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Study Abroad Program Leader Preparation

ASU Faculty-Directed study abroad program leaders (including support faculty/staff) are required to complete two online training modules prior to leading any study abroad program: Title IX and Your Duty to Report and Intersections: Intersections: Preventing Harassment and Sexual Violence.

All study abroad program leaders (including support faculty/staff) are also required to attend an in-person Emergency Preparedness and Response Seminar before leading an ASU study abroad program (at least once every two years). In addition, Faculty Directors will be expected to complete two (2) additional workshops during the same period. Support faculty/staff are not required to attend these additional workshops, but all are certainly invited and encouraged to participate.

Please find below a description of the required Emergency Preparedness and Response Seminar, optional mini-conferences and other workshops, along with the most updated schedule of events.

Emergency Preparedness and Response Seminars

ASU requires that all study abroad program leaders (including support faculty/staff) participate in an Emergency Preparedness and Response Seminar every two years. In addition, Faculty Directors will be expected to complete two (2) additional workshops during the same period. For additional information about this expectation, click here. Program leaders who completed the Emergency Preparedness and Response Seminar during the 2018/2019 academic year will not be required to attend for their 2019/2020 programs; all others will be required to attend.*  Seminar presentations are facilitated by the SAO Associate Director of International Health, Safety and Security and cover preparation prior to departure, resources available, and actions to take while abroad when responding to emergencies.

The SAO will offers two versions of the Emergency Preparedness and Response Seminar: one for those who haven't attended in the past; another for those who have attended in the past but are required to attend again. Below is the current schedule of these two separate seminars.

EPR 101: Emergency Preparedness and Response Seminar for NEW Program Leaders

RSVP NOW for an upcoming EPR 101 Seminar

EPR 201: Emergency Preparedness and Response Seminar for RETURNING Program Leaders

RSVP NOW for an upcoming EPR 201 Seminar

*Program leaders will not receive a travel advance until they attend a seminar and will be notified if they need to attend a seminar.

 

 

Faculty/Staff Professional Development Mini-Conferences

Because we know it can be difficult to come to a monthly workshop, the SAO will be offering a mini-conference on the Tempe campus during both the fall and spring semesters. Program leaders may register for one or two sessions per conference, as well as the lunch provided by the SAO.

Fall Semester Mini-Conference

Spring Semester Mini-Conference

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

  • Required Orientation for New Faculty Directors - Memorial Union (MU) Cochise/228
  • Promoting Inclusion and Effective Group Dynamics - Memorial Union (MU) Yuma/225
  • Information Session for Domestic Global Learning (DGL) Programs - Memorial Union (MU) Santa Cruz/229

12:00 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.

  • LunchMemorial Union (MU) Cochise/228

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

  • Effectively Marketing Your Program & Student Funding Tips - Memorial Union (MU) Cochise/228
  • Tips for Effective Pre-Departure Orientations - Memorial Union (MU) Santa Cruz/229
  • Supporting Diverse Student Identities Abroad - Memorial Union (MU) Yuma/225
RSVP NOW for one or more Fall Mini-Conference sessions

Click here to see the Memorial Union (MU) on a map. All sessions are on the 2nd floor.

Friday, February 28, 2020

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

  • Lessons from Abroad: Returned Program Leader Panel - Memorial Union (MU) Cochise/228
  • Cultivating Global Awareness and Sensitivity - Memorial Union (MU) Yuma/225 
  •  Information Session for Domestic Global Learning (DGL) Programs - Memorial Union (MU) Santa Cruz/229 

12:00 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.

  • LunchMemorial Union (MU) Cochise/228

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. 

  • Tips for Effective Pre-Departure Orientations - Memorial Union (MU) Cochise/228
  • Promoting Inclusion and Effective Group Dynamics - Memorial Union (MU) Santa Cruz/229
  • Supporting Diverse Student Identities Abroad - Memorial Union (MU) Yuma/225
RSVP NOW for one or more Spring Mini-Conference sessions

Click here to see the Memorial Union (MU) on a map. All sessions are on the 2nd floor.

Crisis and Operational Response Education (CORE)

Crisis and Operational Response Education (CORE) is an initiative from the SAO to identify key areas that are central to a sound health and safety culture within the ASU study abroad community.  The primary goals of CORE are to equip study abroad program leaders, encourage collaboration, and improve programming so that study abroad initiatives at ASU can continue to grow.  The CORE curriculum is meant to be an interactive, engaging, and organized way of administering health and safety protocol and fostering a culture of best practices within our study abroad community. Below are details of the CORE workshops for the 2019-2020 academic year:

Study Abroad and Mental Health Awareness

This workshop, facilitated through a partnership with ASU Counseling Services, aims to give study abroad program leaders basic information to help them identify and work with students who might experience a mental health crisis while studying abroad. Key resources and strategies will be shared to help faculty directors and support faculty/staff know feel better prepared to respond if a situation develops during the program.

RSVP NOW for a 2019-2020 Study Abroad and Mental Health Awareness workshop

Managing Incidents Abroad

This workshop will deliver ASU’s basic expectations regarding incident response and incident management. Best practices gleaned from NAFSA: The Association of International Educators and the Forum for Education Abroad working groups will accompany discussions, case studies, and table top exercises to give each participant a framework from which to effectively respond to common incidents that occur during study abroad programs. This workshop is separate from, and does not replace, the mandatory Emergency Preparedness & Response Seminar.

RSVP NOW for a 2019-2020 Managing Incidents Abroad workshop

PLEASE NOTE: The CORE workshops are optional for support faculty/staff, but are highly encouraged.  Faculty Directors are expected to attend two (2) workshops every two years, in addition to the required Emergency Preparedness & Response Seminar.

 

Other Training Opportunities

American Red Cross CPR/AED/First Aid Certification Course

  • The SAO strongly encourages all study abroad program leaders to maintain a valid CPR certification from the American Red Cross.
  • The SAO is pleased to cover the cost of your American Red Cross Adult CPR/AED/First Aid Certification through Sun Devil Fitness. Due to low attendance in the past, we are no longer organizing a class specifically for program leaders, so any certification class that you attend will be listed on their website and open to the public. 
  • If you are interested in becoming certified in Adult CPR/First Aid, please view the schedule of available classes, and then notify the SAO which date and time you are attending so that we can communicate with the instructors and arrange payment in advance. 

 

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