2017 Area Studies and Outreach Conference

November 16 at UC Berkeley

Background image: Old map of San Francisco Bay Area


Join colleagues from Area Studies Centers around the country to discuss challenges and creative ideas in educational outreach.

9:00 AM

Registration & Breakfast

9:30 AM

Welcome & Introductions

10:00 AM

Creative, Low-Cost programming and Alternate Funding Options

Panelists: Breeanna Elliott (Boston University); Karen Goldman (University of Pittsburgh)

This panel will introduce particpants to four innovative approaches to outreach programming in the face of budget constraints: collaborations with national and regional partners like TED-Ed; creative uses of technology to extend and enhance event impacts; ongoing local district and individual school partnerships; and external funding opportunties.

10:30 AM

Theme 1 Group Discussions

11:10 AM


11:20 AM

Successful Partnerships with Teacher Training Programs

Panelists: Deborah Jane (University of Minnesota); Keira Philipp-Schnurer (University of New Mexico)

This interactive session on designing successful partnerships with teacher training programs will focus on three areas: tailoring outreach to teacher training programs; sustainability and scaffolding/knowledge building of successful programs; and assessing Title VI programs (the dreaded PMFs). At the end of the session, participants will have generated lists of resources and strategies.

11:50 AM

Theme 2 Group Discussions

12:30 PM


1:30 PM

Thriving with Your Educator Community:
Best Practices for Sustaining Partnerships and Engagement

Panelists: Emily Chavez (Duke University); Zsuzsánna Magdó (University of Pittsburgh)

The Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke University will partner with the University Center for International Studies at the University of Pittsburgh to facilitate a conversation on successful practices in and new opportunities for growing with our K-12, CC and MSI educator community. We will examine best practices around engaging educators in outreach programming, including being responsive to the curricular interests and needs of teachers, utilizing teachers’ expertise in programming, and developing professional development activities that provide ongoing and cumulative enrichment opportunities for teachers (and ultimately, for their students). UCIS will feature their collaboration with Pitt's College in High School Program, an initiative that has recently received support from the Longview Foundation and that will establish the Summer Institute for Pennsylvania Teachers starting June 2018.

2:00 PM

Theme 3 Group Discussions

2:45 PM

Working Session

3:30 PM

Closing Remarks

Logistical Information


We will meet on Thursday, November 16, 2017, just before the start of the annual NCSS gathering.

Optional social gatherings will also take place on Wednesday evening (11/15) in San Francisco and on Thursday evening (11/16)* in Berkeley.

*Attendees may also wish to organize working dinners Thursday evening with colleagues to discuss additional projects.


ORIAS Office
1995 University Avenue, Suite 510
Berkeley, CA 94704

The ORIAS office is located east of campus in the same building as Berkeley's Institute for East Asian Studies and Center for Southeast Asian Studies. 

The Moscone Center, site of the NCSS Conference, is about 45 minutes from the ORIAS offices, via public transit.


The ORIAS office is three blocks from the Downtown Berkeley BART station. For maps, and information about local bus access and parking click here. If you choose to drive, please be aware that even the reverse commute from San Francisco to Berkeley can be unpredictable. Public transit is often the best option.


Stanford's Center for Latin American Studies and UC Berkeley's Office of Resources for International and Area Studies (ORIAS) will be your co-hosts. Please contact Molly Aufdermauer (CLAS) or Shane Carter (ORIAS) with any questions.