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2019 Conference

The 13th Annual TnCIS Conference

13th Annual TnCIS Conference on International Education

Breaking Down Barriers: New Paradigms in International Education 

Friday, November 8, 2019

  Sponsored by:
Tennessee Consortium for International Studies

Walters State Community College
Sevier County Campus
Sevierville, Tennessee

Conference Registration

Conference Program

Join us for the 13th Annual TnCIS Conference on International Education! Conference attendees can network, share information, learn from each other, and gain valuable skills in international education. Our theme for 2019 is Breaking Down Barriers: New Paradigms in International Education. This theme encourages our members to continue making international education inclusive and accessible for all students in our state. 

New this year, the 2019 conference will have an opening reception on Thursday, November 7th. The keynote address and conference sessions will take place on Friday, November 8th at Walters State Community College Sevier County campus for one full day. Join us in Sevierville this fall! Details will be updated on this website and announced by email.

Keynote Address: Mr. Andrew Gordon, CEO & Founder of Diversity Abroad

Andrew GordonAndrew Gordon is a social entrepreneur and CEO & Founder of Diversity Abroad. With a passion for student success, international education and social entrepreneurship, he founded Diversity Abroad in 2006 with a simple vision, that the next generation of young people from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds are equipped with the skills, knowledge and global acumen to thrive in the 21st century interconnected world and competitive workforce.

As the chief national advocate for student success through equitable access to global education, Andrew speaks and writes extensively on such topics. He has consulted colleges & universities, companies, and government agencies on developing strategies for increasing participation among diverse students in global education and leveraging international programs to support student’s academic success, interpersonal growth and career readiness. 

Andrew is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese and proficient in French. He is a graduate of the University of San Francisco and has studied, worked and traveled to over 51 countries. 

Conference Plenary: Mr. Juan Antonio Alonso, Assistant Professor of Spanish, Chattanooga State Community College

Juan Alonso Plenary SpeakerJuan Antonio Alonso is a Spanish-American assistant professor of Spanish at Chattanooga State Community College, and a lecturer at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He obtained a Master’s degree in Spanish Humanities from the Universidad de Extremadura (2000) and a second Master’s in Applied Linguistics at UNED (2017). He is currently enrolled in UNED’s Spanish applied linguistics PhD program, under the supervision of Dr. Laura Alba-Juez. The focus of his research is how emotions and attitudes impact students’ enrolment, retention, and success in the Chattanooga State Spanish program. Professionally, he has accumulated twelve years of experience in Spanish as a second language classrooms, mostly in US public high schools, community colleges, and universities. He is also Program Director of the Spain Study Abroad Program for the Tennessee Consortium of International Studies (TnCIS).

Juan Antonio's plenary address is titled: Promoting Equity Through Global Learning and Study Abroad.  Today, global learning and study abroad are increasingly becoming a priority for public higher education institutions, including community colleges. As a result, a growing number of students attending community colleges in Tennessee are exposed to these opportunities. However, data shows traditionally underrepresented groups are less likely to participate in global learning and study abroad experiences. This talk intends to highlight the importance of developing active policies to change that trend and explore the early results of some of those strategies at Chattanooga State.

Conference Hotel:
Courtyard by Marriott - Pigeon Forge
120 Community Center Drive
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
Phone: 865-366-3201

Few rooms remain available at the conference hotel. Be sure to reserve yours by Wednesday, October 23rd for the conference rate below!
Conference attendees must call the phone number above to make a reservation under the TnCIS Group block for a rate of $120.00 + tax for the night of 11/7/19. This room block is available through October 23rd, but rooms are limited. If guests wish to add an additional night to their reservation for 11/8/19 the hotel is providing a special discounted rate of $170.00 + tax. Please note: The additional night is not required for participants of the conference and would therefore not be covered as a conference expense for reimbursement by your home institution on a travel claim. This is a courtesy for conference participants to enjoy the Pigeon Forge / Smokey Mountains area if they choose to stay for additional time.

All conference breakout sessions will take place at the Walters State Community College Sevier County campus on Friday, November 8th. 

WSCC Sevier County Campus Map

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