Office of Global Safety
The health, safety, and security of students, faculty, and staff are of primary importance to Vanderbilt. The Vanderbilt Office of Global Safety team is here to support and guide you.
What We Do
- provide dedicated safety-related guidance and assistance for members of the VU community who are away on VU-sponsored travel
- respond 24/7 to emergency and crisis situations abroad and connect travelers to relevant resources to ensure continuity of care and response
- review travel plans for high risk destinations and/or when there is a significant health or safety concern
- work with travelers to provide location specific risk assessments and to create risk mitigation plans
- assess the safety, security, and preparedness of overseas study abroad and student travel sites
- oversee the Vanderbilt travel registration process of all VU-sponsored international travel (undergraduate, graduate, and professional students as well as faculty and staff)
- coordinate the use of Vanderbilt’s international health and evacuation insurance for travelers abroad
- monitor relevant security updates and alerts from Vanderbilt’s international security provider and relevant government agencies
- provide individualized health and safety advising and travel consultations for faculty, staff, and all students on issues including mental health support, resilient travel, identities abroad, continued care plans, etc.
- provide and consult on pre-departure orientations and trainings for groups across the university
- gather resources from across the university, peer institutions, and government agencies to prepare members of the VU community for travel
Global Safety and Security Team
Andrea Bordeau is Director of Global Safety and Security, supporting the entire Vanderbilt community in their travel away from campus. As Director, Andrea works to review and implement VU travel policies collaboratively with offices across campus. She assists all travelers by providing expert risk assessment and mitigation strategies. Andrea provides personalized travel consultation and pre-departure training for individuals and groups. In leading the Vanderbilt Incident Response for Travel (VIRT) team, she provides time sensitive guidance during complex emergency situations and connects travelers with appropriate care. She also oversees the Vanderbilt Travel Risk Assessment Committee (VTRAC) which reviews travel requests to high-risk destinations.
With over 14 years of experience in the field of international education and student support, Andrea is deeply committed to enhancing student mobility through a focus on health, safety, and security. Andrea has led international workshops and webinars on topics such as risk mitigation, crisis communication, and supporting student mental health and well-being. She has recently contributed to the creation of The Forum on Education Abroad’s Guidelines for Conducting Study Abroad during COVID-19. Andrea also serves as President of the international peer network Pulse: International Safety and Security Professionals in Higher Education, Inc., a position she has held since 2018. She has visited over 65 countries and has competency in Arabic, Hebrew, Italian, and Spanish. Andrea has participated in training with FEMA, the United States Foreign Service Institute, and Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) through the U.S. Department of State. Andrea completed her graduate work in the fields of Middle East History and Security Studies at Tel Aviv University in Israel and African Studies at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.
Isabelle Crist is Assistant Director of Global Safety and Security. With over two decades of experience in the field of international education, Isabelle serves as a guide and mentor for undergraduate student travelers. As Assistant Director, Isabelle provides pre-departure training and consultation on critical issues related to mental health and physical well-being. Isabelle partners with the Global Education Office and Office of Immersion Resources to ensure continuity of care for all students participating in study abroad or independent research or experiential learning travel.
Isabelle is an active and engaged member of The Forum of Education Abroad and Pulse: International Safety and Security Professionals in Higher Education. Isabelle is bi-lingual in French and English and holds a B.A. from Vanderbilt in Anthropology and Fine Art.
Erin Beeman is Coordinator for Global Safety and Security. After working through undergrad as a professional chef and substitute teacher, Erin graduated from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock with a BA in social and political philosophy in May 2019.
After graduation they began a career in the social work field working at a Nashville domestic violence shelter in crisis support services with a focus on domestic abuse, mental health, sexual violence, and substance abuse disorder intervention. They became a member of the shelter management team and expanded their skill set to crisis intervention policy formation and training before joining the Vanderbilt VPAA team in November of 2021.
Erin maintains a “let’s talk about it” policy and is trained in crisis de-escalation, grounding techniques, personal and family safety planning, and controlled substance overdose intervention. They conducted trainings for local employers who wish to broaden their employees’ knowledge of relationships and sexual health, teach them to navigate crisis situations, or give them tools to support someone they know who may be experiencing a crisis.
Sabrina Kronk is Vanderbilt University Travel Manager, and works closely with the Office of Global Safety to support all travelers. She oversees the university’s managed travel program and serves on the Vanderbilt Incident Response for Travel (VIRT) team.
Contact the Office of Global Safety
For general questions, please email email@example.com .
Andrea Bordeau, Director of Global Safety and Security
Isabelle Crist, Assistant Director of Global Safety and Security
VIRT (Vanderbilt Incident Response for Travel)
24/7 Emergency only: +1 615-322-2745 please tell the VU Public Safety dispatcher that you are reporting an issue to VIRT.