2018 IFSA Conference Resources

Thank you for attending!

We are so honored that you attended the 2018 IFSA Conference to explore Intercultural Agility with us. Please find the resources from each presenter located below.

Plenary Session

Mind the (Inter)cultural Gap (PowerPoint PDF)
Dr. Leeva Chung, University of San Diego


From Theory to Practice (PowerPoint & Handout PDF)
Opal Leeman Bartzis, IFSA

Diana Arízaga, IFSA
Jennifer Wiley, CoreCollaborative International

Delivering on Our Promise (PowerPoint PDF)
Teresa Bellono, IFSA
Emily Hammock Mosby, University of New Mexico
Andrew Williams, IFSA

Intercultural Nextpractice: Fostering Innovation through New Strategies (PowerPoint PDF)
Kim Hindbjorgen, University of Minnesota

Amir Reza, Babson College

Jonathan Ferguson, IFSA

Holistic Approaches to Assessing Intercultural Agility (PowerPoint & Handout PDF)
Dr. Nick Gozik, Boston College
Emelye Neff, Middlebury Institute of International Studies
Dr. David Wick, Middlebury Institute of International Studies
Heather  Young, IFSA Associate Director, Program Operations

Lightning Rounds

Developing Intercultural Agility Among Short-term Study Abroad Students (PowerPoint & Handout PDF)
Alisha Cardwell, Brandeis University
Isabel Yevenus, IFSA

Intercultural Assessment Smackdown (Handouts PDF)
Dr. Kris Acheson-Clair, Purdue University
Katherine Yngve, Purdue University

ISLE Sri Lanka Alumni Panel (PowerPoint PDF)
Dr. Tudor Silva, IFSA

Colin Dieck, IFSA Sri Lanka Alum
Lillian Eckstein, IFSA Sri Lanka Alum

From Pilot to Practice: Pre-departure Strategies for Promoting Intercultural Development (PowerPoint & Handout PDF)
Katie DeGuzman, Dickinson College

A Deeper Learning Moment: When Culture Meets Healthcare (PowerPoint PDF)
Liz Mach, IFSA
Dr. Chris Van Velzer, IFSA

Immersion Through Flatting (PowerPoint PDF)
Sian Munro, IFSA 

Ed Talks

We are Living in an Intercultural World, but I’m a Cross-cultural Girl (Video)
We are Living in an Intercultural World, but I’m a Cross-cultural Girl (PowerPoint PDF)
Marne Ausec, Kenyon College
In the higher education landscape of content acquisition and assessment, how might we (re)consider what and how students learn in education abroad? As we strive to create assessment metrics for intercultural learning and agility, it is perhaps equally important that we avoid the pitfalls of teaching-to-the-test. In this engaging Ed Talk, Marne Ausec from Kenyon Colleges uses anecdotes from parenthood to ask,” if intercultural is the goal [in study abroad], what about those who don’t quite meet it? Have they not done something right?” She prompts us to consider the how, and why, and what happens between pre-test and post-test in order to recognize the immeasurable ways students may learn in education abroad.

The Gap Between People’s Belief on Language Learning and Reality (Video)
The Gap Between People’s Belief on Language Learning and Reality (PowerPoint PDF)
Dr. Shinji Sato, Princeton University
Language pedagogy may not expressly accommodate or value adequately a multilingual approach. After all, each language learner comes to the task with different motivations, linguistic experience, and personal approaches. Are we asking them at the outset “What kind of language user would you like to become?” in order to help them pursue the bespoke communication strategies they need? Princeton University’s Dr. Shinji Sato asks us to question that rather than focus on a target-language-only approach. Should we more actively engage the myriad ways through which language learners seek to gain (and exact) perspective on the world?

The Power of Reflection: Maximizing Intercultural Growth through Digital Storytelling (Video)
The Power of Reflection: Maximizing Intercultural Growth through Digital Storytelling (PowerPoint PDF) 
Heather Gregg Reed, IFSA
Stories are as varied as the humans who experience them. Pain, joy, hope, hilarity are daily and definitive experiences for us all. But what if you had only 500 words to capture that lived experience? Which words would you choose, and which single story would you tell? IFSA’s Heather Gregg Reed discuss her work with our alumni Digital Storytelling reflection exercise. Harnessing words and technology, students are challenged to approach their story from multiple angles and use the Digital Storytelling framework to start a lifelong journey of articulating their study abroad experience. From eating bananas to riding the tube, everyday experiences can help lend context to long-lasting stories students tell about how they’ve thrived in the face of adversity, found opportunities to learn in unexpected places, and how something as simple as food can connect us all.

Guiding Behavioural Change to Promote Intercultural Development (Video)
Guiding Behavioural Change to Promote Intercultural Development (PowerPoint PDF)
Ruth Casey, IFSA
When students arrive to their programs abroad, the lens through which they see the world immediately impacts the new world they shape. IFSA Scotland’s Ruth Casey shares her strategies for early and frequent intervention in helping students move toward more ethno-relative points of view utilizing appreciative advising and open lines of inquiry. And that meeting students where they are can help them connect daily action to initial intention—moving beyond the defensive outsider and toward an accepting community member.

We May Be Country but We Aren’t Rednecks (Video)
Dr. Taylor Woodman, University of Maryland at College Park

In the wake of the 2016 presidential election, University of Maryland’s Dr. Taylor Woodman found himself in the center of a personal cultural crisis as an Appalachian. Sudden, pervasive media focus on “hillbilly culture,” combined with preexisting internal tensions between his culture of origin and his current life, led to a critical moment of revelation—learning to assimilate doesn’t mean you have left everything behind. This Ed Talk explores with Dr. Woodman his internal and external questions of cultural dimensionality, subtle classism, and how we can go beyond intercultural agility as a student-focused objective and adopt it as a mindset for ourselves. In order for study abroad to serve as a gateway to greater understanding of the world, we may need begin by acknowledging, and honoring, the cultures from which we came.

Cultural Drag: Performing Identities Abroad (Video)
Martha Johnson, University of Minnesota at Twin Cities
Drag performance manipulates mimicry and dress, basing itself on constructs of cultural—often gendered—prototypes. But what can it teach us about culture, identity, and acknowledging the unique bodies we bring to new physical spaces? Dr. Martha Johnson reframes Drag as cultural performance, creating opportunity to interrogate how we engage embedded notions of other cultures and our behavior related to them. If we consider cultural exhibition in this new light, how might students build lifelong skills in navigating (and performing) their body and identities within myriad cultural contexts?

Other Sessions

City as Text – Intercultural Agility Exercise (Handouts PDF)

Connect. Collaborate. Contribute. (PowerPoint PDF)
Dr. Heather Barclay Hamir, IFSA
Margaret McCullers, IFSA