The opening plenary at the 76th CIEE conference drew a crowd earlier this month in Paris. No wonder. With a jaw-dropping panel representing Elon, Arizona State, Northeastern, and Dean College, the discussion presented some rare gems.
The goal: set the conference off on the right foot. Get everyone thinking deeply about how international experiences can reach more students.
The crowd clearly held the belief that a global education holds the promise of a brighter future. The proof was simply in the stories told by leaders in academia, government, and pretty much every institution in attendance. Those with international experience as a student spoke of the indelible mark that it had on their life and career. The global experiences changed their views of the world and shaped their decisions about how they would participate in it. No doubt, many of you can relate.
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Why we work so hard at this and gather to define the path forward: we are looking to make international education more accessible for current and future students. And we want those experiences to be deeply rewarding. We need to be sure the programs have a solid curriculum, strong faculty leadership, and finely tuned logistics and support services.
We can only take on so much at one time. What I heard as the specific foci at this CIEE gathering:
- Clarify the steps to improving broad student access.
- Increase our capacity to provide student mental health support services.
- Focus efforts on environmental sustainability initiatives.
The conference provided a foundation for robust, challenging discussions among study abroad leadership and all the many practitioners in the room. And these talks will continue. Fortunately, the resources to do the work, to make these ideas meaningful, not just esoteric, are in place.
The discussions embraced big visionary approaches (can we foster greater employer engagement in internationalization?) and concrete touch points (can we provide each traveling student with a sustainability cookbook customized to each of 30+ destination cities?). The ideas shared and evaluated poured forth.
Granted, there is never enough money to do all we want to do. But roughly 75 years ago, a poignant point in time following World War II, many smart and good people got together to launch global initiatives, including the United Nations, IIE, the Fulbright program, NATO, WHO, IMF, the World Bank, and CIEE to name just a few of the most prominent efforts to bridge cultures globally.
I had the great privilege of moderating the opening plenary and speaking at length with:
- Kenneth Elmore, J.D., president of Dean College
- Jennifer Malerich, Ph.D., assistant vice provost of academic and global engagement for Arizona State University
- Rebecca Kohn, Ph.D., provost and vice president of academic affairs for Elon University
- Amy Stevens, Ph.D., vice chancellor of global experiential pathways for Northeastern University
I wish all of you could have been there. That’s why today I’m sharing with you a few of my personal notes from talks with these industry leaders and other observations from the 3-day event. It’s a quick read, but one I know will spur ideas and get your wheels turning. Read on…