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

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

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

Guiding Behavioural Change to Promote Intercultural Development (Video)
Guiding Behavioural Change to Promote Intercultural Development (PowerPoint PDF)
Ruth Casey, IFSA

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