University at Albany, SUNY
Large (over 15,000)
Why did your institution join the Diversity Abroad Network?
Initially we became members when SUNY Global became a member covering the whole SUNY System. After a few events were held in New York and we attended the inaugural conference, we quickly realized that the Diversity Network was something we wanted to remain part of. We particular value the way the Diversity Network has facilitated cooperation between campus stakeholders who are usually not involved in education abroad, such as Multicultural Affairs, Financial Aid, and Student Affairs.
How long has your organization/institution been a member?
What Diversity Network resource has been most useful for you and your colleagues in advancing diversity & inclusive excellence in global education?
The conference, the publications, and most recently the webinars have assisted in training new staff.
How has membership with the Diversity Network helped your institution make global education more accessible to students from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds?
The many ideas and strategies we've picked up from conferences, webinars, and just talking with Diversity Abroad Network staff has offered more tools to better recruit students and has also heightened the interest and excitement of staff in undertaking this challenge.
Please describe any innovative initiatives related to diversity and inclusion in global education that your institution is currently undertaking.
We are working closely with our Freshman Experience program to prepare students for education abroad and also offering unique alternate spring break and winter sessions education abroad programs for underclassmen, especially freshmen.