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Moving From Inclusivity Talk to Equity in Action in International Education Leadership

Participate in the Institute of International Education/Dickinson Workshop on Inclusivity and Intercultural Competency 

Over the 2020-21 academic year, the Institute of International Education (IIE) partnered with Dickinson College on a new workshop focused on inclusivity and intercultural competency. Designed to be practical in nature, the Moving from Inclusivity Talk to Equity in Action in International Education Leadership workshops provided much-needed training opportunities that explore the intersection between intercultural and global learning and diversity, equity and inclusion—work that has been traditionally siloed. We hosted three workshops with over 200 participants, representing 80+ institutions and five countries.

The partnership between Dickinson and IIE aims to bridge the gap by bringing practitioners, scholars and learners from across disciplines, backgrounds and cultures together to create new knowledge, best practices and collaborative approaches that grapple with the complexity of building trust and equity across cultures.  

New in 2022

Registration is open for our three-part workshop series (9 synchronous hours and 9 asynchronous hours) Building Bridges: Committing to Global Equity and Justice in International Education

Questions about the workshop? 

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Institute of International Education and Dickinson College Partnership 

Dickinson College and the Institute of International Education (IIE) have partnered to offer a timely workshop at the intersection between intercultural and global learning and diversity, equity and inclusion. This unique collaboration between IIE and Dickinson leverages the strengths of two institutions with a common commitment to international education and a shared mission of building inclusive, equitable and sustainable communities. Both institutions bring deep expertise and a global network that provides an opportunity to reimagine an international education framework that incorporates global, intercultural and equity/inclusion lenses.   

About the Workshop

Moving From Inclusivity Talk to Equity in Action in International Education Leadership 

International education leaders across sectors understand more than ever the need to not just "talk the talk" of equity and inclusion but "walk the walk." This two-day workshop is for leaders based all over the world across sectors who are committed to building equitable and inclusive communities within their organizational, local, national and global groupings. This is an urgent challenge, the way forward complex and, in many cases, unchartered.   

If you are ready to gather case studies, develop a deeper understanding of the theories and practice at the intersection of diversity, equity and inclusion and intercultural/global learning, see and begin to break down structural and organizational barriers that impede real change and start to develop a plan for action, please join us.  Additionally, participants will develop a network of other international education leaders, share their own challenges and questions and co-create solutions. 

Participant Feedback

"You all created a safe and vulnerable space where this was not 'small talk.' We got down and dirty to real conversations immediately, which I love, and the conversations and ideas were flowing. This was incredibly valuable, and I look forward to attending more workshops like this in the future!"

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"The workshop has been truly valuable and given me so much to think about—and act on!"

"My campus has already done a lot of DEI work. However, this perspective of unifying DEI with global education was new and refreshing. It was a paradigm shift. I am excited about the work this has inspired and I really look forward to diving into this. Thanks to all who organized and contributed!"

"This was an outstanding workshop. The panelists provided so much food for thought, with tools for further reflection and action."


About Dickinson College  

Dickinson College is a long-recognized and award-winning leader in global education and study abroad with unique strengths at the intersection of global and intercultural learning and diversity, equity and inclusion. It is the only two-time winner of NAFSA’s Senator Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization, regarded as the pinnacle of achievements in global education.  Dickinson is a nationally recognized liberal-arts college chartered in 1783 in Carlisle, Pa. The highly selective college is home to 2,300 students from across the nation and around the world. In addition to global education at home and abroad, defining characteristics of a Dickinson education include a focus on the environment and sustainability, which is integrated into the curriculum and the campus and exemplifies the college’s commitment to providing an education for the common good. Learn more at


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About IIE

Established in 1919, IIE is a global not-for-profit that creates and implements international education programs, conducts research, and provides life-changing opportunities for students and scholars worldwide. IIE collaborates with a range of corporate, government and foundation partners across the globe to design and manage scholarship, study abroad, workforce training and leadership development programs. IIE has a network of 18 offices and affiliates worldwide and over 1,400 member institutions. 

Interested in becoming an IIE Member? Visit IIE’s website or email with any questions.


Facilitator Bios

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Amer Ahmed

A frequently requested keynote speaker, facilitator, and consultant, Amer F. Ahmed, Ed.D. skillfully interweaves diversity, equity and inclusion work with intercultural frameworks to cultivate rich and meaningful dialogue with his clients and audiences. He was born and raised in Ohio to Indian Muslim immigrants, and draws on lived experience, deep theoretical analysis, and practical application to guide institutions, leadership, and workplaces on a path to transformative change. Dr. Ahmed is the Founder and CEO of AFA Diversity Consulting, LLC, a consulting practice dedicated to enhancing the development of organizations through efforts around leadership, professional development, assessment, and strategic change. In addition to his consulting work, Dr. Ahmed currently serves as Vice Provost for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the University of Vermont and is a member of SpeakOut: Institute for Democratic Education. 

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Samantha Brandauer 

Samantha Brandauer has committed her career to international and intercultural education.  She is currently Associate Provost and Executive Director of the Center for Global Study and Engagement at Dickinson College.   Her focus as a practitioner/scholar is to build inclusive, equitable and sustainable communities through international education. Throughout her professional experiences in international education working at the Institute of International Education; the University of Maryland; Brown University; Study Abroad in Scandinavia- DIS and Gettysburg College, she has facilitated workshops and trainings on building intercultural competence and at Dickinson has developed a series of workshops for study abroad and international students at the intersection of intercultural learning and diversity, equity and inclusion. Samantha has lived, studied and/or worked in Austria, Cameroon, Denmark, Germany and France. She holds an M.A. from American University’s School of International Service in International Communication. 

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Julia Carnine 

Julia Carnine Ph.D. is director of the Dickinson program in France and contributing faculty at Dickinson’s French and Francophone studies department. She has 20 years of experience in international education, having served five years as director for the LIU’s Global College in Hangzhou, China until coming to France in 2002. Dr. Carnine teaches in intercultural programs at the University of Toulouse and conducts research on social networks in international student mobility. She is a member of Europe’s COST research group and APUAF (Associations of American University Programs in France). 

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Katie DeGuzman

Katie DeGuzman is the dean and director for education abroad at Dickinson College. She develops and facilitates intercultural/DEI programming for students, faculty and staff and contributes to inclusive leadership initiatives. She is an IDI Administrator, a member of NAFSA’s Trainer Corps, a Fulbright grantee to Korea and the previous co-chair of Diversity Abroad's subcommittee on First Generation/High Need students and a previous member of NAFSA's EA Subcommittee on Diversity and Inclusion. She previously worked in international education at several Florida institutions and has studied or worked abroad in England, Israel and Spain. Katie holds a master’s degree in student personnel in higher education from the University of Florida and has been in the field of international education since 2007.

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Vivek Mansukhani

Vivek is the Institute of International Education’s (IIE) Head in India and has more than twenty years of experience managing international scholarships and education programs based in India. Previously, he served as the Director of the Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program in India, a ground-breaking program that offered support to fellows from disadvantaged sections of society to access high quality international education at universities across the world. He also worked for the British Council in India as the Head of Scholarships and Alumni Relations and the Director of Arts, where he oversaw various projects in the performing and visual arts and connected artists and arts organizations in India and the United Kingdom to create mutual collaborations and new artistic work.

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Nedra Sandiford 

Nedra Sandiford is the current program coordinator for Dickinson College’s study abroad program in Málaga, Spain. In addition to her duties on-site, she regularly collaborates with the Center for Global Studies and Engagement at Dickinson, contributing to the CGSE’s equity, diversity and inclusion mission. Specifically, she has taught courses, conducted research and contributed to open-source community content on the subject matter. Nedra’s interest in diversity, equity and inclusion stems from her own personal experience as a first-generation Black American of Afro-Latino and Caribbean descent living abroad in Europe. She is passionate about helping students become aware of the intricate details of identity, both at home and abroad. She holds an M.A. in International Affairs with a concentration in Media and Culture at the New School.

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Mirka Martel

Mirka Martel is IIE’s head of Research, Evaluation & Learning (REL) and has been with IIE since 2012. Martel brings more than 17 years of experience managing research and evaluation projects in international education, leadership and development. Martel specializes in quantitative and qualitative evaluation of international education programs, with a specific interest in higher education exchange and leadership. Martel recently published a chapter on measuring the impact of international exchange in International Scholarships in Higher Education: Pathways to Social Change (2018). She holds a masters in international affairs from Columbia University and a doctorate in international and comparative education from Teachers College, Columbia University.