IFSA Conference 2018
How can education abroad promote lifelong Intercultural Agility?
Developing intercultural competence has long been associated as a key benefit to studying abroad. Likewise, study abroad alumni have anecdotally acknowledged the critical importance their experience played in developing skills and perspectives which transformed them into global citizens.
IFSA’s organizational commitment to intercultural agility is based on the premise that through the educational experience gained with us, students will cultivate intercultural skills that can be applied and adapted throughout their careers and lives.
Rather than a static intercultural experience, how can study abroad endeavors foster intercultural agility within future leaders? Where will the study abroad experience take students in the future? How will the intercultural skills students cultivate through study abroad participation yield transferable outcomes which go beyond the local study abroad term and fit into the global life experience?
Join us to be part of that discussion and contribute your rich interest and knowledge to this important topic.
July 25 – 27, 2018
The Alexander Hotel
333 South Delaware St.
Visit the hotel website to explore the hotel’s amenities and see its unique focus on art and design!
The registration deadline has passed.
Contact Amy Bartnick Blume (email@example.com) for late registrations and hotel booking assistance.
Institute at the Institute (I@I)
The sixth annual I@I brings up-and-coming professionals together to explore appreciative advising for education abroad from the only organization in the field to formally and holistically adopt the practice. We’ll utilize a workshop setting to evaluate how appreciative advising supports and challenges students to achieve their academic, personal, and career preparation goals.
Selected applicants receive a complementary registration and accommodation at Butler University. Most meals are also included. Priority will be given to applicants planning to attend the IFSA Conference as well.
APPRECIATIVE ADVISING FOR EDUCATION ABROAD
What Advisors Are Saying
“I felt engaged from the moment the conference opened, but I felt most engaged during the workshops.”
—Stephanie Gulden, Dickinson College
“I loved the speakers most. They had done research to support their theories, and they were great speakers to boot. I got readings out of those sessions and a lot of ideas, and have just finished briefing my staff on the conference, so the learning continues! Thank you for setting it up so well.”
—Cathy Winnie, Southern Methodist University
“Great conference and excellent staff in place to help facilitate a positive experience. Thank you.”
—Sentwali Bakari, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
(This is a tentative schedule and is subject to change.)
Wednesday, July 25
|1:30||Registration and International Treats with IFSA Resident Directors|
|3:00||Intercultural Agility Exercise: City as Text||Diana Arizaga, IFSA Mexico
Nikki Bruckmann, IFSA
Rachel Vaughn, IFSA
IFSA Resident Directors
|4:00||Intercultural Agility Activity Debrief||Diana Arizaga, IFSA Mexico
Nikki Bruckmann, IFSA
Rachel Vaughn, IFSA
|5:15||Welcome and Plenary Session
Mind the (Inter)cultural Gap: Reflect, Reframe and Reimagine Cultural Agility
|Dr. Heather Barclay Hamir
Dr. Leeva Chung
Thursday, July 26
|8:00||Breakfast with Resident Directors|
|8:45||Workshop: From Theory to Practice: Building A Shared Commitment to Intercultural Agility||Dr. Opal Leeman Bartzis, IFSA
Dr. Jennifer Wiley, CoreCollaborative International
Diana Arízaga, IFSA Mexico
|10:10||EdTalks: Language and Intercultural Learning
Marne Ausec, Kenyon College
|11:00||Workshop: Delivering on Our Promise: Infusing Intercultural Agility throughout the Student Experience||Teresa Bellono, IFSA
Emily Hammock Mosby, The University of New Mexico
Andrew Williams, IFSA England
|1:30||Lightning Rounds (choose one)
Alisha Cardwell, Brandeis University
Dr. Kris Acheson-Clair, Purdue University
ISLE Sri Lanka alumni
|2:10||IFSA Updates||Dr. Heather Barclay Hamir
Dr. Opal Leeman Bartzis
|3:15||EdTalks: Strategies for Intercultural Development
Heather Gregg Reed, IFSA
|4:00||Workshop: Intercultural Nextpractice: Fostering Innovation through New Strategies||Jonathan Ferguson, IFSA
Kim Hindbjorgen, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Dr. Amir Reza, Babson College
|5:15||Optional Hotel Art Tour|
|6:30||Bus departs Alexander Hotel for Reception|
|7:00||Reception at Dallara Indycar Factory|
Friday, July 27
|8:10||Optional Session: Discover IFSA Global Flagships||Erika Ryser, IFSA
Mario Cantarini, IFSA Argentina
Lynne Alvarez, IFSA England
Jana Žalská, IFSA Czech Republic
Pei Liu, IFSA China
Christi Hoover, IFSA Australia
|8:45||Workshop: Integrated Intercultural Testing: Moving Beyond Pre-Post Tests to Change Practice||Dr. David Wick, Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey
Dr. Nick Gozik, Boston College
Emelye Neff, student at Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey
Heather Young, IFSA
|10:05||EdTalks: Navigating Cultures at Home and Abroad
Taylor Woodman, University of Maryland at College Park
Liz Mach, IFSA
Katie DeGuzman, Dickinson College
|11:30||Connect. Collaborate. Contribute. Intercultural Agility Debrief and Conclusion|
|12:30||Lunch and Departure|