Global Institute for Inclusive Leadership
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 The Global Institute for Inclusive Leadership is an intensive, 8-day workshop for international education, student affairs, and multicultural program professionals. Interactive, seminar-style sessions are paired with cultural immersion activities with a focus on building community as well as personal and professional development. 




Today, educational institutions are seeking leaders with strong intercultural skills who can work effectively with their executive leadership on a strategic approach to internationalization, diversity and inclusion.

Diversity Abroad’s Global Institute for Inclusive Leadership in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil, is an intensive, 8-day workshop for emerging leaders in international education, student affairs, and multicultural programs. Interactive, seminar-style sessions are paired with cultural immersion activities for personal and professional development.

Brazil is a Top 15 destination for study abroad and is often compared to the US because of its similar history of slavery, emancipation, European immigration, and multiculturalism. However, Brazil’s distinctive national ideology of “racial democracy” often challenges Americans who come with their own culturally constructed notions of race, diversity and inclusion. Our Institute location, Salvador da Bahia, is the capital of Afro-Brazilian culture and history, an UNESCO world-heritage site, and a modern multicultural city grappling with inequality and inclusion against a backdrop of beaches and natural beauty.


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Professionals with 4 or more years of relevant work experience such as associate/assistant deans, directors, and associate/assistant directors in international, study abroad and global education; diversity and multicultural programs; and other areas of higher education. Preference in selection will be given to those who demonstrate an ability to benefit from the program and have a scope of responsibility to implement the leadership learning outcomes of the Institute in their workplace with colleagues and students.Groups consisting of one professional from an International Education Office and one professional from a Diversity & Inclusion/Multicultural Office from a given institution or organization are encouraged to apply as a team. A 5% discount will be applied for teams accepted to the program.

To assist in making the case for participation to leadership at your institution, you may download a sample justification letter here.
Personal Benefits
Participants will gain an understanding of diversity and inclusion from a comparative, non-US perspective. From this vantage point, they will demonstrate an awareness of their own culturally constructed understanding of race and ethnicity, diversity, and leadership. Participants will also develop a community with other professionals committed to advancing diversity and inclusion in international education initiatives.

Institutional Benefits
Through the coursework, onsite activities, opportunities to connect with local university administrators, and networking opportunities participants will return better equipped to support students from all backgrounds and to provide relevant feedback on their office's practices and policies. Furthermore, participation in the institute will send a strong signal about their organization/institution’s commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence.
January 6 - 14, 2017
Monroe France, Assistant Vice President for Student Diversity at New York University, serves as the senior university administrator responsible for advancing university-wide diversity initiatives within student affairs at NYU’s New York City campus and its global academic centers. He has 20 years of experience as an international diversity educator, professional trainer, consultant, strategist, and keynote presenter.

Erich Dietrich, Ph.D., Assistant Vice President and Associate Dean for Global Programs at NYU and expert on race and higher education in Brazil. Dr. Dietrich teaches an annual study abroad course in Brazil for the graduate program in Higher Education at NYU.

Andrew Gordon is a social entrepreneur and the Founder and President of Diversity Abroad. As an international education expert, he has written and spoken extensively on topics pertaining to access, diversity, inclusion, and equity in international education. With a passion for international education, Andrew founded Diversity Abroad in 2006 with a simple vision: that the next generation of young people from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds be equipped with the skills and experience to compete in the 21st century global marketplace.
  • Interactive sessions on leadership theory and development, race in a comparative perspective, and theories and practices of diversity and inclusion
  • Formal and informal networking opportunities with Institute faculty and Brazilian colleagues working in similar areas
  • One individual executive coaching session on leadership development
  • Meetings with activists and community leaders of the black movement (movimento negro) in Brazil
  • Open time for reflection and cultural exploration: sightseeing, shopping, beach, etc.
  • Visit to Salvador’s Afro-Brazilian Museum (Museu Afro-Brasileiro), walking tour of the UNESCO Heritage Site of Pelourinho City Center and the São Francisco Church and Convent
  • Performance of the internationally renowned Balé Folclorico da Bahia

Certificate of Completion
Upon successful completion of program components, participants receive a Certificate of Completion from Diversity Abroad

Post Program Follow-Up
Following the Institute, participants will have the opportunity to participate in a virtual regroup to process their experience and a few months later to continue engaging on how the experience has impacted their practice.
Program Fees

Early Bird Registration (Now - Sept 30)
Fee: $3595*

Regular Registration (Oct 1 - Nov 1)
Fee: $3695*

Late Registration (Nov 2 - Nov 30)
Fee: $3795*

*Professionals from Diversity Abroad Network member institutions will receive a $1,000 grant that can be applied towards the GIIL program fee or other Diversity Abroad learning & development opportunities including the Annual Conference, Regional Workshops, e-Learning Courses, or Diversity Network membership.

What's Included?
  • Ground transportation to/from airport (arranged when the majority of participants arrive/depart)
  • Group shuttle/bus to and from site visits
  • Travel Insurance
  • Accommodations (Double occupancy included. Single occupancy available for additional fee)
  • Some meals - Breakfast, some lunches, some dinner (including a welcome and farewell dinner)
  • Excursions
  • Assistance with visa processing
  • Pre-departure orientation including access to Brazil Country Diversity Climate Note
Applications are now open and will be accepted through November 30, 2016. 
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