Category: Enhancing Learning in Education Abroad: Study, Work, Intern, Volunteer, and Research Innovations

Global Studies 101: Pre-Departure Course

Wednesday, May 31
8:30 AM – 10:00 AM
Table 49

This poster will highlight ways to enhance your students’ international experience by creating a supplemental online pre-departure course. Maximize your time before students go abroad while helping them learn about their host country.

Jodi Hicks

Assistant Director of Overseas Programs
Chapman University
Orange, CA

Jodi Hicks (M.A.) has worked in the international education field since 2008. She obtained her Master of Arts in Social and Cultural Analysis of Education from California State University Long Beach in May 2013. Her previous experience before Chapman includes creating online international education resources and advising students at Loyola Marymount University. She is an active member of NAFSA and has attended and presented at professional conferences. Jodi enjoys increasing student engagement in overseas education opportunities through advising students, campus presentations, and maintaining the CGE website. She brings a passion for improving the student experience by collaborating to implementing best practices and creating new initiatives in the Center for Global Education. She studied abroad twice in London and Thailand as an undergraduate and completed a short-term program in Tanzania while pursuing her Master’s degree. She has traveled to many parts of the world including Asia, Latin America, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East.

Kristin Beavers

Associate Director
Chapman University Center for Global Education
Orange, CA

Kristin Westervelt Beavers (M.A.) is the Associate Director of the Center for Global Education and has been at Chapman University since 2001. Originally hired to manage academic domestic internships, she developed the university’s first stand-alone summer international internship program. One location grew quickly to five sites in Europe and Asia Pacific so she transferred to the Center for Global Education to manage international internships and exchange programs. She served on the Council of Advisors for the International Student Exchange Program (ISEP) for six years and served on the WIVA subcommittee of NAFSA to develop “Best Practices for Vetting Partners and Developing Opportunities Abroad.”