International Studies & Programs

Program Director Development

Throughout the academic year, the Office of International Health and Safety and the Office of Education Abroad offer program directors the opportunity to enhance their health, safety, and security expertise by participating in seminars, workshops, information-sharing sessions, and specialized trainings.

Critical Incident Management Seminars

The Office of International Health and Safety offers Critical Incident Management Seminars (formerly called the Emergency Preparedness and Response Seminar – or EP&R) several times per year. Program directors who have not completed this seminar within the last two years must attend a seminar in advance of their program's departure.

We encourage all program directors to take advantage of this valuable opportunity. The goals of this seminar are to assist program directors in: preventing foreseeable harm; preparing for critical incidents on their education abroad programs by providing information, tools, and resources; responding to the needs of parents, students, faculty, and staff; implementing recommendations for enhancing health, safety, and security on education abroad programs; and, understanding program director responsibilities.

Program Leaders may attend a seminar in person or virtually using MSU Zoom (registration requested for both). To register, please email oihs(at)

Spring Semester Critical Incident Management Seminar Schedule

Thursday, April 20  
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Friday, April 21, 2017
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Friday, April 28, 2017
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Monday, May 22, 2017                                                                                                            
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Thursday, May 25, 2017                                                                                                        
5:30 PM- 7:00 PM

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 (MSU Zoom only)
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Monday, June 5, 2017
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Tuesday, June 6, 2017
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

All seminars take place in the International Center Room 201.

Upcoming Training Opportunities

Group Dynamics on Education Abroad Workshop

You are invited to a workshop designed to address the issue of group dynamics in learning abroad environments. This workshop will introduce tools to better manage group dynamics and provide students with effective communication and collaboration strategies. It employs Design Thinking methodologies that utilize problem-based learning and embodied cognition to foster empathy, promote imaginative collaboration, and build tolerance to the discomfort of new experiences. This workshop will introduce exercises that program directors can use to:

  • Open discussion about individual needs, group needs, and where these needs might collide or conflict
  • Help students build tolerance to the ambiguity, vulnerability, and discomfort that are necessary for critical thinking and experience abroad
  • Facilitate students in discovering the common values they can use to manage conflict in group settings

Friday, April 7th, 2017

3:30-5:30 pm

Room 201, International Center 

Presenter: April Greenwood, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Anthropology & RCAH Teaching Fellow

To register for this workshop, email Alison Kolodzy at kolodzya(at) by April 2nd, 2017.