Access, Inclusion and Diversity (AID) Roadmap
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Diversity Abroad's AID Roadmap is both a set of diversity and inclusive good practice guidelines as well as an intensive self-assessment tool that is designed to help education abroad offices document and assess their diversity and inclusion practices, and serve as a guide for implementing policies and practices that will help offices achieve their diversity and inclusion goals. 

Overview | Why Participate  | Benefits of Participating

 Apply to Participate | Informational Video FAQ's




Diversity Abroad has devised 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.

These guidelines are informed by the Access, Inclusion, and Diversity in International Education (AID) Evaluation created by the Diversity Abroad Network in 2011. The AID Roadmap is an intensive self-assessment that examines the diversity within the education abroad office, how the office conducts outreach, collaborates with different campus units, works with third-party organizations, and provides financial assistance to students of diverse and underrepresented backgrounds. Completing the AID Roadmap is the first step in investigating how an institution’s procedures and policies may encourage or discourage diverse students to pursue education abroad opportunities.

The Diversity AID Roadmap is a voluntary, self-reporting framework for recognizing and gauging relative progress toward diversity and inclusion for organizations, colleges, and universities involved in education abroad programs. It is designed to: 

  • Provide a framework for understanding diversity and inclusion in all areas of the education abroad field.
  • Enable meaningful comparisons over time and across institutions using a common set of measurements.
  • Create incentives for continual improvement toward diversity and inclusion.
  • Facilitate information sharing about higher education diversity and inclusion practices and performance.

The Diversity Abroad AID Roadmap process is intended to engage and recognize the full spectrum of colleges and universities in the United States as well as education abroad providers. Additionally, it is intended to involve those just starting their efforts toward diversity and inclusion in education abroad to long-time diversity and inclusion leaders.

The guidelines are intended to cover the following areas within offices, departments, and organizations working in education abroad and international education.

  • Guideline One | Institutional Profile & Data Collection
  • Guideline Two | Diversity and Inclusion Strategy
  • Guideline Three | Campus Collaboration
  • Guideline Four | Professional Development and Staffing
  • Guideline Five | Outreach, Marketing, and Recruitment
  • Guideline Six | Student Advising
  • Guideline Seven | Financial Aid
  • Guideline Eight | Programming Offerings
  • Guideline Nine | Health and Safety
  • Guideline Ten | In-Country
  • Guideline Eleven | Re-Entry

The AID Roadmap is an important step toward developing and improving effective policies and procedures to increase participation and improving services for diverse and underrepresented students in education abroad. Institutions who have gone through the rigorous self-assessment are invited to participate in the AID Evaluation to receive specific feedback and recommendations to improve areas of need identified by the Roadmap.

The AID Roadmap placed specific emphasis on the following diverse groups:

  • Ethnically/Racially Diverse
  • High Financial Need
  • Student with Disabilities
  • First Generation
  • Religion

Diversity Abroad is extremely grateful for the thoughtful and valuable feedback provided by the institutions that piloted the AID Roadmap:

Elon University

The George Washington University

North Dakota State University

University of Connecticut 

University of Minnesota Learning Abroad Center


The public overview of the AID Roadmap can be accessed by clicking the "Download" button below. 




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Why Participate in the AID Roadmap?

1. Generate new ideas

Whether your institution is just getting started with diversity and inclusion efforts in your international education activities or if it is a leader in issues of diversity and inclusion in education abroad, the AID Roadmap will help you identify good practices that you can pursue and implement on your campus.

2. Engage your community

The process of completing the AID Roadmap is intensive and is intended to contribute to other international education and diversity and inclusion efforts on your campus and can be used to engage students, staff, faculty, and administrators in creating/expanding a culture of inclusion and global mindedness on campus. 

3. Create a baseline for improvement

The AID Roadmap will allow you to comprehensively measure your institution’s current diversity and inclusion performance and assess your progress, both internally and in comparison to peer institutions.

4. Inform strategic planning and budgeting

The AID Roadmap can serve as a framework to help integrate diversity and inclusion into your institution’s planning and development efforts as well as a rationale for funding of specific programming/initiatives.

5. Make real progress toward diversity and inclusion

Benchmarking and measuring progress across time will help your institution monitor and track its progress towards diversity and inclusion efforts in education abroad, and in some cases, help the institution develop more concrete and specific goals related to diversity and inclusion.

6. Gain recognition for your diversity and inclusion efforts

Participating in the AID Roadmap can help build public recognition of your institution's’ efforts to increase access to education abroad opportunities and enhance support to students from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds in education abroad. Institutions who participate in the AID Roadmap have the option to be listed on the Diversity Abroad Network and receive a participation logo to place on your institution’s website.

7. Be part of a community of AID Roadmap Institutions

By completing the AID Roadmap, your institution will be able to engage with institutions who share your institution’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.


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Benefits of Participating



Full Version


Access to the AID Roadmap online tool to begin the process of measuring your institution’s current diversity and inclusion efforts and create a baseline for continuous improvement.

Full report with institutional score & performance summary for 11 areas of assessment


Custom report with feedback and suggested resources


View of institutional score compared to other similar institutions


Gain recognition for your diversity and inclusion efforts with a logo of participation


Monitor your progress on your diversity and inclusion efforts with automated points calculation and custom score


Track progress with quarterly updates of your custom report


Promotion and recognition in Diversity Abroad publications and social media


Compare and learn from other institutions of similar type and demographic



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Apply to Participate

The full version of the AID Roadmap is available to Diversity Abroad Network Member Institutions. The tool is hosted on an online format where members will be able to input responses to specific questions and indicators. Upon successful completion of the AID Roadmap, institutions receive a custom report that includes strengths and areas for improvement. Institutions will also see how their scores align with others who have completed the AID Roadmap, providing a general idea of how they compare to similar institutions. 

Please complete the form below to initiate the process of participating in the AID Roadmap.  



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Informational Overview Webinar

Below you will find a recording of the informational webinar that includes a broad overview of the tool. To access the slides from this presentation, click here



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How does my information remain confidential?

Based on feedback from pilot institutions, completion of the AID Roadmap may take between 10 and 14 hours.

Should this be completed by one staff member? A team or committee?

It can be advantageous to designate one staff person as the project manager to guide a committee in completing the AID Roadmap. Information and data will need to be gathered from multiple campus units which will require a collaborative effort.

How does my information remain confidential?

Scores from participating institutions are blindly aggregated. Institutions can gauge progress by comparing scores to other similar institutions (based on student enrollment and institution type); however, institutional names are not made public. Institution's score and overall rating will only be reported with the consent of the institution. 

What if we are just beginning our efforts toward Diversity and Inclusion in Education Abroad? Should we wait to participate until our efforts have become more institutionalized?

The Diversity Abroad AID Roadmap process is intended to engage and recognize the full spectrum of study abroad offices at colleges and universities in the U.S. Additionally, it is intended to involve those just starting their efforts toward diversity and inclusion in education abroad to long-time diversity and inclusion leaders.