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Fisher Hosts Study Abroad Risk Management Workshop

April 26, 2018

On Tuesday, April 10, the Study Abroad Office at St. John Fisher College hosted a workshop for study abroad representatives on health, safety, and security while abroad.

Attendees of a workshop for study abroad representatives on health, safety, and security while abroad.

More than 30 international education professionals from area colleges attended the workshop, which was presented in partnership with the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE), a nonprofit study abroad and intercultural exchange organization.

The workshop titled, Advanced Training 201-HSS Stress Test!, included a simulation case study led by Bill Bull, vice president of risk management for CIEE. He was joined by Maureen Sullivan, assistant director of institutional relations, and Aubrey Trantor and Gael Noyes, who are both managers of institutional relations for CIEE.

During the presentation, Bull used an imaginary country and risk matrix to engage workshop attendees in an exercise that helped everyone better understand their own preparedness for handling different situations while abroad.

“Although the country was imaginary, the tools used to assess the hypothetical situations were real and are very useful when managing different issues that may arise while one is abroad,” said Dr. Stella Plutino-Calabrese, Fisher’s director of study abroad.

After the presentation, a question-and-answer session gave attendees the opportunity to learn updates from CIEE programs.

While on campus, CIEE representatives took the opportunity to meet with Fisher students by hosting a Bingo event in collaboration with the Study Abroad Club. More than 50 students attended, enjoying free food, prizes, and games, while learning more about the various study abroad programs available at the College.