2021 Forum Council Candidates Announced

The Nominations Committee of The Forum Council is pleased to announce the following slate of candidates for the open positions in this year’s election:

  • Keshia Abraham, President, The Abraham Consulting Agency
  • Giselda Beaudin, Director of Global Initiatives, Rollins College
  • Hallie Bodey, Program Manager, Center for Global Law and Policy (CGLP), Santa Clara University School of Law
  • Jeanette Owen, Director, Critical Language Scholarship Program, American Councils for International Education
  • Laura Raynaud, Administrative Director, Dickinson in France

Institutional Representatives from Forum member institutions and organizations will receive an email with voting information on Monday, May 3 (please check your spam/junk folders!). If you are an Institutional Representative and you do not receive the email ballot, please contact us at

The deadline to vote in this year’s Forum Council election is 5 p.m. EDT on May 14, 2021.

Keshia Abraham, President, The Abraham Consulting Agency

I am immensely proud to have made contributions to the work of The Forum on Education Abroad for many years and most directly as a member of the Forum Council for the past three years. We’ve planted seeds in quite a number of initiatives that I would love to see and support as they continue to grow. Together we have developed a body of work that has brought our community together in bold and cohesive responses to the twin pandemics of the present times and we need continuity as we grow these efforts. I am grateful to be able to draw from experiences working both nationally and internationally in nearly every facet of education abroad as scholar, professor, practitioner, facilitator, administrator, within higher education and K-12, HSI, HBCU, program provider organization, and independent consultant in ways that are intentional about positively transforming education abroad.

Giselda Beaudin, Director of Global Initiatives, Rollins College

I am the Director of Global Initiatives at Rollins College and have worked in Education Abroad since 2007. I have been a committed member of the Forum since first attending a conference years ago: serving on the Council would allow me to give back to an organization I truly value. In my previous and current volunteer roles within the field, I am an active contributor: I participate in meetings, but I also step up to do the work to move projects forward. I would bring this same ethic to my work on the Council. Although I do not represent a particularly diverse institution within the landscape of Education Abroad, I believe it is still important to have institutions like Rollins represented on the Council for two main reasons: 1) as we consider how to make Education Abroad more inclusive and accessible, it is critical that small private institutions are part of that conversation and are mindful of their under-served populations, and 2) institutions of this type that send significant percentages of students abroad may be in a unique position from which to negotiate the question of quantity vs. quality. I am also passionate about finding creative ways with limited staffing resources to enhance student learning and improve engagement and immersion with communities abroad. I am committed to the notion of the scholar practitioner within Education Abroad and am really interested in how we support professionals in our field to develop and engage with theory as well as with practice. I find that our field is deeply collaborative and enjoy opportunities to engage with colleagues and to share best practices; however, I also think it is extremely important that we remain willing to question ourselves and revise our knowledge and practices as the landscape of higher education, education abroad, and, particularly in the last year, international travel continue to evolve. Education Abroad must remain nimble and flexible in order to respond to these shifting dynamics and our continued ability to be self-reflective is a significant part of that. I believe the Forum is also committed to these principles, as evidenced by the regular updating of core documents like the standards and code of ethics, and the ongoing evolution of the organization itself. Should I be elected to the Council, I look forward to being part of these conversations and to contributing to the continued development of our field.

Hallie Bodey, Program Manager, Center for Global Law and Policy (CGLP), Santa Clara University School of Law

Hallie Bodey has seven years of experience designing and leading international programs for diverse audiences on every continent, except Antarctica. Her work has included the development of new first generation college student programs, short-term and long-term programs, credit and non-credit bearing programs, and face to face and virtual programs.

Since January 2020, Hallie has served as Program Manager for the Center for Global Law and Policy (CGLP) at Santa Clara University School of Law. CGLP is home to the largest ABA-accredited law student study abroad program in the country with 9 law study abroad programs and more than 30 international externship (law student internship) destinations. In the pandemic, Hallie has pivoted to meet the needs of her graduate students, and has developed unique online programming to grow CGLP and engage students in education abroad virtually. She hosted new event series, and she transformed CGLP’s 9 study abroad programs into 3 virtual programs drawing on CGLP’s global curriculum. She has also advised on virtual international externships.
Formerly, Hallie served as Assistant Director of International Programs at Stanford University in Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies, where she offered programming to academically talented elementary, middle, and high school international students through the innovative Stanford Pre-Collegiate International Institutes and Stanford Honors Academies (now defunct in the pandemic). She supported 20 global conferences in 10 countries on 3 continents annually for K-12 international students. Prior to her Stanford role, Hallie served as Study Abroad Advisor to undergraduates at Santa Clara University.

Hallie prioritizes diversity and inclusion in all of her work. As a research practitioner, she deeply believes in the need for theory and assessment to inform practice. Hallie thrives most when she is working on projects that further the field of education abroad and support the development of others. She recently created “Pathways from Advisor to Assistant Director” which was one of the most attended and highest ranked panel presentations for the virtual NAFSA Northern California district conference. She regularly blogs about international education, with “COVID-19 Passports” being a sample of a recent blog topic. She has been published in Case Studies in International Education (CSIE) Publication. The Forum on Education Abroad’s workshops, Standards, and other areas of engagement are crucial components of education abroad’s thought leadership, and Hallie views serving on Forum Council as among the highest honors in the field. Education abroad has never been more important, and if elected, Hallie would be excited to continue to work on improving global education and understanding, and Hallie would seek to assess graduate student education abroad programs. Thank you for your consideration.

Jeanette Owen, Director, Critical Language Scholarship Program, American Councils for International Education

I currently serve as the director of the Critical Language Scholarship Program, a nationally-competed program funded by the U.S. Department of State that trains American students in less-commonly taught languages through short-term immersive study abroad. In this role, I manage a large, publicly-funded study abroad program that contributes significantly to the diversity of students and study destinations among American students, and have expertise in working with direct partnerships with overseas organizations, and supporting students from underrepresented and undeserved populations across the United States.

I have been involved with The Forum on Education Abroad for 15 years as a member and contributor to the study abroad community, serving as a member of The Forum’s first Ethics Working Group in 2007. There are many areas of education abroad that will benefit from a similar consortium approach, which has characterized the work of The Forum on Education Abroad since its founding. Title IX, JEDI efforts on American campuses, FERPA/HIPAA/GDPR and other privacy concerns—all of these areas require concerted effort on the part of universities and providers to set industry standards, but also require careful collaboration with international partners to develop shared approaches and trainings to support immersive programming with significant host-community involvement. My work on direct international university partnerships, especially in countries outside of the Global North and Western Hemisphere can help to inform these discussions and provide intercultural context.

In my current role, I am also deeply involved in the recruitment and hiring of entry-level and mid-career employees. Each year, we employ and train 25 short-term employees who serve as Resident Directors with student groups abroad, and I manage a staff of 15 staff members in the United States at various levels of responsibility. I have made extensive use of materials and trainings developed by the Forum on Education Abroad to prepare staff for the field of study abroad and to support their career development over time, and I would value the opportunity to contribute back what I have learned along the way as a member of the Forum Council.

Laura Raynaud, Administrative Director, Dickinson in France

Laura Raynaud has been working in study abroad in France since 2001.  As the Administrative Director for Dickinson College’s program in Toulouse, France, Laura aims to be an intercultural bridge not only for students but also for education-abroad professionals around the world.  She has held leadership roles with organizations such as the APUAF (Association of American University Programs in France), and she has presented at European Forum conferences and participated in Diversity Abroad events.   As student travel has been put on hiatus because of the current pandemic, Laura has co-led Dickinson’s study-abroad COVID-19 response and preparation from her home in France.

With more than a decade in the role of Administrative Director at Dickinson in France, Laura has extensive experience in budgeting and management, student affairs. She demonstrates technology expertise and knowledge around health-and-safety best practices.  Laura consistently focuses on the role the program plays in the local community and on fostering sustainable, mutually beneficial relationships in-country.  As such, Laura is particularly interested in the Forum’s work within the global Equity, Diversity and Inclusion space and advancing the UN Sustainable Development Goals through education abroad.  An active listener, Laura commits to implementing creative solutions to challenges, from developing intercultural and DEI-centered activities with local partners to using technology to better support students on-site.

Laura would bring to the Forum Council the experience and perspective of a professional based outside of the United States but with an in-depth knowledge of the field and US students and institutions.  She feels strongly that the international education field can greatly benefit from on-site staff ideas, visions and perspectives and is a strong advocate for sustainable and reciprocal relationships across countries in the Forum Council.