Dialogues

IFSA Dialogues

Held throughout the United States, IFSA Dialogue events provide an opportunity for international educators to come together to explore and discuss issues such as student engagement, high-impact practices, and inclusive excellence in study abroad.

Participants engage in lively discussion with colleagues to enhance their collective knowledge on fostering student success through education abroad.

Dialogues are held on campuses and co-hosted by the institution’s study abroad office. The events are free, and open to study abroad professionals and other campus educators interested in international education.

Please see upcoming Dialogue events listed below.

IFSA Dialogue - UMKC - Kansas City, MO

Dialogue cancelled due to the Forum Conference moving to an online event

University of Missouri-Kansas City
Kansas City, MO
9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Individualized Learning:
Strategies, Motivations, and Outcomes
in Education Abroad

In a world of increased focus on customization and the individual, students have come to expect education to be personalized. How can education abroad programming promote learning objectives for all students, while also being responsive to the unique academic, personal, and pre-professional needs of today’s undergraduate? How might we balance an individualized student development approach with larger institutional priorities and realities, such as strategic international partnerships, program development, time management, faculty and staff capacity, and assessment? Dialogue presenters will facilitate cross-institutional discussion to explore a “whole student” approach to learning, introducing relevant development theories, practical strategies, and ongoing challenges to individualized learning in education abroad.

Facilitators: Heather Barclay Hamir, IFSA President & CEO
Maritheresa Frain, IFSA Vice President for Academic Program

This event is co-hosted by the University of Missouri-Kansas City Office of Study Abroad and Global Engagement.

University of Missouri-Kansas City
Student Union, Room 402

5100 Cherry St
Kansas City, MO 64110

There is no cost to attend. Refreshments and lunch will be provided. Location, parking details, and Dialogue schedule will be sent to registrants prior to the event date.

IFSA Dialogue - Northwestern - Evanston, IL

Dialogue postponed. We hope to reschedule this Dialogue during the 2020-2021 academic year. 

Northwestern University
Evanston, Illinois
9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Individualized Learning:
Strategies, Motivations, and Outcomes
in Education Abroad

In a world of increased focus on customization and the individual, students have come to expect education to be personalized. How can education abroad programming promote learning objectives for all students, while also being responsive to the unique academic, personal, and pre-professional needs of today’s undergraduate? How might we balance an individualized student development approach with larger institutional priorities and realities, such as strategic international partnerships, program development, time management, faculty and staff capacity, and assessment? Dialogue presenters will facilitate cross-institutional discussion to explore a “whole student” approach to learning, introducing relevant development theories, practical strategies, and ongoing challenges to individualized learning in education abroad.

Facilitators: Maritheresa Frain, IFSA Vice President for Academic Programs
Michelle Tolan Tomasi, IFSA Associate Director, Strategic Engagement and Inclusive Excellence

This event is co-hosted by the Northwestern University Global Learning Office.

Northwestern University
Norris University Center
Lake Room
1999 Campus Dr.
Evanston, IL 60208

 

There is no cost to attend. Refreshments and lunch will be provided. Location, parking details, and Dialogue schedule will be sent to registrants prior to the event date.

IFSA Dialogue - UNCC - Charlotte, NC

Dialogue postponed. We hope to reschedule this Dialogue during the 2020-2021 academic year. 

University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Charlotte, NC
9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Individualized Learning:
Strategies, Motivations, and Outcomes
in Education Abroad

In a world of increased focus on customization and the individual, students have come to expect education to be personalized. How can education abroad programming promote learning objectives for all students, while also being responsive to the unique academic, personal, and pre-professional needs of today’s undergraduate? How might we balance an individualized student development approach with larger institutional priorities and realities, such as strategic international partnerships, program development, time management, faculty and staff capacity, and assessment? Dialogue presenters will facilitate cross-institutional discussion to explore a “whole student” approach to learning, introducing relevant development theories, practical strategies, and ongoing challenges to individualized learning in education abroad.

Facilitators: Heather Barclay Hamir, IFSA President & CEO
Nikki Bruckmann, IFSA Director, Student Engagement

This event is co-hosted by the University of North Carolina at Charlotte Office of Education Abroad.

University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Harris Alumni Center
Allen Tate Room
8688 Johnson Alumni Way
Charlotte, NC 28223

There is no cost to attend. Refreshments and lunch will be provided. Location, parking details, and Dialogue schedule will be sent to registrants prior to the event date.

What Attendees Are Saying

I came away with good ideas for advising practices and appreciated reconnecting with colleagues in the area.

I appreciated the discussion at the end and the ability to connect and share ideas with our table mates.

Everything was great, the timing and food were perfect, and IFSA is a great partner.

…This was new for me: ‘We often expect to be surprised by culture, but sometimes we are surprised by ourselves.’ Want to do more thinking now on how students discover new aspects of themselves abroad – and also how the group dynamic of the study abroad cohort sometimes results in more tension than the students’ interactions with the host culture.

The dialogue topics were excellent, and as a new learner in this field, very helpful to me in understanding the goals of various study abroad offices.