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Office of International Health and Safety changes name to the Office for Global Health, Safety, and Security

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Published: Monday, 05 Apr 2021 Author: Veronica Gracia-Wing

MSU’s Office of International Health and Safety within International Studies and Programs is proud to announce its new name: the Office for Global Health, Safety, and Security. Text: Office for Global Health, Safety, and Security

The name change reflects international and domestic responsibilities that extend beyond health and safety, acknowledging that the office engages regularly on issues relating to security, student conduct, sexual misconduct, alcohol and drug use prevention, mental health and regulatory compliance.
“As the office prepares to take on new domestic travel responsibilities, it’s important we articulate our mandate covering every country in the world, including the United States and its territories,” said Global Health, Safety, and Security Director Christopher C. Daniel. “Moving from ‘international’ to ‘global’ helps us do just that.” 
Global Health, Safety, and Security will now also be responsible for enacting the MSU duty of care for domestic travel. Duty of care—assessing, analyzing, monitoring, mitigating and responding to security threats—is a longstanding cornerstone provided to MSU travelers. And, with ongoing uncertainty and volatility both domestically and internationally, MSU and ISP have recognized that MSU travelers benefit from robust and comprehensively aligned preparedness and response services and resources.
“As one of the first institutions of higher education to have a position dedicated exclusively to international health, safety and security, MSU has long been recognized as a leader in the field,” said Daniel. “Changing the name will better represent the broad scope of the office’s responsibilities, services and geographic mandate.”
Global Health, Safety, and Security personnel are well-prepared for the expansion of responsibilities. Staff presently hold leadership positions within the U.S. State Department’s Overseas Security Advisory Council, Pulse and the Forum on Education Abroad and regularly engage in publications that help to identify and set best practices for the field global health, safety, security and resilience within academia. As the office recently recruited a third full-time position, it is an opportune time to build further upon this reputation.
Staff includes: 
•    Christopher C. Daniel, Director 
•    Maureen Handrahan, Senior Coordinator
•    Elke Schmidt, Analyst Coordinator 

General inquiries may be directed to: globalsafety(at) Learn more at