The 2018 schedule will be posted in early April. Check out information from 2017 below to get an idea of what to expect.
View as PDF: 2017 Conference Schedule
2017 NC Re-Entry Conference
8:30-9:30 am: Registration, Breakfast, and Coffee
9:30- 10:00 am: Welcome; Two-to-Tell Competition
10:00-10:50 am: Reentry Discussion and Activities (Sarah Smith, Small Planet Studio)
11:00 – 11:45 am: Networking and Discussion of Previous Experiences Abroad (Small Groups)
11:45-1:00 pm: Lunch
1:00- 2:00 pm Breakout Sessions:
“Find Your Next Global Adventure”
(Sarah Smith, Small Planet Studio & UNC-CH)
You’re back from abroad…now what?! In this session, you’ll engage in personal and small group reflection about what you learned and experienced abroad, how you’ve changed and grown, what you want your next global adventure to be, and how to make your big global dreams a reality.
“Using the Study Abroad Experience to Engage in One’s Community”
(Alexis Cameron and Wuesly Ramirez Manriquez, Winston-Salem State University)
This session will address on how the presenters’ experiences abroad have led to their increased skills of intercultural communication, improved their understanding of social issues, and of how global economic/political decisions may impact their communities. Their increased skills and greater understanding have been instrumental in their ability to engage in their respective communities. Each presenter will detail their different activities for community engagement.
“Change in Perspective”
(Christina Verdi, NC State University)
My perspective of the world changed when I went abroad. This session addresses how my personal perspective of stereotypes changed while abroad and how I have developed a global network of people. Additionally, I now see the world in a more global perspective since I know people from all over. Whenever I hear about something happening in Europe, I now know people from there that could be affected. This has helped me to realize how people all around the world are connected and the importance of viewing things with all countries in mind.
2:15- 3:15 pm Breakout Sessions:
“Study Abroad: Key Skills for Rising Young Professionals”
(Ely Khoury, Our Human Family, LLC)
This session will start with discussion about what participants have learned from study abroad, and why these skills are important. The presentation will then look at international business trends and the changing global context, focusing on how the skills learned from study abroad are important in addressing how young professionals will impact the world.
“Culture Shock and Reverse Culture Shock”
(Emily Goodwin, NC State)
As someone who fully did not expect to go through culture shock, but ultimately did, I think it is important that people understand what it is and know the stages of it. With this knowledge, students can understand how to better work through it and have hope that they will (hopefully) soon overcome it and have one of the most memorable experiences of their lives. It can be even harder to adjust back than it was to initially adapt. With this in mind, will about several different ways to stay involved and continue to have a sort of global connection.
“Decoding Culture in Educational Settings”
(Elizabeth Bucrek, UNC-CH)
If you’re going to teach, train or tutor abroad, this session is for you. We will discuss important – and often invisible – elements of US culture that influence our behavior, communication, perspectives, and expectations in educational settings abroad. Our goal is to help you develop greater cultural and personal self-awareness, which in turn will aid in successfully interacting and communicating with new colleagues, students, and parents abroad. Learn how to decode culture now, spare yourself frustration later!
3:30- 4:30 pm Breakout Sessions:
“How to Effectively Incorporate Your Study Abroad Experience into Your Job Search, Resume, and Job Interviews”
(Megan Walters, UNC Greensboro)
So you’ve just had one of the most amazing experiences of your life so far. Perhaps you could even say it was “life changing.” It’s no secret that studying abroad is something that is highly valued by employers in virtually all industries, but it needs to be more than just a line on your resumé. It’s up to you to clearly articulate the experiences you had and skills you developed while abroad. We will evaluate how a global experience may have altered your perceptions, behavior, and goals. How might it increase your chances for success in a career? How can you present those new skills and attitudes to a potential employer in a way that makes you stand out from other candidates? How can you apply your interpersonal growth towards becoming more globally engaged? Through discussion and activities, we will “unpack” skills gained from a global experience, and how to communicate it effectively to friends, families and future employers.
“Peace Corps: An Opportunity to Live, Learn, & Work with a Community Overseas”
(Chris Cardona, US Peace Corps)
The Peace Corps is a life-defining leadership experience which gives individuals the opportunity to live, learn and work with a community overseas. 1. Overview of what the Peace Corps is and what it does. 2. The benefits of serving in the Peace Corps. 3. The traits/characteristics/skills needed for Peace Corps 4. The skills and experiences gained from serving 5. Anecdotes/stories/examples of types of Peace Corps service and what it is like 6. If you want to do this what to be thinking about in terms of courses or college 7. How to apply.
“Diverse Career Paths in International Education”
(Alina Payankova and Minnu Paul, Methodist University)
This session will discuss professional development tips on breaking into the field of international education and possible career paths. International Education constitutes of various positions in universities and organizations. Student with any major with the right experience and mentors can enter the field. In this session, we will talk about the different job opportunities and tools necessary to map a career path in the field of International Education.
4:40- 5:00 pm: Closing and Two-to-Tell Winner Announcement