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Headline Speakers Announced for 2017 CIEE Annual Conference

CIEE: Council on International Educational Exchange is excited to announce technology and digital leadership expert and best-selling author Erik Qualman, and Founder and CEO of Black Girls CODE, Kimberly Bryant as the featured speakers for its 2017 CIEE Annual Conference, November 8-11, in Austin, Texas.

Erik Qualman, Kimberly Bryant

Qualman and Bryant will share their inspiring perspectives on this year’s conference theme, Born Digital: Embracing Technology to Enhance International Education.

During the Opening Plenary, "Socialnomics” author Qualman will bring his expertise in digital leadership to the world of international education and explore how educators can harness the power of technology to reach the digital-native generation and increase experiential learning.


During the Annual Luncheon, Bryant will share her journey pursuing math and science as a young minority woman to creating Black Girls CODE, a nonprofit dedicated to changing the face of technology by introducing girls of color (ages 7-17) to technology and computer science.

Don’t miss your chance to hear from these and other remarkable CIEE Annual Conference speakers! Register today to take advantage of early-bird registration pricing at


Actress and Human Rights Activist Mira Sorvino and Paul Quinn College President Michael Sorrell to Headline 2016 CIEE Annual Conference

We’re excited to announce Academy Award-winning actress and human rights activist Mira Sorvino and Paul Quinn College President Michael Sorrell as the featured speakers for the 2016 CIEE Annual Conference, November 16-19, in Los Angeles.

At the Loews Hollywood Hotel, Sorvino and Sorrell will offer inspiration to an audience of more than 500 scholars, thinkers, and leaders in international education who are working to expand global education in the 21st century.

Mira Sorvino
Academy Award-Winning Actress and Human Rights Activist Mira Sorvino

During the conference’s opening presentation on November 16, Sorvino will share her perspectives on study abroad as a critical influencer in students’ lives, including her own. Sorvino studied abroad with CIEE in Beijing, China, while a student at Harvard University, an experience that helped to influence the roles she has pursued in her acting career and her life-long activism around human and women’s rights.  

Michael Sorrell
Paul Quinn College President Michael Sorrell

On November 18, during the conference’s Annual Luncheon, Sorrell will share his lessons in overcoming barriers and getting things done that others say can’t be done. In a few short years as president, Sorrell transformed the struggling Paul Quinn College – a historically black college in Dallas, Texas, on the brink of losing accreditation – into one of the most innovative small colleges in America that is rapidly becoming a model for urban higher education.

This year’s conference theme, Study Abroad 2016: Partnering with Faculty to Expand Global Education, is part of CIEE’s Generation Study Abroad pledge to break through the barriers of cost, curriculum, and culture to increase access to study abroad by all students. In support of this initiative, CIEE has committed to providing $20 million in scholarships and grants to American students, to sponsoring passports for 10,000 students, and to offering an annual $20,000 grant to college faculty to support innovative approaches to custom study abroad programs.

Mira Sorvino, Academy Award-Winning Actress and Human Rights Activist
Mira Sorvino is an actress best known for her commercial hits, “Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion,” “Mimic,” “The Replacement Killers,” and “Summer of Sam.” Her breakthrough film was Woody Allen's “Mighty Aphrodite,” which earned her the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1996 among many other honors.

Sorvino is an ardent supporter of human and women’s rights causes, having spent much of her career pursuing roles that marry her love of acting with her social-activist concerns. Sorvino starred in the critically acclaimed Holocaust drama, “The Grey Zone”; the 2005 miniseries, “Human Trafficking,” which explored the lives of women and children who have been abducted and forced into slavery; and the 2012 play, “Trade in Innocents,” about a couple that joins the fight to end the trafficking of children after the loss of their own child.

Sorvino is the official ambassador for the worldwide human rights organization Amnesty International's "Stop Violence Against Women" program. Her work with Amnesty was recognized at the Artivist Film Festival, which acknowledges socially conscious filmmakers, activist celebrities, and charitable organizations. In March of 2006, she was honored with Amnesty International's Artist of Conscience Award, which is given to those who have displayed strong philanthropic and humanist efforts. Through her work with Amnesty, she has lobbied Congress on such topics as human trafficking and the atrocities in Darfur, Sudan. Additionally, as United Nations Goodwill Ambassador for the Global Fight against Human Trafficking, in 2013 Sorvino traveled to Cambodia with the Freedom Project to develop an exposé on child sex trafficking, which resulted in “Every Day in Cambodia: A CNN Freedom Project Documentary.”

Michael Sorrell, Ed.D., President of Paul Quinn College
Michael J. Sorrell is the 34th president of Paul Quinn College. Under his leadership, the school has been transformed into one of the most innovative small colleges in America and is rapidly becoming a model for urban higher education by focusing on academic rigor, experiential learning, and entrepreneurship.

Sorrell is active in the community, serving as a trustee or director for Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy, the College Board, Amegy Bank, Teach for America, Earth Day Texas, Dallas Regional Chamber, the Dallas Foundation, and the Tate Distinguished Lecture Series and the Department of Education Policy and Leadership for the Simmons School of Education at Southern Methodist University. He is a sought-after writer and speaker, regularly contributing editorials featured in the “Dallas Morning News” and the “Huffington Post.” Additionally, his TEDx talk on the New Urban College Model is critically acclaimed.

The “Washington Monthly” recently named Sorrell one of America’s 10 Most Innovative College Presidents. Additionally, he has been awarded the 2012 HBCU Male President of the Year by “HBCU Digest”; the Excellence in Education Distinguished Alumni Award from his high school, St. Ignatius College Prep in Chicago, Illinois; and the A. Kenneth Pye Award for Excellence in Education from the Alumni Association of Duke University’s School of Law. 

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CIEE Announces 2016 and 2017 Annual Conference Themes

CIEE announced today the themes for its 69th and 70th annual conferences on international education.

CIEE’s 2016 Annual Conference will focus on the importance of engaging faculty in the development of international education programs and will be held in Los Angeles, CA, November 16-19, 2016.

“Faculty are the heart and soul of the university, shaping each institution’s curriculum, research agenda, service initiatives, and serving as student mentors and role models. Today, trends in international education are calling faculty from every academic discipline to lead the development of new international programs in areas such as business, education, health sciences, and STEM disciplines that augment and complement more traditional international programs in the humanities, languages, and social sciences. Facilitating that trend will require a rich collaboration between faculty and experienced study abroad professionals who are well versed in developing and implementing high-quality international programs,” says James P. Pellow, Ed.D., president and CEO of CIEE.

CIEE’s 69th Annual Conference theme, “Study Abroad 2016: Partnering with Faculty to Expand Global Education,” will serve as a springboard for a multi-part dialogue dealing with critical issues shared by study abroad professionals and the constituencies they serve. Conference presenters will be encouraged to submit proposals that demonstrate best practices for collaborating with faculty to expand the portfolio of high-quality international programs for students from all academic disciplines.

“The trends in study abroad are clear,” says Maritheresa Frain, Ph.D., executive vice president for study abroad at CIEE. “For the last two decades, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of faculty leading study abroad programs, as well as an increase in non-traditional academic disciplines interested in international programs including global programs focusing on business, STEM majors, and health sciences. In response, we need to expand our conversation and share best practices for supporting these trends, especially in the area of collaborating with faculty.”

CIEE’s 2016 Annual Conference will serve as an opportunity for universities to share best practices in how faculty and study abroad professionals collaborate on advancing institutional objectives. Questions that might be addressed include: How do we build a more robust framework for collaboration? How can study abroad professionals collaborate with faculty to help students from all socio-economic backgrounds, and all academic majors, participate in high-quality study abroad programs? How are students pursuing the most challenging academic majors finding ways to study abroad, with faculty leading the charge? How can we jointly overcome the primary barriers to study abroad: cost, curriculum, and culture? How are innovative institutions leveraging technology to facilitate and enhance faculty-directed international study?

2017 Annual Conference will Highlight the Use of Technology to Enhance International Education
With preparations well under way for 2016, CIEE also announced that their 2017 Annual Conference will center on how best to leverage and manage technology to achieve learning and program goals. While many faculty and study abroad professionals loath the proliferation of technology and smart phones in university settings and yearn for a return to the days when students were completely offline during international programs, our reality is that the world has changed and is interconnected like no other time in history. Today’s world is connected via the internet, social media, and a 24/7 news cycle. Our students travel with the world in their pockets. Our challenge is to find the most positive ways to embrace technology to enrich international learning opportunities for a generation that was born after the founding of Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

The 2017 Annual Conference, “Born Digital: Embracing Technology to Enhance International Education,” will be held in Austin, Texas (November 8–11, 2017).

For additional information on CIEE Annual Conferences, please contact: Anne Gray, senior manager, CIEE Annual Conference, at


World Trade Center Redevelopment Master Planner Daniel Libeskind and Google Chief Education Evangelist Jaime Casap to Headline 2015 CIEE Annual Conference

CIEE: Council on International Educational Exchange is excited to announce visionary architect Daniel Libeskind and Google Chief Education Evangelist Jaime Casap as the featured speakers for its 2015 CIEE Annual Conference, November 4-7, in Berlin.

Respected innovators in their fields, Libeskind and Casap will offer inspiration to an audience of more than 500 scholars, thinkers, and leaders in international education who are working to reimagine, rebuild, and reinvent study abroad to give all students the tools they need to thrive in the 21st century.

During the conference’s opening presentation on November 4, Libeskind will share his architectural vision and use his own work as an example of how developing and shaping big ideas can lead to transformation. Casap will share his thoughts on the powerful role of technology in revolutionizing education and transforming today’s students into tomorrow’s global citizens during the conference’s Annual Luncheon on November 6.

This year’s conference theme, The Reinvention of Study Abroad: Setting the Course for 2020, is part of CIEE’s commitment to Generation Study Abroad™, an initiative started by the Institute of International Education to double the number of students studying abroad to 600,000 by the year 2020. In support of this initiative, CIEE has pledged to provide $20 million in scholarships and grants to American students, to sponsor passports for 10,000 students, and to offer an annual $20,000 grant to college faculty to support innovative approaches to custom study abroad programs.

To learn more about the CIEE Annual Conference, visit

Daniel Libeskind, Architect, Artist, and Professor
An international figure in architecture and urban design, Daniel Libeskind is renowned for his ability to evoke cultural memory in buildings of equilibrium-defying contemporaneity. Informed by a deep commitment to music, philosophy, and literature, Libeskind aims to create architecture that is resonant, original, and sustainable. Born in Lód’z, Poland, in 1946, Libeskind immigrated to the United States as a teenager.

Daniel Libeskind
Daniel Libeskind, World Trade Center Redevelopment Master Planner

Libeskind established his architectural studio in Berlin, Germany, in 1989 after winning the competition to build the Jewish Museum in Berlin. In February 2003, Studio Libeskind moved its headquarters from Berlin to New York City when Daniel Libeskind was selected as the master planner for the World Trade Center redevelopment. Daniel Libeskind’s practice is involved in designing and realizing a diverse array of urban, cultural, and commercial projects internationally.

Jaime Casap, Chief Education Evangelist, Google, Inc.
Jaime Casap is chief education evangelist at Google, Inc., where he works with educational organizations around the world to help them find ways to continuously improve the quality of education by utilizing and enabling technology capabilities. Born and raised as a first-generation American to a single mother on welfare in Hell’s Kitchen, New York, Casap understands and appreciates the power education has on changing the destiny of a family in just one generation.

Jaime Casap Headshot
Jaime Casap, Google Chief Education Evangelist

In addition to his role at Google, Casap serves on the Board of Directors for the Arizona Science Foundation, New Global Citizens, Arizona Chamber of Commerce, Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, and serves as an advisor to dozens of organizations focused on education and access, including South by Southwest EDU (SXSWedu,) the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and is on the GSV Advisors Advisory Board. He is also an adjunct professor at Arizona State University, where he teaches classes and guest lectures.


CIEE Welcomes New Academic Consortium Board Members in Baltimore

CIEE: Council on International Educational Exchange honored three outgoing members and welcomed four new people to its Academic Consortium Board (ACB) during its 2014 Annual Conference, November 19-22, in Baltimore.

 Independently elected, the ACB is comprised of exemplary leaders in international education from the nation’s finest colleges and universities. They’re responsible for the quality assurance of all CIEE programs, including approvals and reviews, and site evaluations.

 CIEE Executive Vice President, Study Abroad David Fougere celebrated outgoing ACB Chair Joël Gallegos for his unwavering dedication to the field of international education and CIEE, stating, “He is a leader and guide, not just for the other members of the ACB and the Academic Consortium as a whole, but also for me. Since I started at CIEE, Joël has shared with me his vast knowledge and expertise. He has been a trusted advisor, collaborator, and friend.”

 Gallegos, assistant provost for international programs at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, contributed to the ACB for eight years, including serving the past two years as chair, and was instrumental in the development of new CIEE programs and models.

 Brian Harley, director of programs for study abroad at Purdue University, and Cheryl Matherly, vice provost of global education at the University of Tulsa, also are leaving the board. Gallegos lauded their years of work and dedication.

 CIEE also welcomed the following leaders to the ACB:

  • Chris Deegan, executive director of study abroad, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Giorgio G. DiMauro, Ph.D., director, Center for Global Education and Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs, Rutgers University
  • Mary E. McMahon, Ph.D., director of education abroad, University of California
  • Maxine J. Sample, Ph.D., director of international education, Dr. George H. Bennett Office for International Education, Virginia State University


Read more about the ACB here




CIEE: The Council on International Educational Exchange today announced a commitment to tackle the major barriers that keep students from studying abroad – cost, curriculum, and culture – with a centerpiece pledge of $20 million in scholarships and grants to American students through the Generation Study Abroad™ initiative. CIEE will also sponsor passports for 10,000 students to enable participation, and make an annual $20,000 grant to college faculty to support innovative approaches for custom study abroad programs.

“Globalization has changed the way the world works, and employers are increasingly looking for workers who have international skills and expertise. Studying abroad must be viewed as an essential component of a college degree and critical to preparing future leaders. CIEE’s greatly expanded outreach and scholarship offerings will make a significant contribution to expanding and diversifying the population of students who have the opportunity to study abroad,” said Institute of International Education President and Chief Executive Officer Allan E. Goodman.

Data shows that fewer than 300,000 U.S. students per year study abroad, which means that less than 10 percent of all U.S. college students experience international education before they graduate. The Generation Study Abroad initiative was launched earlier in 2014 and challenges institutions of higher education, governments, and associations to support study abroad and to double the number of U.S. students studying abroad by the end of this decade.

“Faculty and students alike consistently report their study abroad experiences are full of life changing, ah-ha moments,” James Pellow, Ed.D., president and chief executive officer of CIEE. “Part of that change includes the realization that people in different countries, with different cultures and customs, are in many ways very similar to themselves. They are striving for a better life, for healthier children, for a more a peaceful world. This revelation helps students broaden their worldview and become more effective leaders of business, education, healthcare, politics and government.”

CIEE will announce complete details of its commitment to Generation Study Abroad at the CIEE Annual Conference, November 19-22 in Baltimore.  With its theme, “Breaking Barriers: Cost, Curriculum, Culture,” this year’s conference is dedicated to gathering industry leaders and professionals to explore and generate new strategies that will help more students of all backgrounds benefit from study abroad.

“CIEE is ideally positioned to help Generation Study Abroad achieve its critical goal. We began more than 65 years ago with a mission to help faculty and students to gain an understanding, acquire knowledge and develop the skills for living in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse world,” said David F. Fougere, chief operating officer, CIEE Study Abroad. “The ability to move comfortably among cultures makes a difference between college graduates landing a job and finding a path to lifelong career satisfaction.  The Generation Study Abroad initiative takes on real and perceived beliefs surrounding cost, curriculum, and culture that are keeping students from studying abroad.”


Congratulations to Our First CIEE Best Summer Ever Sweepstakes Winner!

CIEE Study Abroad - Best Summer EverFour more chances remain for students to win $5,000 toward summer study abroad in 2014. 

We’re thrilled to congratulate Heidi N., University of Hawaii at Manoa, the first winner of the CIEE Best Summer Ever Sweepstakes. Heidi is the first of five U.S. college students to win $5,000 toward the CIEE 2014 Summer Study Abroad program of her choice. Eligible students can enter here, and we’ll announce a winner every week through March 3.

CIEE offers over 70 top-quality immersive summer abroad programs in more than 30 countries worldwide, giving students more choice than anyone else. Click here for full sweepstakes details, and check this blog to see the next winner.


Three CIEE Board Members Honored


CIEE honored three outgoing members of its board of directors at a special ceremony on November 22 during the 2013 CIEE Annual Conference.

Ambassador Charles Baquet, Ambassador Kenton Keith, and Patti McGill Peterson, Ph.D. were honored after serving the maximum two terms. Over the past 10 years, these dynamic members used their proven leadership skills and extensive knowledge of international education, intercultural relations, and higher education to contribute positively to both the organization and the field of international education. Their dedication has helped to make a difference in the lives of countless students, professionals, and educators.

Their accomplishments include helping CIEE achieve well-managed, positive growth, which has enabled the organization to reach more participants than ever before and expand the breadth and depth of program offerings. Baquet, Keith, and Dr. Peterson were also instrumental in leading the organization—and the field—into the development of innovative programs and initiatives.

During the ceremony, each outgoing board member was presented with a resolution expressing CIEE’s “sincere gratitude for service to CIEE, its students, member institutions, and partners, as well as the worldwide international exchange community.”

Ambassador Charles Baquet

Ambassador Baquet retired in 2010 after an illustrious career focused on promoting peace throughout the world. Most recently, he served as director of the Center for Intercultural and International Programs. He has also served as a foreign affairs consultant at Xavier University, deputy director of the Peace Corps, U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Djibouti, U.S. consul general in Cape Town, and foreign service officer. During his tenure at CIEE, Baquet served on the board’s Finance and Investment Committee. 

Ambassador Kenton Keith

Ambassador Keith also retired in 2010 after serving as senior vice president of the Meridian International Center for more than 13 years. His past international relations and public diplomacy post include director of the United States Information Agency's Office of North African, Near Eastern, and South Asian Affairs; U.S. ambassador to Qatar; special envoy to Islamabad; and officer in the U.S. Navy. At CIEE, he served as vice-chair of the board of directors and as a member on the board’s Executive and Governance and Nominations Committees.

Patti McGill Peterson, Ph.D.

Dr. Peterson is currently presidential advisor for global initiatives at the American Council on Education. During her career in international and higher education, she has also served as senior associate at the Institute for Higher Education Policy, executive director of the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, vice president of the Institute of International Education, president of Wells College, president of St. Lawrence University, and senior fellow at Cornell University’s Institute for Public Affairs. Peterson served on the Executive and Governance and Nominations Committees while on CIEE’s board. 


CIEE Hosts Record Number at Annual Conference

CIEE hosted a record 596 study abroad professionals, higher education faculty and administrators, and experts in the field at its 2013 Annual Conference, November 20-23 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

 During four days of interactive sessions, presentations, and networking events, attendees focused on the theme Align. Innovate. Educate. Using their own experience and the expertise of session presenters, attendees explored how international education providers, like CIEE, and institutions of higher education can work together to create innovative new types of study abroad programming that meet all students’ needs. Additional topics included breaking down the barriers—cost, curriculum, and culture—to studying abroad; ensuring quality across all international experiences; and bringing internationalization to all aspects of student life, both in and out of the classroom.

 Highlights included a screening of the film Girl Rising, which tells the stories of nine girls in developing countries who overcame tremendous hardships to pursue an education. The film was introduced by Girl Rising Director of Partnerships Justin Reeves. Photographer and filmmaker Phil Borges spoke about the use of storytelling to effect social change, exemplified in his own work in developing regions. Ann Bancroft, another keynote speaker, shared her fascinating life story, from growing up in the Minnesota to her record-breaking expeditions to her work as educator and philanthropist.

 During the 2013 Annual Conference, CIEE also hosted its inaugural Diversity Abroad Future Leaders Summit. During this full-day workshop, 20 campus leaders and change agents in international education developed new ways to attract diverse and underrepresented student populations to study abroad.

 Widely considered the leading conference on international education, the CIEE Annual Conference has brought together industry leaders and professionals to discuss challenges and effect change in the field of international education for more than 35 years.

 “The CIEE conference is known for offering an intimate, rich environment for professional development and innovation,” said CIEE Senior Vice President of Marketing, Communications, and Strategy Brenda Majeski. “It’s this environment that enables us to consistently attract experts in the field as both attendees and session presenters. This year, the CIEE Annual Conference attracted more of these experts than ever before, which will ultimately lead to the creation of important new solutions to challenges that exist in international education.”

The 2014 CIEE Annual Conference—titled Breaking Barriers: Cost. Culture. Curriculum—will take place in Baltimore, Maryland, November 19-22.

 Steve Amendo
Director, Marketing and Communications


Record Number of Registrations Received for 2013 Annual Conference

We received a record number of registrations to the 2013 CIEE Annual Conference, Align. Innovate. Educate. in Minneapolis, MN! That means more experts and innovators than ever before will come together to examine key trends, discuss current challenges, and develop new solutions in the field of international education.

If you missed the deadline, you can still register for the conference on site, though space may be limited for certain events. Due to the popularity of this year’s topics, our pre-conference workshops and One-Day International Faculty Development Seminars have sold out!

The CIEE registration desk will open at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 20.

Please note that our sleeping room block at the conference hotel, the Hilton Minneapolis, has sold out and the hotel is close to capacity, so be sure to book your rooms immediately!

Can’t make it to the conference?  You can still stay connected to all of the conference happenings and hear what your peers are saying by liking us on Facebook (CIEE Annual Conference) and following us on Twitter (@cieeconference). Be sure to use the hashtag #cieeconf.

Questions? Contact our conference team at or visit our conference website for more information.

Hope to see you in Minneapolis!

Anne Gray
Senior Manager, Annual Conference