California Study Abroad Town Hall Meeting

Friday, May 6, 2016
8:30am - 3:30pm

Location: Carson (Los Angeles County), California
                at California State University at Dominguez Hills Campus

Co-Sponsored by:

  • California State University Systemwide Office of International Programs
  • University of California Systemwide Education Abroad Program
  • California Colleges for International Education
  • Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities
  • Region XII, NAFSA: Association of International Educators, Education Abroad Knowledge Community
  • Southern California Consortium for International Studies (SOCCIS)
  • Ascension Benefits & Insurance Solutions, Student Health
  • Terra Dotta Software
  • Cultural Insurance Services International, Inc.
  • Center for Global Education at California State University at Dominguez Hills


8:00 Check-in, Informal Networking, and Continental Breakfast

9:00 Innovative Best Practices:  “What’s Working?” 

- Catch up with colleagues and share recent initiatives

9:20 Welcome and Introductions from CSU Dominguez Hills

9:30 Updates from UC EAP, CSU IP, Community Colleges, Independent/Private institutions

10:00 Current Topics in Health and Safety

- Safety Issues in Paris: Reflections

- Forum on Education Abroad Health and Safety Resources

- Zika Virus, State Department Travel Warnings

- Town Hall Discussion

11:00 Making the Case for Study Abroad

- Measuring the Impact of Study Abroad on Career

- Impact of Study Abroad on Retention and Success

- Table Discussion: Using Institutional Data to Support IE Initiatives


1:00 California and Collaborative Organization Updates
           - Upcoming Local Conferences, Meetings,& Program Announcements

1:30 Sharing California Innovation:  Increasing Diversity in Study Abroad
            - Updates from Diversity Abroad, MSI Summit, and AID Roadmap

  - Working with Veterans and DACA students

            - Table Discussion

2:45 BREAK

3:00 Breakout Session – Continuing the Conversations

Group A:  Increasing Diversity in Study Abroad

Group B:  Current Health and Safety Issues

Group C:  Making the Case for Study Abroad On Your Campus

3:30 Town Hall Open Discussion, Future Efforts, Next Steps, and Continuing Collaboration

4:00 Meeting Concludes

5:00 International Educators Social Hour, Sponsored by NAFSA Region XII Southern District

Paradise L.A. Restaurant, 889 W 190th St, Los Angeles CA 90248

"Own what you can always carry with you; know languages, know countries, know people. Let your memory be your bag."

A. Solzhenitsyn