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November 17, 2016

In this Issue:

Celebrate International Education Week with the Latest Forum Storytellers Podcast:
A Conversation with Bill Gertz

A long summer’s adventure traveling in Europe after college led Bill Gertz to a career in education abroad. He has brought his passions for travel and writing together over the years to promote the value of education abroad beginning with his work at CIEE in 1976 and continuing to the present at AIFS where he is President and CEO. He points out that over the years, most of the issues in our field remain the same, but the people and approaches change. He challenges the listener to remain true to our ultimate goal of achieving world peace through international travel and education abroad, and reminds us all that we must continue the journey together to expand opportunities for all students.
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Call for Proposals: Beyond the Basics of Health, Safety, Security & Risk Management

The Forum on Education Abroad announces a call for session proposals for the 8th Annual Standards of Good Practice Institute, Beyond the Basics of Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management, to be held at The University of Texas at Austin on June 22, 2017. 
Beyond the Basics of Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management is education abroad’s signature annual event focusing on the education abroad risk management issues faced daily by organizations and institutions. Education abroad professionals gather each year at this Standards Institute to debrief, train, improve and learn the latest in best practices of education abroad risk management, including regulatory compliance.

The deadline for submitting proposals is January 15, 2017.
Read the Call for Proposals

Award for Academic Achievement Abroad Winners Announced

Congratulations to Shanna Law (BCA Study Abroad/Juniata College) and Jacob (Jeb) Polstein (South India Term Abroad (SITA)/Bowdoin College), who are being recognized with the first annual Award for Academic Achievement Abroad this year. Shanna and Jeb will share their experiences with attendees of The Forum’s 13th Annual Conference on March 31, 2017.
Read the Full Announcement

Read Volume XXVIII of Frontiers

The latest volume of Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad is now available online. Read the latest research on education abroad, including Houser et al.’s investigation of the knowledge of rip currents among education abroad students and suggestions on how to improve education of these risks among program faculty, staff, and participants.
Read the Latest Volume

Welcome New Committee Members

The Data Committee is pleased to welcome the following new members: Marielle Berman, University of California, Davis; Carrie Cunningham, IES Abroad; Julia Wheeler Ludden, DIS – Study Abroad in Scandinavia; Adrienne Richart, San Diego State University. The Curriculum Committee welcomes Wendy Lombardo of Arcadia University, The College of Global Studies.

Many Thanks to Members of The Forum/New York Times Collaborative

Throughout the summer, education abroad professionals from the College of the Holy Cross, Northeastern University, The New School, and the University of New Orleans participated in The Forum/New York Times Collaborative to develop new ways to use The New York Times in their education abroad programming. Their ideas and more can be found in the Education Abroad Digital Resource Center. The Forum and The New York Times thank them for their hard work and creativity!

Insurance Claims Data Presented at Inaugural NAFSA Research Symposium

Forum staff member and Mellon/ACLS Public Fellow Amelia Dietrich presented new data from The Forum’s insurance claims data and mortality rate research at the inaugural NAFSA Research Symposium held in Washington, DC on November 14. The original report, “Insurance Claims Data and Mortality Rate for College Students Studying Abroad” (2016) found that U.S. college and university students are less likely to die while studying abroad than they are while studying on U.S. campuses. Amelia also previewed data from an expanded multi-year study now underway. Stay tuned in 2017 for the full report.
Welcome New Members:

The Forum welcomes the following institutional members committed to the Standards of Good Practice:

Autonomous University of Social Movements
Faulkner State Community College
London South Bank University
McDaniel College

Interested in membership:
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Resources for Your Week:
Preparing Students to Go Abroad Post-Election

During the season of pre-departure orientations, it’s important to prepare students for political conversations they may find themselves having while they are abroad. The Standard 4 Toolbox Resource “Getting Ready,” shared by Hobart and William Smith Colleges, offers advice for students, including becoming more aware of politics and local issues in their host country and learning about U.S. policies that may impact the region.  
Students can begin by reading country profiles on the Department of State website, followed by a search of host country newspapers which can provide insight into local issues and perceptions of the U.S. prior to their arrival.
Towson University and AIFS offer advice from the student perspective on studying abroad during this particular election cycle. When students are prepared these discussions are excellent opportunities for rich conversations and intercultural development.

Upcoming Workshops

Tuesday, December 6
Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS
Student Selection, Preparation, Code of Conduct & Returning Support (Standards 4 & 5)
Health, Safety, Security & Risk Management (Standard 8)
Tuesday, December 13
University of California - Santa Cruz, CA
Mental Health Issues in Education Abroad


Dates and Deadlines:

Monday, November 14-Friday, November 18: International Education Week
Thursday, December 1: Deadline for proposals to the Frontiers Special Issue on Religion and Education Abroad
Friday, December 2: Application deadline for conference travel grants
Tuesday, December 6: Standards Workshops in Mississippi State, MS
Tuesday, December 13: Forum Workshop in Santa Cruz, CA
Friday, December 16: Deadline to submit nominations for the 2017 Wollitzer Award

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