Thursday, October 13, 2022 (Virtual)

2:00 – 4:00 pm Central European Summer Time (CEST)/UTC+2

Just, equitable, sustainable education abroad puts an end to replication of colonial and settler-colonial thoughts and patterns in present-day programming. It also works to challenge historical hegemonies and redesign programs to model and encourage decolonial approaches to intercultural interactions and knowledge exchange for students. Join colleagues with extensive experience in education abroad on-site for a frank discussion about how to bring balance to long-time power inequities between individuals and institutions engaging in education abroad.


Nedra Sandiford
Administrative Director, Dickinson in Spain, Dickinson College (Málaga)
Nedra Sandiford, a graduate of Dickinson College, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Policy Management. While at Dickinson she spent a semester in Málaga, Spain. Upon graduation she moved to Málaga and worked as an ESL teacher for three years. She moved back to her native New York City to pursue a master’s degree in International Affairs with a concentration in Media and Culture at the New School. Before joining Dickinson, Nedra worked in Marketing and Advertising, both in NYC and in Málaga.


Sophia Pekowsky
Graduate Student, Utrecht University & Editorial Assistant, Voices from the South: Decolonial Perspectives in International Education
Sophia Pekowsky is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Women and Gender Studies from the University of Utrecht in The Netherlands. Previously, she worked for the International Education Program (PEI) at the Latin American Faculty of Social Science (FLACSO-Argentina) as Research and Program Assistant. Sophia participated in a semester-long study abroad program in Buenos Aires in 2017 as a student at Oberlin college, and returned to Argentina for a Fulbright Research Grant in 2019 to study the humanized birth movement. Her research interests include themes related to birth and reproduction, decolonial pedagogy, and critical international education.


Mauricio Paredes
Director of Syracuse Santiago (Chile), Syracuse University
Mauricio Paredes opened the Syracuse Santiago program in 2008. He teaches the traveling seminar and a course on dictatorships, human rights and historical memory. He earned a Ph.D. in history from the University of Chile and is a scholar on Chilean internment camps for Japanese during World War II. His research also includes nationalism and U.S. involvement in Chilean politics.


Elena Corbett
Director of Education Abroad, AMIDEAST
Elena Corbett holds a Ph.D. from the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago, where she specialized in the history of the modern Middle East, particularly the narratives woven by archaeology and related sciences in contexts of colonialism, nationalism, capitalism, and resistance. Prior to AMIDEAST, Elena was Center Director at CIEE in Amman for almost 5 years. Before that, she was on an academic career path at both Penn State University Erie and the U.S. Naval Academy. A former CASA, ACOR, CAORC, and Fulbright DDRA fellow and the first program coordinator for CLS in Jordan, Elena is deeply passionate about mentorship and enabling for others the same kinds of opportunities that have been so critical on her own journey.

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