Register Now for Upcoming IDEAS Webinars to Help Your Institution Maximize Its Study Abroad Resources

The Capacity Building Program for U.S. Study Abroad, also known as IDEAS (Increase and Diversify Education Abroad for U.S. Students), is pleased to invite you to a series of free webinars on maximizing your institutions' resources while study abroad programming has been impacted by the global pandemic. We hope that these webinars can serve as a platform to contribute to your institutions' study abroad practices. Please stay tuned for more events in the months to come. Information on upcoming webinars and recordings of past webinars can be found on the program website at

Maximizing your study abroad resources: Supporting underrepresented students in study abroad
Date: June 16th from 2:00pm-3:00pm Eastern Standard Time
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Presented by Ruby Shields, Student Services Program Coordinator at Diversity Abroad and Daisy Rodriguez Pitel, Associate Director, International Student and Global Engagement at Pima Community College.

Webinar description: The rapidly changing student demographic landscape has given rise to the need for more inclusive study abroad programs. Based on available data, the number of students from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds participating in education abroad opportunities has not kept pace with demographic trends in higher education. The global pandemic will likely exacerbate already existing issues in recruiting underrepresented students. Program staff and faculty leaders often wonder how they can design their program to be more "attractive" to a wider range of students. This session presents strategies for recruitment and program design to better support the success of underrepresented students in education abroad. The resources and tools shared through the webinar will provide participants with an opportunity to create a more inclusive approach once study abroad programming resumes.

Maximizing your study abroad resources: Faculty-led best practices for program flexibility Date: July 16th from 2:00pm-3:00pm Eastern Standard Time
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Presented by Neriko Doerr, Assistant Professor of Anthropology and International Studies at Ramapo College and Jennifer Cinti, Assistant Director of Custom Programs at SIT-Study Abroad.

Webinar description: The global pandemic has created uncertainty for the field of study abroad. This session will highlight how institutions can capitalize on this disruption to their usual practices and rebuild their faculty-led study abroad programs to incorporate best practices from the field to become more varied, integrated, and inclusive. Speakers from SIT-Study Abroad and Ramapo College will highlight the principles and building blocks of successful faculty-led study abroad and how those principles can be applied to on-site or virtual programming so that no matter what the future holds for international travel, study abroad programming can remain an integral part of a student's education. These webinars are supported by IDEAS and are designed to expand and diversify American student mobility in support of U.S. foreign policy goals. The Capacity Building Program for U.S. Study Abroad is a program of the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government and supported in its implementation by World Learning.

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