GAWG seeks to:

  • Bring forward compliance concerns and questions that are both common and program specific.
  • Review existing central processes and suggest improvements.
  • Develop or share existing best practices.
  • Address risk management regarding travel, health and safety, as well as logistical support available.

In an effort to better serve Penn’s international program administrators, the Global Administrators Working Group (GAWG) conducts periodic working group sessions to address operational concerns.  As the central “go-to” office for international administrative and business functions; GSS strives to better understand the support needs of the university and to provide clear direction and advice.

Upcoming GAWG Sessions:

Meyerson Conference Center, Van Pelt Library, 2nd Floor Room 223 | MAP

  • Winter 2018
  • Spring 2018

Want to join a GAWG meeting?

  • Do you have a concern or have a meeting topic suggestion? Contact .

Past GAWG Meetings:

Thursday, November 16th, 2017 GSS discussed the process of Partner Vetting for International Collaborations including the benefits of vetting global partners, the key steps of due diligence and useful vetting resources at Penn. A full-house heard from GSS along with a panel of knowledgable Penn colleagues from DAR, Purchasing and the Penn Libraries. 

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017 our members gathered for our annual summer networking breakfast. Global administrators discussed their programs and inititatives planned for the upcoming year as well as reviewed new things at GSS and Penn Global.  

Thursday, May 18th, 2017 attendees learned about Penn's new Service Provider Classification process. Representatives from central administration were on hand to walk participants through the new process and GSS demonstrated how to handle this process from an international perspective. 

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017. GSS teamed up with International Tax & Operations and International Risk Management to discuss data. Data Driven: Using International Data as a Resource covered an array of data sets, what they hold and how to use them. Travel safety, tax reporting and international agreements were just a few of the topics covered. 

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016. Key experts from the Division of Finance came to talk with attendees on the importance of Global Activity and Resulting Compliance.   Topics covered included: Tax and Penn’s Form 990 Reporting, Agreements and potential anti-boycott issues, Activities or funds transfers with sanction countries, and Export controls and OFAC compliance.

Monday, August 1st, 2016 attendees met to discuss what departments across the university are doing globally. The meeting took place in Perry World House Penn’s new hub for international activities!

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016 attendees joined us for a Gobal Business Operations Update. 

On Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016 attendees joined us for an International Trip Leader Training. The session was led by Jaime Molyneux, Director of International Risk Management and Jessica Mertz, Director of Student Sexual Violence Prevention & Education. Upon completion attendees were certified as trip leaders. This training is currently being made into a video that will be available online. Distribution plans regarding how best to roll out  the training to the schools was discussed by the participants.


On Tuesday, October 20th, 2015 over 50 people joined us for our session on Vendor Payments for Goods & Services Overseas: Navigating the Paperwork. Many people had reached our to us regarding frustration with making vendor payments abroad: What forms are required? How to complete tax forms? What are the steps for making wire payments? This session tackled the paperwork, reviewed scenarios, and brainstorm FAQ’s that are faced in these situations. This feedback is being used to create resources and make suggestions to central administration.

On Thursday, July 23rd, 2015 in lieu of a full program, we hosted a networking breakfast. Attendees had a chance to interact and learn about what departments/centers were doing globally over the summer.  We also talked about  GSS’ work over this past year including our  GSS website