This IEW had a special focus on the Big Ten Academic Alliance, and DIS was honored to welcome 15 participants from nine different Big Ten member universities: Indiana University, University of Michigan, University of Minnesota, Northwestern University, Ohio State University, Pennsylvania State University, Purdue University, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Michigan State.
Participants experienced a mini-semester at DIS in a week, where half lived with Homestays, joined field studies, attended classes and academic seminars, and met with current students. 30 participants also visited DIS Stockholm, where they toured the facilities, attended classes, explored sites throughout the city on field studies, and met with staff, faculty, and students.
Several participants served on discussion panels throughout the week, including:
- Christine Anderson, Academic Director of the Learning Abroad Center at the University of Minnesota, and Eric Hall, Fall 2017 DIS Visiting Faculty member, and Associate Professor of Exercise Science at Elon University served as panelists for the Undergraduate Research in Study Abroad: Why and How session?
- Amy Conger, Associate Vice Provost and Director of Global Engagement at the University of Michigan, provided insights into the benefits of study abroad for STEM students. Veronica Arreola, Director of Latin@s Gaining Access to Networks for Advancement in Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago, provided the U.S. perspective during the Creating an Inclusive and Diverse Learning Environment session.
- Brian Brubaker, Director of Education Abroad at Penn State, provided an overview of the Forum’s standards for a session titled Short-term, Faculty-Led Study Abroad Programs: Models, Practice, and Standards. Brian was recognized at the weeks’ concluding dinner at Christianborg’s restaurant, Tårnet, for his contribution to international education, including his long-standing relationship with DIS during his time at Dickinson College and now at Penn State.
Julie Scott, DIS Director of Institutional Relations, expresses her gratitude to all of the participants for their time, as well as all of the engaging conversations about curricula, research initiatives, ways to work together on supporting diverse students, and other exciting opportunities for collaboration. On behalf of DIS, thank you for an inspiring week!Back to all news