Wednesday, March 25, 8 – 11:30 a.m.: Critical Dialogues»

Environmental Sustainability and Education Abroad
Education abroad professionals strive to increase the number of students who participate in safe, high quality experiences abroad. What does this mean for our impact on the planet? What environmental considerations should we have in place when choosing program partners or designing our own faculty-led programs? What can we do to equip students with the knowledge needed to make good programmatic choices, to understand the power of their actions, and to ignite a lifelong interest in protecting the places that impact them and which they impact?

The Forum thanks the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for sponsoring this Critical Dialogue.


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Women’s Issues Around the World
U.S. Higher Education today is framed by sustained attention to misogyny, sexual harassment and survivors of sexual violence. As a result, college-aged women (and men) in the U.S. are encouraged and increasingly empowered to speak up about these issues when they encounter them on campus or in the workplace. What happens when these same students encounter cultural norms and traditions abroad that clash with their expectations and values, and seem to promote gender inequality? How do we as educators prepare students to interpret and respond to gender inequality in their host community, as well as a plethora of other issues facing women around the world, including racism, educational and economic inequality, restrictions on reproductive freedom, and the impact of climate change?

The Forum thanks the University of Minnesota Learning Abroad Center for sponsoring this Critical Dialogue.


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Wednesday, March 25, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.: Half-Day Pre-Conference Workshops

Mental Health Issues in Education Abroad
Charles W. Morse (Worcester Polytechnic Institute); Natalie A. Mello (The Forum on Education Abroad)
This 4-hour workshop will review trends in college mental health with specific focus on philosophical, legal, and practical concerns. Facilitators will discuss models for pre-departure screening and provide strategies for managing mental health concerns when they occur. All of this will take place through an interactive workshop that engages participants in discussion.


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Student Selection, Preparation, Code of Conduct & Returning Support
Mandy Brookins (DePauw University)
With a focus on Student Selection, Preparation, Code of Conduct and Returning Support this workshop will help participants identify resources and design programming in these areas. Topics include a comprehensive judicial screening process, different preparation and returning support models and developing strategies to improve existing practices in participants’ specific contexts.


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Wednesday, March 25, 1 – 5 p.m.: Half-Day Pre-Conference Workshops

Framing the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad
Bradley Rink (University of the Western Cape)
This is a new Forum workshop being offered for the first time! This workshop will provide an understanding of the new 6th edition of the Standards of Good Practice, its new structure, and how to use it. Emphasis will be placed on Mission & Goals, Collaboration & Transparency, Ethics, and Equity, Diversity and Inclusion as the four Guiding Principles that provide the foundation for the 6th edition. Participants will understand the evolution of the Standards of Good Practice, discuss the importance of the Guiding Principles and learn how to apply them through a variety of interactive activities.


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Health, Safety, Security & Risk Management
Paige Butler (Middlebury Institute of International Studies)
This Standards of Good Practice Workshop, with a focus on Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management, will provide the tools to assess and improve health and safety protocols. After examining the data available (including The Forum’s Critical Incident Database), workshop participants will  practice applying different approaches to risk management as they discuss actual case studies from the field.


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Thursday, March 26, 12:30 – 4:30 p.m.: Critical Dialogue»

Global Graduate Education
This Critical Dialogue is an opportunity for colleagues to share information about global graduate education across disciplines, learn from each other about innovations and best practices, identify ways to collaborate across campus, and discuss how the 6th edition of the Standards of Good Practice can be applied to graduate programs.


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*All of the above events require additional registrations and fees. Unless otherwise noted, registration for these workshops and events can be done via the conference registration form, or add them to your existing registration by sending an email to

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