2020 Montana International Educators Conference

The 2020 Montana International Educators Conference (MIEC) will take place from Thursday, June 18 to Friday, June 19, 2020. It will be entirely online and facilitated by Zoom videoconferencing software due to health and safety concerns amid the pandemic. 

This annual meeting is the main venue for international educators in Montana working at public and private institutions with interests in international education. The primary goal is to connect international educators across the state who share similar interests, goals and responsibilities in order to benefit from one another's experience, networks and expertise. The conference will include round table discussions and informational sessions that focus on relevant issues faced by international educators in Montana. MIEC welcomes representatives from secondary schools, community colleges, and universities, as well as local, state, and federal government and non-governmental organizations.

2020 MIEC Flyer

Final Schedule

Theme: ‘Human Connections, Digital Realities, Emergent Threats: Coming Together in a Time of Crisis’

Thursday, June 18

9:15 am: Join meeting/Check in

10:45 am: Break

11:30 pm: Lunch

1:00 pm: Round Table Discussions - NAFSA Knowledge Communities
Knowledge Community Session Available for Viewing and Download 
Education Abroad Marja Unkuri-Chaudhry, Associate Director of Global Engagement Office, Director of Education Abroad and Partnerships, UM
International Students and Scholars Services Caroline McLean, Assistant Director of International Students & Scholars, UM
Teaching, Learning and Scholarship Jeanie Castillo, Chair of English Language Institute, UM
International Enrollment Management Brigitta Lee, International Admissions Counselor, UM
International Education Leadership Donna Anderson, Senior International Officer and Director of Global Engagement Office, UM

2:00 pm: Break

2:30 – 3:30 pm: Breakout Sessions 
Schedule of Thursday Sessions
Knowledge Community Presenter Presentation Available for Viewing and Download  Materials Available For Download
Education Abroad Marja Unkuri-Chaudhry, Eleanor Inglis, Katherine Batchelder Practical Approaches to Education Abroad Crisis Management: Recap of Spring 2020 Response to Pandemic and Future of Student Mobility in Post COVID-19 World 

Presentation - Marja

Presentation - Eleanor & Katherine

International Students and Scholars Services Caroline McLean Supporting International Scholars: From Pre-Arrival to Departure  Presentation 
International Enrollment Management Phillip Vandenbrink Recruiting Post Covid Presentation
Teaching, Learning and Scholarship Liqin 'Shirley' Tang Critical Thinking Across Cultures Presentation
Teaching, Learning and Scholarship Chris Hyslop Virtually Fantastic: Online with The Montana World Affairs Council  Presentation

Friday, June 19

10:30 am: Break

10:45 am – 11:45 am: Breakout Sessions 
Schedule of Friday Sessions
Knowledge Community Presenter

Presentation Available for Viewing and Download

Materials Available For Download
International Students and Scholars Services Sofia Reis, Hana Meshesha, Sisilia Kusumaningsih Student Voices N/A
Teaching, Learning and Scholarship Zen Parry, Wendy Westbroek We Need to Talk: Why Indigenous STEM and Entrepreneurship are Not Working  Presentation
Education Abroad Marja Unkuri-Chaudhry, McKenna Jones, Betta Lyon-Delsordo, Noah Grabe, Tanner Gryder Abroad During a Global Pandemic: Student Perspectives from Spring 2020  N/A
International Enrollment Management Brigitta Lee Admissions Process as Recruitment Tool: Case Studies  Presentation
Teaching, Learning and Scholarship Udo Fluck Building Intercultural and Global Competence in K-12  Presentation

11:45 – 12:15 pm: Closing Remarks

Conference Concludes


Register Here!

Registration is FREE and includes access to all virtual meetings and sessions in the conference. 

Attendees are asked to enter basic information, and will be emailed the links they need to access the conference the day before the event on June 17. Access links will be sent to the email address attendees use upon registering for the conference on Eventbrite.  

The final conference registration deadline is Tuesday, June 16 at 5:00pm.

Session Proposals

MIEC 2020 is seeking proposals for conference presentations related to the five NAFSA knowledge communities: 

  • Education Abroad 
  • International Students and Scholars Services
  • International Enrollment Management
  • Teaching, Learning and Scholarship
  • International Education Leadership

Session proposals that address any of the five NAFSA knowledge communities will be given priority. All presentations will last approximately 30-40 minutes, with 15-20 minutes for questions and discussion.   

  • Proposal Submission Deadline: June 5, 2020                 
  • Decision Notification: June 11, 2020

Submit Proposal Here!

Technical Requirements

Given that MIEC 2020 will be an entirely virtual conference, there is a minimum set of technical requirements participants and/or presenters will need to meet before they can enjoy the benefits of participation. The minimum set of technical requirements are: 

  • Computer or mobile device (laptop or desktop computer is highly recommended)
  • Reliable internet connection
  • Microphone and/or headset
  • Webcam (required for presenters, but not attendees)
  • Zoom application downloaded and installed on computer or mobile device
  • Registered Zoom account
  • Browser to run Zoom on computer (Google Chrome is recommended for best audio and visual quality)
  • Quiet space free from distractions (recommended but not required)

If you have questions about whether or not you are able to meet these minimum requirements, please contact Bodhi Murphy at bodhi.murphy@mso.umt.edu


Please direct all inquiries to your NAFSA Region II Montana State Representative Bodhi Murphy at bodhi.murphy@mso.umt.edu.