DIS Participates in The Forum on Education Abroad’s 12th Annual Conference

Nine DIS staff attended The Forum on Education Abroad’s annual conference for professionals in the industry to discuss Standards of Good Practice for the field of education abroad.

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From DIS the following staff and faculty were in attendance: Executive Director, Malene Torp, Deputy Executive Director, Martin Hogan, Academic Director, Helle Rytkønen, Director of Health & Safety, Stacey Tsantir, Director of Institutional Relations, Julie Scott, Associate Director of North American Operations, Julia Wheeler Ludden, Assistant Director of Institutional Relations, Ben Efird, Program Director of Child Development & Diversity, Maja Sbahi Biehl, and Cultural Learning Facilitator and faculty member, Anders Larsen.

The conference was held in Atlanta, Georgia, and hosted over 1300 education abroad professionals.

DIS participates in the Forum every year, and often contributes actively in sessions where best practices in the field are shared. DIS was well represented in panels and recognition. Stacey Tsantir serves on the Standards Working Committee and presented draft guidelines for best practices in dealing with Title IX incidents of sexual violence abroad. Julia Ludden presented on best practices for disclosure between institutions and providers in regards to student health and safety. Helle Rytkønen serves on the Curriculum Committee, and facilitated a session on cutting-edge issues and resources for academics in study abroad. Martin Hogan serves on the Forum Review Panel and presented on study abroad for serious music students, and Maja Biehl accepted the Award for Excellence in Education Abroad Curriculum Design for her course Children in a Multicultural Context.

DIS hosted a dinner for 60 participants, where Malene Torp spoke about latest developments and highlights at DIS, including DIS Stockholm. Helle recognized Joyce Weinsheimer for her contribution to faculty development at DIS, and Paul Geis was recognized for his role in building the DIS partnership and partnership to study abroad in general. A few focus groups were held with key partners to discuss emerging trends occurring on their campuses in relation to academics, and to receive feedback about DIS.

Cultural Learning Facilitator and DIS faculty member, Anders Larsen, shared his experience at the conference:

“The Forum is an excellent space for us to connect with our partners and align expectations. It furthermore gives us a chance to contribute to the ongoing debate about how to work toward the common goal to get more students to go abroad, as well as for us to learn about best practices within the field.”

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