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UPCOMING CONFERENCES

The Forum's 13th Annual Conference

Dates

March 29 - 31, 2017

We Are At

Booth #73


Location

The Westin Seattle - Seattle, WA

Reception

Thursday, March 30th, from 6 to 8 pm
Enjoy a relaxing atmosphere with seasonal northwest ingredients, a global wine list, and intriguing conversation at our reception. Set in the modern Purple Café & Wine Bar in downtown Seattle, it’s the perfect opportunity to unwind after your day at Forum while engaging with colleagues and making new connections in the international education field. Please contact Keziah Diaz if you would like to attend.

Staying Connected: Conferences

The Forum's 13th Annual Conference Highlights

  • Program Development at CEA: To continue meeting the evolving needs of our university partners and your students, CEA added depth to existing programming in the discipline areas of business, communication, and engineering, as well as expanded internship offerings. Learn more by clicking the links below:
  • Custom Programs with CEA: Now is the ideal time to consider your institution’s plans for custom and faculty-led programming for 2018. We understand how much planning and work these programs require, and our goal is to help you by offering flexibility in program length, academic structure, housing, and pricing that meet your budget and program needs. Whether you want to offer a course taught by your own faculty or a cohort arrangement in an area of interest, CEA can help. Stop by our booth to speak to our Director of Custom & Faculty-Led Programs, Ahmad Refky, during the conference.
  • New CEA London Study Center: With more than 14 years of experience in London, we're pleased to offer an affordable study abroad option in this fascinating city.
    • Courses at the CEA London Study Center turn the city into a classroom, engaging students through purposeful site visits that incorporate London's rich culture, colorful history, and thriving business environment. An intentional course list—with an emphasis on communication and business—complements our international internship opportunities, and includes London-themed courses in areas such as art history, history, literature, and theatre studies.
    • Our partnership with London South Bank University (LSBU) further enhanced our London offerings. With a diverse student body and centrally located campus, LSBU offers coursework in business, engineering, humanities, social and policy studies, psychology, and more.
    • Learn more about the program here.
  • Familiarization Trips: CEA's Familiarization Trips offer faculty and staff the opportunity to assess academic offerings, on-site staff, and facilities firsthand. These organized group site visits enable visitors to experience, with their colleagues and peers, the same educational and cultural opportunities made available to students during their time abroad. In 2017, CEA will be offering Familiarization Trips to Prague, Czech Republic and Buenos Aires, Argentina. For more information about upcoming trip locations, dates, and details, please visit the Meet Up With Us page on our website.

Prepare Your Students for a World of Opportunity

As a partner in study abroad, we look forward to working with you to achieve the goals established for your office. Through our standard program options, our flexible custom and faculty-led programming, and our ability to create coursework that meets the needs of your student body, we'll help you diversify your study abroad portfolio and increase enrollment on your campus.

We continually work to improve and expand our programs to ensure students are gaining experiences that will enrich their lives academically, personally, and professionally.

Stop by our booth during Forum and talk to us about how CEA can help your students prepare for a global future. If you'd like to schedule a time in advance to meet with one of our representatives at Forum, please feel free to contact them directly. We look forward to seeing you in Seattle!

Attendees

Brian J. Boubek

CEO & Chairman
Brian is an entrepreneur and leader in global education who has built his career helping today's student become globally competitive. In 1997, Brian founded CEA Study Abroad after a life-changing study abroad experience in Dijon, France. Brian felt that his time in France was so empowering and insightful that he wanted to provide the same opportunity to everyone.
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Sara Troy

Director of Program Development
Sara Troy leads and manages the program development team. Her primary focus lies in creating programs that facilitate students’ ability to achieve their academic and personal goals.
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Richard Stock, Ph.D.

Center Director
Rick manages the entire Prague staff, represents the CEA Prague Center, and ensures and continually increases the quality of our programs and partnerships.
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Christopher Edwards

Academic Director
Christopher oversees academic programs offered through CEA Paris. His responsibilities range from curriculum development to faculty training, as well as student advising and partner program oversight. He has developed an extensive working knowledge of academic approaches to topics ranging from world health care systems to global management information systems.
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Matthew Janus

Regional Director - West
Matt Janus' role at CEA is to oversee CEA's institutional relationships with schools in the Western United States. Matt and his team work closely with university advisors, faculty and staff to support the student exploration, advising and registration processes, as well as to identify ways in which CEA can assist in the success of the campus' agenda for internationalization.
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Cynthia Engel

Manager of Internships Abroad
Cynthia Engel oversees and manages CEA’s internship abroad programs. Her primary focus is ensuring that students are able to engage in an academically rigorous and quality pre-professional experience that will inform their professional pathways upon graduation. She works hand-in-hand with CEA’s academic team and CEA Study Center staff to cultivate internship placements and academic programming that support students’ integration in their field-based experiences abroad. She also works closely with CEA’s enrollment, university relations, and marketing teams to build awareness of CEA’s internship programs, obtain university approvals, and align CEA’s internship model with student and university needs.
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José B. Alvarez, Ph.D.

Senior Vice President - Academic Affairs & Initiatives
José B. Alvarez, Ph.D., serves as CEA’s senior academic leader and member of the CEA Executive Team. José sets CEA’s academic vision, ensuring the alignment of all academic offering and projects with CEA's School of Record and university partners. In addition, he is responsible for establishing and managing CEA’s external Advisory Board, in order to further innovate our curriculum and increase the diversity of our academic offerings. José also plays a strong collaborative role in CEA's U.S. university engagement initiatives to support the alignment of our messaging and training regarding CEA’s academic programs and expertise.
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Caroline Walsh

Senior Vice President - Program Development
Caroline Walsh is responsible for the alignment and growth of CEA’s current product portfolio and expansion into new markets. She works closely with leadership within University Relations to identify university needs and trends and collaborates with Academic Affairs and CEA staff worldwide to design and deliver new programs and academic partnerships that are best suited to meet the needs of our U.S. university partners.
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Tim Boubek

Vice President - Strategic University Partnerships
Tim Boubek is the Vice President of Strategic University Partnerships. CEA established its University Relations department to serve as a vital resource to enhance university outreach efforts throughout the U.S. Tim leads the team of CEA Regional Consultants to foster collaborative relationships with university partners, and provides U.S. institutions with a keen knowledge of CEA operations, from student recruitment, admissions, and planning through their time abroad and return to their U.S. campus.
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Ahmad Refky

Director of Custom & Faculty Led Programs
Ahmad is originally from Cairo, Egypt, where he lived for 22 years. His first foray into study abroad came when he lived in the U.S. as an exchange student during his senior year of high school. That experience inspired him to work in international education, where he has built his career over the past decade. After graduating with a BA in International Relations from the American University in Cairo, Ahmad immigrated to the U.S. in 2001, where he pursued his graduate studies at DePaul University and studied abroad in The Netherlands as part of the Summer Institute on Sexuality, Culture, and Society.
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Giustina Pelosi

Regional Director - Northwest
As a Regional Director based out of Portland, OR., Giustina Pelosi works closely with university advisors, faculty and staff to support the student exploration, advising and registration processes as well as to identify ways in which CEA can assist in the success of the campus’ agenda for internationalization.
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Conference Sessions & Events

Continuum Interrupted: Misconceptions, Challenges and Successful Strategies of Immersion Programs

Day & Time : Thursday, March 30 8:45 - 10:00 am

PRESENTERS

José B. Alvarez (CEA Study Abroad)
Michelle Durán-Ruiz (Spanish Studies Abroad)

DETAILS

“Integrating college students into the local culture” is one of our biggest challenges. It’s an idea that sells well: entices students to embark on the adventure, convinces parents to say “yes” and advisors to sign approval forms. We will address the difficulties, challenges as well as strategies for success that a study abroad program encounters when creating and delivering “immersion” experiences.

Political Climate Change: The Challenges of Being a U.S. Student Abroad in 2017

Day & Time : Thursday, March 30 10:45 am - 12:00 pm

PRESENTERS

José B. Alvarez (CEA Study Abroad)
Kendall Brostuen (Brown University)
Robin Craggs (Occidental College)
Mark Odenwelder (Fundación Centro de Estudios Interamericanos (CEDEI))

DETAILS

Recent U.S. government statements and policy decisions are making it more challenging for U.S. students abroad, and impacting some students’ decisions about whether or not to participate in education abroad. This town hall session offers an open discussion about how education abroad students are being impacted, and will solicit from participants strategies that might help students to meet the challenges of being abroad at this time.

Access Denied? Examining Parent Roles in Enhancing Student Development through the Study Abroad Continuum

Day & Time : Friday, March 31 9:15 - 10:30 am

PRESENTERS

Kira Espiritu (University of San Diego)
Paige Butler (Middlebury Institute of International Studies)
Sara Troy (CEA Study Abroad)

DETAILS

This session examines parent roles and student access to study abroad. Findings from an institutional research study suggest 30% of parents reported an active role in decision-making, including deciding whether their student should go abroad. Strategies to embrace parents throughout the continuum as collaborators in creating meaningful student learning experiences abroad are key to program success.

Partnering with the On-Campus Professor: Engaging Returnees in the Everyday Classroom

Day & Time : Friday, March 31 9:15 - 10:30 am

PRESENTERS

Brenda Burns (Saint Martin's University)
Giustina Pelosi (CEA Study Abroad)
Tiffany Artime (Pacific Lutheran University)

DETAILS

This session explores the unpacking process by discussing ways to engage faculty in all fields across the campus as partners for expanding the education abroad learning continuum. By integrating a student’s time away with home-campus learning, we can help the returnee bring their newfound perspective back and apply it in everyday situations—hence developing the lifelong globally minded scholar.

Connecting Study Abroad to Career Planning

Day & Time : Friday, March 31 2:15 - 3:30 pm

PRESENTERS

Matthew Janus (CEA Study Abroad)
Tracy Weber (University of California - Berkeley)
Randeep Kular (University of California - Berkeley)

DETAILS

This panel shares the challenges, successes and opportunities of intentionally training peer advisers and alumni ambassadors to make the connection between study abroad and career readiness. Participants will discuss how to creatively guide students to consider study abroad as an integral part of their professional development.

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