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Expertise

Mandy Brookins, MA, MPA

Areas of expertise: 

  • Career integration and education abroad 
  • Global Service Learning best practices  
  • Onboarding new professionals 
  • Strategic office structuring  
  • Advising 
  • Student leadership programs 
  • Risk management 
  • Equity, diversity, and inclusion: first generation, DACA, asset-based advising
Mandy has more than 20 years of experience working at colleges and universities in the United States as an education abroad administrator and director. As a Certified Professional, she is an expert in applying The Standards of Good Practice in Education Abroad to the design and delivery of education abroad programs.

Amelia Dietrich, Ph.D.

Areas of expertise: 

  • Developing and refining research questions and methodologies for forward-thinking education abroad research 
  • Coaching for manuscript proposal, development, and editing 
  • Collaboration on research and/or capacity-building efforts and grant applications 
  • Quality Improvement driven by the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad  
  • Implementation of Forum Guidelines and resources
Amelia believes in asking interesting questions and finding creative ways to arrive at solutions. She brings this passion to brainstorming sessions and coaching conversations, as well in workshops and professional development activities she facilitates. Serving as a thought partner and cheerleader, she is committed to helping institutions, organizations, and individuals engage in data collection, research, and scholarship with practical applications that move the field of education abroad into the future. As the leader of The Forum’s Research and Publication efforts, she has been an integral part of the selection, development, and publication of a variety of academic and professional publications in our field, in addition to her own record of published scholarly and academic works.

Elizabeth Frohlich, Ph.D.

Areas of expertise: 

  • Advancing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals through Education Abroad 
  • Quality Improvement driven by the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad 
  • Implementation of Forum Guidelines and resources

Elizabeth is committed to helping organizations leverage Forum resources to achieve their goals. She has worked with over 50 Forum members on quality improvement initiatives designed to establish a culture of excellence and a framework for continuous improvement, grounded in the Standards of Good Practice. She leads The Forum’s sustainability efforts, and is excited to work with clients to make their programs more socially, economically, and environmentally sustainable.  

Marissa Lombardi, Ed.D.

Areas of expertise: 

  • Intercultural learning assessment 
  • Internationalization of the curriculum  
  • Supporting Non-traditional Students 
  • Faculty Led Program Design
 

Annette Mares-Duran, MA

Areas of expertise:

1) Creating structures and processes for short-term international programs from start to finish

a.     Selecting international partners
b.     Program planning/proposals
c.     Budgeting 
d.     Program marketing and recruitment
e.     Student advisement strategies
f.      Health & Safety and student preparation (before, during, and after the program)
g.     Student return and transition

2)    Faculty recruitment, retention, and training
3)    Stakeholder buy in (upper administration, department chairs, deans, etc.)
4)    Relationship building strategies
5)    Quality Improvement of short-term programs driven by the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad

Annette believes that Education Abroad is all about the relationships. She believes successful short-term international programs are developed with students in mind and quality support and collaboration from key stakeholders. Serving as an enthusiastic and motivated partner, Annette is committed to supporting institutions by listening to stakeholder needs and promoting structure and relationship building into program processes, planning, and design. As an experienced short-term program administrator and program leader herself, she understands the challenges/opportunities and is passionate about supporting others in the field.

Mary Price, Ph.D.

Areas of Expertise: 

  • Academic Unit Visioning and Strategic Planning 
  • Faculty engagement strategy development 
  • Integrating and scaffolding civic and global learning agendas [dept/school/institutional level] 
  • Community Based Global Learning/Global Service Learning 
  • Education Abroad as quality experiential education and HIPs 
  • Academic-Community Partnership Assessment and Evaluation Capacity Building 
  • Coaching and Mentoring Strategies to advance faculty equity and success in education abroad  
  • Making the shift from to educator-scholar  
  • Documenting education abroad in your dossier to best effect  
  • Architecture of Full Participation – Supporting Program and Community Partners as Co-Educators in Student Success

Mary works with scholar-practitioners, students and community members as a thought partner and critical friend to strengthen practice, deepen learning and co-create actionable knowledge through intentional and equitable community-academic partnerships. She has over 20 years consulting experience working with faculty, academic units, and service units to integrate and assess high impact educational practices including: service-learning, study abroad, learning communities and faculty-mentored undergraduate research. She also brings expertise on strategies to strengthen department climates to improve the design and outcomes of education abroad programs for all involved and works with education abroad leaders to advocate locally for policies and practices designed to remove barriers to full participation and success for engaged scholar-practitioners. 

Mary’s current scholarly interests emphasize the influence of community-academic partnership relationships on learning and community outcomes, the socialization and success of publicly-engaged faculty as part of campus equity, civic and student success agendas, and improving institutional climates for ethical and equitable community engagement locally and globally.