Exciting Educational Sessions at ACPA 2019 in Boston


International Colloquium: Mental Health and International Students: Addressing Mental Health Across Cultural Contexts

Brought to you by the Commission for Global Dimensions of Student Development

Sunday, March 3, 2019 @ 8:30-12:30 PM: Pre-Convention Session.

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International Students and Mental Health

Co-sponsored by the Commission for Global Dimensions of Student Development and the Commission for Counseling and Psychological Services

Monday, March 4, 2019 @ 8:30-9:45 AM, 204 Hynes Convention Center

Mental health issues are on the rise among all college students, including international students. Practitioners from all functional areas are invited to hear from a panel of experts - faculty engaging in research on international students' mental health and practitioners from various functional areas working with international students - about the unique challenges international students face and ways to proactively address international students' mental health concerns. The focus will be on Asian international students, who make up the largest group of international students in the U.S.  Participants will be able to engage in problem-solving on how to address international students' mental concerns in different functional areas.


Panel: Navigating Higher Education: Experiences of Foreign-Born Professionals in the U.S.

Sponsored by the Commission for Global Dimensions of Student Development

Monday, March 4, 2019 @ 3-4:15 PM, 204 Hynes Convention Center

This Panel Session invites you to hear about the unique experience of foreign-born higher education and student affairs professionals, the unique contributions they bring to the field and the obstacles they have to overcome to navigate the professional world. The audience will hear from five foreign-born higher education professionals from different countries, institutions, regions and professional experiences. This session will help you better understand the experiences, successes, and unique perspectives of your foreign-born graduate students and colleagues as they navigate a career in higher education in the U.S. Learn about resources and effective strategies for being a supportive colleague and mentor to foreign-born Higher Education professionals.


International Advising During an Era of Uncertainty

Co-sponsored by the Commission for Global Dimensions of Student Development and the Commission for Student Conduct and Legal Issues

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 @ 4:30-5:30 PM, 202 Hynes Convention Center

More information coming soon.


Take a Pause from Campus: The Yale-NUS College Model

Sponsored by the Commission for Global Dimensions of Student Development

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 @ 8:30-9:45 AM, Sheraton Boston Hotel - Independence East

More information coming soon.


General Information About Sponsored Programs at ACPA's Annual Conventions

Ever year, CGDSD sponsors a number of programs at the Annual Convention. Programs address a broad range of international and global issues in post-secondary education. We encourage professionals at all levels and from all countries to consider submitting a program proposal for sponsorship.

For example, if your work and your interests are related to:

  • The practice(s) of student affairs world globally,
  • Education abroad and/or international student programs,
  • Examples of intercultural competence development (at home) initiatives, or
  • Ideas and discussions on working with diverse populations of students

...you should consider submitting a program proposal for sponsorship!

Why Submit a Sponsored Program?

A sponsored program receives additional visibility among existing members of the Commission. Sponsored programs also get greater promotion to all conference attendees though dedicated and additional spaces in the conference program and web promotion.

Submiting a Sponsored Program

To have your program considered for sponsorship:

If your proposal covers multiple areas (e.g. career planning for international students) you can indicate co-sponsorship (by selecting CGDSD and another Commission or Coalition). 

The co-sponsored option means we can sponsor more great work as it only counts as 0.5 of our 5 allotted spots. Remember, proposals not selected for sponsorship will remain in consideration in the general program review!

Serving as a Proposal Reviewer

Commission members volunteer to review all program proposals submitted to the CGDSD for Sponsorship each summer/early Fall. If you are interested in serving as a Reviewer or would like more information, please contact the Commission at cgdsd@acpa.nche.edu