International safety and security for students, faculty, and staff traveling abroad is a top priority for all U.S. colleges and universities many of whom base their programming and travel policies on safety information issued by the U.S. Department of State. With the announcement of a new leveled Travel Advisory system, institutions across the United States may need to review and revise their travel policies.

On January 23, 2018 NAFSA hosted Carmella Donahue, Director of Outreach and Training from the Bureau of Consular Affairs, U.S. Department of State who reviewed the new Travel Advisory levels, the redesigned website, and answered your questions. International risk managers, legal counsel, and education abroad colleagues are encouraged to watch with you in the same room.

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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 Q&A box at the end of the presentation. However, we encourage you to submit your questions in advance through the registration process. The presentation will be recorded and made available for replay within a few days of the live event.


Morgan Morris
University of South Carolina
Morgan Morris is the assistant director of health, safety, and graduate programs in the Study Abroad Office at the University of South Carolina. In this role, she focuses on risk assessment in education abroad programming, crisis management, and regulatory compliance. Prior to entering the field of international education, Morris worked in international law enforcement at the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. As a student, she spent a summer studying in China and an academic year completing coursework and an internship in the United Kingdom.


Carmella Donahue
U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs
Carmella Donahue currently serves as the director of outreach and training in the Directorate of Overseas Citizens Services, where she helps facilitate the communication of information with respect to outreach, training, crime victim assistance and web-based technologies in support of U.S. citizens abroad. She oversees the Bureau’s Consular Information Program Working Group, and has led OCS efforts to improve information and messaging for U.S. citizen overseas. Carmella has been employed with the Department since 2004, serving previously as a Victim Assistance Specialist. Prior to joining the Department, she ran hospital-based, forensic child protection programs. Carmella holds an MPH from The George Washington University, and BA degrees in history and Spanish from Humboldt State University.