Atlantic Regional Meeting

May 24 – 25, 2018 | Dalhousie University | Halifax, NS
Diversity & Inclusion in International Education: An Invitation to Dance.

Dalhousie University will be hosting the 2018 CBIE Atlantic Regional Meeting in Halifax, May 24-25, 2018. Participants are encouraged to attend the Thursday evening reception as we set the tone for the conference.

This year’s conference theme was inspired by Vernā Myers; well-known quote, “Diversity is being invited to the party; inclusion is being asked to dance“.  As international educators, we are committed to advancing diversity and inclusive excellence within international education on an individual, institutional, and organizational level. This conference explores how international educational leaders are navigating the complex challenges associated with creating environments that promote social inclusion, diversity and intercultural learning.

During the conference, participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss best inclusive practices in their areas. The goal is for participants to gain practical tools and resources that will improve quality of service and ultimately foster a diverse and inclusive community on their campuses.


Program at a glance

Dalhousie University, Kenneth Rowe Building – 6100 University Ave, Halifax, NS
Thursday May 24, 2018
  • 2:00pm-7:00pm: Early Registration & Arrival
  • 2:00pm: Pre-Conference Blanket Exercise
    CBIE members are invited to join Dalhousie’s Elder in Residence for the Blanket Exercise, a hands-on opportunity to learn about the history of the Indigenous-settler relationship in Canada
  • 6:00pm: CBIE Networking Reception
    Dalhousie University Club, 6259 Alumni Crescent
Friday May 25, 2018
  • 8:30am: Registration and Arrival
  • 9:00am: Welcome
  • 9:15am: Opening Remarks
  • 9:30am: Panel Discussion
    Inclusion Reimagined: Challenging the Notion of Inclusivity in Higher Education
    This panel presentation, moderated by Tom Brophy (Senior Director of Student Services at Saint Mary’s University), will discuss issues of inclusion and inclusivity on higher education campuses and will challenge audience members to critically reflect on their institutional practices of inclusion. Do these practices, programmes and activities welcome everyone to the table? If so, how and with what effect? How can institutions improve upon current practices in order to ensure students feel included throughout their entire educational journey as well as within wider society once they graduate? The panel will be comprised of four members of the International Education Community to give a wide variety of experience and feedback to the issue of Inclusion.
  • 10:30am: Coffee Break, Atrium 
  • 10:45am: Concurrent Sessions
  • 12:00pm: Lunch
  • 1:30pm: CBIE Session
  • 2:00pm: Concurrent Sessions
  • 3:00pm: Coffee Break, Atrium 
  • 3:15pm: Concurrent Session
  • 4:15pm: Closing and Adjournment


  • Pre-Conference Blanket Exercise on the 24th (please sign-up during registration)
  • Evening reception on the 24th
  • Full day of conference sessions on the 25th
  • Lunch and coffee breaks on the 25th
Dalhousie Residence

Dalhousie Residence Rooms are starting at $44.50 a night plus free parking. To book call 902 494-8840 or visit http://stay.dal.ca/book/

Atlantica Hotel

The Atlantica Hotel Rooms are starting at $139 a night plus free parking. To book call 902 423-1161, let them know you are attending a conference at Dalhousie and you would like the Dalhousie preferred rate.

Lord Nelson Hotel and Suites
Lord Nelson

The Lord Nelson rooms are starting at $155 a night. To book call 902 423-6331, let them know you are attending a conference at Dalhousie and you would like the Dalhousie preferred rate.