I’ve been a fan of Tom Millington and his perspectives on the field of international higher education for a long time and I was honored when he invited me to be a part of the Abroadia “Global Thoughts” Speaker Series. I look forward to joining Tom next Tuesday, September 15th at 2:00pm EST for a discussion on our field.  You can register for mine (and future) “Global Thoughts” here and you can learn more about Abroadia here. Below is a screenshot of the description of the Abroadia “Global Thoughts” Speaker Series.


First, I will be a panelist at the first Chicago Roundtable for International Educators meeting of the 2020-21 academic year on Thursday, September 10, from 2-3:30pm CST.  The topic will be “COVD Updates: Where are you now?” and I will share the virtual stage with Robert Morley, Director of International Student Affairs at Moraine Valley Community College, and Stephanie Cisneros, International Student Advisor at Northwestern University. Registration available here.

Second, I will be speaking with Tom Millington on September 15th at 1:00pm CST as part of Abroadia’s “Global Thoughts” series. Registration is available here.

Third, I will be moderating a live online discussion related two IHEC Blog guest posts on the topic of “Community-based Approaches to Global Learning: Engaging U.S. Partnerships Abroad” on Thursday, September 17, 2020 10:00am CST. I will moderate this live virtual discussion among all four of the guest bloggers:

You can register for this live moderated discussion here.

Related IHEC Blog posts:

Future-Forward Community Building in Education Abroad during COVID-19: Recognizing our Power and Positionality and Amplifying and Listening to Marginalized Voices – Part 1 (August 13, 2020)

Future-Forward Community Building in Education Abroad during COVID-19: Recognizing our Power and Positionality and Amplifying and Listening to Marginalized Voices – Part 2 Overseas Voices (September 1, 2020)

I started a list with my colleague Jessica Oldford entitled “Institutional statements on DHS “Broadcast Message: COVID-19 and Fall 2020” barring international students from remaining in the U.S. if they take all courses online” on IHEC Blog. Please forward links to statements if you have them. Thanks in advance!


IHEC list

I am a big fan of Elspeth Jones, Emerita Professor at Leeds Beckett University, and I have been for many years! So when she invited me to connect for her new #IntlEdChat interview series I jumped at the opportunity. It was our first time meeting and while making that virtual connection was great I look forward to an in person connection sometime in the [hopefully near] future!

You can subscribe to Espeth’s International Education YouTube channel here and if you are on Twitter you should follow her at @ElspethJones.

I also want to highlight the Routledge Internationalization in Higher Education book series of which Elspeth serves as the series editor! It’s an excellent collection of topics, editors and authors with more on the way! You can learn more about the Routledge Internationalization in Higher Education book series here.


I’m proud to announce that my colleague Jessica Oldford and I have been selected as a finalist for the 2020 GoAbroad Innovation Awards “Innovation in Crisis Response” category! Our initiative for which we are a finalist is: IHEC Blog: Policies and Statements on Study Abroad Programs and International & Domestic Travel Due to COVID-19. You can see all of the finalists and categories on the 2020 Innovation Awards Finalist page at https://blog.goabroad.com/innovation-awards-2020-finalists/.

I also want to thank Travolucion for sponsoring this award category!

GoAbroad 2020 Finalist Badge

I’m excited to be a panelist on the upcoming free webinar titled “The Future of Student Mobility: A Student-Centric Approach” hosted by The Global Learning Collective. The webinar will be held this Thursday May 21st at 4:00pm EDT/1:00pm PST.

I am very fortunate to find myself included on a panel with the following colleagues:

I also want to thank Rebecca SmietanaDirector of Partner Relations at The Global Learning Collective for all her work in bringing this collaboration and webinar together! Very much appreciated!


Happy to have contributed a piece on the “History of Undergraduate Research Abroad” for the newly published book edited by Kate Patch and Louis Berends.entitled “Undergraduate Research Abroad: Approaches, Models, and Challenges” which was published yesterday by NAFSA.

More information about the book is available here.

Undergraduate Research Flyer side by side

Update: My colleague Jessica Oldford and I will no longer be updating our institutional/organizational Coronavirus travel/study abroad policy statements list on IHEC Blog. The Forum on Education Abroad has started a COVID-19 Program Status Tracker.  Jessica and I will collaborate with the Forum on Education Abroad on this tracking project and I encourage everyone to visit their COVID-19 Program Status Tracker page and contribute to the project via the instructions listed there.

Forum Tracker

Over on IHEC Blog I have been collaborating with my colleague Jessica Oldford, Director of Global Student Experience Global Initiatives, Stephen M. Ross School of Business, University of Michigan – Ann Arbor in compiling two lists with links to institutional and organizational policy statements pertaining to academic travel related to 2019-nCoV (Coronavirus).  Following are the two IHEC Blog posts/lists if you are interested in learning more:

Higher Education Institutional & Organizational Policies/Statements on Academic Travel to China Related to 2019-nCoV (Coronavirus) – January 29, 2019

Status of Study Abroad Programs (other than in China) and 2019-nCoV (Coronavirus) – March 2, 2019

Jessica and I have been collaborating for many years now and our goal for compiling both of these lists has been for them to serve as a useful benchmarking tool for colleagues in the field and the greater higher education community to see what other institutions and organizations are doing as a result of the Coronavirus.

This was my first post: “Initiatives in 2006 to Increase Student Diversity in Education Abroad” at bit.ly/397NwhG

First IHEC Blog post