CGE Retreat Prepares for Overseas Study Tours

Posted: November 7, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Fran Rensbarger

The Center for Global Education (CGE) holds its annual Fall Faculty Directors Retreat tomorrow at the Johnson Center in George’s Restaurant from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The daylong event brings together approximately 60 faculty members from various departments who plan to lead groups of students on overseas study tours within the next year. In addition to faculty members from Mason, participants in the workshop include faculty members from George Washington, Christopher Newport, James Madison, and New Mexico State Universities, and a member of the World Bank.

This year, a record number of students (more than 200) applied to spend abroad either winter or spring break, or the summer semester, says Yehuda Lukacs, associate provost for International Programs. They will be traveling to more than 50 different destinations worldwide.

To prepare faculty tour directors, the retreat features university experts, including those from Legal Affairs, Student Health Services, Sexual Assault Services, Risk Management, and the Office of the Registrar, who will update new and experienced directors on the issues they’ll deal with as they design, lead, and conclude tours abroad. The seminars will address liability, crisis management, health and safety, security, equity and diversity, academic integrity, cross-cultural communications, and managing group dynamics in new settings.

Julie Christensen, Modern and Classical Languages, will address the participants on “The Making of a Global University” during lunch. For more information, contact Lukacs at (703) 993-2156 or

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