2021 Montana International Educators Conference

The 2021 Montana International Educators Conference (MIEC) will take place from Thursday, June 17 to Friday, June 18, 2021. 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. The focus of this year's conference will be International Education During COVID-19 and Beyond.

A final schedule will be posted here closer to the event. 

Click Here to Download the 2021 MIEC Flyer!


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 16. 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.

Schedule of Events

View a full schedule of events below! Please note that all sessions will be held on Zoom. You will only receive links to the sessions if you register for the conference using the link above before 5 PM MST on June 16. 

Additionally, all sessions will be recorded and available to view post-conference.


Plenary Speaker: Dr. Anthony C Ogden, Managing Director, Gateway International Group

Dr. Anthony C. Ogden is the founder and managing director of Gateway International Group, a new organization focused on next generation international education.  He is a respected scholar-practitioner with nearly 30 years of experience in international higher education, have held senior international leadership positions at Pennsylvania State University, the University of Kentucky, Michigan State University and the University of Wyoming.  Dr. Ogden got his professional start in Japan, where he directed the IES Tokyo Center. A three-time Fulbright recipient, Dr. Ogden completed a doctorate at Pennsylvania State University in Educational Theory and Policy with a dual title in Comparative and International Education.  He has produced over 60 professional and scholarly publications focused on international higher education, including the 2020 co-edited booked, Education Abroad: Bridging Scholarship and Practice (Routledge). 

Thursday, June 17

  • 9:15 AM- Check In / Join Meeting
  • 9:30 AM- Introductions and updates from each institution/organization on current projects and initiatives (5-10 minutes each) 
  • 10:15 AM- Plenary Speaker: Dr. Anthony Ogden
  • 11:00 AM - NAFSA Presentation: NAFSA Region II updates and NAFSA resources for international educators - Caroline McLean, Assistant Director, ISS, UM  NAFSA Region II Montana State Representative  
  • 11:30 AM - Break
  • 1:00 PM - Roundtable Discussions: NAFSA Knowledge Communities
    • Education Abroad – Moderator: Mckennah Andrews, Education Abroad Coordinator, UM 
    • International Students and Scholars Services – Moderator: Bodhi Murphy, Sponsored Program Specialist, UM 
    • Teaching, Learning and Scholarship – Moderator: Liqin Tang, Graduate Student, UM 
    • International Enrollment Management – Moderator: Brigitta Lee, International Admissions Counselor, UM 
    • International Education Leadership – Moderator, Dr. Donna Anderson, Senior International Officer and Executive Director of Global Engagement Office, UM 
  • 2:00 PM - Break
  • 2:30 PM - Breakout Sessions
    • Building Capacity for International Student Enrollment: How Academic Units Can Help; Presenter: Brigitta Lee, International Admissions Counselor, UM 

    •  Embracing Global Diversity Collaboration Across MUS Campuses & Communities; Presenters: McKennah Andrews, Education Abroad Coordinator, UM & Katie McCrea, Director of Field Experiences and Licensure, UMW 

    •  Championing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Education Abroad; Presenters: Marja Unkuri-Chaudhry, Associate Director of Global Engagement Office & Director of Education Abroad & Partnerships, UM & Erika Byrne, 2021 University of Montana Graduate in Political Science, UM 

  • 3:30 PM - Break
  • 4:00 PM - Breakout Sessions
    • From Isolation to Collegiate Comradery – The Importance of In-Person Interaction in Learning and Teaching; Presenter:  Dr. Udo Fluck, Director, Global & Cultural Affairs, Arts Missoula          
    • Building Campus Partnerships & Embedding Inclusive Practices to Support Successful Internationalization on Your Campus; Presenters:  Donna Anderson, Senior International Officer and Executive Director of Global Engagement Office, UM; Salena Beaumont Hill, Director of Inclusive Excellence, UM; Marja Unkuri-Chaudhry, Associate Director of Global Engagement Office & Director of Education Abroad & Partnerships, UM                                                         
    • Visas + Viruses + Virtual Education = Remote Worker Skills for Diversity, Equity and (sometimes) Inclusion in a Global Pandemic;Presenters:Dr. Zen Parry, Trepademics LLC & Dr. Wendy Westbroek, Salish Kootenai College, Life Sciences Dept. 

Friday, June 18

  • 9:00 AM - Study Montana Consortium Annual Meeting
  • 10:30 AM - Break
  • 10:45 AM - Breakout Sessions
    • An Undervalued Resource – The International Experience of Adjunct Faculty and the Extra Value they bring to International Education Leadership – when invited!; Presenter: Zen Parry, Trepademics LLC                                                                                                         
    • Peer-to-Peer Perspectives on Re-opening Mobility during Pandemic; Presenters: Marja Unkuri-Chaudhry, Associate Director of Global Engagement Office & Director of Education Abroad & Partnerships, UM; Abby Cook, Assistant Director, Office of International Programs, MSU-Billings; Eleanor Inglis, Interim Director, Outreach & Special Projects & Global Partnerships, Office of International Programs, MSU                                                                                    
    • Intercultural Competence (IC) and Study Abroad (SA) Program --- An Empirical Study; Presenter: Liqin Tang, Graduate Student, UM                                                               
    • Engaging Students in International Virtual Exchange: Best Practices; Presenters: Deena Mansour, Executive Director, Maureen & Mike Mansfield Center, UM & Kelsey Stamm Jimenez, Director, International Programs, Maureen & Mike Mansfield Center, UM                      
    • We did it, should we continue? – Streamed Learning in Post-Pandemic Learning Environments; Presenter: Udo Fluck, Director, Global & Cultural Affairs, Arts Missoula 
  • 11:45 AM - Break
  • 12:00 PM - Breakout Sessions
    • How we started a collaborative online international learning (COIL) program during the pandemic & plan to sustain it even after mobility returns; Presenters: Donna Anderson, Senior International Officer and Executive Director of Global Engagement Office, UM; Jeanie Castillo, Instructional Designer, UMOnline, UM; Marja Unkuri-Chaudhry, Associate Director of Global Engagement Office & Director of Education Abroad & Partnerships, UM; Alessia Carpoca, Professor of Theater, UM                                                                        
    • Zoom and Then Some - Virtual Education with the Montana World Affairs Council; Presenter: Chris Hyslop, Executive Director, Montana World Affairs Council                                               
    • Glad to Hear It: Using Podcasts for Language & Culture Training; Presenter: Sara Schroeder, Director, English Language Institute, UM 
  • 1:00 PM - Closing Remarks


Technical Requirements

Given that MIEC 2021 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 Caroline McLean at caroline.mclean@umontana.edu


Please direct all inquiries to your NAFSA Region II Montana State Representative Caroline McLean at caroline.mclean@umontana.edu .