The Forum’s Critical Dialogues bring together no more than 50 participants and facilitators in an informal setting for facilitated, collegial discussion focusing on issues of concern to the field.
Critical Dialogues provide participants with the time and space to explore significant topics in depth. Spontaneous and authentic discourse is the goal. The discussion is facilitated by experts from inside and outside the field, yet largely free-form and unscripted. We hope that after indulging in a day of dialogue for dialogue’s sake, attendees will return to their offices refreshed, recharged, and inspired.
Registration fee: $45
Past Critical Dialogues
Education Abroad at Community Colleges
Tuesday, March 26, 2019, Hosted by the Community College of Denver
Facilitators: Tracey Bradley (Tennessee Consortium for International Studies/Pellissippi State Community College); Rosalind Latiner Raby (California Colleges for International Education); 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.
The Forum thanks the Tennessee Consortium for International Studies for sponsoring this Critical Dialogue.
Tuesday, March 26, 2019, Hosted by 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.”
Resident Directors & On-Site Staff: Transatlantic Relationships and Maintaining Faith in the Field
Tuesday, October 16, 2018, Hosted by NYU Prague
Offered in collaboration with EUASA: European Association of Study Abroad
Communication across the ocean brings many challenges due to contrasts in local and U.S. legislation, absence of face to face meetings, and a lacking awareness of the complex tasks on-site staff face in a different cultural and political context. The goal of the dialogue is to create a platform for sharing best practices and to offer the opportunity to create an auxiliary network among European administrators.
Facilitators: Pia Katharina Schneider (Chair EUASA, Iowa State University of Science and Technology Rome, AACUPI ); Stephen Robinson (Board Member EUASA, President of ASAPI, Champlain College Dublin); Loren Ringer (Board Member EUASA; President of APUAF; Parsons Paris); Kline Harrison (Wake Forest University)
The Forum thanks EUASA: European Association of Study Abroad for sponsoring this Critical Dialogue.
Tuesday, March 20, 2018, Hosted by Boston University
It has been 10 years since the summer of subpoenas that jolted the field of education abroad, prompting a summit of leaders across the field and leading to the development of The Forum’s Code of Ethics for Education Abroad. Has the ethical landscape of the field shifted since then, and if so, in what ways? What are the current ethical issues facing education abroad, or what might be lying just over the horizon? This Critical Dialogue invites free and wide-ranging discussion of ethical issues among education abroad professionals, with a view to continuing to develop best practices and a shared ethical compass.
Facilitators: Neva Barker (Director of Study Abroad and Global Education, Scripps College), Andrea Custodi (Director of Academic Affairs and Strategic Initiatives, CET Academic Programs), Dan Dahlstrom (John R. Silber Professor of Philosophy, Boston University)
Women & Leadership: Building Influence & Blazing a Path
Tuesday, March 20, 2018, Hosted by Emerson College
Offered in collaboration with the Global Leadership League
A 2017 Survey by CUPA determined that the percentage of women holding leadership positions in higher education remains at less than 30% (Bichsel and McChesney, 2017). How might these statistics compare with women leaders in education abroad? Are there practices and support structures that we should change to better address gender equality and leadership in the field? What roles should authenticity and influence play in redefining successful leadership for women? This Critical Dialogue will encourage education abroad professionals to identify challenges and next steps to change the future of women’s leadership in education abroad.
Facilitators: Francine Crystal (President, Crystal Clear Consulting), Cori Filson (Director, Off-Campus Study & Exchanges, Skidmore College)