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S2, Episode 4: A Conversation with Mickey Slind

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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.

 Her long and productive career helping and mentoring study abroad advisers is something she is most proud of.  Mickey was always on the cutting edge of the field—one of the first to champion short term programming and a pioneer in the quest for women’s equality in what was then a field dominated by males in campus leadership positions (“it is changing for the better now,” she said).  Mickey also had a leadership role in creating workshops for underrepresented students including introducing programming for the LGBT community and, in 1992, 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.

 She is truly a dream merchant and a shining star in our field.

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