Region VII's Social Justice Dialogue Series

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Social Justice and International Education

 

 

 

 

Region VII invites you to join us for a series of dialogues on the critical intersections of International Education and Social Justice. After the overwhelmingly positive attendance and feedback for the social justice-oriented sessions held during the 2020 NAFSA Region VII Virtual Program, it was clear that the desire for continued conversation around these topics was in great demand.

We designed this series as an extension of the Fall 2020 conversations, and structured it to compliment the NAFSA book Social Justice and International Education: Research, Practice, and Perspectives, edited by LaNitra Berger, PhD. Authors of different chapters will lead these discussions as we explore the intersections of IE and social justice, as well as opportunities to advance social justice through our work.

The series began with the first session, “Meeting at the Crossroads: A Dialogue Navigating the Intersections of International Education and Social Justice” with Aaron Clevenger, EdD, author of the chapter The Evolution of Social Justice in Higher Education which lays a historical foundation for the topic, and facilitated by Linwood Whitten, PhD, Region VII’s HBCU/MSI Representative.

The second session was titled “Social Justice-Centered Education Abroad Programming: Navigating Social Identities and Fostering Conversations,” and featured Malaika Marable Serrano, author of a chapter in Social Justice and International Education by the same name and Head of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at WorldStrides. The session was facilitated by Carolina Robinson, PhD, Director of Education Abroad at the University of Alabama, and Region VII’s Development Coordinator.

The third session was titled "Social Justice and International Education: Missed Voices of International Students and Scholars," and featured Ling Gao, LeBeau, PhD, Associate Director of International Student Success at Syracuse University and Tracey Hidalgo, PhD, Assistant Director of International Student and Scholars Services at the University of Toledo. 

Next Session

Keep an eye on the Region VII Newsletter and social media channels for announcements about future dialogues in the Meeting at the Crossroads series!

Previous Dialogues

  • Meeting at the Crossroads: A Dialogue Navigating the Intersections Between International Education and Social Justice with Linwood Whitten, PhD, of Alabama State University and Aaron Clevenger, EdD, of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (author of the chapter entitled The Evolution of Social Justice in International Higher Education)
    Sponsored by the University of Alabama's Capstone International Center

  • Social Justice-Centered Education Abroad Programming: Navigating Social Identities and Fostering Conversations with Malaika Marable Serrano, Head of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at WorldStrides and Carolina Robinson, PhD, Director of Education Abroad at the University of Alabama
    Sponsored by Queens University of Charlotte

  • Social Justice and International Education: Missed Voices of International Students and Scholars with Ling Gao, LeBeau, PhD, Associate Director of International Student Success at Syracuse University and Tracey Hidalgo, PhD, Assistant Director of International Student and Scholars Services at the University of Toledo
    Sponsored by Florida State University

  • Social Justice and International Education: Afrophobia, Anti-Blackness, and Educating the African Diaspora Abroad with Keshia Abraham, PhD, Founder and President of the Abraham Consulting Agency, and Ronel Stevens and Angela Mias from Ulwazi Africa
    Sponsored by Hillsborough Community College