IES Abroad Cape Town Co-Sponsoring Inaugural Minority Serving Institution Global Education Summit

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Ashley Houston
March 1, 2016

In alignment with our Initiative to Diversify Education Abroad (IDEA), we are pleased to have IES Abroad Cape Town co-sponsoring the first-ever Minority Serving Institution Global Education Summit, in cooperation with Diversity Abroad.

To be held April 2-3, 2016, as a precursor to the 4th Annual Diversity Abroad Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, this intimate event will bring together faculty, administrators, and practitioners from Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs), and Tribal Colleges & Universities (TCUs).

Students from these Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs), as a whole, are far less likely to engage in international opportunities in comparison to their counterparts at non-MSI institutions. The impetus for creating this Summit was a realization by IES Abroad and Diversity Abroad of the lack of opportunity for institutional decision makers at MSIs to gather and collectively address their shared unique challenges and explore solutions. With the overall goal of increased campus internationalization at MSIs, the Summit aims to connect participants with the resources necessary to develop or enhance the effectiveness and impact of the international education units on campus, build community among international education professionals from MSIs, and inspire participants to be active advocates for international education on their campuses.

Co-hosted by IES Abroad Cape Town, the Summit will feature sessions on Leveraging Education Abroad to Increase Institutional Brand Awareness, Financial Models that Make Education Abroad Cost Effective for the Institution, Expanding Education Abroad within Your Academic Departments and Campus, and more. Each session has been carefully designed with input from our colleagues at MSIs to ensure the content is relevant, practical, and impactful.

Our Director of Diversity Recruiting & Advising Gretchen Cook-Anderson will be a presenting panelist on the Developing Cost Effective Faculty Led Programs Panel, and IES Abroad Cape Town’s Academic Advisor Leo Mapira will be sharing more about our Cape Town Center.

We are also excited to have Dr. Michael L. Lomax, President and CEO of UNCF, as the Summit's keynote speaker. Since 2003, Dr. Lomax has led the UNCF, the nation's largest private provider of scholarships and other educational support to African American students and a leading advocate of college readiness.

With opportunities to connect with colleagues at similar institutions, learn about best practices from the field, and engage in enriching dialogue, we hope to see you in Atlanta!

Learn more about the event and review the schedule.


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