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July 25, 2019

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Case Western Reserve University

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The Forum Remembers Tom Roberts

The Forum was extremely saddened to hear of the passing of Tom Roberts, a pioneer in international education and member of The Forum’s founding Board of Directors, on July 19. Tom had a profound impact on the field and remained an active and fierce advocate for education abroad well into his retirement.
Kathy Sideli, a fellow founding Forum Board member, speaks to the legacy Tom leaves behind:
“Tom Roberts was deeply involved at many different levels in the field of education abroad, always seeking to expand as well as improve the experience for students as well as faculty and staff. For that reason he was a leader within various providing organizations and also at the national level—serving NAFSA’s Section on U.S. Students Abroad and being a prime mover in creating The Forum on Education Abroad. He supported the development of standards in the field and was ahead of his time in promulgating the need for a focus on safety and responsibility. He had a wry sense of humor as well as a heart of gold for anyone who needed his attention and support. His legacy will be long and enduring.”
Another founding Forum Board member, Jon Booth, remembers Tom as an outspoken advocate and people person:
“If there was a hall of fame for educational abroad professionals, Tom Roberts would be in it. In addition to his distinguished career at IES, Beaver (now Arcadia) and IFSA Butler (now IFSA), he was always at the center of education abroad activities at NAFSA. Tom was an early and sometimes outspoken advocate for the need for an association that focused exclusively on education abroad, and helped found The Forum on Education Abroad. In large part because of Tom’s advocacy, the IFSA Foundation provided much of the funding that enabled Bill Hoffa to write the two editions of A History of U.S. Study Abroad, which were published by Frontiers and The Forum. Above all, Tom was a people person who was constantly mentoring others and knitting together people in the field of education abroad. He will be missed. We are grateful for his many contributions to the field."
Forum President and CEO, Melissa Torres, also expresses appreciation for Tom’s contributions to The Forum and the field:
“I am honored to add my voice to those of the many individuals who this week have recognized the contribution of Tom Roberts to the field of education abroad. As a founding member of our organization, Tom’s advocacy was especially important to establishing The Forum and the building of a community of international educators from every type of institution and organization imaginable. Without Tom’s support, some of The Forum’s most popular resources could not have been developed and made available to the field so quickly. More importantly, his talent for bringing people together and building networks paved by common interests and shared challenges was instrumental to our founding. My deepest sympathies are with Tom’s family at this time. I hope they find comfort in knowing that his many contributions to our field will long be remembered and appreciated.”
In 2015, Tom was interviewed by his friend and mentee, Tom Howard, for an episode of the Forum Storytellers podcast. In it, Tom describes his career, from the early days of not having a “field,” to the founding of IFSA-Butler, and beyond. He was also featured in another episode of Forum Storytellers, which will take you back to a 1988 conversation between Tom and another study abroad pioneer, Lily von Klemperer. These recordings clearly reflect the sense of humor, the love of storytelling, and the dedication to the field which we had all come to expect of and appreciate in Tom.
The Forum extends its deepest condolences to Tom’s family, friends and colleagues.

16th Annual Conference:
A Message from the President

Dear Forum Members and Prospective Conference Attendees:
I was delighted to talk with so many members at The Forum’s annual conference in Denver this past March and look forward to connecting again at the annual conference next March. In light of the recent law passed by the Missouri legislature that bans abortion at eight weeks’ gestation with no exceptions for rape or incest, The Forum has received questions from members about whether the annual conference will continue to be held in Missouri next spring, as planned. This is a controversial and extremely important issue for many members of our field. After careful consideration, we have decided that The Forum will continue to hold its conference in Kansas City, Missouri, March 25-27, 2020. We have provided information on our website to explain our rationale and respond to the concerns raised by some Forum Members. I invite you to call or email me directly with any concerns or questions that are not addressed.

Melissa Torres
Forum President & CEO

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2019-2020 Forum Membership Renewal

Forum members—it’s time to renew your membership for 2019-2020! The Forum offers a wide range of valuable services and benefits to its members to help you offer quality education abroad programming and services to your students. Because the membership is institutional, member benefits are available to everyone at your institution or organization, including discounted training and event registration, and access to members-only resources online. Members can also take advantage of Annual Conference sponsorship and exhibit opportunities that are now available.
Renew your membership by July 31 to avoid a late fee. If you did not receive a renewal invoice or have any questions about your membership, send an email to
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Now Accepting Submissions for the 2019 Curriculum Award

Have faculty at your institution or organization developed and taught exceptional education abroad courses? Encourage them to apply for The Forum’s Award for Excellence in Education Abroad Curriculum Design, so that we can recognize them for their efforts. The recipient(s) will be honored at The Forum’s 16th Annual Conference in Kansas City.
We are especially interested in courses that effectively leverage the unique learning opportunities of the host context.
The submission deadline for the 2019 Award is September 13.
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Host a Customized Training for Your Organization

The Forum’s customized workshops provide timely training grounded in the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad. Available to Forum Members, these tailored trainings focus on issues of concern to your organization, and they can include training of faculty program leaders; review of Standard 8 on health, safety, security and risk management; or using the Standards as a means to assess and improve your organization’s programs and operations. 
Decide what type of Standards-based training your organization needs and submit a proposal, or contact to discuss your options with a Forum staff member.
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Certified Professional Spotlight: Jason Good

The Forum is pleased to announce that Jason Good successfully completed The Forum's Professional Certification in Education Abroad Program. Jason joins colleagues who have effectively demonstrated the ability to articulate and apply the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad, and a commitment to professional excellence and ethical conduct.
Congratulations to Jason!

“I highly recommend the Forum’s Professional Certification Program. As a Director of Study Abroad, the assignments and resources were directly connected to my day to day work and my strategic goals. In many cases they affirmed what we were already doing at my institution, but in other cases they pushed me to think about international education and programming in new and innovative ways. The program helped me adapt programming and procedures to fit with best practices and work towards our goals of providing accessible and quality programming to our student body.”
 Jason Good

Resources for Your Week:
Criminal Victimization and Study Abroad

A recent study published in the Journal of Studies in International Education examines rates and other factors in criminal victimization experienced while studying abroad. The researchers sampled more than 1,000 undergraduate students studying abroad and found that rates for victimization are low, with some exceptions. The authors suggest the need for further research and additional programming.
The Forum’s Critical Incident Database (CID) is a secure, user-friendly tool available to Forum members for tracking cases of criminal victimization that occur while your students are off-campus. Collecting and analyzing this data in the CID can help to improve health, safety, security, and risk management policies and procedures, inform staff training efforts, prepare orientation information for students, and more.

Dates and Deadlines:

Wednesday, July 31: Deadline to renew 2019-20 Forum membership
Thursday, September 5: Deadline to submit student nominations for the Award for Academic Achievement Abroad
Friday, September 6: Deadline to submit proposals for the 16th Annual Conference
Friday, September 6: Deadline to submit proposals for the Best Practice Laboratories
Friday, September 13: Submission deadline for the 2019 Curriculum Award
Sunday, September 15: Deadline to submit an article to the Frontiers Special Issue on Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity in Education Abroad
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