Education Abroad (EA)

90-minute Conference Session

Identities Abroad: A Panel Discussion

Wednesday, October 19
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Room: Newport

A student's social  identity can greatly impact their study abroad experience. It may be the first time they are in a minority or majority, being attributed membership to a new group, or find that their identity is unrecognized by the host culture. How can we guide students in understanding how parts of their identity will fit into their international experience and the host culture?  How do we prepare them for this experience? Join us for a discussion on the topic.

Learning Objectives:

Mary Pyne

Interim Program Manager MIT-Spain & Portugal, MIT-AFRICA Program Coordinator
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Mary M. Pyne is the Interim Program Manager of the MIT -Africa and MIT-Spain & Portugal at the MIT International and Science Initiatives (MISTI). Through her experience as a third culture individual, an exchange student, foreign worker and higher education administrator she has cultivated her talent as a cross- culture communicator, resource-provider and multi- lingual, flexible communicator. She holds an M.A in International Higher Education and Intercultural Relations from Lesley University.


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Aliki Karagiannis

Advisor, International Programs
Stonehill College

Aliki Karagiannis is currently an Advisor at Stonehill College, a small, Holy Cross, Catholic Liberal Arts college in Easton, MA. Prior to joining Stonehill College, Aliki spent nine years living abroad in Spain and Italy, of which five were spent employed by John Cabot University in Rome, Italy. In Italy, she helped house and care for hundreds of study abroad students every semester and summer session. Aliki graduated from Boston University with degrees in psychology in Spanish and then continued on to her earn an MA in Spanish Literature from Middlebury College, and a M.Ed. in Administration of Higher Education from Suffolk University. Aliki currently serves as the NAFSA Region XI Conference Co-Chair as well as the Region XI Consular Affairs Liaison (CAL) Representative to the Boston Italian Consulate.


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Jeffrey Sullivan

Distance Learning Program Specialist
Northeastern University

Jeff Sullivan, received a M.A. in International Higher Education & Intercultural Relations from Lesley University in May 2016 and is currently working as a Distance Learning Program Specialist at the D’Amore-McKim School of Business at Northeastern University. He has worked in international education for ten years and has been actively involved with the Fund for Education Abroad, the Forum on Education Abroad, NAFSA and NAFSA Rainbow SIG. He recently published an article in the NAFSA Rainbow SIG Newsletter in spring 2016 for the "Identities Abroad" resource at the Colleges of the Fenway to promote education abroad to LGBTQ students.


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Darren R. Gallant

Assistant Director of Study Abroad
Brandeis University Office of Study Abroad

Darren joined the Office of Study Abroad at Brandeis University in 2013 after working in years in academic advising and student affairs at small liberal arts institutions. He earned his masters in Higher Education/Student Development from NYU and was an undergraduate at Brandeis. Darren partly chose to study in Denmark to learn about other LGBTQ communities and explore Europe out of the closet. At Brandeis Darren collaborates with students to plan an annual “Year Abroad, Queer Abroad” panel of LGBTQ returnees. He also works closely with the on-campus identity-based student organization in promoting study abroad.


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