New Directions in Education Abroad Workshop Recap

In early December, International Studies Abroad by WorldStrides, ViaTRM, and Teens of Color Abroad was hosted by the BASAA (Boston Area Study Abroad Association) to present the 2nd “New Directions in Education Abroad: Talking Gen-Z, Diversity & Inclusion, and Career Readiness” workshop. This is an on-going collaboration started by International Studies Abroad by WorldStrides, ViaTRM, and Teens of Color Abroad. The first workshop was delivered for the NYC Big Apple International Education community and we were excited to engage with Boston colleagues!

The half-day workshop featured brief TED-style talks focused on Gen-Z, Diversity and Inclusion, Marketing and Communications, and Career Readiness. After the presentations, participants were divided into smaller groups and had the opportunity to take a deeper dive into each of the subject areas presented, with the presenter facilitating. The workshop closed with a wider group discussion to unpack the morning session, pose questions/challenges/affirmations and offer additional thoughts for “New Directions in Education Abroad.”

“I’m grateful to the 100+ international educators who challenged each other to move beyond ‘how it’s always been done’ and push the boundaries of study abroad discourse,” said Malaika Marable Serrano, VP for Diversity and Inclusion at WorldStrides – Higher Education.

Presenters at the workshop were Sara Dart, Associate VP, University Partnerships at ISA; Suzanne Fils-Aime, Regional Director, University Partnerships at ISA; Micaela Mathre, Director of Marketing & Client Experience, Via TRM; Candace Ricks, Regional Director at ISA; Malaika Marable Serrano, VP for Diversity and Inclusion at WorldStrides – Higher Education; Lamar Shambley, Founder and Executive Director at Teens of Color Abroad.

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