Education Abroad (EA)


Invisible Identities Abroad: Supporting Mental Health, Allergy, and Learning Needs

Friday, June 2
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
LACC, Room 515B

This session explores opportunities and challenges in advising and providing on-site support and resources for students with “invisible identities,” specifically mental health issues, learning disabilities, dietary restrictions, and allergies. Participants gain insights on how they can prepare students to consider their invisible identities.

Learning Objectives:

Darren R. Gallant

Assistant Director of Study Abroad
Brandeis University Office of Study Abroad

Darren joined the Office of Study Abroad at Brandeis University in 2013 after a number of years in academic advising and student affairs at small private liberal arts institutions. He earned his masters in Higher Education/Student Development Administration from New York University and was an undergraduate at Brandeis. Darren's work with students has focused on identity development and he brings his knowledge on student development into his work in international education.


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Brett M. Chin

Education Abroad Advisor
Babson College

Brett M Chin is an Education Abroad Advisor at Babson College. He presents often on promoting education abroad to different underrepresented groups of study abroad such as athletes, lower socioeconomic, first generation, LGBTQ and students of color. Before entering the field of International Education, Brett spent ten years in residence life working at the University of Minnesota, California State University, Northridge, and Semester at Sea where he has done many presentations around social justice, diversity, and LGBTQ matters. He received his undergrad degree in business administration from California State University, Northridge and master’s in experiential education from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. Brett has also attended the Social Justice Training Institute in 2005, Social Justice Training Institute part 2 in 2006, and a facilitator for the Social Justice Training Institute "The Student Experience" in 2015.


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Paula Hentz

Director of International Learning
Stetson University

Paula Hentz is the Director of International Learning at Stetson University. She directs the David and Leighan Rinker Center for International Learning which is the university hub for study abroad, international student and scholar services, and campus wide international initiatives and programs. She has a bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a master's degree from the University of Maryland-College Park.


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Morgan Reiss

Director of Student Services
CIEE: Council on International Educational Exchange

Employed with CIEE Seville for the last 15+ years, the vast majority of which have been spent at the service of the Study Center in Seville. Currently, the Director of Student Services, a department which coordinates all non-academic matters for a range of participants (study abroad, gap year, faculty-led and custom programs, teach abroad, high school, internship..), as well as the instructor for a service-learning practicum about human rights in the context of present-day Spain. The speaker has a formal background and Masters in international human rights law from the University of Essex, UK.


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