Building Bridges: A Dialogue on Chilean and U.S. Higher Education

October 20 – October 27, 2018
Online and Santiago de Chile

Join us for a unique learning experience for student affairs professionals. Building Bridges is an immersive cultural and educational opportunity where participants will enjoy a week-long experience in Santiago de Chile, attend the LAC conference, interact with Chilean higher educational professionals and enjoy cultural excursions.

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The Building Bridges: A Dialogue on Chilean and U.S. Higher Education program provides opportunities for mutual learning between higher education professionals in Chile and beyond. Building Bridges participants will promote capacity building in Chile and will seek to increase the awareness about cultural, educational, and student affairs practices. Student affairs professionals of all levels are invited to take part in this online and in person experience. Conversational Spanish is a pre-requisite for this experience.

All participants are enrolled in an on-line course that includes both pre-trip, during, and post-trip learning. Participants can choose whether or not to take part in this experience for credit.

Attend this program to:

  • Examine and learn about Chile, its history, culture and the values that drive its diverse citizens;
  • Identify similarities and differences between Chilean and American higher education;
  • Identify the unique challenges and opportunities in implementing and adapting the American system of higher education in Chile;
  • Contrast the international experience with American higher education and student affairs;
  • Identify ways in which increased knowledge about working with diverse groups and/or international students can be applied to practice; and
  • Gain knowledge on the collaboration and partnerships across cultural, institutional, community, and international borders

While academic credit will be offered through either the students’ institution or through a partnership with Colorado State University, NASPA’s on-line learning system (Matrix) will provide the common learning platform. As adjunct Colorado State University faculty, Drs. Darbi and Dennis Roberts will serve as the instructors for the course and will coordinate with the various graduate programs in completing course assignments and granting grades and course credit.

The full course syllabus can be obtained by clicking here.  If you have further questions about the syllabys, you can contact Dr. Dennis C. Roberts, Independent Consultant for New Dimensions in Education, and Dr. Darbi L. Roberts, Executive Director for International Student Services at Southern New Hampshire University, or Dr. Jody Donovan at Colorado State University.

In order to contribute to the Chile Summit, participants will work in small teams to conduct bibliographic research on select topics to be identified by the hosts in Chile. These topics will be locally-based concerns that will potentially contribute to Chile adopting practices to improve the effectiveness of higher education in the country. The findings of the small groups will be presented at the Chile Summit.


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We invite you to register for the Building Bridges: A Dialogue on Chilean and U.S. Higher Education.

The U.S. and International rate will cover accommodations, most meals, the course fee, and conference registration to the Latin American and Caribbean Conference. This fee will not cover your flight to Chile.

The Chilean colleague rate only covers the course fee and some meals.

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Registration Fees

04/17/2018 to 07/01/2018
after 07/2/2018
Chilean Delegates
U.S. and International Delegates


Tiki Ayiku
Assistant Vice President for Professional Development
Email: [email protected]
Phone: +1-202-719-1184


  • Dr. Darbi Roberts

    Dr. Darbi Roberts

    Executive Director of International Student Services
    Southern New Hampshire University

    Faculty Bio

  • Dr. Daniela Veliz

    Dr. Daniela Veliz

    Assistant Professor and Vice Director of Teaching and Learning
    School of Education - Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

    Faculty Bio

  • Dr. Dennis Robert

    Dr. Dennis Robert

    Independent Consultant
    New Dimensions in Education

    Faculty Bio

  • Dr. William Young

    Dr. William Young

    Director of Student Affairs
    Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

    Faculty Bio


Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Santiago, Region Metropolitana, Chile

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