Communities of Practice Thematic Areas
The following 9 Diversity Communities of Practices have been established for 2022-2023 to focus on these thematic areas:
This community of practice will bring together international education professionals who dedicate more than half of their time to DEI activities or work in DEI and are interested in applying their work to the field of international education and exchange.
Topics may include: DEI in international education as an emerging profession, DEI implementation best practices, and DEI competencies in international education and exchange, among others.
This community of practice will focus on developing resources and tools for professionals working with inbound international and exchange students to facilitate meaningful global learning across the full range of diverse perspectives represented on our globally diverse campuses.
Topics may include: research, trends of participation across identities, student experiences, student orientations and programming, DEI from a global or international student perspective, how to navigate diversity-related dynamics within the US educational landscape, cultivating belonging on globally-diverse campuses, working with faculty to support international students, and health, safety, and security, among others.
Regional communities of practice will focus on topics of particular relevance to countries of those regions including health, safety, and security, climate of diversity, and terms and language used to describe DEI in the regional context.
- Regional Europe
- Regional Middle East & Africa
- Regional Latin American and the Caribbean
- Regional Asia-Pacific Islands
Topics may include: climate of diversity and inclusion, health, safety, and security, specific identity groups, funding, program development, and faculty engagement, among others.
This community of practice will bring together senior leaders in international education and focus on tackling issues of leadership and strategy at the intersection of DEI and international education.
Topics may include: Strategy development that emphasizes DEI and global learning, embedding inclusive global learning and global learning at home throughout institutions, sustainable development goals, faculty engagement, health, safety, and security, policy development, hiring and retention, and organizational change, among others.
This community of practice will be composed of individuals with various roles in global education and related sectors to develop resources/tools that promote career advancement and belonging of individual professionals.
Topics may include: career advancement for underrepresented professionals, negotiation strategies, and networking for success, among other topics.
This community of practice will develop inclusive resources and tools related to underrepresentation and diversity, marketing, outreach, and recruitment, and student support and advising in education abroad.
Topics may include: trends of participation across identities, understanding generational differences in promotion strategies, identity specific marketing strategies, inclusive advising and student support strategies, health and safety, and identity considerations in pre-departure, in-country, and upon return, program development, funding, faculty engagement, and inclusive global learning, among others.
In approaching the deliverables within these thematic areas, communities of practice are encouraged to consider identity characteristics and intersectionality in the following areas:
- Ethnically/Racially Diverse
- First Generation College
- High Financial Need
- Religious Diversity
- Students with Disabilities