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INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION LEADERSHIP
By Susan Ladika

From the Top
How SIOs Can Help Work Across Campus to Address Challenges
The University of South Florida (USF) recently found itself with a problem encountered by
most colleges and universities: A disproportionately low number of men-especially men from
diverse populations-were participating in education abroad programs.
While the problem is common enough, the potential
solution was unusual. With backing from Roger Brindley,
the Tampa, Florida,-based university's senior international officer (SIO) and USF system vice president, USF
World, the education abroad office was able to leverage
campus resources far beyond its own office walls: The
Education Abroad Office at USF has become the "client"
of three classes from the campus's Zimmerman School
of Advertising and Mass Communications. Students in
the advertising classes are hard at work this fall developing peer-level social media campaigns that will help
attract male students to education abroad.
It's a major advantage to have a senior international
officer involved in championing the university's education abroad diversity effort, both with students and with
top administrators, says Chris Haynes, an education
abroad adviser at the university. "We have the right
people in place to support it."

Widening the Pool
USF's effort is just one of the approaches that education
abroad offices in the United States are taking to try to
draw traditionally underrepresented groups to study
abroad, and education abroad practitioners say that
financing and other obstacles can be overcome much
more readily when the SIO gets directly involved.
"How education abroad enhances the education of
students and their outcomes can be a really powerful
message from SIOs" to a university's top administrators, says Heather Barclay Hamir, the president, CEO,
and senior international officer of the Institute for Study
Abroad at Butler University in Indianapolis.
Without outreach from top campus international
leaders, education abroad "might seem irrelevant
and only for students who are privileged," says Hamir.
Nationwide, the latest figures available from the
Institute of International Education's Open Doors report
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show that during the 2014-2015 academic year, 73 percent of those who studied abroad were white.
She says that makes it important for education
abroad offices to "develop strategies to decrease the
intimidation factor about even considering the option."
Part of that hesitancy comes from the fact that firstgeneration and ethnic minority students may be eager to
graduate as soon as possible so they can begin working
or go on to graduate school, Hamir says.
She says that senior international officers, collaborating with education abroad officials, can work with
other departments, such as the division of diversity or
with academic advisers, to help give education abroad
an endorsement from someone students already have a
trust relationship with.

Overcoming Financial Concerns
Financial concerns present another major obstacle to
education abroad, but one that SIOs can often help
make less onerous by getting the word out about funding help.
"Students don't necessarily realize how financial aid
transfers," Hamir says. "We want students to be able to
use their financial aid as much as possible."
Often the university will set up faculty-led study
trips so students can make use of their Pell grants and
financial aid, making sure that students receive credit
in an education abroad program that can be applied to
their degree.
SIOs can also be key to working across a broader
spectrum of campus offices and departments than education abroad officials are able to.
While financial issues "can be perceived as a barrier,
education abroad can be cheaper than studying at the
home campus," says Michele Arellano, associate director
of student services in the Office of Study Abroad at the
University of Kansas, in Lawrence.



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of International Educator - November/December 2017

From the Desk of
Frontlines
In Brief
Global Spotlight: Iran
Quick Questions
Feature: The New Why of Partnering: International Partnerships Are Expanding Their Reach and Goals
Feature: Partnering Case Studies: Leveraging Unconventionality
Feature: Doing Well by Doing Good: Social Entrepreneurship is Evolving to Meet New Realities
Education Abroad
International Student Affairs
International Enrollment
International Education Leadership
Forum
In Focus
Feature: A Healthy Balance
Feature: Mental Health: Leveraging Resources
International Educator - November/December 2017 - Cover1
International Educator - November/December 2017 - Cover2
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 1
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 2
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 3
International Educator - November/December 2017 - From the Desk of
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 5
International Educator - November/December 2017 - Frontlines
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 7
International Educator - November/December 2017 - In Brief
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 9
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 10
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 11
International Educator - November/December 2017 - Global Spotlight: Iran
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 13
International Educator - November/December 2017 - Quick Questions
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 15
International Educator - November/December 2017 - Feature: The New Why of Partnering: International Partnerships Are Expanding Their Reach and Goals
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 17
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 18
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 19
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 20
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 21
International Educator - November/December 2017 - Feature: Partnering Case Studies: Leveraging Unconventionality
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 23
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 24
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 25
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 26
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 27
International Educator - November/December 2017 - Feature: Doing Well by Doing Good: Social Entrepreneurship is Evolving to Meet New Realities
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 29
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 30
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 31
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 32
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 33
International Educator - November/December 2017 - Education Abroad
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 35
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 36
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 37
International Educator - November/December 2017 - International Student Affairs
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 39
International Educator - November/December 2017 - International Enrollment
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 41
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 42
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 43
International Educator - November/December 2017 - International Education Leadership
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 45
International Educator - November/December 2017 - Forum
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