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About Jason Hope

Jason is a native of Louisville, KY, but he has called Lexington home for more than a decade. He holds bachelors degrees from UK in International Relations and Spanish, and a masters from UK in Educational Policy Studies & Evaluation. He also holds a graduate certificate in Emergency Management from Eastern Kentucky University. He works closely with the health and safety aspects of international education, liaises with UK’s international insurance broker, and is responsible for international crisis management. He also partners with Education Abroad in the development of faculty-directed programs and implementation of health and safety protocols, and works closely with all students petitioning to travel for UK purposes to higher-risk destinations.

He currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Health & Safety Subcommittee in the NAFSA Education Abroad Knowledge Community, and he is an active member of PULSE, a network of international higher education risk managers throughout the U.S.

Jason has had a lifelong passion for travel. So far, he has had the opportunity to visit and/or study in 39 countries, 49 of the U.S. states, and Puerto Rico. His best experiences abroad were in Guatemala, New Zealand and Switzerland, while he ranks New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming as his favorite U.S. destinations.

Professional Accomplishments

Published Interview, "Junior Year Abroad, with Help from Your Therapist." Published in The Wall Street Journal, Nov. 11, 2019

Presenter, "The Changing Landscape of Education Abroad Safety & Security." Presented at OSAC Academia Working Group Seminar, Lexington, KY, 2019

Published Interview, "Mental Health: At Home and Abroad." Published in International Educator. May-Jun 2019, pp. 34-43

Presenter, "Who Changed My Travel Warning?" Presented at NAFSA Annual Conference, Washington, DC, 2019

Published Article: McFarland, M. & Hope, J. "Managing Fears with Effective Communication: Creating a Crisis Communication Plan that Serves All Stakeholders." International Educator. Mar-Apr. 2019, pp. 36-37

Panelist, "Community Members Joining Faculty-Led Education Abroad Programs: Yea or Nay?" NAFSA Collegial Conversation, Online, 2019

Presenter, "Managing Education Abroad Fears with Effective Crisis Communication." NAFSA e-Learning Seminar, Online, 2019

Presenter, "Who Changed My Travel Warning?" Presented at NAFSA Region VI Conference, Columbus, OH, 2018 (Session Awarded "Best in Region")

Fulbright Recipient, U.S.-Germany International Education Administrators Program, Germany, 2018

Presenter, "Fear Management in the Midst of a Crisis: Methods for Effective Crisis Communication." Presented at NAFSA Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA, 2018

Presenter, "Empowering Students to Manage Health Abroad: Three Institutional Approaches." Presented at Forum on Education Abroad Annual Conference, Boston, MA, 2018

Published Interview, "Is Russia Really Too Risky?: Colleges Revise their Travel Risk Policies in Response to New State Department Advisories." Published in Inside Higher Ed., Online, 2018

Published Interview, "Colleges and Universities Step Up their Systematic Approaches to Risk Management." Published in International Educator: Risk Management Supplement. Jan.-Feb. 2018, pp. 5-9

Trainer, NAFSA Core Education Training Program, "Health & Safety in Education Abroad." Trained at NAFSA Region VI Conference, Louisville, KY, 2017

Presenter, "This is Work: One Institution's Approach to Education Abroad Site Visits." Presented at NAFSA Region VI Conference, Louisville, KY, 2017

Presenter, "Fear Management in the Midst of  a Crisis Abroad." Presented at NAFSA Region VI Conference, Louisville, KY, 2017

Panelist, "Institutional Liability for Personal Travel in Education Abroad Programs." NAFSA Collegial Conversation, Online, 2016

Panelist, "Crisis Communication Roundtable." Forum on Education Abroad: Standards of Good Practice Institute, Chicago, IL, 2016

Presenter, "Planning for the Unexpected: Assessing Risk & Managing Crises." Presented at NAFSA Region VI Conference, Cincinnati, OH, 2015

Presenter, "Why You Should Participate in NAFSA's Advocacy Day." Presented at NAFSA Bi-Regional Conference, Indianapolis, IN, 2013