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Internationalization Summit

Session Proposals


NOTICE: The 7th Annual Internationalization Summit has been postponed and will no longer be held on April 3, 2020. A new date and details are forthcoming!

Participate in the 7th 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 "Global climate change & (in)action: Examining the role of internationalization and higher education". The current and future impacts of global climate and environmental change are some of the most pressing issues facing the world today. This year's summit intends to be a venue to explore the role of international education and internationalization in addressing these issues in meaningful and purposeful ways.

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. Successful proposals will highlight how global climate and environment change, international education, and the internationalization of higher education intersect and inform how we engage with these topics as an academic community. Overall, the summit theme is intended to encourage a conversation about global climate and environment change as it specifically relates to unique aspects of the internationalization of higher education, Internationalization at Home, or internationalization of the curriculum.

Questions to explore around the theme
  • What are the intersections between sustainability and internationalization of higher education?
  • What factors are playing into current internationalization strategies in higher education and how might these be impacted by climate and environmental changes in the future?
  • What role do internationalization and international education staff have in addressing these issues? What about faculty and administrators?
  • How can universities more ethically and responsibly engage in international practices in light of these issues?
  • In what ways can faculty and instructors be more effective in addressing sustainability issues through the formal and informal curriculum?
  • What are the intersections between inequality, climate, and internationalization of higher education? 
  • What is the role of global learning and internationalized curriculum?
  • What are the tensions between the movement of students and scholars and global climate change?
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 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.
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