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.

Facilitated by Margaret McCullers, IFSA Director of Strategic Initiatives, and Michelle Tolan Tomasi, Associate Director, Strategic Engagement and Inclusive Excellence, 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 - IUPUI - Indianapolis, IN

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)
Indianapolis, IN
Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019
9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Inclusive Excellence:
Best Practices from Higher Education in a Study Abroad Context

As undergraduate enrollment has grown in the last half century, degree completion rates have not risen proportionally, and time toward completion has increased. Presenters will discuss emergent research on study abroad as a High-Impact Educational Practice (George D. Kuh, 2008), its potential compensatory effects for underrepresented students, and how we might maximize the efficacy of study abroad on student success.

This event is co-hosted by the IUPUI Office of International Affairs-Study Abroad.

IUPUI Campus Center Building
CE 405 Yale Pratt Meeting Room
420 University Blvd.
Indianapolis, IN 46202

Register by Friday, Oct. 25, 2019.

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.

Upcoming Dialogue Events

Additional IFSA Dialogue events are planned for the 2019-2020 academic year. Check back here as complete details will be added as dates, locations, and topics are finalized.

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.

We closely align with IFSA’s approach to advising and thinking about how to use study abroad to foster inclusion.

…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.

I learned a lot about the gap between liberal arts colleges and state institutions in terms of challenges faced related to inclusivity and study abroad access.

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.