CISABROAD BLOG · February 19, 2019 · 4 Min Read
CISabroad Sponsors 7th Annual Diversity Abroad Conference

Along with the Global Student Leadership Summit & the MSI Global Education Summit, the Diversity Abroad Conference constitutes the most comprehensive national forum on issues of access, diversity, equity, and inclusion in global education. CISabroad is a proud sponsor of the 7th Annual Diversity Abroad Conference, March 2-5, 2019 in Boston, MA! Learn more about #DAConf19 and register at

The work that we do is needed now more than ever, and as a sponsor of this year’s 7th annual Diversity Abroad Conference, CISabroad is thrilled to play a key role in supporting the conference and its mission.

Join us at the 7th Annual Diversity Abroad Conference

The team at CISabroad would like to invite you to join us at our table (number 21), attend one of our conference sessions, or register for the New Professionals in International Education lunch and learn. Curious about our efforts beyond the conference? Read more about CISabroad’s Commitment to Inclusion and Access Abroad.

Our Sessions & Lunch and Learns at This Year’s Conference

We are excited to be presenting the following sessions with colleagues and hope you can attend. See the full schedule here.

Deep Dive Session: “Who’s On Top? Achieving Gender Parity in International Education Leadership”
Kris Holloway (CISabroad), Sora Friedman (School for International Training), Angela Miller (Case Western Reserve University)

Technology for Inclusion in Global Education: Pitfalls & Opportunities
Veelie Alba (CISabroad), Joelle Tolifero (Diversity Abroad), Khalilah Shabazz (Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis), Jorge Pongo (Fordham University)

Action Planning Breakout Session for Provider Organizations
Facilitator: Veelie Alba (CISabroad)

Getting to the Gate: Increasing Autonomy by Leveraging Hidden Strengths
Presented by the First-Gen Task Force: Aaron Faucher (CISabroad), Krista Buda Bethel (Northwestern University), Heather St Germaine (Hampshire College), Katie DeGuzman (Dickinson College)

Intention & Identity: LGBTQ+ Support from India to the World
Aaron Faucher (CISabroad), Kara Morgan (American India Foundation), Katja Kurz (American India Foundation)

Lunch & Learn: New Professionals in International Education
Monday, March 4 | 12:00 – 1:30 pm, $60
Intended for professional with zero to three years experience in the field of international education, this lunch will focus on helping new professionals, in particular, professionals from diverse backgrounds enter the field of international education and/or move up in their current careers. There will be a panel of experienced International education professionals there to help and give advice.

Moderator: Kerry Stamp, Director of International Programs (Vassar College)

Panelists: Kris Holloway, President (CISabroad), Dr. Sherif Barsoum, Associate Vice President for Global Services (NYU), Melissa Newton, Administrative Assistant, Internationalization & Global Engagement (Emerson College)

Our Year-Round Involvement

CISabroad supports Diversity Abroad throughout the year by collaborating on its task forces and planning committees.

Veelie Alba
University Relations Regional Director – Midwest
Diversity Abroad Conference Planning Committee

Aaron Faucher 
CISabroad Assistant Director of Custom Programs & Inclusive Outreach
Co-Chair of First-Generation & High Financial Need College Students Task Force

Keara DeKay
University Relations Manager – Mid Atlantic
Member of LGBTQIA+ Students Task Forcee

Sponsoring Students to Attend the Global Student Leadership Summit

The Global Student Leadership Summit (GSLS) is the premier leadership conference for students from diverse backgrounds who have participated in study abroad or other international programs. The 5th annual summit will attract dozens of diverse and underrepresented students from colleges and universities nationwide with a simple goal: to develop the skills essential to being a successful leader in a global society.

Students will participate in hands-on student leadership sessions, engage in critical dialogue centered on self-reflection and identity, establish and maintain relationships with like-minded student leaders, and connect with professionals from higher education, the public sphere, and private sector. Participation in the GSLS will help students’ strengthen their leadership and develop global competencies including self-awareness, communication, team building, embracing diversity and difference, and more.

This year, CISabroad nominated Linden Pearsall, a University of Massachusetts – Amherst Hospitality Tourism Management and Sustainable Community Development major and alum of our Semester in Thailand program at Mahidol University.

Linden writes: “Realizing that being neurodiverse was a piece of my identity would have never happened had I not gone to Thailand. I had to face my mental health issues head-on, but also not let my battle with it become the entire experience. I practiced resilience and found support in a place where mental health isn’t talked about. Now, I often think about a phrase that Thai people said, ‘Same, same, but different’ when I think about my identity in relation to other peoples.”

Ask Linden about her time at Mahidol University if you see her around on conference weekend!

We can’t wait for the conference! For questions or to schedule a meeting with a member of the CISabroad team please contact Kerry Smith, Director of University Relations.

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