Julie Anne Friend

Julie Anne Friend

Julie Friend


Julie Anne Friend has worked in the field of international education for over 20 years. As the Director of the Office of Global Safety and Security at Northwestern University, she is charged with developing a comprehensive, university-wide approach to international risk management.

In 2014, she was named Technical Analyst of the Year by the U.S. Department of State for her leadership in advancing the international safety and security interests of the academic community. In 2015, Michigan State University's (MSU) College of Law featured her in an alumni profile.

She writes regularly for NAFSA's International Educator magazine about insurance and risk management. Her 2014 publication, When A Student Dies Abroad: Preparing for the Ultimate Tragedy, includes helpful planning and response checklists. Later that year, she served as a guest author for NAFSA's Hot Topics blog to discuss the threat (or lack thereof) of Ebola to academia. Her last IE publication, Health Forms 2.0: Developing an Ethical and Effective Health History Disclosure Process for Education Abroad, outlines a student-centered process to encourage pre-departure medical management planning (printed in the Nov./Dec. 2016 issue). In 2017, she contributed three chapters to the recently published NAFSA text, Crisis Management for Education Abroad. Most recently, Ms. Friend collaborated with two colleagues to produce Your guide to the new U.S. Department of State travel advisories, but her ground-breaking essay, How sexual misconduct threatens the security industry: real and reputational risk has generated more discussion in the profession than any other work.

Ms. Friend has traveled in over thirty countries and has lived in both France and Zambia. In addition to earning a Juris Doctor in Law and a Master of Arts in English from Michigan State University, Ms. Friend has a Bachelor of Science in Speech Communications from Syracuse University. She is also a licensed attorney in the state of Michigan, and currently lives in Evanston, Illinois.



Year Degree Institution
JD, Law Michigan State University
MA, English Michigan State University
BS, Speech Communications Syracuse University