Plenary and Featured Sessions

Keynote Address • Thursday, October 17, 7:00–8:15 p.m.

The National Security Threat We Are Ignoring—The Failure of American Education to Prepare Students for the Future
Most American students have little knowledge of the rest of the world and the current and future challenges we all faceecological, economic, political, and cultural. What knowledge and skills are most necessary to prepare students for an increasingly globalized world?

Margee M. Ensign, President, Dickinson College

Ensign_Margee_ pic.jpgMargee Ensign is president of Dickinson College. Prior to Dickinson she served for seven years as president of the American University of Nigeria (AUN), a young, private university based on the U.S. model of university education. There, she oversaw the building of the university’s sustainable campus, the creation of the finest digital library on the continent and a very active program of community engagement and humanitarian assistance. AUN is located in Yola, the capital of Adamawa State, one of the three northeastern Nigerian states that have been under a state of emergency because of the Boko Haram insurgency. To deal with the crisis, Ensign co-founded and led the Adamawa Peace Initiative (API), a Yola-based response to the escalating violence, which successfully promoted peace in the area through education, empowerment and community development while feeding 300,000 refugees fleeing the fighting to the north. Ensign has been internationally recognized for her pioneering work at AUN, including receiving the 2011 African Leadership Award in Educational Excellence, granted by London-based African Leadership Magazine. She is a widely published scholar whose work focuses primarily on the challenges of international development as well as on the implications of development assistance. 

Plenary • Saturday, October 19, 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

The Global Next Door: Local Engagement, Accompaniment, and New Forms of Diversity
As we urge our students to see themselves as global citizens, what practices can we develop at home, on and near campus, that engage our own diverse campus communities with our neighbors in the worlds directly outside our gates and greens? How can engagement with local institutions—from schools and nonprofits to jails and public gardens—become a sustained practice and commitment of our institutions?

David Hernández, Associate Professor of Latina/o/x Studies, Mount Holyoke College

Hernandez.jpgDavid Hernández's research focuses on immigration enforcement, in particular, the U.S. detention regime. He is completing a book manuscript on this institution tentatively entitled "Alien Incarcerations: Immigrant Detention and Lesser Citizenship." The book examines the racial genealogy of immigrant detention in the United States, traces the long-term consolidation of detention and deportation powers, and situates this mostly obscured institution at the crossroads of migration and prison scholarship. He is also the co-editor of the anthology Critical Ethnic Studies: A Reader (Duke University Press, 2016).  At Mount Holyoke Hernández teaches a first year seminar entitled the Politics of Inequality and the Introduction to Latina/o Studies. He also teaches Latina/o Immigration, Visualizing Immigrant Narratives: Migration in Film, and Disposable People: A History of Deportation.

Featured Session • Friday, October 18, 9:00-9:30 a.m.
Mountaintop Initiative: From Creative Inquiry to Sustainable Impact

Millions of new ideas emerge from academia every year. Ideas for new products and new policies, new plays and new pedagogies, new questions and new answer. Ideas that can make our lives better, more fulfilling, more fun. Ideas that can solve problems and build a freer, fairer, friendlier, and more sustainable world. It all starts with an idea . . .  but ideas by themselves are worthless. The challenge is in the execution—in taking the lead, playing by strengths, and getting things done in an effective, harmonious, and ethical manner. How do we teach students the art and science of getting things done? This fast-paced and candid talk will employ a series of micro case-studies to provide practical and actionable insights on how to build curricular programs and engagement ecosystems that traverse the journey from creative inquiry to achieving measurable, tangible impacts.

Khanjan Mehta, Vice Provost for Creative Inquiry and Director of the Mountaintop InitiativeLehigh University

mehta.jpgKhanjan Mehta is the inaugural Vice Provost for Creative Inquiry and Director of the Mountaintop Initiative at Lehigh University. Mehta champions the creation of learning environments and ecosystems where students, faculty, and external partners come together to increase their capacities for independent inquiry, take intellectual risks and learn from failure, recognize problems and opportunities, and effect constructive and sustainable change.


Featured Sessions • Friday, October 18, 2:00-2:30 a.m.
The following two featured sessions will be offered back to back.

Educating Entrepreneurial Global Citizens
Given today’s economic and social challenges, educating interculturally competent leaders who understand self and context is critical, but if we can combine global education with learning that promotes an entrepreneurial mindset we can empower the next generation of problem-solvers who can meet the grand challenges of the 21st century through thoughtful action.

Amir Reza, Dean of Babson Academy for the Advancement of Global Entrepreneurial Learning and Dean of Global Education—Babson College

reza.jpgAmir Reza is Dean of Babson Academy for the Advancement of Global Entrepreneurial Learning & Dean of Global Education at Babson College. He has served on leadership boards for AIEA and NAFSA and is on the advisory  and is active in AIEA.  Reza has also served on the international advisory board of Tongji University, Shanghai, China, and CIEE Entrepreneurship Lab in Berlin, Germany. He has presented at numerous national and international conferences on international education. In 2019 he co-authored Careers in International Education: A Guide for New Professionals. His research focus is on internationalization, and intercultural development. He holds a B.A. and M.Ed. from the University of Maine, and a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Boston College’s Center for International Higher Education.

Synergizing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Global Education is Necessary to Confront Twenty-First Century Challenges 
Global education increasingly is called upon as a field that prepares students to address the complicated realities of inequity in our world.  Bridging the divide between diversity, equity and inclusion and global education can unlock new unrealized possibilities for higher education to produce globally and equity-minded graduates who are better prepared to confront modern challenges.

Amer F. Ahmed, Founder and CEO, AFA Diversity Consulting

SEP.jpgAmer F. Ahmed is an organizational strategist who helps institutions and leaders address diversity and inclusion, equity, and intercultural development through consulting, coaching, public speaking, and group facilitation. A frequently requested speaker nationwide, Dr. Ahmed’s approach is grounded in a commitment to Inclusive Excellence in organizations and communities. Throughout his career, Dr. Ahmed has worked with large organizations, higher education institutions, non-profit agencies, schools and community groups to create understanding and change among key constituents and institutional leaders.