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Crossing Colleges, Departments, and Duties: Creating Fresh Alliances around Common Interests. BROOK BLAHNIK – LAC REBECCA DOSCH BROWN – CEHD KIM HINDBJORGEN – LAC CINDY PAVLOWSKI – CEHD MEAGHAN STEIN – CBS ELLEN SUNSHINE - CLA.

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Crossing colleges departments and duties creating fresh alliances around common interests

Crossing Colleges, Departments, and Duties:Creating Fresh Alliances around Common Interests

BROOK BLAHNIK – LAC

REBECCA DOSCH BROWN – CEHD

KIM HINDBJORGEN – LAC

CINDY PAVLOWSKI – CEHD

MEAGHAN STEIN – CBS

ELLEN SUNSHINE - CLA


Formation of ean

  • Learning Abroad Center Advisory Committee (LACAC) charged to actively and more strategically focus on program and curriculum oversight and review

  • LACAC size reduced to respond quickly to issues

  • New UMTC Education Abroad Network formed in April 2010

  • Developed to better serve the evolution of education abroad at the U of M

  • Convened by the LAC but agenda open to issues and topics identified by group

Formation of EAN


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Formation of EAN actively and more strategically focus on program and curriculum oversight and review

  • Gives EAN Advisory group members an opportunity to share interests with colleagues, present information in staff meetings, continue promoting learning abroad

  • It encourages people from all areas to attend workshops on the topic (faculty, staff who are not student services, library staff, etc.)

  • Currently focused on TC campus


Next steps for ean

  • Meet in May to determine workshop topics for next fall actively and more strategically focus on program and curriculum oversight and review

  • Communication

    • EAN-specific email address

    • EAN information on LAC website

      • http://umabroad.umn.edu/professionals/faculty/education-abroad-network.php 

    • Please share ideas/topics for future EAN meetings with any 

    • of us, or use our website!

Next Steps for EAN


Lessons learned ean advisory group

Meetings once per month actively and more strategically focus on program and curriculum oversight and review

Reasonable agenda

FUN and energy

Honoring other people’s skills and personalities

Having a “champion”

Organic leadership

Not hierarchical

Staff time commitment

Advisory group currently involves only Student Services staff

Lessons Learned – EAN Advisory Group


Lessons learned event planning

Two events per year actively and more strategically focus on program and curriculum oversight and review

Prioritize face-to-face meetings over technology

Reasonable agenda

Stretching a small budget

Event content determined by presenters

Audience input on topics

Evaluation/adaptation

Topics attracted diverse audience of staff, faculty, and students

Too much talking, not enough audience participation

Giving students a voice and a chance to develop leadership

Lessons Learned – Event Planning


Audience reflection

  • Where do you focus your energy? actively and more strategically focus on program and curriculum oversight and review

    • At work?

    • Outside of work?

  • Think about action items

  • Share your ideas!

Audience Reflection


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