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Keynote Speakers’ Addresses and Workshop Presentations


Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Plenary Session I – “The Role of U.S. Federal Agencies in Promoting International Collaboration”
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
5: 30 –7:00 p.m.

 

Speakers: 

David Hodge
Director of the Office of Public diplomacy and Public Affairs
Western Hemisphere Affairs
Department of State
Washington, District of Columbia
USA

 

Evelyn Rodriguez-Perez
Director of Education, E3
U.S. Agency of International Development (USAID)
Washington, District of Columbia
USA

 

Thursday, March 30, 2017 

Plenary Session II – “International Collaboration:  A Tool to Improve Health Care Systems”
Thursday, March 30, 2017
9:00 –10:30 a.m.
 

Speakers: 

Dr. Aarón Hernández
Medical Coordinator
EBAIS – UNIBE (Coordinador Médico)
Universidad de Iberoamérica
San José, San José
Costa Rica

 

Dr. Ricardo León Bórquez
Higher Education and Health Sciences Consultant
(Consultor en Educación Superior y Ciencias de la Salud)
Asociación Mexicana de Facultades y Escuelas de Medicina (AMFEM)
México, Distrito Federal
México
 

 

Concurrent Sessions (1–6) 

Session 1
Thursday, March 30, 2017

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
“Integrating Study Abroad and International Internships to Advance Student Learning”
(Session Presented in English)
Room:       Laurel 1

Studying abroad and participating in internships are two high–impact practices for student development and learning.  This workshop will highlight best practices for collaboration between Study Abroad, Career Services, Financial Aid and faculty, so that students’ educational and career benefit is maximized through pre–departure career planning, interning abroad, and reintegration career preparation.  The program will also develop strategies for ensuring that students are able to afford the learning that comes through studying and interning internationally. 

Presenters: 

Gihan Fernando
Executive Director, Career Center
American University
Washington, District of Columbia
USA

 

Dr. Sara Dumont
Executive Director, AU Abroad
American University
Washington, District of Columbia
USA

 

Session 2
Thursday, March 30, 2017

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
“A Cultural Immersion Program for Primary Healthcare”

(Session Presented in Spanish)
Room:       Laurel 2

This session presents a successful community–university program in primary healthcare services that transcends instruction and adds the administration of healthcare services and, at the same time, explains how health field students from several U.S. universities participate in and achieve their learning objectives.

 

Presenters: 

Dr. Aaron Hernández
Medical Coordinator
EBAIS–UNIBE
San José, San José
Costa Rica

 

Elizabeth Rodríguez
Director of Global Education
Universidad de Iberoamérica
San José, San José
Costa Rica
 

 

Session 3
Thursday, March 30, 2017

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
“100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund – How to Engage”
(Session Presented in English)
Room:       Laurel 3

The 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund will have launched well over 15 competitions by the time of the HACU International Conference. This panel will share lessons learned, preview future opportunities, and provide practical tips for writing competitive grant proposals to build innovative partnerships to increase bi–directional student mobility to better prepare our 21st century workforce. 

Presenters: 

Lee Tablewski
Director, 100,000 in the Americas Innovation Fund
Partners of the Americas
Washington, District of Columbia
USA

 

Maggie Hug
Coordinator, 100,000 Strong in the Americas
U.S. Department of State
Washington, District of Columbia
USA

 

Session 4
Thursday, March 30, 2017

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
“America:  Bridging the Continents”

(Session Presented in English)
Room:       Cedro 1

Representatives from EducationUSA and the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) will describe their programs including resources to assist universities/colleges with developing international mobility programs.  Their presentations will be followed by a recipient of an Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language (USIFL) program grant from the University of Central Florida, who will describe the types of activities that were funded by a U.S. DOE grant to enhance the university’s Latin American Studies program.  This presentation will conclude with an interactive session for developing a new study abroad program in Cuba. 

Presenters: 

Dr. Consuelo Stebbins
AVP Emerita, Director Latin American Studies
University of Central Florida
Orlando, Florida
USA

 

Tanyelle Richardson
Senior Program Manager
U.S. Department  of Education
Washington, District of Columbia
USA

 

Marcia Herra
EducationUSA Adviser, Costa Rica
Centro Cultural
San José, San José
Costa Rica

 

Erica Kight
Lecturer
University of Central Florida
Orlando, Florida
USA

 

Session 5
Thursday, March 30, 2017

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
“Supporting Internationalization through Joint Scholarships and On–campus Fellowship Opportunities”

(Session Presented in English and Spanish)
Room:       Cedro 2

This presentation highlights innovative models for supporting internationalization on campus by working with government agencies and supporting students with fellowship opportunities. We will explain how a matching scholarship between The University of New Mexico and the Consulate of Mexico to support students of Mexican origin is a unique model for future government partnerships, and how several UNM Fellowship programs train students to work with international students, be multiculturally sensitive, and take on leadership roles.

 Presenters: 

Dr. Paul Edmunds
Director & Professor
The University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, New Mexico
USA

 

Dr. Eliseo "Cheo" Torres
Vice President, Student Affairs
The University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, New Mexico
USA

 

Session 6
Thursday, March 30, 2017

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
“Promoting International Collaboration: Tools for Developing Diverse Research Teams”

(Session Presented in English)
Room:       Cedro 3

Research has begun to illustrate the benefits of diverse collaborative research teams, revealing that the inclusion of international diversity and women in scientific teams increases citation impact.  Other studies show that interdisciplinary collaboration boosts funding, innovation, and productivity.  In this workshop, we present best practices and practical tools for training faculty and institutional leaders in developing, promoting, and supporting diverse scientific teams at their institutions. 

Presenters:

Dr. Barbara Endemaño Walker
Special Assistant to the Executive Vice Chancellor
University of California,  Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, California
USA

 

Susan Carter
Director of Research Development Services
University of California, Merced
Merced, California
USA

 

Lunch
Thursday, March 30, 2017
1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Speakers: 

Dr. Stephen Ferst
Executive Director, Center for Global Engagement

The College of Staten Island
Staten Island, New York

USA

 

Margaret Hug
Coordinator, 100,000 Strong in the Americas
U.S. Department of State
Washington, District of Columbia
USA

 

Dr. Lori Unruh Snyder
Associate Professor
North Carolina State University

Raleigh, North Carolina
USA

 

Concurrent Sessions (7–12) 

Session 7
Thursday, March 30, 2017

3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
“Roundtable: Best Practices to Promote International Education in the U.S.”

(Session Presented in Spanish)
Room:       Laurel 1

This roundtable will cover policies and programs relevant to international students in the United States, as well as best practices to engage with the international students’ community. Also, this would be a good opportunity to engage with USCIS subject matter experts to ask questions and provide feedback.

 

Presenters: 

Bertha Anderson
Community Relations Officer
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
Washington, District of Columbia
USA

 

Mariela Melero
Associate Director
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
Washington, District of Columbia
USA

 

Session 8
Thursday, March 30, 2017

3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
“Role of Presidential Leadership in Advancing International Education in Universities”

(Session Presented in English)
Room:       Laurel 2

This session will describe the experience of a Mexican private university that has achieved system wide implementation of internationalization strategies via the establishment of relevant alliances, designing diverse global initiatives, making the most out of its own geographic location along the U.S. –Mexico border all this due to a strong presidential leadership.     Participants will observe via visual material and presentation of case studies and samples of current and on–going initiatives, the impact that they've generated and how they have positioned CETYS above the national mean of Mexican student mobility. 

Presenters: 

Dr. Scott Venezia
Dean for International Affairs
CETYS Universidad
Mexicali, Baja California
Mexico

 

Session 9
Thursday, March 30, 2017

3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
“MOOCs Through URJCx: A Door to Virtual Mobility”

(Session Presented in Spanish)
Room:       Laurel 3

In 2016, the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos launched the open online platform: URJCx. Under the Open edX ecosystem, it offers MOOCs aimed at labor sectors with high employment demand. URJC uses blended and online courses offered for this first program geared towards the virtual mobility of students, expanding the curricular possibilities of students from other universities and creating new interinstitutional collaborations. 

Presenters:

Pablo Salvadores
Head of International Relations
Universidad Rey Juan Carlos

Móstoles, Madrid
Spain

 

Session 10
Thursday, March 30, 2017

3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

“Transcultural Learning and Global Health Sciences”
(Session Presented in English and Spanish)
Room:       Cedro 1

This session will describe the development, planning, and administration of a cooperative program between the Nursing program at College of Staten Island and the Universidad de Iberoamérica (UNIBE) in San José, Costa Rica.  The Transcultural Learning and Global Health Sciences program is a study abroad program for health science students taking place in both Costa Rica and the U.S. with bi–directional student mobility. Presenters will discuss various successes and potential pitfalls to avoid when creating programming. 

Presenters: 

Dr. Stephen Ferst
Executive Director, Center for Global Engagement
College of Staten Island
Staten Island, New York
USA

Regina Lama
Professor
College of Staten Island
Staten Island, New York
USA

Elizabeth Rodríguez

Director of Global Education
Universidad de Iberoamérica (UNIBE)
San José, San José
Costa Rica

 

Session 11
Thursday, March 30, 2017

3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
“Leveraging Faculty’s Professional Connections in Developing Innovative International Partnerships”

(Session Presented in English)
Room:       Cedro 2

Innovative international partnerships provide many exciting opportunities, yet finding sustainable partnerships that can stand the test of time can be challenging. University leaders interested in establishing international partnerships often overlook their greatest asset—faculty. This workshop will detail how university administrators and faculty can form close partnerships in developing innovative programs abroad. Presenters will engage attendees in exploring steps in getting started and examine ways to identify potential international partnerships that will endure over time. 

Presenters: 

Dr. Ezequiel Peña
Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs
Our Lady of the Lake University

San Antonio, Texas
USA

Session 12
Thursday, March 30, 2017

3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
“Developing the Global Community College”

(Session Presented in English)
Room:       Cedro 3

Pima Community College, one of the largest Hispanic serving two–year colleges in the nation, has embarked in a process of comprehensive internationalization. This presentation explains the process and why  internationalization is an educational imperative of the twenty–first century. It describes some of the strategies, successes, opportunities and challenges that have emerged as the institution follows this new strategic direction. Internationalization and global education are explained as integral components of college accreditation and student success. 

Presenters: 

Dr. Ricardo Castro–Salazar

Vice President for International Development
Pima Community College

Tucson, Arizona

USA

 

Concurrent Sessions (13–18) 

Session 13
Friday, March 31, 2017

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
“Rankings and Organizational Change:  A Tendency Towards Isomorphism”
(Session Presented in Spanish)
Room:       Laurel 1

Rankings have come to reconfigure the institutional legitimacy of universities at the national and international level.  This workshop addresses some of the unique ways in which rankings have reconfigured the legitimacy of universities and how these comparisons function as agents that force institutions of higher education to make organizational changes that allow them to achieve a greater legitimacy within the global context of higher education. 

Presenters: 

Dr. Carlos Iván Moreno
Executive Coordinator for Internationalization
Universidad de Guadalajara
Guadalajara, Jalisco
Mexico

 Session 14
Friday, March 31, 2017

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
“How are Higher Education Institutions in the Central American Region Preparing Students for Positions of Leadership and 21st Century Employment Success”
(Session Presented in English)
Room:       Laurel 2

There exists a global concern about the new skills and competencies that future professionals need. Universities from all over the world have realized the importance of making changes to their teaching–learning approaches to be more dynamic and labor market–oriented. This workshop allows academic leaders from different cultural backgrounds to analyze some scenarios from Costa Rica, learn about the latest institutional strategies for developing student capacities, and exchange their own techniques to provide and receive effective recommendations. 

Presenters: 

Verónica Castro R.
Academic Director of the Global Education Office
Universidad Latinoamericana de Ciencia y Tecnología (ULACIT), Costa Rica
San José, San José
Costa Rica

 

Starling Aguilar J.
Director of the School of Education
Universidad Latinoamericana de Ciencia y Tecnología (ULACIT), Costa Rica
San José, San José
Costa Rica

 Verónica Mora U.
International Marketing Director
Universidad Latinoamericana de Ciencia y Tecnología (ULACIT), Costa Rica
San José, San José
Costa Rica

 Session 15
Friday, March 31, 2017

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
“Faculty Led Programs: The Key to Unleashing the World for First Generation Students”
(Session Presented in English and Spanish)
Room:       Laurel 3

Providing an international opportunity for first–generation students is not always easy. The fear of traveling alone, to places they have only heard about or seen in movies, can be intimidating. Getting students to take the chance is easier when traveling with an adult/faculty member. Once students take this leap, it is the key to dreaming bigger and broadens the student’s perspective and confidence. Helping faculty develop these programs and providing direct recruiting support for faculty to create these classes, is critical to the success of the program. Partnering student services with faculty, chairs and deans allows for enthusiasm, and leads to strong and successful programs. 

Presenters: 

Dr. Minita Ramírez
Vice President for Student Success
Texas A&M International University
Laredo, Texas
USA

 Triana González
Director of International Engagement
Texas A&M International University
Laredo, Texas
USA

 

Session 16
Friday, March 31, 2017

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
“Innovative Approaches and ‘Creative Reciprocity’ Supporting USA–Mexico Mobility”
(Session Presented in English)
Room:       Cedro 1

Mobility between California State University, Fullerton (CSU Fullerton) and CETYS University includes movement of students, faculty, and staff between CSU Fullerton located in Orange County, California and three CETYS Univerity campuses located in Baja California, México.  Consideration includes the strengths and global priorities of each institution, review of standing short–term programs, opportunities to leverage or build on direct enroll pathways, and “creative reciprocity.”  Presenters will discuss best practices, collaboration strategies, and diverse program models.  Additionally, institutional, program–based, and student outcomes will be shared. 

Presenters: 

Dr. Kari Knutson Miller
Associate Vice President for International Programs & Global Engagement
California State University, Fullerton
Fullerton, California
USA

 Dr. Scott Venezia
Dean, International Affairs
CETYS University System
Ensenada, Baja California
Mexico

 Dr. Christopher M.  Swarat
Director, Mihaylo Global
California State University, Fullerton
Fullerton, California
USA

 Jennifer Loaiza
Undergraduate Student
California State University, Fullerton
Fullerton, California
USA

 

Session 17
Friday, March 31, 2017

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
“The Values of Indigenous Cultures as a Foundation for Peace”

(Session Presented in English)
Room:       Cedro 2

At San Bernardino Valley College, a grassroots effort was started to take a handful of students each year to Costa Rica. Not only to study in a classroom, but to study their surroundings, the people, nature, and culture.  The students had the transformative opportunity to meet two indigenous tribes; the Bri Bri and Cabecares – the message from the tribes to the students “Tell the world we are here, we do not wish to be forgotten.” 

Presenters: 

Dr. Diana Rodríguez
President
San Bernardino Valley College
San Bernardino, California
USA

Laura Gómez
Professor in  Counseling
San Bernardino Valley College
San Bernardino, California
USA

 

Larissa Gómez Vázquez
Counselor/Puente Coordinator
College of the Sequoias
Visalia, California
USA

 

Dr. Jeremiah A. Gilbert
Professor, Mathematics
San Bernardino Valley College
San Bernardino, California
USA

 

Session 18
Friday, March 31, 2017

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
“Overcoming Barriers to Study Abroad Participation at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley”
(Session Presented in English)
Room:       Cedro 3

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is the newest Hispanic–Serving Institution in the United States, offering a bilingual, bicultural, and bilateral educational experience to roughly 18,000 students.  The presentation will offer a brief background on The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and then focus on the unique opportunities and challenges the institution faces for increasing study abroad participation. 

Presenters: 

Alan Earhart
Director of International Programs and Partnerships
The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
Edinburg, Texas
USA
 


Concurrent Sessions (19–24)
Session 19
Friday, March 31, 2017

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
“Excellence in Distance Education: Predictive Characteristic of Latin American Student Success”(Session Presented in Spanish)
Room:       Laurel 1

The excellence of the delivery of a hybrid distance education program can be a predictive characteristic of international student success; with an holistic design EDP University of Puerto Rico (EDPU) provides Latin American students the opportunity to complete an accredited university degree, in their language with diverse experiences that compliment and improve their lives. As an Hispanic–Serving Institution, EDPU is commited to providing opportunities of integral development for Latin American students.  

Presenters: 

Gladys Nieves
President
EDP University of Puerto Rico Inc.
San Juan, Puerto Rico
USA

Dr. Marilyn Pastrana Muriel
Institutional Vice–President
EDP University of Puerto Rico, Inc.
Hato Rey, Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico

 

Session 20
Friday, March 31, 2017

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
“Professional Learning Communities: Collaborative Pathways Toward Equity and International Engagement”

(Session Presented in English)
Room:       Laurel 2

Professional and Faculty Learning Communities (PLCs and FLCs) can be a transformative force in creating new paths for international collaboration and building the equity mindset needed to establish and sustain international partnerships.  By operationalizing theory into practice, the PLC and FLC programs use interdisciplinary and cross divisional collaborative teams to build knowledge, resources, and infrastructure that support closing the achievement gap between Hispanic and non Hispanic students, and diversifying and expanding international exchange programs. 

Presenters: 

Dr. Tina Jordan–Brown
Director of the Peer Academic Resource Center
California State University, Sacramento
Sacramento, California
USA

 

Dr. EunMi Cho
Professor of Education
California State University, Sacramento
Sacramento, California
USA

 

Session 21
Friday, March 31, 2017

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
“Promoting Diversity and Equity through Mobility: Study Abroad in Spain”

(Session Presented in Spanish)
Room:       Laurel 3

Focusing on best–practice ideals for equity–minded pedagogy and the scholarship of High Impact Practices, presenters will share a framework for designing an equity–minded study abroad experience based on their involvement in a faculty–taught, locally administrated program in Spain.  Participants will work with presenters to identify challenges around diversity and equity in study abroad, and will identify strategies for developing culturally responsive and accessible mobility programs.

Presenters: 

Dr. Lunden MacDonald
Director, First–Year Success Program
Metropolitan State University of Denver
Denver, Colorado
USA
 


Session 22
Friday, March 31, 2017

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 

“Experiential Learning through International Education Serving Hispanic Students”

(Session Presented in English)

Room:       Cedro 1

This panel discussion highlights how New Mexico State University (NMSU), one of the leading Hispanic–Serving Institutions in the U.S., and Centro Panamericano de Idiomas (CPI) in Costa Rica are collaborating to provide unique international education opportunities through experiential learning while students participate in study abroad programs. Unique to this program is that this partnership is providing this experience to an increasing number of Hispanic students. 

Presenters: 

Dr. Jeff Longwell

Professor

New Mexico State University

Las Cruces, New Mexico

USA

 

Kristi Drexler

Ph.D. Student – ELA Department

New Mexico State University

Las Cruces, New Mexico

USA

 

Kristin Morehead

Ph.D. Student – ELA Department

New Mexico State University

Las Cruces, New Mexico

USA

 

Jonle Sedar

Manager, CPI Groups

Centro Panamericano de Idiomas

Heredia/Monteverde/Flamingo

Costa Rica

 

Session 23

Friday, March 31, 2017

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 

“New Collaboration Models: The Strength of Larger Families”

(Session Presented in English)

Room:       Cedro 2

In response to emerging challenges to student mobility, initiatives such as 100,000 Strong in the Americas support large and small institutions in different ways. This presentation will review how two very different U.S. institutions have benefited from these opportunities and addressed the challenges of engaging in such initiatives.

 Presenters: 

Mike Proctor

Vice President of  Global Initiatives

The University of Arizona

Tucson, Arizona

USA

 

Session 24

Friday, March 31, 2017

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 

“Innovative Practices: Enhancing L2 Proficiency and Student Engagement through CALL Technologies”

(Session Presented in English)

Room:       Cedro 3

This presentation illustrates how technology–enhanced instruction may be used to foster communication modes. The selected activities will rely on pedagogical strategies that enhance communicative proficiency through online mediated learning environments. In these examples, the audience will also become familiar with related web applications: Near Pod, VoiceThread, and Go Animate. 

Presenters: 

Andrés Morera

Director of International Admissions

Universidad Latina de Costa Rica

San Pedro, San José

Costa Rica

 

Dr. Gabriela Olivares

Associate Professor, Languages & Literatures

University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, Iowa

USA

 

Dr. Alejandra Barahona

CIP Executive Director

Universidad Veritas

San José, Costa Rica

Costa Rica

 

Michelle Ploof

Spanish Professor

Hawkeye Community College

Waterloo, Iowa

USA

 

Lunch and Closing Ceremony

Friday, March 31, 2017

1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Speaker:

Ana Helena Chacón Echeverría

Vice President of the Republic of Costa Rica  (Vicepresidenta de la República de Costa Rica)

San José, San José

Costa Rica