Building Bridges: An Exploration on Chilean and U.S. Higher Education

January 06 – January 12, 2019
Online and Santiago, Chile

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

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Building Bridges provides opportunities for mutual learning between higher education professionals in Chile and beyond. Participants will promotecapacity building in Chile and will seek to increase the awareness about cultural, educational, and student affairs practices. As the internationalization of student affairs continues to grow, your participation will contribute to the work of our profession, while also enhancing your intercultural competencies and self-awareness skills needed to continue your development as a leader in student affairs. Student affairs professionals of all levels are invited to take part in this online and in person experience.

All participants are enrolled in an on-line course that includes pre-trip, during, and post-trip learning. Participants can choose whether or not to take part in this experience for credit. Conversational Spanish is not required, but is desirable. Some events will have translation services available throughout our time in Chile.

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;
  • Compare and 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

For those who would like assistance in gaining academic credit through their home institution or other means, please contact either Dr. Dennis Roberts or Dr. Darbi Roberts. NASPA's on-line learning system (Matrix) will provide the common learning platform. 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 syllabus, 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.

Participants will work in small teams to conduct bibliographic research on citizenship and leadership and how it is broadly cultivated among students. This is a nationally-based concern that will potentially contribute to Chile adopting practices to improve the effectiveness of higher education in the country. Cross-national comparisons between the U.S. and Chile will be based on the newly released book by the instructors, Cultivating Students' Capacity for International Leadership, Issue 160 of New Directions for Leadership, to be available in November 2018.

VISA Information

Chile requires visitors from some countries to obtain visas in order to enter the country. Please check with government to see what regulations are in place. To begin your search, you can use this visa requirement list for more information. Please note: you must check with your government about visa requirements. This list is to be used as a helpful tool.


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Building Bridges: An Exploration on Chilean and U.S. Higher Education


This event is most likely to influence these groups.

  • Graduate
  • AVP or “Number Two”
  • Faculty
  • Mid-Level
  • New Professional
  • Senior Level
  • Vice President for Student Affairs


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The 2019 Building Bridges event is scheduled to coincide with a major summit of higher education staff and faculty in Santiago Chile on January 8, 2019. Those participating in the program will have the opportunity to visit cultural communities in Santiago and visit university facilities to gain first-hand experience working in an international higher education setting. Participants will arrive into Chile on January 6, 2019 and depart on January 12, 2019.

Sun, Jan 06

8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Arrival of Delegation to Santiago
9:30 am
Informal Reception at the Hotel (Crown Plaza)
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Welcome Lunch with Chilean Delegation
3:00 pm – 5:30 pm
First Meeting between Chile and Guest Participants
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Small Group Neighborhood Visits
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Dinner in Barrio Lastarria or Bellavista Neighbourhood in Small Groups
9:00 pm
Travel Back to Hotel

Mon, Jan 07

8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Presentation/Discussion of Culture – Its Origins and Implications
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Lunch on Own
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Presentation/Discussion of Education and Capacity Building for Citizenship and Leadership
College Neirborhood Visit in Downtown Santiago
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Small Group Dinner in Barrio Lastarria

Tue, Jan 08

8:00 am – 10:00 am
Identification of topics/Focus for Inquiry Teams
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Inquiry Teams Initial Meeting
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Lunch on Own
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Inquiry Teams – Comparative Discussion of Culture and its Impact on Citizenship and Leadership
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Inquiry Teams Report Out
5:00 pm – 8:00 p.m.
Dinner on Own

Wed, Jan 09

8:00 am – 7:00 p.m.
Latin American Summit on Education
8:30 pm

Thu, Jan 10

8:00 am – 7:00 p.m.
Santiago University Campus Visits/Tours
8:30 pm

Fri, Jan 11

8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Team Meetings to Explore Ways to Respond to Student Activism and Grass Roots Leadership
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Lunch on Own with Team Members
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Team reports and Discussion/Integration
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Dinner on Own

Sat, Jan 12

8:00 am – 11:00 am
Free time for Browsing, Breakfast, and Exercise in Barrio Lastarria
11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Visit to El Centro de Santiago
5:00 pm
First Departures to Airport

Sun, Jan 13

8:00 am
Continued Departures to Airport
8:00 a.m. – 2:00 pm
Optional Day in Vina Del Mar
5:00 pm
Final Departures to Airport


We invite you to register for the Building Bridges event:

The U.S. and International rate will cover accommodations, most meals, the course fee, and conference registration to the International Education Summit and XV Higher Education Management Conference in Chile. 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

07/31/2018 to 10/15/2018
after 10/16/2018
U.S. and International Delegates (Members)
Chilean Delegates
U.S. and International Delegates (Non-Members)


Tiki Ayiku
Assistant Vice President for Professional Development
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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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