About the International Colloquium

Each year, the CGDSD International Colloquium brings together scholars, practitioners, graduate students, and policymakers from around the world for a half-day or daylong program on pressing global issues within the profession. Each year's Colloquium takes a different focus on a substantive issue related to student success. Invited speakers present and lead discussion and dialogue.

International Colloquium

The 8th international colloquium will take place Sunday before the start of the Annual ACPA Convention in Boston

To register for the Pre-Convention Session and the ACPA Convention at http://convention.myacpa.org/boston2019/registration/
Cost: $50


Dr. Gudrun Nyunt, Northern Illinois University
Dr. Anne Hornak, Central Michigan University
Dr. Katie Koo, Texas A&M University Commerce
Dr. Ken Guan, Indiana University Bloomington


Mental health issues are on the rise among all college students, including international students. Some of the unique challenges international students face – such as language barriers, acculturative stress, unrealistic expectations, crises originating at home – can also lead to or increase mental health issues. How issues of mental health are addressed, however, varies depending on societal and cultural understandings and contexts. To serve our international populations, Student Affairs practitioners need to understand the unique challenges international students face, learn how to refer students to mental health resources in a culturally appropriate way, and gain insights into ways they can proactively address international students’ mental health.

This interactive pre-convention session is geared toward practitioners from all functional areas, who interact with international students. The session will start with a quick overview of student mobility and will then dive into mental health issues unique to international students. We will focus specifically on Asian international students, who make up the highest percentage of international students at many institutions in the U.S., Canada, England, Australia, and many other countries. A panel of practitioners, mental health professionals, and researchers will engage participants in a discussion on ways that Student Affairs professionals can support international students and encourage utilization of mental health resources. Participants will also have the opportunity to discuss how they can use what they learned from this session to their specific functional area.

As a result of attending the session, participants will have a better understanding of the unique mental health challenges international students face, how culture influences mental health and ways in which individuals seek help for mental health issues, and how Student Affairs professionals can better support international students and proactively address mental health concerns of international students.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/290812231645051/

ACPA Convention Website: http://convention.myacpa.org/boston2019/

For questions, please contact Gudrun Nyunt at gnyunt@niu.edu.

Past Colloquia

The 2017 International Colloquium, "Concepts of 'Social Justice' Around the World" was a half-day session designed to explore “social justice” through a cross cultural perspective. The workshop will provide participants an opportunity to unpack how “social justice” is done in the US and around the world, in the hopes that we can reconstruct an understanding of the work associated with justice and equity.

Professional Competency Alignment:

  • Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
  • History, Philosophy, and Values


  • Elizabeth Niehaus, University of Nebraska- Lincoln
  • Lena Kavaliauskas Crain, University of Maryland, College Park
  • Anne M. Hornak, Central Michigan University

The 2016 International Colloquium focused on Global Competence for Student Affairs Practice. The full-day session built on the recent revisions to the ACPA/NASPA joint Professional Competency Areas for Student Affairs Educators. 

The morning featured guest keynote speaker Joyce Osland, a leading expert on global leadership and global competence development, who explored with participants how they can develop their own global competence. Prior to the Colloquium all participants had the opportunity to complete a comprehensive self-assessment of global competence, and received their results during the morning session.

In the afternoon, participants turned to a discussion of how student affairs professionals can help students develop global competence, featuring a “table tour” of colleagues who are successfully promoting students’ global competence development across a wide variety of student affairs functional areas. The afternoon also featured a discussion of the global dimensions of the ACPA/NASPA joint competencies.

The 2015 Colloquium in Tampa (USA) took as its theme Global Professionals: Student Affairs and Practice Around the World. Our program included presentations by Denny Roberts and Susan Komives, two senior leaders of the field with experience working and consulting with student affairs and services divisions outside of the U.S. context. Colloquium participants also participated in a “table tour” of three countries, learning from a facilitator who works in student affairs or services outside of the United States. Table facilitators included:

  • Ellen Broido, Associate Professor, Bowling Green State University (USA)
  • Roy Chan, Doctoral Student, Boston College (USA)
  • Peter Clegg, Caribbean Tertiary Level Personnel Association (CTLPA)
  • Beverly Ellis, Dean of Commuting Students, University of the Southern Caribbean (Trinidad and Tobago)
  • Emelie Helsen, Assistant Community Director, Michigan State University (USA)
  • Catherline Lee, Deputy Head, Education, Anglia Ruskin University (UK)
  • Allyson Logie-Eustace, Residence Hall Supervisor, University of the West Indies -- St. Augustine Campus and President, Caribbean Tertiary Level Personnel Association (CTLPA) (Trinidad and Tobago)
  • Brenda Marina, Associate Professor and Director, Center for Global Education and Research, Georgia Southern University (USA)
  • David Newman, Director, Student Life, University of Toronto (Canada)
  • Angelica Pazurek, Professor, University of Minnesota (USA)
  • Clayton Smith, Vice-Provost, Student Affairs, University of Windsor (Canada)
  • Michelle Vital, Doctoral Candidate, Michigan State University (USA)
  • Julie Walking, Director of Student Services, Anglia Ruskin University (UK)
  • Johnston Wong, Chief of Student Affairs, United International College (China)
  • Rich Zereik, Associate Director, Services for Students, McGill University (Canada)

The afternoon session included a panel discussion of student affairs and services professionals who have chosen to work in the field outside of their country of origin. Panelists included:

  • Emelie Helsen, Assistant Community Director, Michigan State University (USA)
  • David Newman, Director of Student Life, University of Toronto (Canada)
  • Kevin Stensberg, Assistant Executive Dean, Semester at Sea

Panelists were invited to reflect on how they were socialized to the norms and values of the field in their home country and on the similarity and differences between these norms and values and those that undergird the work in their new country of employment. 

The 2014 Colloquium in Indianapolis (USA) focused on the opportunities and challenges in creating connections for meaningful learning between international and domestic students. Participating speakers included:

  • Jenny Lee, Ph.D., Associate Professor, University of Arizona (USA). Currently a Fulbright Scholar to South Africa, Dr. Lee's research has contributed significantly to our understanding of international students' postsecondary experience and the role of domestic students in that experience.
  • Kathy M. Collins, Ph.D., Director, Residence Education and Housing Services at Michigan State University (USA). Dr. Collins recently took a group of Michigan State resident assistants to China to gain a greater understanding of Chinese culture.
  • Christopher Nyland, Ph.D., Professor of International Business in the Department of Management at Monash University (Australia). He co-authored the book, International Student Security, which examines the experiences of international students studying Australia and highlights the challenges these students face in terms of personal safety, language proficiency, finances, housing, loneliness and racism.
  • Wincy Li, M.A. Student, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto (Canada). Ms. Li is originally from Hong Kong and was an international student for eight years in Norway and Canada. Her research interests focus on international students, student services, and career development.

The 2013 Colloquium in Las Vegas (USA) featured two panels, each dealing with a substantive student success issue. Panelists representing Canada, New Zealand, Qatar, the U.S., and U.K. spoke to how the issue is approached in their jurisdictions. The morning panel addressed best practices in supporting Aboriginal, Indigenous, American Indian, and First Nations students in achieving their academic and personal goals, while the afternoon panel considered how best to support students in their religious, faith, spiritual and worldview development during their postsecondary studies. Participating speakers included:

  • Katie Bringman Baxter, M.A., Campus Engagement Manager, Interfaith Youth Core (USA). Ms. Baxter connects colleges and universities with IFYC opportunities and training. Prior to joining IFYC, Katie worked in student affairs and services where she developed a passion for helping students make a difference in the world by engaging with others.
  • Michelle Chino, Ph.D., Associate Professor, University of Nevada, Las Vegas (USA). Dr. Chino is a Professor with the School of Community Health Sciences and Department Chair for Environmental and Occupational Health. Her work focuses on building community capacity to address the social determinants of health, particularly issues that cross health and justice paradigms, such as environmental justice and violence prevention. 
  • Annie Grant, Ph.D., Dean of Students, University of East Anglia (UK). Dr. Grant has worked in student services for 18 years, five of them at UEA, following an earlier career as an archaeologist. She has taken an evidence-based approach to her work in order to ensure that the HE learning environment explicitly recognises the wide diversity in students’ backgrounds, circumstances and aspirations.
  • Leilani Kupo, Ph.D., Director of the Women's Resources and Research Center, University of California, Davis (USA). Dr. Kupo's research interests include educational access, identity intersectionality, gender equity, and indigenous knowledge, which she explores from national and international perspectives. 
  • Lori Peek, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Colorado State University (USA). Dr. Peek studies vulnerable populations in disaster, with a special emphasis on the experiences of low-income families, racial and ethnic minorities, women, and children. 
  • Michelle Pidgeon, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Simon Fraser University (Canada). Dr. Pigeon's research interests include the intersections between student affairs and services, recruitment and retention, Indigenous peoples, and student success in post-secondary education.
  • Sarah Tiakiwai, Ph.D., Academic Director, Waikato-Tainui College for Research and Development (New Zealand). Dr. Tiakiwai's research interests include the advancement of Maaori, with a particular interest in iwi development.