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Reflecting on The Passport Tour

Posted By Daneen Johnson, Monday, April 10, 2017

 

Diversity Abroad recently completed its ninth consecutive year of campus visits through its national outreach, The Passport Tour (TPT). This initiative continued to reach hundreds of college students throughout the country prioritizing students who are traditionally underrepresented in pursuing global education opportunities. As we began to plan our spring 2017 tour, the team considered our nation's current political and diversity climate and urgently committed to expanding our efforts to areas that we had not visited in previous years. We traveled to nineteen institutions throughout Michigan, Colorado, Oklahoma, Texas, and Tennessee with an emphasis on rural communities. With fewer study abroad fairs being offered during the spring, we have the unique opportunity to further personalize each campus visit. We work with Education Abroad, Career Services and Multicultural Affairs offices to create a series of targeted student outreach events and workshops on campuses and connect students back to Diversity Abroad resources. I’ll share a few of my experiences as I led most of the Tour’s visits throughout the country.


Highlights from The Passport Tour


As the Tour stopped in Michigan, I spoke to a group of peer advisers who worked in the study abroad office at their university. I facilitated a session where we discussed identity and how to navigate conversations with peers who have intersecting identities and the challenges they may incur abroad. We also discussed personal bias, how to avoid assumptions, and how to be aware of our dialogue especially when advising. The session comprised of candid conversations that led to enlightening discussions and it was one of my most memorable moments of the Tour.  


In Tennessee, I collaborated with a couple of departments at a university to facilitate a Study Abroad and Your Career session — a workshop model that can easily be replicated at your institution. Students listened to my twenty minute presentation on the transferable global skills that can be developed abroad and how to professionally articulate their experience to employers. Students also received the coinciding Diversity Abroad booklet. The university’s Career Services department invited a professional from their local Chamber of Commerce to speak about the impact of study abroad from an employer perspective. The session ended with a brief presentation from a study abroad alumna who continued to network upon return to campus, which led her to be selected for an internship with a prestigious faculty member.


The Tour later stopped in Oklahoma where I spoke with students from rural communities, a demographic of students who are also underrepresented in education abroad, and discussed how studying abroad can have a positive impact on them and their local communities. In Colorado, my visit consisted of several opportunities to speak with non-traditional students with the conversations leaning heavy on how to balance family and a global learning experience. As The Tour headed south, my time in Texas was filled with curious students asking probing questions as they began to see education abroad as not just a phrase, but a reality they wanted to pursue.


Student Interviews


Throughout The Tour, eighteen students (study abroad alumni) were video interviewed and openly shared their positive experiences and challenges while abroad. Student interviewees represent a diverse range of cultures, perspectives, and study abroad destinations. These interviews can be used as a resource to empower your students to learn abroad. Additionally, many of The Passport Tour visits were captured on our social media pages — Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat.


Bringing Diversity Abroad to Your Campus


We frequently facilitate unique opportunities to engage in challenging conversations about awareness and access to global programs as it pertains to one’s identity. If you are interested in bringing us to your campus to facilitate these discussions and to share resources with your students, please contact me at djohnson@diversityabroad.org


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Diversity Network Member Highlight: Dominican University of California

Posted By Administration, Friday, February 10, 2017

Institution name

Dominican University of California


Location

San Rafael, CA

 

Institutional Profile

Small (under 5,000 students); MSI


Why did your institution join the Diversity Abroad Network?

Dominican is committed to offering programs that help us educate global citizens. Diversity Abroad provides us with the resources to allow 100% accessibility to our campus population. We are working hard to educate faculty and staff about the benefits of an internationalized campus and how ALL students are served by an inclusive, sustainable internationalization strategy. Diversity Abroad gives Dominican support through professional networks, conferences, publications, and scholarships 

 

How long has your organization/institution been a member? 

3 years

 

What Diversity Network resource has been most useful for you and your colleagues in advancing diversity & inclusive excellence in global education? 

The printed brochures are excellent for disseminating to students, faculty and staff. It helps us bring awareness that study abroad is an opportunity for all students and all students should have access. 

 

How has membership with the Diversity Network helped your institution make global education more accessible to students from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds?  

Being a member allows us access to the Diversity Scholarships, which is of great help to get students and faculty to better understand that resources exist for students of all backgrounds to study abroad.

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Making the Connections: Global Education and Career Mobility

Posted By Christopher LeGrant, Monday, January 23, 2017

Making the Connections: Global Education and Career Mobility


For much of the 20th Century, it was generally accepted that one simply went to college to get a leg up, but a diploma is no longer the sole solution to securing a successful career. In an increasingly global and digital economy, it’s important to educate college students on all the advantages their education can afford them.

 

It’s common knowledge that global education opportunities represent a transformational experience for young people everywhere. However, the connections between career mobility and experiences abroad are only now beginning to be discussed and appreciated. Young professionals coming out of undergraduate programs face a tough job market, with the unemployment rate for students who graduated from a four- year institution in 2015 at 7.2%, and an underemployment rate of 14.9% (Economic Policy Institute, The Class of 2015, May 2015).

 

Therefore, understanding the trends within the current job market is the first step in successfully advising students on how to leverage their global experiences.  Millennials are creating career advancement options that don’t involve monotonous tasks, loyalty medals or vertical movement. Indeed, this horizontal movement is not just a simple transfer from one department to another. It is identifying underlying growth and matching it with the individual’s strengths. If a horizontal move is not available within their current company, some young people may simply decide to shift to a different field that’s more in line with their passions, ethics and lifestyle.   

 

Because millennials are choosing companies that value corporate social responsibility, ethical practices and environmental issues, companies have been adapting their culture in an attempt to recruit top talent. The change is notable in hiring practices with approximately 75% of employers citing study abroad as important when evaluating the resume of a job candidate for an entry-level position and 80% of human resources executives stating that study abroad is important when considering a candidate for an overseas job placement (Global HR News and The Scholar Ship. HR executives survey. April 2007).

 

It is therefore important that career service departments make the necessary links and begin advising young college students to participate in global education experiences to enhance not only their resume but to foster their leadership, communication, and problem solving skills. Likewise, it is important for study abroad advisors to be aware of the connection between global education and career mobility and advise students to be conscious of these links when deciding on what type of abroad program to participate in.     

 

It is also consequential for advisors to be aware that different types of abroad experiences are translatable in different ways. In generations past, traditional study abroad was the only option for most people but students now have many choices between study, volunteer, teach and intern abroad opportunities. What works for one student may not be as beneficial to another and a single student may benefit from different types of programs throughout the course of their education. It will be up to the advisors to be aware of the nuances of each type of program and suggest the correct course for success.

 

Shared events and pooling resources on outreach efforts are simple ways that study abroad and career advisors can begin to collaborate in more meaningful ways.  However, making sure these crucial programs are fully accessible and inclusive to all students is vital. All too often, diversity outreach efforts have been an additional campaign, added to the workload of increasingly busy study abroad and career service professionals. Only when diversity and inclusion efforts are baked into the fabric of all that we do on campus will we see start to see truly representative diversity in our global education programs and consequently, in the 21st century workforce.


Tags:  career  global  mobility 

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Diversity Network Member Highlight: Brigham Young University

Posted By Administration, Friday, January 20, 2017

Institution name

Brigham Young University


Location

Provo, Utah, USA

 

Institutional Profile

Large (over 15,000)


Why did your institution join the Diversity Abroad Network?

To find ways to get more underrepresented students involved in international education.

 

How long has your organization/institution been a member? 

4 years

 

What Diversity Network resource has been most useful for you and your colleagues in advancing diversity & inclusive excellence in global education? 

The annual conference and in particular the opportunities for our students to be involved.

 

Please describe any innovative initiatives related to diversity and inclusion in global education that your institution is currently undertaking.  

We have been targeting students in underrepresented disciplines (engineering, hard sciences) with some success.

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Meet the Team: Marketing & Events Assistant

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Updated: Monday, January 9, 2017

Eri O'Diah - Marketing & Events Assistant

 

Tell us about yourself:

 

I have over five years of digital marketing experience, with an emphasis on creative strategy, content development, social media and email marketing. My agency background includes notable brands like Sony Pictures Interactive, NBC Universal and 64th Primetime Emmy Awards. I have a Bachelors in Electronic Media Management from the University of California, Northridge and currently serve on the board of Just for Kids Foundation and the Black Data Processing Associates (BDPA Twin Cities), where I volunteer my digital marketing skills.

 

Why did you join Diversity Abroad?

 

As a minority student, and one that was economically challenged, I was not able to take advantage of study abroad opportunities like my counterparts. Working full-time to support myself and attending classes made it impossible for me to participate in international education. I accepted this position because I believe global education should be a standard and not a luxury — it is truly the catalyst for success. In my role at Diversity Abroad, I am able to leverage my skills to build awareness and increase accessibility to global education for ethnically and economically underrepresented students.



 

What do you do at Diversity Abroad?

 

I develop marketing and communication strategies that leverages digital platforms such as social media to reach our target student audience and industry professionals. I also assist in developing content that resonates with our audience, identifying industry influencers and coordinate events.


 
 

Where do you see global education going in five years?

 

While global education is progressively expanding, I hope to see more sustainable  opportunities for underrepresented students. Funding, specifically is very much a challenge for many students, especially students of color. With diversity and inclusion reigning as one of the most discussed issues in 2016, I am optimistic that the global education industry will be leading innovation and change in terms of accessibility.


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