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Leadership Series: A Paradigm Shift in Study Abroad Advising Structures
Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021
2:00 p.m. Eastern
As champions of education abroad we endeavor to help students find the program that best meets their goals, and our advising structures play a key role in our efforts. Should advising be organized by program location, academic major, type of program, or something else? How are campuses approaching advising given pandemic staff cuts or consolidated budgets? Presenters will host an interactive discussion on the pros and cons of different advising structures and offer advice for campuses considering a switch.
Presenters: Mandy Brookins, Depauw University; Dongming De Angelis, Rice University; and Andra Jaques, University of California—San Diego
2021 ASSESSMENT INSTITUTE
Building an Assessment Ecosystem for Remote and On-Site International Internships (part of the Global Learning track)
Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021
4:15 p.m. Eastern
This session will provide an overview of the assessment ecosystem developed for the International Internship Program with the Institute for Study Abroad (IFSA). We’ll begin by covering the basic components of an ecosystem, using this as a metaphor for student learning assessment and program evaluation. We’ll share some of the assessment tools we developed, key findings from our assessment data, and lessons learned as we developed a remote international internship program. This session will also leave time for question and answers, as well as provide space for participants to apply the information to programs at their own institution.
Virtual and free to participate. Registration closes Oct 11, 2021 at 5 p.m. Eastern. Schedule information is available here.
Presenters: Dr. AJ Young, ACLS/Mellon Public Fellow and IFSA Assistant Director of Global Learning and Assessment; Valerie Grimsley, ABD Instructor, IFSA International Internship Seminar
You Belong Here Series: Advancing Inclusive Practices through Appreciative Advising
Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021
2 p.m. Eastern
The next edition of the IFSA You Belong Here Series explores inclusive practices within an established model of appreciative advising. Inclusion begins from our first engagement with students. Appreciative advising provides a framework to engage all students around their strengths, meeting them where they are and building trust early in the advising process. Based on a chapter in the forthcoming book, A House Where All Belong: Redesigning Education Abroad for Inclusive Excellence (The Forum on Education Abroad, 2021), this session highlights practical examples of how practitioners can implement appreciative advising techniques in their student support strategies, transforming the advising experience for students and advisors.
Presenters: Opal Leeman Bartzis, Ed.D., Michigan State University; Diana Arízaga, IFSA Regional Director for Latin America
IFSA Health, Wellness, and Safety in the Age of COVID-19
Learn how IFSA supports the wellness and safety of our students as they navigate studying and living abroad in a global pandemic. Leaders of the IFSA Crisis Response Team will highlight our COVID-19 Mitigation plans and recent updates to our COVID-19 Health and Safety Program Evaluation Decision Matrix. We will also share our processes and protocols for working with students with chronic or emergency health needs, disability support, and our response to crisis situations.
Strategies for Developing Faculty-Led Programs
IFSA’s Custom and Collaborative Programs Team is pleased to share insights on working with faculty to successfully develop impactful custom programs. In this presentation, we will share tools and strategies to make the program development process simpler and more efficient and introduce IFSA’s new Ready to Go! program templates which enable you to jumpstart faculty-led programming on your campus.
Presenters: Jill McKinney, Director of Global Engagement at Butler University; Anne Frey, Education Abroad District Manager at Portland Community College; and Emily Beck, IFSA Director of Custom and Collaborative Programs
You Belong Here Series: Inclusive Faculty-led Program Design
The next installment of the IFSA You Belong Here Series is dedicated to exploring how to create a sense of belonging for students and advance inclusion through faculty-led program design. With a majority of study abroad students participating on short-term programming each year, this work is more critical than ever. From addressing intragroup dynamics to key program elements like excursions and extracurriculars, presenters and participants alike will have the opportunity to share tactics and strategies to move us toward a more inclusive norm.
Presenters: LaNitra Berger, Ph.D., Senior Director of Fellowships at George Mason University; Danny Gibbons, Resident Director for Peru, IFSA
You Belong Here Series: Applications as Tools for Inclusion
Application processes and policies often create unintended barriers for students in the beginning stages of the study abroad cycle. Based on the chapter Dismantling Exclusive Practices: Applications as Tools for Inclusion in the forthcoming book, A House Where All Belong: Redesigning Education Abroad for Inclusive Excellence (The Forum on Education Abroad, 2021), the presenters will highlight practices which are often exclusionary, building awareness and offering alternative ideas and strategies for study abroad practitioners who support students in the planning stages of an education abroad experience.
Presenters: Jeremy Gombin-Sperling, Fulbright Diversity & Inclusion Liaison Western Hemisphere Programs/Ph.D. Candidate at University of Maryland; Qimmah Najeeullah, Director of Programming & Training at Peace Corps Malawi/Ph.D. Student at University of Maryland; Taylor Woodman, Ph.D., Internationalization Specialist and Affiliate Assistant Professor of International Education Policy, University of Maryland
You Belong Here Series: Fostering Inclusion through Organizational Culture and Hiring Practices
The second installment of the You Belong Here Series discusses how our ability to be inclusive is only as strong as our own capacity to be nimble organizations, where an inclusive organizational culture shapes priorities, hiring practices, policies and behavior. Based on the chapter Inclusion Begins with Us: Developing Inclusive Organizational Cultures and Hiring Practices in the forthcoming book, A House Where All Belong: Redesigning Education Abroad for Inclusive Excellence (The Forum on Education Abroad, 2021), this session dives into the internal, reflective work necessary to address implicit biases that negatively impact inclusivity within organizational cultures and covers strategies for recruiting, onboarding, and retaining diverse talent.
Presenters: Aileen Bumphus, Ph.D., the University of Texas at Austin; Patricia Izek, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities; Heather Barclay Hamir, Ph.D., IFSA
You Belong Here Series: Designing Programs to Make Good on the Promise of Belonging
This webinar makes the case for designing equity-minded education abroad programs intentionally to foster inclusive excellence and belonging. Presenters share research highlights, model practices, and a design process. The webinar is informed by the chapter Equity-Minded Program Design for Inclusive Excellence from the forthcoming book A House Where All Belong: Redesigning Education Abroad for Inclusive Excellence (The Forum on Education Abroad, 2021). This discussion offers a program design model aligned with The Forum on Education Abroad Standards of Good Practice related to equity, diversity, and inclusion.
Presenters: David Wick, Ed.D., Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey; JoAnn Doll, Prestigious Awards & Education Abroad Assistant Coordinator at East Tennessee State University; Alexandra Ramos Lopez, MIIS Alumna; Anna Mei Gubbins, MIIS Student; Hayley Singleton, MIIS Student
Leadership Series: The Sustainability of our Practices
This moderated panel discussion explores the sustainability of our practices, a provocative and dynamic topic for our field as we address ongoing global challenges and consider the alignment of our work with our values. This webinar interrogates some of the long-term practices of our field like paper-based advising materials, in-person student events versus remote/asynchronous options, evolving partnership strategies, flights and carbon production and impact on local host country communities. Join us for a robust discussion on how we as a field can address the fact that our work is inherently resource heavy and put forward ideas to reconsider our longstanding practices.
Leadership Series: Pent Up Demand or a Lost Generation?
The extended disruption in study abroad activities due to Covid-19 has taken a huge toll on our industry. Looking forward, some campuses are anticipating pent up demand while others fear a generation of students have lost the opportunity to study abroad. Will there be a surge in interest and insufficient staff to support them? Have we lost momentum on campus messaging to first- and second-year students, resulting in a broken pipeline? From offices that rely on peer advisor functions to the fight for equity, access and participation among inclusive populations of students, the challenges we face are unprecedented. Join us for a discussion as we look towards the fall 2021 semester.
Presenters: Nigel Cossar, University of Pennsylvania, Director, Penn Abroad and Global Program; Nikki Davis, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Associate Director for Program Management, International Academic Programs
Leadership Series: Redesigning Education Abroad for Inclusive Excellence
This webinar launches the You Belong Here Series, a monthly discussion exploring critical topics to fulfill the promise of inclusion in education abroad. Based on the forthcoming book A House Where All Belong: Redesigning Education Abroad for Inclusive Excellence (The Forum on Education Abroad, 2021), presenters will foster a discussion on why the field has not achieved better outcomes on achieving inclusion in education abroad. The two editors of the book and the principle architect of the concept Inclusive Excellence come together for a powerful discussion on our field’s most critical work.
Presenters: Alma Clayton-Pedersen, Ph.D., Emeritus Consulting Group; Nick Gozik, Ph.D., Elon University; and Heather Barclay Hamir, Ph.D., IFSA President & CEO
Leadership Series: Navigating Financial Challenges in the Face of Uncertainty
Perhaps one of the most difficult challenges facing today’s education abroad leaders is navigating budgets and financial operations. This session will highlight how the financial impact of the pandemic on institutions of higher education overall have affected education abroad in particular and will discuss ways to advocate for continued support of education abroad. Join this discussion as we explore how to plan for a future that is still emerging given institutional pressures onset by today’s pandemic and tomorrow’s impending national enrollment cliff.
Presenters: Joël Gallegos, Assistant Provost of International Programs at UNC-Charlotte, and Susan Holme, Director, Off-Campus Studies, Whitman College
Leadership Series: The Future of Nontraditional Locations
Study abroad programming in nontraditional locations holds value for a wide range of stakeholders both in the U.S. and in host communities, yet the pandemic has left some programs vulnerable. While IFSA maintains its commitment to programming in non-traditional locations, the ripple effect of other closures could undermine our collective access to non-traditional perspectives and intercultural exchange. This discussion examines the importance of study abroad programming in nontraditional locations to our future.
Presenters: Nicole Desjardins Gowdy, Director of Study Abroad at Pomona College, and Heather Thompson, Director of Education Abroad at the University of Texas at Austin
Leadership Series: Reviewing Your Institution’s Approved Program List
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, study abroad leaders at US institutions are taking a closer look at their list of approved programs. From location, to risk mitigation, to addressing systemic racism to overall costs, there are so many factors to consider. Join members of IFSA’s NAC Executive Committee to discuss this timely and complex topic.
Presenters: Martha Johnson, Ph.D., University of Minnesota, and Cori Filson, Skidmore College
Leadership Series: Pandemic-Era Practices with Staying Power
The pandemic has brought about many creative solutions to advising, partner meetings, conferences and fairs that were traditionally held in-person. The sudden transition to virtual created challenges, yet some education abroad offices have also found unexpected benefits with virtual advising and events. What will best serve our students and offices in the future? Join us as we explore what pandemic-era practices can be retained and what should shift as we look towards a new normal in education abroad.
Presenters: Sue Mennicke, Associate Dean for International Programs at Franklin & Marshall College, and Alisha Cardwell, Director of Study Abroad at Brandeis University
ED TALK: Inclusive Excellence at IFSA
Inclusive Excellence is a pillar of IFSA’s organizational commitments. Join Lillian Read as she shares how this commitment frames our engagement with students and our diversity, equity, and inclusion practices throughout the organization.
ED TALK: Roadmapping the Student Experience
Students are always excited to embark on their study abroad journey, but the wealth of opportunities for intercultural learning and exploration can be overwhelming. AJ Young discusses IFSA’s student Roadmap process, designed to support students as they think about their values, goals for study abroad, and concrete plans to achieve those during their study abroad program.
ED TALK: Jumpstart Faculty-Led Programming on Your Campus
IFSA is pleased to share our exciting Ready to Go! faculty-led program templates. Featuring opportunities in Buenos Aires, Edinburgh, London, Prague, Shanghai, and Sydney, these templated programs include co-curricular activities and logistical support and can be tailored to your institution’s learning objectives and faculty plans. Emily Beck discusses how Ready to Go! programs can enable you to jumpstart faculty-led programming on your campus
Advising for IFSA Europe Programs
Join IFSA to learn details about our long-standing Ireland program locations as well as our new innovative programs in Prague, Rome, and Barcelona. We will cover academic offerings, including internship and research opportunities, and the holistic support and cultural engagement opportunities that IFSA provides on-site. This webinar will help you guide your students to the right IFSA Europe program to meet their goals and allow you to articulate how they can make the most of their time abroad.
Advising for IFSA U.K. Programs
New to advising for IFSA UK programs, or just need a refresher? Join IFSA to learn details about our unique opportunities to study in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. We will cover academic offerings in the UK, our unique London Flagship programming, and the holistic support and cultural engagement opportunities that IFSA provides on-site. This webinar will help you guide your students to the right IFSA UK program to meet their goals and allow you to articulate how they can make the most of their time abroad.
Advising for IFSA Oceania Programs
New to advising for IFSA Australia or New Zealand programs, or just need a refresher? Join IFSA to learn details about Oceania program locations, academic offerings, and the unique support and cultural engagement opportunities we provide on-site. This webinar will help you guide your students to the right IFSA program to meet their goals and allow you to articulate how they can make the most of their time abroad.
Advising for IFSA Latin America Programs
IFSA runs dynamic study abroad programs in Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica, Cuba, Mexico, and Peru, and each location offers unique opportunities for your students. Whether you are new to advising for IFSA Latin America programs, or just need a refresher, join this webinar to gain program insights. We will highlight the program locations, academic offerings, and the unique support and cultural engagement opportunities that IFSA provides on-site. This webinar will help you guide your students to the right IFSA program to meet their goals and allow you to articulate how they can make the most of their time abroad.
Advising for IFSA Asia Programs
Did you know that IFSA offers the only undergraduate study abroad program in Sri Lanka? It’s true! Join IFSA to hear program details to enhance your advising for programs in China, India, and Sri Lanka. We will highlight the program locations, academic offerings including research and internship options, and the unique support and cultural engagement opportunities that IFSA provides on-site. This webinar will help you advise your students to the right IFSA Asia program to meet their goals and allow you to articulate how they can make the most of their time abroad.
Connecting Passion & Purpose for Science Majors: IFSA’s Life Science Career Accelerator Program
Join us to learn about IFSA’s Life Science Career Accelerator Program in London, a unique, new opportunity launching in Fall 2021. Built to provide Life Science majors with the skills most sought after in the professional world, this affordable program concludes with an IFSA-exclusive competency certificate. Dive into how this specific program was developed with Dr. Heather Barclay Hamir, IFSA president and CEO, and special guests Gaylene Xanthopoulos, founder and president of The Leadership Edge, and Dr. Nikki Letawsky Shultz, assistant dean for Student Affairs and International Programs at the University of Minnesota.
Advising for IFSA Summer Programs
Did you know that IFSA offers summer programs in Asia, Latin America, the U.K., and Europe? Opportunities include classes, internships, and research experiences. Join IFSA to learn about our wide array of credit-bearing summer programs, our unique experiential learning opportunities and the holistic support and cultural engagement opportunities that IFSA provides on-site. This webinar will help you guide your students to the right summer program to meet their goals and allow you to articulate how they can make the most of their time abroad.
To Go or Not To Go Abroad: IFSA’s Approach to Answering a Complicated Question
Learn how IFSA is approaching the evaluation of its program portfolio in the face of a global pandemic. IFSA’s leaders will share how we gauge program viability on multiple factors and how we adjust as the situation shifts.
Intro to IFSA
Join us for an in-depth presentation about all that IFSA offers to you and your students. Come learn more about IFSA’s approach to advising, student learning, inclusion and belonging, funding, and more. Best for new advisors, those new to IFSA, and anyone who is curious.
IFSA Health, Wellness, and Safety Support
Remember when health and safety was about more than global pandemics? In this webinar, we will explore how IFSA supports your students on a daily basis and in times of crisis. Whether dealing with a weather-related emergency, an act of terrorism, or a health scare, the IFSA team is ready and prepared to help.