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Diversity Task Forces  

The Diversity in Global Education Task Forces (Diversity Task Forces) bring together global education and diversity professionals to provide critical guidance and support to Diversity Network initiatives, and contribute to the development of new and valuable resources for the field of global education. 

The following 10 Diversity Task Forces have been established for 2017-2018 to focus on these thematic areas:  
  • Racially/Ethnically Diverse Students
  • First-Generation College Students & First Abroad
  • Access for Disabilities Abroad
  • LGBTQI+ Students
  • Minority Serving Institutions
  • High School Students 
  • Religious Identity
  • Athletes
  • Diversity & Multicultural Professionals
  • Faculty Development

To provide additional focus throughout the term, task forces will utilize the framework set forth in Diversity Abroad’s Access, Inclusion, and Diversity (AID) Roadmap, a set of guidelines for diversity and inclusion in education abroad in order to provide professionals a guide for implementing policies and practices that are both aspirational and practical.

Each Diversity Task Force is made up of 2-6 members including a co-chair to serve as the primary contact with Diversity Abroad staff. Most Task Forces will carry out the following tentative projects throughout the year based on the theme of each committee. 

  1. Develop a town hall session or concurrent session proposal for the 2018 Diversity Abroad Annual Conference (summer 2017); 
  2. Identify a specific area of advocacy & develop a related resource for the Diversity Abroad professional community, such as: an advising guide, top 5 recommendations list based on AID Roadmap guidelines, review & update existing resources, develop a community discussion, etc (late fall 2017)
  3. Individually or in pairs, write an article or blog post based on the task force theme  (spring 2018)

Please note that Task Force members are not required to attend the Annual Diversity Abroad Conference, though we highly encourage your participation! Task Force members receive discounted registration for the annual conference during the early bird period and are invited to a closed meeting for Task Force members.

Professionals who serve on the Diversity Task Forces demonstrate a commitment to increasing access to international education opportunities to diverse and underrepresented student populations. Each member agrees to serve on the committee for at least 12 months. The membership term runs in conjunction with the Diversity Network annual calendar from July 1 to June 30. Diversity Task Force members represent a diversity of institution types and organizations, areas of expertise, and experiences. 

The Diversity Task Forces will meet virtually on a quarterly basis at a minimum. Each task force will be led by 2 co-chairs consisting of a Diversity Abroad staff member and a member of the task force identified by Diversity Abroad to serve in this role. The Diversity Abroad staff will provide guidance for setting up conference calls, managing shared documents, and other logistical support. 

Key Dates
Task Force application submission: May 15 - June 9, 2017 
Application notifications: By June 30, 2017 
Kick-off Webinar: July 10th, 2017 at 3pm Eastern 

Quarterly Meetings
1st meeting: July/August 2017
2nd meeting: October/November 2017 
3rd meeting: February/March 2018 
DA conference Task Force meeting: April 8 - 10, 2018
4th meeting: May 2018  


Application Instructions

To apply for openings on the 2017-2018 task forces, please submit your application materials by June 9, 2017 via the online form below. For reference, the Word version of the application is available to download here. 


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