Supporting Domestic and International Boarding Students

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Eaglebrook School, Deerfield, MA
8:15 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Presented and Facilitated by Metta Dael, Martha Neubert and Chris Thurber


  • Registration, Networking and Breakfast: 8:15 - 9:00 a.m.
  • Welcome: Becky Biggs, AISNE: 9:00 a.m.
  • Framing Multiculturalism for International Students: 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
  • Break: 10:30 - 10:45 a.m.
  • Promoting Acculturation and Adjustment: 10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
  • Networking Lunch: 12:15 - 1:00 p.m.
  • Panel of Peers: 1:00 - 1:45 p.m.
  • Reflections and Farewell: 1:45 - 2:00 p.m.

Register Here

This workshop is followed by a complimentary peer group gathering for Directors of Student Life and Deans of Students. RSVP here to participate.

Program Details:

Framing Multiculturalism for International Students: Proactive Ways to Set the Table for the World We Have Invited In

Presented and facilitated by Martha Neubert and Metta Dael, Northfield Mount Hermon School

When we welcome international students to our institutions, in addition to being guided by the school’s mission, we expect students to embrace their school’s core values and goals. We also expect domestic and international students alike will participate in their school’s growing diversity and inclusion initiatives. Yet, many of our students are coming from countries where they interact in homogeneous communities and are new to building bridges across lines of difference.

  • How might we better include our international students in our diversity work to support a broader understanding of global citizenship?
  • How can we engage them with issues such as Charlottesville or why we uphold the values of community service?
  • How can we make America’s diversity and identity conversations relevant to their lives as citizens of such an interconnected world?

Come ready to share ideas about how your school works with international students around conversations about diversity and inclusion.

Promoting Acculturation and Adjustment

Presented and facilitated by Chris Thurber and Phillips Exeter Academy

Starting school is always an adjustment, even for returning students. For international students, the challenges of boarding, being far from home, speaking another language and living in their host country are significant and often painful. Extreme homesickness, social isolation, physical illness and academic underperformance can ruin a term or lead to early withdrawal. This session will combine audio and video clips with practical discussion and techniques every school may use to prevent homesickness and diminish acculturation stress.

Panel of Peers

What information should you be providing to boarding students' parents? Which forms of communication are most effective? Hear from peers from Eaglebrook School and Northfield Mount Hermon School as they share their most successful strategies and facilitate a robust, full-group discussion.

About Our Speakers

Metta Dael is Director of International Admission at Northfield Mount Hermon School.

Martha Neubert is Dean of Equity and Social Justice at Northfield Mount Hermon School.

Chris Thurber is a board-certified clinical psychologist, educator, author, and father. He earned his BA from Harvard in 1991 and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from UCLA in 1997. A dedicated teacher from a young age, Chris has more than 30 years experience working with camps and independent schools. He's written about leadership, homesickness and youth development. An award-winning contributor to Camping Magazine and Camp Business, Chris has also shared his opinions and expertise on national and international radio, television, print media, podcasts, and webinars, including the Today Show, Martha Stewart, and CNN.

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