Learning Abroad Center

Staff Achievements

2019

Martha Johnson

Serves on the Forum on Education Abroad Board of Directors 
Chair of the Board for the Fund for Education Abroad

October 2019

Kelley Redmond and Nancy Vang

Presenters, “Keeping It Real: Supporting Students When Study Abroad Isn’t in the Cards” (NAFSA Region IV 2019 Conference, Fargo, ND)

Kelley Redmond

Presenter, “Top 5 Challenges with Financial Aid & Study Abroad” (NAFSA Region IV 2019 Conference, Fargo, ND), with Kate Meyer (Hamline University) and Kerry Geffert (Terra Dotta)

Ashley Metz and Eric Leinen 

Published article, “The Global Impact Exchange: A Quarterly Publication of Diversity Abroad,” in Data-Driven Suggestions for Diversifying the Education Abroad Profession, Diversity Abroad, Fall 2019

September 2019

Amy Garwood-Díaz

Completed the UofM Equity and Diversity Certificate

August 2019

Emily Newhall 

Joined the UofM Communicators Forum Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee

Lindsey Lahr

Completed UofM Equity and Diversity Certificate

July 2019

Lindsey Lahr

Published article, “#Alternative Facts: Dispelling the Myth that Short-Term Programs Do Not Have Career Development Value,” in Career Integration: Reviewing the Impact of Experience Abroad on Employment No. 3 

June 2019

BJ Titus

Panelist, “Emotional Support Animals Abroad” (NAFSA Collegial Conversation 2019)

Ashley Metz

Appointed to CAPA Advisors Council

Antonia Lortis, Ilya Kravchik, and Emily Newhall

Received the 2019 GoAbroad Innovation Award for Innovation in Marketing & Digital Media

May 2019

BJ Titus

Invited Speaker, “Exploring Identity in Education Abroad” (NY6 Study Abroad Retreat 2019) 

April 2019

BJ Titus

Panelist, “Heritage Seeking in Education Abroad” (NAFSA Collegial Conversation 2019)

Nancy Vang

Completed the UofM Equity and Diversity Advanced Certificate

March 2019

Martha Johnson

Presenter, “Making The Forum Work for Mid-Career Professionals” (the Forum on Education Abroad 15th Annual Conference 2019, Denver, CO), with Melissa Torres

BJ Titus

Presenter, “The Rise of Diversity & Inclusion Roles in International Education” (Diversity Abroad 2019 Conference, Boston, MA)

Zach Mohs

Presenter, “Empowering Women in the Education Abroad Field: What Men Can Do” (the Forum on Education Abroad 15th Annual Conference 2019, Denver, CO), with Kelly Holland (Global Experiences), Mark Lenhart (CET Academic Programs), and Jason Kinnear (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

Eric Leinen

Presenter, “Making Room in the Circle for Underrepresented Student Groups: Developing a Semester-Long, Practicum-Based Program Abroad for US Nursing Students” (the Forum on Education Abroad 15th Annual Conference 2019, Denver, CO), with Katherine Martin (University of Limerick), Carol Flaten (University of Minnesota), and Claire O’Donnell (University of Limerick)

2018

December 2018

Jill Reister

Received PhD in Educational Studies from the University of Cincinnati; dissertation: “Diversifying Destinations: Examining Study Abroad in Non-Traditional Locations”

October 2018

Ashley Metz and Eric Leinen 

Presenters, “Who Are We and How Did We Get Here?: Results of a Survey Measuring Demographics and Career Motivations of Education Abroad Professionals” (NAFSA Region IV 2018 Conference, Duluth, MN)

Emily Newhall, Josie Kahlenbeck, and Whitney Westley

Presenters, “An Untapped Power: Utilizing Student Employees for Marketing and Predeparture Success” (NAFSA Region IV 2018 Conference, Duluth, MN)

November 2018

Martha Johnson

Received the 2018 Mentor of the Year Award from Women in International Education

August 2018

Maria Wentworth

Presenter, “Career-Minded Marketing: Exposing Employability Benefits of Study Abroad” (Career Integration 2018 Conference, Washington, DC)

Lindsey Lahr

Presenter, “#Alternative Facts: Dispelling the Myth that Short-Term Programs Do Not Have Career Development Value” (Career Integration 2018 Conference, Washington, DC)

May 2018

Josie Kahlenbeck 

Received Master of Liberal Studies degree, combining public affairs and history; thesis: “The More Influential, the More Controversial: How Eleanor Roosevelt and Eva Perón Broke Gender Norms and Redefined the Role of First Lady” 

BJ Titus

Presenter, “Expanding Our Rainbow: Focusing on Identity and GLBTQ Issues in International Education” (NAFSA Annual 2018 Conference, Philadelphia, PA)

Maria Wentworth

Appointed board member of the UofM Career Development Network

April 2018

Eric Leinen 

Guest speaker, “Opportunities and Benefits of Engaged Learning for Study Abroad Students—Perspectives from All Stakeholders” and “Unpacking the UL Practicum” (AIEA Thematic Forum 2018, Limerick, Ireland) 

BJ Titus

Presenter, “A Fork in the Road(map): Assessment to Navigate Change” (Diversity Abroad 2018 Conference, Miami, FL)

March 2018

Christine Anderson and Ellen Reid

Presenters, “Undergraduate Research in Study Abroad: Ethics, Curriculum, and Trends (the Forum on Education Abroad 2018 Conference, Boston, MA), with Helle Rytkønen (DIS).

Ellen Reid and Heidi Soneson

Presenters, “Public Engagement in Undergraduate Study Abroad Experiences: Addressing Society’s Grand Challenges” (Advancing Publicly-Engaged Research, Teaching, and Learning 2018 Conference, Minneapolis, MN), with June Nobbe and Ross VeLure Roholt (faculty)