CONFERENCE SESSIONS

Thursday, October 18:

Friday, October 19:

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18 | 8:45-10 A.M.

Am I Here What I Was There? Examining Identity in Different European Contexts
Rich Kurtzman (Barcelona SAE); Pardip Bolina (University of Michigan); Flor Macias Delgado (IESabroad Amsterdam)
The purpose of this session is to raise awareness around some of the challenges that underrepresented students experience while studying in a variety of European locations and how on-site staff can work together with sending institutions to create a space, both pre-departure and on-site, to explore one’s own cultural lens and identity, thus supporting students through the entire experience.

Because Google Translate Won’t Teach You the Important Stuff: Pre-Semester Local Language and Culture Programs in Study Abroad
Lauren Nestler (University of California Education Abroad Program); Carla Kist (University College Utrecht); Katrine Samson Heller (University of Copenhagen); Tanja Jung (Free University, Berlin)
This session compares and contrasts three pre-semester intensive language and culture programs through the University of California Education Abroad Program. We will discuss the benefits, challenges, and best practices for running mandatory pre-semester programs and the ways in which communities can be built and sustained to lay the foundation for a successful study abroad experience.

In Touch with Main Street?: Designing Experiential Learning Abroad Programs to Enhance Community Impact
Katherine Martin (University of Limerick); David Puente (International Studies Abroad); Noel Habashy (The Pennsylvania State University)
Community impact is an area of relative scholarly neglect in international education. This session focuses on what makes a good service-learning program. The design and on-site intervention practices that ensure that student integration in local communities goes beyond good intentions will be explored, along with the role of both institution and community in ensuring a program of quality.

A Student-Centered Framework for Addressing Health and Safety Issues While Mitigating Risk on Study Abroad Programs in Europe
Daniel Kampsen (Lafayette College); Bill Bull (CIEE); Aubrey Tranter (CIEE)
This session identifies health and safety issues that affect American students studying in Europe, provides a cooperative, student-centered framework for addressing these issues, and offers hands-on practice for participants as they respond to scenario-based prompts. Participants will leave this session with a better understanding of how they can mitigate risk while supporting student well-being.

Teaching Minority Issues Study-Abroad Programs
Raymond Bach (Syracuse University Strasbourg Center); Samim Akgönül (Université de Strasbourg and Syracuse Universtiy Strasbourg Center); Michael Woolf (CAPA The Global Education Network); Juliet Golden (University of Lower Silesia)
American students take abroad with them a certain understanding of who is a member of a minority, but once on-site they quickly see that such preconceived notions don’t correspond to the reality that confronts them. In explaining the complexity of Europe and its multiple identities, study abroad programs must provide students with new tools and concepts.

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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18 | 10:45 A.M.-12 P.M.

Diversity, Community, and International Education in the Context of Present-Day Europe
Said Graiouid (School for International Training/Mohammed V University); Orli Fridman (School for International Training); Sarah Brock (School for International Training); Victor Tricot (School for International Training)
This session will address how the study abroad programs in Europe, through an interdisciplinary approach, field research, the internship, and interaction with local peers and community leaders, can provide the student with the opportunity to engage critically with the technologies of law and policy which regulate transnational mobility and contest the grand narrative of mono-cultural states.

The Economic Impact of U.S. Study Abroad in Ireland
Stephen Robinson (Champlain College Dublin); Gill Roe (Southern Cross Consulting); Lucia Reynolds (Enterprise Ireland – Education in Ireland); Karl Dowling (Foundation for International Education – FIE)
The Republic of Ireland is the 7th most popular global study abroad destination for U.S. students, with over 11,000 students in 2015/16 according to Open Doors. This session presents the results of a comprehensive study, jointly funded by the Irish government (Education in Ireland) and the U.S. study abroad sector in Ireland (ASAPI), examining the economic impact of U.S. study abroad in Ireland.

Educating U.S. Students about National Identity and Nationalism at Home and Abroad
Melissa Hardin (Ursinus College); Rosa Almoguera (International Education Consultant, Edualamo); Ignasi Pérez (IES Barcelona)
Study abroad students may lack the knowledge and skills to think critically about national identity and nationalisms. What role do international educators play in educating them about pride, patriotism, and populism? What are our unique responsibilities? How can we ethically present political perspectives that differ from our own? This panel of educators will share approaches to these questions.

Speed Dating with the European Capitals or a Voyage of Self-Discovery and Growth?
Pia Katharina Schneider (Iowa State University of Science and Technology); Jana Cemusova (CIEE Center Prague); Wedigo de Vivanco (Freie Universität Berlin [retired]); Rebecca Woolf (EUSA – Academic Internship Experts)
The urge to visit European capitals every weekend, heightened by tempting low-cost flights, seems to distract our students from their academic work and raises the question of whether such speedy trips allow for a meaningful encounter with other cities and cultures. The session discusses how mindful, intelligent traveling could be encouraged and proposes some innovative models implemented by EUASA.

Three Reasons Why U.S. Community Colleges Make Good International Partners
Tracey Bradley (Tennessee Consortium for International Studies); Theresa Castillo (Tennessee Consortium for International Studies); Wes Dulaney (Columbia State Community College)
Many U.S. community colleges are eager to develop international education opportunities for their students, and see emerging international partnerships as a critical component to that end. This session will highlight some of the unique benefits of partnering with a U.S. community college, including the large and diverse pool of those students; dedicated faculty; as well as unique academic framework.

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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18 | 1:45-3 P.M.

Developing International Partnerships: Benefits and Challenges of Mentoring Undergraduate Research in a European Context
Eric Hall (Elon University); Maureen Vandermaas-Peeler (Elon University); Tina Mangieri (DIS – Study Abroad in Scandinavia); Osman Ahmed (Bournemouth University)
This session will review research on high-impact practices and their benefits for students and faculty; discuss salient practices associated with high-quality undergraduate research (UR) mentoring; present case studies that demonstrate how to translate research into practice; and offer evidence-based guidance for those interested in starting or augmenting UR programs in a European context.

Exploring Ethnic Minorities in Central Europe
Vanda Thorne (NYU Prague); Salim Murad (NYU Prague); Yasar Abu Ghosh (NYU Prague); Yveta Kenety (Romea/NYU Prague)
As more and more U.S. students travel abroad, they encounter diverse, but often unfamiliar, local communities. The goal of the panel will be to discuss the specific situation of ethnic minorities in the Czech Republic, and the ways in which American students can be encouraged to explore and engage with these minorities.

Identities and Heritage in Contemporary Europe
James Skelly (Institute of Advanced Study Koszeg); Carl Jubran (IAU College)
This session explores contemporary identities and their relationship to perceived heritage with relevance for students studying in Europe. Rather than essentializing identity, it will look at how identities are constructed using “heritage,” including notions of culture and community, and how these serve the imagined communities of nation states, and political dominance within the state.

Inclusion of Refugees in Europe: Lessons for American Study Abroad Programs for First Gen Students
Cheryl Francisconi (Institute of International Education- Europe); Helena Lindholm (University of Gothenburg); Hilary Landorf (Florida International University); Borbala Barnahazi (Institute of International Education)

The refugee crisis in Europe has prompted higher education institutions to add new structures for displaced students, such as assistance with language training and cultural support. Could these same adjustments be helpful in attracting and supporting first generation students from the United States who wish to study in Europe? What lessons can we apply in designing inclusive programs?

New Developments with The Forum’s Critical Incident Database
Natalie A. Mello (The Forum on Education Abroad)
Learn about the new and improved Critical Incident Database (CID) as developed by The Forum. The CID has been updated to include notations for Clery, Title IX and VAWA incidents and has incorporated the suggestions made by former users. A demonstration will be provided before the floor opens to an open discussion about how to best use the CID and how the field can benefit from the data collected.

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19 | 8:45-10 A.M.

Comparing Diversity in Different Cultural Contexts: Three European Case Studies
Elyse Resnick (IES Abroad Milan); Natalia García Caballos (IES Abroad Granada); Helmut Summesberger (IES Abroad Vienna)
Does the concept of diversity change from country to country? Is “E Pluribus Unum” a universal ideology? How can we improve students’ social and cultural integration abroad by exploring such issues? This session will compare diversity and inclusion in Italy, Spain and Austria, share strategies for engaging students in host communities, and open a dialogue on the challenges facing Europe today.

Localizing Faculty-Led/Customized Programming for Maximized Student Impact
Ian Samuel Terkildsen (DIS – Study Abroad in Scandinavia); J. Scott Van Der Meid (Brandeis University); Miriam Grottanelli de Santi (Siena Art Institute); Zoé Kilbourne (DIS – Study Abroad in Scandinavia)
Short-term faculty-led and customized programs are in increasing demand for providers in Europe. How do we best facilitate these programs and ensure a good collaboration among faculty, administrators, and other stakeholders? This panel discussion will explore the benefits and challenges of working with customized programs, featuring unique Brandeis partnerships with DIS and the Siena Art Institute.

Moving Beyond a Diversity of Views on Risk
Kerry Geffert (Terra Dotta); Holly Carter (University of Evansville, Harlaxton College Programs); Ulrike Leibrecht (CEPA Customized Educational Programs Abroad)
To understand risk is to understand cultural perceptions of freedom and responsibility. Prague is an ideal setting to discuss the varied American and European views on managing risk for American students abroad. What are those perceptions? How do they translate to procedures on site? Join a spirited dialogue that exposes our viewpoints and moves us toward better future practices to take home.

Music Abroad: A Keyhole to Culture, But in What Key?
Ray Casserly (CIEE); Brent Keever (CIEE); Ellen Sayles (University of Richmond)
This panel discusses how music as a core curriculum and extra-curricular addendum supports students’ academic, social, and cultural development and integration into their host environment. The panel presents and analyzes examples from the field, supported by theoretical framing, on best practices in supporting music education abroad.

The Third Mission of European Universities: Engaging Local Development
Milton Bennett (Intercultural Development Research Institute); Ida Castiglioni (University of Milano Bicocca)
In addition to the two fundamental missions of European universities—education and research —a third mission is the application of knowledge to the economic, social, and cultural development of society. Exchange students can benefit from this EU-mandated mission by participating in the local development activities of university partnerships with corporations and civic society agencies.

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19 | 10:45 A.M.-12 P.M.

From Big Ten to Big Ben: Students of Color Navigating Europe
Vanessa Barton (University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, School of Kinesiology); La’Joya Orr (University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, School of Kinesiology)
This session explores best practices for selection of, preparation for and return from education abroad programs in Europe, with particular focus on students of color (SOC) enrolled in primarily white institutions (PWIs).

Voice Your Perspective on the Next Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad
TBD, Forum Staff
Come prepared to engage with colleagues as we share ideas that will shape the 6th edition of The Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad, last published in 2015. As the Standards Development Organization (SDO) for the field, The Forum is committed to a process that is open and transparent, and balances the interests of the many stakeholders involved. We are just at the beginning of this process which will ultimately lead to the publication of the 6th edition, scheduled for 2020. We invite you to join the dialogue and voice your perspective.

The Local, Regional and Global Study Abroad Experience in Europe: An Analysis of Changing Times from the Barcelona Case
Lucía Conte (Universitat Pompeu Fabra); Jaume Gelabert (Arcadia University, The College of Global Studies)
This session will reflect on the challenges that students, host and sending institutions, and education abroad administrators face in Europe’s current, changing times and on how the re-definition of local, regional, and national identities in European study abroad destinations can shape the students’ experience and allow them to develop a deeper understanding of both their host and home societies.

“Our History Begins Before We Are Born”: Irish-American Identity and Its Impact on Study Abroad Participants in Dublin
Janice Gaffey (EUSA-Academic Internship Experts); Suzanne Shorten (University College Dublin)
This session presents video testimony of Irish-American students from U.S. universities on the impact of their ancestral identity on integration into contemporary Ireland. How does interaction with the local community reinforce or challenge this identity and how is nostalgia confronted by lived experience? How do students re-imagine their identity as local and global citizens after they leave?

“You Will Never Have Just One Home Anymore”: Facilitating Cultural and Community Integration During Study Abroad in Europe
Maureen Vandermaas-Peeler (Elon University); Maja Sbahi Biehl (DIS – Study Abroad in Scandinavia); Jennifer Duncan-Bendix (DIS – Study Abroad in Scandinavia); Antonio Vanni (Accademia Europea di Firenze)
This session will explore students’ cultural and community engagement during study abroad in European contexts. The presenters will share research and practice with programs designed to facilitate academic and cultural integration through community networking. Participants will discuss and share innovative ways to facilitate students’ integration in their communities.

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19 | 1:45-3 P.M.

Cultural Integration and Homestays Beyond Language Acquisition: An Interactive Session
Sasha Perugini (Syracuse University); Dieter Kuhel (Syracuse University)
With constant on-line interactions, independent traveling, and English more and more widespread, can we still aspire to offer students integration into the “local culture”? Can homestays still play a role in students’ acclimatization and cross-cultural achievements? If so, can we assess the learning outcomes? The session addresses these questions in a highly interactive, discussion-based setup.

Differences of “Diversity”: Institutional Definitions and the Student Experience
May Kao Xiong (University of California, Merced); Garett Gietzen (University of California, Merced)
Most universities highlight and encourage diversity, but they often understand it differently. This session examines diversity frameworks at four universities: two in the U.S., one in the Republic of Ireland, and one in Northern Ireland. It addresses questions including: how do students fit into these frameworks at home and host institutions, and what are the implications for the student experience?

Fostering Intercultural Agility through Innovative Program Design
Erika Ryser (Institute for Study Abroad); Jana Zalska (Institute for Study Abroad)
Intercultural development is most powerful when the new skills are transferable to future endeavors. How do you identify a program design that fosters such intercultural agility? This session explores how learning takes place during the program abroad and offers two experiential learning pedagogies that foster intercultural agility through a simulated student activity and debriefing.

Make Europe Great Again! What U.S. Students Abroad Aren’t Learning
Scott Blair (The Education Abroad Network – TEAN); Michael Woolf (CAPA The Global Education Netwrok); Wedigo de Vivanco (Freie Universität [retired])
Nostalgically drawn to what is old and historical in Europe, students rarely think of European perspectives on global issues as cutting-edge and futuristic—and yet they are! In today’s climate of fake news—when reckless political leadership is unable to discern, much less praise, real achievement—if educators abroad don’t tell students what is really making Europe great again, who indeed will?

“To Boldly Go Where No Student Has Gone Before”: Academically Sustained Work Experience as Vehicle of Intercultural Understanding
Kristina Rödder (Freie Universität Berlin European Studies Program [FU-BEST]); Yasmin Fischdick (Freie Universität Berlin European Studies Program [FU-BEST]); Britta Kallmann (Ayusa-Intrax GmbH)

Internships abroad not only foster personal growth, professional skills, and cultural insights, but can also be a powerful vehicle for intercultural understanding. Cooperating and communicating with(in) a different culture are essential elements of any work experience abroad and key to successful global cooperation. We will discuss how education abroad facilitators can support this endeavor.


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