Highlights: DIS International Educators Workshop (IEW) Held in Stockholm

DIS hosted the inaugural International Educators Workshop (IEW) at DIS Stockholm a few weeks ago with over 30 study abroad professionals, faculty, and advisors!

The participants experienced a mini-semester in a week—they attended classes and field studies, participated in discussion sessions, visited housing options, and met with staff, faculty, and students. Many lived with Homestays and all participants enjoyed dinner in a Swedish home. Most of the participants joined an optional day trip to DIS Copenhagen.

The workshop began with a touching moment during the Opening Ceremony when Malene Torp, DIS Executive Director spoke about the visa issues and the dedication of the staff and faculty in response to the challenges. The participants spontaneously broke into applause in appreciation of the Stockholm faculty’s commitment to their students as well as to the solution resolving this issue.

Several participants served as presenters during discussion sessions, including Sherri Charleston, Director of the Center for Prelaw Advising in the department of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, who shared some of their initiatives to increase diversity in study abroad during the Creating an Inclusive and Diverse Learning Environment session. Beth Wee, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs in the School of Science and Engineering at Tulane University, provided ideas on establishing research opportunities abroad for students during the Undergraduate Research in Study Abroad session. Beth was recognized at the Concluding Dinner for her collaboration and commitment to international education. Dr. Wee has worked closely with DIS for several years – bringing students to Denmark on summer faculty-led programs in Copenhagen, faithfully providing curriculum development feedback, presenting at education abroad conferences together lending an essential faculty voice, and disseminating information to advisors and other departments about the DIS curriculum.  We deeply appreciate her dedication to international education and look forward to many more years of fruitful collaboration.

As the week in Stockholm drew to a close, Marcel Grüninger, Housing & Student Affairs Manager at DIS Stockholm expressed his enthusiasm for the week, sharing:

“We were thrilled to have so many partners come to see the work that has happened on the ground. After a week, the participants had gained a clear picture of what our two locations have in common and what sets them apart. All in all, we had a great time hosting the group, with many great conversations and ideas for us moving forward.”

Kathy Simon, Director of Study Abroad at Transylvania University, couldn’t agree more as she reflected on the week and thanked DIS staff and faculty:

“Thank you for all that you did to make the IEW a valuable and enjoyable professional development experience. All of the sessions during the week were superb. DIS sets the platinum standard for programs for students, and for campus education abroad staff and faculty. I thoroughly enjoyed the city of Stockholm and fully appreciate the many reasons why my student had such a wonderful semester last fall.”

>> See where the next IEW is based and read more about the week here.

>> Check out photos from the week here on the DIS Facebook Page

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