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Mickey Slind became an “accidental” study abroad professional when after raising a family she took a job in the Registrar’s Office at Hamline University in 1981. Prior to this she had never studied abroad and did not even own a passport. Always on the cutting edge of the field, she was one of the first to champion short-term programming, was a pioneer in the quest for women’s equality in the field, had a leadership role in creating workshops for underrepresented students, and served on the original NAFSA committee to integrate health and safety into study abroad professional development.
While Mickey officially retired twelve years ago she remains active as a consultant and leader imparting her wisdom, experience and expertise to a new generation of students, advisers and field representatives.