Learning abroad: using our powers for good - Creating greater diversity, inclusion, and access

Posted February 25, 2021

Learning Abroad: Using Our Powers for Good

Creating Greater Diversity, Inclusion, and Access

At this exceptional moment in time, what does the future hold for international student mobility and international education more broadly? Where should higher education professionals focus current efforts and best prepare for the “new normal”? This conversation between higher education leaders and/or government officials from Australia, Fiji, New Zealand and the United States will focus on practical ways that we, together, can shape the future international education space and increase collaboration between our countries and higher education institutions.

This webinar is part of the “Internationalization of Higher Education in the COVID-19 Era” series jointly organized by the Department of State’s USA Study Abroad branch, the Fulbright Finland Foundation, and the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA). These activities support U.S. study abroad and are funded by the U.S. Government through a Study Abroad Engagement Grant from USA Study Abroad within the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State.

The webinar will be recorded and made available after the event.

This 60-minute conversation will be moderated by John Lucas, Ph.D., President and CEO, ISEP Study Abroad


  • BJ Titus, Director of Institutional Relations, Diversity & Inclusion in the Learning Abroad Center at the University of Minnesota
  • Linh Do, Director, Leaders for Global Sustainability at the University of Melbourne

Moderator & Speaker bios:

John Lucas Ph.D.

John came to ISEP with two decades of experience in higher education and student mobility. He has served as provost of the School for International Training and associate vice president of IES Abroad. John also spent 12 years working in Spain, directing international programs for IES, CIEE and the Institute for Social and International Studies at Portland State University. He has extensive experience working with partner universities and sees partnership as the path to increased student mobility. John has published on language and intercultural communication and is an active member of several international education associations and cultural societies.

He currently serves on the board of the Forum on Education Abroad. John holds a Ph.D. and master’s degree in Spanish from Penn State University and a master’s degree in international education from SIT. When not on the road for ISEP, John enjoys hiking and biking. He considers himself an avid foodie and enjoys trying new international cuisines. He speaks Spanish, French, Catalan fluently, and he has studied German and Italian as well. John also serves as ISEP’s Council of Advisor’s Ex-Officio Member.

BJ Titus

BJ Titus is currently the Director of Institutional Relations, Diversity & Inclusion in the Learning Abroad Center at the University of Minnesota. He oversees the Institutional Relations for the office and diversity efforts both abroad as well as on the UofM campus.

BJ has worked in education abroad since 2002, at the University of Minnesota as well as Macalester College. He holds a BA in Spanish Studies and Linguistics and an MA in Comparative and International Development Education from the University of Minnesota. He has presented on numerous diversity topics such as heritage seeking, GLBTQIA, and developing trainings on US identities for onsite staff members. He is currently the Chair elect for the Education Abroad Knowledge Community within NAFSA.

Linh Do

Linh Do is an expert in climate justice, social inequality and leadership development. Linh is currently the Director, Leaders for Global Sustainability at the University of Melbourne and a board member at Climate Action Network Australia. You can find her on LinkedIn and Twitter.

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