International Summit

February 16th, 2018 by


8th Annual International Summit

International Summit I: Women Leading Education Across Continents: WLE @ UCEA

Date: Friday, 11/22/19 Time: 11:00 AM – 12:10 PM Location: St. Charles Ballroom

Since 2007 the Women Leading Education (WLE) in Across Continents has convened women from around the world to share knowledge and experiences, to challenge and refine our understandings of justice and equity, and to grow an international research collective. UCEA has been a sponsor of WLE since its inception. In this session, some of the WLE founders, along with representatives of the organizers of the recent conference in Nottingham, England, will share the history of WLE and engage participants in a discussion of how the collective wisdom gained from/through WLE can contribute to the further development of social justice leadership and preparation in the United States.

International Summit II: Helping to build international educational communities: Sharing the experiences of UCEA Fulbright Scholars

Date: Friday, 11/22/19 Time: 12:20 PM – 1:30 PM Location: St. Charles Ballroom

The Fulbright Scholar Program is an American academic exchange effort that operates under the aegis of the US Department of State by maintaining ties with the higher education community in the US and abroad (including individual universities and colleges, major scholarly organizations, and academic associations). It works in concert with a network of bi-national Fulbright Commissions in 49 countries and 90 diplomatic posts around the world. Since its inception, the Program has conducted rigorous peer reviewed selections of scholars competing for lecture, research or combination teaching/research awards in over 125 countries. In the 2020-21 round of competition, for example, there will be roughly 470 Fulbright scholar opportunities available. So what do these opportunities entail and what have been the experiences of academics with ties to UCEA? In this proposed session, four past and present Fulbright Scholars will share their experiences serving abroad and consider how this program might help UCEA foster its efforts at international community building. The four Scholars who will participate in the session have worked in the nations of Albania, Ethiopia, Georgia and the United Kingdom. Each will take no more than 10 minutes to describe their experiences with Fulbright and in-country, after which the remainder of the session will be set aside for audience participation, focused specifically on how the Fulbright Scholars program can help UCEA in its international community building efforts. The following questions will guide the conversation:

For the participants:
1) Tell us about your experiences with the Fulbright Scholars program
2) Tell us about your experiences in the country where you served as a Fulbright Scholar
3) How has the Fulbright experience changed the ways you internationalize your work (e.g., your teaching, research, and/or service)

For the audience discussion:
1) How might UCEA adopt some of the guiding principles of the Fulbright program to promote cultural exchange in the way we, as an organization, engage in international work?