In this Issue:
Welcome New Members:

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

Jasmine Jahanshahi Fire Safety Foundation

Sara’s Wish Foundation

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

For more information on joining the Forum, visit:
Dates and Deadlines:

Friday, May 2
Early-bird registration deadline for Standards Institute: Beyond the Basics of Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management

Monday, May 5
New member webinar: A Member’s Orientation to the Forum: Programs, Projects, Services and Benefits

Wednesday, May 7
Sponsorship reservations open for the Second European Conference

Tuesday, May 13
Full-day workshop at Wake Forest University on Standard 8: Crafting Emergency Action Plans & Protocols

Thursday, May 15
Deadline to submit proposals to host a 2014-15 regional Forum workshop
Friday, May 23
Deadline to submit Forum Council nominations

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Standards Institute: Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management

Don’t miss early-bird registration for the Standards of Good Practice Institute, "Beyond the Basics of Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management.” The Standards Institute will be held at the University of Denver in Colorado on June 20, 2014, immediately preceding NACUA's Annual Conference.

New presenters and new topics are a feature of this year’s Institute. As always, the Institute offers practical strategies and resources at an advanced level, and many of these sessions are provided by experts in other fields: outdoor leadership education, recreational law, victims’ assistance, risk management and law enforcement. Our field always benefits from the perspectives others have to offer.

Click here to take advantage of the early-bird registration rate, which ends tomorrow, Friday, May 2.


Forum Workshops in Denver, CO

The Forum will deliver two half-day workshops on Thursday, June 19, at the University of Denver in Colorado. The morning workshop will focus on Standards 4 and 5 of the Standards of Good Practice: Student Preparation for the Learning Environment Abroad, Returning Student Support, Student Selection and Code of Conduct. The afternoon workshop will focus on Standard 8: Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management. Both of these workshops are Forum Certification Workshops.

The Standards of Good Practice Institute, “Beyond the Basics of Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management,” will be held on the following day, June 20, at the University of Denver. Colleagues may register for one or both of the workshops alone, or may add them to their registration for the Standards Institute. Click here for more details.


Standard 8 Workshop: Crafting Emergency Action Plans and Protocols

Wake Forest University will host a full-day Forum workshop, Focus on Standard 8: Crafting Emergency Action Plans and Protocols, on Tuesday, May 13, 2014. The goal of this workshop is to assist participants in developing custom plans and protocols in accordance with Standard 8 of the Forum's Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad. The workshop includes interactive exercises, much discussion and an opportunity to critique different aspects of emergency action protocols. Participants will discuss different aspects of handling common health and safety concerns, and understand how the Standards of Good Practice support their own program management and goals.
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Free Webinar for New Forum Members

The Forum invites its new members to participate in A Member’s Orientation to the Forum: Programs, Projects, Services and Benefits” scheduled for Monday, May 5, 2014 at 12 p.m. (EDT). Facilitated by Forum staff, this free webinar will describe the benefits of membership and introduce ways to get involved in the Forum’s work. We welcome new members and new colleagues to participate, as well as anyone else from a Forum member institution interested in refreshing their knowledge of what the Forum has to offer.
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Sponsorships for the Forum’s Second European Conference

Information on available sponsorships for the Forum’s Second European Conference in Barcelona is now available! Sponsorship is an excellent opportunity to promote your institution or organization while also showing support of the Forum’s mission.

The reservation process for securing a sponsorship will open next week on May 7. Click here for more details!


Annual Conference Photos

View photos from the Forum’s Tenth Annual Conference in San Diego by visiting the Forum’s Facebook page and Flickr. The Forum is compiling conference evaluations and will provide a summary in next week’s Forum News issue. Thank you to all who provided their feedback!
“This is my second Forum conference and I cannot emphasize how important it is for our organization to attend. Tremendous learning and growth opportunities exist. We attend primarily to learn more about the field, to discuss with colleagues, and the opportunity to network. Looking forward to next year’s conference.”


Forum Supports 100,000 Strong in the Americas

Forum President and CEO Brian Whalen presented at the EducationUSA Western Hemisphere Regional Forum in Lima, Peru last week. The conference brought together over 250 attendees, including EducationUSA Advisers, U.S. Higher Education representatives, staff from U.S. Embassies in the region, Department of State officials, and colleagues from Peruvian universities. The focus of the 3-day conference was on the 100,000 Strong in the Americas initiative. “This was an excellent opportunity to discuss the expansion of international education programming in the Americas,” said Whalen. “The Forum’s Standards, and their related resources and programs, will help to ensure that the growth of education abroad in the region will be of high quality and be beneficial to all institutions involved.”

*Photo credit: This issue's photo is from Lewis & Clark College.

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