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The Diversity Network is happy to announce new additions to the member online resources!

 Country Climate Diversity Notes 

In September, we have been able to add three new Country Climate Diversity Notes (CDNs)!

    • Egypt
    • Dominican Republic
    • Denmark 

Watch for the Thailand CDN to come in late September.


Good Practices Series

Davidson College's efforts to expand resources for diverse students is the most recent addition to the Good Practices Series. Davidson's work in making information, resources, and guidance for diverse students more accessible on their website serves as an excellent example of how to integrate inclusive materials online. The Good Practice can be accessed by members and non-members for a limited time (until October 10th) below. Check out the great work they're doing!


Would you like to share your comments or feedback on one of our CDNs? Do you have a project or initiative going on at your institution you think should be highlighted on the Good Practices Series? Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the country for which you'd like to comment or your institution's initiative.


Good Practice: Davidson College 

Primary Contributor:
Ned Khatrichettri, Study Abroad Counselor, Davidson College

In 2014, Davidson College pursued a project that would make information to diverse and underrepresented students more accessible during the process of applying for education abroad activities on campus. In an effort to make education abroad planning more inclusive, Davidson dedicated a space on their website outlining comprehensive materials, resources, and student stories for students of all diverse backgrounds. The following Good Practice highlights their efforts to pull together the information, resources, and staff support for this endeavor.

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A new report from the American Council on Education published this week highlights the challenges that HBCUs face in their internationalization efforts.   A link to the full report is included below as well as a summary from the Chronicle of Higher Education.   While many of these challenges may not be new, the report highlights some interesting and good work being done at the seven institutions that participated.    This is also a good reminder that HBCUs and minority serving institutions play a valuable role in the diversification of education abroad activities because they serve a large portion of racial/ethnic...
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Each year, the Diversity Network awards students attending our member institutions scholarships to support their study abroad experience. We are excited to announce that we were able to award five $500 scholarships to students from five of our Network Institutions. Not only do our scholars represent a diversity of institutions, majors, and class standings, their destinations are equally varied.   2013 Diversity Network Summer Scholarship Recipients Michael Nguyen, Film & Media Arts, Temple University, China Vanessa Murray, Music, University of Georgia, Costa Rica Isaac Anguiano, Finance, Michigan State University, Germany Dyan Castro, Architecture, University of Michigan, Japan Kimberly Knight, Psychology, UC...
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Diversity Abroad and CIEE are excited to announce the second cohort of professionals who will participate in a day-long Future Leaders Summit on Culture! We received applications from professionals around the country interested in addressing the barrier of culture to diversifying the students who participate in education abroad programming. The 20 participants selected to participate in this Summit will travel to San Diego, CA on Sunday, March 30th prior to the Diversity Abroad Conference. They will engage in dialogue focused on identifying the barriers that culture creates to attracting diverse and underrepresented students to education abroad, developing strategies to address these...
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Do you want to contribute to real change in international education? If so, the Future Leaders Summit might be the perfect platform for you! CIEE and Diversity Abroad have joined together to form a dynamic professional working group of experts from across the field of education to assist in developing better solutions of accessibility for students regardless of background, academic studies, or financial circumstances. The summit will consist of three one and two-day workshops for selected professionals to engage in dialogue to help solve problems relating to the three most common barriers for underrepresented students in study abroad:curriculum, culture, and cost....
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The team at Diversity Abroad is pleased to bring the expertise of Deidre Young to our organization! She will be replacing our former Student Services Manager, Antonio Reyes, who has accepted a Fulbright in China for the 2013-2014 academic year. Deidre brings with her extensive experience in diversity initiatives within international education as a former professional in the Education Abroad office at The University of Maryland, as well as in her graduate studies at the School for International Training. Deidre will be managing many aspects of the organization, such as the annual Go Global Campus Tour and the Diversity Abroad website....
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Diversity Abroad is pleased to announce the start of its campus-wide tour of universities and colleges across the country to promote international programs, internships, volunteering, graduate schools, and professional experiences overseas to students. Campus visits will first take our Diversity Abroad representatives to Washington, DC and Colorado in early September, with many more locations to follow. We are in our fifth year of this successful outreach initiative, and look forward to making each year of the GGT bigger and better. We wish to continue to expand our abilities to share the vast resources and opportunities available in international education to all students, regardless of background....
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On April 1-2 Diversity Abroad hosted the first national conference focused on discussing issues of diversity and inclusion in international education. Nearly 200 participants from around the country joined Diversity Abroad on the Loyola University Chicago campus in downtown Chicago for two days of workshops, networking, speakers, and discussions. If you were not able to join us for this year's inaugural conference, please stay tuned for an opportunity to participate in a webcast that will highlight insights, trends, and topics from this year's conference. Information about this opportunity will be available on the Diversity Network website later this week. Remember to...
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We are now a few days away from the Inaugural Diversity Abroad Conference; Changing Landscapes: Strategies and Opportunities for Greater Access taking place on April 1st and 2nd at Loyola University in Chicago, IL. The conference constitutes the most comprehensive national forum on issues of diversity and inclusion in international education, and will focus on institutional change to expand opportunities for access and success for diverse and underrepresented populations in international programming. There will be many highly-qualified guest speakers in attendance, as well as our keynote speaker, Ambassador Andrew Young. We will be hosting more than 190 participants and are thrilled...
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Last month Middlebury College, a small liberal arts college located in Vermont, released a study with some striking results. The study suggested that women who study abroad are more likely than their peers who remain in the U.S. to experience some kind of sexual assault while in college. There are several possible explanations as to why this may be the case: easier access to alcohol, weak social networks, and differences in cultural cues. Considering that the majority of students who study abroad are women (IIE Open Doors Report) and there is a greater push to get students to study in non-traditional (generally non-English speaking)...
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After nearly a year of intense presidential political campaigning, U.S. voters have officially selected President Obama for a second term in the White House. With a host of big issues to tackle, the Obama administration will not only be faced with challenges like handling an economic recovery and improving bipartisan relationships in Congress, they will also need to  manage changes in education policies, immigration reform, foreign policy efforts and more.  With so many priorities to manage, what could Obama’s second term mean for international educational professionals, especially for those interested in expanding education abroad opportunities for traditionally underrepresented populations? Based on...
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“All Americans are superficial and I can’t wait to go home.” This is a popular statement made by international students during their first semester of studying in the U.S. Initially students can develop a euphoria with America and the experience may meet or even surpass their previous expectations. However, when that wears off and homesickness starts to brew it is no surprise that students who have come to the U.S. to earn degrees experience some sort of shock. They may even develop disdain and seriously contemplate going back home. The language barrier alone can drive someone crazy, not to mention the...
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An acquaintance of mine recently posted photos of his travels in Europe on Facebook. Another friend commented on a photo taken in Albania, asking, “Albania? What’s that?” When the former replied that Albania was a country and provided a few geographical facts, the second friend replied, “I’ve never heard of that. The United States is so big!” Is this an extreme example of the ignorance of American students? Certainly. However, the underlying ignorance and lack of interest in the larger world, displayed all too often by students and professionals alike, should not be so easily dismissed. This apathy and disinterest is...
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International education is increasingly becoming the primary means by which societies will bridge the cultural and linguistic divides not only in the United States, but globally. With the challenges shared by societies being global and interdisciplinary in nature, and so too are the solutions.  The world demands a competent workforce able to integrate, and thrive in different societies through experience.  To achieve this demand, professionals in education must overcome the issue of lacking awareness of an international education in every class room and campus. Lack of knowledge in the opportunities to learn about and experience other cultures stifles the abilities of...
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Former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has been a longtime advocate of international student exchange, a proponent of international student–friendly visa policies, and has made a push to emphasize the importance of diversity within America’s higher education institutions. But with rising homeland security tensions following September 11th, it has been increasingly more difficult for international students to pursue an education in this country. Not only are there external obstacles inhibiting the success of foreign students in our universities, there are also internal challenges that inherently impede these students as they attempt to assimilate to the North American culture of education. ...
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Over the last several years, the discourse about the availability of language proficient professionals in the U.S. workforce has expanded beyond the international education community. Congressional members, heads of multinational corporations, and foreign policy experts have joined the dialogue giving a sense of urgency to a matter that has traditionally been viewed as an education issue, not a question of foreign policy. Where the conversation was once defined in terms of student learning and cultural competence, we now hear about language acquisition as an issue of national security and U.S. economic competitiveness. The challenge, though, has not necessarily been about getting...
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I beg young people to travel. If you don't have a passport, get one...there are lessons that you can't get out of a book waiting for you at the end of that flight. - Henry Rollins Study abroad is one of the most beneficial experiences a college student can have. It offers the opportunity to experience another culture and alter their perspective about the world in a way that is simply impossible in a traditional lecture hall. However, in the wake of an economic downturn and a growing student loan bubble that is beginning to mirror the 2008 housing market,...
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  Hello all you Diversity Abroad Networkers. Have you heard about the latest U.S. Department of Education (USDE) funding opportunities for advancing internationalization efforts on your campuses? Well if you have then you’re keeping up with me, but if you haven’t then you’ll be interested in knowing what I have to share. I could get into all the global competitiveness and world-class education mumble jumble, but you all know that inside and out, so I’ll cut to the chase. The USDE Office of Postsecondary Education has two International and Foreign Language Education (IFLE) grants currently open. These Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad...
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Why don’t more ethnically and racially diverse students study abroad? This is a common question asked among international educators. For too long the response has been that lack of funding is the main reason why these diverse students don’t study abroad. Unfortunately the idea that funding is the main reason why underrepresented students don’t pursue education abroad has masked other systemic issues that contribute to dismal participation in study abroad programs by diverse student groups. First, let me be clear, I am not by any means against more scholarships for study abroad. In fact, even though Diversity Abroad is not...
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With China’s President Hu Jintao in Washington for a State Visit, First Lady Michelle Obama used the occasion as an opportunity to encourage American high school, community college and university students to pursue study abroad. Speaking at Howard University, Mrs. Obama pressed the importance of American students pursuing study abroad as a whole, and specifically study abroad in China. “Studying abroad isn’t just an important part of a well rounded educational experience,” Mrs. Obama said.“It’s also becoming increasingly important for success in the modern global economy.”She also emphasized that study abroad does not just help individual students, but also the...
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