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10th Annual Standards of Good Practice Institute

Thursday, June 27, 2019, 8:30 AM @ 8:30 am - 6:30 pm

Beyond the Basics of Health, Safety, Security & Risk Management
Thursday, June 27, 2019
University of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

Plenary Speaker: Scott DuffyHeadshot of Scott Duffy, plenary speaker for the 10th Annual Standards of Good Practice Institute

Scott Duffy is a TV/Online Personality, Business Growth Expert and Founder of The Breakthrough Mastermind. He began his career working for best-selling author and speaker, Tony Robbins, and went on to work for several small businesses that became big media brands like CBS Sportsline, NBC Internet, and FOXSports.com. Next, he founded Smart Charter, an online booking tool for private aviation, which was acquired by Richard Branson’s Virgin Group. He has been listed as a “Top 10 Keynote Speaker” by Entrepreneur, and has spoken at the NYSE and provided commentary in numerous media outlets including CNBC, FOX News, and CBS Radio. He is the Co-Host of “Business & Burgers” and Best-Selling Author of “Breakthrough,” a roadmap for building great companies. www.scottduffy.com

Scott Duffy’s mission is to help people live their dreams through entrepreneurship. He uses his television and online channels, speaking platforms, best-selling books, masterminds and coaching programs to serve as a catalyst for creating breakthroughs in your life and business. He leads the conversations that spark new ideas, innovations, and help the world’s top entrepreneurs and innovators achieve exponential growth.

In his plenary session, Scott will offer his insight on staying resilient, energized, positive and grounded while working through challenging issues that impact the field of education abroad. He will offer unique tools on building coalitions to overcome obstacles, remaining focused while juggling competing priorities and measuring risk and reward in decision-making. The session will energize the audience to re-commit to addressing some of the biggest challenges to supporting students studying abroad, building resilience within ourselves, our universities and our students.

Concurrent Sessions | 9 – 10:30 a.m.

Challenging the Perceptions of Female-Travel Safety
Betsy Perry (On Call International); Whitney Longnecker (Texas Tech University)
This presentation will elevate the topic of female travel safety beyond basic risk management. It will explore the #MeToo Movement, increasing feminism in the West, and avoiding the perpetuation of patriarchal norms. The focus will include audience engagement and role plays, with the goal of challenging existing norms and sharing a broader view of best practices in female travel safety.

A Multifaceted Approach to Assessing Risk in the Middle East
Rachel Ridley (U.S. Department of State, Overseas Security Advisory Council [OSAC])
This session will feature a threat analysis of several higher risk yet popular travel destinations for education abroad students in the Middle East, including Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, and Morocco. It will address and facilitate discussion on travel policy best practices, and what elements should be considered beyond government policies, to include academic freedoms, dual nationals, and perceptions.

Concurrent Sessions | 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Beyond the Basics: Ensuring Health, Safety, and Security of Host Communities
Jessica Evert (Child Family Health International); Caryl Waggett (Allegheny College)
Increasingly students are undertaking short-term, community-based international programs, including internships, volunteering, and service-learning. While we extensively consider the health, safety, security, and risk management of our students, what is our obligation to consider and address the same for host community members? This session will utilize case studies and small group discussions.

Cross-Campus Collaboration to Enhance Faculty Training and Student Support on Short-Term Faculty-Led Programs
Morgan Kapinos (Bing Overseas Studies Program, Stanford University); Yosefa Gilon (Bing Overseas Studies Program, Stanford University); Julie Richards (Vaden Health Center, Stanford University); John Giammalva (Dean of Students Office, Stanford University)
Presenters from the Bing Overseas Studies Program, Vaden Health Center and the Student Affairs Division at Stanford University will discuss their robust faculty and student training program that prepares travel abroad participants to respond to health and safety incidents overseas. The comprehensive program mitigates risk by striving to protect the health and safety of all travelers.

Preparing Students for Independent Individual Travel
Landes Holbrook (Brigham Young University); Patrick Morgan (University of Michigan); Joe Finkhouse (Boston University)
Session presenters will engage with participants in exploring an array of security, safety and health/medical factors relative to helping individual experience students achieve a deeper understanding of how to assess risk, reconcile inherent risks, and implement proper risk mitigation strategies.

Concurrent Sessions | 1:45 – 3:15 p.m.

Global Health & Public Health-Related Education Abroad: Unique Considerations for Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management
Jessica Evert (UCSF/Child Family Health International); Robin Young (Child Family Health International); Caryl Waggett (Allegheny College)
Increasingly students from pre-health, health professions, public health, global health and related fields are engaging in education abroad. Commonly this is in the form of service-learning, internships, and community-based immersion. This session will provide “need-to-know” considerations for risk management and safety that are unique to these students and their contexts abroad.

“My Student Did What?!”: Unpacking Your Student Conduct Toolkit
Maureen Handrahan (Michigan State University); Rachel Reuter (University of Michigan)
This interactive session will explore tools that education abroad professionals can utilize when handling a student conduct concern at any stage of the study abroad experience: pre-departure, while abroad, and return to campus. Using case studies and group discussion, participants will sharpen existing skills, swap best practices with colleagues, and add tools to their student conduct toolkit.

Scenarios-Based Stress Inoculation Training: Building Resiliency for Students, Programs and Ourselves as Practitioners in a Stressful Environment
Phillip Van Saun (University of California)
The focus of this session is on the value of learning, practicing and inculcating scenarios-based Stress Inoculation Training (SIT) as an effective tool to build resiliency for students, programs and ourselves as practitioners in a stressful environment. The presentation will be delivered in the form of a graduate-level seminar focused on providing participants with a functional knowledge of SIT.

Concurrent Sessions | 3:30 – 5 p.m.

Comparing College Student Mortality Rates on Campus with Rates during Educational Experiences Abroad
Steve Erfle (Dickinson College); Amelia Dietrich (The Forum on Education Abroad)
Nine years of insurance claims data from students studying abroad inform this study comparing the relative risk of mortality while abroad with the risk of mortality while studying on the home campus. The presenters will describe their methodology and present the latest results, which find that students are less likely to die while participating in study abroad than they are on their home campuses, a difference which is driven by the reduced likelihood of death among male students in particular.

Health, Safety and the Challenges of Supporting Student Orgs: A Panel Discussion with Global Brigades and Engineers without Borders
Joe Thurston (Global Safety Analyst, Global Safety Office, Penn State University); Beth Osterland (Program Coordinator, Global Safety and Security, Northwestern University)
Student organizations are traveling abroad for a variety of reasons. As interest sparks in overseas trips, what can we learn from the organizations with whom they’re partnering? Learn first-hand from two large, well-known organizations, Global Brigades and Engineers Without Borders, how they manage risk, respond to emergencies, and work with education abroad offices to support our students.

The Pedagogical Value of Navigating Risk In Study Abroad
Bill Frederick (Lodestone Safety International)
Engaging faculty and students more fully in the management of their health, safety and security has an under appreciated pedagogical value. We’ll explore how to do it and how it can improve learning, interpersonal relations, ethical behavior and mitigate the experience of mental health challenges. Additionally, we’ll explore risk management problem solving as a primary learning outcome.

2019 Standards Institute Planning Committee

Chris Daniel, Michigan State University (co-chair)
Allyn Nobles, The University of San Francisco (co-chair)
Christina Carroll, Florida State University
Adrian Doyle, Stanford University
Todd Holmes, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Leanne Johnson, University of Maryland
Ron Machoian, University of Wisconsin
Robin Reliford, International Studies Abroad (ISA)
Philip Van Saun, UC San Diego
Nick Vasquez, The College of William & Mary


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Thursday, June 27, 2019, 8:30 AM
8:30 am - 6:30 pm
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University of San Francisco
McLaren Conference Center, San Francisco, CA United States


The Forum on Education Abroad