Globally Interconnected: New Opportunities and the Challenge of Change

In times of uncertainty, one thing is undeniable: we need each other more than ever. Global educators understand that solving complex global challenges is achieved by cultivating connections and collaborating across difference. We have adapted to new ways to connect and learn amidst the global health, economic, and climate crises that have underscored our shared challenges, humanity, and interdependence. Demands for social justice and equity resound throughout all systems, including education abroad and global learning contexts. 

Join us in working together to reinvent and rebuild a field that prepares and empowers the next generation to contribute to a better world. 

This call for proposals is a call to action and a call to innovate, collaborate, and share. 

We welcome proposals addressing the following topics:  

  • Rearticulating the value of global education 
    • Advocating for education abroad as the landscape of higher education evolves
    • Research and data collection to make a case for education abroad
  • Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
    • Connecting Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and Intercultural Learning
    • Inequities exacerbated by COVID-19 
    • Dynamics of power and privilege in education abroad
  • A Sustainable Future for Education Abroad
    • Advancing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals through education abroad
    • Environmentallyeconomically, and socially sustainable program models
  • The necessity of collaboration and support in uncertain times
    • Building, rebuilding, enhancing, and expanding trusting partnerships
    • Reconnecting with collaborators on campus 
  • The ethics of reopening and not reopening education abroad: impacts on local communities
  • Online and hybrid global experiential learningvirtual internships, service learning, and research
  • Doing more with less: creative funding models and strategies
  • Career interruptions, career advancement, and new roles for international education professionals during and post-COVID
  • Health, safety, well-being, and crisis management: what are the most pressing concerns for the year to come?
  • Meeting the needs of today’s and tomorrow’s students
  • Developing skills to solve global problems: innovative and effective curricula and co-curricula
  • Standards of Good Practice in a new world  

Panels with representation crossing multiple countries, institutions, organizations, experience levels, and identities are preferred, as well as proposals that are applicable at a range of institution and organization types and program models. Colleagues from HBCUs, TCUs, HSIs, MSIs, community colleges, host institutions, and graduate and professional schools are strongly encouraged to participate. Additionally, the committee seeks proposals that balance theory/research and practice, stimulate discussion and provide tangible takeaways 

Proposal deadline: September 3, 2021 


The deadline for submitting conference proposals has passed. Thank you for your submissions!


Presenter Resources

Submission Guidelines: More details about the conference, tips for preparing a successful proposal, presenter requirements, and some additional dates and deadlines.

Proposal Template: Use this template to prepare your proposal before submitting it via the online form.

Presenter Connection: We know that sometimes you have a great proposal idea, but may need some assistance rounding out your panel of presenters. To that end, we offer this space to serve as a hub to create connections with interested co-presenters. We hope that this will be a useful tool in creating diverse panels and impactful proposals. Connect with potential co-presenters»

Request a Conference Committee Consultation: Questions about how to strengthen your conference proposal? Request a 30-minute consultation with a member of the conference committee! Consultations are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and availability is limited. Request a consultation now»



Proposal Tips

What makes a session proposal work?

  • Diverse points of view and multiple voices on the session topic: this can mean different institutions and organizations, and/or types of education abroad colleagues and partners, or contributors from outside the field of education abroad;
  • Ample time for comments and/or questions from the attendees;
  • A topic that clearly relates to the conference theme;
  • A balance of theory and practice;
  • Concrete conclusions: sessions offering specific tips, tools, and takeaways;
  • Consideration for the different constituencies in education abroad;
  • Demonstrated professionalism, preparation, and personality.

What doesn’t work?

  • Panels that focus on the accomplishments of only one institution, organization, or program;
  • Panels of more than 4 presenters;
  • Proposals lacking planned audience engagement and interaction;
  • Reading scholarly papers.
Proposal Review Criteria

The Conference Committee scores each proposal based on the following:

  1. The proposal adds something new to the existing dialogue in the field. 
  2. The presenters represent diverse perspectives.   
  3. The proposal provides broadly applicable ideas, tools, and takeaways.  
  4. The proposal clearly articulates learning objectives. 
  5. The proposal promotes active learning and audience engagement, creating a forum for dialogue. 
  6. The proposal relates to the conference theme.