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Meet Meggan Madden: Diversity Abroad Community Highlight

Posted By Administration, Monday, October 23, 2017

Photo of Meggan MaddenMeggan Madden, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of International Education and Higher Education Administration
The George Washington University

Level of Experience: 10+ years

What does diversity & inclusive excellence mean to you in the context of your work?

Diversity and inclusive excellence informs my teaching and research. In teaching, I consider how I can practice inclusive excellence in the development of curricula, teaching plans, and assignments. In my research, I am interested in how diversity is supported in international higher education practice and policy and what ways are inclusive excellence practices informing good practice.  

Please describe the factors that led you to pursue your current career track?

My career track is as a professor who is strongly committed to conducting research that can support practitioners of international education. The factors that led me to pursue this career track are my own professional experiences serving students of color and international students as a student affairs professional; recognizing assumptions that staff and faculty make of underserved student populations and wanted to change these assumptions; and the values I hold toward equity, diversity and inclusive student learning.

What aspects of your work are you most excited about?

I love teaching and conducting research when I can talk to students about their international education experiences. 

Please describe any challenges you've encountered in relationship to your current role? What strategies have you employed to overcome them?

I'm still new in my current role. Most challenges have been with being new and unintentionally bumping up against norms of the institution of which I was unaware. The strategies I use are to listen to those who hold certain aspects of the status quo dear, and to find allies who can help me break down some norms that do not serve all students. 

As you reflect on different aspects of your career, what are you most proud of?

I'm proud of the students I have taught and how they have navigated their early careers.   

Recent Engagement with Diversity Abroad

Presenter: September 13, 2017 Community Discussion on The Future of DACA  
Co-Chair: 2017-2018 Faculty Development Task Force 

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