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Building Bridges: Committing to Global Equity and Justice in International Education

The Institute of International Education (IIE) and Dickinson College are excited to announce that they will be offering a 3-part virtual workshops series in spring 2022 that expands upon our popular and highly-rated Moving From Inclusivity Talk to Equity in Action in International Education Leadership workshop collaboration during the 2020-21 academic year. Over 200 people from 80+ institutions from around the world participated last year. 

This new three-part workshop series (9 synchronous hours and 9 asynchronous hours) Building Bridges: Committing to Global Equity and Justice in International Education is for international educators 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 is complex and, in many cases, unchartered.

Pricing for The Three-Workshop Series

  • IIENetwork Members*/Dickinson Alumni: $599
  • Non-Members: $699
  • IIENetwork Members Team (up to 2 participants from same institution/organization): $999
  • Non-Members Team (up to 2 participants from same institution/organization): $1,299

*IIENetwork Members are institutions/organizations that are part of IIE’s global membership network. To check member status or join the IIENetwork, visit


We welcome participation worldwide. If you have questions about the workshop series or registration fees, please email

Registration for the workshop series is now closed. 



The three-part workshop will take place from 9 a.m. to noon EST on March 4, April 8 and May 6. Registration is now closed. (NOTE: this means ALL participants will need to take part in three 3-hour workshops on these dates and times)

About the Workshop

Building Bridges: Committing to Global Equity and Justice in International Education 

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 three-part workshop series is for educators and DEI professionals based all over the world and 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 is complex and, in many cases, unchartered.    

By siloing diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) work and global/intercultural learning, we have allowed ethnocentrism to go uncritiqued in DEI work. This has also allowed discussions of power and privilege to go unchecked in intercultural circles. This joint Dickinson and IIE workshop series aims to bridge the gap by bringing practitioners, scholars and learners from across disciplines, backgrounds and cultures together to accelerate learning and co-create collaborative approaches to build trust, equity and justice across cultures for meaningful change locally and globally. 


This three-workshop series will use the Intercultural Praxis Model as the primary framework to:

  • expand self-awareness - help participants start to understand their own identity and how their identity has been shaped by their cultural and historical contexts 
  • interrogate power, privilege, and positionality in a global setting  
  • understand/examine local contexts of inequality and oppression rooted within a particular historical context 
  • shift perspectives and reflect upon more equitable and just actions by exploring models and examples of change 
  • use a case study from their own organizational/institutional context develop a plan for action 
  • become a part of a global community of practice 

Upon completion of the three-workshop series, participants will receive a certificate of completion.

Institute of International Education and Dickinson College Partnership 

Dickinson College and the Institute of International Education (IIE) have partnered to offer a timely workshop series 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.   

Participant Feedback from our Moving From Inclusivity Talk to Equity in Action in International Education Leadership Workshop

"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 17 offices and affiliates worldwide and over 1,600 higher education partners.

Interested in becoming an IIENetwork 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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Thanks to influential service-learning and study-abroad experiences in her early years, Lindsay Gee Calvert was drawn to the international education field. Based out of the IIE Houston office since 2006, Lindsay creates and advances diversity, equity, inclusion, and access in international education, specializing in U.S. student participation in study abroad, partnership building, membership engagement, and scholarship/grant management. As the lead for the IIENetwork, Lindsay oversees IIE’s long-standing global membership network of institutions and organizations and manages member-supporting programs, including the IIE American Passport Project and the IIE Heiskell Awards for Innovation in International Education. She previously served as partnerships manager for IIE’s Scholar Rescue Fund launching the IIE-SRF Alliance, lead for IIE’s Generation Study Abroad initiative to increase and diversify U.S. student participation in study abroad, and director of the U.S. Department of State’s Gilman International Scholarship Program. Lindsay received a bachelor's in both international studies (concentration on Latin America) and Spanish from Trinity University. She is a graduate of Rice University’s Leadership Institute for Nonprofit Executives Certificate Program and is working on achieving Certified Diversity Professional status through the Institute for Diversity Certification.

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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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Bruno Grazioli serves as the Resident Director of the Italian Studies Program in Bologna, Italy. Bruno brings a 17-year experience abroad (UK and US), of which 11 as Italian faculty at Smith College, Massachusetts. He also served twice as Academic Director for two study-abroad programs in Florence. He received an MA and a PhD in Italian Studies from the University of London, and an MA in Pedagogy of Italian Language and Culture form the University Ca' Foscari in Venice. His teaching and research interests include 19th century Italian culture, 20th century Italian design, and language teaching pedagogy. At Dickinson in Italy, Bruno teaches a Community-Engaged Learning course on social activism in Italy, as part of which students volunteer in local civic organizations.

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César Maldonado-García has worked at IIE’s Latin America & Caribbean (LAC) office located in Mexico City since 2012. He serves as a Senior Program Specialist with a primary focus on the Cargill Global Scholars Program, conducting outreach, advising, selection and event management for Brazil, as well as contributing to program outreach in Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, and Chile. He also has experience promoting English language assessments, supporting students in their study abroad endeavors, and providing English language training opportunities for professors in the country to support the professionalization of language teaching in the country. Prior to joining IIE, César lived in the U.S. for 12 years, where he taught Spanish in Atlanta and was a volunteer-tutor to immigrants in North Carolina. He then went on to work at the National Pedagogical University (UPN) in Mexico City as a researcher and English language instructor. He is fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese. Currently, he serves on the Board of Directors at Otros Dreams en Acción, supporting the reintegration of Mexican migrant returnees & deportees from the U.S. The first in his family to obtain a university degree, César holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English Teaching and Applied Linguistics from the State University of Tamaulipas in Mexico, and Georgia State University in Atlanta, respectively.

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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.

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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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Chelsea Sypher is Vice President, DoD Programs, at IIE. IIE is honored to administer five innovative language and culture focused programs on behalf of the Defense Language and National Security Education Office (DLNSEO). These include The Language Flagship, The Boren Awards, Project Global Officer, the Language Training Centers, and the English for Heritage Language Speakers Program. She has worked with DLNSEO programs since 2007, first as assistant director for the Arabic Flagship Program at the University of Texas at Austin, and later as director of Special Programs at the University of Maryland (UMD), including leadership for the UMD Arabic and Persian Flagship Programs, Project Global Officer, and the UMD Summer Institute. She began her career in international education as a language educator. She enjoys applying her experience in language teaching and program development to these important programs. Chelsea received a B.A. in international relations from the University of Sussex, and an M.Sc. in applied linguistics from the University of Edinburgh. She has lived, worked, and studied overseas in Iran, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, South Korea, and Oman.