ACE/AIEA Internationalization Collaborative 2019: Preparing for Tomorrow's Student
1/19/2019 8:30 AM
1/19/2019 7:00 PM


What will be the future of internationalization in higher education?

With increasing access to higher education in the United States, student enrollment is reflecting more than ever a diversity of student identities and life stages—students of color, adult learners, parents, veterans, first-generation students, new Americans, and international students. According to ACE research, so-called “post-traditional” students now comprise a majority of U.S. postsecondary enrollment, and their participation in higher education is growing. How can U.S. colleges and universities recognize the increasing complexity of their students’ cultural backgrounds and life experiences as a benefit to student learning, in and out of the classroom? How does increasing campus diversity contribute to global learning? Looking to our international community, what new approaches are other higher education systems adopting to internationalize that may inform the future of U.S. higher education? 

These topics and others will be explored at the 2019  ACE/AIEA Internationalization Collaborative, a one-day, annual conference devoted to meeting the challenges of campus internationalization. The Collaborative meets in conjunction with the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA) Annual Conference. Registration for the two events is separate, and we strongly encourage you to attend both.

This year’s Collaborative will include opportunities to:

  • Explore various methods of delivering global learning*—in the classroom, using interactive technologies, and through experiential learning. 

  • Rethink the way global education remains relevant throughout a learner’s lifetime, and ways students can continue to strengthen their global learning and experience.

  • Discuss strategies for increasing access to global learning across a broad and diverse spectrum of learners.

  • Use data to reimagine and inform the student experience.

The Collaborative is designed for internationalization leaders, campus administrators, deans, and faculty interested in sharing best practices for engaging diverse learners and preparing them to contribute to tomorrow’s world.

*Global learning is defined by Landorf and Doscher (2015) as “the process of diverse people collaboratively analyzing and addressing complex problems that transcend borders.”


AGENDA (Note: schedule is subject to change)

8:30–9:30 a.m.

Breakfast Roundtables

Sponsored by IES Abroad

Grab a cup of coffee, enjoy a hearty breakfast, and connect with higher education leaders to start off your day. Conversation at each table will focus on key indicators, trends, and current issues, guided by a set of discussion questions.

9:30–9:45 a.m.

Welcome and Introductions


Penelope “Nell” Pynes, President, AIEA and Associate Provost for International Programs at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Cheryl Matherly, President-Elect, AIEA and Vice President and Vice Provost for International Affairs at Lehigh University
Brad Farnsworth, Vice President of Internationalization and Global Engagement, ACE

9:45–10:35 a.m.

Morning Keynote: The Value Proposition of International, Intercultural, and Global Opportunities to Post-traditional Students

Articulating the value of a global education can help clarify how it contributes to career success, faculty engagement and effectiveness, and institutional support to serve an increasingly diverse student body, among other priorities.

Keynote: Maria Harper Marinick, Chancellor of the Maricopa County Community College District (AZ)

10:35–10:55 a.m.


10:55–11:40 a.m.

Buzz Group Discussions

11:40 a.m.–12:00 p.m.   

Initiative to Diversify Education Abroad (IDEA) 

Speaker:  Gretchen R. Cook-Anderson, Director of Diversity Recruiting & Advising, IES Abroad

12:00–1:00 p.m.


1:00–2:20 p.m.

Panel 1: Where Diversity and Internationalization Intersect: Case Studies of Successful Collaborations

As institutions become more intentional about diversity and inclusion, there is an overlap with internationalization efforts.

How can higher education leaders navigate the complex challenges associated with creating educational environments that promote social inclusion, diversity, and cross-cultural learning?  How can international programs offices partner with multicultural education units in support of intercultural learning and the integration of international and domestic students? How can senior leadership effect greater collaboration among these units? 

This session will feature institutional leaders who are developing new analytical frameworks, enhancing pedagogy, and fostering collaboration between internationalization and diversity/multicultural education on campus.

Moderator: Wagaye Johannes, Director of Operations and Organizational Development, Diversity Abroad 

Abel Chavez, Chair, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Internationalization (DEII) Committee, Dean of Graduate Studies; Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs; Western Colorado University 
Kathleen Wong (Lau), Chief Diversiy Officer, San Jose State University

2:20–3:00 p.m.

Buzz Group Discussions

3:00–3:20 p.m.


3:20–4:40 p.m.

Panel 2: Expanding Access and Inclusivity in Global Learning: Strategies from the Field

Global learning offers “the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that students acquire through a variety of experiences that enable them to: understand world cultures and events; analyze global systems; appreciate cultural differences; and apply this knowledge and appreciation to their lives as citizens and workers” (American Council on Education). 

According to ACE’s Mapping Internationalization on U.S. Campuses 2017 report, internationalization is accelerating at most U.S. higher education institutions and across all institution types. (ACE 2017). However, not all students have equal access to global learning and international experiences. For example, 1.7 percent of community college students participate in education abroad, but some community colleges outpace four-year institutions in their adoption of an internationalized curriculum.  

How can universities and colleges’ goals of preparing students for a global tomorrow reach a broader constituency of students? Do some internationalization efforts exacerbate inequity? What are proven practices for achieving goals for both inclusivity and internationalization?   

Moderator: Thomas Poon, Executive Vice President and Provost, Loyola Marymount University (CA)

N. Joyce Payne, Senior International Affairs & STEM advisor to the President, Thurgood Marshall College Fund
Armando Vazquez Ramos, President/CEO, California-Mexico Studies Center and Professor, Department of Chicano and Latino Studies, California State University Long Beach
Derek Abbey, Joan and Art Barron Veterans Center Interim Director, San Diego State University

4:40–5:20 p.m.

Buzz Group Discussions

5:20–5:30 p.m.

Concluding Remarks

5:30–7:00 p.m.

Closing Reception


ACE Collaborative participants are encouraged to reserve accommodations at the conference hotel, the San Francisco Marriott Marquis.

San Francisco Marriott Marquis
780 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

A Special Note

In support of the California colleges and universities recently affected by the California fires that are participating in the ACE/AIEA Internationalization Collaborative and AIEA Annual Conference, ACE and AIEA want to share some ways to help those institutions:​

  • ​ A California State University system website provides information about how to support students and employees from several of their campuses impacted by the fires, and Cal State has extended the application deadline for those affected by the fires.

  • ​ The Foundation for California Community Colleges also has a website to support their communities.

  • Pepperdine University School of law has launched a Disaster Relief Clinic. The Clinic will provide limited-scope, pro bono legal service to people and communities harmed by the wildfires.

  •  The University of California system has extended the application deadline for those affected by the fires, and notes that faculty, staff and others also can find more information about how to help at the CaliforniaVolunteers website. 

​​Please join ACE in keeping our colleagues, students, and others in California in our thoughts in the aftermath of this disaster.​

The 2019 Internationalization Collaborative is sponsored by

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