Western Regional Meeting – Virtual

June 15th, 2021

Southern Alberta Institute of Technology
Calgary, Alberta

Inclusive Internationalization
Register: $50
About This Event

SAIT (Southern Alberta Institute of Technology) is pleased to host the June 2021 CBIE Western Regional Meeting. This conference will focus on the theme of ‘Inclusive Internationalization’ through a series of breakout sessions, panel discussions, networking sessions and IRCC updates. The CBIE Western Regional Meeting is an annual meeting of international education practitioners in Western Canada. This event is an opportunity for knowledge-sharing, resource-sharing and staying updated with immigration and other changes in the sector. The CBIE Western Regional Meeting also serves as an annual networking event for those involved in international education in Western Canada, and is a precursor to the national conference in November each year.

Why Attend This Event?
  • Learn about new developments in processes and programming with PSEs in Western Canada.
  • Network and brainstorm with international education colleagues.
  • Stay updated with immigration updates by IRCC.
Who Will Be There?
  • International education practitioners in Western Canada.
  • International education industry partners and EDI professionals.
  • International students and anyone interested in international education in Western Canada.

Program at a Glance

09:00 - 10:30 MDT: PANEL DISCUSSION: Inclusive Internationalization

The pandemic has brought into focus multiple levels of inequities that were previously unknown or overlooked, and has made us collectively question a lot of our assumptions regarding equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) work on campus. With the dynamic pivots post-secondary institutions have had to do – how do we ensure that our responses continue to be sensitive to the changing landscape of inclusion in a post-pandemic world? Can we use the lessons learned in this crisis to create a more holistically inclusive model on reintegration/campus reopening?

In this session, panellists will discuss how to more fully and sustainably engage staff, student and faculty stakeholders in creating innovating accommodations, empowerment initiatives, allyship education and the creation of an anti-racist mindset on campus. We will discuss ways in which to create a safe space for dialogues about race and experiences of discrimination and tangible ways in which PSEs can invest at the institutional, provincial and national levels in pushing the needle on inclusive internationalization. We invite you to join us as our diverse panel discusses the way forward in creating a more sustainable, inclusive and equitable campus in a post-pandemic world.

Panellists:

Admir Chihaluca
Founder of Black Employee Resource Group at SAIT
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John Partington
Director of EDI at SAIT
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Kajol Bhatia
SAIT International Alumna
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Thevi Pather
AVP International
Saskatchewan Polytechnic
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Janaka Ruwanpura
Vice Provost and Associate Vice-President Research (International)
University of Calgary
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Thank you to World Education Services for sponsoring the live captioning of this panel.

10:30 – 11:00 MDT: Health Break

11:00 - 11:45 MDT: CONCURRENT SESSIONS - Understanding Barriers to Indigenous Student International Mobility

Saskatchewan Polytechnic implemented a study using a data-driven approach to identify and minimize barriers Indigenous students face when participating in international mobility programs. It looked at demographics, gender, income, family and other aspects of the Indigenous student’s life that impact incentives and access to international mobility.

This session aligns with the theme of Inclusive Internationalization in that it looks at how Indigenous students might be better engaged and supported in their participation in international mobility programs. While opportunities for global learning experiences abound, very few Canadian students (3%) pursue these opportunities. The rate for Indigenous students is negligible and the need to address this deficit is vital to our TRC commitments.

Thevi Pather
Associate Vice-President, International
Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Deanna Speidel
Director, Indigenous Strategy
Saskatchewan Polytechnic

11:00 - 11:45 MDT: CONCURRENT SESSION - The Spaces Between: Culture Learning in Multicultural Groups

Using as its focus the University of Alberta’s Multicultural Learning Pods program, this session will explore best practices in the design and implementation of virtual, multicultural, collaborative learning. It will explore the underlying factors of the Pods’ success and identify points of consideration for the Pods 2.0 and similar programs.

We used to say “when in Rome, do as the Romans do” (i.e. assimilate into the cultural context), but now “Rome”/”the Romans” are everywhere, and students should expect to engage in cultural adaptation wherever they are. Virtual programs like the Pods offer a third (“nowhere”/”everywhere”) space where mutual cultural adaptation can become the norm. Developing the expectation for mutual adaptation and the associated skills is critical to successful global engagement and domestic inclusion efforts.

Lisa Lozanski
Global Education Coordinator
University of Alberta

Heather Seyl Miyashita
Academic Programs Coordinator, Visiting Students
University of Alberta

11:45 – 12:00 MDT: Health Break

12:00 - 12:45 MDT: INTL - Networking Session

Join the INTL Lunch & Liaise – Bring your own beverage and good vibes as we celebrate new connections. In this session, you will have the opportunity to meet new people, learn INTL, fund your Amazon wallet with an awesome prize, and most importantly, have fun!

Moderator:

Theresa Wanninger
University of Victoria

Jing Yao
Douglas College

Antonio Rivadeneira
Camosun College

Victoria Rissling
Macewan University

12:45 – 13:00 ADT: Health Break

13:00 - 13:45 MDT: CONCURRENT SESSION - A Whole Latte Collaboration: Developing Staff Networks for Student Support

Learn how an idea hatched over a coffee break grew into a community of practice, developing a network of staff dedicated to supporting international students. Topics discussed include identifying allies, building frameworks for collaboration, and how an interdisciplinary support network contributes to inclusive and effective internationalization.

Staff networks focused on student support built inclusive and responsive internationalization. From a grassroots initiative that started in 2015, we built the International Student Support Network at the University of Calgary. This group represents more than 16 offices and groups where international student support/advocacy takes place. We’ll discuss what we learned as we built the group, including challenges and growth opportunities and examples of unique collaborations that have emerged.

Heather Clitheroe
International Coordinator
University of Calgary

Garrett Beatty
Intercultural Programs Advisor
University of Calgary

13:00 - 13:45 MDT: CONCURRENT SESSION - Engaging the Part-Time Student in Global Learning

As institutions expand their part-time/continuing education programming, this student audience is often left out of mobility and internationalization at home programs. Leave equipped with a deeper understanding and actionable takeaways on how to engage these students in global learning initiatives, and with tips on overcoming potential challenges.

The workshop will examine the methods that the BCIT School of Business + Media has found effective in engaging part-time students in internationalization initiatives. By implementing programs and services that allow these students to participate in global learning opportunities in a cost effective, accessible, and adaptable way, participants will have the opportunity to reflect on how to make learning abroad and internationalization at home more inclusive.

Nele Tinck
International Program Advisor
British Columbia Institute of Technology

Eva Wong
International Program Advisor
British Columbia Institute of Technology

13:45 – 14:00 ADT: Health Break

14:00 - 14:45 MDT: CONCURRENT SESSION - Inclusion Matters: Developing an Intercultural Toolkit to Enhance Culturally Responsive Pedagogy

Recognizing the disparity between Canadian academic culture and the needs of a growing international and Permanent Resident student body, the Instructional and Leadership Development Centre at Saskatchewan Polytechnic created an Intercultural Toolkit and supplemental resources to teach faculty the importance of Culturally Responsive Pedagogy.

This session focuses on faculty resources for professional development to enhance the instruction and delivery of course materials. By utilizing the Intercultural Toolkit, learning from supplemental resources, and participating in the Cultural Café Community of Practice, faculty are encouraged to broaden their perspectives, view challenges through a cultural lens, and adapt their pedagogy to better support the success of ALL learners.

Selinda England
Facilitator/Intercultural Educator
Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Ben Bodnaryk
Facilitator/Intercultural Educator
Saskatchewan Polytechnic

14:00 - 14:45 MDT: CONCURRENT SESSION - Program Planning to Sustain International Student Enrollments

Using a combination of IRCC and ApplyBoard data, we will examine student mobility trends to the four Western Provinces, with a focus on top programs by sector and study level. Detail on existing capacity levels and average processing times will inform institutions’ decisions on program offerings and conversion strategies.

Mike Walkey
Partner Relations Manager
ApplyBoard

14:45 – 15:30 ADT: Health Break

15:30 - 16:30 MDT: Immigration Update with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

Representatives from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will take this opportunity to present information and updates pertinent to IRCC’s International Student Program and International Mobility Program as it has been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. IRCC representatives will answer questions curated by CBIE’s community and live from participants. The session will be moderated by CBIE’s Immigration Advisory Committee (IAC).

Panellist:

Angie Larocque
Senior Policy Analyst, Immigration
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada / Government of Canada

Imarú Baquero
Manager, International Student Services
University of Lethbridge

Patrick Sullivan
Director, International Centre,
Southern Alberta Institute of Technology

Regional Meetings Bursaries

The Canadian Bureau for International Education is pleased to award thirty (30) bursaries to new and emerging leaders in the field of international education to attend the CBIE Regional Meetings.

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Zoom Webinars and Meetings

The COVID-19 pandemic has made communications technology more relevant than it has ever been. We have opted to use Zoom Webinars and Zoom Meetings for this event.

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Thank you to our panellists and presenters.

John Partington

John Partington

Southern Alberta
Institute of Technology

Kajol Bhatia

Kajol Bhatia

Southern Alberta
Institute of Technology

Thevi Pather

Thevi Pather

Saskatchewan
Polytechnic

Eva Wong

Eva Wong

British Columbia
Institute of Technology

Nele Tinck

Nele Tinck

British Columbia
Institute of Technology

Lisa Lozanski

Lisa Lozanski

University of Alberta

Heather Seyl Miyashita

Heather Seyl Miyashita

University of Alberta

Deanna Speidel

Deanna Speidel

Saskatchewan
Polytechnic

Heather Clitheroe

Heather Clitheroe

University of Calgary

Garrett Beatty

Garrett Beatty

University of Calgary

Admir Chihaluca

Admir Chihaluca

Southern Alberta
Institute of Technology

Selinda England

Selinda England

Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Ben Bodnaryk

Ben Bodnaryk

Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Mike Walkey

Mike Walkey

ApplyBoard

Diana Chang

Diana Chang

ApplyBoard