Thank you to the sponsors, presenters, and attendees who participated in our 17th Annual Conference on March 1-5, 2021! 


Our Theme

The Annual Conference theme for 2021 is Evolution and Revolution: Solutions in Action. 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. This call for proposals is a call to action and a call to innovate, collaborate, and share. Now is the time to think big, present bold ideas, and offer innovative solutions.


Enjoy 50+ Sessions over 5 Days

Curious about the programming that will help you level up as an international educator? Check out the details on more than 50 sessions! Psst, did you notice we added an extra day of programming to our usual 4-day format?

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

All sessions fall 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

Don’t put your professional development on hold! As an international educator, you’ve been busy being agile, strategic, and thoughtful with your work (thank you!)…but what does that all mean for you and your career? In our GoAbroad blog post, check out four reasons why it’s important to keep focusing on your professional development.


Plenary Speakers Richard Blanco and Jerald Walker

Get to Know Our Opening Plenary Speakers

We are honored to have Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco serving 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 will join us on Friday, March 5, as our Closing Plenary Speaker. Jerald will read from his essay, “We Are Americans,” from his memoir, Street Shadows: A Memoir of Race, Rebellion, and Redemption, and take questions from attendees.


Enhance Your Conference Experience with Pre- & Post-Conference Workshops & Events

In addition to the more than 50 sessions, The Forum will also offer 7 pre- and post-conference workshops and events on Friday, February 26, and Monday, March 8, to complement your week at the conference.


Network with Colleagues New & Old

During these challenging times, community is everything. We understand that connecting with fellow attendees can be difficult, which is why we’re offering new ways to get to know your colleagues at the Annual Conference that include 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. Read more»


Networking is just one reason to attend this year’s Annual Conference! We partnered with Go Overseas to share four reasons to attend this year’s conference!


Celebrate Our Milestone Anniversary

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 20 years to come.


Engage in Sponsorship & Exhibit Opportunities

The Forum offers a limited number of sponsorship and advertising opportunities as a service to our attendees. Learn more»

We thank our past sponsors and look forward to welcoming new ones.


Meet Our Conference Committee

Special thanks to our stellar Conference Committee for their guidance in preparing for this year’s Annual Conference and their thoughtful choice of this year’s theme.

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


Looking for information on the Virtual 16th Annual Conference? Visit the Annual Conference archive»

»Conference Event Guidelines