travel safety for higher education

About Westward Consulting

We are passionate about International Travel Safety and Risk Management.

About Westward Consulting


Our mission is to help colleges and universities provide responsible, caring crisis response for their international travelers in emergency situations, to assist the institution in minimizing its liability, and to promote safe international travel practices.


We care deeply about this work, and the students, staff, and universities affected by crises abroad.
We have researched best practices for crisis management and are developing plans that are usable, adaptive, and thorough.
We can save your office time, resources, money, and needless worry about whether your institution is prepared for an emergency abroad.
We will work with you to provide the most appropriate crisis management plan for your university.
We welcome feedback and will follow up with you after the plan has been implemented.


Andrea Wagner

Andrea Wagner | Resume

The founder of Westward Consulting, Andrea Wagner, is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Master's program in Student Affairs Administration. Andrea first learned about the field of international travel health and safety in 2009. Since then, she has devoted her education and professional experience to developing expertise in this field. Prior to founding Westward Consulting, she worked for the University of Texas at Austin, Yale University, and the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse on projects relating to travel safety.

Andrea is passionate about travel safety — particularly crisis management planning. She wishes to see all universities account for the unexpected, in order to avoid anxiety, frustration, miscommunication, and distress later. She believes that careful planning, foresight, and education are the keys to successful experiences abroad.

Andrea Wagner


Dave Engberg | CV

Dave has worked in the international education field for more than 20 years, directing international program offices at both public and private universities, and is the founder of Global Opportunities Group, LLC. Dave holds a Ph.D. in higher education administration from Boston College, Masters and Bachelors degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and a diploma from the Defense Language Institute.