Government Connection: Assessing Security Abroad - The New Normal in Western Europe


June 29, 2017

Six of the top 10 study abroad destinations for U.S. students are in Western Europe and represent 45% of all outbound U.S. students worldwide. Due to increased inquiries about attacks in recent months, education abroad professionals need to reassess the “new normal” abroad. Hear from representatives of the Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC), the Bureau of Consular Affairs Office of Overseas Citizens Services, and a member of NAFSA’s Health and Safety subcommittee on how to interpret the rise in attacks and assess what your institution can do to be prepared.

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Government Connections are online events and are free and open to all international education professionals. If time allows, questions will be accepted via the chat box at the end of the presentation. The presentation will be recorded and made available for replay within a few days of the live event.


Dan Hart
Arizona State University
As the associate director of international health, safety, and security in the study abroad office at Arizona State University, Dan is responsible for all matters related to the health and safety of ASU study abroad programs and participants. He has more than 15 years' experience in international education. Concurrent to his work at ASU, Dan serves on NAFSA’s Education Abroad Health and Safety Subcommittee. Dan has undergraduate degrees in French and Jewish studies from Indiana University and has studied abroad once in France and twice in Israel. He is also a proud ASU alumnus, having completed a master's degree in Intercultural Communication at ASU's Hugh Downs School of Human Communication.


Yekaterina Plitsyna
Yekaterina Plitsyna joined OSAC as the regional analyst for Europe in July 2014. Previously, she was an analyst at NC4, and interned on Capitol Hill and at the Iraqi embassy. Plitsyna graduated from the Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University and studied in France.

Maureen McNicholl
Bureau of Consular Affairs
Maureen McNicholl serves as a Country Officer for Western Europe in the Office of American Citizen Services and Crisis Management in the Bureau of Consular Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. Prior to this, she was posted overseas American Citizen Services at the U.S. Embassy Bangkok. Ms. McNicholl joined the U.S. Foreign Service in 2009, after a career in international teaching. She earned her Master’s degree from Northwestern University and her undergraduate degree from Boston College, and studied at the University of Nice, France.