Resources for Health and Safety in Education Abroad

March 30, 2016

Safety is a prime concern of all who are involved in education abroad ventures – participants, their families, advisers, institutions that send students abroad, those that host them, and the staff of all organizations that operate programs. NAFSA is committed to providing up-to-date, relevant resources on student health and safety abroad to aid education abroad professionals as they strive to create and promote safe programs for their students. For more information, check out the International Education Professional Competencies, the most comprehensive listing of necessary competencies for success in the field of international education.

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Health and Safety Sessions at NAFSA 2016

Wednesday, June 1
10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Open Meeting Round Table on Managing Education Abroad Remote Staff (Senior Focus Track)
Discuss challenges and best practices involved with managing education abroad remote staff - domestic and abroad.
11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Open Meeting Health, Safety, and Crisis Management: Continuing the Discussion
Confer with colleagues on trending topics in health, safety, and crisis management in education abroad.
1:15 p.m.-2:15 p.m. Prioritizing Fire Safety for Study Abroad
2:45 p.m.-3:45 p.m. Creating Community as a Safe Strategy in Group Programs
Thursday, June 2
9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Partnering on Faculty-led Programs: Building Capacity Through Collaboration
9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Practical Solutions to Comply with Title IX and Clery
Friday, June 3
9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Open Meeting Dialogue for Successfully Navigating VAWA and Title IX (Senior Focus Track)
1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Managing International Risk: A Collaborative Approach

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Specific resources for professionals who establish emergency communication protocols to be shared with faculty, staff, and students; prepare health and safety instructional materials for emergency situations; respond to international emergencies according to institutional protocols; develop policies and procedures for health and safety, risk reduction, and crisis management can be accessed on the Risk and Crisis Management page.