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2021 Conference

The 15th Annual TnCIS Conference

15th Annual TnCIS Conference on International Education

Sustainability & International Education

Friday, November 5, 2021

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  Sponsored by:
Tennessee Consortium for International Studies

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2021 Conference Program Schedule

Join us for the 15th Annual TnCIS Conference on International Education! Our theme for this one-day virtual conference is Sustainability & International Education. This year's event will feature training by The Forum on Education Abroad, focusing on Valuing & Applying the UN Sustainable Development Goals in Education Abroad. We look forward to providing this exciting conference and training opportunity so that our participants can continue to network, share information, learn from each other, and gain valuable skills in international education.

Forum Workshop: Valuing & Applying the UN Sustainable Development Goals in Education Abroad
Guided by virtual exercises and informed by active discussion, participants will design effective strategies for addressing the global challenges of realizing a more sustainable future for all. Workshop participants will:

  • Understand the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals and their connections to various aspects of education abroad.
  • Be able to use the sustainability-related Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad and related guidelines to guide decision-making around education abroad.
  • Propose specific ways of integrating the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals into new or existing faculty-led education abroad programs.
  • Share resources for enhancing sustainability in program content, execution, and in support of institutional planning. 

All conference registrants will participate in the training. TnCIS is proud to offer this exclusive training opportunity that has the potential to not only impact study abroad programming, but also the ways we think about sustainable development at our institutions and in our regular class environments. Participation is limited, so register early to secure your place!

Afternoon Sessions:

Following the Forum workshop, two afternoon panel sessions will be open to all participants via Zoom. The all-conference sessions will cover topics related to our sustainability theme. 
Student Panel: Sustainability Internships at Chattanooga State
Moderator: Mary Knaff
Panelists: Chattanooga State Student participants
Students in the Chattanooga State Global Scholars program participated in Global Virtual Internships organized by the GL Collective this past summer. They worked on projects with companies around the world to develop sustainability while contributing to their local communities. Join us as they describe the program and lessons learned during a global sustainability project done at their home campus.   

Faculty Panel: Infusing Sustainable Development in Study Abroad
Moderator: Dr. Charles White 
Panelists: Dr. Girija Shinde, Oakley Atterson, Juan Antonio Alonso, Dr. Anna Esquivel
The Forum's training on valuing and applying the UN SDGs will give us all strategies for how to infuse sustainable development goals into international education. This panel of TnCIS faculty will share some practical ways they have begun incorporating sustainability topics into their own courses. Ideas for how to make sustainability a part of our stateside classes will also be discussed.