Education Abroad (EA)


Navigating Diversity and Inclusive Excellence in Education Abroad - (WS32)

Tuesday, May 29
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
PCC, Room 119B

Member Fee: $299.00 | Non-member Fee: $429.00 | Student Pricing: $99.00

While diversity and inclusion are of critical importance to the field of education abroad, progress has been steady but somewhat slow. This workshop examines a collection of successful examples of diversity and inclusion initiatives from thought leaders in the field for participants to develop individual action plans. Designed to support participants with limited resources.

Learning Objectives:

Margaret S. McCullers

Associate Director, Academic and Special Projects
Institute for Study Abroad

Margaret S. McCullers is the Associate Director of Academic and Special Projects at the Institute for Study Abroad (IFSA), one of the largest non-profit study abroad providers in the U.S. In this role, she directs inclusive excellence programming and practices and supports the academic integration of study abroad for institutions across the country through custom academic projects. Margaret is co-chair of the NAFSA Diversity & Inclusion in Education Abroad Subcommittee, where she launched the Diversity Expertise Log and was lead author on the "LGBTQ+ Advising Guide for Education Abroad Professionals". Margaret recently co-authored the chapter "First-Generation College Students and Study Abroad: Examining the Participation Gap and Successful Strategies for Promoting Access" in the book Promoting Inclusion in Education Abroad: A Handbook of Research and Practice (NAFSA/Stylus Publishing). Previously at the University of Texas at Austin, Margaret managed programming for the First Abroad Initiative which was awarded the NAFSA Senator Paul Simon Spotlight Award and the Diversity Abroad EDIIE award in 2014. Margaret received a 2014 Australian Endeavour Executive Fellowship for her work on curriculum integration. Her M.Ed. is in higher education administration from UT Austin.


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Chelsea Kindred

Director of Alumni Development and Research
Academic Programs International

Chelsea Kindred is Director of Alumni Development and Research at Academic Programs International (API) where she develops and manages alumni learning, research, curriculum and digital environments for participants in the API Learning and Engagement digital badge program. Chelsea co-authored “Making Meaning of Education Abroad: A Journal for the Returnee Experience” and wrote “Re-Entry: Advising Strategies and Programming” in NAFSA’s Guide to Education Abroad: 4th Edition. Chelsea has presented extensively on returnee learning and engagement, including developing and training workshop "Current Trends in Education Abroad Alumni Programming". Chelsea is a recipient of NAFSA Region III Outstanding Service to International Education award.


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Lindsay G. Calvert

Lead, Generation Study Abroad
Institute of International Education

Lindsay Calvert leads IIE's Generation Study Abroad initiative, which aims to increase and diversify the American students studying abroad. Lindsay previously served as the IIE Program Director of the U.S. Department of State's Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, the largest study abroad scholarship for U.S. undergraduate students of high financial need. Lindsay has been working at IIE since 2006 focusing and presenting on diversity, inclusion, and access to education abroad. She served as the Co-Chair for NAFSA's Diversity & Inclusion in EA Subcommittee and a member of Diversity Abroad's Task Force on High Financial Need. Lindsay graduated from Trinity University with a Bachelor's in both International Studies (Latin America) and Spanish. Her international experiences include studying abroad in Chile during college, participating in a high school delegation to China and serving as a volunteer with Amigos de las Americas in Paraguay, along with various world travels professionally and personally.


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LaNitra Berger

Director, Office of Fellowships
George Mason University

LaNitra M. Berger is Director of Fellowships in the Honors College at George Mason University, where she has helped students secure more than 50 prestigious fellowships such as the Fulbright, Boren, Gilman, Truman and others valued at over $1 million. She also focuses on study abroad outreach to first-generation, low-income, and minority students. In 2015, she received the GMU Spirit of King Award for diversifying study abroad. LaNitra serves on the Board of Directors of NAFSA and Globalize DC and is the author of the NAFSA guide, "Exploring Education Abroad: A Guide for Racial and Ethnic Minority Participants.” LaNitra received her Ph.D. in Art History from Duke University.


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Gretchen R. Cook-Anderson

Director, Diversity Recruiting & Advising
IES Abroad - Institute for the International Education of Students

Gretchen Cook-Anderson is the award-winning Director of Diversity Recruiting & Advising at IES Abroad. Gretchen oversees IES' Initiative to Diversify Education Abroad (IDEA), the organization's sustained effort to increase enrollment and enhance the study abroad experience of students of diverse and underrepresented identities. She is a marketing and PR professional with 12 years of experience in international education marketing and 25 years experience in the marketing field overall. An IES Abroad alum (Nagoya, Japan), Gretchen holds a B.A. in political science from Spelman College and a M.A. in international economics from Johns Hopkins University's Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Over the last 7 years, her efforts have led to 96% growth in participation among ethnically-diverse students in IES Abroad programs. Her work garnered the Diversity Abroad EDIIE Award in 2014 and 2016. In 2018, IES Abroad's student diversity Initiative marks 10 years and celebrates attracting more than 10,000 students through a commitment to make study abroad accessible to students as diverse as the locations around the world where they study.


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