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. 

Let’s do our part to keep each other healthy. Check our Health and Safety Requirements before attending our in-person conference.

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Hybrid Conference

The 18th Annual Conference will be a hybrid event, including 2 days of virtual programming and 3 days of on-site programming in Chicago, IL.

» Enjoy 50+ sessions over 5 days!

» Hear from fascinating plenary speakers!

» Enhance your conference experience with pre-conference workshops!

» Network with colleagues (virtually AND in-person!)

» Engage in sponsorship & exhibit opportunities!

View the Schedule at a Glance


Host Institutions

The Forum is pleased to announce the following host institutions for its 18th Annual Conference. The Forum thanks these members for their support:

IES Abroad
Northwestern University
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Grand Valley State University
Northern Kentucky University
Loyola University Chicago
Kalamazoo Chicago

Meet Our Conference Committee

Special thanks to the Conference Committee for their guidance as we prepare for this year’s Annual Conference.

Joy Phaphouvaninh, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, chair
Michael Sandy, Bridgewater State University, past chair
Lindsay Allen, UPCES & IEF Study Abroad (Czech Republic)
Jerry Barnaby, Cooperative Center for Study Abroad
Madiha Chafik, CIEE (Morocco)
Jessica Driemeier, University of Miami
Chrissie Faupel, Appalachian State University
Brian Johnson, Loyola University Chicago
Ermioni Karachaliou, Hellenic American University (Greece)
Katherine Macfarlane, Northeastern University
Lebethe Malefo, University of Johannesburg (South Africa)
Damien Marshall, AIFS Abroad
Erica Nikolaisen, New Mexico State University
Margherita Pasquini, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Italy)
Melquin Ramos, Southbridge Access (Chile)
Melody Reichoff, Waukesha County Technical College
Sabrina Starke, Absolute Internship (Spain)
Nicole Stokes, Saint Joseph’s University
Nicole Uhlinger, UC Davis
Xia (Amy) Zhang, Alabama A&M University


Mark Your Calendars for Future Annual Conferences!

  • 19th Annual Conference: March 22-24, 2023, Seattle, WA
  • 20th Annual Conference

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