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

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

The Forum is currently seeking session proposals for the 11th Standards of Good Practice Institute, “Best Practices for Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management.”

The deadline for submitting proposals has been extended through Friday, January 24.

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:

  • 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.

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. Successful proposals 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 it.

Proposals must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. EST on Friday, January 24.


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2020 Standards Institute Planning Committee

Attendees participating in discussion at the Standards Institute

  • 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

Stay tuned for more information!