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mentor picture Inés Romana
 
Inés Romana
Senior Policy Coordinator
University of California - Education Abroad Program, Universitywide Office
Ines is originally from Peru and joined the field of International Education 22 years ago when she lived in Illinois. Currently, she has primary responsibility for safety and security, and health-related matters for the University... Ines is originally from Peru and joined the field of International Education 22 years ago when she lived in Illinois. Currently, she has primary responsibility for safety and security, and health-related matters for the University of California, Universitywide Office of Education Abroad Program (UOEAP). Ines coordinates the managing, researching, establishing, and articulating of EAP non-academic policies and procedures pertaining to safety, security, and health-related issues and works closely with other units at UOEAP, campus EAP offices, and Study Center staff as well as other UC campus offices on these specific matters. In coordination with UC's Office of the President General Counsel Office, she is responsible for reviewing, assessing, and designing policies and procedures that limit UC's legal exposure and protect education abroad students. Ines is chair if NAFSA's Health and Safety Committee. She is also one of the authors of a recent publication that has been published as a web resource for NAFSA: Best Practices in Addressing Mental Health Issues Affecting Education Abroad Participants.

Responses

  1. - Ask yourself if you have stereotypes. - If the student is feeling overwhelmed, do not automatically assume that the difficulty is due to upbringing, low income, or a different culture or environment. - Keep in mind that students may not tend to explore non-traditional programs. If you see the potential in a student inform the student about opportunities in non-traditional programs. - Remember that culturally based difficulties might manifest themselves as linguistic issues for students. - Keep in mind that the student's expectation may be different than those of students from a majority population.
    9 answers – For African Americans – For Asian/ Pacific Americans – For Hispanic/ Latin@ – For Native Americans
  2. Study, travel and life abroad have been instrumental in helping me refine skills in cross cultural understanding and appreciation, which I had acquired by learning other languages, learning about other countries and peoples, and staying current about world events.
    7 answers – Personal
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