WISE: Connect 2022


Friday, February 11   |   11:00am – 12:00pm EST  |   via Zoom

Glocal Justice: Toward an Equity Imperative in International Education

featuring Amer F. Ahmed, EdD


Symposium Description
In the wake of a global pandemic and rising anti-racist consciousness, International Education is facing unprecedented realities which are forcing institutions to adapt. The COVID-19 pandemic has further exposed social inequities in the U.S. plus the interdependence of global and local (‘glocal’) factors that impact existing inequality in our world. Higher Education leaders must confront infrastructure that bifurcates the work of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) from International Education. Dr. Ahmed contends that U.S. Higher Ed can no longer afford this divide and provides practical examples of how we can bridge DEI and International Education.


Amer F. Ahmed, EdD (he/him) is the Vice Provost for Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion at the University of Vermont and Faculty in its Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration program. As an internationally-recognized practitioner and thought leader, Amer leverages diverse identities, experiences, and theoretical perspectives to advance inclusive excellence and build capacity within institutions and organizations.   

Dr. Ahmed is the Founder and CEO of AFA Diversity Consulting, LLC, a practice dedicated to enhancing the development of organizations through intercultural leadership, professional development, assessment, and strategic change. In addition, Amer is co-founder of Global Inclusion, a certification program bridging the Intercultural field with Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion work globally.

Prior to UVM, Amer was Executive Director of Equity & Inclusivity and Chief Diversity Officer at Dickinson College and has held faculty appointments and strategic leadership roles at schools including the University of Massachusetts, Swarthmore College, and the University of Michigan.



    Information from WISE: Connect 2022 Virtual Symposium

  • Diversity & Inclusion Statement

    WISE is committed to equal opportunity and providing a platform for diverse perspectives. We welcome participation from people of all genders, sexual orientations, racial and ethnic backgrounds, and abilities, as well as from a variety of institutions (public, private,  HBCU, community college, etc.) and organizations, who are interested in bolstering the conversation on intercultural learning surrounding study abroad, on-campus programming, and the international student experience.

  • Wake Forest & COVID-19

    The University recently updated COVID-19 protocols in light of the Omicron variant. A full overview of the ongoing efforts Wake Forest is taking to keep our campus community safe may be found at https://ourwayforward.wfu.edu/covid-19-dashboard/

  • Registration & Cost

    WISE: Connect 2022 Virtual Symposium will be free of charge, sponsored by the Wake Forest University Center for Global Programs & Studies.

    Registration to required to participate in WISE: Connect 2021 Virtual Symposium and is available here.

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Why is WISE Conference transitioning to an online format?

    Our hope had been to conduct WISE Conference 2022 in person; however, it has been canceled out of an abundance of caution and in light of revised University protocols (12/29/21) for indoor campus events with external visitors.

    In lieu of an in-person conference, we will offer a virtual Symposium featuring Dr. Amer Ahmed, Vice Provost for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the University of Vermont. The WISE Connect 2022 Virtual Symposium will be Friday, February 11, beginning at 11:00am EST via Zoom.

    WISE: Connect 2022 Virtual Symposium will build on our reputation for fostering connections between international education professionals from various institutions and organizations.


    When will it take place? 

    WISE: Connect 2022 Virtual Symposium will be held Friday, February 11 from 11:00am – 12:00pm EST via Zoom. The title, description, and Dr. Amer Ahmed’s bio may be found above. Registration is required.


    Is there a fee to participate? 

    WISE: Connect 2022 Virtual Symposium will be free of charge, sponsored by the Wake Forest University Center for Global Programs & Studies.


    What do I receive as part of my participation?

    Access to a nationally-recognized DEI practitioner and thought leader Dr. Amer Ahmed and the opportunity to engage with Amer during a Q&A period.


    Will the Symposium be recorded?

    Yes, the Symposium will be recorded. It will be shared with registrants for their personal reference and the understanding that the content belongs to Dr. Ahmed.


    Will registration grants be offered this year?

    No, due to our decision not to charge a registration fee, WISE: Connect 2022 Virtual Symposium will be available to anyone interested in participating. 

  • Contact Us

    The best way to reach us is via email at wiseconference@wfu.edu

    GPS Receptionist 336.758.5938 (limited hours)

    Our mailing address is:

    WISE Conference

    c/o Center for Global Programs & Studies

    Wake Forest University

    P.O. Box 7385

    Winston-Salem, NC 27109-7385