Education Abroad (EA)

90-minute Conference Session

Preparing for a Crisis in Education Abroad

Wednesday, October 19
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Room: Vanderbilt

Risk management is becoming commonplace in all education abroad programs. Whether with an IEO or led by a faculty member, advisers must be prepared should something happen to a student overseas, or in the area where students are located. The panel will discuss their institutional procedures as well as points of consideration in developing various action plans. The session will culminate in an exercise in which participants will create plans for specific occurrences.

Learning Objectives:

Kerry Geffert

Product Evangelist
Terra Dotta

Kerry Geffert is an international educator with a broad skill set, having worked for both universities and international education organizations. His experience spans international student services, education abroad and international student recruitment. A NAFSAn for 35 years, Kerry has served at the regional and national levels, including Regional Chair, Nominations & Elections Chair, Annual Conference Chair, Chair of the Education Abroad Knowledge Community and Chair/Lead Trainer of the highly successful Management Development Program. In Kerry’s current role as Product Evangelist, he actively promotes the use of technology in promoting international education.


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Rebecca A. Bacon

Director, Global Education Opportunities Center
Colleges of the Fenway

Rebecca Bacon joined the Colleges of the Fenway consortium in January 2013 as the Director of the Global Education Opportunities Center. In this role, she provides strategic leadership and support to meet the changing needs of the colleges’ internationalization efforts, including the development of best practices and international education benchmarks that can be customized by each college. Rebecca convenes the international educators at all six colleges to ensure that decision making processes are informed and collaborative. Along with the Assistant Director, Rebecca oversees the study abroad data management system and immigration advising for the Exchange Visitors Program. Her background includes study abroad program management, intercultural and diversity training, and grassroots outreach.


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Kim Howard

University of Vermont Office of International Education

Kim Howard has served as the director of the University of Vermont Office of International Education, an inbound/outbound office, since 2008. During her tenure, the office has implemented data management and work flow technology systems for both study abroad and international student/scholar services; doubled its international student population; brought in-house H-1B and permanent residency filings; and grown staffing by 65%. Kim is responsible for coordinating the University's health and safety processes for faculty leading students abroad.


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