The Forum’s Institutes are small-scale, one-day conferences with plenary and concurrent sessions that focus on a specific topic or area within education abroad. The primary purpose of an Institute is to offer participants the opportunity to deepen their knowledge and understanding of The Forum’s Standards of Good Practice and to engage with other colleagues with expertise in the topic area.

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13th Annual Institute on Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management: New Directions for Student Success

Thursday, June 23 & Friday, June 24, 2022
Washington, DC
Hosted by American University Washington College of Law 

Best Practices for Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management, is education abroad’s signature annual event focusing on the risk management issues faced daily by organizations and institutions. Professionals in a variety of roles who are involved in managing international educational activities and associated risks gather each year at this Standards Institute to debrief, train, improve and learn the latest in best practices in education abroad risk management, including regulatory compliance.

The practical, hands-on approach will include concurrent and plenary sessions that will provide participants with a wealth of tools to review, strengthen, and improve institutional and organizational strategies for risk mitigation, incident prevention, and emergency response.

The goals of the Institute are to:

  • Enhance the knowledge and skills necessary to meet the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad by analyzing requirements and sharing examples of best practices;
  • Explore approaches from within as well as outside the field of education abroad; and
  • Enhance the overall safety and security of education abroad for the benefit of all participants.

The Institute Planning Committee designed this event to address the needs of practitioners responsible for risk management in education abroad. In order to get the most out of the Institute, participants should be in a position of direct responsibility for health, safety, security and risk management. Therefore, proposals should reflect an advanced level of understanding and practice.

Particular themes of interest to this year’s Institute include:

  • Re-examining risk management related to COVID-19 mitigation and adapting crisis management practices (academic continuity, financial planning and resources, decision making, etc.)
  • Best practices in engaging students as partners in risk management
  • Issues of power and privilege in health and safety practices: ethical considerations when operating across cultures and/or lower-resourced communities
  • How to empower and educate students and staff on mental health concerns and overall well-being
  • Best practices and resources for supporting the health & safety of historically underserved and/or underrepresented populations in education abroad
  • Identifying technology that supports our health & safety efforts and practical applications

Plenary Speaker Announced: Fanta Aw

Fanta AwDr. Fanta Aw is Vice President of Undergraduate Enrollment, Campus Life and Inclusive Excellence at American University in Washington D.C. She provides strategic direction to the Office of Enrollment, Office of Campus Life, and AU’s work on Inclusive Excellence.

Dr. Aw provides senior executive leadership for the departments of Campus Life (including residential life, health and counseling services, community engagement, and new student and family programs) and Undergraduate Enrollment (admissions, enrollment marketing, financial aid, and operations). She also advises American University leadership on matters related to issues of inclusion, diversity and equity, campus internationalization, and student engagement.

In addition, Dr. Aw is the School of International Service’s Hurst Senior Professorial Lecturer. She teaches graduate courses related to immigration, internationalization of higher education, and international higher education policy. She is the 2013 recipient of the University Award for Outstanding Teaching in an Adjunct Position.

Dr. Aw is past President and Chair of the Board of Directors of NAFSA: Association of International Educators, the largest membership association of international educators with close to 10,000 members. She has chaired the board of ETS TOEFL. She served on the board of Cultural Vista, as well as the Advisory Council for the Center for Education Diplomacy. Dr. Aw is a frequent keynote speaker on topics related to U.S. immigration, international educational exchanges, and diversity and inclusion in higher education. She has been interviewed by major global media outlets including CNN, Agence France Press, USA Today, Washington Post, The Chronicle of Higher Education, National Public Radio, Middle East Broadcast Corporation, Washington Business Journal, WAMU, Radio France International, Washington Diplomat, and China Daily.

Register Now

Registration is now open for the 13th Annual Health & Safety Institute.

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Registration Type Early-Bird Fee
(March 17 – May 6)
Regular Fee
(ends June 10)
Late Registration (after June 10)
MEMBER $325 $350 $375
NON-MEMBER $375 $400 $425

Note: All presenters are required to register for the Institute by the early-bird deadline. Registration will open in March 2022.


The schedule and presenters are listed here.

Health and Safety Policy:

All attendees are required to be fully vaccinated and will be required to keep their masks at all time.


On Call International  

Many thanks to our Silver Sponsor On Call International
Further opportunities available upon request


Hotel Options

The two closest hotels from American University are listed below:

Courtyard Marriott Chevy Chase
5520 Wisconsin Ave, Chevy Chase, MD 20815
Book here to reserve a room and use the group rate.
Availability is on a first come, first serve basis.

Embassy Suites by Hilton Washington DC Chevy Chase Pavilion
4300 Military Road NW, Washington, District of Columbia, 20015
This hotel is the closest to the Metro station to get to American University.

2022 Institute Planning Committee:

Kevin Dostal Dauer, University of Minnesota
Jason Kinnear, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
Marissa Lombardi, The Forum on Education Abroad
Patrick Morgan, University of Michigan
Courtney Niebrzydowski, University of Denver
Laura Palma, EF Education First
Mathew Rader, IES Abroad (co-chair)
Kyle Rausch, University of Illinois Chicago
Alexandra Roman, Northeastern University
Sabrina Starke, Absolute Internship
Seth Tucker, Syracuse University
Margaret Wiedenhoeft, Kalamazoo College (co-chair)

2nd Annual Virtual Institute on Online Global Learning

Please note this event has passed, however you may still sign up to receive the session recordings.

Join international educators from around the globe for a two-day virtual institute to strengthen skillsets for developing and supporting online global learning experiences. This institute will allow you to start thinking ahead to a hybrid future where online global learning experiences and international student mobility work together to deepen the impact on student learning and development. You will attend two workshops of your choice with emphasis on helping international educators design, sustain, improve, and innovate your virtual program portfolio. The institute will also include a program showcase where you will be able to meet colleagues, share ideas, and draw inspiration for different online and hybrid program models.

Plenary Speaker Announced: GianMario Besana, Ph.D.

Dr. GianMario Besana poses for a professional headshot while wearing glasses and a blue suit with a blue and white striped shirt and a blue tie with yellow dots.GianMario Besana is a Vincent de Paul Professor in the College of Computing and Digital Media at DePaul University in Chicago, IL, USA, and currently serves at DePaul as Associate Provost for Global Engagement and Online Learning. His portfolio comprises the internationalization process of the institution and its online learning operations. The two sides of GianMario’s portfolio came together in 2013 with the creation of the Global Learning Experience (GLE) program, a virtual exchange initiative aimed at supporting DePaul’s faculty members who wish to open their classrooms to technology-facilitated learning experiences at a distance, in partnership with institutions all over the world.


Click here to learn more about Dr. Besana

The GLE initiative includes a professional development workshop for instructors, developed in collaboration with DePaul’s Center for Teaching and Learning, that has attracted national and international attention as a model for institutional support of virtual exchange. The GLE program was recognized in 2019 with the POD Innovation award and in 2020 with a NAFSA Senator Paul Simon Spotlight Award for Campus Internationalization. DePaul has offered over 250 courses with GLE projects, in collaboration with institutions in 31 different nations and territories. During the pandemic GianMario led DePaul’s Global Engagement team to develop innovative approaches to virtual global learning, including the Global Conversations series, Virtual Global Studies, and a program of virtual global internships. GianMario has facilitated workshops on institutional approaches to virtual exchange at several institutions around the world and has presented on the topic of virtual exchange at several conferences.  GianMario earned his Ph.D. in Mathematics at the University of Notre Dame, IN, USA, after completing his bachelor degree, also in Mathematics, at the Universita’degli Studi di Milano, Italy. He has published widely in the field of algebraic geometry, applications to computer vision, and computer science education. GianMario is an alumnus of the first edition of the Senior International Officers Academy of the Association for International Education Administrators (AIEA), serves on the Executive Board of AIEA as a member at large and on the Steering Committee of the International Virtual Exchange Conference, IVEC.



Registration Type Early-Bird Fee
(ends March 25)
Regular Fee
(ends April 20)
Late Fee
MEMBER $149 $199 $225
NON-MEMBER $249 $299 $325
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Refund Policy:

  • Refund requested > 21 days prior to event start date = 90% refund
  • Refund requested ≤ 21 days and > 7 days prior to event start date = 50% refund
  • Refund requested ≤ 7 days prior to event start date = No refund



The schedule and presenters are listed here.