WISE Conference 2024
February 8 – 10, 2024
Enhancing Intercultural Learning at Home and Abroad
2024 Plenary Keynote
Shifting the Paradigm Around Intercultural Learning in Higher Education
One of the foremost challenges of our time is to develop a pluralistic society that truly works. Higher education has a responsibility to help all students develop interculturally so they can contribute to developing such a world. Yet how do we do that effectively? For many educators and institutions, it will require moving beyond our current ways of approaching intercultural learning. Drawing on decades of experience fostering intercultural competency inside and outside the classroom, Tara Harvey, Ph.D., will share insights on how the understanding of intercultural learning and development has evolved significantly and challenge WISE Conference participants to rethink how we move forward with this crucial work.
Tara Harvey, Ph.D., is a specialist in intercultural teaching and learning in higher education. She brings together broad experience in international education with a deep understanding of the intercultural development process. She has worked at institutions such as the University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, and CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange), in both teaching and administrative roles. In 2016, Tara founded True North Intercultural LLC to help colleges and universities fulfill their missions to develop interculturally-competent global citizens in a sustainable way, by building intercultural capacity among faculty and staff. Her Ph.D. is in Comparative and International Development Education from the University of Minnesota.
WISE is the pioneering conference for faculty leaders, program coordinators, and administrators to develop the knowledge and skills needed to help students advance their intercultural skills and awareness during their abroad experiences and beyond.
- Faculty who lead or teach programs abroad
- Study abroad directors and advisors
- Administrators and Faculty who support international experiences
- International student & scholar directors and advisors
- Educators interested in improving the intercultural skills of students studying outside of their home country
WISE Conference 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.
We believe all people should be able to meaningfully participate in WISE events regardless of ability. If you need accommodations to fully participate, contact organizers at firstname.lastname@example.org immediately following your registration and no later than Wednesday, January 4, 2023, to discuss specific arrangements.
The Global Wake Forest Commitment to Inclusive Excellence may be found here.
“This statement honors the land on which Wake Forest University now resides and the land on which the original campus resided. This land served for centuries as a place for exchange and interaction for Indigenous peoples, specifically Saura (saw-ra), Catawba (ka-tah-buh), Cherokee (chair-o-kee), and Lumbee (lum-bee) in this location and Shakori (shu-kor-ee), Eno (ee-no), Sissipahaw (sis-suh-pa-hah), and Occaneechi (oak-a-nee-chee) in the original campus location. Today Wake Forest continues to be a place of learning and engagement for Indigenous students, faculty, and staff regionally, nationally, and globally.”
For more resources on indigenous land acknowledgments, visit https://interculturalcenter.wfu.edu/landacknowledgment/
This brief video, produced for the WISE Conference 10th Anniversary in 2018, provides some historical perspective as well as perspective from international education colleagues.