July 11, 2017 – Earlier this year, Dean of Student Affairs, Jennifer Forry, traveled twice to Europe to connect with international colleagues, learn about higher education abroad, represent Newbury, and discuss topics such as Title IX, sexual assault, and student affairs.
Forry said, “Having the opportunity to learn about Higher Education abroad while building global connections has made me a better professional and has opened my eyes to the good work that is being done around the world in terms of supporting students.”
Through Forry’s doctoral program, she was given the opportunity to travel to Dublin, Ireland in May to attend the International Research Conference at Trinity University. In addition to the conference, Forry visited local pubs and historical sites including the Books of Kells and Dublin Castle. She said, “This unique opportunity allowed me the privilege of residing on campus, sharing best practices in higher education, learning about the history and culture of higher education in Ireland and presenting my research on equitable Title IX investigations to an international audience.”
Forry’s second trip was to the United Kingdom in the beginning of June through NASPA Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. This trip was in an international exchange with AMOSSHE The Student Services Organisation in Northern England. Forry was one of five Dean’s from the United States who attended.
Forry with the NASPA US delegates and AMOSSHE Hosts
During her time in the UK, Forry visited the English countryside, Manchester, Chester, Liverpool and Ormskirk. At Manchester Metropolitan University, the group learned about the history of higher education in the UK and specifically focused on counseling and disabilities teams. Forry even shared her experience with the Boston Marathon bombings in the wake of the recent Manchester bombing.
At the University of Manchester, the group focused on the specifics of the current generation of students and at the University of Chester, they discussed faith-based institutions, even touring the Chester Cathedral and walking “the walls” which were constructed as protection from the medieval Romans.
At Liverpool University, the discussion focused on sexual assault in the US and UK where Forry shared Newbury’s It’s On Us PSA and at Liverpool John Moores University they learned about student involvement and local community partnerships.
Forry’s last stop was at Edge Hill University where they spent the day with their Student Union and Student Engagement and Retention teams. Throughout the trip, Forry also experienced English tea, food, sites, theatre and museums. In the short trip she was able to tour the National Football Museum, International Slavery Museu,, the Maritime Museum, the Beatle’s Museum and the Tate Museum.
She said, “By having these two unique experiences, I’ve been able to represent Newbury at International forums while building professional relationships with colleagues that I know will last a lifetime.”
Congratulations to Forry for being selected for these opportunities. Overall, Forry concluded, “Any opportunity we have to learn from colleagues and other institutions provides all participants with the ability to think critically about how to execute and influence the best practices to our home institutions. It was an absolute honor to represent Nighthawk Nation internationally and I would like to thank President Chillo, Paul Martin, the Student Affairs team and the Newbury Community for their support and encouragement of these two opportunities.”
About Newbury: Newbury College is a private, independent college located just minutes from Boston in the Fisher Hill neighborhood of Brookline, Massachusetts. Founded in 1962, Newbury College offers bachelor and associate degree programs in over 20 career-focused majors. Committed to personalized and experience-based teaching, Newbury inspires students to become independent thinkers, valuable collaborators, and global-minded citizens.
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