e-Learning Seminar

Cross-Cultural Competencies for Managing International Partnerships

Date & Time

Monday, November 05, 2018, 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. (EDT)

Original Broadcast

Monday, November 05, 2018, 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. (EDT)


$129 (member) $179 (nonmember)

Recording Price

$69 (member) $109 (nonmember)

Registration Deadline

Monday, November 05, 2018

Every year, thousands of university representatives attend the NAFSA Annual Conference & Expo, the largest international education event of its kind. Much of their time consists of building new partnerships and maintaining long-standing relationships with colleagues from around the world. After the conference ends, navigating and managing successful international partner relations, though, is as much about cross-cultural fluency as it is about logistics and academic coursework.

In this NAFSA e-Learning Seminar, presenters will elaborate on how to effectively use intercultural communication skills for successful partnerships and how to train staff to bring the same perspectives to their communication with partners. Presenters will also discuss best practices for cross-cultural communication.


After attending this NAFSA e-Learning Seminar, participants will be able to:

  • Identify multiple perspectives that influence international relationships;
  • Effectively communicate and articulate shared expectations with overseas partners; and
  • Develop a list of strategies for cross-cultural competency.

The content of this seminar will be relevant to international educators in all fields and departments.


Eylem Atakav, PhD University of East Anglia

Eylem Atakav, PhD, is senior lecturer in film and television studies and associate dean for internationalization at the University of East Anglia, where she teaches courses on women, Islam, and media, as well as Middle Eastern media. She served as the leader for the Intercultural Communication and Training Network of NAFSA's Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship Knowledge Community between 2015 and 2018. She is the recipient of the 2016 Society for Cinema and Media Studies Outstanding Contribution to Pedagogy Award and was recently selected as a Higher Education Academy National Teaching Fellow. She is the author of Women and Turkish Cinema: Gender Politics, Cultural Identity and Representation and editor of Directory of World Cinema: Turkey. In addition, she is the director of "Growing Up Married," an internationally acclaimed documentary about forced marriage and child brides in Turkey.

Gbemi Disu
George Mason University

Gbemi Disu is currently the chief business officer of George Mason University’s Korea campus. Since joining the university in 2013, Disu has also held the positions of chief operating officer (Korea); executive director for strategic initiatives; executive director for global strategy; and special assistant to the president. Prior to George Mason University, Disu was special assistant to the President at Thunderbird School of Global Management. At Thunderbird, Disu was responsible for managing global strategic initiatives for the Office of the President, including playing a key role in managing three presidential transitions for the board of trustees; increasing alumni engagement; increasing student enrollment; successfully completing the institution’s largest capital campaign; and developing corporate partnerships for career services. Before transitioning to a career in higher education, Disu worked as assistant vice president for strategic cost initiatives at Hong Kong Shanghai Banking Corporation. A global enthusiast, she is multi-lingual and has lived, worked, and travelled to almost 100 countries.

Scott Manning, PhD
Susquehanna University

Scott Manning, PhD, is dean of global programs and associate professor of French at Susquehanna University. He is the founding director of the Susquehanna Global Opportunities program: a graduation requirement for all students that includes a cross-cultural immersion experience bookended by course work on campus before and after. He has written and presented on a range of international education topics, including program assessment; student preparation and choices; and domestic study away. His current research focuses on student strengths and universal access to study abroad and study away.

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