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IDEAS Capacity Building Initiatives

The IDEAS Program offers a variety of in-person and virtual trainings for faculty and staff at U.S. colleges and universities with the goal of helping to increase their institutions’ capacity to administer study abroad programs. As the field continues to adapt and evolve in response to the global pandemic, the IDEAS Program is committed to offering initiatives and activities that address the most pressing needs of our country’s varied higher education institutions and key U.S. foreign policy goals.


IDEAS Webinars

IDEAS Webinars are hosted virtually and open to study abroad stakeholders from accredited U.S. colleges and universities and other organizations who are involved with or interested in expanding study abroad for U.S. students at their institution.

Please see materials from previous webinars in the Past Initiatives section below and in our Library of Resources.

Upcoming IDEAS Webinar Series

The U.S. Department of State’s IDEAS (Increase and Diversify Education Abroad for U.S. Students) Program is pleased to announce “Expanding U.S. Study Abroad Destinations: Connecting American Students with the World.” This year-long series of webinars will provide practical advice and resources from a range of higher education and State Department experts on how to safely pursue new academic partnerships and U.S. study abroad programs in destinations around the world, including those which are less common. As U.S. student mobility continues to resume, it is important to ensure that U.S. students can learn global skills, build relationships, and share U.S. values in countries throughout all world regions in support of our U.S. foreign policy goals.

The series will mark the launch of a Higher Education Partnerships toolkit and include the following:

  • International Higher Education Partnerships 101 – March 25, 2024 (Recording)
  • Managing Risk and Prioritizing Safety When Expanding to New Destinations – April 25, 2024 (Recording)
  • Region-specific seminars on exploring and establishing U.S. study abroad programs in new areas – four subsequent webinars to be announced throughout 2024 and 2025

All registered attendees will receive copies of the webinar series materials when available. These materials will also be posted on the IDEAS website in the Library of Resources. All sessions will include live ASL interpretation and be closed-captioned, recorded, and ADA-compliant.

IDEAS current grantees and alumni – look for exclusive virtual training opportunities, as well as an in-person event, on these topics in 2024!


IDEAS Workshops

Upcoming IDEAS Workshops

IDEAS workshops are open to study abroad stakeholders from accredited U.S. colleges and universities, including but not limited to study abroad advisors, faculty, and other staff involved with or interested in broadening study abroad for U.S. students at their institution. Workshops will take place either virtually or in-person on Fridays. Registration will open one to two months before each event. See below for more information on workshop topics and registration details.

University of Michigan School of Nursing
Building Bridges in Global Health: Establishing Collaborative Partnerships
Dates: July 24-25, 2024
Format: Virtual – two half days
Registration now closed

University of Michigan School of Nursing will host a virtual workshop over two half-days that will focus on building bridges in global health through discussion and training on best practices for establishing collaborative transnational partnerships. This workshop will include five hours each day of keynote speakers, panel discussions, and interactive activities which will facilitate conversations around global collaborations. All toolkits with resources to create and sustain equitable partnerships, with a focus on sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia will be publicly available here following the event. Registration is now closed.

Note that all times is in Eastern Time (ET).

Virtual Day 1 | July 24 

Learn more about the speakers.

9:00 – 9:20AMWelcome: Department of State, IDEAS Program
9:20 – 10:15AMPanel: Building Transnational Networks for Global Health Practice, Policy, and Research
Panelists:
Thailand Partners: Dr. Naruemol Singha-Dong (Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Institute of Nursing Suranaree University of Technology) and April Bigelow (Clinical Associate Professor at UMSN)  
Ghana Partners: Dr. Veronica Millicent Dzomeku (Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Nursing at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology) and Dr. Jody Lori (Professor at UMSN)  
Panelists will discuss how their collaborations began, how they sustain these relationships, and what barriers and successes they have experienced in advancing these international partnerships. 
10:15 – 10:25AMBreak
10:25 – 11:25AMKeynote: International Partnerships through US Higher Education Institutions: Why does it matter?   
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Mark A. Cantrell, USAID/Egypt, Health Development Officer, Office of Health and Population  
 
This opening plenary will focus on why we need globally prepared healthcare professionals, and the role of U.S. higher education Institutions in the field of global health. 
11:25 – 11:55AMBreak and Colleague Connection
11:55AM – 12:55PMPanel: Creating a Shared Understanding of Expectations 
Speakers: Amy Carey (Assistant Vice Provost for International Engagement at University of Michigan), Patrick Morgan (Chief International Safety Officer at University of Michigan), and Andries Coetzee (Professor and Director of International Partnerships, Literature, Sciences, and Arts at University of Michigan)
Panelists will discuss legal considerations of international partnerships, including FERPA/HIPAA compliance, contracts, agreements, and health and safety abroad.
12:55 – 1:05PMBreak
1:05 – 2:00PMDiscussion: Ethical Global Engagement 
Speakers: Dr. Michelle Munro-Kramer (Assistant Professor at UMSN), Beste Windes (UMSN Academic Program Manager), and Gurpreet Rana (Global Health Coordinator at the Taubman Health Sciences Library at University of Michigan)
Panelists will discuss how to prepare both students and faculty for ethical international experiences in health fields. This includes discussions on cross-cultural engagement, intercultural development, pre-departure/post-entry support, and collaborative project planning. 

 Virtual Day 2 | July 25

9:00 – 10:20AMPanel: Dissemination & Shared Impact
Speakers: Dr. Ruth Zielinski (Clinical Professor at UMSN) & Dr. Abdul-Aziz Seidu (Lecturer, James Cook University in Australia)
Panelists will discuss the impact of collaboration focusing on academic routes (e.g., publication, presentations), community/stakeholder dissemination, and sustainable relationships to build on projects/programming.
10:20 – 10:30AMBreak
10:30 – 11:30AMPanel: Sustaining International Partnerships Through Multifaceted Inclusive Initiatives  
Speakers: Dr. Megan Eagle (Clinical Assistant Professor at UMSN), Dr. Nadia Ali Charania (Clinical Assistant Professor at UMSN), Dr. Michelle Munro-Kramer (Assistant Professor at UMSN), Chelsea Schroeder-Lozada (UMSN Alumni), and Nathalia Borges (Medical Student, Brazil)
Panelists will discuss remaining connected with students and partners beyond a particular initiative. Topics include inclusive practices through the University of Michigan School of Nursing’s annual Global Health Summer Institute, incoming student programs, and global health organizations.
11:30 – 11:40AMBreak
11:40 – 12:35PMLeveraging Grant Funds to Advance Global Initiatives
Speaker: Dr. Kate Potempa (Professor at UMSN)
This session will focus on large-scale research and training collaboratives with a case example of a collaborative D43 International Research Training Grant focused on “Strengthening Noncommunicable Disease Research Capacity in Thailand” between the University of Michigan and The Praboromarajchanok Institute for Health Workforce Development (PBRI) within Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health.
12:35PM – 1:05PMBreak and Colleague Connection
1:05 – 1:35PMDiscussion: Global Engagement and Information Resources
Speaker: Gurpreet Rana (Global Health Coordinator at the Taubman Health Sciences Library at University of Michigan)
This session will focus on addressing the motivational inequities across international partnerships, as well as alternative methods to incentivize global partners when funding is not available.   
1:35-2:00PMClosing and Immediate Post-Survey 

North Dakota State University
Career Catalyst: Developing Impactful Study Abroad Programs to Prepare Students for their Future Careers
Date: Friday October 25, 2024
Format: In-person
Registration will open in August 2024 
Limited travel stipends will be available to offset the cost of attendance

North Dakota State University will host a day-long workshop focused on how faculty, staff, and study abroad administrators can utilize study abroad to prepare students for the next steps in their career. The workshop will provide guidance on creating specific career preparedness activities, including a presentation on building strategic partnerships abroad to create internships, volunteer placements, and clinical experiences for students. A full agenda will be available in August 2024, when registration opens. 

College of Staten Island
Increasing Participation in Study Abroad through Faculty Engagement and Training 
Date: Spring 2025, exact date to be announced
Format: In-person

The College of Staten Island will host a day-long workshop in the Train-the-Trainer style, giving participants the opportunity to develop their own skillsets to guide faculty through the process of developing and implementing short-term faculty-led programming abroad. Participants will leave the workshop with the tools and the skillset to assist faculty in new program development on their campuses. A full agenda will be available in January 2025, when registration opens.  


IDEAS Virtual Institutes

New Capacity Building Initiative

IDEAS Virtual Institutes are long-form, cohort-based opportunities for faculty and administrators to engage with experts and each other around a common topic and develop study abroad resources for their institutions. IDEAS Virtual Institutes are open to study abroad stakeholders from accredited U.S. colleges and universities, including but not limited to study abroad advisors, faculty, and other staff involved with or interested in enhancing study abroad for U.S. students at their institution.

Institutes will take place virtually over a period of four to six weeks. Registration will open one to two months before each event. See below for more information on virtual institute topics and registration details.

Objectives of the IDEAS Virtual Institutes are to:

  • Provide faculty and administrators at U.S. colleges and universities with best practices and resources to address current challenges and opportunities as they work to expand and broaden the U.S. students they send abroad and the destinations where they study;
  • Share USA Study Abroad information and other U.S. Department of State and U.S. Government resources; and
  • Build and strengthen the U.S. study abroad community networks for future sharing of resources and best practices.

We do not currently have any virtual institutes scheduled. Please see materials from previous webinars and workshops in the Past Initiatives section below and in our Library of Resources, and check back here for institute announcements in the future.


Past Initiatives

See below to explore past IDEAS Initiatives and recordings. Check out the Library of Resources for resources from these events and more.

2024
  • Webinar: Managing Risk and Prioritizing Safety When Expanding to New Destinations (Recording)
  • Webinar: International Higher Education Partnerships 101 (Recording)
2023
  • Webinar: Campus Engagement in Refugee Resettlement: Perspectives from the SHERR Program (Recording)
  • Workshop: Disturbing Stereotypes and Single Story Narratives: Expanding Inclusivity and Belonging in Global Programming
  • Webinar: Preparing a Globally Competent STEM Workforce through Study Abroad (Recording)
  • Webinar: Transcripts, Translations, and Transfers, Oh My! A Registrar’s Perspective on Study Abroad (Recording)
  • Workshop: Fighting Climate Change Through Connection Between Study Abroad and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (Resource Hyperdoc)
2022
  • Webinar: Rural Students Across the Globe: Recruiting and Supporting Rural U.S. Students Abroad (Recording)
  • Workshop: Developing More Impactful Experiential Learning: Best Practices for Faculty-led Study Abroad (Resource Hyperdoc)
  • Workshop: (Re)creating a Campus Culture of Study Abroad After a Global Programming Pause (Resource Hyperdoc)
  • Workshop: Jumpstarting Education Abroad at Community Colleges in a COVID-19 World (Resource Hyperdoc)
  • Webinar: Expanding Access and Inclusion: Developing Holistic Strategies for Recruiting and Supporting Students from Underrepresented Groups (Part I, II, III, IV)
  • Webinar: What do institutions need to know about the updated U.S. Department of State Travel Advisories? (Recording)
  • Webinar: Priorities for a Return to Student Mobility: IDEAS Resources for Supporting Underrepresented Students (Recording)
  • Webinar: Incubator Session: When One Size Doesn’t Fit All: Analyzing Data for Diverse Student Populations (Recording)
  • Webinar: When One Size Doesn’t Fit All: Analyzing Data for Diverse Student Populations (Recording)
  • Webinar: Priorities for a Return to Student Mobility: Financial Strategies to Maximize Your Office’s Budget (Recording)
2021
  • Webinar: Assessing Student Growth and Development Abroad (Recording)
  • Webinar: Theory of Change: Translating Study Abroad Program Goals and Priorities into Assessments (Recording)
  • Webinar: Priorities for a Return to Student Mobility: Working with Partners to Assess and Manage Risk (Recording)
  • Webinar: Building Diverse Programs to Support Diverse Students: Best Practices from St. Cloud State’s Cultural Heritage Programs (Part I, Part II)
  • Workshop: Best Practices in Study Abroad Program Assessment and Evaluation – A 2-part workshop with Mount Holyoke College
  • Webinar: What the State Department and U.S. embassies can and can’t do in a crisis (Recording)
  • Webinar: Virtually Abroad: Expanding our idea of what study abroad looks like (Recording)
  • Webinar: What do institutions need to know about U.S. Department of State Travel Advisories? (Recording)
2020
  • Webinar: The Future of Study Abroad: Risk mitigation in a COVID world (Recording)
  • Webinar: The Future of Study Abroad: How to decide when it is safe and ethical to begin again (Recording)
  • Webinar: Maximizing your study abroad resources: Faculty-led best practices for program flexibility (Recording)
  • Webinar: Maximizing your study abroad resources: Supporting underrepresented students in study abroad (Recording)
  • Workshop: Faculty-led Study Abroad Best Practices: Addressing Grand Challenges in Faculty-led Study Abroad at UGA
  • Workshop: Faculty-led Study Abroad Best Practices at UNC, Charlotte
  • Workshop: Study Abroad Campus Outreach and Recruitment at CSU, Bakersfield

If you have questions about any of these IDEAS Initiatives, please email [email protected]



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