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  • Q: Have the tools been used before?
    A: The Toolkit was developed as part of a Teaching Support Grant through the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence and co-sponsored by the University Office of Global Programs at Pennsylvania State University. The tools were developed in cooperation with Penn State faculty from a range of disciplines and experience in international education. Tools were piloted during the 2008-09 academic year and adjustments made accordingly.

  • Q: What are the primary focus areas?
    A: To further refine and extend the purpose, goals and objectives of embedded programming, the Toolkit has been developed and organized around two primary focus areas: Global Citizenship and Academic Development. Global citizenship is understood as a multi-dimensional construct that entails three interrelated domains: social responsibility, global competence and global civic engagement. Academic development is broadly understood in relation to two interrelated domains: academic self-concept and academic self-efficacy.

  • Q: How were the primary focus areas chosen?
    A: Given that more and more colleges and universities are integrating global citizenship as an essential element in the definition of an engaged campus, attention is turning to the role that education abroad can have in developing global citizens. In cooperation with the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence and in reference to an emerging literature on outcomes assessment, the primary focus areas were deemed essential to underpinning the Toolkit.

  • Q: Are the course objectives in the index different from the objectives on each tool?
    A: The Toolkit has been developed and organized around two primary focus areas: Global Citizenship and Academic Development. Each focus area is sub-divided into interrelated domains with associated course objectives. Particular tools supporting each objective have been noted, though a given tool may target multiple objectives. Objectives have also been specified for each tool and have been written to be read from the student’s point of view.

  • Q: How do I choose a particular tool?
    A: Two indices have been developed to help with locating a particular tool. The first organizes the tools by primary focus area and objective. The second organizes the tools by content thread. Course professors should select tools that closely align with individual course objectives and the context of the international travel component.

  • Q: Can I edit a tool for my particular class?
    A: Course professors are free edit selected tools to their specific course objectives and academic discipline. Each tool is supported with a student handout and/or related instructional documents. While these documents have been prepared to be used as is, they can be easily adapted to suit the needs and goals of most embedded courses.

  • Q: Are the tools discipline specific?
    A: Tools have been developed independently of any academic discipline. As such, course professors are free to edit selected tools to the specific course objectives and academic discipline.

  • Q: What do the threads mean?
    A: The tools have been developed and organized around five broad content threads: Communication, Utilization of Technology, Primary & Secondary Research, Experiential Learning, and Culture & Identity. These threads have been chosen for their appropriateness to education abroad programming. In some cases, individual tools may involve multiple threads, but only one primary thread has been indicated on each tool.

  • Q: What does learning type mean?
    A: The Toolkit consists of a range of tools from those that are facilitated in structured learning environments to tools that are positioned outside formal learning and teaching settings. Tools may be written into course syllabi to be implemented over the duration of a course or facilitated as one-time activities. It is especially important in education abroad programming to be attentive to the interplay between formal, non-formal and informal learning and to develop and implement courses that respond to different learning situations.

Episode 29: Cultural Lens on U.S. Higher Education: Analyzing International Perceptions of 'Anti-Woke’ Discourse

Dive into a nuanced exploration of the global discourse surrounding higher education in the United States. Join us for a panel discussion with esteemed international educators as we embark on a journey through the lenses of culture and international perspective, examining how global audiences interpret and engage with the ‘anti-woke’ discourse within the context of U.S. higher education. This engaging panel discussion will delve into the intersections of culture, ideology, and education, and the complex landscape of how international audiences perceive the ‘anti-woke’ narrative that has emerged within U.S. academia.

Whether you’re a senior international officer, or simply curious about the diverse viewpoints shaping U.S. higher education, this podcast episode will provide an invaluable space for critical analysis and insightful conversations.

Speaker Biography:

Fanta Aw is a distinguished leader in international education, renowned for her extensive contributions to global learning, cross-cultural understanding, and educational equity. With a deep commitment to fostering connections between diverse cultures and promoting educational excellence, she has significantly impacted the international education community.

Fanta Aw’s career has been characterized by her dedication to advancing global education initiatives, promoting diversity and inclusion, and nurturing partnerships that transcend borders. She has held influential roles in various organizations, advocating for the importance of international collaboration and learning experiences that empower individuals to navigate an increasingly interconnected world.

As a thought leader and visionary, Fanta Aw’s insights and expertise have shaped discussions on the future of international education, emphasizing the significance of equitable access, cultural exchange, and lifelong learning. Her work has not only elevated institutions but has also inspired countless individuals to embrace the transformative power of global education.

Date: September 14th, 2023
Time: 12 noon ET

Sponsored by:

Mark Beirn


An experienced global researcher and administrator, Mark Beirn brings a critical approach to risk management, factoring structural racism and identity-based violence into his rubric for supporting equitable global mobility.

Specialization Areas:

– Global Risk Management
– Education Abroad
– Diversity, Equity, Inclusion in International Education
– Health and Safety
– Curriculum Development


Stephen Appiah-Padi​


Stephen Appiah-Padi is an international educator with several years of teaching and administrative experience in both 4 and 2-year HEIs. An experienced global education practitioner-scholar, with a demonstrated history of success in the field.

Dr. Appiah-Padi has a Ph.D. from the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada in Educational Policy & Administration with a specialization in International/Intercultural Education.

At Northwestern College, he provided oversight in the administration of education abroad and international student services. In Lansing, Michigan, he first oversaw diversity and intercultural education at Lansing Community College, and later created the Center for International and Intercultural Education (CIIE) which merged intercultural engagement and international education programs of the institution, and he became its first director. Additionally, Dr. Appiah-Padi taught a course, “Diversity in the American Workplace”, to undergraduate management students of the College. In his current position, he provides leadership and vision in advancing strategic internationalization initiatives, including international partnerships and study abroad programs at Bucknell University.

Dr Appiah-Padi has created and facilitated several workshops for faculty and staff development in higher education and in business organizations. He has presented at several national and international conferences. In NAFSA, among several volunteer leadership positions, he has served as Dean of the Fundamentals of Intercultural Communication Workshop, the Leadership Development Committee member, Chair of the Africa Special Interest Group, and a Fellow of the Global Fellowship Program for mentoring emerging leaders of internationalization in African HEIs. He currently serves as a member of the NAFSA Board of Directors.

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Rosa Almoguera


Dr. Rosa Almoguera has worked as an international educator for over twenty years. She was trained as a Hispanic Philologist at the Universidad Complutense, in Madrid, and did her M.A. at the University of Pennsylvania. Her Ph.D., from Universidad Complutense included a field study and edition of written balladry “Romancero”. During many years Rosa combined teaching and her role as a senior administrator at the Fundación Ortega-Marañón in Toledo, Spain. At the Foundation, Rosa directed and, in many cases created, programs for the University of Minnesota, Notre Dame, Princeton, Ohio State, Arcadia, and the University of Chicago. She has also been a visiting professor at the University of Minnesota, University of Portland, and Interamericana de Puerto Rico.

Beginning in 2016, Rosa works as an international education consultant for both public and private European and US higher education institutions. Rosa has been successful in developing new partnerships and programs, as well as helping improve already existing ones.

Rosa is a member of Forum and NAFSA and has presented with higher education professionals on innovative academic and research programming, STEM in study abroad and Nationalism in Europe. Rosa is currently completing the final Professional Certification from the Forum on Education Abroad.