Back in 1989, director Robert Zemeckis and the rest of the filmmakers for Back to the Future II made some pretty exciting predictions about what life would be like in 2015. While hoverboards and flying cars have yet to materialize as modes of transportation, 2015 is still set to be an exciting year, especially for those of us in international education. For Diversity Abroad, 2015 marks eight years of operation, and it promises to be a year with new opportunities for engagement, enhanced resources for students and professionals, and broader initiatives that will impact diversity and inclusion efforts in international education and exchange.
Here are a few developments to look out for from Diversity Abroad that will impact access, inclusion, and diversity in international education.
1. Launch of new DiversityAbroad.com
On January 20th, Diversity Abroad will relaunch its flagship website, DiversityAbroad.com. The new site has been designed and developed with one goal, “Preparing the Next Generation of Global Leaders.” Through articles, student stories, resources guides, online events, and exclusive scholarships, DiversityAbroad.com gives students and parents from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds the tools to make meaningful international education experience a reality. DiversityAbroad.com has been and will continue to be the most robust free online rescouce for connecting students and recent graduates to international study, intern, graduate, and career opportunities. Visit DiversityAbroad.com on January 20th to learn how our new resources can help more of your students go abroad
2. Release of version 1.0 of the A.I.D. Roadmap
In February 2015 the Diversity Abroad Network will officially roll out version 1.0 of the Access, Inclusion, and Diversity in International Education (A.I.D.) Roadmap, the most comprehensive evaluation and benchmarking tool targeting access, inclusion, and diversity in international education. After nearly two years of development, this innovative resource will give institutions and organizations clear guidance on the types of practices that should be employed to increase participation and better serve the needs of diverse and underrepresented students in education abroad. Learn more about the A.I.D Roadmap.
3. Inaugural Global Student Leadership Summit
On March 22 - 24, 2015, while hundreds of professionals are gather for the 3rd Annual Diversity Abroad Conference, a group of exceptional students from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds, all with international experience, will gather in New Orleans for the inaugural Global Student Leadership Summit. Students from around the country will participate in hands-on trainings and student leadership sessions, identify and share emerging trends in international education, engage in critical dialogue, stay abreast of relevant and new resources, establish and maintain relationships with like-minded student leaders, and connect with higher education professionals and professionals from various public and private institutions and organizations. Learn more about how to nominate your student for the Global Student Leadership Summit.
4. Expanding the pipeline - K-12 Engagement
It’s no secret, the earlier students are exposed to global opportunities, the more likely they are to participate in them. While Diversity Abroad has always had resources for high school students, in 2015 and going forward direct outreach to high school students and their parents, as well as providing training and resources to K-12 educators, will be an essential aspect of our work.
5. New Projects & Services
2015 would not be complete without Diversity Abroad rolling out new services to its members and higher education community. What are they? You’ll have to wait and see, but what I can say is that we will continue to develop and fund new and innovative ways for students to connect to international opportunities. We will also expand opportunities for international, diversity, and other professionals to connect and have the resources to serve all of their students.
2015 will be a busy year for Diversity Abroad and everyone committed to increasing access and promoting diversity and inclusion in international education. We’re looking forward to partnering with you and your colleagues as we continue to lead the field of international education toward diversity and inclusive excellence. Do you have questions or suggestions for us? Interested in getting involved in these efforts? Send us a message and let us know your thoughts on access, inclusion, and diversity in international education: