2017 IFSA Conference Resources

Thank you for attending!

We are so honored that you attended the 2017 IFSA Conference to explore Inclusive Excellence with us. Please find the resources from each presenter located below.

Wednesday Sessions

Where Does Inclusion Start (PowerPoint PDF)
LaNitra Berger, George Mason University
Margaret McCullers, IFSA
Kevin Morrison, Macalester College

How Can We Make Excellence Inclusive in Education Abroad? (PowerPoint PDF)
Dr. Alma R. Clayton-Pedersen, Emeritus Consulting Group

Working with IFSA as a Partner (PowerPoint PDF)
Rodney Vargas, IFSA
Rachel Vaughn, IFSA
Michelle Mannweiler, IFSA
Kira Rysiewicz, IFSA

Acknowledging the “I” in Identity: Helping Students Navigate Identity-Based Experiences Abroad (PowerPoint PDF)
Identity Resource List (Handout PDF)
Social Identity Wheel (Handout PDF)
Lillian Read, IFSA
DuBois Jennings, Susquehanna University
Amaka Ifeadike, IFSA

Inclusive by Design: Leveraging Our Collective Diversity to Enhance Learning Abroad (PowerPoint PDF)
Dr. Opal Leeman Bartzis, IFSA
Marne Ausec, Kenyon College
Dr. David Wick, Middlebury Institute of International Studies
Jana Žalská, IFSA

How Do We Advance a Mission of Inclusion in a Climate of Exclusion? (PowerPoint PDF)
Grey College Simulation (Handout PDF)
Dr. Heather Barclay Hamir, IFSA
Dr. Eduardo Contreras, University of Portland
Dr. James Lucas, Michigan State University


The Gap Between People’s Belief on Language Learning and Reality (Video)
Dr. Shinji Sato, Princeton University

First Gens at Elite Institutions (Video)
Heather Powell Browne, Colorado College

Inclusive Excellence in STEM Education: A Funder’s Perspective (Video)
Inclusive Excellence in STEM Education: A Funder’s Perspective (PowerPoint PDF)
Dr. Sarah Simmons, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Storytelling as an Inclusive Excellence Exercise (Video)
Michelle Tolan Tomasi, IFSA 

Helping Students Go Beyond the ‘Single Story’ (Video)
Neal McKinney, DePauw University

Inclusive Excellence: Learning from and Listening to Our Local Communities (Video)
Dr. Christopher Van Velzer, IFSA
“What does it mean to be human and alive?” Every culture, every community is trying to answer this very question and the incalculable ways we approach it bring richness to intercultural learning. If Inclusive Excellence posits that learning is deeper and more impactful when a community intentionally includes its diverse perspectives, how, then, do we foster learning that is inclusive of all individuals touched by our programs? Are we inclusive and excellent if we conduct unidirectional programs for students as consumers of host culture and what are the enduring lessons of that approach? Dr. Chris Van Velzer, Resident Director of IFSA Shanghai, challenges us to disrupt the convention of treating local constituents as “community props,” and instead include the diverse stories, experiences, and perspectives they, too, bring to the question “what does it mean to be human and alive?”

Men, Fraternities & Dudes, Oh My! Enhancing Inclusion Through Privilege (Video)
Dr. James Lucas, Michigan State University
“Sometimes when you’re in the ‘majority,’ you have the privilege of never thinking of yourself as cultured.” As international educators, we often attempt to dismantle oppression by creating opportunity for those outside the highest echelons of power and influence. But, what might happen if those who inhabit society’s most advantaged spaces began to understand and acknowledge their own privilege? Could it help to dismantle the system from the inside-out? In this provocative Ed Talk, Dr. James Lucas of Michigan State University discusses his study abroad research with scenarios from the hyper-masculine culture of campus fraternities. Breaking students out of “the man box” to discover their own identities and interrogate gender constraints not only presents potential for greater understanding, but the enduring impact of shared responsibility to systemic change.

Thursday Sessions

Diversity Abroad: Enhancing Inclusive Excellence in Education Abroad through Programs, Services & Resources (PowerPoint PDF)
Pamela Roy, Diversity Abroad
Trixie Cordova, Diversity Abroad

Invisible Walls: An Examination of Barriers in Application and Prearrival Practices (PowerPoint PDF)
Calie Florek, Butler University
Hannah Sutton, IFSA

Indigenous Student Experiences Abroad – A Southern Hemisphere Perspective (PowerPoint PDF)
Ainslie Moore, University of Auckland

Deconstructing Diversity: A Conversation Invitation (PowerPoint PDF)
Rhonda Hinkle, IFSA
Monica Wasserbach, IFSA

Promoting Inclusion in Education Abroad: Starting with a Review (PowerPoint PDF)
Nick J. Gozik, Boston College

Building Structures of Support for Transgender Students Abroad (PowerPoint PDF)
Building Structures of Support for Transgender Students Abroad (Handout PDF)
Theresa Cann, Bryn Mawr College
Airen McClure, Bryn Mawr College Alum

Identity Walk: Understanding Privilege (PowerPoint PDF)
Nikki Bruckmann, IFSA

Able to Go: Accessible Study Abroad for Students with Disabilities (PowerPoint PDF)
Able to Go: Accessible Study Abroad for Students with Disabilities (Handout PDF)
Scott Manning, Susquehanna University

STEM Majors: Navigating Curriculum and Value Propositions of Study Abroad (PowerPoint PDF)
Jennifer Ellis Fritz, Bucknell University

Friday Sessions