Michael_SachsMichael Sachs, J.D., Associate Vice President for Student Affairs at LIM College, presented an online seminar for higher education professionals on “Study Abroad & Student Affairs: Best Practices in Health/Safety” on October 6. Gary Rhodes, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Global Education at Loyola Marymount University was the co-presenter. The “webinar” focused on how student affairs and study abroad teams can work together to create a safe, healthy and positive experience for students participating in study abroad programs. Higher education personnel from 75 colleges and universities, including American University, Johns Hopkins and Ohio State University, participated.

Sponsored by Student Affairs Leader and the American College Personnel Association (ACPA), the webinar was designed for study abroad administrators, college faculty, student affairs staff and other members of the higher education community throughout the United States who are involved in study abroad programs. Topics covered during the 90-minute session included emergency response planning, alcohol and drug policy, international health and medical care, and housing safety.

Sachs’s background as an attorney and seasoned student affairs professional with more than 20 years of higher education experience made him an ideal presenter for this timely topic. He and Rhodes, who has extensive experience in global education, are uniquely qualified to provide a comprehensive look at the issues and answer the questions of personnel at other colleges seeking guidance in these areas.

Says Sachs, “When the study abroad/student affairs collaboration works, students will know their rights and responsibilities and health and safety issues will have been fully addressed.”