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National Resources:

The Forum on Education Abroad

NAFSA: Association of International Educators

Diversity Abroad Network Advancing Diversity & Inclusive Excellence in International Education

Better Abroad: An aducation abroad (r)evolution.

2017 BASAA Spring Conference Sessions

Checking In! A Student-Led Panel
Chair: Alisha Cardwell, Brandeis University
Presenters: Becca Joseph, Zoila Coc-Chang, Yini Rong (Brandeis University)

This student-led panel will discuss ways to effectively engage and check in with your students before, during, and after studying abroad to meet their emotional, mental, and academic concerns and best deliver a wide-range of information and resources to them. Study abroad returnees will discuss their perspective on using various methods of reaching students and engaging with them in new ways. From advising students, to effectively using peer advising programs to social media and events, they’ll offer tips to best reach today’s students.

9 Days + 15 Weeks = A Model for Embedding Short-Term Study Abroad in a Semester-Long Course
Chair: Sarah Dietrich, Salem State University
Presenters: Sarah Dietrich (Salem State University), Kenneth Reeds (Salem State University)

Presenters will share lessons learned and recommendations for “best practice” for embedding a short-term study abroad experience in a semester long course, based on their own experiences with an undergraduate course on “Culturally Responsive Teaching” which included a nine day trip to the Dominican Republic. Throughout the session, the focus will be on discussion; participants will share resources and explore opportunities and challenges for implementing similar courses in their own contexts.

Meeting Their Needs: Offering On-Site Support Through Program Design
Chair: Alanna Dick, Education New Zealand
Presenters: Alanna Dick (Education New Zealand), Candace Ruta (CIS Abroad)

As education professionals, we work hard to design programmes to better support students on-site while in their host country to encourage participation in study abroad or international experiences. Are there programs for specific groups of students to meet their needs while abroad? Program providers and a government representative will share case studies of working with specific student populations that do not traditionally study abroad in high numbers. The presenters will explain how initiatives through new semester programs and orientation activities offer better support on-site for students. This session is a hybrid of a panel presentation with an interactive portion so the audience can share best practices.

Simplifying Study Abroad for F-1 Students
Chair: Rose Francois, Hult International Business School
Presenters: Rose Francois (Hult International Business School), Ross Glover (Hult International Business School), Susannah Marcucci (Emerson College)
This session will cover the process of preparing your students and administrators for studying abroad and ensuring they obtain work authorization. The session will touch upon third party visa vendors, CRM management, creating workshops/PowerPoints for the visa process of the study abroad country and communicating with students so that they can maintain status.

The IE Freedom Trail: Maximizing Professional Development Opportunities in Your Career
Chair: Alida Gomez, Wheaton College
Presenters: Alida Gomez (Wheaton College), Nora Larkin (CAPA), Zachary Macinnes (Trinity College), Kerry Geffert (Terra Dotta)
This session aims to provide an overview of professional development resources available to new and developing professionals within the field of international education. Creative avenues for finding funding support will be discussed, along with volunteer and networking opportunities.

The Trump Effect and Student Mobility: What’s Next?
Chairs: Chelsea Couture (CIS Abroad), Craig McDonald (SIT Study Abroad)
Presenters: Chelsea Couture (CIS Abroad), Craig McDonald (SIT Study Abroad), Zack Brower (UMASS Amherst), Devin Foxhall (School for Field Studies)
This presentation aims to take a deeper look at American’s current political climate, and how the Trump Effect may impact study abroad enrollment and student mobility. Will it motivate students to study internationally as part of a renewed effort to interact with the world? Will it decrease participation amid concerns over new policies and the risk of rising anti-American sentiment? How can we better prepare students for possible tension? How much of an impact do local news sources play on experience and how students acclimate? What affect do we predict this will have on incoming student mobility and perceived experience? As political shifts and tensions arise, how are both incoming and outbound students directly experiencing being abroad. This session will explore how study abroad offices and third party providers are navigating the new political environment and its impact on study abroad, and a discuss strategies study abroad professionals can pursue to maintain and strengthen student interest amid anxious times.

2014 Fall Meeting Workshop Details and Presentation

“Developing as an Education Abroad Professional”
Presented by Martha Johnson, Assistant Dean of the Learning Abroad Center at the University of Minnesota and Mark Lenhart, Executive Director of CET Academic Programs

Click here to view the PowerPoint presentation from the workshop.

Guest Panelists
J. Scott Van Der Meid, Assistant Dean of Study Abroad, Brandeis University
Heather Barclay Hamir, Executive Director, Study Abroad, Boston University

About the Workshop:
Through a series of presentations, reflections, and small group discussions, this workshop will guide participants through a review of the professional development landscape in our field. Topics include strategic career planning, development of expertise, building a professional portfolio, realities of the profession, networking, and professional engagement.

2014 BASAA Spring Conference Sessions

Male Students and Study Abroad: Understanding the Participation Gap

Although male students are not under-represented in many aspects of higher education, they have historically exhibited significantly lower rates of participation in education abroad when compared to their female peers. As educators seek to provide all U.S. college students with a global perspective and engaged them in high-impact practice (Kuh, 2009), it is important to understand why this large population is missing—or avoiding—education abroad opportunities. Making this issue more complex, the issue of male students also intersects with other under-represented education abroad identities, such as athletes, STEM students, and racial-ethnic groups.

This session will share research on male engagement in college, as well as a mixed-methods study conducted at Michigan State University. Participants will engage in dialogue around the research and will focus on practical actions they can take in their own work to reach out to and engage male students. Click here for a copy of the session handout. Click here for a copy of the presentation.

Presenter: James Lucas (Michigan State University)

How can you re-enter when you have not entered yet? A new take on culture shock, re-entry, and reverse culture shock

Most re-entry and reverse culture shock models focus on the return to a “home,” but what if you have never been to that “home?” This session will evaluate the effectiveness of the model used by Foundation for International Education to address culture shock and Northeastern University’s Program to assist second-semester freshman during their entry transition into a new university culture.

Presenters: Allie Miller (Northeastern University), Lauren Kettler (Northeastern University), and Jane Dickson (Foundation for International Education), Erika Richards (Foundation for International Education)

Getting In: A Road Map into International Education

In the rapidly professionalizing and competitive field of international education, getting that first full-time job can be a daunting and difficult process.  Entry-level positions often attract hundreds of applicants, so how can you stand out in the crowd?  Professionals from Education Abroad and International Student & Scholar Services will discuss best practices for seeking (and being offered!) that first job, what hiring managers are looking for, and ways to get involved at the local, regional, and national level. Click here for a copy of the session presentation.

Presenters: Katherine Jacobs (Providence College), Samantha Stanley (Babson College), and Michael Lucerto (EUSA-Academic Internship Programs)

Learning How to Ask: Negotiating skills for yourself and your office

As international educators in higher education we negotiate something every day. We manage differences between cultures, abilities, ages, and expectations. Yet many of us – and studies show women in particular – can find it hard to negotiate for our own needs or our office’s needs. This can result in fewer resources, lower salaries, or fewer opportunities for professional development. In this session, participants will learn the key steps in successful negotiation, participate in role-plays, and come away with a few action steps to employ right away. Click here for a copy of the session presentation.

Presenters: Kris Holloway (CISAbroad), Katie Bell (Yale University), and Megan Wood (IFSA-Butler)

What’s Your Intent? Fostering Student Engagement through Advising

Education abroad advising is an integral part of a student’s preparation for the experience, and can foster an attitude of engagement abroad. But how much time do we spend thinking about how we advise students?  In this session, a panel of advisers will discuss how they help students work toward a more thoughtful and intentional approach to the advising process and study abroad experience, and how they incorporate the idea of intent into their own advising practice. Through case studies, practical examples and roundtable discussion, participants will learn more about:

  • What it means to “set intent” in advising,
  • Different advising models and strategies that emphasize student engagement,
  • Practical advising tools that facilitate goal-setting and critical thinking,
  • How to develop and assess their own advising strategies,
  • Advising guidelines and resources for professional development.

Click here for a copy of the session presentation. Click here for a copy of the session handout.

Presenters: Michelle Gere (Yale University), Larry Pickener (Boston College), Brian Libby (Tufts University)

Site Visits: A Partner Perspective

This session will share information from the perspective of the visitor. We will discuss the different types of site visitors an organization may host and how goals for a site visit can vary. We will share some excellent and not-so-excellent site visit case studies to highlight what to avoid and what works well, and how these visits can be a benefit to all sides of the partnership. Attendees will provide feedback and input as we examine various aspects of a site visit and the perspectives of the stakeholders involved.

Presenters: Janelle Bloss Murphy (CET Academic Programs), Scott Van Der Meid (Brandeis University)

Keynote/Roundtable Discussion

The Generation Study Abroad Challenge

Too many American students are graduating without the skills they need to succeed in the global economy and solve shared problems that transcend borders. We know that study abroad is one of the best ways students can acquire global skills and open up personal and professional opportunities.

This session will introduce the Institute of International Education’s initiative, Generation Study Abroad and lead a discussion on how we can make study abroad – academic study, work, or internships – more accessible to future generations. Through roundtable discussions, participants will be asked to explore this question and many more and to prioritize the challenges to increasing study abroad, as well as propose innovative solutions to significantly move the needle on study abroad.

Presenter: Daniel Kramer, Director of U.S. Student Programs, Institute of International Education