Consistently Engaged­: An Exploration of the Intersection of Justice, Equity, Inclusion and Internationalization

Wednesday, May 12, 2021 , 8  - 3:30 p.m.

Location: Online

Contact: Esther E. Gottlieb

Tags: International Students Education Abroad Diversity and Inclusion


This AIEA thematic forum aims to explore how justice, equity, inclusion and internationalization intersect, and to give higher education professionals tools and strategies for enhancing global-mindedness and for deepening their community’s understanding of discrimination and prejudice. The Ohio State University is offering this forum through virtual participation with partner institutions that include: the American Council on Education (ACE), Pennsylvania State University and Tampere University, Finland. Panelists will share European and U.S. perspectives and approaches for tackling contemporary critical issues, and compare lessons learned. Participants will both pose questions and comments and interact in small group discussion.

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Program (U.S. Eastern Time)

Full program details are available online.

8-9 a.m.

Pre-session hosted by Tampere University: Creating an Equal and Inclusive International Academic Community: Learning from the Finnish Context (3-4 p.m. EEST)


  • Kaisa Kurki, Manager of International Affairs, Tampere University


  • Juha Teperi, Vice President for Research, Equal Opportunities Committee Chair, Tampere University
  • Henna Juusola, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Tampere University
  • Elisa Sinikallio, Education Specialist, OHO! Accessible Studies in Higher Education Institutions, Tampere University
  • Heli Tiitinen, Project Manager, SIMHE Supporting Immigrants in Higher Education: KORKO Project, Tampere University
  • Aliisa Toivanen, Specialist in International Affairs and Advocacy, Tampere University TREY, Student Union Action Project: Strengthening the Global Community
  • Laura Kaipia, Specialist in Social Affairs, Student Union, Tampere University TREY, Student Union Action Project: Strengthening the Global Community


9-9:15 a.m.


  • Gil Latz, Vice Provost for Global Strategies and International Affairs, Ohio State
  • Juha Teperi, Vice President for Research, Equal Opportunities Committee Chair, Tampere University
  • James Moore III, Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion, Chief Diversity Officer, Executive Director of the Bell National Resource Center


9:15-10:45 a.m.

Session 1: The Big Picture: Identifying Intersections and Impact


  • Robin Helms, Assistant Vice President for Learning and Engagement, ACE


  • Chris R. Glass, Associate Professor, Educational Foundations & Leadership, Old Dominion University
  • Alex Hughes, Deputy Vice–Chancellor, Global Engagement and Employability, University of Westminster
  • Noelle W. Arnold, Senior Associate Dean, College of Education and Human Ecology Professor, Educational Administration, Department of Educational Studies, Ohio State


11 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

Session 2: Higher Education Leadership: Accelerating Internationalization, Justice, Equity and Inclusion




  • Maija Airas, Counsellor of Education, Finnish National Agency for Education, and Chair of the Evaluation Team, Immigrants in Higher Education, Finnish Education Evaluation Centre
  • Tamara T. Cunningham, Assistant Vice President for Global Initiatives and Confucius Institute American Director, New Jersey City University
  • Phillips Thomas Hornbuckle, Director, Office of Intercultural Student Life & Global Programming, York College of Pennsylvania
  • Sheila Schulte, Associate Vice President - International Programs, University of North Georgia


12:45-1:30 p.m.

Networking and Lunch Break (optional)

1:30-3 p.m.

Session 3: Campus Internationalization: Cultural Differences, Diversity and Social Justice: Students' & Practitioners' Views


  • Roger Brindley, Vice Provost for Global Programs, Pennsylvania State University 


  • Megan Lawther, Program Manager, Global Engagement, Ohio State
  • Rick Lee, Director, Global Programs, Rutgers University
  • Dan Thomas, Program Director, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Ohio State
  • Mel White, Interim Director, Global Operations, Pennsylvania State University


3-3:30 p.m.

Forum Closing Remarks

  • Andrew Gordon, Founder and CEO, Diversity Abroad
  • Roger Brindley, Vice Provost for Global Programs, Pennsylvania State University 
  • Jewell Green Winn, Senior International Officer, Executive Director for International Affairs, Chief Diversity Officer, Tennessee State University, and AIEA President-Elect




If you require an accommodation such as live captioning or interpretation to participate in this event, please contact Alessa Rosa at Requests made two weeks in advance of the event will generally allow us to provide seamless access, but the university will make every effort to meet requests made after this date.