We are delighted to invite you to join the ISEP community for the 2023 ISEP Coordinator Workshop, held virtually on Zoom on November 29 and November 30.

The workshop is open and free to attend for staff and faculty (including student workers) from all ISEP members and affiliates. The schedule for all sessions is below.

All presentation slides are available to view in [this folder](https://isepcentral-my.sharepoint.com/:f:/g/personal/mstratton_isep_org/ErNEGPL8MC5MhNbEpNx9mj0Bci2CE3Vd194X9i0xssFldg?e=0aga09).


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9:00 - 10:00 AM EST Opening Session: What Is Student resilience and How Do We Cultivate It?

Alexandra Kahn-Johnston, Director of Member Relations for Members located in Latin America, Canada, Africa, the Middle East, Southern Europe, ISEP Study Abroad; Brooke Hain, University Relations Manager for Affiliates Worldwide; the United Kingdom and Ireland Exchanges, ISEP Study Abroad

Student resilience is a current hot topic in education abroad. In this session, explore why it’s relevant for this moment and generation of students, collaborate to establish a working definition of the term, and learn how to best-cultivate resilience in students during all stages of the study abroad journey.

10:00 - 11:00 AM EST Academic Advising for Spain: Proactively Prepare your Students for Success

Roberto de Gea Cánovas, International Relations Officer, Universidad de Murcia, Spain

Learn from an expert ISEP coordinator about the Spanish higher education system and available academic supports in place. This session will also review important steps students should take before their program start to ensure a successful semester abroad and seamless credit transfer post-program.

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EST Student Resiliency in the Latin American Context

Ivannia Morales, Institutional Relations & International Liaison, ICDS; Mónica Wittman, Program Advisor / Student Experience Facilitator, ICDS

Discover practical ways to support students and encourage resilience development from the ICDS Costa Rica perspective. ICDS will share how they implement the 7 C’s model of resilience in their program design, offering tangible examples of intentional actions taken by staff to foster student resilience throughout the entire study abroad journey. Engage in interactive discussions to enhance your understanding and application of resilience strategies before, during, and after the program.

12:30 - 1:30 PM EST Reframing Student Expectations: Empowering Students for their Time Abroad

Marja Unkuri-Chaudhry, Director of Education Abroad and Partnerships, University of Montana, USA; Dr. Gabriela Ardito, Coordinator of Inbound and Outbound Mobility, Universidad del Salvador, Argentina

Hear from two experienced ISEP coordinators about their approaches to effectively preparing outbound students for successful study abroad experiences. Explore practical strategies and discuss how to integrate these practices on your campus.

3:00 - 4:00 PM EST Supporting Transgender/Non-Binary Students Abroad - Before, During, & After Travel

Graeson Dwyer, University Relations Manager for the U.S. Southeast, ISEP Study Abroad

Through discussion and interactive activities, participants will gain a deeper understanding of LGBTQIA2S+ allyship, specifically focusing on transgender and non-binary individuals in education abroad. They will gain new tools for identifying the most supportive and individualized programs for students based on their unique identities. Participants will also learn to utilize intersectionality and cultural competence to enhance support for students and international partners, empowering students to self-advocate and navigate identity and gendered scenarios while abroad.



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11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Thursday Australian Eastern Time
Australian Learning Abroad in a Post-Pandemic World: Leveraging ISEP Membership and New Colombo Plan Funding to Achieve Success

Nicole Meanor, University Relations Manager for Members located in Asia & Oceania, ISEP Study Abroad; Wendy L. Martinec, Senior Consultant for Oceania, ISEP Study Abroad

Students currently exploring learning abroad opportunities face challenges related to post-pandemic resiliency and travel costs. This session provides a platform for Australian members to discuss how ISEP programs, in collaboration with future NCP funding, offer a pathway to mitigate these challenges and support student success.

10:00 - 11:00 AM EST Let’s Chat: Trends and Challenges on Your Campuses

ISEP Community Discussion, moderated by Alexandra Kahn-Johnston, Director of Member Relations for Members located in Latin America, Canada, Africa, the Middle East, Southern Europe; ISEP Study Abroad

Connect with other ISEP coordinators to discuss current trends, challenges, and successes on your campuses. Engage in identifying best practices to address the current landscape in international education.

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM EST Reimagining Education Abroad Through an Identity and Belonging Lens

Cynthia Engel, Director of Program Development, ISEP Study Abroad; Adán De La Paz, Principal Consultant and Founder of De La Paz Education Services

Could it be that inviting students into their stretch zones to support intercultural learning feels more like a push into the panic zone? How might this impact their capacity to establish a growth mindset at the outset of their abroad experience? What if we bring individual and collective identity to the surface first before we ask students to consider expanding those identities? Through discussion and interactive activities, we’ll investigate this question together.

We regret to inform you that this session has been canceled due to unforeseen circumstances and will be rescheduled for a later date (TBA). We appreciate your understanding! Fatness Takes Flight: Supporting Fat Students on Study Abroad Programs

Katie Wiggins-Gawlik, University Relations Manager for the US Northeast & Midwest; Sarah Heineken, University of Michigan

Explore the often-overlooked aspect of body diversity in study abroad. Attendees will delve into creating more inclusive practices and understanding how systemic anti-fatness impacts students’ experiences abroad.

2:00 - 3:00 PM EST Study Abroad Advising with AI/ChatGPT

Mandy Reining, Director of Global Engagement, Virginia Wesleyan University

AI/ChatGPT has entered the higher education sphere. While many see the use of this technology as a challenge, the study abroad field should see it as an opportunity to enhance their study abroad advising practices. AI/ChatGPT can be utilized to assist prospective study abroad students in exploring program options as well as assist accepted students in investigating sites to visit and activities to do in their new host country. Study abroad students are also beginning to use AI/ChatGPT with their application materials. Examples of how AI/ChatGPT can be utilized will be shown, followed by a discussion on best practices and possible guidelines for the use of this technology.

3:00 - 4:00 PM EST Supporting Student Mental Health Abroad: A Case Study

Alexandra Kahn-Johnston, Director of Member Relations for Members located in Latin America, Canada, Africa, the Middle East, Southern Europe; ISEP Study Abroad

Learn more about ISEP Health & Safety Protocols and CISI insurance benefits. Through a case study, explore collaborative ways to support students in preparation for and throughout their study abroad programs.

4:00 - 5:30 PM EST BONUS: CANIE Americas Info Session

ISEP was one of the first signatories of the CANIE Accord, committing our organization as a leader in international education sustainability. This special CANIE Americas event is specifically for Colleges and Universities across the Americas in support of the CANIE Accord. During this session, CANIE Americas will provide an overview of the CANIE Accord and will share perspectives from 3 CANIE signatories, including ISEP Member Louisiana State University.

For questions, please contact Melody Stratton at mstratton@isep.org.