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Virginia Wesleyan’s Director of the Office of International and Intercultural Programs Lena Johnson has graduated as an Institute Scholar from Institute for Study Abroad-Butler University’s (IFSA-Butler) Institute at the Institute (I@I) held in Indianapolis July 23-26. Johnson was one of only fourteen participants selected nationwide for the I@I, an annual conference that gathers study abroad professionals to discuss topics of critical importance to the field of global education. Selection for the I@I is highly competitive, requiring a letter of application, a project proposal and strong nominations from colleagues in the field. This year’s conference focused on student outcomes assessments in study abroad and featured discussions and real-world exercises facilitated by experts in these fields. The Institute Scholars brainstormed with the I@I Mentors on outcomes-assessment projects that they will implement on their home campuses. The I@I is organized by IFSA-Butler, one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit study abroad programs. IFSA-Butler works with more than 400 colleges and universities throughout the U.S. and Canada and sends more than 2,500 students abroad each year. More