Tuesday, March 26: Critical Dialogues»

Education Abroad at Community Colleges
Host: Community College of Denver
Sponsor: Tennessee Consortium for International Studies
Facilitators: Rosalind Latiner Raby (California Colleges for International Education); Tracey Bradley (Tennessee Consortium for International Studies/Pellissippi State Community College); Stacye Fraser Thompson (Jefferson State Community College)
Community Colleges are the backbone of the American higher education system and their international education opportunities support diverse academic disciplines and student populations. In many ways, they are at the forefront of new education abroad paradigms. Yet these institutions are often left out of the larger discussions regarding education abroad. What lessons and advice can community colleges offer the larger education abroad community? What are the unique challenges for community colleges in the field of education abroad? What additional resources do these institutions and students require to ensure that the experience is successful? This Critical Dialogue will explore these issues and more and welcomes individuals from institutions who are starting education abroad programming, those with decades old programs, and institutions in between, to join this important conversation.

Education Abroad in the Majority World*/Global South
Host: Metropolitan State University of Denver
Facilitators: Alejandra Barahona (Universidad Veritas); Chris Deegan (University of Illinois at Chicago); Daniel Lumonya (SIT Study Abroad)
What is the Majority World*? What impressions does it evoke for us as professionals, and for students who choose to study there? What is our responsibility in preparing students to embark on their education abroad experiences? Once they arrive on-site, how do we engage them intentionally in their programs, and what happens when they return home? This Critical Dialogue will be facilitated by three colleagues, each with a unique point of view on education abroad in the Majority World. Join them to share your perspective on these and other provocative questions.

*Why do we use the term Majority World? As Marc Silver of NPR explains, it’s “a reminder to those of us in the West that we are but a very small minority on the globe.”

Wednesday, March 27: Full-Day Pre-Conference Workshop, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Community-Based Global Learning: The Pedagogy and Practice of Ethical Engagement at Home and Abroad
Eric Hartman (Haverford College); Richard Kiely (Cornell University); Brandon Blache-Cohen (Amizade)
International education programs are robust with potential. They can positively impact communities, grow civil society networks, and advance students’ global awareness and engagement. This workshop reviews theoretical and empirical evidence supporting best practices to advance these positive outcomes, and equips participants with tools to apply to existing or emerging community-engaged programs.

Wednesday, March 27: Half-Day Pre-Conference Workshops, 8 a.m.-12 p.m.

International Internships: Integrating Stakeholders & Building a Successful Program
Kelly Holland (Global Experiences); Aaron Klein (Texas A&M University); Sarah O’Donnell (Colorado State University); Glenda Henkel (Towson University)
International internship programs are created in many ways by a variety of people. As universities and providers integrate their processes a level of accountability to all stakeholders must be maintained. In order to develop and execute a successful program, a collaborative environment is paramount. Participants will focus on how to support this environment through program structure and logistics.

Overview of the Standards of Good Practice
Mandy Brookins (DePauw University)
The Forum’s Standards provide a means to assess and ensure quality in all areas of education abroad programming – academic programming, student conduct, resources and personnel and policies and procedures. Using the Standards as a guide, participants will examine practices at their universities or organizations. This workshop will be highly interactive, drawing on case studies and issues of interest to participants. This qualifies as a Forum Certification Workshop.

Program Resources, Policies & Procedures (Standards 6 & 7)
Wendy Lombardo (Arcadia University, The College of Global Studies)
This workshop provides the training to align your organization’s policies with the available resources, according to best practices as articulated in Standards 6 and 7. Through discussion and analysis of specific case studies, participants will explore how these two Standards can assist an organization in attaining more effective use of resources through the proper implementation of policies. This qualifies as a Forum Certification Workshop.

Student Selection, Preparation, Code of Conduct & Returning Support (Standards 4 & 5)
Brian Brubaker (The Pennsylvania State University)
With a focus on Student Selection, Preparation, Code of Conduct and Returning Support this workshop will help participants identify resources and design programming in these areas. Topics include a comprehensive judicial screening process, different preparation and returning support models and developing strategies to improve existing practices in participants’ specific contexts. This qualifies as a Forum Certification Workshop.

Wednesday, March 27: Half-Day Pre-Conference Workshops, 1-5 p.m.

Diversity Abroad Presents the AIDE Roadmap: From Passion to Progress – Making Diversity & Inclusion a Reality
Erica Ledesma (Diversity Abroad); Lily Lopez-McGee (Howard University)
The Access, Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity (AIDE) Roadmap is designed to help international education offices/programs assess their diversity and inclusion practices, and to serve as a guide for implementing policies and practices that will help offices develop and achieve diversity and inclusion goals. Join this interactive workshop to learn about the new AIDE Roadmap framework developed by Diversity Abroad with feedback from the International Education Community, as we move from Passion to Process to Progress!

Mission, Ethics & Integrity (Standards 1, 9 & the Code of Ethics)
Ryan Dye (Miami University)
This workshop focuses on Mission, Ethics, and the Code of Ethics for Education Abroad. Participants will discuss the importance of mission and ethics in the field, and will delve deeply into the Code of Ethics by understanding its history and application through a variety of case studies. This qualifies as a Forum Certification Workshop.

Student Learning, Development & Academic Framework (Standards 2 & 3)
Kline Harrison (Wake Forest University)
Wrestling with how to bring into line the best academic intentions with a meaningful education abroad experience? This workshop focuses on Student Learning, Development and the Academic Framework for Education Abroad and will help you to identify the resources and design programming to assist in this effort. Through simulations involving specific examples, participants will address critical issues often introduced by colleagues in higher education who are unfamiliar with the importance of tying these two areas together in education abroad. This qualifies as a Forum Certification Workshop.

Health, Safety, Security & Risk Management (Standard 8)
Paige Butler (Middlebury Institute of International Studies)
This Standards of Good Practice Workshop, with a focus on Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management (Standard 8), will provide the tools to assess and improve health and safety protocols. After examining the data available (including The Forum’s Critical Incident Database), workshop participants will consider how this specific Standard works in conjunction with the other Standards to guide programs in developing a solid risk management plan. Participants will practice applying different approaches to risk management as they discuss actual case studies from the field. This qualifies as a Forum Certification Workshop.


*All of the above events require additional registrations and fees. Register for pre- and post-conference events via the conference registration form, or add them to your existing registration by sending an email to

**Interested in scheduling an activity or event in conjunction with the Annual Conference? The Forum kindly insists that you refrain from scheduling anything that coincides with scheduled conference events, beginning with the Opening Plenary on Wednesday through the Closing Celebration Toast on Friday. Read the full policy here»