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IPO Covid Response Highlighted by NAFSA

Friday, February 5, 2021

NAFSA: Association of International Educators recently highlighted the International Programs Office’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic with a profile in their International Educator magazine.

“As was the case at many colleges and universities, intentional efforts by the UMass Amherst international office to create structures for risk management helped staff respond to and plan for an emergency response and ongoing uncertainty over the past year. This proactive approach to risk management has also reaped benefits as the pandemic continues: UMass Amherst was one of a relatively small number of U.S. institutions to send students abroad in both the fall and spring semesters of the current academic year. This decision, empowered by a sophisticated approach to assessing risk, broadened potential options for students—and also shifted some of the responsibility to them,” the piece reads.

Read the full story—including quotes from Associate Provost for International Programs Kalpen Trivedi, Director of Education Abroad Mark Eckman, Director of International Student and Scholar Services Kenneth Reade, and Director of International Health, Safety, and Security Andrea Campbell Drake— on the NAFSA website.

NAFSA also recently profiled Trivedi in a piece on leadership in international education and several IPO staff were recently appointed to NAFSA leadership roles.