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Global Engagement Team

On behalf of the Provost’s Office, the Global Engagement Team provides consultation, support services and infrastructure for U-M Schools/Colleges/Units offering education abroad programs and placements for U-M students. Team members develop and maintain resources for international travel health and safety; respond to travel emergencies and critical incidents abroad; offer pre-departure workshops for faculty, staff and students; and manage the M-Compass and travel registry systems.

Jennifer Chizek
Student Outreach Specialist

Jennifer supports students, student organizations, faculty, and staff seeking assistance in organizing international educational experiences. With a particular focus on health and safety, Jennifer delivers on-demand pre-departure workshops, provides support for students completing Safety Plans, and is available for individual consultations. She also creates pre-departure resources (e.g. checklists, worksheets, slide decks, videos, etc.) that are available on the Global Michigan website. Pre-departure presentation topics include, but are not limited to, health and safety, cultural adjustment and humility, and travel preparation logistics. Recognizing each unit, department and program is unique, Jennifer’s support is customizable and tailored to fit individual needs. Jennifer can be reached at chizekje@umich.edu or 734-647-3631.

Amy Conger
Associate Vice Provost and Director of Global Engagement

Amy supports institutional partnerships and legal agreements for student mobility (e.g. exchanges, general MoUs, and master agreements with education abroad providers), as well as key platforms for multidisciplinary research and student programs (currently China, Ethiopia, and India). She consults with academic units on strategic planning for education abroad, program structure, and financial models and is also available to assist with the implementation of campus-wide travel abroad policies and pre-departure programs within individual units. She stewards institutional reporting for education abroad, serves as a co-editor for global.umich.edu, and is the primary contact for suggestions and revisions to this global portal. Amy can be reached at aconger@umich.edu or 734-763-0395.

Heidi Doyle
Technical Manager

Heidi is the primary contact for M-Compass and the University Travel Registry, providing technical support and direction to campus users, system configuration and maintenance, and business owner approval for administrative system access. Heidi is also responsible for U-M education abroad annual reports and responds data requests for student engagement abroad. Heidi can be reached at hdoyle@umich.edu or 734-647-3518. Please submit technical/data requests to global.engagement@umich.edu.

Sarah McNitt
Technical Coordinator

Sarah provides assistance to M-Compass administrative users via user trainings and processing system change requests. She also works with applicants to solve problems or answer questions that arise in their use of the system. Sarah also supports the usability, accessibility and style of the M-Compass system. Sarah can be reached at smcnitt@umich.edu or (734) 647-3517. Please submit technical requests for Sarah to global.engagement@umich.edu.

Patrick Morgan
Senior Advisor for International Travel Health, Safety and Security

Patrick provides guidance to all U-M units concerning travel abroad health insurance, the International Travel Policy, and unit-specific policies.  As the chair of the International Travel Oversight Committee, Patrick stewards the Travel Warning and Restriction destination list and is the point-person for Safety Plan inquiries.  Patrick is available to facilitate unit-specific program leader workshops; consult on health, safety, and security for individual travel and managed education abroad programs; and create common travel resources for M-Compass and Global Michigan.  He serves as the primary international emergency responder for all U-M travelers overseas, actively monitors international events, and coordinates communications with U-M travelers and their U-M units in times of crisis.  Patrick can be reached for non-emergencies at morganpt@umich.edu or (734)-763-8840.  For overseas emergencies, please follow instructions on Global Michigan.

  • No.3

    U-M ranked 3rd in the nation in the number of students studying abroad for the 2016-2017 academic year.

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    More than 40 languages are taught at U-M