Iowa International Education Conference

Des Moines, IA US
April 25, 2019


The cost to attend is $25. The fee includes a continental breakfast and lunch. Registration for student participants is free.

Click here to register.

If you have questions, please contact Karla McCollum at

Important dates:

  • Session Proposal Submission: Thursday, March 14.
    • Submit a session proposal. (closed)
  • Poster Presentation Submission: Thursday, April 18.
  • Registration Deadline: Friday, April 19.

Target Audience

Faculty, staff, administrators, and other interested individuals involved with international student affairs and education abroad. 


9 amRegistration, breakfast, and exhibitors
9:30 amWelcome
10 am

Keynote Address: International Education Takes You Higher

Joshua V. Barr, Esq.
Director, Civil & Human Rights Department, City of Des Moines

  • Identify challenges of international education in this era.
  • Recognize historical figures who come from international educations.
  • Describe how to welcome others and feel more welcomed in an international society.
11 amPoster Fair, Campus Tours, and Networking
11:30 amLunch (poster fair and networking continued)
12:30 pmConcurrent Session 1Concurrent Session 1Concurrent Session 1
1:20 pmBreak
1:30 pmConcurrent Session 2Concurrent Session 2Concurrent Session 2
2:20 pmBreak
2:30 pmConcurrent Session 3Concurrent Session 3Concurrent Session 3
3:30 pmClosing Remarks and Adjourn

Keynote Speaker

Joshua V. Barr is a native of Sumter, South Carolina. He earned his Bachelors of Business Administration in Management from Francis Marion University in Florence, SC. Upon obtaining his degree, Joshua went on to pursue his Juris Doctorate at the University of South Carolina School of Law (USC Law). While in law school, his emphasis was business and corporate law. Upon graduating and becoming an attorney, Joshua became a general practice attorney at the Barr Law Firm in Kingstree, SC. Joshua later decided to further his education and business knowledge by pursuing his MBA at the Penn State University. After graduation, Joshua moved to Colombia, South America to conduct research on institutional corruption at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana Cali (Javeriana University), publishing the academic journal articles: A Legal Perspective on Corruption Models and The Evolution of Business Law in Colombia: Is it Possible to End Colombia’s Legal Dependency? Joshua later became a professor at Javeriana University teaching international business and law courses. He also served as the International Legal Counsel for Corn Products International Andina (now known as Ingredion) and the Director of Education for the foundation GSC Ingles Para Todos (GSC English for Everyone). After two fantastic and thought-stimulating years in Colombia, Joshua returned to the United States to address social issues in his native state of South Carolina. From 2013 to 2015, Joshua worked as a civil rights attorney and the State Fair Housing Director at the South Carolina Human Affairs Commission increasing the reach of the Commission in the rural areas of South Carolina and increasing the number of probable cause discrimination cases in both housing and employment. 

Joshua presently works as the Director of the Civil & Human Rights Department for the City of Des Moines. Since taking the helm of civil and human rights in Des Moines, the department has increased both the number of cases filed in the office and the number of probable cause cases by 200 and 400 percent respectively. Joshua has worked tirelessly to increase community outreach and teach communities their rights. Since joining the Commission, he has expanded the annual human rights symposium and increased attendance by 180% making it a statewide event. Joshua has also expanded the equity work in the city by bringing in an equity coordinator to help address inequities in both Des Moines government services and socio-economic stabilities for Des Moines communities.  In 2018, Joshua and his team put together a city-wide dialogue entitled “Bridging the Gap” using community voice to determine how to create a safer, more just community that is filled with opportunity for all. 

With the Des Moines Civil & Human Rights Commission, Joshua works tirelessly to make Des Moines a model city and give all persons in Des Moines the opportunity to climb up the socio-economic ladder.

Poster Presentations

We are excited to announce that the 7th annual Iowa International Education Conference will be offering a poster session! All individuals attending are invited to participate. Posters may be presented on any topic, experience, or research in the field of international education. The deadline to register your poster is Thursday, April 18. 

Register your poster.

Poster Presentation Guidelines

Posters should be no more than 5′ wide and 4′ high. Materials to hang your poster will be available on-site. On the day of the program, posters must be displayed by 9 am and removed by 4 pm. 

Presenters should prepare and practice a short summary speech - no more than 3 minutes - about their project. Presenters should also consider the following criteria when constructing their poster:

  • Visual/Technical – Title, author(s), affiliation, and contact information. Poster design should be logical and easy to follow with appropriate visuals (methods, results, etc.), including text that is easy to read, understand, and is free of errors, and graphics that clearly contribute to the overall presentation. Ensure good use of the space on the poster with sections such as introduction, methods, results, discussion, conclusion and relevance of the research in the field of study.
  • Content (original research) – Research topic should be clearly described with adequate introduction and a clear hypothesis. Work should demonstrate clear focus and well-developed materials and methods. Analysis of data should be comprehensive and discussion appropriate to findings. Conclusion should be supported by findings and linked to relevance in the field of study.
  • Content (literature review/experience) – Work includes a background that leads to reason for the literature review/experience.  Work should demonstrate clear focus and a well-developed and comprehensive review of literature/experience. Literature/experience review should provide valuable insight and should be linked to relevance in the field of study. 
  • Presenter(s) – Should be able to communicate in-depth technical information in an easy-to-understand manner, interpret the data properly, clearly answer questions related to the project, and recognize limitations of the project’s procedures/outcomes. Presenters should also be courteous and professional.

General Information About Poster Construction

The poster session will provide attendees the opportunity to learn more about a project, and personalize their learning experience by speaking one-on-one with the creators of posters that capture their attention. The following web site serves as a great resource on how to create an effective poster –

DMU Faculty and Students Only - The Global Health and CME department will be paying to have your poster printed at the DMU print shop. Please use this print shop order form to print your poster. The deadline to have your poster submitted and proof signed is 3 pm, Monday, April 22. 


The exhibitor booth cost is $200. Purchasing an expo booth at the meeting includes:

  • Conference registration for two people.
  • A table throughout the conference.
  • Your logo in the conference program.
  • Recognition during the opening remarks.

If you're interested in exhibiting, please contact Karla McCollum at

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 4.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
04/25/2019 - 9:00am
Event ends: 
04/25/2019 - 3:45pm
Des Moines University
3200 Grand Avenue
Olsen Center
Des Moines, IA 50312
United States
+1 (515) 271-1596

Des Moines University is located on a 22-acre campus in the heart of Des Moines, Iowa. Just west of downtown on Grand Avenue, the University is located in one of Des Moines' most prestigious neighborhoods. The campus is in a historic neighborhood filled with tree-lined streets and gracious older homes and businesses. Its central location makes it easy to access the rest of the city and outlying communities. The campus is close to the Des Moines International Airport, located on the bus line and just blocks from local shopping and downtown Des Moines.


Available Credit

  • 4.00 CE Contact Hour(s)

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The cost to attend is $25. The fee includes a continental breakfast and lunch. Registration for student participants is free.

Click here to register.

If you have questions, please contact Karla McCollum at

Important dates: