I have worked with the Office of International Education and Development throughout my entire time at App and I noticed that out of students who study abroad members of FSL are the least represented and I would love to change that! I have studied abroad myself and highly recommend everyone who can to look into studying abroad and experience all the benefits that can come from it.
I had the idea of having a programming event between all four councils to promote studying abroad by having members of the FSL community talk about their experiences abroad but also how they were still involved in their organizations and/or kept that brother/sisterhood bond while being away. I would also like to include a brief powerpoint about studying abroad in general. I have done numerous study abroad presentations in the past as well as advised students in their initial planning so all that I would really need help in to make this event possible would be finding students in greek life that have been abroad as well as promoting it. It will be sponsored by OIED and FSL (Becky is probably going to count this as Above and Beyond points for ATLAS too). The program will start with a quick study abroad presentation by a member of International Appalachian or myself. Mark Hagen, Assistant Director of Education Abroad will say a few quick words about his role and the Office of International Education and Development. After that we would go into our panelists who will talk about their experiences abroad and I will end it by talking about opportunities to be involved in the international community here at App whether they decide to go abroad or not and just continuing to pursue a global mindset.