. This Institute will give participants the opportunity to delve into these topics through the lens of The Forum’s Standards of Good Practice, in-depth discussions of relevant case studies, and individual action planning for their own courses and programs.



The Institute will take place at the Hult International Business School in Cambridge, MA, a private business school with additional campuses in London, San Francisco, Dubai, New York City, and Shanghai. Conveniently located just 10 minutes from the airport, Hult is located on the banks of the Charles River in the heart of the city’s innovation hotspot.


Times listed are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). This schedule is subject to change.

 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast
 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Workshops (select one):

Valuing & Applying the UN Sustainable Development Goals in Education Abroad

Facilitators: Lindsey Lyons (Dickinson College); Marissa Lombardi (The Forum on Education Abroad)

Supporting Diverse Students on Study Abroad

Facilitators: Keshia Abraham (Abraham Consulting Agency); Abe De La Rosa (The Forum on Education Abroad)

Student Learning & Development II: Reflection, Integration & Assessment

Facilitator: Amelia Dietrich (The Forum on Education Abroad)

 12 – 1 p.m. Lunch & Networking
 1 – 2 p.m. Centering Justice: Models of Change

Facilitators: Amer Ahmed (AFA Diversity Consulting, LLC & University of Vermont); Samantha Brandauer (Dickinson College); Eric Hartman (Haverford College); Lindsey Lyons (Dickinson College)

One of the shifts that needs to take place whether we are faculty, administrator, scholar or practitioner is that we center justice in our work. We can do that by de-siloing our work across campus and across the communities in which we interact and intersect. Our lunchtime plenary and subsequent afternoon workshop will bring together leaders who work across DEI, Sustainability Education, Global Learning, and Community Engagement to talk about how we see our work as interwoven and connected through the framework of interdependence and through connections between local and global. Instead of viewing equity and justice, sustainability, global learning and community engagement as separate, panelists will discuss how they are intertwined and in dialogue with one another. Panelists will discuss how they are working together to make change, models they are using to guide their work, and lessons learned from their efforts to center justice toward building more just sustainable and inclusive learning environments and communities.

 2 – 5 p.m. Centering Justice: Take Action!

Facilitators: Amer Ahmed (AFA Diversity Consulting, LLC & University of Vermont); Samantha Brandauer (Dickinson College); Eric Hartman (Haverford College); Lindsey Lyons (Dickinson College)

 5 – 6:30 p.m.  Reception

Meet the Speakers

Keshia Abraham

Dr. Keshia Abraham, founding president of Abraham Consulting Agency, is an African Diaspora scholar and International JEDI Educator advancing international education through creative theorizing and praxis. For over 25 years she has been committed to facilitating personal and organizational development through intercultural learning. She is a bridge builder, firmly believing in the transformative potential of educational travel as an act of social justice given its wide ranging impact, hence her commitment to global learning particularly at HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges/Universities). Dr. Abraham has served as tenured associate professor, department chair, academic Dean and program director, and prior to entrepreneurship as the Senior Director of Diversity and Inclusion at CIEE. A twice elected member of the Forum on Education Abroad Council, she is also a two time Fulbright scholar and Mellon fellow in addition to other academic achievements. Dr. Abraham earned a PhD in Comparative Literature with an emphasis on Postcolonial literature and culture (specifically African Diaspora Women’s Literature) and Popular Education at Binghamton University and her Bachelor’s degree in English (emphasis on Women’s Studies) at Spelman College. Curator of the “When We Do See Color: Ending Global Racism” series and initiator of the JEDI framework, her most recent publications include “Afrophobia in International Education” in Social Justice And International Education (ed. Berger 2020) and she is co-editor of the forthcoming edited collection, The Half Not Yet Told: Study Abroad at HBCUs. A plant-based international foodie, Keshia is a certified Ayurveda yoga specialist and experienced wellness practitioner which influences her work.

Amer Ahmed

A frequently requested keynote speaker, facilitator, and consultant, Amer F. Ahmed, Ed.D. skillfully interweaves diversity, equity and inclusion work with intercultural frameworks to cultivate rich and meaningful dialogue with his clients and audiences. He was born and raised in Ohio to Indian Muslim immigrants, and draws on lived experience, deep theoretical analysis, and practical application to guide institutions, leadership, and workplaces on a path to transformative change. Dr. Ahmed is the Founder and CEO of AFA Diversity Consulting, LLC, a consulting practice dedicated to enhancing the development of organizations through efforts around leadership, professional development, assessment, and strategic change. In addition to his consulting work, Dr. Ahmed currently serves as Vice Provost for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the University of Vermont and is a member of SpeakOut: Institute for Democratic Education.

Samantha Brandauer

Samantha Brandauer is currently Associate Provost and Executive Director of the Center for Global Study and Engagement at Dickinson College. Her focus as a practitioner/scholar is to build inclusive, equitable and sustainable communities through international education. Her professional experiences include working at the Institute of International Education; the University of Maryland; Brown University; Study Abroad in Scandinavia – Denmark and Gettysburg College. At Dickinson she co-chaired the President’s Commission on Inclusivity and now sits on the All-College Equity, Inclusivity and Belonging Committee. She has developed and facilitated workshops for study abroad and international students and international education professionals at the intersection of intercultural learning and diversity, equity and inclusion in a variety of intuitional contexts. She currently serves on API’s Strategic Academic Advisory Council, the Executive Committee of the Community-based Learning Collaborative, SIT’s Partnership Council, the GAISA Board and on the Forum on Education Abroad Board (ex officio). She also served on the 2020 NAFSA Paul Simon Campus Internationalization Award Committee and chaired the 2021 Committee. Samantha has lived, studied and/or worked in Austria, Cameroon, Denmark, Germany and France. She holds an M.A. from American University’s School of International Service in International Communication.

Eric Hartman

Eric Hartman is lead author of Community-Based Global Learning: The Theory and Practice of Ethical Engagement at Home and Abroad and has written for several peer reviewed and popular publications including The Stanford Social Innovation Review, International Educator, Tourism and Hospitality Research, Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, and The Michigan Journal of Community Service-Learning. Eric is executive director of the Haverford College Center for Peace and Global Citizenship and adjunct faculty in the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. He has served as executive director of a community-driven global nonprofit organization, Amizade, and taught human rights, transdisciplinary research methods, and globalization in global studies programs at a number of institutions before arriving at Haverford College. With a PhD in International Development from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, Eric has worked in cross-cultural development practice and education in Bolivia, Ecuador, Ghana, Jamaica, Northern Ireland, Tanzania, and throughout the United States. He co-founded both The Community-based Global Learning Collaborative and the global engagement survey (GES), initiatives that advance ethical, critical, aspirationally decolonial community-based global learning

Lindsey Lyons

Lindsey Lyons is currently the Assistant Director of the Center for Sustainability Education at Dickinson College. She has received national attention for her leadership working to embed sustainability across the curriculum and into education abroad including presentations at Forum workshops, facilitation of critical dialogues and best practice sessions for the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). In her tenure at Dickinson, Lindsey has overseen many initiatives that have helped Dickinson secure recognition as a #1 Sierra Magazine Cool School, Princeton Review Green Honor Roll institution and Gold Rating from AASHE. She frequently consults with other colleges and universities about sustainability curriculum and faculty development for sustainability. Before coming to Dickinson College in 2011, she developed natural resource and sustainability initiatives in higher education for Oregon State University and Wilson College. After completing her B.S. in biology from Lynchburg College and a M.S. in environmental education from Southern Oregon University, Lindsey served as a professor of environmental studies at Wilson College and as director of various non-profit education and conservation organizations. Her graduate research focused on the reproductive biology and management of the endangered Devil’s Hole pupfish, a model in desert fish conservation. As a certified K-12 teacher, outdoor school creator, former community extension agent for Oregon State University and experiential education advocate, Lindsey understands that education is key to a sustainable future.



Friday, November 5, 2021, 12:00 AM
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