Date & Time: April 21, 2023 8:30am – 6:00pm
Location: Ruth S. Harley University Center

An Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA) Thematic Forum featuring keynote speaker Bill Durden, PhD, Chief Global Engagement Officer of Shorelight Education.

The pandemic and recent political and economic turmoil have spurred a higher level of strategic thinking about global learning in the higher education community than we have seen in years. More than ever, institutions are leveraging technology, diversifying programming and partnering with international student offices to foster and maintain global learning for today’s students.

The upcoming Thematic Forum will highlight these recent innovations and lessons learned since 2020 while also re-examining the development of international education over the years. The goal is to foster conversation about how to synthesize historical and contemporary trends to inform future global education strategies.

Global learning has greatly benefited from the increasing involvement of offices and departments across higher education, and the Forum welcomes participants from all areas of campus leadership, international services, study abroad, admissions, and student life as we share best practices.

Bill Durden

Adelphi University is pleased to welcome as the keynote speaker Bill Durden, Chief Global Engagement Officer of Shorelight Education, who will explore what the founding fathers can teach us about global engagement today. The agenda also includes panels and interactive sessions designed for group brainstorming. Presenters from both public and private institutions as well as community partners will speak on topics including virtual collaborations, creating programming that meets students where they are, and examining the needs of international students.

The day is designed so that each participant will return to their institution with at least one new internationalization strategy to implement right away, and another mid- to long-range idea to consider. Adelphi University hopes this Forum will encourage a thoughtful re-examination of the past and current strategies that underpin global education to strengthen campus internationalization strategies.

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Conference Schedule

Time Activity


Coffee and continental breakfast will be served  



R. Sentwali Bakari, PhD, Vice President for Student Affairs, Adelphi University

10:00 – 11:00am 

Voices From the Past: What a Founding Father Teaches us about Global Engagement Today

Bill Durden, PhD, Visiting Scholar, School of Education, Johns Hopkins University; Contributing Scholar, Dickinson College and President Emeritus

11:00 – 11:30am  Coffee Break 
11:30am – 12:30pm

Evolution and Revolution in International Education


Susan Briziarelli, PhD, Associate Provost for Faculty Support and Global Affairs, Adelphi University


Janet Alperstein, Ph.D., Assistant Vice President, New York University

Fabiola Riobe, Ph.D., Associate Provost of Academic Innovation, Online Education & Global Opportunities, Rockland Community College

Greg Bruhn, Director of Outbound Programs, Office of International Education, St. John’s University

12:30 – 1:30pm

Networking Lunch

Themed tables aim to encourage participants to engage in further discussion:

  • Education Abroad
  • Teaching, Learning and Scholarship
  • International Student and Scholar Services
  • International Enrollment Management
  • Diversity Abroad
1:30 – 2:20pm

Breakout Session #1

Rebuilding Partnership Models: International Campuses, Virtual Collaborations and More


Rakesh Gupta, Associate Professor Decision Sciences and Marketing, Robert B. Willumstad School of Business, Adelphi University 


Priya S. Nayar, Executive Director, University Alliance Ruhr

Susan Rachouh, Director of International Programs, Stevens Institute of Technology

Libby Perkowski, Director of Strategic Partnerships, Office of Global Programs, New York University

Using a Contemporary Lens to Re-Examine the Needs of International Students


Wendy Badala, Executive Director, International Services, Adelphi University

Salvatore Longarino, Director, International Services Staff and Administration

2:30 – 3:20pm

Breakout Session #2

Reinventing Education Abroad: What Do Students “Really” Want?


Shannon Harrison, Director, Center for International Education, Adelphi University


Justyna Widera, Ph.D., Professor of Chemistry, Adelphi University

Maria José Soares, Director of Study Abroad and International Partnerships, Pratt Institute

Dan Albertson, Director of Global Learning, SUNY New Paltz

How Campus and Community Partners Cultivate a Culture of Global Engagement


Sentwali Bakari, Ph.D. Vice President for Student Affairs, Adelphi University


Andrew Erwin, Ph.D. Academic Director, Adelphi University International

Torian Lee, JD Director of Global Learning and International Programs, Norfolk State University

Anne Mongillo, Director of International Student Affairs, Hofstra University

3:30 – 4:00pm

Conference Wrap-Up and Debrief


Susan Briziarelli, PhD, Associate Provost for Faculty Support and Global Affairs, Adelphi University

Groups will be seated at roundtables and asked to answer the following questions:

  1. What are two things you learned today that you can implement right away?
  2. What are two things you would consider implementing long-term?
  3. What are two things that would not work at all for your institution and why?
4:00 – 6:00pm


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