Inclusive Learning Institute

Faculty play a critical role in advancing student success. As higher education institutions become more globally diverse, faculty are positioned to both advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in and through their work. Additionally as faculty ranks diversify, faculty are positioned to foster a climate of inclusion and belonging to support the success of colleagues from diverse backgrounds. 

The Inclusive Learning Institute, by Diversity Abroad, is an immersive learning and development event that convenes faculty and other education professionals to explore the intersection of global engagement, diversity, equity, and inclusion in teaching and learning. Attendees will engage in critical discussions, share best practices, and build networks to advance diversity, equity, inclusion, and global engagement in pedagogy, curriculum, and co-curricular activities. 

Join us this spring for the 2022 Inclusive Learning Institute, as we explore questions such as: 

  • How do faculty foster a climate of inclusion and belonging in globally diverse in-person or virtual classrooms? 
  • What is the role of faculty in fostering inclusive excellence in education abroad?
  • Given that global education doesn’t require mobility, how can faculty promote opportunities for inclusive global learning at home?
  • How can faculty support their domestic and international colleagues from diverse backgrounds?

These questions and more will be addressed during the 2022 Inclusive Learning Institute. 


The Inclusive Learning Institute is designed for professionals from faculty and diversity leaders to student success and international educators. Attendees come to the Inclusive Learning Institute from the following types of offices/organizations:

  • Deans, Faculty & Academic Department Chairs
  • Diversity/Multicultural (Chief Diversity Officers, Directors, & Advisors)
  • US and non-US Education Abroad & International Education (Senior International Officers, Directors, & Advisors)
  • Student Academic Support (TRiO)
  • Virtual Learning Professionals
  • International Students and Scholarship Services (Directors & Advisors)
  • Public/Private Sector Human Resources & Recruitment Professionals
  • Representatives from Education Abroad Organizations
  • Graduate Students


We are excited to announce the dates for our second annual Inclusive Learning Institute! Please stay tuned for our upcoming call for proposals and registration details.

  • Indianapolis, IN & Virtual | April 25 - 27, 2022



Teaching and learning is at the heart of the academy. As higher education strives to advance equity and inclusion in all aspects of its work, how does this focus impact global learning? This session sets the tone for establishing proper conditions and context for assisting faculty in centering equity and inclusion in global learning. Presenters will discuss concepts such as cultural relativism and more expansive considerations for inclusion.
With the field a buzz to incorporate more anti-racist work into education, it is critical that faculty and staff leading programs abroad to ask themselves questions such as: What does it mean to embody anti-racism in education abroad? How might we do that? What do we need to consider when crafting intentionally anti-racist programming? This session will create a space for faculty and program leaders to examine these and other essential questions for embodying anti-racism in education abroad programming.
Today's classrooms are more diverse than ever before, racially, ethically, globally and otherwise. Presenters will share tools and theoretical frameworks that can be used with different stakeholders to design inclusive curriculums for globally diverse classrooms. Successful practices and insights, supported by experience and research within equity, racial equity, and inclusive pedagogy will frame this session.
Much emphasis is placed on inclusive support for Black and Indigenous students of Color before, during and after participating in learning programs abroad. There has been less focus, however, on health, wellness and self-care for BIPOC faculty and professionals leading programs abroad. This session will specifically provide tools for self-care and reflection specifically for Black, Indigenous, faculty of color leading programs abroad as well as tips for allies who aim to support their colleagues.
As we seek to increase justice, equity, diversity and inclusion in international education, elevating global learning at institutions intentional about serving students of color provides lessons that benefit our whole industry. This session will highlight champions of this work in a candid discussion about innovative strategies at institutions intentional about de-minoritizing their students.
Due to Trump era policies and the impact of the coronavirus, the number of international students and scholars (ISS) coming to the United States has dropped significantly, with many ISS concerned for their safety in coming to the U.S. Recognizinging how important it is now more than ever to foster a sense of belonging and security, the presenters share their expertise in how faculty and staff can support ISS success. Through lecture, dialogue, and activities, the presenters will use their combined experiences to help us better understand what we need in order to cultivate a thriving community for international students and scholars on our campuses.
With the emergence of innovative virtual global learning over the past year the field is positioned to support a greater number of students in having access to global educational opportunities. However, how are we ensuring that these opportunities are equitable for all? This session will share examples of best practices used to achieve equity in virtual learning that are used by faculty and staff alike.
Intercultural and Diversity & Inclusion work have often been pitted against each other. There are significant opportunities for growth and development offered by bridging intercultural and diversity & inclusion learning objectives in global education. In this session we will learn from teams at two very different institution types who are minding this gap with innovative and meaningful practices.
Make the most of your learnings from the Inclusive Learning Institute with this closing session. Dr. Keshia Abraham will guide us through a reflection session to synthesize learnings from this intensive two-day experience. You will have a final opportunity to connect with colleagues from this event, not only to crystalize ideas and actions, but also to form valuable connections for continuing these conversations. This session will conclude with closing remarks provided by Andrew Gordon.


Please note all times are in Eastern Standard Time

  • 11:00-11:15 AM Opening Remarks
    Andrew Gordon, CEO & Founder - Diversity Abroad

  • 11:15 AM -12:10PM Embodying Anti-Racism in Education Abroad Programming
    Gabrielle Parsons, Assistant Director - Indiana Institute of Technology
    Sumie Song, Director of Global Education & Associate Professor - North Park University
    Fatiah Touray, Esq., Senior Director of Inclusion and Equity - New York University Abu Dhabi

  • 12:15 -1:15 PM Centering Equity & Inclusion in Global Learning
    Jamel Adkins-Sharif, Director of Eskolta Boston, Education Consultant
    Sarah Boroujerdi, Sociology Adjunct-Lecturer - Madera Community College
    Jalene Tamerat, Dean - Charles Sposato Graduate School of Education

  • 1:15-1:30 PM Break

  • 1:30 - 2:30 PM Fireside Chat & Networking
    Sumie Song, Director of Global Education & Associate Professor - North Park University
    Anu Taranath, Teaching Professor - University of Washington, Seattle

    Moderated by:
    Andrew Gordon, CEO & Founder - Diversity Abroad

  • 2:30 - 3:00 PM Reflective Lunch

  • 3:00 -3:55 PMDesigning Inclusive Curriculum for Globally Diverse Classrooms
    Jackie Broussard, Founder - Jacqueline Broussard Consulting
    Anu Taranath, Teaching Professor - University of Washington,
    Seattle Russell Valentino, Professor - Indiana University

  • 4:00 - 5:00 PM Health, Wellness, and Self-Care for BIPOC Faculty Leading Programs Abroad
    Jamila Aswad, Case Manager - University of Maryland, College Park
    Adriana Smith, Co-Founder - Compear Global Education Network
    Christina Thompson, Director of Partnership Development and Diversity Initiatives - Barcelona SAE
    Nicole Webster, Associate Professor of Youth & International Development and African Studies - The Pennsylvania State University
    Caroline Zeiher, International Coordinator/Faculty-Directed Programs - Arizona State University

  • 5:00 - 5:15 PM Break

  • 5:15 - 6:00 PM Networking/Reflection

Please note all times are in Eastern Standard Time

  • 10:30-11:00 AM Welcome Remarks

  • 11:00 -11:55 AM Mind the Gap: Bridging Intercultural and Diversity & Inclusion Learning Objectives in Global Education
    Katie DeGuzman, Dean and Director, Education Abroad - Dickinson College
    Samantha Brandauer, Associate Provost and Executive Director - Dickinson College
    Joseph Swaba, COM/STO Faculty - Gateway Community College
    Dominique Doss, GWCC, Counseling Faculty - Gateway Community College

  • 12:00 -1:00 PM Elevating Global Learning Success at Minority Serving Institutions
    Lizette Ingle - International Program Specialist - University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
    Hernando Sevilla-Garcia, Senior Diversity Relations Manager - IES Abroad
    Vivian Shannon-Ramsey, Assistant Professor & Director of Field Education - Bowie State University

  • 1:00-1:15 Break

  • 1:15 -2:10 PM Supporting International Student & Scholar Success
    Jeremy Gombin-Sperling, Diversity and Inclusion Liaison - The Fulbright Program
    Lombuso Khoza,Ph.D., Interim Director, Center for International Education - University of Maryland - Eastern Shore
    Mounia Mnouer, PhD., Amazigh North African Independent Scholar & Founder of African Communities Unite

  • 2:15 - 3:15 PM Fireside Chat & Networking
    Pascal Charlot, J.D., President - Miami Dade College - Kendall Campus
    Cynthia Neal Spence, PH.D., Social Justice Fellows Program Director, UNCF/Mellon Programs Director and Associate Professor of Sociology - Spelman College

    Moderated by:
    Dr. Keshia Abraham, President - The Abraham Consulting Agency

  • 3:15 - 3:30 PM Break

  • 3:30 - 4:30 PMAchieving Equity in Virtual Global Learning
    Gretchen Cook-Anderson, Assistant Vice President, Diversity Recruiting & Advising - IES Abroad
    Fabiola Riobe, Associate Provost Academic Innovation, Online Education SUNY Rockland Community College
    Stephanie Doscher, Director of Office of Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL), Florida International University

  • 4:35 - 5:35 PM Living with the Learning - Final Reflection & Closing Remarks

    Moderated by:
    Dr. Keshia Abraham, President - The Abraham Consulting Agency
    Andrew Gordon, CEO & Founder - Diversity Abroad