CISABROAD BLOG · April 13, 2020 · 5 Min Read
Forum 2020: Our First Virtual Conference

The Forum’s 16th Annual Conference will now be offered in a virtual conference format on April 21-23, 2020. Here at CIS Abroad we are working hard to offer engaging virtual sessions and a virtual booth experience. We are truly looking forward to learning and exploring this new virtual way of connecting with our colleagues old and new!

Below you can see a summary of the critical dialogue and conference sessions that CIS Abroad staff are facilitating and presenting with colleagues. Attendees will be able to access conference session recordings and the virtual exhibit hall for 90 days after the event.

We hope to “see” you there at this virtual conference!

Critical Dialogue & Session Titles:

  • Critical Dialogue: Women’s Issues Around the World
  • Creating Faculty Champions: An education abroad certification series
  • It’s Never Too Early to Go Abroad – First-year Programming for an Engaged Future
  • Sustainable Advising Practices: Using the Guidelines for Education Abroad Advising to Strengthen Partnerships and Improve Advising

Critical Dialogue & Session Information:

Critical Dialogue: Women’s Issues Around the World (requires pre-registration)

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?

Facilitators:

  • Kris Holloway, CIS Abroad
  • Latanya Mapp Frett, Global Fund for Women
  • Christiane Magnido, SIT Cameroon
  • Sarah Roma, SIT Graduate Institute

Creating Faculty Champions: An education abroad certification series

Learn about this innovative five-part online and on-campus workshop series to prepare faculty to take their classroom abroad. Participants will learn how faculty, the education abroad office, and partner organizations can work together to align academic goals with best practices and campus resources, and spend time discussing and designing a series to meet their own institution’s needs.

Presenters:

  • Jessica Jones, Vice President of University Relations, CIS Abroad
  • Magdalena Grudzinski-Hall, Ph.D, Director, Study Abroad Office, University of South Carolina
  • Jim Mensch, Ph.D, ATC, Clinical Associate Professor of Exercise Science, Department of Athletic Training, Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina

It’s Never Too Early to Go Abroad – First-year Programming for an Engaged Future

This session will explore first-year study abroad programming and review the learning outcomes achieved by participants. Using Astin’s and Kolb’s theories as frameworks for student engagement, the panel will discuss how first-year education abroad programming has served as a springboard to a successful undergraduate experience, how it has ignited a passion for future study abroad, and how participants have encouraged their peers to engage in similar experiences.

Presenters:

  • Jennifer Engel, Ph.D., Vice President of Academic Affairs, CIS Abroad
  • Sara Easler, Ph.D. , Director, International Programs & Study Abroad, Haslam College of Business, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Kim Cahill Director, Moran Center for Global Leadership, Villanova School of Business, Villanova University
  • Mark Willoughby  Director, Student Engagement, Haslam College of Business, University of Tennessee, Knoxville 

Sustainable Advising Practices: Using the Guidelines for Education Abroad Advising to Strengthen Partnerships and Improve Advising

The Forum on Education Abroad updated its Guidelines on Education Abroad Advising in 2019, which expands upon the guidance set forth in the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad. This session will provide a theoretical overview of the publication, as well as a deep dive into case studies that highlight best practices for applying these guidelines in real world settings.

Presenters:

  • Veelie Alba, Midwest Regional Director, CIS Abroad
  • Chrissie Faupel, Assistant Director, Study Abroad Office, University of South Carolina
  • Amelia Dietrich, Director for Research and Resources, The Forum on Education Abroad

Resources

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