Education Abroad (EA)

Sessions

Facilitating Successful Experiences: Students with Disabilities in Study Abroad

Wednesday, November 13
3:45 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Constellation D

Students with disabilities are studying abroad in increasing numbers. This session provides international educators the unique opportunity to hear from one study abroad advisor and three different providers who have worked with individual students to meet their diverse accommodation needs abroad. This session will focus on case studies from three providers and through these case studies the audience will learn about effective student advising, programming considerations, best practices, and creative solutions. Successful global leadership must incorporate the needs of diverse student populations. This session addresses the growing audience of students with disabilities and how advisors and providers can plan for accommodation needs in international education venues.



Learning Objectives:

Becca AbuRakia-Einhorn, MA, MPA

Coordinator of Education Abroad
Gallaudet University

Becca AbuRakia-Einhorn is the Coordinator of Education Abroad at Gallaudet University, the world's only university designed to be barrier free for the deaf, deafblind, and hard of hearing. Becca holds a BA from Pomona College, an MA in International Affairs from the American University School of International Service and an MPA from the American University School of Public Affairs. She was named the Diversity Abroad EDIIE Rising Star for 2019 and the NAFSA Rising Star Young Leader Award for 2019.

Presentation(s):

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Suzanne Fils-Aime

Regional Director
International Studies Abroad (ISA)

Suzanne Fils-Aime is the Regional Director for University Partnerships at International Studies Abroad (ISA) for the Mid-Atlantic. Prior to working with ISA, Suzanne studied abroad through Semester at Sea and participated in several high impact learning opportunities through The Washington Center and Building the TOMODACHI Generation. After earning a B.A. in Psychology at Anderson University in South Carolina, she went on to work in student support for The Washington Center and managed program logistics for the College Consortium for International Studies. Currently, she is pursuing her master’s in the International Education Program at The George Washington University, through which she was selected to research as a UNESCO Fellow in the summer of 2017. Suzanne’s graduate research is dedicated to exploring intercultural leadership and avenues to increase equity within education abroad opportunities with a focus on underrepresented populations, which she works to apply throughout her role at ISA.

Presentation(s):

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Drew Villierme-Lightfoot

Program Manager
Arcadia University

I am a Program Manager for Arcadia Unviersity, The College of Global Studies. As a member of Arcadia's Diversity and Inclusion Task Force, I advocate for diverse participation in study abroad. My background is in TESOL and Study Abroad Advising. I am pursuing a Doctorate in Educational Leadership with a focus on navigating identity while abroad.

Presentation(s):

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Seth Weil

Assistant Regional Director, Mid-Atlantic
CEA Study Abroad

Seth Weil is a Regional University Relations Director at CEA Study Abroad. He graduated from Juniata College with a B.S. in Biopsychology where he studied abroad in Australia, Argentina, and the Dominican Republic. Through these experineces, Seth developed a passion for working in International Education in order to provide these same experiences to other students. Seth has more than six years of professional experience in education abroad programming and administration. In his role at CEA Seth manages relationships with college\university partners, leads strategic enrollment initiatives in the Mid-Atlantic region, and works with students to make study abroad a reality.

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