Education Abroad (EA)


Sub-Saharan Africa: Perceptions of Health and Safety for Study Abroad

Friday, June 2
10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
LACC, Room 410

International educators and advisers are challenged by perceptions around health and safety that play an important role for students and their families when making decisions about study abroad destinations. Presenters with professional and personal knowledge of sub-Saharan Africa critically examine potential sources and perceptions.

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Linda A. Damon

Assistant Director of Study Abroad
University of Vermont Office of International Educational Services

Linda A. Damon is the Assistant Director for Study Abroad at the University of Vermont. She joined the Office of International Education in 2000 and in addition to her other responsibilities, continues to advise for Africa, Asia and the Middle East. She received both her BA in Anthropology African Studies minor, (1993) and MS in International Development (2000) from the University of Vermont.


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Mory H. Pagel

Director of University Relations
SIT Study Abroad

Mory H. Pagel

Mory Pagel joined SIT Study Abroad as the University Relations Manager for the Southeast region in March 2008. Mory has more than a decade of experience working in international exchange programs, as both a volunteer and staff member.

Prior to joining SIT Study Abroad, Mory worked with the National Council for International Visitors (NCIV) as a graduate assistant and helped with their ongoing advocacy efforts for the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). Mory completed his graduate studies at American University s School of International Service, in Washington, DC and holds an MA in International Communication. Before returning to graduate school, Mory spent more than five years working at Youth For Understanding USA (YFU) a high school international exchange student organization. At YFU Mory worked in admissions, on program recruitment, on orientation programs and administered corporate and government scholarship programs. Mory led several groups of students to their exchange program destinations, and has volunteered his time to work at many orientation programs for international students since his return from a high school exchange year in Germany.

Originally from northeast Iowa, Mory holds a bachelor s degree from Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa in International Business. Mory currently lives in Arlington,VA and works with colleges and universities in the southeast region of the U.S.


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Alexandros Proimos

Director of Student Engagement

Alex Proimos is the Director of Student Engagement at International Student Exchange Programs (ISEP). Along with leading the team of Engagement Officers, Alex's primary responsiblities include membership development, program management, faculty initiatives and enrollment forecasting. Alex received his MA in International Education from George Washington University (2015), and his BA in Spanish/BS in International Business from University of North Carolina at Wilmington (2009).


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