Region VII Events
Region VII's Social Justice Dialogue Series
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.
Social Justice and International Education: Missed Voices of International Students and Scholars
Tuesday, May 18, 3:00 p.m. EDT / 2:00 PM CDT
NAFSA Region VII and Florida State University invite you to Social Justice and International Education: Missed Voices of International Students and Scholars. This is the third in a series of conversations complimenting NAFSA’s Social Justice and International Education: Research, Practice, and Perspectives.*
The third dialogue will be held on Tuesday, May 18 at 3:00 p.m. EDT/2:00 pm CDT. It features Ling Gao LeBeau, PhD, Associate Director of International Student Success at Syracuse University and Tracey Hidalgo, PhD, Assistant Director of International Student and Scholar Services at the University of Toledo.
Social justice efforts strive to address inequality and oppression. It is of interest, however, that diversity and inclusion initiatives at higher education institutions rarely reference global education or international students, scholars, and faculty. This dialogue is to facilitate a discussion over the issue of the role of the international population in diversity and inclusion that has been neglected, and how international educators could advocate for including the international population in diversity and inclusion initiatives
Date: Tuesday, May 18, 2021
Time: 3:00 pm EDT/2:00 pm CDT
Location: Hyperlink will be sent to registered attendees a few days before the event
Cost: No registration fee thanks to the generosity of our sponsor, Florida State University.
Registration: Register now. Spaces are limited and registration will close once capacity is reached, or on Friday May 14, whichever happens first.
Keep an eye on the Region VII Newsletter and social media channels for announcements about future dialogues in the Meeting at the Crossroads series!
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
Speakers for this series have been selected from the authors of the chapters of NAFSA's new publication, Social Justice and International Education, who also work or previously worked in Region VII.