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2017 Conference

June 5-8, 2017 at the ACM office in Chicago, IL


Monday, June 5

6:00 p.m. - Welcome Dinner

Tuesday, June 6

9:00 a.m. - Welcome and Introductions: Food, Culture, and Community

Presenter: Joan Gillespie, ACM

10:00 - Off-Campus Study and New Pedagogical Paradigms for the 21st Century

Presenter: Javier Espeleta, Costa Rica Programs

• Structuring “unstructured” Independent Research and Community Engagement
• Developing students’ soft skills
• Introducing trans-disciplinarity
• Setting realistic expectations—for students and ourselves

11:00 - Staff Mix and Mingle Break

11:30 - Best Practices in Health, Safety, and Emergency Response

Presenter: Emily Gaul, ACM

• Overview of CISI Insurance
• Safety & Security, Emergency Response Guidelines

Noon - Lunch

1:30 p.m. - Student Health and Wellness on Off-Campus Programs

Presenter: Steve O’Neill, Director of Counseling Center, St. Olaf College

Reading: Anxiety Abroad: Students call for better resources navigating sexual harassment, mental health issues on study abroad programsThe Daily Northwestern

3:15 - Break

3:30 - Case Study in Health, Safety & Emergency Response

Presenter: Emily Gaul, ACM

4:15 - ACM Logistics

Presenters: Emily Gaul and Marlee Stein, ACM

• Google Resources
• Accepted Student Webpage + Checklists + Communication Calendars
• Canvas Site: Pre-departure information

5:00 - Conclusion

Wednesday, June 7

9:00 - Facilitating Cultural Learning and Adjustment: Orientation, During Program, and Re-Entry

• Orientation Planning – Jodie Mariotti and Rosita Chirri, Florence Program
• Goal Setting and Neighborhood Walks – Mario Morera, Costa Rica Programs, and Dorothy Burge, Chicago Program
• On-Going Reflection – Susan Jaret McKinstry, Carleton College
• Gender Relations – Sarah Hautzinger, Colorado College
• Re-Entry Programming – Ujjwala Barve, India Programs

Resources to review
Resilient Traveling: Managing Stress & Enhancing your Experience Abroad, University of Michigan
• Moving with Emotional Resilience Between and Within Cultures, by Janice Abarbanel
Cross-Cultural Adjustment, by Dan K. Smith, Ph.D.
Beyond the Tip of the Iceberg: Five Stages Towards Cultural Competence, by Jerome Hanley
• Culture Shock and Intercultural Experience, from Writing Across Cultures, by Kenneth Wagner and Tony Magistrale
• Capturing Study Abroad’s Transformative Potential, by Elizabeth Brewer and Kiran Cunningham

10:30 - Break

10:45 - Cultural Learning Planning: Orientation + During Program

11:45 - Faculty as Global Learners

Presenter: Joan Gillespie, ACM

12:30 p.m. - Lunch

2:00 - Working with Program Staff and Faculty

Presenters: Jodie Mariotti, Florence Program; Ujjwala Barve, India Programs; Dyron Dabney, Japan Study

• Goal-Setting for Student Learning
• Coping with Unanticipated Leave-of-Absence
• Hosting Visitors from the US

3:15 - Break

3:30 - Research Modules for Independent Study Projects

Presenter: Joan Gillespie, ACM

5:00 - Picnic at Maggie Daley Park

Thursday, June 8

Individual meetings of off-campus program staff and visiting faculty with ACM consortial office staff.