Pre-conference workshops were offered virtually on Wednesday, March 25. The following Critical Dialogues will be offered in conjunction with the Virtual Conference on Tuesday, April 21.

Tuesday, April 21: Critical Dialogues

8 – 11 a.m. (CDT): Environmental Sustainability and Education Abroad
Facilitators: Jay Antle (Johnson County Community College); Lindsey Lyons (Dickinson College); Lucy Spelman (Rhode Island School of Design)

Education abroad professionals strive to increase the number of students who participate in safe, high quality experiences abroad. What does this mean for our impact on the planet? What environmental considerations should we have in place when choosing program partners or designing our own faculty-led programs? What can we do to equip students with the knowledge needed to make good programmatic choices, to understand the power of their actions, and to ignite a lifelong interest in protecting the places that impact them and which they impact? The Forum thanks the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for sponsoring this Critical Dialogue.

9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. (CDT): Women’s Issues Around the World
Facilitators: Kris Holloway (CISabroad); Latanya Mapp Frett (Global Fund for Women); Christiane Magnido (SIT Cameroon); Sarah Roma (SIT Graduate Institute)

U.S. Higher Education today is framed by sustained attention to misogyny, sexual harassment and survivors of sexual violence. As a result, college-aged women (and men) in the U.S. are encouraged and increasingly empowered to speak up about these issues when they encounter them on campus or in the workplace. What happens when these same students encounter cultural norms and traditions abroad that clash with their expectations and values, and seem to promote gender inequality? How do we as educators prepare students to interpret and respond to gender inequality in their host community, as well as a plethora of other issues facing women around the world, including racism, educational and economic inequality, restrictions on reproductive freedom, and the impact of climate change? The Forum thanks the University of Minnesota Learning Abroad Center for sponsoring this Critical Dialogue.



*All of the above events require additional registrations and fees. Unless otherwise noted, registration for these workshops and events can be done via the conference registration form, or add them to your existing registration by sending an email to

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