Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Yale Richmond, 1924-2020

I'm a huge fan of Yale Richmond's work and his scholarship!  His book "Cultural Exchange and the Cold War: Raising the Iron Curtain" (2003) is what led to my interest in and scholarship on public diplomacy!

His obituary highlights his life's work in the State Department and his leadership and commitment to international educational and cultural exchanges which you can read at https://legcy.co/3bFffaP.





Sunday, March 22, 2020

Rugby and my International Travels

Last week on a Zoom call for my institution's Incident Assessment Task Force (IATF), the Chief of Staff to the President said to everyone that our daily IATF Zoom calls allow us to learn a little more about each other and one example he gave was that I'm an England Rugby fan because I was wearing their jersey.  I just happen to have the England jersey and it is one I randomly bought back around 2000-2001 when I saw it in the store!


I got into rugby (but have no idea what the rules are) when I arrived to my hotel in Auckland ~1:30am after beginning my journey from the 2017 AIEC conference in Hobart, Tasmania and at that time of night the check-in was in the bar. The All Blacks were on many of the TV’s so I decided to help the local New Zealand brewing companies and hydrate while watching the match before ever going up to my hotel room!

I also got to watch Ireland crush Scotland (27-3) in the 2019 Rugby World Cup group stage over a full Irish breakfast in Dublin back in September which was an incredibly wonderful treat!


Monday, March 2, 2020

Institution/Organization Policies and Statements on Study Abroad Programs and International & Domestic Travel Due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

March 17, 2020 Update

Jessica Oldford and I will no longer be updating this list here on IHEC Blog.  The Forum on Education Abroad has started a COVID-19 Program Status Tracker at https://forumea.org/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.

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This list below was compiled in collaboration with my colleague Jessica Oldford, Director of Global Student Experience Global Initiatives, Stephen M. Ross School of Business, University of Michigan – Ann Arbor.

Last update made 4:20am (Chicago time) March 12, 2020

Original List on Study Abroad and Travel Policies related to China available at:  Higher Education Institutional & Organizational Policies/Statements on Academic Travel to China Related to 2019-nCoV (Coronavirus)

Simply click on the institution/organization name in the list below to view the policy/statement online.

Institution/Organization Study Abroad and Travel Policies
Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), U.S. Department of State - will temporarily pause all ECA-funded programs that involve travel to and from countries with heightened U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Alert Level 2 (Practice Enhanced Precautions) and Warning Level 3 (Avoid Nonessential Travel) or heightened State Department COVID-19 related Travel Advisory Levels 3 (Reconsider Travel) and 4 (Do Not Travel).

Amigos de las Américas - Suspended 2020 Summer Programs and the Spring Gap Program
Arizona State University - China, Italy, South Korea
Athena Study Abroad - general policy statement + COVID-19 Factsheet
Ball State University - Cancelled all Summer study abroad programs and Fall semester study abroad programs scheduled to depart this Summer
Brandeis University - banned all travel (both domestic and international) until May 3, 2020
Bringham Young University - China, Italy, Mongolia, South Korea
Boston College (2) - China, South Korea, Italy
Boston University - all spring study abroad
Bowling Green State University - all spring break international travel
CET Academic Programs - China, Italy
CIS Abroad - Italy, South Korea
City University of New York - China, Italy, Japan, Iran, South Korea
Clemson University - All international travel suspended
Columbia College Chicago - cancelling all domestic and international travel for college business and employee professional development reasons until further notice.
Cornell University Should the CDC categorize a destination as "Warning Level 3: Avoid Nonessential Travel" prior to a program start date, Cornell will follow CDC guidelines, impose travel restrictions, and cancel the related study abroad program.  If the CDC categorizes a travel destination as "Warning Level 3: Avoid Nonessential Travel" during a program, the program will continue.
Cultural Vistas
Denison University - CDC and State Department both issue Level 3 warnings
Drexel University - All education abroad programs will be discontinued for the spring term, but students who are abroad on Drexel-affiliated programs in non-high-risk countries will be permitted to stay to complete their programs. 
Duke University - suspending all non-essential university-funded travel, both domestic and international.  Requests for exceptions should be made to your supervisor or dean. 
Duquesne University - suspended all University sponsored international travel for faculty, staff or students through May 31, 2020. Non-essential domestic travel is also canceled.
East Carolina University - CDC Level 2 or Level 3 designations and Department of State Level 3 or Level 4 designations for coronavirus (COVID-19).
Eastern Washington University - all study abroad programming suspended
Elon University - All non-essential university travel has been suspended until further notice.
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - China, South Korea, Japan, Italy, Iran
Fairleigh Dickinson University - CDC Level 3 Countries
Florida International University - Italy, Japan, Singapore, South Korea
George Mason University Korea - South Korea
Georgetown University - South Korea
Global Education Oregon - CDC Level 3 Countries
Grand Valley State University - Grand Valley-sponsored international travel at least through March 30
Harvard University - All University-related international travel is prohibited and all University-related non-essential domestic air travel is prohibited
Hope College - All college-sponsored student trips through April 13, including spring break trips, are canceled.
Illinois State UniversityEffective March 16, all University-sponsored, non-essential domestic travel and all international travel is suspended until further notice. All Summer 2020 study abroad programs and international internships are cancelled.
Iowa State University - All university-sponsored international travel remains suspended for students, faculty, and staff since March 5. The Board of Regents will be extending the 30-day travel ban by 7 days each Monday, effective March 9, until conditions improve.
Kean University - Suspended all international student travel programs, including Travelearn programs scheduled for Spring Break
Kent State University - Effective immediately, all university-sponsored travel – domestic and international – is canceled through April 13.
Lehigh University - CDC Level 3 Countries
Louisiana State University - All international study abroad experiences going forward are canceled through August 17, 2020
Loyola University Chicago John Felice Rome Center (JFRC) - Italy
Loyola Marymount University - CDC Level 3 countries
Marquette University - continuing to monitor the situation on the ground in each country and location where our students are studying, and we are not anticipating making any universal decisions regarding all of our students currently abroad.
Michigan State University - university-sponsored international travel is suspended until April 20
Minnesota State Colleges and Universities - all international Minnesota State-related business travel for students, faculty, or staff
Minnesota State University Mankato - suspended all Minnesota State-related international travel involving students, faculty and staff
Montclair State University - CDC Level 3 countries
Morehouse College (2)-  all faculty-led study abroad programs until further notice
Morgan State University All Study Abroad and International Student Travel Suspended for Remainder of Spring Semester and Summer Season
New York University - all non-essential University-related international travel and travel domestically to California and Washington State prohibited until further notice
Northwestern University - CDC Level 3 Warning and all University-sponsored spring break travel, graduate and undergraduate, has been cancelled for 2020. 
Ohio State University -  All university-sponsored international travel is suspended and University-sponsored domestic air travel will be limited to business essential travel and will be approved on an as-needed basis
Rice University - banning all university-sponsored international travel for faculty, staff, postdocs and students through April 30.
Rowan University - no longer accepting applications for University-related international travel through May 31, Students currently studying abroad do not have to return at this time
Rutgers University - Canceled Rutgers-sponsored study abroad semester programs, international spring break programs, and Rutgers faculty-sponsored study abroad programs
Sant'Anna Institute - Italy
Semester at Sea - Spring 2020 Voyage itinerary change
Seminars International 
Seton Hall University - All spring 2020 study abroad programs cancelled
Southern Methodist University - all study abroad programs cancelled
Stanford University - restricting university-sponsored international travel, to any country. Faculty and staff can request an exception by completing the COVID-19 International Travel Exception Request form
State University of New York - China, Italy, Japan, Iran, South Korea
Stockton University until further notice, the University has suspended international travel for students, faculty and staff that is led, coordinated and/or funded by the University.
Syracuse University - prohibiting all university-sponsored international travel. This prohibition extends to all faculty, staff, and students. 
SUNY Korea - South Korea
Temple University- suspending university-affiliated international travel by students, faculty and staff to any area under a CDC warning of Level 1 or higher for COVID-19. This measure will be in effect until the end of the spring semester. 
The American University of Rome - Italy
The College of Global Studies, Arcadia University - Italy
The Ohio State University - China, Iran, Italy, South Korea
Towson University - all study abroad programming suspended
Troy University - All study abroad programming cancelled
Tulane University - All non-essential university-related international and domestic travel is being suspended. Exceptions must be approved by the Provost or the Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.
University of Akron - All international travel through May 31, 2020
University of Arizona - CDC Level 3

University of Arkansas - suspending all university-sponsored out-of-state travel – both domestic and international – for the next 60 day [from March 11]
University of California System - CDC Level 2 & 3 Countries
University of Chicago - strongly discourages travel to CDC Level 3
University of Colorado Boulder (2)- China, Italy, South Korea, France, Spain, Japan, Germany, Czech Republic
University of Dallas Eugene Constantin Rome Campus - Italy
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign - prohibiting all international travel on university-sponsored business for faculty, staff and students from March 16 until further notice
University of Iowa - Italy, Spain, France, Germany
University of Kansas - China, Iran, South Korea, Italy
University of Kentucky All University-sponsored or endorsed travel internationally is suspended indefinitely. There is an appeals process.
University of Louisiana at Lafayette - CDC Level 2 & 3
University of Maryland - All university-related international travel is not permitted until May 8, 202
University of Massachusetts Amherst - China, South Korea, Iran, Italy
University of Michigan - Suspending all U-M international travel until at least April 21 and all U-M education abroad programs will be altered or suspended.
University of Minnesota - All non-essential, University-funded travel, both domestic and international, for faculty, staff, and students has been cancelled from March 16 - April 30, 2020
University of Mississippi - Summer study abroad programs, starting between May and August 2020, are cancelled.  All university-affiliated international travel is prohibited until further notice.
University of Missouri - all university-related non-essential international and domestic travel is suspended until April 12
University of Nebraska-Lincoln - CDC Level 3
University of Nebraska Kearney - CDC Level 3
University of Nevada, Reno - China, Iran, Italy, South Korea, Japan
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - All summer 2020 study abroad and international education programs are canceled
University of North Dakota - requiring all students to evacuate all study abroad programs and return to the U.S. immediately
University of Northern Colorado - All CDC Level 2 & 3 countries
University of Northern Iowa - All summer 2020 study abroad
University of Oklahoma - suspending all international and domestic travel for University-related business or academic purposes effective Friday, March 13, 2020, until further notice
University of Oregon - All nonessential university travel, both domestic and international, is suspended indefinitely.
University of Pittsburgh (2) - All spring and summer study abroad
University of Richmond -  canceled all University-sponsored international travel involving students over spring break.
University of South Florida - China, Iran, Italy, Japan, South Korea
University of Southern California (2) - All international spring break programs and all domestic and international university-related, non-essential travel for students, faculty, and staff is suspended until March 29
University of Southern Mississippi - suspending all University-sponsored international travel, to any country—regardless of mode of transportation until April 30th
University of Tennessee Knoxville - All study abroad suspended
University of Texas at Arlington - all university-sponsored international travel for students, faculty and staff must be reviewed by the UTA International Oversight Committee (IOC)
University of Texas at Dallas - CDC Level 2 & 3
University of Utah Asia Campus - South Korea
University of Virginia - CDC Level 3 and State Department Level 3 & 4
University of West Florida - China, Iran, Italy, Japan, South Korea
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire - CDC Level 3
University of Wisconsin-Madison - all spring 2020 study abroad programs cancelled
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee - all university sponsored student travel cancelled through end of the semester, all university sponsored employee travel cancelled through end of the semester to China, France, Germany, Italy, Iran, Japan, South Korea, Spain
Wayne State University - all spring 2020 study abroad programs cancelled
Western Illinois University - canceled its summer study abroad trips, and no further international business travel is authorized for students, faculty and staff through Aug. 1, 2020
William & Mary - South Korea
Yale University - For summer study abroad, if the program's host country is listed as either CDC Level 3 or DoS Level 4 as of April 2nd, we will cancel the program.

As reported in the press [not updated since early March to focus on building institution/organization policy and statement list above]:
Arizona State University
Augustana College
Brown University
Coastal Carolina University
Colorado College - China, Hong Kong
Colorado State University-Pueblo - Italy, South Korea
Cornell University
Creighton University - South Korea
Dartmouth College
Fairfield University
Florida Atlantic University
Florida Gulf Coast University
George Mason University
Gonzaga University
Johns Hopkins University
Marist College
Marquette University
Middlebury College
North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
Ohio University - Italy
Penn State University - Italy
Pikes Peak Community College
Robert Morris University - all programs
Sacred Heart University
San Diego State University - South Korea
Slippery Rock University
Southern Oregon University
Spelman College - all programs
St. Ambrose University - Italy
Stanford University
Temple University - Italy
Texas A&M International University - South Korea
Towson University - Italy
University of California San Diego - South Korea
University of California System
University of Central Florida - Hong Kong, South Korea, Mongolia
University of Colorado Colorado Springs
University of Connecticut
University of Florida - Italy
University of Incarnate Word - Italy
University of Iowa - South Korea
University of Maryland
University of Massachusetts Amherst - Italy
University of Nebraska - Lincoln - South Korea
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - South Korea
University of North Carolina Wilmington
University of Pittsburgh
University of Tampa
University of Texas at San Antonio - Italy
University of Utah
University of Washington
University of Wisconsin-Eau Clare - South Korea
University of Wisconsin- La Crosse - South Korea
University of Wisconsin - Madison
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh
University of Wisconsin - Stout
Villanova University
Wake Forest University
Washington State University
Western Washington University

"Morehouse School of Medicine is convening a working group among the Atlanta University Center to coordinate the response among the schools, which includes Spelman, Clark Atlanta University, the Interdenominational Theological Center and Morehouse College."

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education's Guidance for interruptions of study related to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

CDC Guidance for Student Foreign Travel for Institutions of Higher Education

CDC Coronavirus Disease 2019 Information for Travel
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html

Following is a list of institutions that are hyperlinked to statements on the status of their study abroad programs in locations other than in China.  Please see IHEC Bog post "Higher Education Institutional & Organizational Policies/Statements on Academic Travel to China Related to 2019-nCoV (Coronavirus) for list of links institutional statements.


Coronavirus Critical Resources by NAFSA

Monday, February 17, 2020

Nominations are now OPEN for the 2020 GoAbroad Innovation Awards!



GoAbroad Innovation Awards


Nominations are now OPEN for the 2020 Innovation Awards!

For People’s Choice, submit your nomination on this form.

SHOWCASING THE BEST IN INNOVATION, ORIGINALITY, CREATIVITY, AND EXCEPTIONAL IDEAS IN INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION

As the leading resource for meaningful travel, GoAbroad is pleased to present annual awards recognizing innovation in international education. The winners are selected by a prestigious and selective group of international educators known as the GoAbroad Innovations Academy. Award recipients are announced each year during GoAbroad’s evening reception at the annual NAFSA: Association of International Educators conference.
These awards acknowledge institutions, organizations, and individuals moving the field forward, and commend leaders in the community for their efforts to go beyond the conventional.

Disclaimer:  I will again serve as a member of the 2020 GoAbroad Innovation Awards Academy.  

Saturday, February 1, 2020

We met while on the same study abroad program in Valladolid, Spain during Spring Semester 1991

Today marks 29 years of being together as a couple with my wife! This is us in mid-February 1991 on top of the Alcázar de Segovia in Spain!