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Internationalization Summit

Session Proposals

We are now accepting proposals for the 2019 Internationalization Summit

Priority Deadline Monday, March 4, 2019

**Submit a proposal here**

Participate in the 6th annual Internationalization Summit at the University of Denver and be a part of the conversation. The purpose of the summit is to highlight, celebrate, challenge, and discuss the various ways in which faculty, staff, and students across our region connect with and participate in the global community. This summit is broadly envisioned to serve as a conduit for discussion and sharing of what the internationalization of higher education means and how it is carried out.

This year's summit is organized around "Decolonizing Internationalization: Critical Views on International Education & Global Narratives of Nationalism."

The summit intends to be a venue to explore the interplay between current cultural and global contexts affecting internationalization and higher education in meaningful and purposeful ways, particularly in regard to including diverse and global perspectives and understandings in the function and actions of higher education. 


Questions to explore around the theme
  • What are the tensions between current nationalism and decolonization movements, how do they impact higher education? 
  • How does neo-colonialism continue to impact higher education curricula?
  • What are the intersections between decolonizing and internationalizing the curriculum? 
  • How can the construction and deconstruction of (neo) colonialism be leveraged as catalysts for global learning?
  • In what ways does culture impact decolonization of international education or higher education broadly?

The summit will be primarily focused on research presentations, but will also include various events such as applied workshops, lectures, as well as round-table and panel discussions. While successful proposals will highlight how intersections between the concept of borders and the internationalization of higher education inform what we engage with as an academic community, the theme is intended to encourage a conversation about how internationalization impacts higher education. 

Who is the audience?

All members of regional universities and related academic community (faculty, staff, administrators, graduate, and undergraduate students) are encouraged to participate in the summit.The Internationalization Summit is intended to be a forum for members of our regional academic community to engage in meaningful conversation, connect, share practices, and present emerging research relating to the internationalization of higher education. We invite you to submit presentation proposals as well as attend the summit once the registration is open.

Further Readings on Internationalization

Click here for further reading on the broad concept of Internationalizing Higher Education in the U.S. through the lens of comprehensive internationalization as proposed by John Hudzik of the Association of International Educators (NAFSA).

Considerations in Preparation of proposal
  • Learning objectives and your topic's relevance to the intersection of border crossing and the Internationalization of Higher Education. You will be asked to explain how your proposed session has both.
  • Length:
    • 50 minutes: Standard Session: Prepare a 50-minute presentation, panel, roundtable or applied workshop focused on a facet of internationalization theory, research, application, and/or experiences on campus, in the community, and/or abroad. Consider collaborating with students, student organizations, faculty, and staff.
    • We may be able to accommodate double-length sessions. Please email [email protected] to inquire.
  • Presenters: To model collaboration and to increase impact, we encourage having at least two presenters for each session, especially pairs/teams from different disciplines, academic institutions, and/or operational areas, a mix of students and staff/faculty, etc.
  • Interactivity: Wherever possible, we encourage presenters to actively engage participants in creating their own learning, versus being passive observers of media, speakers, etc. Beyond including question and answer time at the end, how can you involve the participants?
  • Universal Design: We encourage all workshops to be proactive in including a diversity of learning styles, mobility and visual abilities, etc. See
  • Audience. You'll be asked to indicate what level of prior knowledge/experience your session presumes of participants, and what university roles (student, instructor, etc) would benefit most from your session.
  • Substantial Focus: Indicate which of the following topic categories your sessions most closely aligns to.
    • Engaging Cultural Diversity at Home
    • Campus Internationalization
    • International Education
    • Research
    • Teaching, Curriculum, and Pedagogy
Proposal Submission Requirements

Proposal submissions must include the following:

  • Primary contact name and information
  • Session title, relevance to internationalization
  • Three session outcomes (what participants will gain)
  • Session description (for selection committee; 250 word max)
  • Session abstract (for publication; 150 words max)
  • Intended audience
  • Experience level
  • Media & room needs
  • Presenter names, email address, phone numbers 

**Submit a proposal here**

It is recommended that applicants type up their proposals in a separate document and then copy and paste the responses into the application as you will not be able to save or return to incomplete submissions.

Successful priority deadline submissions will be notified no later than 3 weeks after the priority submission deadline.
Please direct questions to: [email protected]