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

University of Missouri-Kansas City
Kansas City, MO
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Individualized Learning:
Strategies in Bridging the Gap Among Distinctive Motivations,
Learning Outcomes, and Structural Realities in Education Abroad

In a world of increased focus on the individual and customization, how can education abroad programming respond to the unique academic, personal, and pre-professional needs of today’s undergraduate? How do we balance an individualized student development approach with larger institutional priorities such as program development, time management, and assessment? Dialogue presenters will facilitate cross-institutional discussion to explore a “whole student” approach to learning, introducing practical strategies, relevant development theory, 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
Kansas City, MO 64110

Register by Wednesday, March 18, 2020.

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

Northwestern University
Evanston, Illinois
April 14, 2020
9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Individualized Learning:
Strategies in Bridging the Gap Among Distinctive Motivations,
Learning Outcomes, and Structural Realities in Education Abroad

In a world of increased focus on the individual and customization, how can education abroad programming respond to the unique academic, personal, and pre-professional needs of today’s undergraduate? How do we balance an individualized student development approach with larger institutional priorities such as program development, time management, and assessment? Dialogue presenters will facilitate cross-institutional discussion to explore a “whole student” approach to learning, introducing practical strategies, relevant development theory, 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

Register by Thursday, April 9, 2020.

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

University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Charlotte, NC
April 2020 (Date TBD)
9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Individualized Learning:
Strategies in Bridging the Gap Among Distinctive Motivations,
Learning Outcomes, and Structural Realities in Education Abroad

In a world of increased focus on the individual and customization, how can education abroad programming respond to the unique academic, personal, and pre-professional needs of today’s undergraduate? How do we balance an individualized student development approach with larger institutional priorities such as program development, time management, and assessment? Dialogue presenters will facilitate cross-institutional discussion to explore a “whole student” approach to learning, introducing practical strategies, relevant development theory, and ongoing challenges to individualized learning in education abroad.

Facilitators: Heather Barclay Hamir, IFSA President & CEO
Margaret McCullers, IFSA Director, Strategic Initiatives

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

University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Charlotte, NC

Registration coming soon!

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.