Standards of Good Practice Institutes

The Standards of Good Practice Institute is a small-scale, one-day conference on a particular Forum Standard, and its schedule includes concurrent sessions, lunch plenary and reception. The primary purpose of Standards Institutes is to offer participants the opportunity to broaden and deepen their knowledge and understanding of The Forum’s Standards of Good Practice and hone their skills in implementing them.

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11th Annual Standards of Good Practice Institute

Best Practices for Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management

Thursday, June 18, 2020
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

The Forum on Education Abroad’s 11th Standards of Good Practice Institute, Best Practices for Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management, will be hosted by the University of Michigan on June 18.

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.

Session proposals are no longer being accepted for this Institute.



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Registration Type Early-bird Fee
(Feb 20 – April 17)
Regular Fee
(April 18 – May 15)
Late Fee
(May 16 – June 18)
MEMBER $300 $330 $360
NON-MEMBER $350 $380 $410

A group discount is available to Forum member organizations who are registering four or more (paying) Standards Institute participants.

Refund policyRefund requests for the Standards Institute made prior to 60 days before the Institute will be fully refunded, minus a 10% processing fee. Requests made less than 60 days but more than 20 days before the Institute will be refunded at 50%. No refunds will be made less than 20 days before the institute. Requests for refunds must be made in writing to

Kelsey Hoppe, plenary speaker for the 11th annual Standards of Good Practice InstitutePlenary Speaker: Kelsey Hoppe

Risk assessment will change radically in the next 20 years. As big data becomes more ubiquitous, our ability to individualize and personalize risk assessment will evolve. Young people have already begun to understand themselves and their safety and security in this ‘new risk reality.’ How we understand and communicate about risk will be critical for our duty of care as well as organizational compliance.

Plenary speaker Kelsey Hoppe will discuss this new risk paradigm and ways we can facilitate confident and safe student travel based on her experience working with both young people and universities in the UK such as the Universities of Cambridge, Oxford, East Anglia, and Brighton among others.

As Chief Executive of Safer Edge, a risk management company, Kelsey Hoppe specializes in helping good people do great things in difficult places. Safer Edge provides learning and risk management services to organizations that work in challenging environments—whether that is across the street or around the world. Kelsey brings an innovative perspective to the world of security believing that organizational security and the security of the individual are inextricably linked. All safety and security must therefore be people-focused to succeed.

Kelsey has worked internationally for over 20 years in some of the world’s most complex environments with organizations both large and small. She specializes in security for women, young people and children. In her latest book, Staying Safe on Your Gap Year, she empowers students by offering them basic skills and tips they can use to take responsibility for their own safety and security.


The schedule below is tentative and subject to change. Full schedule and session information is coming soon!

Welcome | 8:30 – 9 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions | 9 – 10:30 a.m.

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

Plenary Lunch featuring Kelsey Hoppe | 12:15 – 1:30 p.m.

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

Concurrent Sessions | 3:30 – 5 p.m.

Reception | 5 – 6:30 p.m.


Location: University of Michigan

The Institute will held at the Michigan League, the student union located on the north end of University of Michigan’s Central Campus.

Michigan League
911 North University
Ann Arbor, MI 48109


2020 Standards Institute Planning Committee

  • Patrick Morgan, University of Michigan (co-chair)
  • Kyle Rausch, Purdue University Northwest (co-chair)
  • Brooke Galloway, SAPRI Consulting
  • Staci Hagen, University of California Education Abroad Program
  • Rachel Helwig, Amizade
  • Todd Holmes, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Rochelle Keesler, Lafayette College
  • Natalie A. Mello, The Forum on Education Abroad
  • Jessica Miller, The University of Texas System
  • Morgan Morris, University of South Carolina
  • Erica Nikolaisen, Academic Experiences Abroad
  • Mark Odenwelder, The Forum Council
  • Wendy Pedersen, University of Southern California
  • Rachel Reuter, University of Michigan
  • Seth Tucker, Syracuse University

Attendees participating in discussion at the Standards Institute

About the Institute

The goals of the Standards Institute are to:

  • Enhance the knowledge and skills necessary to meet the Standards 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. Sessions incorporate an advanced level of understanding and practice. Some sessions may be led by invited experts both from within and from outside the education abroad field. Particular themes of interest to this year’s Institute include:

  • Best practices in training and preparing faculty to lead experiences abroad;
  • Issues of power and privilege in health and safety practices: ethical considerations when operating in under-resourced communities;
  • Pending legislation – where does it stand and who/what is behind it;
  • How to empower and educate students with mental health issues who participate in education abroad and their program leaders and onsite staff to identify and support such students;
  • Best practices and resources for supporting the health & safety of diverse and/or underrepresented populations in education abroad;
  • Identifying technology that supports our health & safety efforts and practical applications of the use of that technology across institutional and organizational types; and,
  • The increased role education abroad offices are being asked to take on concerning broader institutional travel and how to manage this in a landscape of limited resources and competing priorities.