2023 Inclusive Learning Institute

Faculty play a critical role in advancing student success. As higher education institutions become more globally diverse, faculty are positioned to both advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in and through their work. Additionally as faculty ranks diversify, faculty are positioned to foster a climate of inclusion and belonging to support the success of colleagues from diverse backgrounds. 

The Inclusive Learning Institute, by Diversity Abroad, is an immersive learning and development event that convenes faculty and other education professionals to explore the intersection of global engagement, diversity, equity, and inclusion in teaching and learning. Attendees will engage in critical discussions, share best practices, and build networks to advance diversity, equity, inclusion, and global engagement in pedagogy, curriculum, and co-curricular activities. 

Attendees will also gain access to the ILI23 Hub the week before ILI23. The ILI23 Hub consists of resources, learning materials, and networking opportunities to expand beyond the two-day event. All sessions will be recorded and posted to the ILI23 Hub for attendees to revisit up to a month after the event.

Join us this spring for the 2023 Inclusive Learning Institute (ILI23), as we explore questions such as: 

  • How do faculty foster a climate of inclusion and belonging in globally diverse in-person or virtual classrooms? 
  • What is the role of faculty in fostering inclusive excellence in global education?
  • How can faculty promote opportunities for inclusive global learning at home?
  • How can faculty support their domestic and international colleagues from diverse backgrounds?

These questions and more will be addressed during ILI23. 


The Inclusive Learning Institute is designed for professionals from faculty and diversity leaders to student success and international educators. Attendees come to the Inclusive Learning Institute from the following types of offices/organizations:

  • Deans and academic department chairs
  • Faculty and instructors
  • Global learning program leaders and facilitators
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion trainers, facilitators, and instructors
  • Virtual learning professionals
  • International students and scholarship services (directors and advisors)
  • Representatives from education abroad organizations
  • Graduate students


The call for proposals for ILI 2023 is now closed. 


Registration for the 2023 Inclusive Learning Institute is now open!


Members : $399 (must be signed in and have an active licensed user to access this rate).

Non-members: $499

Graduate Student: $199 (must be currently enrolled in an academic graduate program. You will be asked to provide verification upon finalizing your registration).

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Wednesday, March 29, 2023

Join us to kick off the third annual Inclusive Learning Institute! This session will provide an overview of the institute and how to make the most of this three-day immersive experience. We are excited to engage in critical discussions, share best practices and build networks to support student success, through advancing diversity, equity, inclusion and global engagement in pedagogy, curriculum, and co-curricular activities.
This session centers on the development of a Foundations of International Higher Education course that reflects DEI and global learning goals. Presenters will discuss drawing from their expertise in IHE and DEI in their conceptualization of the course, and the pedagogical, curricular, and co-curricular approaches and activities utilized to enhance practitioner preparation. Participants will examine their own opportunities to engage in curriculum development that integrates inclusive practices.


  • Dr. Louise Michelle Vital | Assistant Professor and Director for the International Higher Education Master's Program, Lesley University
  • Madison Thorpe | Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, Belonging, and Antiracism Projects and Events Coordinator, Harvard University
Students in STEM disciplines often have limited opportunities to study abroad. In identifying and designing programs to fit the needs of these students, international educators have a unique opportunity to recruit underrepresented students while integrating JEDI themes into the curricula. This session will address program examples and tools to incorporate curricular and co-curricular elements reflecting difference and diversity appropriate to the field of study and local context.


  • Emily Resnevic | Custom Program Developer, Academics, CEA CAPA
  • Seth Weil | Partnership Director, Institutional Relations, CEA CAPA

Thursday March 30, 2023

Kick off day two with a brief reflection and overview for what to expect from the remaining sessions.
Educators often struggle to develop meaningfully antiracist pedagogy, particularly while addressing intracohort conflict abroad. We incorporate data from internship programs in The Gambia and China along with research interviews among international internship providers to explore tools to prevent and mitigate identity-based harm abroad. We discuss pre-departure preparation, student reflection, and adjusting caucus-based discussion groups to promote inclusive excellence abroad.


  • Cynthia Howson | University of Washington Tacoma
  • Pierre Ly | University of Puget Sound
We are excited to welcome prominent scholars, authors and educators, Dr. Juliana Makuchi Nfah-Abbenyi and Dr. Riyad Shahjahan to discuss global diversity, equity, and inclusion in research, activism, and teaching.


  • Dr. Juliana Makuchi Nfah-Abbenyi | Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, NC State University
  • Dr. Riyad Shahjahan | Associate Professor and Program Coordinator for the Online Master’s program of Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education (HALE), Michigan State University


  • Dr. Lily Lopez-Mcgee | Executive Director of Diversity Abroad

Friday March 31, 2023

Online global learning enables us to bring intercultural competencies to a broader and more diverse audience. But how do we ensure that experience supports every learner? This session will interactively explore strategies employed in serving a large, diverse audience of online global learners.


  • Orly Bartour | Vice President of Learning Experience, Podium Education

Currently, research is scantly focused on the accomplishments and contributions of Black U.S. faculty and Black international faculty employed at predominantly White universities in the United States. To begin building academic literature on this topic, a pilot study was conducted in 2022 at a predominantly White, Midwesterner public university in the United State to uncover the accomplishments and contributions of Black U.S. faculty and Black international faculty at a predominantly White, Midwesterner public university in the United States, along with the strategies they identified to enhance the recruitment, retention and academic success of such faculty at predominantly White universities in the United States.

Utilizing a mixed-method approach, 24 Black faculty were surveyed via Qualtrics to gain insights into their teaching, service, and research and factors that have facilitated their academic growth and success. Descriptive statistics were conducted on the close-ended responses using STATA MP14. A content analysis was also performed on the open-ended responses.

The findings from this pilot study will share specific examples regarding how Black faculty from the U.S. and Black faculty from international countries have connected with international and U.S students, and developed academic efforts in the areas of teaching, research, and service that have promoted global understanding, collaboration, and engagement on such topics as global health issues, diversity and inclusion, and anti-racism.

Last, next steps will be offered by the Black faculty regarding creating supportive and inclusive environments for current and future Black faculty to thrive in at predominantly White, universities in the United States.

This session will conclude with a brief question and answer session with the audience.


  • Dr. Chaunda Scott | Professor of Human Resource Development, Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan
  • Dr. Caress Dean | Associate Professor of Human Health, Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan
The 2023 Inclusive Learning Institute will conclude with brief remarks and chance for participants to network and discuss steps forward.
Schedule is subject to change.




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