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2024 Workshop Options

Pre-registration required; schedule listed below

Pre-Conference | Thursday, February 8

A) Dynamic Exercises to Shift Debriefing Time from Mundane to Transformative

Are you looking for ways to re-energize your debriefs? Join us to discover how to make debriefing experiential, transformative and effective — whether face-to-face or virtual — and facilitate a more inclusive conversation with the entire group rather than a few dominant voices. This workshop offers a variety of techniques for adding new energy to debriefing in different contexts and with different audiences. Appropriate for all levels of facilitation experience.

with Annette Benson, Alankrita Chhikara and Kelsey Patton, CILMAR/Purdue University

B) What’s Missing from your JEDIAB? Moving Beyond Representation in Intentional Development of Global Learning for Underrepresented Populations

We operate in an era of increasing discussion, attacks, and legislation surrounding issues of diversity, equity, inclusion, access, and belonging (JEDIAB). While international educators have made significant progress in some aspects of JEDIAB work, much of the discussion and focus continues to center around representation. Far too infrequently do international educators explore the role of JEDIAB in global learning. This workshop focuses on how international education professionals can move beyond representation and infuse JEDIAB into global learning. Rather than a workshop on solutions, this workshop offers a framework for how individuals and institutions can critically examine themselves, their institutions, and their JEDIAB work in relation to their global learning goals. Participants will work to identify underrepresented constituents in their context, interrogate personal and institutional practices associated with JEDIAB work, explore challenges they face at their institutions, and build strategies for integrating JEDIAB into their global learning activities. This workshop will engage participants in conversation and offer techniques on how to meaningfully engage underrepresented populations in this work.

with Todd Lee Goen, Virginia Military Institute; Iuliia Hoban, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University; and Ebony Majeed, Hampton University

Post-Conference | Saturday, February 10

C) On-Site Readiness for Intercultural Interaction

In a changing world filled with unexpected intercultural situations, this workshop assists seasoned study abroad faculty/supervisors to press the readiness reset button. Over time the gap between on-site faculty expectations and student demographics tends to widen. Workshop participants will learn to better meet the challenges of new generations of students who are social media savvy, but not behaviorally ethnorelative. Arguing that intercultural readiness is a lifelong endeavor, the workshop delivers updated global context, student characteristics, and faculty preparation tools that encourage proactive responses to on-site situations. With thirty years’ experience, the facilitators offer best practices to create new knowledge, ethnorelative communication, and tools for practical use such as mind-mapping, metaphor analysis, cultural values, the Intercultural Development Continuum, and Cultural Fusion Theory. Readiness creates currency, energy, and positive attitudes for more competent faculty-student-host culture interaction. Come prepared to share challenges while participating in interesting activities and discussion that result in a personal action plan.

with Elizabeth “Jody” Natalle, UNC-Greensboro (retired); Irma Alarcon, Wake Forest University

D) Paying Attention: Increased Engagement and Mental Health Promotion Abroad through Mindfulness Practices

Mindfulness skills and practices can be used to help students prepare for and handle the various mental health challenges they may encounter while abroad, as well as help them better engage and stay present in their new surroundings. This workshop will dive into intentional mind-body skills, journaling, and reflection practices that can improve mental wellbeing and cultural engagement. These skills will support students in preventing negative mental health experiences and outcomes while abroad while instilling perspectives and practices to elevate their engagement with their own experience and those they encounter. We will discuss several tangible practices and methods faculty and international educators can use to introduce mindfulness to their students both inside and outside the classroom. A week-by-week mindfulness engagement workbook will be provided for participants.

with Ashley Hawkins Parham, Wake Forest University; Sean McGlynn, CET Academic Programs

E) Promoting Intercultural Connections and Learning through Virtual Exchange

Virtual educational exchange offers unique opportunities for learning across cultures. Yet planning partnership projects and connecting smoothly across time zones or institutional contexts can present challenges. In this workshop, Penn State faculty will lead participants through components of virtual exchange based on their teaching and administrative experience in EDGE (Experiential Digital Global Engagement). Focus will be on enacting activities that promote connection and trust between COIL/EDGE faculty partners and amongst cross-cultural student groups. EDGE is a PSU project-based international virtual exchange program adapted from COIL.

Attendees will consider: 1) how to get started with project-based virtual exchange in their contexts; 2) how to cultivate successful COIL/EDGE partnerships; and, 3) how COIL/EDGE can invigorate situated teaching, research, and service, This workshop will culminate in a COIL/EDGE project planning simulation and debrief.

with Nikki Mattson, Tiffany MacQuarrie, Meredith Doran and Noel Habashy, Penn State University


Pre-Conference Workshops | Thursday, February 8

WFU Brookstown campus 

9:30am – 10:00am | Check-in

10:00am – 12noon | Workshops

12noon – 1:00pm | Lunch

1:00pm – 3:00pm | Workshops

Post-Conference Workshops | Saturday, February 10

WFU Reynolda campus, Farrell Hall

1:30pm – 5:30pm | Workshops (coffee break included)

5:30pm | Dinner

Registration Information

Registration for Conference Workshops will be available in October 2023 and remain open until January 25, 2024, or until capacity is reached. Advanced registration is required.

The Workshop registration fee includes lunch or dinner, as indicated on the schedule. Participants are responsible for their own lodging and transportation.


Pre-Conference Workshops will be held at the WFU Graduate School at Brookstown, located in the Historic Brookstown Inn (200 Brookstown Avenue, Winston-Salem, NC 27101). Specific instructions and parking directions will be sent to participants prior to Workshops.

Post-Conference Workshops will be held in the School of Business (Farrell Hall) on the Reynolda campus of Wake Forest University.


The summer prior to each WISE Conference, the Steering Committee announces an open call for proposals to facilitate WISE Workshops, four-hour intensive learning opportunities for participants to delve deeper into a specific topic related to intercultural learning.

Workshop topics may range from intercultural skill building techniques, research methods, innovative pedagogies, intercultural training topics, resources for faculty designing/enhancing study abroad programs, and/or emerging topics related to campus-based global programs.

The Call for Workshop Proposals will be announced on this website and through other avenues to reach educators. For planning purposes, the standard proposal form is provided below.