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 typically 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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12th Annual Standards of Good Practice Institute:
Best Practices for Health, Safety, Security & Risk Management

Thursday, July 22, 2021
Virtual Event hosted by The University of Michigan

The Forum on Education Abroad announces a call for session proposals for the 12th Standards of Good Practice Institute, “Best Practices for Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management.”

The deadline for submitting proposals is April 2, 2021.


Submit Your Proposal


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 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. Some sessions may be led by invited experts both from within and from outside the education abroad field. However, the Planning Committee will choose the majority of sessions through a competitive selection process. Particular themes of interest to this year’s Institute include:

  • Re-examining risk management related to COVID-19 prevention and planning for post-COVID-19;
  • Best practices in engaging students as partners in risk management;
  • Best practices in engaging campus stakeholders in international risk management and legal compliance;
  • 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;
  • 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.


Session Format and Proposals

The majority of sessions should follow The Forum’s distinctive roundtable format; however, the Institute Planning Committee will consider session proposals that utilize other formats, including panel presentations or short, 20-minute “quick briefs” in which one (in rare cases two) presenter gives an audience a very succinct summary of their idea or work, followed by a short question and answer dialogue. Successful proposals for all types of sessions will describe in detail how the proposed session will broaden and deepen participants’ knowledge and understanding of health, safety, security and risk management and hone their skills in implementing such knowledge.


Submit Your Proposal


The deadline to submit proposals is 11:59 p.m. EDT on April 2, 2021.


ATTENTION: Virtual presentations will be recorded.

All virtual Institute sessions will be recorded and made available to registrants after the Institute. All virtual presenters will be required to grant The Forum permission to broadcast, reproduce, and distribute the recording and all session materials.

All presenters are required to register for the Institute by the early-bird deadline.


2021 Standards Institute Planning Committee

Patrick Morgan, University of Michigan (co-chair)
Marisa Gray, Morgan State University (co-chair)
Brian Brubaker, The Pennsylvania State University
Christine Carroll, Florida State University
Morgan Inabinet, University of South Carolina
Leanne Johnson, University of Maryland
Aimee Jones, Colorado State University
Vinita Mehra, Kegler, Brown, Hill & Ritter
Natalie A. Mello, The Forum on Education Abroad
Wendy Pedersen, University of Southern California
Mathew Rader, IES Abroad
Seth Tucker, Syracuse University