The Diversity Abroad Network (“Diversity Network”) is the leading professional consortium of higher education institutions, government agencies, for-profit and non-profit organizations dedicated to advancing diversity and equity in international education.
Why the Need for Diversity Network?
Students pursue opportunities abroad for cultural enrichment, academic development and career enhancement. Unfortunately, most underserved students — minority, disabled, community college students, and others — remain shut out of international education and its benefits. There are a variety of reasons for this — and part of overcoming the obstacles involves knowledge sharing, training, and networking.
Higher education professionals can begin to address these inequities by looking at their institution’s efforts toward underserved students, and ask: What role can we play in reversing this inequity? What are we doing to recruit, advise and retain underrepresented students for international education? How can international educators network with other higher education professionals from around the world and help to bring more global opportunities to underrepresented students?
There is a need for a dedicated space for professionals to network, share best practices, participate in career development, and voice their opinions and experiences with respect to diversity and equality in global education. Diversity Network is the only professional association dedicated to fostering diversity and equity in global education.
The Diversity Network Objectives Are:
• Empower international educators and other academic professionals to effectively recruit, advise and serve the needs of diverse students in global education;
• Create a collaborative environment for international educators, diversity/multicultural educators, and other academic/student service professionals to share, discuss and debate strategies and best practices for recruiting, advising, and serving the needs of diverse students in global education.
• Provide members with professional development and resource materials to assist in recruiting, advising and preparing underserved students for global education;
• Diversify global education professionals by connecting employers who value a diverse and globally minded workforce with professionals who promote and enhance diversity in global education;
• Inform Diversity Network members about developments in the area of diversity in global education;
• Contribute to and conduct research about diversity in global education.