The International Education Diversity & Inclusion Certificate Program, developed by Diversity Abroad, is a comprehensive learning experience that will offer you the opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills, and confidence needed to champion diversity & inclusion initiatives. Upon conclusion of the program you will be positioned to support and lead your organization in developing, implementing, and improving diversity, equity, and inclusion strategies for the field of international education and cultural exchange.

Developed in collaboration with leaders in the fields of diversity & inclusion, international education, and student affairs, the Diversity & Inclusion Certificate Program focuses on your interpersonal growth, the exploration of emerging trends, as well as the acquisition of requisite competencies to affect sustainable change at your institution or organization.


Certificate Program Overview

The certificate program advances both the organization and the individual by providing a unique opportunity for you to broaden your perspective and increase your knowledge and skill set in diversity & inclusion within the realm of international education and cultural exchange. The acquisition of these skills can then be applied and utilized to strengthen diversity and inclusion policies, procedures, and practices at your current or future employer. 


Benefits of the Certificate

This certificate program advances both the institution/organization and the Individual providing a unique opportunity for the participant to increase their knowledge and skill set in Diversity & Inclusion within the realm of international education which can then be applied and utilized to strengthen the policies, procedures, and practices of their current or a future employer. Certificate participants will demonstrate an understanding of the principles of Access, Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity and how these can be implemented in various contexts to support inclusive excellence throughout the global education process; prior to, during, and after an international experience focusing on diverse, underrepresented, and international students. Opportunities will be provided to build professional networks with like-minded colleagues.

Participants who complete the certificate program will be able to:
  • Demonstrate their understanding of access, inclusion, diversity, and equity as perceived through their individual and unique identities.
  • Collaborate with colleagues and build supportive professional AIDE network within global education
  • Engage in critical discussion about addressing social injustices within study abroad and international work.
  • Build and apply skills to improve intercultural communication
  • Create a personal plan for continued learning, growth, and challenges.


Program Format

The 9-week virtual program is cohort-based and led by a qualified facilitator. Content will include webinars, videos, articles, journal entries, quizzes, scenarios, phone and online discussions and other activities designed to promote self-discovery, experiential or applied learning. A number of exercises will be shared with a conversation partner, others with the facilitator and others with the larger group through discussion of the module topics. Participants are provided with pre-readings prior to the start of the program.

Each week approximately 4-5 hours of program (video(s), questions, webinar(s), article(s), reflection, assignments, and quiz combined with partner and group sessions)
Diversity Abroad Certificate Program Facilitators represent a diversity of experiences and perspectives. Typical program facilitators will meet the following criteria:
  • Hold an advanced degree;
  • Have at least 10 years of related professional experience in global education and/or diversity & inclusion;
  • Have successfully completed the Diversity Abroad Train-the-Trainer program; and
  • Have demonstrated advancement in their professional careers through writing, national-level advocacy, and/or leadership.
Summer 2021 Facilitator
  • Eduardo Contreras, Ph.D.
Fall 2021 Facilitator
  • David Wick, Ed.D.
The certificate program will be offered 3 times annually in the spring, summer, and fall:
  • Winter 2022 Cohort: January 10 - March 14, 2022
  • Summer 2022 Cohort: June 6 - August 7, 2022
  • Fall 2022 Cohort: September 12 - November 13, 2022


Cost & Application

  • Member: $1,999
  • Non-Member: $2,499
  • Full-time Graduate Student: Email us at [email protected]
Discounts: Three or more learners registered concurrently from the same institution/organization will receive a 10% discount. If your organization is interested in registering as a group, please contact Diversity Abroad ([email protected]) prior to registration as discounts will not be applied retroactively.
Winter 2022 applications are open through January 3, 2022. Note: You will need to be signed in to apply.

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