Wednesday, February 28, 2018

GoAbroad Announces 2018 Innovation Award Nominations

The other day, GoAbroad announced that they are now accepting nominations for their 2018 Innovation Awards.  This is an excellent opportunity to nominate and recognize those who make a difference in and have an impact on our field!

The GoAbroad Innovation Awards are divided into the following categories:

Innovation in Diversity
Innovation in Marketing & Digital Media
Innovative New Intern Abroad Program
Innovative New Study Abroad Program
Innovative New Volunteer Abroad Program
Innovative Technology
Innovation in Sustainability
Innovation in Philanthropy
Innovation in Alumni Engagement
Innovative Student Video
People’s Choice

Please visit this page to read more about the award categories & to submit nominations:

Disclosure:  I receive no compensation for this post.  I'm simply a huge fan of and what they are doing across many areas and I've been known to wear hats from time to time.  I have also been a member of the GoAbroad Innovation Awards Academy and judged during the 2012-2017 awards.

Friday, February 23, 2018

"Strategic Initiatives for Enhanced Partnerships in Latin America" presentation with Jessica Oldford and Debbie Carney at the AAPLAC 2018 Annual Conference

Today was a great day as I presented with my colleagues Jessica Oldford, Director of Global Student Experience Global Initiatives, Stephen M. Ross School of Business, University of Michigan – Ann Arbor and Debbie Carney, Sr. Program CoordinatorMcCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin at the 2018 Association of Academic Programs in Latin America and the Caribbean (AAPLAC) annual conference held at Tulane University in New Orleans!

Jessica Oldford presenting during our session

This was my first time attending the AAPLAC conference and my first time in New Orleans.  Our session was entitled "Strategic Initiatives for Enhanced Partnerships in Latin America" and our abstract follows:

This session will focus on the importance of creating strategic and sustainable partnerships between U.S. based institutions and Latin American institutions. This session will showcase partnerships with universities throughout Latin America. Through highlighted case studies, the audience will explore best practices of relationship management and how that affects and enhances the overall partnership.  Presenters will discuss key considerations when working with Latin American partners, discuss policies and procedures that enhance partnerships, and demonstrate working examples of best practices.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Follow the Twitter Backchannel from the 2018 Association of Academic Programs in Latin America and the Caribbean (AAPLAC) annual conference in New Orleans from February 21-24, 2018 #AAPLAC18

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Follow the Twitter Backchannel from the 2018 Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA) Annual Conference from February 18-21 in Washington, DC #AIEA2018

Friday, February 16, 2018

Keynote Speakers at International Education Conferences

A recurring thought I have that I decided to post to Twitter last night:

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

"Director, what in your view... is the counterintelligence risk posed to U.S. national security from Chinese students, particularly those in advanced programs in science and mathematics?"

During an open hearing of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on worldwide threats on Tuesday, February 13, 2018, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio [R-FL] asked FBI Director Christopher Wray about “Director, what in your view... is the counterintelligence risk posed to U.S. national security from Chinese students, particularly those in advanced programs in science and mathematics?

Wray replied “The use of non-traditional collectors, especially in the academic setting—whether it’s professors, scientists, students—we see in almost every field office that the FBI has around the country. It’s not just in major cities. It’s in small ones as well, it’s across basically every discipline. And I think the level of naivete on the part of the academic sector about this creates its own issues”

Further discussion between Senator Rubio and Director Wray continued about Confucius Institutes on U.S. campuses.

You can listen to the full testimony of witneses (see list below) but Senator Rubio's questioning begins at the 01:48:04 mark at

U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
Hearing Type: Open
Date & Time: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 9:30am
Location: Hart 216
Director Daniel R. Coats
Director of National Intelligence
Director Michael Pompeo
Director of the Central Intelligence Agency
Director Admiral Michael Rogers
Director of the National Security Agency
Director Lieutenant General Robert Ashley
Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency
Director Chris Wray
Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation
Director Robert Cardillo
Director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

New Book "Promoting Inclusion in Education Abroad: A Handbook of Research and Practice" has now been added to Bury Book International Education Library & Archive

Promoting Inclusion in Education Abroad: A Handbook of Research and Practice edited by Heather Barclay Hamir and Nick Gozik, with Forward by Esther Brimmer, and co-published by Stylus Publishing and NAFSA in 2018. I just received this book yesterday in the mail!

I have a co-authored chapter with Lily Lopez-McGee (lead) and Eduardo Contreras entitled "Underrepresentation in Education Abroad: A Review of Contemporary Research and Future Opportunities"

More information on the book as well as a .pdf of Chapter One is available

Monday, February 5, 2018

Check Out the New Gap Year Directory

GoAbroad is thrilled to share the publication of their latest meaningful travel directory dedicated to the GAP YEAR! Now, we’re not talking about your grandma’s gap year—not that we don’t give her credit, she did survive abroad without Google maps—but the gap year movement has gotten a serious makeover in the last few years.

Why? Because the stigma around the gap year… of taking a year off to travel, ask yourself questions, be introspective, and gain more clarity around your life goals… is waning. Rapidly. (As it should!).

More and more students are using the gap year as a rite of passage, not only between high school and college, but also between years of college, between colleges (transfer students FTW), before jumping into the workforce, or in the middle of their early professional years. Colleges are jumping on board (like Princeton’s Bridge Year!) and more organizations are improving the rigorousness of their courses (thanks in large part to initiatives like the Gap Year Association).

All this to say GoAbroad is thrilled to support young adventurers in their meaningful waywardness through the possibility of a gap year. Check out all of these ooey-gooey awesome resources for yourself, then hop on the gap year train because it’s moving full-speed ahead! 

   Rich media resources:

Join us in making like Malia and supporting the gap year movement!

Note:  I receive no compensation for this post.  I do receive some hats on occassion from but that's because I like hats and like to take pictures around the world with them.  I just like what is doing in the field and want to support their efforts!