Risk Management for Study Abroad Administrators

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Location: Online,

Event Date/Time: Jun 11, 2009 End Date/Time: Jun 11, 2009
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Risk Management for Study Abroad Administrators 11 June 2009 Online NOTE: Payment is not required before event date. This webinar will approach risk management from an administrative perspective. We will provide tools to make navigating risk smarter, faster and cheaper. Along with topical presentations on risk management issues we will also look at issues of alignment between study abroad administration and faculty leaders/field directors. Attention will be paid to how to design training for faculty leaders. Objectives *To provide an overview of major aspects of risk management in education abroad *To discuss how to work with faculty leaders to make everyone’s job easier *To learn how to design an effective training program for faculty leaders Who should attend? Anyone at 2 and 4-year institutions involved in sending students off campus for credit: administrators of education abroad programs, institutional risk managers, faculty leading excursions. Who are the speakers? Bill Frederick, The School for Field Studies. Bill has been the Director of Safety and Risk Management Services at The School for Field Studies for the past 7 years. He has led numerous international safety reviews and incident investigations. He comes from an Adventure Education background having served for 18 years with Outward Bound. As a senior instructor and faculty committee member for Wilderness Medical Associates, he has taught emergency medicine to educators, rescue teams and international service organizations in over a dozen countries. He holds a B.A in Psychology from the University of Colorado and an M.Ed from Harvard University. Natalie A. Mello, Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Natalie is the Director of Global Operations in the Interdisciplinary and Global Studies Division at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). Mello oversees all aspects of the administration and management of WPI’s global perspective program, including student recruitment, risk management, health and safety issues, participant orientation and faculty advisor training. These programs exist in the US, Europe, Latin America, Southeast Asia, Africa and the South Pacific and involve more than 600 participants yearly. Mello has also served as an onsite advisor for WPI students as they have completed degree required projects in Venice, Italy and San José, Costa Rica. Mello is involved with national education abroad organizations particularly in the areas of risk management and has become recognized for developing a model for responsible risk management for off-campus experiences. Mello currently serves as the Chair of the Advisory Council for The Forum on Education Abroad and chaired the Forum’s 2008 Annual Conference in Boston. She has served as Chair for NAFSA’s Region XI, as The Education Abroad Representative for Region XI and was part of NAFSA’s Strengthening the Association Working Groups in 2004. Mello contributed to the 2005 edition on NAFSA’s Guide to Education Abroad for Advisers and Administrators. She has also published and presented in the areas of engineering education, education abroad and educational outcomes assessment. Mello is a member of the NAFSA Trainer Corp, was a mentor in the NAFSA Academy and sits on the Interassociational Task Force on Health and Safety in Study Abroad. Mello holds a B.A. in Art from Connecticut College, a Graduate Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language and a Master of Liberal Arts from Clark University. Enquiries: pam@ieinfo.org

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