AAPLAC 2018 Program

The 29th Annual AAPLAC Conference was held February 21-24, 2018, at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. Except where noted otherwise, sessions took place in the Stibbs Conference Room (Room 203) of the Lavin-Bernick Center for University Life ("The LBC").

Conference Activities and Sessions

Wednesday, February 21

1:00 - 5:00 PM

Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management (Standard 8)
The Forum on Education Abroad logoThis workshop, offered by The Forum on Education Abroad, focuses on Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management (Standard 8) and can provide you with the tools you need to do just that. After examining the data available (including The Forum’s Critical Incident Database), workshop participants will consider how this specific Standard works in conjunction with the other Standards to guide programs in developing a solid risk management plan. Participants will practice applying three different approaches to risk management as they discuss actual case studies from the field. This qualifies as a Forum Certification Workshop.

Facilitator: Mark Odenwelder (CEDEI)

Location: Greenleaf Conference Room (100A Jones Hall)

To participate in this workshop, register with The Forum on Education Abroad and pay a separate registration fee directly to The Forum.

The Forum on Education Abroad is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission as the Standards Development Organization for Education Abroad. The Forum’s institutional members include U.S. colleges and universities, overseas institutions, consortia, agencies, provider organizations and foundations. The Forum focuses on developing and implementing standards of good practice, encouraging and supporting research initiatives, and offering educational programs and resources to its members. Its mission is to help to improve education abroad programs to benefit the students that participate in them.

7:00 - 9:00 PM

Welcome Reception and Dinner
Included in registration. Dress code is casual.
Location: Casa Borrega Restaurant, 1719 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd

Keynote speaker: Dr. Ana M. López (Tulane University)
Director, Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute; Professor, Communication; Associate Provost, Office of Academic Affairs

Thursday, February 22
Location: Stibbs Conference Room (Room 203), Lavin-Bernick Center for University Life ("The LBC")

9:00 - 9:30 AM

Opening Words
Tiago Jones, AAPLAC President
Laura Wise Person (Tulane University Stone Center for Latin American Studies), Local Arrangements Coordinator
George Ann Huck, AAPLAC Executive Director

9:30 - 10:45 AM

Session 1: Internal Cross Cultural Engagement
Moderator: Scott Giltner (Culver-Stockton College)

You Don’t Have to Go Abroad to Increase Intercultural Competence: Teaching Experiential Learning Techniques in the Portuguese Classroom
Annie Gibson (Tulane University)

Tell Them We’re Good People: Studying in Morelos, Mexico at the Start of Trump’s Presidency
Adeline Hakes (St. Olaf College)

10:45 - 11:15 AM

Coffee Break sponsored by Campbell University

11:15 AM - 12:30 PM

Session 2: Random Thoughts and Cuban Perspectives I
Moderator: Gerardo D Canul (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology)

The Things We Carried: Travels of a Volunteer T-Shirt in the World Economy
Stephanie Athey (Lasell College)

Making it Happen in Cuba (and Other Places): Strategies That Can Be Used by Small Colleges and Universities for Creating Partnerships with Universities in Cuba (and Other Countries)
Steven Gardner (Illinois College)

12:30 - 2:00 PM

Lunch on your own

AAPLAC Board Lunch Meeting
1834 Club, LBC

2:00 - 3:15 PM

Session 3: Cuban Perspectives II
Moderator: Mark Odenwelder (CEDEI)

Beyond Politics: Challenges to Study Abroad in Cuba, in the Eyes of Students
Allison E. White (Tulane University)

Searching for My Cuban Roots: A Psychohistorical Visual Approach
Gerardo D. Canul (Chicago School of Professional Psychology)

3:15 - 3:45 PM

Coffee Break sponsored by CEDEI

3:45 - 4:30 PM

Session 4: Cuban Perspectives III
Moderator: Annie Gibson (Tulane University)

Teaching about Cuba: Exposing US K-1-12 Teachers to Current Cuban Realities
Carolina Caballero and Valerie McGinley (Tulane University)
Cynthia Garza (L’École Bilingue)
Jordan Daniels (Isidore Newman School)

Friday, February 23
Location: Stibbs Conference Room (Room 203), Lavin-Bernick Center for University Life ("The LBC")

9:00 - 10:15 AM

Session 5: Mexican Perspectives I
Moderator: Lauren Schellenberger (Culver-Stockton College)

Exploring Spanish Language and Interpretation in the Context of Medical Humanities
Ann Ortiz (Campbell University)

Life Long Cultural Engagement through Academic Partnership
George Ann Huck (Central College)

10:15 - 10:45 AM

Coffee Break sponsored by Culver-Stockton College

10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Session 6: Mexican Perspectives II and Procedural Logistics for Engagement I
Moderator: Laura Wise Person (Tulane University)

Creating Spaces for Community Based Partnerships: US Academic and Civic Institutions and Organizations in Chiapas
Anita Smart (Natik Esperanza, Chiapas)

Finding Strength from Within: Leveraging AAPLAC’s Global Partnerships and Peer-to-Peer Relationships to Support Best Practices in Student Mobility in the Western Hemisphere
Mark Odenwelder (CEDEI - Ecuador)
Chris Lawlor (Learn International)
Kristian Chervenock (Learn International)

12:00 - 12:30 PM

AAPLAC Business Meeting

Welcome to Merida Message (AAPLAC 2019)
George Ann Huck

12:30 - 1:30 PM

Lunch on your own

1:30 - 2:45 PM

Session 7: Procedural Logistics for Engagement II
Moderator: Ann Ortiz (Campbell University)

Planting Seeds with the Rastafari: A Journey of Shifting Paradigms, Enduring Partnerships and Mutual Learning Abroad
Myriam Huet (Tulane University)

Strategic Initiatives for Enhanced Partnerships in Latin America
Jessica Oldford (University of Michigan)
David Comp (Columbia College, Chicago)
Debbie Carney (University of Texas at Austin)

2:45 - 3:00 PM

Coffee Break sponsored by University of Wisconsin-Parkside

3:00 - 4:15 PM

Session 8: Service Learning I
Moderator: Peggy James (University of Wisconsin-Parkside)

Assessing International Service Learning: Examining What Goes Wrong When Trying to Do Right
Madelyn Hawthorne (Lasell College)
Elizabeth Hartmann (Lasell College)

The Challenge of Service Learning and Reciprocity in Short-Term, Faculty-Led Study Abroad
Lauren Schellenberger (Culver-Stockton College)
Scott Giltner (Culver-Stockton College)

6:30 - 8:30 PM

Conference Dinner
Included in conference registration. Dress code is upscale casual.
Tableau Restaurant, 616 St. Peter Street

Saturday, February 24
Location: Stibbs Conference Room (Room 203), Lavin-Bernick Center for University Life ("The LBC")

9:00 - 10:15 AM

Session 9: Service Learning II
Moderator: Tiago Jones (Campbell University)

Sentipensante: Mapping Spiritual Development and Identities of Mercy Students Participating in Service Learning in Belize
Kathleen McInerney (Saint Xavier University)

Intercultural Assessment of Service Learning and Internships in the Latinax Community in New Orleans
Diana Karina Soto-Olson (Tulane University)
Alexa Schwartz (Tulane University)

10:15 - 10:30 AM

Brief break (coffee for purchase in LBC Food Court)

10:35 - 11:25 AM

Session 10: Skype Connections
Moderator: Tiago Jones (Campbell University)

Study Abroad from Day One: Telecollaboration as a Pathway to Study Abroad
Megwen Loveless (Tulane University)

11:30 AM

Final Words
Tiago Jones, AAPLAC President

2:00 - 4:30 PM

Steamboat Natchez Harbor Jazz Cruise (with buffet lunch)

Two hour cruise on the MIssissippi River including tour narration, lunch buffet ,and live jazz trio. Please arrive by 2:00 p.m. and plan to board shortly after. Steamboat Natchez Lighthouse Ticket Office (meeting location) is located at Toulouse Street and the Mississippi River, just one block from Jackson Square in the French Quarter (if using GPS, enter address as 400 Toulouse Street, New Orleans, LA 70130). Lunch will be served at 3:00 PM.

For more information: http://www.steamboatnatchez.com/harborcruise.html

Cost: $45.00