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Brent Bruggeman Joins CIEE as Chief Information Officer

CIEE is excited to welcome Brent Bruggeman as our new chief information officer. As CIO, Brent will oversee CIEE’s information technology organization, applications, and infrastructure. He will be responsible for partnering with internal business units to align business and information technology strategies to achieve business goals and maximize the value of technology investments.

Brent Bruggeman
Brent Bruggeman, CIEE Chief Information Officer

Brent has spent the majority of his career consulting for Fortune 100 and 500 organizations, most recently serving as a director with Deloitte Consulting, LLP in their Cincinnati, Ohio, office. During his 23 years at Deloitte, he built a reputation for driving programs to on time and on or under budget completion and delivering significant benefit realization. Previously, Brent also worked at Computer Sciences Corporation and Andersen Consulting, now Accenture. He holds a Master of Business Administration from The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and a Bachelor of Science in industrial engineering from Northwestern University.

He and his family are in the process of relocating to Portland, Maine, from Cincinnati.

Actress and Human Rights Activist Mira Sorvino and Paul Quinn College President Michael Sorrell to Headline 2016 CIEE Annual Conference

We’re excited to announce Academy Award-winning actress and human rights activist Mira Sorvino and Paul Quinn College President Michael Sorrell as the featured speakers for the 2016 CIEE Annual Conference, November 16-19, in Los Angeles.

At the Loews Hollywood Hotel, Sorvino and Sorrell will offer inspiration to an audience of more than 500 scholars, thinkers, and leaders in international education who are working to expand global education in the 21st century.

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Academy Award-Winning Actress and Human Rights Activist Mira Sorvino

During the conference’s opening presentation on November 16, Sorvino will share her perspectives on study abroad as a critical influencer in students’ lives, including her own. Sorvino studied abroad with CIEE in Beijing, China, while a student at Harvard University, an experience that helped to influence the roles she has pursued in her acting career and her life-long activism around human and women’s rights.

Michael Sorrell
Paul Quinn College President Michael Sorrell

On November 18, during the conference’s Annual Luncheon, Sorrell will share his lessons in overcoming barriers and getting things done that others say can’t be done. In a few short years as president, Sorrell transformed the struggling Paul Quinn College – a historically black college in Dallas, Texas, on the brink of losing accreditation – into one of the most innovative small colleges in America that is rapidly becoming a model for urban higher education.

This year’s conference theme, Study Abroad 2016: Partnering with Faculty to Expand Global Education, is part of CIEE’s Generation Study Abroad pledge to break through the barriers of cost, curriculum, and culture to increase access to study abroad by all students. In support of this initiative, CIEE has committed to providing $20 million in scholarships and grants to American students, to sponsoring passports for 10,000 students, and to offering an annual $20,000 grant to college faculty to support innovative approaches to custom study abroad programs.

Mira Sorvino, Academy Award-Winning Actress and Human Rights Activist
Mira Sorvino is an actress best known for her commercial hits, “Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion,” “Mimic,” “The Replacement Killers,” and “Summer of Sam.” Her breakthrough film was Woody Allen's “Mighty Aphrodite,” which earned her the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1996 among many other honors.

Sorvino is an ardent supporter of human and women’s rights causes, having spent much of her career pursuing roles that marry her love of acting with her social-activist concerns. Sorvino starred in the critically acclaimed Holocaust drama, “The Grey Zone”; the 2005 miniseries, “Human Trafficking,” which explored the lives of women and children who have been abducted and forced into slavery; and the 2012 play, “Trade in Innocents,” about a couple that joins the fight to end the trafficking of children after the loss of their own child.

Sorvino is the official ambassador for the worldwide human rights organization Amnesty International's "Stop Violence Against Women" program. Her work with Amnesty was recognized at the Artivist Film Festival, which acknowledges socially conscious filmmakers, activist celebrities, and charitable organizations. In March of 2006, she was honored with Amnesty International's Artist of Conscience Award, which is given to those who have displayed strong philanthropic and humanist efforts. Through her work with Amnesty, she has lobbied Congress on such topics as human trafficking and the atrocities in Darfur, Sudan. Additionally, as United Nations Goodwill Ambassador for the Global Fight against Human Trafficking, in 2013 Sorvino traveled to Cambodia with the Freedom Project to develop an exposé on child sex trafficking, which resulted in “Every Day in Cambodia: A CNN Freedom Project Documentary.”

Michael Sorrell, Ed.D., President of Paul Quinn College
Michael J. Sorrell is the 34th president of Paul Quinn College. Under his leadership, the school has been transformed into one of the most innovative small colleges in America and is rapidly becoming a model for urban higher education by focusing on academic rigor, experiential learning, and entrepreneurship.

Sorrell is active in the community, serving as a trustee or director for Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy, the College Board, Amegy Bank, Teach for America, Earth Day Texas, Dallas Regional Chamber, the Dallas Foundation, and the Tate Distinguished Lecture Series and the Department of Education Policy and Leadership for the Simmons School of Education at Southern Methodist University. He is a sought-after writer and speaker, regularly contributing editorials featured in the “Dallas Morning News” and the “Huffington Post.” Additionally, his TEDx talk on the New Urban College Model is critically acclaimed.

The “Washington Monthly” recently named Sorrell one of America’s 10 Most Innovative College Presidents. Additionally, he has been awarded the 2012 HBCU Male President of the Year by “HBCU Digest”; the Excellence in Education Distinguished Alumni Award from his high school, St. Ignatius College Prep in Chicago, Illinois; and the A. Kenneth Pye Award for Excellence in Education from the Alumni Association of Duke University’s School of Law.

To learn more about the CIEE Annual Conference, visit www.ciee.org/conference.

Six Lincoln College Preparatory Academy Students Receive Inaugural Congressman Cleaver Scholarships to Study Abroad

Six high school students from Lincoln College Preparatory Academy in Kansas City, Missouri, have been awarded inaugural Congressman Cleaver Scholarships to study abroad this summer.

The students were honored by Congressman Emanuel Cleaver II of Missouri’s 5th District, CIEE President and CEO James Pellow, and school officials during a ceremony and press conference on May 31.

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Lincoln College Preparatory Academy officials, CIEE President and CEO James Pellow (fourth from left), Congressman Emanuel Cleaver (third from right), and CIEE Vice President of Global High School Programs Matt Redman (far right) honored the Congressman Cleaver Scholars at a ceremony and press conference.

These exceptional students – who were selected based on academic merit and eagerness to learn how to navigate a new language, connect with people from a difference culture, and impact global issues – will each receive a scholarship covering the full cost of attending a CIEE Global Navigator high school abroad program.

The students receiving scholarships and their chosen study abroad programs are:

  • Alexandra Thompson – Language and Culture, Nanjing, China
  • Cheyenne Clopton – Language and Culture, Toulouse, France
  • Cindy Le – Service and Leadership, Beijing, China
  • Denon Martinez – Language and Culture, Tokyo, Japan
  • Derek Colato – Global Discovery, Seville, Spain
  • Irma Reyes – Language and Culture, Toulouse, France

The Congressman Cleaver Scholarships are representative of CIEE’s effort to increase access to study abroad by breaking down the barriers of cost, curriculum, and culture. They are part of nearly $3 million provided through CIEE’s Global Navigator Scholarship program, which is dedicated to providing access to summer study abroad experiences for high school students across the country.

Congressman Emanuel Cleaver !!
Congressman Emanuel Cleaver II

 Scholarship recipient Cheyenne Clopton said, “It felt amazing to be selected, because I've never traveled anywhere outside of the Midwest region before. I was elated to know that I would be given the opportunity to travel abroad. I can't wait to bring back that new perspective to my friends.”

“Lincoln Prep Academy students are at the top of their classes – yet most may never have the chance to study abroad. We want to change this, and with the support of Congressman Cleaver, we are doing just that,” said CIEE President and Chief Executive Officer James Pellow. “Together, we recognize the important work Lincoln Prep Academy is doing to prepare capable, creative, and ethical leaders and are proud to offer life-changing international experiences to help their students on their journeys to positively changing the world.”

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From left to right: Lincoln Prep Academy Interim Superintendent Al Tunis, James Pellow, Congressman Cleaver Scholars (center and front row), Congressman Cleaver, Lincoln Prep Academy Vice Principal Steve Evans, and Matt Redman

“It is a remarkable opportunity for these students to see the vast and culturally diverse world in which we live – especially those in the urban core who may not otherwise be afforded this chance. I thank CIEE for selecting these students from Missouri’s 5th District. May their travels be safe and inspiring,” said Congressman Emanuel Cleaver.

Lincoln Prep Academy Superintendent Al Tunis said, "The Kansas City Public Schools are committed to academic excellence and cultural competence and because of the generous financial support from CIEE, we are pleased to have deserving Lincoln Prep Academy students who are now able to continue their academic endeavors abroad and learn the rich lessons that come along with foreign immersion.”

Cleaver Scholarship Event
CIEE Board of Directors member Ambassador Johnny Young (far left) reflects on his first time abroad in Lebanon and the power of an international experience with former CIEE Board of Directors member Ambassador Kenton Keith, the Congressman Cleaver Scholars, Congressman Cleaver, and Matt Redman.

Cleaver Scholarship Event
From left to right: Al Tunis, James Pellow, one of the inaugural Congressman Cleaver Scholars, Congressman Cleaver, and Matt Redman

 

CIEE Expands London Study Abroad Programs with Bloomsbury Locale

We’re expanding our presence in London with a new property for our Global Institute in London’s Bloomsbury neighborhood.

The UK is the number one-ranked global destination for Americans to study abroad, with over 38,000 students attending programs in 2013-14, according to data from Open Doors. And those numbers are continuing to grow each year.

At 11,500 sq. ft., CIEE’s new London campus is large enough to accommodate increasing numbers of study abroad students. Located at 46-47 Russell Square, the building features Georgian-style architecture, 15 classrooms, a resource-rich library, stylish café, garden terrace, and technology center.

CIEE Global Institute London
CIEE's new Global Institute - London at 46-47 Russell Square in Bloomsbury.

CIEE chose the dynamic Bloomsbury location because of the wealth of cultural and educational opportunities it offers students. The new campus is next to the British Museum and just steps from many of London’s prestigious colleges and educational institutions, including University College London and SOAS, University of London. The area is also home to King’s Cross Station, made famous in the Harry Potter book and movie series, Central St. Martins College of Art and Design, the cutting-edge Gagosian Gallery, and Granary Square, a favorite of art students.

In addition to its prime location, the Global Institute – London offers CIEE’s unique Open Campus program, which allows students of all majors to design a study abroad experience that’s right for their needs – one that offers maximum mobility, immersion, and intensive study, with opportunities for internships, research projects, and community service. Students can enroll in one, two, or three six-week academic blocks in London, or combine blocks at multiple CIEE Global Institutes, including at Berlin, Paris, or Rome, to immerse themselves in the unique cultural, historical, commercial, and academic attributes that make each place special.

Students at the Global Institute – London can choose between academic tracks in business; communication, journalism, and new media; international relations and political sciences; health sciences; and literature and culture. Additionally, they can direct enroll at four of London’s finest universities, including Goldsmiths, University of London; University College London; SOAS, University of London; and University of Westminster.

Lynn University student Katrina Daley is enrolled to be among the first students to attend class at the new Bloomsbury location when it opens this fall, advancing her studies in retail fashion. She’ll take courses in three of Europe’s top design centers – Berlin, London, and Paris – over the course of the semester, creating a curriculum that brings her major to life as never before possible. “I never dreamed that I would be able to pursue my passion in the three leading fashion cities of the world,” she said. “This opportunity is greater than any internship or job, giving me the on-site experience to truly understand how fashion and culture are intertwined. This will help me in my career after graduation.”

“More than ever, our students crave the firsthand learning experiences of study abroad combined with mobility, not just between cities, but between countries,” said Maritheresa Frain, executive vice president, study abroad at CIEE. “Through Open Campus, every student, whether a business major, architecture student, or fashion degree-seeker like Katrina, has access to a study abroad program that’s right for their needs, schedule, and resources.”

In addition to the new London location, CIEE will open its two new Global Institutes in Paris and Rome this fall.

It’s Official: CIEE and Tulane Sign School of Record Agreement

On April 14 in the heart of New Orleans, CIEE President and CEO James Pellow and Tulane University President Michael Fitts signed the official agreement naming top-ranked Tulane University as CIEE's new School of Record.
 

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CIEE President and CEO James Pellow and Tulane University President Michael Fitts sign agreement naming Tulane CIEE's new School of Record.

As School of Record, Tulane will award credit to undergraduate college students on CIEE Study Abroad programs in fall 2016 and to high school students on CIEE Global Navigator Language & Culture summer abroad programs beginning in summer 2016.

“Tulane University has been a leader in international education for decades and is consistently ranked as one of the best universities in the country. They are an important member of CIEE’s Academic Consortium and we are excited to be partnering with them to provide exceptional benefits to our academic partners,” said Maritheresa Frain, Ph.D., CIEE executive vice president for study abroad.

Read more about CIEE’s selection of Tulane as its new School of Record.

And check out more photos from Pellow’s visit to Tulane:

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Michael Fitts and James Pellow 
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James Pellow and Michael Fitts
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James Pellow, James MacLaren (Dean, Newcomb-Tulane College), and Scott Pentzer (Associate Dean, Global Education) with two Tulane University students
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James Pellow with Tulane University faculty and staff
 

CIEE AND PENN CENTER FOR MINORITY SERVING INSTITUTIONS ANNOUNCE $100,000 SCHOLARSHIP TO EXPAND GLOBAL EDUCATION FOR STUDENTS OF COLOR

CIEE and The University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education’s Center for Minority Serving Institutions (Penn CMSI) today announced scholarship details related to our three-year comprehensive partnership to increase study abroad at Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs). 

CIEE has pledged 100 percent of all exhibitor fees related to its Annual Conference in 2016, 2017, and 2018 to support study abroad scholarships for students from Minority Serving Institutions. CIEE and CMSI expect the first-year scholarship pool to total at least $50,000. 

Funds historically used to support conference expenses will now be earmarked for the most financially challenged students attending the nation’s nearly 600 Minority Serving Institutions. Each year for the next three years, the scholarship funds will cover 100 percent of program fees and travel costs for 10 students of color from 10 MSIs. Each cohort of 10 students will take part in a summer study abroad program designed to enhance their leadership and intercultural skills in one of three locations: London, England (summer 2017); Cape Town, South Africa (summer 2018); and Seoul, South Korea (summer 2019).

The scholarship is being named the Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship in honor of Frederick Douglass – the African-American social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and international statesman – to highlight the characteristics that today’s young leaders need most: a keen intellect, a strong work ethic, and a global perspective. President Abraham Lincoln called Douglass “one of the most meritorious men, if not the most meritorious man, in the United States.” Of the many impressive chapters of his life, after publishing his international bestselling autobiography in 1845, “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave,” Douglass traveled to London and spent two years traveling and lecturing extensively throughout Britain and Ireland. During this trip, British supporters raised funds to buy his freedom from his American owner and when Douglass returned to America in 1847, he was a free man.

Consistent with that legacy, Frederick Douglass Global Fellows are meritorious men and women who demonstrate high academic achievement and exemplary communication skills, who possess the hallmarks of self-determination, who exhibit characteristics of bold leadership, and who have a history of service to others. In the spirit of one of America’s most powerful intellectuals, communicators, and scholars, Frederick Douglass Global Fellows commit to sharing their experience and intercultural growth with peers and classmates, before, during, and after the fellowship.

To become a Frederick Douglass Global Fellow, each student must be nominated and receive a letter of recommendation from the president of their institution following their first year of college.

The first scholarships will be awarded on November 1, 2016 by Penn’s CMSI, one of the nation’s leaders in elevating the educational contributions of MSIs, increasing the rigorous scholarship of MSIs, and strengthening efforts to close educational achievement gaps among disadvantaged communities. 

"Our partnership with CIEE is an unprecedented effort to move the needle in a serious way around study abroad for students of color, and especially students at Minority Serving Institutions,” said Dr. Marybeth Gasman, education professor and director of the Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions. “Together, we are working to break down the barriers of cost, curriculum, and culture that prevent far too many students of color from experiencing international study. This significant financial support will have a direct impact on some of our country’s brightest students.”

In addition to the scholarships, CIEE and CMSI have committed to a three-year partnership to co-sponsor training for college presidents and workshops for faculty to increase diversity in study abroad. Research shows that students who study abroad can have higher GPAs, are more likely to graduate on time and are more attractive to employers that seek to hire candidates with intercultural competencies. However, there is a significant gap in the profile of those who study abroad versus the overall population of U.S. undergraduates.  While students of color represent almost 40 percent of all undergraduates, they represent only 26 percent of those students who study abroad, including just 8.3 percent who are Hispanic and 5.6 percent who are Black.

“As the nation’s oldest and largest nonprofit organization founded to support international exchange for all students, CIEE strives to implement both practical and innovative solutions to overcome the barriers to study abroad.  For seven decades, we’ve sponsored an annual conference that strives to bring together leaders in the field of study abroad to share best practices to improve the student experience. We felt compelled to use this platform – the annual conference – to demonstrate a simple approach to funding student scholarships, which will allow more students to embrace this life-changing academic experience,” said James P. Pellow, Ed.D., president and chief executive officer of CIEE and a Penn Graduate School of Education alumnus. “With a proliferation of annual conferences, workshops, and meetings devoted to international study and exchange, we hope that other organizations might consider a similar approach to opening doors for individual students by funding scholarships.  

The deadline for students to apply to become Frederick Douglass Global Fellows is October 1, 2016.

For more information and to apply, visit the Penn CMSI website

CIEE and Penn’s CMSI Release New Report on How to Expand Study Abroad Programs at Minority Serving Institutions

CIEE and the Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions (CMSI) have published a report with new and original data regarding study abroad statistics for students at minority serving institutions (MSIs). The report, "Increasing Diversity Abroad: Expanding Opportunities for Students at Minority Serving Institutions," examines the alarming lack of diversity in both racial composition and institutional representation for study abroad, noting that students of color account for less than 25% of those who engage in such opportunities.

Data from the Institute of International Education suggests that a mere 3.6% of all study abroad students hail from an MSI, despite the fact that MSIs educate 20% of all undergraduate college students in the United States. To address this disparity, the report offers a comprehensive overview of the benefits of study abroad for not just students but faculty and institutions as well. The report also offers five recommendations specifically directed at MSIs to help them increase funding and develop programs for study abroad at their respective institutions.

“As the institutions best positioned to cultivate and promote diversity, MSIs should be global leaders in education,” said Paola ‘Lola’ Esmieu, associate director for programs at CMSI and lead author of the report. “Helping MSIs further establish study abroad programs for their students is an essential and actionable way to work toward that goal.”

The benefits of study abroad are numerous: it increases retention and graduation rates, promotes intercultural and global knowledge, allows for institutional collaboration, and aids students’ personal and professional development. However, students and institutions must overcome financial and cultural obstacles to participate in study abroad opportunities – obstacles that are magnified at MSIs, which receive comparatively lesser funding relative to other institutions. The report offers strategies to mitigate financial and other burdens and ensure MSI students may gain greater access to opportunities to study abroad.

“Expanding opportunities for global education is an imperative for university leaders across the country,” said James P. Pellow, Ed.D., president and chief executive officer of CIEE and a Penn Graduate School of Education alumnus. “Promoting best practices for education at MSIs is both a privilege and a powerful way to affect change.”

The report was developed as a joint effort stemming from the recent part¬nership between CMSI and CIEE. In November 2015, CIEE and CMSI gathered 10 presidents of leading MSIs in Berlin, Germany, for an inaugural Study Abroad Leadership Workshop for Minority Serving Institutions to discuss the importance of exposing more stu¬dents from MSIs to international edu¬cation opportunities. CIEE’s profes¬sionalism and impact were strongly endorsed by the MSI presidents, who recognized our work as critically important in promoting cultural and educational opportunities for all students.

The success of the Study Abroad Leadership Workshop has led CMSI and CIEE to expand their partnership for three more years of programming to produce integrated training and support programs for key constituents at MSIs. Throughout this period, CIEE will provide $100,000 to create a scholarship fund that will be administered by CMSI to students from MSIs who would not otherwise be able to study abroad.

View the full report.

CIEE Announces Tulane University as New School of Record

CIEE announced today that top-ranked Tulane University will serve as its new School of Record for its undergraduate college and high school study abroad programs.

Tulane will begin awarding credit to undergraduate college students on CIEE Study Abroad programs in fall 2016 and to high school students on CIEE Global Navigator Language & Culture summer abroad programs beginning in summer 2016.

According to Open Doors, the annual survey on student mobility conducted by the Institute of International Education, the fastest-growing academic areas of interest for international study are science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM); business and management; and health sciences. Tulane University is one of the nation’s premier research universities with highly respected academic programs in each of these areas, including architecture, engineering, technology, public health, business, liberal arts, and world languages. The university is fully accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, as well as by leading academic organizations in the areas of engineering, architecture, public health, and business.

In addition, Tulane is a strong supporter of international education. Through its Center for Global Education, the university strives to offer its students access to the highest-quality study abroad opportunities – a commitment it shares with CIEE. “With its long history of supporting and offering exceptional international programs, especially in Latin America and Cuba, Tulane will be able to provide CIEE and our more than 340 member colleges and universities with superior advice and service as we strive to meet students’ international education needs,” said Alexandra Wood, CIEE vice president of academic affairs. “Tulane and CIEE will continue to work together to provide access to high-quality programs for students from all academic and socio-economic backgrounds.”

Tulane is a longtime member of CIEE’s Academic Consortium, a group of more than 340 U.S. college and universities that plays a key role in the development, research, and evaluation of CIEE Study Abroad programs.

“Tulane University has been a leader in international education for decades and is consistently ranked as one of the best universities in the country. They are an important member of CIEE’s Academic Consortium and we are excited to be partnering with them to provide exceptional benefits to our academic partners,” said Maritheresa Frain, Ph.D., CIEE executive vice president for study abroad.

"Tulane currently has more than 1,000 international students from 30 different countries. We also have 40 major academic programs operating in 20 countries,” Tulane University President Mike Fitts said. “Being named CIEE’s School of Record is a singular recognition that greatly enhances our international educational mission.”

CIEE AND PENN CENTER FOR MINORITY SERVING INSTITUTIONS ANNOUNCE THREE-YEAR PARTNERSHIP TO EXPAND STUDY ABROAD FOR STUDENTS OF COLOR

Today CIEE and The University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education’s Center for Minority Serving Institutions (Penn CMSI) announce a three-year comprehensive strategy to increase study abroad at minority serving institutions (MSIs), including workshops for college presidents, faculty training programs, and student scholarships.

Research shows that students who study abroad have higher GPAs, are more likely to graduate on time, and are more attractive to employers that seek to hire candidates with intercultural competencies. However, there is a significant gap in the profile of those who study abroad versus the overall population of U.S. undergraduates. While students of color represent almost 40 percent of all undergraduates, they represent only 26 percent of those students who study abroad, including just 8.3 percent who are Hispanic and 5.6 percent who are black.

Recognizing the importance of senior leadership in addressing these gaps, in November 2015 CIEE and Penn CMSI gathered 10 presidents of leading minority serving institutions in Berlin, Germany, for an inaugural Study Abroad Leadership Workshop for Minority Serving Institutions to discuss the importance of exposing more students from MSIs to international education opportunities. Workshop participants agreed that study abroad must be adapted as part of a school’s overall culture in order to succeed in engaging more students of color in the practice. Such culture change, they determined, requires a multipronged effort that relies on engaging faculty, known to be key influencers in mentoring and guiding students.

After the strong endorsement on the impact of the workshop from the MSI presidents, CIEE and Penn CMSI have agreed to expand their partnership for three more years of programming, signing a memorandum of understanding to produce integrated training and support programs for key constituents at MSIs.

"Our partnership with CIEE is an unprecedented effort to move the needle in a serious way around study abroad for students of color, and especially students at minority serving institutions,” said Marybeth Gasman, professor and director of the Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions. “Through a comprehensive plan that engages MSI leaders, faculty, and students in the planning and facilitation of study abroad, we can bring vast learning opportunities to students who have longed to experience a larger world and enhance their learning.”

The partnership will include:

1. President Workshops on International Education – CIEE and Penn CMSI will produce the Leadership Workshop for Minority Serving Institutions for two more years. The workshops will coincide with the 2016 and 2017 CIEE Annual Conferences in Los Angeles, California; and Austin, Texas.

2. Faculty Training and Development Programs on International Education – CIEE and Penn CMSI will co-sponsor the ELEVATE conference, an annual program that brings together early career MSI faculty to further equip them with support, training, and an opportunity to create a close-knit network of peers. In addition, CIEE and Penn CMSI will co-sponsor MSI faculty to attend a special CIEE International Faculty Development Seminar in summer 2016, which will provide additional training and an introduction to best practices.

3. Student Scholarships for Study Abroad – CIEE will donate all proceeds from its Annual Conference vendor fees to a scholarship fund that will be administered by Penn CMSI. Each year, Penn CMSI will award scholarships totaling at least $50,000 to students from MSIs who would not otherwise be able to study abroad.

“Expanding opportunities for global education is an imperative for university leaders across the country. Our experience indicates that the most successful colleges are those that have strong leadership advocating for international education, engaged faculty shaping programs that are appropriate for each institution, and students that have the support they need to participate,” said James P. Pellow, Ed.D., president and chief executive officer of CIEE and a Penn Graduate School of Education alumnus. “The opportunity to work with the nation’s leader in promoting best practices for education at MSIs is both a privilege and a powerful way to affect change.”

MSI presidents who attended the study abroad workshop in Berlin and who are working on this next phase of faculty engagement include: Wayne Frederick (Howard University), Joseph I. Castro (California State University-Fresno), Mildred Garcia (California State University-Fullerton), Henry Tisdale (Claflin University), Elmira Magnum (Florida A&M University), Vinton Thompson (Metropolitan College of New York), David Wilson (Morgan State University), George Wright (Prairie View A&M University), Michael J. Sorrell (Paul Quinn College), and Willie Larkin (Grambling State University).

Said Michael Sorrell, president of Paul Quinn College, “As the world has become a more interconnected and smaller place, students from under resourced communities cannot afford to be left on the sidelines and marginalized in this new world order. The work that CIEE does in expanding the cultural and educational opportunities for all students is critically important and tremendously under appreciated. The Paul Quinn College community is extremely grateful for CIEE’s and Penn CMSI’s investment in our students and our faculty.”

CIEE Announces 2016 and 2017 Annual Conference Themes

CIEE announced today the themes for its 69th and 70th annual conferences on international education.

CIEE’s 2016 Annual Conference will focus on the importance of engaging faculty in the development of international education programs and will be held in Los Angeles, CA, November 16-19, 2016.

“Faculty are the heart and soul of the university, shaping each institution’s curriculum, research agenda, service initiatives, and serving as student mentors and role models. Today, trends in international education are calling faculty from every academic discipline to lead the development of new international programs in areas such as business, education, health sciences, and STEM disciplines that augment and complement more traditional international programs in the humanities, languages, and social sciences. Facilitating that trend will require a rich collaboration between faculty and experienced study abroad professionals who are well versed in developing and implementing high-quality international programs,” says James P. Pellow, Ed.D., president and CEO of CIEE.

CIEE’s 69th Annual Conference theme, “Study Abroad 2016: Partnering with Faculty to Expand Global Education,” will serve as a springboard for a multi-part dialogue dealing with critical issues shared by study abroad professionals and the constituencies they serve. Conference presenters will be encouraged to submit proposals that demonstrate best practices for collaborating with faculty to expand the portfolio of high-quality international programs for students from all academic disciplines.

“The trends in study abroad are clear,” says Maritheresa Frain, Ph.D., executive vice president for study abroad at CIEE. “For the last two decades, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of faculty leading study abroad programs, as well as an increase in non-traditional academic disciplines interested in international programs including global programs focusing on business, STEM majors, and health sciences. In response, we need to expand our conversation and share best practices for supporting these trends, especially in the area of collaborating with faculty.”

CIEE’s 2016 Annual Conference will serve as an opportunity for universities to share best practices in how faculty and study abroad professionals collaborate on advancing institutional objectives. Questions that might be addressed include: How do we build a more robust framework for collaboration? How can study abroad professionals collaborate with faculty to help students from all socio-economic backgrounds, and all academic majors, participate in high-quality study abroad programs? How are students pursuing the most challenging academic majors finding ways to study abroad, with faculty leading the charge? How can we jointly overcome the primary barriers to study abroad: cost, curriculum, and culture? How are innovative institutions leveraging technology to facilitate and enhance faculty-directed international study?

2017 Annual Conference will Highlight the Use of Technology to Enhance International Education
With preparations well under way for 2016, CIEE also announced that their 2017 Annual Conference will center on how best to leverage and manage technology to achieve learning and program goals. While many faculty and study abroad professionals loath the proliferation of technology and smart phones in university settings and yearn for a return to the days when students were completely offline during international programs, our reality is that the world has changed and is interconnected like no other time in history. Today’s world is connected via the internet, social media, and a 24/7 news cycle. Our students travel with the world in their pockets. Our challenge is to find the most positive ways to embrace technology to enrich international learning opportunities for a generation that was born after the founding of Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

The 2017 Annual Conference, “Born Digital: Embracing Technology to Enhance International Education,” will be held in Austin, Texas (November 8–11, 2017).

For additional information on CIEE Annual Conferences, please contact: Anne Gray, senior manager, CIEE Annual Conference, at AGray@ciee.org.