35th Annual Conference

Contextualizing Social Justice within Study Abroad in Latin America

Cali, Colombia — February 21-24, 2024

Conference Activities and Sessions

Our 35th Annual Conference, Culture, Sustainability, and Environment in Latin America, will take place February 21-24, 2024, in Cali, Colombia. AAPLAC is grateful to our host organization, CET Academic Programs, for their support of the conference.

*All times are shown in US Central Standard Time (CST).

This schedule is subject to change and will be updated as needed.

Wednesday, February 21
11:00 AM - 3:00 PMRegistration
NH Hotel Lobby
3:00 PMTransportation to Universidad del Valle
NH Hotel Lobby
3:30 - 6:00 PMPopular Education Workshop "Talking Maps" (optional)
Universidad del Valle, Open Air

During this interactive workshop, members of the Popular Education department at Universidad del Valle will lead AAPLAC participants and local university students through the creation of “Talking Maps." This method empowers members of local communities to learn about their environments, noting safe spaces, high-risk areas, public services, etc. By engaging in this practice, workshop participants will learn how the method contributes to broader pedagogical approaches in Popular Education.

The fee for this optional activity is $45.
7:00 - 7:30 PMKeynote Address
Libia Díaz Ulibares, Co-Founder MINE
Conference Room, NH Hotel
7:30 - 9:00 PMWelcome Reception
NH Hotel Poolside
Thursday, February 22
All Thursday sessions will be held in Xepia Auditorium, Universidad del Occidente
8:30 AMTransportation to Universidad Autónoma del Occidente
NH Hotel Lobby
9:00 - 10:15 AMConference Opening and Welcome
10:15 - 11:15 AMSession 1
Moderator: I. Carolina Caballero, Tulane University

Black Girl Abroad: How Black Girls and Women Experience Microaggressions and Racism While Studying Abroad
Chassidy Simmons, Tulane University

From Diversity to Full Participation: Global Scholars and Social Justice at Albright College
Adam John, Albright College
Sandy Bravo, CEDEI Foundation
Elicia Aponte, Albright College
Jocelyn McLaughlin, Albright College
11:15 - 11:30 AMCoffee Break
Sponsored by CEDEI Foundation - International Programs
CEDEI Foundation - International Programs
11:30 PM - 12:30 PMSession 2
Moderator: Kathleen McInerney, St. Xavier University

Cross-disciplinary Teaching & the Cultural Sustainability of Indigenous Boruca in Costa Rica
David T. Osgood, Albright College
Kristen T. Woodward, Albright College

Bridging Cultures and Classrooms: Experiential Learning of US Preservice Teachers in Costa Rica
Katya Koubek, James Madison University
Olman Vargas Rojas, Green Forest School

HBCU Encounters with the Afro-Latin American Diaspora
Shearon Roberts, Xavier University of Louisiana
12:30 - 2:00 PMLunch, self-pay (cash required)
Campus Restaurant
2:00 - 3:00 PMSession 3: Panel Discussion

Perspectivas decoloniales en educación internacional: desde la teoría a las prácticas
Héctor Cruz Feliciano, CET Academic Programs
Andrea A. Rizzotti, FLACSO Argentina
3:00 - 3:15 PMCoffee Break
Sponsored by Natik
3:15 - 4:15 PMSession 4
Moderator: Valerie McGinley, Tulane University

It's All About the Partnership: How to Create and Fund Inclusive, Cross-Disciplinary, and Collaborative Projects for Global Education
Colleen Ebacher, Towson University

Making Global Learning Accessible for All
Irina Golubeva, University of Maryland, Baltimore County - UMBC
Adam Holden, University of Maryland, Baltimore County - UMBC
Katherine Heird, University of Maryland, Baltimore County – UMBC

Transforming Teacher Education through Intercultural Efforts Across the Curriculum
Steven Gardner, Illinois College
4:15 - 4:30 PMCoffee Break
Sponsored by Albright College
Albright College logo
4:30 - 5:30 PMSession 5
Moderator: Hannah Palmer, Tulane University

African Art in the City: Looking Beyond State Narratives
Cynthia Becker, Boston University

The RobotArts Initiative: Strengthening Relations between Engineering and Arts in Colombia and the US
Victor Rodriguez-Toro, Georgia Institute of Technology
5:45 PMTransportation to NH Hotel
Friday, February 23
All Friday sessions will take place in the Germán Colmenares Auditorium, Facultad de Humanidades, Universidad del Valle
8:30 AMGroup Departure for Universidad del Valle (walking)
NH Hotel Lobby
9:00 - 9:30 AMWelcome from Universidad del Valle
9:30 - 10:30 AMSession 6
Moderator: Annie Gibson, Tulane University

Experiencias de movilidad internacional por razones de estudio de jóvenes profesionales étnicos colombianos. Acción afirmativa y justicia racial
Rosa Emilia Bermúdez Rico, Universidad del Valle

Latin America's Potential to Create Pan-African Global Citizens Through Study Abroad
Nyasha Franklin, World 2 the Whyze

Developing Study Abroad and Exchange Programs with a Focus on the African Diaspora in Latin America: Possibilities and Challenges for a Small College
Daniel Cozart, Utica University
10:30 - 10:45 AMCoffee Break
Sponsored by Tulane University Stone Center for Latin American Studies
Tulane University Stone Center for Latin American Studies logo
10:45 - 11:45 AMSession 7
Moderator: Stephanie Athey, Lasell University

Challenging Traditional Service-Learning in Education Abroad: Toward a Critical Model of Community-Engaged Learning in the Yucatán, Mexico
Casey Love, Tulane University
Keona Patel, Tulane University

Desafiando las tendencias colonialistas en el contexto de programas de estudio en el extranjero mediante la focalización de las narrativas de las comunidades afrocolombianas
Cyntoya McCall, Tulane University/CET Academic Programs
Diego Lugo-Vivas, CET Academic Programs

Los docentes universitarios y la internacionalización desde casa: COIL como recurso para el desarrollo de la competencia intercultural
Migdalia E. Rodríguez Rosales, Universidad de Sonora, México
Marisol Delgado Torres, Universidad de Sonora, México
11:45 AM - 1:00 PMSession 8: Poster Session Gallery Walk
Outside of Germán Colmenares Auditorium

Análisis de asentamientos irregulares en Cali, Colombia
Gina Coque Alarcón, Yale University

Desarrollo de la capacidad argumentativa: Una estrategia para alcanzar el pensamiento crítico
Jaime Rodríguez Anguiano, Universidad de Guanajuato

3-Inter: Internacional-Intercultural-Interdisciplinario
Romina Fabiola Ríos Hernández, Universidad de Guanajuato

Estrategias metodológicas que incentivan al capital cultural en niños, niñas y adolescents
Marco Antonio Sierra Quezada, Universidad de Guanajuato

Post-COVID Data and Advising-Centered Strategies for Addressing Decline in Study Abroad in Latin America
Hannah Palmer, Tulane University
Annie Gibson, Tulane University
Siena Farrar, Tulane University

Global Fluency: The Impact of Language Learning in Study Abroad
Catie Mae Carey, Tulane University

Resplandor international: un model en el desarrollo humano y aprendizaje en un centro comunitario intercultural en México
Todd Fletcher, Resplandor International/University of Arizona

Changing Narratives by Building Community: The Case of Haiti's Pockets of Hope
Amy Bracken, W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Experiencias de aprendizaje de estudiantes con discapacidad de visual de la DAEA con la plataforma educativa TEAMS
Gladys del Carmen Medina Morales, Universidad Juárez Autónoma de Tabasco

Fundación Paraguaya and Experiential Learning
Sophia Young, Tulane University
Vesna Yuki Kesić, Tulane University
Sophie Potter, Tulane University

Decolonizing Global Health: Moving from Theory to Praxis through a Pre-departure Program - Results of Pilot Launch
Setareh Alavi, Tulane University

Sensibilidad intercultural en estudiantes de movilidad internacional
Dania Abigail Acosta Ramírez, Universidad de Guanajuato
1:00 - 2:00 PMLunch on your own
2:00 - 3:00 PMSession 9
Moderator: Malcolm Miguel Botto, Brigham Young University

Saúde e Bom-Viver: tentativas dialógicas de interculturalidade
Maria de Lourdes Beldi de Alcantara, Faculdade de Medicina-LIM-50, Universidade de São Paulo

ALICUMAPE: Escuela de Alfabetización e Interculturalidad para el cuidado materno perinatal desde la perspectiva de comunidades nativas
Claudia Patricia Motta León,
Daniela Herrera Grajales, Fundación Universitaria Juan N Corpas
3:00 - 3:15 PMCoffee Break
Sponsored by BYU Kennedy Center for International Studies BYU Kennedy Center logo
3:15 - 4:00 PMSession 10
Moderator: Siena Farrar, Tulane University

Short Term Travel as a Springboard to Change: Strategies for Developing Decolonial Courses that Transform Student Experience Abroad
Bridgette W. Gunnels, Oxford College of Emory University
Carolina Caballero, Tulane University

Rising from the Ruins: Reviving Global Learning Outcomes in Health Science, Humanities, and Education
Stephanie Athey, Lasell University
Charlotte Frazier, Lasell University
4:00 - 4:15 PMIntroducing AAPLAC 2025
4:15 - 4:30 PMCoffee Break
4:15 - 5:00 PMBusiness Meeting
All conference attendees have voting rights
5:15 PMTransportation to NH Hotel
6:30 PMTransportation to Happy Hour
NH Lobby
7:00 - 8:00 PMCET Happy Hour
7:00 - 10:00 PMConference Dinner
Saturday, February 24
9:30 AMTransportation to Excursion Locations (optional)
NH Lobby
10:00 AM - 1:00 PMLa Esgrima de Machete y Bordón

La esgrima de machete y bordón is a stick fighting tradition utilized by Afro-Colombians during the War of Independence. The practice has been maintained by Afro-Colombians in el Valle de Cauca as a symbol of pride and resistance. Participants in this workshop will travel to Puerto Tejada to learn about its history from masters of the art and community leaders before engaging in the practice themselves.

The fee for this optional activity is $50, which includes transport, equipment, and lunch. NOTE: This workshop takes place at the same time as the tour of Alameda Market and San Antonio neighborhood.
10:00 AM - 1:00 PMTour of Alameda Market and San Antonio Neighborhood

Take time for shopping and trying local treats in Alameda Market, admire city views from San Antonio neighborhood, and have a group lunch on a beautiful terraza.

The fee for this optional activity is $40, which includes transport and lunch. NOTE: This tour takes place at the same time as the Esgrima de Machete y Bordón workshop.
9:30 PMMulato Cabaret
Arrive independently between 9:30-10:00 PM. Check in with your name at the door to receive your bracelet and be escorted to the reserved AAPLAC tables in the VIP section. Shows at 11:30 PM and 1:30 AM.

Enjoy an interactive Cali-style salsa dancing performance and dinner to close out the conference.

The fee for this optional activity is $80, which includes entrance, performance, full dinner, and alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

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Register now for AAPLAC 2024 in Cali. You'll find conference registration fees and costs for optional activities here as well.

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