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Tuesday, October 13 • 2:15pm - 3:30pm
No Travel Funds? No problem! Strategies for Conducting “Armchair Assessments” to Minimize Risk, Inform Travelers, Reduce Institutional Liability and Maximize Duty of Care

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Responding to strategic plans that emphasized international engagement, many U.S. colleges and universities are experiencing growth in student, staff and faculty travel abroad, particularly to locations of real or perceived higher risk. These plans, however, are not typically complemented by an increase in risk management staff or even funding for on-site risk assessments. As a result, long-distance assessments related to health, safety and security must be developed. In this session, three international health, safety and security experts will share their strategies for effective and effective “armchair assessment” for all types of university-sponsored international travel.

As a result of participating in this session, participants will be able to:
 Distinguish between real and perceived risks to their travelers.
 Identify the mitigateable risks associated with travel to high-threat locations.
 Assess the impact of high profile incidents to their travelers.
 Compose informative alerts to campus stakeholders regarding real or perceived at risk travelers.

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Julie Ann Friend

Director, Office of Global Safety and Security, Northwestern University
Julie Anne Friend is the director of global safety and security at Northwestern University, where she is charged with developing a comprehensive, institutional-wide approach to education abroad risk management. Ms. Friend’s scholarship and advocacy related to institutional travel policies and U.S. State Department travel warnings has contributed to the development of standards in the field. Ms. Friend remains one of two higher education... Read More →
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Alexis Santi

Coordinator of Travel Safety, Cornell University
Alexis E. Santí currently serves as Cornell University's first coordinator of travel safety and recently launched the institution’s first comprehensive in-house travel tracker program (www.travelregistry.cornell.edu). He is responsible for ensuring that Cornell-managed programs are conducted safely and that students, faculty and staff attain the proper training and preparation to travel abroad. He conducts regular pre-departure orientation... Read More →
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Dru Simmons

International Risk Manager, The Ohio State University
Dru Simmons is the international risk manager for The Ohio State University. His role is dually based in the office of risk management and the office of international affairs. He coordinates the activities and implements the operating procedures of the provost appointed international travel policy committee. In addition he administers the supplemental travel insurance program, oversees the university’s international emergency protocol and... Read More →

Tuesday October 13, 2015 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Marquette II Hilton Minneapolis